I’m not actually going to taste the Nokia n95 but I am going to have one in my possession for the next 8 days. The mission: document my commute to work using the phone’s features such as taking photos with the 5 mega pixel camera or the secondary camera, making a video with the DVD-quality capture, blogging with the WIFI and geo tagging with the GPS. I’m along for the n95 ride with 4 other Vancouver techno geeks: Kris Krug, Dave Olson, Roland Tanglao and Richard Eriksson. Check in on their Flickr streams and blogs for their daily documentation.
I’ve been using a Nokia 6682 for the last year so the UI is pretty simple to navigate, actually it’s 90% the same as the 6682 it just has a few more features, a screen that slides in two directions and can be displayed vertically or horizontally. It also has many more cool animations and ring tones.
After “Day One” I have all of my preferences setup although I would like to create a few more photo capture profiles. One thing that isn’t so easy whipping out the phone and snapping a shot instantly. It takes a while to open the camera shutter, get a picture, take the shot, then have it display correctly. Taking sequential shots by selecting such in the preferences is possible, it’s just a pain to point and shoot quickly on the fly. One cool thing is that you can assign an album to the photos being taken and when you upload those photos to Flickr it automatically pops in a tag with the album name.
The theme is “our commute” so we’ll see how much info the five of us can produce with these phones over the next week. I’m pretty much all on foot crossing town so I’ll try to take a different route every day, mix it up with a bus here and there, and see what I can share.
Update: Day 2 – I tried a quick little video on the bus, the quality is superb.