I Have Played With The Omnia and I Liked What I Saw

It’s an exciting morning when you go to breakfast at a schmick hotel and the guys at Samsung are there talking about the afternoon’s presentation where they will unveil their new hero product the ‘Omnia’. It’s even more exciting when they have the hero product in their hand and say ‘here, check it out’.

I was a kid in a candy store… from the leaked details on the web, the Omnia sounds like an iPhone but runs off windows mobile OS. Well, it is exactly that and although I only had three minutes to play with it I liked what I saw.

This is not an Omnia review, how can you review a product in three minutes? This is more an Omnia glimpse.

The size of the device is much the same as the iPhone, it’s thin, light and strong. It feels really solid. The touch screen display is great, the icons don’t fly around the screen like on the iPhone but busting your way through the menu is easy and fast. Up the right side edge of the Omnia are volume controls, and at the bottom of the front panel a cancel/back button.

In the back is a 5.0 mega pixel camera and from taking a few happy snaps of the unsuspecting diners mulling over their breakfast I noticed it had the ‘auto face focus’ feature that most good cameras have.

I did have to hand back the Omnia much sooner than I had suspected as it was going to be used in this afternoon’s presentation! However I look forward to taking a closer look at the device tonight.

Charlie Brown travelled to CommunicAsia courtesy of Samsung

Mobile Phone Madness Week

I’ve popped up to Singapore to visit CommicAsia 2008 and see all the latest in mobile phones that are on offer from the Asian mobile phone makers for 2008. Interestingly, Nokia also has a big event in town while we are here, but they are not part of the CommicAsia conference.

The big item I’ll be looking out for will be Samsung’s hero product, the Omnia. This is their iPhone competitor and is touted as being a really great device (from the leaked details I have read on the internet!).

After the press conference I’ll be heading to the Nokia press conference (I have not actually been invited to attend, but I thought I would swing by anyway) to see what big announcements they are making.

I’ll be back online straight after with some write ups and some pics. Should be a fun day, ahead of the convention tomorrow.

The 2008 Webbys

This morning on Today we talked about the Webby Awards; the video clips that were notable and those that were not!

In the notable class was the ‘Obama Crush’ music video that made it’s creator an instant star, well, a web star. The video clip was not only watched by over 8 million people online but saw loads of parody clips made that helped push the hype – Watch It Here

In the not so notable mentions was the online world wide attention focused at Corey Delaney. The interview between Leila Mckinnon and Corey Delaney on A Current Affair was the video clip example used when discussing the mention. There is no official listing of the not so notable mentions in the Webbys, they do however read them out at the award’s ceremony. This clip was mentioned because of the massive amount of internet hype Corey achieved following his house party, and the ACA clip was the best example of this – Watch It Here

The Webbys, in their current form started in 1997, fast becoming an annual award event promoting excellence in the world of the Web.

Check out the winners’ list for all the nominations and winners, and let us know which were your favourites.

Webby Awards – Online Film and Video
Webby Awards – Websites
Webby Awards – Interactive Advertising
Webby Awards – Mobile