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Topic # 8366 24-Jun-2006 00:14
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Anyone got one?

looking to replace 6255, LG and a Harrier with the Blade. Its got Bluetooth for my earpeice and car kit, MP3 player, really nice screen, keypad is nice, nav keys are a little small though. Menu navigation seems a little clunky, but not too bad.

Hows the camera? (and lens)

I dont want to pay Telecom for severely DRMd music, can I load my own mp3's onto it?

Bad points?

Good points?




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  Reply # 39488 24-Jun-2006 00:24
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and how much memory does it have, how many songs can it hold, and does it have a card slot?




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  Reply # 39489 24-Jun-2006 01:39
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I went to Telecom today and had a look at it IIRC it's got 72MB of Memory and No card slot.




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  Reply # 39492 24-Jun-2006 11:11
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Hi Tony

The Camera on the Blade seems to be good, and you can load your own music onto it, although I haven’t tried the logistics of it as of yet (may be possible to use the USB cable for even Bluetooth).

Good Points = Bluetooth, 1.3MP Camera, Thin, Black

Bad Points = It's really tall!! Due to size restrains the battery life is not the best.

One must ask how important having a 'thin' but large phone is, similar spec to the Samsung A920 but the A920 has a Micro SD card slot.

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  Reply # 39494 24-Jun-2006 12:11
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height and width dont bother me.... thin is good....

the 920 is a bit "normal" looking for me to want to spend $600 on it.... but the card slot is tempting.




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Reply # 39506 24-Jun-2006 13:14
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It has to be said that the lack of an external memory slot on the Blade is a pretty major drawback, since it makes the music playing facility almost useless.



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  Reply # 39508 24-Jun-2006 13:22
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mmm... 70 tracks is okay. Anything more serious listening i would use an ipod.

Bluetooth file transfer is nice....

Comes with usb cable too... is it mini usb on the phone, or is it proprietry?




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Reply # 39516 24-Jun-2006 14:23
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tonyhughes: mmm... 70 tracks is okay. Anything more serious listening i would use an ipod.


A poster above has indicated that the built in memory is 72Mb. Assuming a size of 4Mb per song, you would fit only 18 songs on it. At 6Mb per song, you'd only fit 12 songs.

Not much good, even as a really basic music player!



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  Reply # 39518 24-Jun-2006 14:50
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ohhh... i didnt read that properly!!!!

bugger


hmmm....


still not a total dealbreaker for me




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  Reply # 39642 26-Jun-2006 11:44
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alasta, the average size of tracks from the TMS is 1MB, I have 68 tunes loaded onto a phone right here... smart encoding get the job done...

won't go off topic and explain the encoding, search the forums there's plenty of other posts that cover this...


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  Reply # 39643 26-Jun-2006 12:05
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WMP will sync songs to the phone, but if i use WMP to downsample, it puts them in WMV which the phone cant play...
Itunes wont downsample for it tho...

Really nice phone, but seems to be missing a few of the sprint features, like an MSN client....

UI navigation is not as intuitive as a Sanyo, but i do rate this phone... its nice.




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  Reply # 39685 26-Jun-2006 17:48

Felix: alasta, the average size of tracks from the TMS is 1MB, I have 68 tunes loaded onto a phone right here... smart encoding get the job done...


And smart encoding get the quality crap...


And dont hold yourself back, tell us about encoding, we are listening.




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  Reply # 39695 26-Jun-2006 18:19
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correction kiddo, your waiting... search the forums, I've post a lot...

btw dumb encoding = crap quality... smart encoding = good quality...

if the forums are too difficult for you to search, try googling

spectral analysis
aac+
fraunhofer
ogg vorbis
Speex
DSP
AMR codec, fixed point / floating point/
Audio spatialization
GlobalIP enhanced G.711 error compensation
Low-bitrate speech codecs CELP
Speech coding papers, LPC-10 codec
G.722 
G.722.1
MPEG Layer 3
DigiTalk
Audio skew correction
Fundamentals of Audio 
Audio processing

Should be a good start for you...

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Reply # 39699 26-Jun-2006 18:39
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The fact remains that those of us with any common sense would rather transfer music from our computers, rather than pay exhorbitant charges for downloading tracks crippled with DRM.

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  Reply # 39708 26-Jun-2006 19:38
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I use the new Nokia Music Manger to convert mp3s to AAC 128kbps which average 4-500Kb in size. Sound fine when using headset. I have 900 songs on my 512Mb card

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  Reply # 39718 26-Jun-2006 20:28
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alasta, I appreciate that... I personally do not buy music, aside from records for mixing... but, if I were still interested in maximizing the quality to size, I'd do my own research (obviously I have already done this)... If you really care about audio quality, use wav or MP3pro 320, or some other lossless format... if you're worried about space, encode and loose some quality... it's a pretty simple equation really...

as for prices, I recommend you check out downhillbattle (Google it)... write a letter to Pfizer, don't pay for major label music... don't confuse the price you pay for music with the technology that delivers it (that would be like blaming the kid in the cd store for the cost of the music you want to buy... or giving a kid who works at McDonalds grief about the nutritional value of a Big Mac)

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