Monthly Archives: April 2008

Nokia Conversations, Welcome!

Charlie Schick's Nokia N95
Photo by Ms. Jen with a Nokia N82 on Feb. 25, 2008, in London.

Good news, folks! I wrote about it briefly back in March but it is now official and the Nokia Conversations will be launching within a few hours!
When I met up with Charlie Schick in late February at Paddington Station in London when we were both in transit, Charlie told me that he had left the Ovi group to start the official Nokia blog. I was and am darned excited about it.
Charlie and his team will be writing on Nokia, the Mobile / social space, and the like. Most importantly, they will be the continuing to make Nokia more open and transparent to the public. This can only be a good thing.
Charlie alludes to it in this post on his blog. Darla Mack blogs about Nokia invites us to the neighborhood. So does Mobile Jones

Nokia, It is time for Good Customer Care & Repair in North America

Amy Gahran of’s N95 bricked during an update recently and there is no recourse. Nokia needs Authorized Repair Centers that will take Nokia devices from all over the world & repair them, be it under warranty or for charge. Dell & Apple do it, Nokia needs to join the party.
From my first comment on Amy’s post:

What do I think, well, Nokia needs to do the following:
A) If they are unable to have retail stores with repair centers in every major city in North America, then they should have authorized repair folks that one can take one’s phone to be repaired on the spot or within a few days either under warranty or for charge. Before Apple opened the Apple Stores, they had Authorized Retailers and service centers all over the US and Canada. Nokia needs to do the same.
B) Nokia needs to increase the scope of their customer service to be like Apple or Dell, in that all of there devices can be repaired in any country that they sell their devices in. Don’t tell me that the US customer service can’t help a device bought in Europe or Asia. If that is the case, then sell the US devices at the same time you sell the European or Asian devices rather than 1.5 years later.
C) Nokia needs fully functioning “Suite” for updating & backup & multimedia for Mac & Linux folk. While the worldwide market for mac is only 4%, it is much higher in North America (17%?). Demographically & psychographically, the folks who buy Apple/Mac computers in North America are most likely going to be the market for Nokia Nseries (prefer design & high end function over cheapness). Folks buying $299 PCs at TigerDirect are unlikely to purchase a $649 Nokia N95.

Tidbits :: Sunday, April 20, 2008

Cell Phone Art (Installations) : Megan & Murray have linked to Rob Petit’s SMFA’s 2008 Fifth Year Exhibition installations which are fabulous installations of cell phones that make a commentary on the environmentally disastrous nature of our disposable culture.
SixApart starts a Movable Type Media division with the acquisition of Apperceptive. Does this mean that mobile will get a little more love from Movable Type? Please say yes. Dave Jacobs has hinted in the past that Apperceptive has created a mobile blogging / blog from email plugin for MT for clients. Please make it public… please…
When Muslims become Christians (or Atheists) : Last week, British teacher Daud Hassan Ali, 64, was shot dead in Somalia. His widow, Margaret Ali, said her husband was targeted by Islamists who “believe it is ok to kill any man who was born into Islam and left the faith”. Those renouncing their faith for atheism or agnosticism are viewed in a similar way to those who adopt another faith.

Urbanista Diaries: Best of Mumbai

Mumbai: Arrival area of the Mumbai domestic airport Mumbai: Loading up a car Mumbai : Magazine shop Mumbai: Driving to the hotel in Colaba Mumbai: The Aquarium Mumbai: Streetside pavillion Mumbai: Taj Mahal Hotel entry way with horse sculptures Mumbai: A view of Colaba Causeway from the window of the Chinese Restaurant Mumbai: Fruit Vendor Mumbai: The Old and the New Mumbai: Street dog asleep Mumbai: Red scooter Mumbai: Floral arch before the Gateway of India Mumbai: Boarding the ferry boat to Elephanta Island Mumbai: The southern Mumbai skyline from the Harbor Mumbai: Ferry boats and oil island pier in the Mumbai Harbor Mumbai: Watching the waves Mumbai: Small bovine greeter at Elephanta Island Mumbai: Elephanta Island sculptures Mumbai: Elephanta Island guardian lions Mumbai: Rotunda with dogs Mumbai: Getting a photo taken in front of the Elephanta Island train Mumbai: Feeding the terns while departing Elephanta Island Mumbai: Ferry boat grate Mumbai: Gravity is a Myth Mumbai: Colaba at night Mumbai: The nice scarf vendors Mumbai: Pink! Mumbai: Synagogue Mumbai: Street Lunch Mumbai: St. Thomas' Church Mumbai: Crossing the street Mumbai: At the Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai: The subway Mumbai: The Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Mumbai: Sidewalk tiles Mumbai: A view through a doorway Mumbai: Sonopic Ultra Sound Clinic & family planning
All photos taken by Ms. Jen in Mumbai, India, with a Nokia N82.

The above photos were taken in Mumbai (the city formerly known as Bombay), India, from Mon. Feb. 18, 2008 until late Wed. Feb. 20, 2008 while on the Nokia Urbanista Diaries. Mumbai was my last stop in India and my second to last stop before passing the ‘baton’ on to Ryan Gallagher.
What to say about Mumbai? Within 15 minutes of being away from the airport and driving the hour plus south to my hotel, I knew that I was going to love this city. Mumbai is great big beast just like my other two all time favorite cities: Los Angeles & London. Mumbai is the Indian sister city to a mash up of LA & Miami. Big, spread out, something going on all the time, lots of lovely art deco to modernist residential architecture from 1920s-1960s (like LA & Miami), lively, and more than a bit chaotic.
I stayed at a hotel that came recommended by Lonely Planet in the Colaba district of southern Mumbai, as I could walk to most of the stuff I wanted to do from there. In the 2.5 days that I was in Mumbai, I walked around as much as possible, took as many photos as possible, and took an afternoon ferry out to Elephanta Island in the Mumbai Harbor.
I would like to go back to Mumbai and spend more time exploring the city, as 2.5 days was not enough.
Click on a thumbnail and then navigate through the lightbox slideshow by putting your mouse over the top right hand side of each photo, titles along the bottom.
Enjoy the photos, I have only the Austria photo essay to do to wrap up the all of my favorite photos from my leg of the Nokia Urbanista Diaries trip.