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Nokia 9000 to E90 – RIP Communicator, Hello Smartphone

I blame Douglas Adams, pretty much. Impressionable young minds were bound to lap up the concept of “information everywhere”, and ever since I first laid my hands on a “slightly smarter than a calculator” portable computer, I’ve wanted my very own ‘Guide’. My brain parsed the Guide as looking a lot like a graphing calculator, so Psion’s Organiser seemed logical enough – but it did so little… 30 years after Adams first popularised the concept, numerous machines now offer that sort of device, albeit with varying degrees of success. Nokia’s E90 is just one of many, but with Nokia’s 13-year track record in the emerging “Smartphone” device class, have they snatched defeat from the jaws of victory by abandoning the Communicator paradigm?
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Minox DCC M3

Minox DCC M3
Minox DCC M3
What do you get the photography enthusiast who has everything? A tiny 1/3rd scale reproduction of a classic Leica camera – that is functional and produced by a firm that has a concrete reputation in the field of subminiature photography? Possibly. What if that camera is also digital and can be used right out of the box to take pictures without the hassle of messing with 8 x 11 film… Continue reading Minox DCC M3