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Posted on | January 25, 2012 | No Comments

As you may or may not know I also spend a bit of time on DubaiEye 103.8FM with Nightline.

One of the parts of the show I really enjoy is talking a look at some of the new technology out there and doing some hands on testing.

We looked at 2 items last night on the program.


Nokia Lumia 800

  • Nokia’s first Windows phone
  • I’ve had it since last Friday
  • Great design (same as N9)
  • One piece solid polycarbonate, solid color throughout
  • Great camera, dedicated physical camera button
  • 1.4 GHz processor (single core), 512 MB RAM
  • 16 GB storage (no expansion), you get 25GB SkyDrive cloud storage
  • 8 megapixel camera, f2.2 lens, Carl Zeiss lens, 720p HD video
  • Windows Phone 7.5
  • Fast, like the tile interface
  • IE 9 is fast, but doesn’t render all sites correctly (Mobile Safari for iOS is better)
  • Apps is an issue (50,000 but not all that I need)
  • I can imagine how nice the 900 would be, with bigger screen, front-facing camera and LTE




5, no concerns, the polycarbonate body makes it feel hi-class


4, no problems, battery life increased with software update


4, if you come from Android or iOS, there’s a but of learning to do

Design and Form Factor

4, like the N9 – very good


Turtle Beach EarForce PX21

  • About $80
  • Long and thick cable
  • Remote control too close to the headset
  • Soft earcups
  • Very flexible mic boom
  • Great sound for voice chat
  • Decent for music


4 Some concerns, like the padding comes off easily


3 Very bulky, but not really meant to be carried around


5 Great, no problems

Design and Form Factor

4 Only that cord is very thick and inflexible



Here is the podcast of the show.


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