The Nokia 5610 is a step up in camera from the 5310 but a step down in design. What is the point of the slider on this phone? None in my opinion. It certainly did not enhance my enjoyment of this phone. I guess the slider was in place so that the screen could be bigger. A big screen is okay for the web surfing and the other things but it really isn’t needed for things like the camera or the music player.
The 5610 is a small chocolate bar shape with a slider feature. By holding the phone in your palm and pushing gently with your thumb the phone slides back to reveal the number pad. This does, in essence allow for a larger screen. However, it felt gimmicky and made me feel like the keypad was a little cramped. Why not make the phone slide sideways and reveal a qwerty keyboard instead. Texting is the big thing. Make a phone that makes it easy to text.
The phone I got was a metallic red and black just like the 5310 that I tried out. But the 5610 doesn’t look as good. It is more boxy where the 5310 was fun with it’s slim size and dedicated music keys. There are no dedicated music keys on this phone. Actually there is the play/pause button on the face and the volume buttons on the side. They just didn’t look as cool as the 5310.
The camera is a 3.2MP camera. This is a step up from the 2.0MP camera from the 5310. But it is still not good enough in my eyes. It takes too long to focus and if anyone moves the pictures get totally blurry. I took a bunch of photos and posted them on Flickr.
What I did like was the macro feature. It worked very, very well when I was in the exact right spot for it to work well. Here is an example of the macro. You can even make out the fabric lines.
The Video Camera
Video is pretty standard and not that great, it ranged from really bad to tolerable. Here is a tolerable video. You can see the bad ones on Flickr.
Using the Phone
Using the phone was easy, it is a pretty simple phone. Everything is where it should be, the sound is good and clear. Getting the sim card in and out is weird but I dealt with it. Overall not a bad phone. Not a great phone but pretty nice if you are into music. Did I mention that the Music XPress option is really nice and there is even an FM tuner.
I want to thank the folks at WOM World / Nokia for everything these past few month. I’m going to be participating ina a very special event that they are having with the Nokia 6650 phones.
I arrived back home today at 6:55am. Then drove from the airport to the house. I signed in and started my day of work. It will be weird going into the office tomorrow because technically I am part of a new group but things haven’t updated yet. I don’t know if things haven’t become official yet or not. Also I haven’t been in the office for over a week again. And next week I’m gone all week as well. But then after that I have no trips planned at all. I think that is when stir craziness will set in but I do look forward to this new challenge.
I’m in the middle of a dispute with a restaurant in London. While I was in London there was one place I went to eat and their credit card machine was not working so I left them with my credit card number and later that night I went back to get a copy of my receipt. They couldn’t give it to me because it was in the middle of the roll or something but I did take a picture of it so I knew it was 29.99 pounds. I was charged for my meal and then the next month I was charged again for the same meal. I put in a call to the credit card company to dispute the charge and today I get a letter from the credit card company plus a letter from the Baker Street Food Station that they refused my claim of a dispute. I now have to write a letter to the credit card company to once again explain that I was charged TWICE. I’ll pay the once charge that is fine but I got charged 2 times for the same meal. Annoying.
Today I discovered something that was really very cool that Yahoo! has done. They created a set of bikes that have cameras mounted on them plus 3 solar panels on the back of the bike to power the camera. The camera takes photos every 60 seconds and automatically uploads to Flickr and also automatically geotags the images. They are using a Nokia N95 for the camera and the automatic tagging. It is a pretty amazing thing. I wrote more about it on The Wired Kayaker. Then I was looking at the blog of Eddie. Eddie is a really nice guy that I met in LA who was one of the Assistant Directors of the Nokia Productions Movie. Well, Eddie has one of the Y! Bikes. I had wish I had known that before meeting him I would have loved to hear more about it. Either way I entered the contest to win one of these bikes for my own so I can ride and geotag my rides automatically.
I was able to post my interview with Spike Lee and I also noticed that the WOM World site is up and running with lots of extras from the premiere as well as the LA death scenes that we filmed. You can see me in many of the videos. Sort of makes up for not having any of my work in the actual movie.
Another thing that I took care of today was to enter Eva into the Gap Kids Casting Call contest. I think she has what it takes to win. Here are the photos we submitted.
You can view them on the Baby Gap Site by typing firstname.lastname@example.org as the submitting e-mail address.