teaching and technology

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).


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.