The 3650 belongs to Russ
The 3650's MINE.
Finally I have the 3650 in my grubby little hands. Happy Happy Joy Joy.
I paid full price for it, 449€. Yep, I'm somewhat insane but it's very, very important to get this phone. First, this is the device that's going to be everywhere soon - I would guess that within a month or two it will outnumber the 7650s which are almost a year old. Secondly, this is the only Symbian phone in the U.S. right now and I want to develop my project for that market as well as Europe.
And mostly, this phone is more than just a rev better than the 7650 in terms of functionality. The MMC card stores more apps and data, the video (both recorder and Real) are standard, the browser is XHTML, the Java is MIDP 1.0, but also includes standard Multimedia and Messaging (i.e. SMS) API support, and the camera takes better quality images. These items open up WORLDS of applications for the phone that just aren't available on my old phone.
I'm very, very excited. Both about the apps I just installed on my 7650 (Opera and the video recorder) and now my new phone. I've been waiting since before November last year to get my hands on it. And now with both phones I can start playing with Bluetooth apps and my wife (who inherits the 7650) and I can start sending MMS messages, chat, etc. Very cool.
[Russell Beattie Notebook]
What are the specs on the recorded audio? Can it encode in MP3 or Ogg Vorbis?
After I record the audio what are my options for sending the file to a server? FTP? SMTP?
I like to see if I could interface it with my AudioBlogging gateway design - http://radio.weblogs.com/0100368/stories/2003/04/05/audiobloggingGateway.html
$150 from AT&T Wireless doesn't sound bad. H.G.
Harold - Buried in one of my recent lonog ass rants is a complaint about the media codecs that the Nokia's use. They use the 3GPP-blessed AMR and 3GP files for audio and video (respectively). This is a real shame. I'm waiting patiently for someone to come up with a voice recorder that records either WAVs or MP3s or something more standard. There's a decent FTP client for the phone as well called Yellow FTP (also buried in my recent rant) which I use to post images, audio and video to my server.
AMR - looks like a voice quality codec. Not a bad start. Hmmm. Wonder if their SDK has hooks to the recorder?
Is Yellow FTP using IP end to end or do they use a gateway to move files from the telecom network to the Internet?
You said the phone has a browser. I guess I can't assume it's using HTTP over IP. How does the browser network work?
I bet all this is in your recent rant. Maybe you should give me that url.
Russ responds again:
Harold! Welcome to the wonderful world of GPRS and intelliphones! You do indeed have a direct IP connection and use HTTP and FTP protocols from your phone. The only protocol that uses a traditional gateway is WAP (which includes MMS since that's just a customized WAP app). I say "traditional" because there's always going to be various specialized "wireless routers" if you like doing all the magic for sending packets over the air, but beyond that it's straight TCP/IP.
I'll repeat this again for posterity: Symbian is a full-fledged 32-bit OS with a real file system and stacks for every type of connection you can think of (Bluetooth, TCP/IP, etc.) When you connect to GPRS your mobile phone is given an IP just like when you attach with your computer. It's all sitting on a 104Mhz StrongARM processor from TI, which is the same power as a circa 1994 PC (remember back when Netscape was being developed?).
This is the main difference, IMHO between a phone like the 3650 and the S55 as well. You aren't going to see FTP apps for the S55 because it doesn't have an OS to run it on and J2ME apps live in a sandbox.
The problem with AMR and 3GP is that they're proprietary codecs. I'm hoping the mobile guys open them up a bit, but we'll see. I'd love to have a server-side translation so that I could "mediablog" from my mobile to my website.
Whew! I hope people read my comments, there's a lot I'm writing here today!