Yikes, this is the graph for usage of cameraphones on flickr. Last time I looked at this it was a nice and fair fight between the N95 and the iPhone. Clearly now the iPhone is far out in the lead. Which is surprising as it’s not a particularly great camera at all. What it does do though, clearly, is make it relatively easy to take photos for most people, and I guess it’s pretty unarguable that the iPhone is the most usable smartphone by some scary distance.
I, meanwhile, am remaining an uncool N95 kid and intend on maybe upgrading to an N97 when it comes out.
Slightly dull albeit useful post, just upgraded my N95 8GB to the latest firmware. Here’s everything I now have to reinstall or setup with a wee description.
Mobbler – last.fm client
Viewranger – OS Maps with GPS support
Large Clock Screensaver – as it sounds, makes for a much handier quick check if you’ve received a message.
Twibble – Twitter support, including ability to use twitpic and include gps location.
Mobipocket – for when my Sony Reader is too bulky, and I want to read something interesting.
Location Tagger – Automatically GPS tags any photos I take.
pyPozmonica – use your phone as a spirit level, amazingly handy
Mobitubia – a YouTube client, very handy for showing odd videos to folk from time to time. And for impromptu sing-a-longs. (was going to link to Joe’s Quantum theme but it’s gone missing, natch).
And new this time Noka Maps 3 complete with 3D bridges… not so sure about that particular feature, but terrain mapping on demand is handy. Indeed, the 3D tower bridge looks… terrible.
So with all that on there is the N95 “what computers have become”. In a word, no. For one thing I don’t risk destroying a computer completely when I patch it against a security hole. For another it’s not reliant on another machine to get patches applied. I could go on, but for every minute of use I’d had from my mobile I’ve then had a couple more minutes of reboots, freezing and irritating hassles like the screen dying for no apparent reason.
Still, could be worse, could be an iPhone. (ducks)