iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G

One week later than all the cool kids, but now I too have bought an iPhone 3G. The iPhone will be replacing my Nokia E90 Communicator although the iPhone, even unsubsidized, costs far less than the E90 (about 520€ compared to about 820€).

The touch-screen -keyboard used in the iPhone is terrible while the large qwerty keyboard in the E90 is superb. Apart from that, the iPhone is superior: more responsive, more stable, easier to use, more fun, smaller and so on. I have read some complaints about battery life and slow 3G speed but I have not had any of those problems.

"iPhone, that you are still waiting for."

iPhone, jota vielä odotat.

Front page, full page ad in Finland's largest newspaper advertising the iPhone 3G on Sunday the 13th of July - two days after it was launched ... and sold out.

The text says "iPhone, that you have been waiting for". It really should say "iPhone, that you are still waiting for".

On Monday (14th of July), I called different stores that Sonera (the operator selling the iPhone in Finland) listed as places selling the iPhone and none had any, they where all sold out.

Well, kind of. They do have phones, but their not for sale as they are reserved.

No unlimited data available for iPhone 3G in Finland


Sonera, the largest telecom operator in Finland, published prices for the upcoming iPhone 3G yesterday (27.6.2008). Unfortunately, they have left out the unlimited data option available with other phones so people are going to end up paying 1,49 € per exceeding MB - that is about 4 € per minute or 251 € per hour at 3G speed.

Nokia + Symbian = Same old?

Symbian Series 60 version 3 on Nokia E90

Nokia today said it would become the sole owner of Symbian, buying out Ericsson, Siemens, Samsung and Panasonic. In reality, Symbian has been very Nokia centric for quite some time already so this move is not surprising.

More surprising is Nokia's intention to make Symbian open source trough the Symbian Foundation. This is clearly a pre-emptive attack on Google's Android project, the open source Linux based operating system for cell phones that will be put to use in the first cell phones later this year.

An important question needs to be answered: is Nokia successful because of Symbian or despite of Symbian?

Symbian has been around since 1998 and is based on Psion's EPOC that was made for PDA's in the late 1980s when processing power and memory were much more limited than today. Much has been done to modernize Symbian but a common complain from software developers is still that Symbian tries to be resource friendly and "light" by putting a lot of burden on the software developer. In contrast, more modern competitors such as Android seem to be much simpler to use for developers and simply designed for the kind of mobile devices we have today. Apple has also created a lot of interest in their iPhone trough a very impressive looking and easy to use software development kit (SDK). Developers are claiming they can make mobile software in weeks for the iPhone that used to take months for other mobile operating systems, ie Symbian.