Tag: Symbian

Blackberry lost me (UPDATED)

It doesn’t mean I’ll never go back, but they’ve lost me for now. While I enjoyed using the Curve, the poor Mac support (for sync-ing and file exchange) combined with what might be the most overlooked security issue from an otherwise highly regarded system I’ve seen in a while (notwithstanding Microsoft Windows), forced a switch.

I’m back to the Nokia S60 platform, with a 6650. It’s roughly the same weight as a Curve, but with a measurably smaller feel in the pocket. And while AT&T has cavorted with Nokia to wrap in as many proprietary features as possible, the fact that there are still plenty of folks hacking Symbian means I’ve been able to find work-arounds or substitute applications for most anything I disliked.

I’m not missing the constant email pings, and I hope I’m providing more thoughtful responses from the desktop too. Yea, I feel a little out of place sans a qwerty keyboard, but my thumbs will adjust – the Blackberry’s phone reception (you know, the ‘talking’ function) was also great, but the Nokia’s just as. Additionally, AT&T customer service was superb throughout the move.

UPDATE: Not a bad move after all (at least if I want reception) – the 6650 is 3G.

UPDATE 2: Kara Swisher says goodbye too (although I’m unimpressed by the justification for all the iFarts).

The smarter you get, the worse off you are

I just picked up a Nokia 6682. I have to say it syncs like a charm with the Apple Powerbook, but boy what timing. Three new trojans were just found that threaten Symbian OS phones. No more .sis files from untrusted sources while sitting in a busy place with bluetooth arbitrarily on for me!

Mobile Hacking Moolah

I just finished mentioning how some hackers (meaning the bad ones) had moved on from guts and glory to renting out their talents for profit. Now it seems the same bad guys have moved even further, from hitting the wired world to beating up on the wireless one.