lundi 23 mai 2011

The phone that has changed my life: Orange SPV C500

My first phone as an "adult" :-) was an Orange SPV C500 back in 2005

It was my first smartphone, and it was when I really started to get into mobile phones. Windows mobile for smartphone was the most efficient mobile OS at that time, Outlook sync, smart dialing, web browsing, even multimedia with media player was state of this art. It was elegant, compact and quite easy to use once you get into it.

Obviously it was Microsoft, so you had to reboot it once in awhile or once every day, but it was just brilliant and it was a one way ticket for me. Since then, I had a hard time coming back to normal phones such as the big hit of 2005:

Nokia 3220 6230i, Siemens A62, LG C3310, Alcatel OT256, SE T290, Motorola V3 or Samsung D500e

Why was that? I think for the same reasons that make people love the iPhone today: Synchronisation, application, web browsing, multimedia capability,... Ok GPRS browsing was crappy, multimedia was not tremendous and applications were basic, but everything was there and it was a really good voice and text device.

I really do miss those windows mobile smartphone, today the only alternative to big smartphone are the Nokia E52 an 6700s. They are very good devices, far better than what was the SPV C500, but it is not the same and there is no smart dialing. Let me just say something about this, smart dialing was the killer feature of Windows mobile OS, no other device would give you the easiness to look for a contact and get in touch with it. It is so true that HTC have redeveloped this application for Android and it has been part of HTC Sense since the beginning. It was a tremendous application and that is what I miss the most.

Successor of this device were brilliant too, C550 with the dedicated hardware multimedia buttons and the QVGA screen. C600 with edge connectivity and exchange support and its two "sons" the low end S310 and the sliding full keyboard S710. The HTC Meteor was one of the first HTC branded device and was a precursor in term of battery lifetime issues :-) showing everyone how difficult it would be to have a 3G smartphone that last more than a day.

Of course I can't end this post without talking about the brilliant HTC C620, it is by far the best Windows mobile/ Symbian S60 full qwerty bar handset ever. the keyboard, the battery life, the smart dialing, ... everything was there for a brilliant texting device. Needless to say that it is the precursor of the Facebook phone and that I hope HTC will make a B2B version of it.

Next time I will tell you how Sony Ericsson broke my heart.

mercredi 13 avril 2011

another example of Royal Pingdom brillant charts

Facebook’s ginormous size put into context (chart): "

FacebookWe’ve mentioned the tremendous growth of Facebook at numerous occasions on this blog, and it’s fascinating how fast the social network has risen from being an upstart fighting with MySpace to basically leaving the entire social media landscape behind in the dust.

Since Facebook is now so ginormous (that’s the scientific term for it, right?) we wanted to give you a frame of reference for how big the service has become. And as we so often do, we’ve done it with a chart. :)

Facebook's user base in perspective

Please visit their great website:

mardi 12 avril 2011

At last we see Google moving to Content management, let's see how it'll interact with google music

Better media management coming to Android? Google acquires Pushlife: "

Pushlife, a Toronto-based mobile entertainment company, just announced on its website that it has been acquired by Google. What’s Pushlife you ask? Well, according to TechCrunch “PushLife let you manage wallpapers, music, videos, ringtones and other media on your cell phone until its acquisition” What will the Pushlife team be doing at Google?

Source: Android and me

vendredi 1 avril 2011

The end of mobile phone, really? Answer to Jacques Attali’s article: “The end of the mobile phone”

I wanted to answer two articles I found particularly provocative: “The Death of the phone call” from and “La fin du téléphone mobile” from

I find them illustrative of how people try to sort out trends at any cost: both prophesy the end of the mobile phone! Despite their rhetoric titles, the real issue they deal with is not how the mobile phone is dying, but how phone calls are decreasing and how other communication means such as texting, chat and BBM-like services are booming.

I must agree that they are many more ways of interacting than before. I do also agree that for instance mails have been supplanted by emails in volume, drastically. Nevertheless I can't see why phone calls would disappear, overtaken by text-like communication services. I am not even sure that when it comes to mail, the correlation is so clear.

What I think is that when it comes to communicating, people use all the means available. Today there are more services to communicate on mobility for the same amount of time dedicated to communications, therefore voice calls use is decreasing. Voice is facing the competition of other communications services: SMS, chat, email, BBM… It is decreasing to reach an equilibrium where all services will coexist but should not disappear in the near future. All communication means respond to a specific intent and situation, they vary from one individual to another, but globally none will disappear. For instance I don't text my boss but I do text  my father, I don't chat all day with my friends but I do with my coworkers. I have many ways of interacting with people, but I am not able to tell really if I am using less voice call than before.

In addition to that I think that Mobile Operators have not seen this situation coming, and now face an issue of ARPU decrease. With the new split between communication services and as voice is still more expensive than any other mobile services, the global average ARPU is logically decreasing. Mobile operator have seen SMS, MMS, Chat, Mails,... as new sources of revenue and they have priced them so that they would attract many people. But at the same time they made a mistake assuming they would not cannibalize too much their voice revenue.

Well it seems that the pricing was not right and that they now fear that the revenue decrease become structural, because of those new services and also because of IP services. They have offered to much unlimited services on top of their voice tariff plan. I think that what we see now is that consumers are more mature and informed. They have the possibility to choose new ways of communicating that are cheaper so they take the opportunity and diversify. Tomorrow, if the situation would reverse: if one SMS would cost as much as 5 minutes of communication, or if each chat would cost one SMS, then voice call would rise again! 

It is as a question of pricing and of customer maturity.

Margaux & Axel

jeudi 31 mars 2011

One more move from HTC towards Multimedia content [source: Gizmondo France]

HTC met un pied dans KKBOX pour du streaming musical: "

Le streaming vous séduit et a donc également séduit les acteurs majeurs du high tech. Amazon vient ainsi de dévoiler son service de streaming de fichiers musicaux uploadés dans son Cloud Drive. HTC n’entend pas être laissé pour compte et vient d’acquérir 11.1% de KKBOX, un service de streaming musical disponible à Taïwan et à Hong-Kong.

Cela paraît lointain mais c’est une tendance lourde qui s’appuie sur le succès de Spotify notamment. Le business model semble bon et le service séduit les utilisateurs. Le service KKBOX propose 1.5 millions de titres provenant de nombreux labels chinois. A la manière du Cloud Player d’Amazon, ce service est accessible depuis n’importe quel ordinateur, depuis un terminal Android ou bien depuis un appareil iOS.

C’est la première partie d’une offre qui va se compléter avec les jeux vidéo déportés et avec un service de streaming de vidéos (avec Saffron Digital).

HTC bien compris que ses terminaux gagneront en attrait lorsqu’un écosystème viendra les enrichir. A la manière d’iTunes, HTC consolide donc son offre de contenus avec cette participation hautement stratégique.



One of the biggest improvement on the Android Platform for me

Mozilla Launches Firefox 4 for Android, mobile browser war heats up: "
Today must be the day for major app launches, or something. Mozilla just officially dropped Firefox for Android in the Market, available for download now.

The mobile version of Firefox includes a lot of the bells and whistles we know from the desktop version, like tabbed browsing, add-ons, themes, and bookmark syncing. Well- bookmark syncing might not be a fair title. They call it Firefox Sync, which provides seamless and secure access to personal data across desktop and mobile devices, including browsing history, bookmarks, open tabs, form data and passwords.

They’re also boasting a speed boost, saying, “Firefox is up to three times faster than the stock browser on Android.” Which, at this point, is something I’ve yet to experience for myself. I’ve tried Firefox a few times through the develop process and found it pretty clunky. And while the version I tried today seemed a bit snappier, overall it still felt a bit cumbersome. As I downloaded it I thought I should test this browser out all day. But after literally a few minutes I was running back to my trusty Dolphin HD [or insert your preferred browser here, I'm not here to argue the details].

Mozilla Firefox Web Browser


If you want some more Firefoxiness, you can find the market link and QR code above, or check out the handful of screens and video below.