Make mine the Galaxy Beam

galaxy-beamIt’s a niche device. It will not sell like the S3 or the Note 2 or even the Galaxy Pocket. But for my needs, and if your needs reflect mine, the Galaxy Beam will suffice.

First. I’m a teacher and I get to go lecture in places where laptops and projectors and, sometimes, electricity are not available. In these situations, the ever reliable chalkboards, Manila paper, chalk, and markers come to the rescue.

With the Galaxy Beam I can leave my laptop at home. I don’t need to request my hosts for an lcd projector or even the old reliables since the Beam works whether or not electric power is available. There’s even an extra battery in the box just in case the three-hour projection time on a full charge is not enough. The phone’s overhead projector function helps a lot as well, especially when pointing out key features from an original document or drawing diagrams. The Beam is quite useful when using flash cards in class.

Second. The Beam’s torch is excellent. Where I live it is very dark at night and the torch practically lights up my path like car headlights. The torch can also light up a room during brownouts. I have no doubt the torch will do great as an emergency beacon.

Third. Reunions are where Beams come in very useful. In the two family reunions I attended this past Christmas season I used the Beam to project a thanksgiving liturgy, to show family photos and videos, and play videoke. On two occasions I used the Beam to play with my brother’s grandson.

For relaxation, projecting movies on the ceiling with the beam is quite nice. Especially animated movies. I’m a Batman fan and watching DC Animated Movies like Year One and The Dark Knight Returns was a blast!

(pic from images.google.com)

Read your Bible everyday, Take Two

Reports say that over 60% of smartphones being used today use the Android operating system. And most of these are Samsung-branded devices. I’ve been often asked my recommendations regarding Bibles for these devices and, to my surprise, the top two applications I volunteer have been my favorites for over ten years.

Olivetree.com’s BibleReader and Laridian.com’s PocketBible are the best in my experience and their apps are available for multiple platforms. I’ve used their Bibles since my Palm Pilot days.

Olivetree’s Android version is more mature than Laridian’s. If you like options, get BibleReader. You can even get the free SBL Greek New Testament. If you like clean and simple, then it’s PocketBible for you. Much better is to have both apps.

Now, if you like reading your Bible while listening to a dramatic audio presentation of what you’re reading, then go to http://www.bible.is.

“Find what you love”

This is a prepared text of the Commencement address delivered by Steve Jobs, CEO of Apple Computer and of Pixar Animation Studios, on June 12, 2005.

I am honored to be with you today at your commencement from one of the finest universities in the world. I never graduated from college. Truth be told, this is the closest I’ve ever gotten to a college graduation. Today I want to tell you three stories from my life. That’s it. No big deal. Just three stories.

The first story is about connecting the dots.

I dropped out of Reed College after the first 6 months, but then stayed around as a drop-in for another 18 months or so before I really quit. So why did I drop out?

It started before I was born. My biological mother was a young, unwed college graduate student, and she decided to put me up for adoption. She felt very strongly that I should be adopted by college graduates, so everything was all set for me to be adopted at birth by a lawyer and his wife. Except that when I popped out they decided at the last minute that they really wanted a girl. So my parents, who were on a waiting list, got a call in the middle of the night asking: “We have an unexpected baby boy; do you want him?” They said: “Of course.” My biological mother later found out that my mother had never graduated from college and that my father had never graduated from high school. She refused to sign the final adoption papers. She only relented a few months later when my parents promised that I would someday go to college.

And 17 years later I did go to college. But I naively chose a college that was almost as expensive as Stanford, and all of my working-class parents’ savings were being spent on my college tuition. After six months, I couldn’t see the value in it. I had no idea what I wanted to do with my life and no idea how college was going to help me figure it out. And here I was spending all of the money my parents had saved their entire life. So I decided to drop out and trust that it would all work out OK. It was pretty scary at the time, but looking back it was one of the best decisions I ever made. The minute I dropped out I could stop taking the required classes that didn’t interest me, and begin dropping in on the ones that looked interesting.

It wasn’t all romantic. I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple. I loved it. And much of what I stumbled into by following my curiosity and intuition turned out to be priceless later on. Let me give you one example:

Reed College at that time offered perhaps the best calligraphy instruction in the country. Throughout the campus every poster, every label on every drawer, was beautifully hand calligraphed. Because I had dropped out and didn’t have to take the normal classes, I decided to take a calligraphy class to learn how to do this. I learned about serif and san serif typefaces, about varying the amount of space between different letter combinations, about what makes great typography great. It was beautiful, historical, artistically subtle in a way that science can’t capture, and I found it fascinating.

None of this had even a hope of any practical application in my life. But ten years later, when we were designing the first Macintosh computer, it all came back to me. And we designed it all into the Mac. It was the first computer with beautiful typography. If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts. And since Windows just copied the Mac, it’s likely that no personal computer would have them. If I had never dropped out, I would have never dropped in on this calligraphy class, and personal computers might not have the wonderful typography that they do. Of course it was impossible to connect the dots looking forward when I was in college. But it was very, very clear looking backwards ten years later.

Again, you can’t connect the dots looking forward; you can only connect them looking backwards. So you have to trust that the dots will somehow connect in your future. You have to trust in something — your gut, destiny, life, karma, whatever. This approach has never let me down, and it has made all the difference in my life.

My second story is about love and loss.

I was lucky — I found what I loved to do early in life. Woz and I started Apple in my parents garage when I was 20. We worked hard, and in 10 years Apple had grown from just the two of us in a garage into a $2 billion company with over 4000 employees. We had just released our finest creation — the Macintosh — a year earlier, and I had just turned 30. And then I got fired. How can you get fired from a company you started? Well, as Apple grew we hired someone who I thought was very talented to run the company with me, and for the first year or so things went well. But then our visions of the future began to diverge and eventually we had a falling out. When we did, our Board of Directors sided with him. So at 30 I was out. And very publicly out. What had been the focus of my entire adult life was gone, and it was devastating.

I really didn’t know what to do for a few months. I felt that I had let the previous generation of entrepreneurs down – that I had dropped the baton as it was being passed to me. I met with David Packard and Bob Noyce and tried to apologize for screwing up so badly. I was a very public failure, and I even thought about running away from the valley. But something slowly began to dawn on me — I still loved what I did. The turn of events at Apple had not changed that one bit. I had been rejected, but I was still in love. And so I decided to start over.

I didn’t see it then, but it turned out that getting fired from Apple was the best thing that could have ever happened to me. The heaviness of being successful was replaced by the lightness of being a beginner again, less sure about everything. It freed me to enter one of the most creative periods of my life.

During the next five years, I started a company named NeXT, another company named Pixar, and fell in love with an amazing woman who would become my wife. Pixar went on to create the worlds first computer animated feature film, Toy Story, and is now the most successful animation studio in the world. In a remarkable turn of events, Apple bought NeXT, I returned to Apple, and the technology we developed at NeXT is at the heart of Apple’s current renaissance. And Laurene and I have a wonderful family together.

I’m pretty sure none of this would have happened if I hadn’t been fired from Apple. It was awful tasting medicine, but I guess the patient needed it. Sometimes life hits you in the head with a brick. Don’t lose faith. I’m convinced that the only thing that kept me going was that I loved what I did. You’ve got to find what you love. And that is as true for your work as it is for your lovers. Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work is to love what you do. If you haven’t found it yet, keep looking. Don’t settle. As with all matters of the heart, you’ll know when you find it. And, like any great relationship, it just gets better and better as the years roll on. So keep looking until you find it. Don’t settle.

My third story is about death.

When I was 17, I read a quote that went something like: “If you live each day as if it was your last, someday you’ll most certainly be right.” It made an impression on me, and since then, for the past 33 years, I have looked in the mirror every morning and asked myself: “If today were the last day of my life, would I want to do what I am about to do today?” And whenever the answer has been “No” for too many days in a row, I know I need to change something.

Remembering that I’ll be dead soon is the most important tool I’ve ever encountered to help me make the big choices in life. Because almost everything — all external expectations, all pride, all fear of embarrassment or failure – these things just fall away in the face of death, leaving only what is truly important. Remembering that you are going to die is the best way I know to avoid the trap of thinking you have something to lose. You are already naked. There is no reason not to follow your heart.

About a year ago I was diagnosed with cancer. I had a scan at 7:30 in the morning, and it clearly showed a tumor on my pancreas. I didn’t even know what a pancreas was. The doctors told me this was almost certainly a type of cancer that is incurable, and that I should expect to live no longer than three to six months. My doctor advised me to go home and get my affairs in order, which is doctor’s code for prepare to die. It means to try to tell your kids everything you thought you’d have the next 10 years to tell them in just a few months. It means to make sure everything is buttoned up so that it will be as easy as possible for your family. It means to say your goodbyes.

I lived with that diagnosis all day. Later that evening I had a biopsy, where they stuck an endoscope down my throat, through my stomach and into my intestines, put a needle into my pancreas and got a few cells from the tumor. I was sedated, but my wife, who was there, told me that when they viewed the cells under a microscope the doctors started crying because it turned out to be a very rare form of pancreatic cancer that is curable with surgery. I had the surgery and I’m fine now.

This was the closest I’ve been to facing death, and I hope it’s the closest I get for a few more decades. Having lived through it, I can now say this to you with a bit more certainty than when death was a useful but purely intellectual concept:

No one wants to die. Even people who want to go to heaven don’t want to die to get there. And yet death is the destination we all share. No one has ever escaped it. And that is as it should be, because Death is very likely the single best invention of Life. It is Life’s change agent. It clears out the old to make way for the new. Right now the new is you, but someday not too long from now, you will gradually become the old and be cleared away. Sorry to be so dramatic, but it is quite true.

Your time is limited, so don’t waste it living someone else’s life. Don’t be trapped by dogma — which is living with the results of other people’s thinking. Don’t let the noise of others’ opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition. They somehow already know what you truly want to become. Everything else is secondary.

When I was young, there was an amazing publication called The Whole Earth Catalog, which was one of the bibles of my generation. It was created by a fellow named Stewart Brand not far from here in Menlo Park, and he brought it to life with his poetic touch. This was in the late 1960’s, before personal computers and desktop publishing, so it was all made with typewriters, scissors, and polaroid cameras. It was sort of like Google in paperback form, 35 years before Google came along: it was idealistic, and overflowing with neat tools and great notions.

Stewart and his team put out several issues of The Whole Earth Catalog, and then when it had run its course, they put out a final issue. It was the mid-1970s, and I was your age. On the back cover of their final issue was a photograph of an early morning country road, the kind you might find yourself hitchhiking on if you were so adventurous. Beneath it were the words: “Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.” It was their farewell message as they signed off. Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish. And I have always wished that for myself. And now, as you graduate to begin anew, I wish that for you.

Stay Hungry. Stay Foolish.

Thank you all very much.

Read your Bible everyday

It’s very hard to read your Bible everyday when you don’t have a Bible with you. Since many of us have phones and many of us, even if we deny it, have our phones with us practically 24/7, then we should have our Bible on our phones.

Librivox.org is the best place to get the Bible in mp3 format. If you don’t want to read your Bibles everyday, you can listen to it. I’ve written about the excellent Bible offerings from olivetree.com and laridian.com. They even include commentaries, Study Bibles, and several translations. I especially like the Tagalog translation from 1905 offered free by olivetree. Recently, Allaboutsymbian.com did a feature on Bibles for Symbian^3 devices. Go check it out.

Yesterday, i discovered Claretian’s eGospel while browsing Nokia’s Ovi Store on my E6. It’s a daily gospel guide for 2011 and it’s based on Claretian’s Bible Diary, Daily Gospel, and Pandesal for 2011. I highly recommend it.

Now, go read your Bible =)

 

Leave your laptop or netbook home

The Psion handhelds (the 5mx and the Revo) gave me the inspiration to leave my laptop at home. These were stand-alone devices and I did most of my papers in graduate school on these much-missed foreparents of today’s Symbian smartphones. Then I tried the Palm devices and the excellent folding keyboard from ThinkOutside. After that period, I had a pair of Jornadas: one had a bolt-in device that allowed me to go online; while the other had a bolt-on thumb keyboard.

But the Palm and Windows CE devices were not stand-alone units. I missed my Psions terribly until I was introduced to the Nokia 6600. Yes, it was wide, it was thick, it looked like a hand grenade but it was a pocket rocket. The 6600, although it lacked a qwerty keyboard, offered me the “pocket office” which the Psions did. It was, of course, more than a pocket office. It was my first connected pocket office.

These past few years, as those who read this blog know already, I have been well served by Nokia’s E-series monoblock qwerty phones. Today, I pack an E6.

What do these connected pocket office devices need in order for me to leave my laptop or netbook at home? First, they should allow me to work (read, write, edit, check grades, do email anywhere, take pictures and videos, record meetings and conferences). Physical keyboards are a must for me. Second, they should allow me to go online (for research, for podcasts, for news, for RSS feeds, for updating my blogs, for social networking, for entertainment). Third, they should keep me connected (via calling, SMS, skype, chat).

You can do all these and more on your laptop or netbook. But I chose to do these and more on my Nokia E6.

Nokia Evolves

I like QWERTY phones. I especially like Nokia’s. I’ve been through four so far: the E61i, the E63, the C3, and the E5. The E63 has been my favorite among the four. I think my work laptop and my home netbook are jealous since I spend more time with my phones than with my computers. I read somewhere that more and more people access the web on their phones. I agree. I’m one of them.

Those who read my blog know that I use my QWERTY phones as laptop replacements. Quickoffice allows me to do most of my work anywhere and anytime. Opera Mini and Mobile provide me the browsers that meet my surfing needs. And I’ve done most of my reading on tiny screens going back to my Palm V and Psion Revo days…

For several years now I’ve used my E63 as primary handheld device. The keyboard is excellent. Better than the E5’s if you ask me. Better even than the popular E71’s. Its keyboard, for me, was second to none. Until I tried the new E6.

Aside from the obvious benefits of the “touch-and-type” newcomer, I can actually thumb-type faster on the E6 than on the E63, one thumb or two thumbs! I think it boils down to ergonomics. The E6 fits my hands better than the E63.

Nokia’s QWERTY phones have evolved for me. The E61i had a 2.8″ screen but it felt too wide for me. The C3 felt too small and too light. The E5 was a powerhouse but it’s keyboard felt inferior to the E63’s. The E6 practically meets all my requirements for a laptop replacement. The USB-to-go function is a major feature that most reviews fail to mention. The screen resolution is fantastic. And Symbian Anna is a joy to use.

I think the E6 is a much better, all around device compared to Nokia’s other flagships (the N8 and E7).

Videoconferencing in the classroom

I am sharing below an article written by my colleague Kelley Coblentz Bautch on videoconferencing.

How Videoconferencing with International Scholars Can Enliven Your Classroom
By Kelley N. Coblentz BautchSt. Edward’s University, Austin, Texas

“So,” asked the students of Prof. Revelation Velunta, “Why do you want to speak with us? Whydo you want to know about the study of the Bible in the Philippines?” The students wereaddressing us from Manila, where it was midnight their time. By means of videoconferencing—namely using Skype [Sky-Peer-to-Peer technology]), students from St. Edward’s University inAustin, Texas who were taking an introductory class had just had an opportunity to learn about“Decolonizing the Bible” from Revelation Velunta, Professor of New Testament and CulturalStudies at Union Theological Seminary (Philippines) in real time.

Prof. Velunta spoke with thestudents about the Philippines and its colonial past and how the experience of colonialism affectsone’s experience of reading the Bible. My students who had become accustomed to taking intoconsideration the historical context of ancient texts were thinking further about the context ofthe reader of these texts. Professor Velunta helped my students think about how biblical texts areread in different communities and to realize more clearly their own social location. Needless tosay, the experience was an important one for my students and for me.Why should a biblical scholar and her students in the United States speak with a scholar in thePhilippines? Why should an educator communicate with scholars in other countries about one’sdiscipline? Why share such interchanges with students? I can offer many good reasons. Myuniversity, although located in an urban and culturally diverse region, is interested in deepeningthe global awareness of our students. While we encourage study abroad and host a number ofnotable programs for students (such as in Angers, France and Edinburgh, Scotland), faculty arealso thinking about how we can further internationalize our students’ education even on campus.Further, I have been working to make the classroom interactive and dynamic and have soughtways to share with students and to make concrete the various methodologies and approaches toreading the Bible and the nature of scholarly exchange. By speaking with a biblical scholar fromthe Philippines, my students have the opportunity to learn new perspectives and to experience thediversity and dynamism of the academy. These lofty goals I have been able to realize, in part, by1 I would like to thank Revelation Velunta and the students of Union Theological Seminary (Dasmarinas, Cavite,Philippines), Milton Acosta, and Christo Lombaard for their generosity in sharing their time and expertise withstudents at St. Edward’s University. I would also like to express my appreciation for Eric Trimble, Faculty ResourceCenter Manager of St. Edward’s University, who facilitated these video-conference sessions, and for LeighAndersen, Managing Editor of Publications, Society of Biblical Literature, for reading a draft of this essay andoffering helpful suggestions.inviting Prof. Velunta to speak with my students. The most important rewards are at theinterpersonal level. My horizons and those of my students have been expanded. Prof. Veluntachallenged us to read biblical literature differently and while we realized through the exchangeour differences, we also were reminded of how these differences enrich our world. Further,through humor as well as frank discussion of difficult texts and through Prof. Velunta’sencouraging us to reflect on our own gifts, we were reminded of our common humanity andabout what we share.Our visit with Professor Velunta of about one hour was transformative for us, recalling in manyrespects the experience of travel abroad. I have always been convinced that internationalexperiences are essential to our development. From study of languages to cultures, biblicalscholars are well poised to grasp the importance of awareness of other contexts and peoples. Ihave been enriched and challenged through such experiences and have certainly grown as aresult. The opportunities to learn from and study with excellent scholars outside of one’s homecountry, to conduct research abroad and to participate in symposia and conferences (such as theSociety of Biblical Literature International Meeting) that bring together scholars from around theworld are truly gifts that assist us in our intellectual development and scholarship. The Society ofBiblical Literature also recognizes the value in international exchanges.“The SBL launched the International Cooperation Initiative (ICI) to foster biblicalscholarship and to facilitate mutual cooperation among colleagues.” (Description of “theInternational Cooperation Initiative” (ICI), http://www.sblsite.org/InternationalCoopInitiative.aspx).“In accordance with the recommendations of the International Cooperation Initiative(ICI), SBL is establishing a set of lists that will facilitate faculty cooperation, includingexchange and co-supervision among scholars and institutions in different parts of theworld.” (the “ICI Teaching Collaboration Program”; http://www.sblsite.org/educational/ICITeaching.aspx).The International Cooperation Initiative (hereafter, ICI) and its various projects that facilitatebiblical scholarship and teaching globally are, for me, welcome additions to the Society ofBiblical Literature. In addition to being able to pledge financial support for the ICI Program, Iwas delighted to have the opportunity to demonstrate my interest in academic exchange by beinglisted on the ICI Scholar List. The “Scholar List” assists international cooperation by providing adatabase of biblical scholars who are interested in supervising or mentoring students from othercountries, teaching abroad or hosting faculty from abroad, or teaching via electronic media.While I look forward to participating further in the various kinds of scholarly exchangefacilitated by the ICI program, I can share how the Scholar List has been helpful to my studentsand me thus far.I consulted the list this last year as I sought out colleagues to serve as guest speakers by means ofvideoconferencing for some of my classes. Three biblical scholars from outside of NorthAmerica who are participants in the ICI program and willing to teach via electronic media wereespecially important in providing my students with an international perspective and, I think,expanding my students’ horizons vis-à-vis the Bible. Thanks to the ICI program andvideoconferencing, my students were able to meet and learn from Milton Acosta, Professor ofBible and Theology at the Fundación Universitaria Seminario Biblico in Medellin, Colombia,Christo Lombaard, Professor of Christian Spirituality of the University of South Africa inPretoria, and Prof. Velunta whose presentation I described above. Students at St. Edward’sUniversity benefited from the presentations of Profs. Acosta, Lombaard, and Velunta, as eachcommands different areas of expertise within biblical studies. At the same time, these biblicalscholars are masterful teachers who also brought new vistas to my students and their encounterwith the Bible.How so? A number of my students remarked that Skype was especially valuable in providingthem with a global perspective on the study of the Bible. For example, I asked students what theyknow about the Bible as a result of our visits with scholars from other countries that they wouldnot know otherwise; one student responded: “(the guest lectures) helped me to grasp the fact thatthe Hebrew Bible is interpreted differently throughout the world and (that) living conditions andpast experiences play a huge role in the interpretation of the Bible.” When asked about hisexperience speaking with our class, Prof. Velunta shared: “Opportunities to meet and interactwith people from different and diverse contexts and cultures make education exciting andchallenging.” My students and I wholeheartedly agree.While the use of technology in the classroom may not always be without difficulties and whilebringing scholars to my campus or having students and me travel to theirs would be especiallydesirous, with limited resources in the way of time and money, videoconferencing offers anotheralternative for international cooperation and scholarly exchange in the classroom. As Prof.Lombaard describes:

The chance to share one’s insights with students who are oceans and continents away issomething very special. Usually this dynamic is limited to one’s own students, and a fewcolleagues at conferences. In the past, it was only with substantial commitments in traveland time that lecturers had the privilege of sharing their newly developing ideas withstudents in other contexts. Now, via technology, and facilitated by the SBL’s ICIprogram, this has become much easier. Although there is no match for the full dynamicof being present in person in a class, technologically mediated classes are by no means analternative to be ignored.

I will always encourage my students to travel and study abroad; likewise, I will seek to visitpeers in their countries and find ways to facilitate their travel and mine so that we can worktogether and continue to learn from one another. Additionally, I am grateful that technologywould allow us to share with our guild, communities, and students the knowledge and wisdom ofcolleagues in distant lands. When funding or the means of travel is not available,videoconferencing—particularly Skype, which is available for free—can still provide studentswith a virtual window of the world. Prof. Velunta similarly notes:

Technology allows people to cross borders that most would not be able to cross. (Videoconferencing)provides us the next best thing to face-to-face encounters. Moreover, Iremember Sean Connery sharing that, being very, very poor, he got the greatest gift he’sever received when he was five years old. He learned to read. For many today, especiallyin my part of the world, Skyping provides a similar gift.

Thus, if you are interested in teaching with electronic media, participating in scholarly exchange,and would like to further interact with colleagues from around the world, be sure to visit the“Scholar List” and learn more about SBL’s International Cooperation Initiative.

Prof. Lombaard shared with me: “My experience teaching Professor Coblentz-Bautch’s class atSt. Edward’s University was as positive for me as it seems to have been for her students. Had itnot been for the ICI program, this would never have happened.” Thank you, Society of BiblicalLiterature, and members of the ICI Executive Board; you are indeed facilitating mutualcooperation among colleagues and are internationalizing our professional society in manypositive ways.

Alcatel One Touch Net: One Cool School Tool

one touch net Alcatel recently introduced an entry-level qwerty phone offering “one touch” access to yahoo! services. I’ve been handling one for several weeks now and I can say that it’s worth considering.

First off, it’s not comparable to a Nokia E-series phone.  I’ve seen it offered for Php 4,000 (under US$100) or less in some stores. Specs-wise, it compares favorably with the popular C3.

“One Touch” refers to a dedicated button that connects to Yahoo! services. The phone, though lacking Wi-Fi, offers a native browser and Opera Mini that take advantage of GPRS/EDGE connections.  If you’re into Yahoo! (meaning e-mail, messenger, oneSearch, etc.), then this is something that will interest you.

As a teacher four unique functions stand out for me. The FM radio allows recording. This allows one “archiving” possibilities when it comes to music, especially the oldies, news, and commentaries. When attached to a PC, you can use the phone’s camera as a webcam.  I plan to test it with Skype one of these days.  A simple e-b0ok reader is provided. (A must for me.) And it has an optical trackpad. I’d call this last one a class act.

Nokia’s QWERTY messaging devices

Most people know that I love qwerty devices. Right now, the Nokia E5 fits my requirements. I needed a replacement for my ageing E61i.  So, my favorite E63 has a more powerful companion.  If you check around, you will discover that this E-series holds the record for the most number of applications running at the same time (74!). It’s the multi-tasking king.

I also appreciate the facebook client and how it integrates with the phone’s contacts.  Another helpful feature involves six options for the Home screen theme. You can choose horizontal icon bar, active, basic, vertical icon, talking theme, and contacts bar. Really cool.

An S40 version of the S60 E5 would be the popular C3. I read somewhere that Nokia has sold so many of these messaging devices. If you’re into facebook, twitter, and instant messaging, this device might interest you. It’s been through two major firmware updates since it came out so Nokia is definitely taking care of its user base. Now, if you’re used to S60, the C3 would frustrate you a bit.

My Favorite Apps

I’ve been using handheld devices in the classroom for over ten years now. Since my Psion and Palm days, I’ve always had an Office Suite on my devices. I did a lot of my graduate school writing on the Revo and 5mx.

These days, Quickoffice is my favorite. The mobile suit allows me to have my most important documents (lectures, lesson plans, drafts), spreadsheets (budgets, grading sheets, attendance records), and presentations with me practically all the time. It also allows me, via email, to receive, edit, and send documents on my phones.

I carry several Bibles on my phones. Olivetree’s newest Biblereader for Nokia’s S60 5th edition touch-phones is quite nice. I actually still use the excellent Bibles from Olivetree on my 7-year-old HP IPAQ 1910! You know this already, I take very good care of my gadgets.

I read a lot and Mobipocket Reader remains on top of my e-book reader list. Divx player is my top choice for watching videos. Google’s gmail, youtube, and maps are must-have downloads.

Finally, I consider Opera Mobile and Opera Mini as still the best among mobile browsers.

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