Wed 11.04.09 – Today I am combining my photo post with my text post, as I have received a trial Nokia N97 from WOM World to be an alpha tester for the new Carl Zeiss mobile application. Given that there is no Lifeblog on the N97 and I have been working deep in the PHP Salt Mines, I have not had time to set up the trial N97 for moblogging, so today’s photos were uploaded from my MT install.
As I stated yesterday, I repent of most of what I said in my March & August reviews of the Nokia n97, as the recent October firmware update has solved about 98% of my complaints. It is now a device that is fun to use and is not a struggle, this is the version that should have been released back in July, not three months later as an update.
Upon receiving the Nokia N97 yesterday, I was able to set it up about 80% to my satisfaction within the first 15 minutes. I did not attempt to set up moblogging or email, as setting up a POP email account is what made my blood pressure raise so high in July. Today, I did install the Gmail app very quickly, but have not installed PixelPipe* to Share Online.
What I am most satisfied with the new N97 firmware is the to the responsiveness of the touchscreen – fast scrolling / flicking – w00t!, and more refined camera functionality. Scrolling/flicking aside, it is the ability of the camera to now get clear, sharp shots, close-ups, and good color that makes me happy.
The last two days the inland parts of the greater LA area have been quite warm but at the beach we have had pea soup fog most of the day. When I went to walk the dogs this morning the fog made visibility low and all surfaces wet. Even though the air was gray & murky with water droplets, the Nokia N97 was able to take a good photo of the building of the annual winter sand berm.
As we ended our walk, I noticed an unusual worm with a flat triangle head crossing the sidewalk, I was able to crouch down, set the Nokia N97 to close-up mode and get the camera lens within 5 inches of the worm and still get a good, clear shot of the worm, its colors, and bizarre head. Before the October firmware update, I would not have been able to get the clarity and sharpness of the worm at 5-6 inches away.
More on the Carl Zeiss app tomorrow.
March 31, 2009 – The Nokia N95 vs. The Nokia N97
July 5, 2009 – The Nokia N97 and Close-Ups (aka Macro Mode)
August 2, 2009 – The Nokia N97 : A Conversation with Jeb and Al
August 26, 2009 – The Nokia N97 : Photos, A Story, Thoughts, and Asides
November 4, 2009 – The Berm and a Worm, furthermore, I Repent What I Said About the Nokia N97
November 28, 2009 – Nokia N97 Camera & Video : A Snipet of Royal Crown Revue’s Zip Gun Bop, Or How the N97’s Flash Misbehaves
July 11, 2010 – Al P. on his (Nearly) One Year with his Nokia N97
August 27, 2010 – TuttleLA Photo Comparison: Nokia N97 v. N86 v. E73
September 7, 2010 – The Nokia N97, More than One Year Later