I've discussed & recommended RetinaPad in several of my articles, which makes it possible to run most native iPhone apps in high-resolution mode on all iPad models under all iOS versions - something that Apple should have done in the first place.
Let me continue (previous article HERE) with the systematic test of the Nokia PureView 808, Nokia's new cameraphone flagship model, which, based on my tests and measurements so far, will be even bigger a hit than the Nokia N95 was back in the day. (Just to remember: back in its day, the N95 had by far the best camera among all mobile phones.)
In this current installment, I try to provide you with answers to
- the high ISO behaviour in both full-resolution and binned mode
- whether the downsampling helps at keeping absolute resolution high; that is, is the (binned) image quality, detail-wise, comparable to those of the Foveon sensors
Let me continue (previous article: MWC Report Part II: EXCLUSIVE: Nokia PureView 808 resolution tests!) with my systematical tests of four high-end Android ICS phones, all sporting true (not the PenTile joke of Samsung) 720p resolution screens I've conducted here in Barcelona, at MWC. (Personally, I, who has spent hundreds if not thousands of bucks on iOS and Symbian apps, don't want to invest in another ecosystem so I won't purchase any of them – now that Windows Mobile is, unfortunately, no more, I prefer the iOS + Symbian dual setup: that is, iOS for apps, games & tablets and Symbian for phones & cameras.)
Let's continue my MWC report series (previous (first) part HERE) with the stuff that makes a camera & smartphone freak like me salivate: some serious (and I do mean serious!) camera tests. Note that, as there were no really-really groundbreaking iOS announcements at MWC (as opposed to the announcements and new models of almost all other major manufacturers), I'll only cover iOS later. My exclusive stuff, measurements and new tablets, smartphones first, even if they aren't made by Apple.
I've just returned to my hotel room from the first day of MWC so that I can get ready for the MobileFocus event in the evening. I couldn't wait with sharing my experiences with you on the spot. Having little free time, however, let's start with the most two important pieces of news: the Nokia PureView 808 (a phone with a freaking good camera) and the Samsung Note 10.1 (a really decent tablet). I had some quality hands-on time with both models. Let's start with the former.
Nokia PureView 808
UPDATE (06/04/2012): Part II has just been published; it's HERE.
Now that iOS 5.0.1 has become hackable, I've been continuously receiving requests to make my previous, strictly iOS4-specific iPhone 3GS / 4 video camera enhancer tool (available in Cydia: see THIS) iOS 5-compliant.
Having successfully closed a major project I've been working on for months, I immediately moved to devoting my free time to updating my tool.
(Note: in the meantime, the app received full iPad / iOS 5 support - see the latest update!) If you've been reading my articles since the Windows Mobile days, you may remember my thorough elaboration of the then-current file transfer methods over Bluetooth. (See e.g.
UPDATE (06/03/2012): I've posted a full article on optimizing Display Recorder on the iPad 3 HERE. The article can also be useful for owners of other models as it explains, among other things, how your videos can easily be rotated, how to achieve the best possible performance etc.
Original article follows:
With the release of jailbreak-based BluTrol and untethered jailbreak for all iOS devices (iPhone 3GS, 4, 4S; iPad 1, 2; iPod touch 3rd, 4th gen) running the most current iOS version, 5.0.1, if you are seriously into iOS gaming, you can't afford NOT taking a closer look at either the iCade arcade console (if you have an iPad 1/2) or iControlPad (if you don't have an iPad and/or want something portable).