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Interesting N-Gage article

Discussion in 'General Video Gaming Chat' started by Sinzer, Feb 8, 2003.

  1. Sinzer

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    To me it still pales behind the cool phones in Japan ^_^ Shame those phones don't work over here since they are 3G phones I believe.... And in Europe and the US its only Tri-band >_<

    Still its interesting to see Nokia take such a bold step with this technology.
     
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    The phones in Japan are iMode, which is similar to 3G but not the same.

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    They've also had JAVA enabled phones for ages while we're just getting there. They've also got dedicated 3D rendering chips on their mobiles and have up to 32 audio channels for polyphonic ringtones while we have about 12 depending on the phone... So we are really behind in terms of mobile technology by at least 2-3 years.

    Still we are catching up and the Sony Ericsson P800 should be out this month... Been waiting for it since last september >_< Also Intel have put their considerable weight behind the mobile market so expect to see some cracking DSPs very soon.
     
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    we aren't that far behind. DoCoMo is a limiting factor in the growth of the technology. Java was limited to 10K until very recently. 7210 started off with 64K midlets, and it is a quick little phone.

    the 3D bits and pieces are just manufacturer show offs, and not part of the docomo spec, so are unlikely to be used in volume games - just the occiasional 3D screensaver type thing (like the 3410)

    and iMode is basically no better than GPRS.
     
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    Yeah, finally the UK is getting tech savvy. Theres a nice big push to get us all online and with broadband. In Sweden they've got fibre optic connections for broadband and trials have been very well received... One day it might even make it here ^_^ Well we can hope.

    I guess thats why I'm looking forward to own the Sony Ericsson P800... It has pretty much every kind of technology known for mobile phones, can house up to 140MB of RAM, internal camera etc etc. Should be funky.

    UK and Europe is getting there... But its been a painful wait.
     
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    Just thank your lucky stars you don't live in the USA, where GSM is high-tech -- and SMS is a new fangled thing. :clown:

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    my mate has had a go on n-gage, and says it it really is very good, much better than you'd expect.

    personally, I think Nintendo have got a fight on their hands.

    It will be more expensive than GBA, but people have to buy a phone, so why not get a gaming one.

    With the potential to sell lots, the ngage platform will be very attractive to game developers.

    and Nokia will have manufacturing economies of scale that others can't touch.


    P800, hmmm, will never live up to the hype.
     
  9. Sinzer

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    The price of N-gage is the cost to the phone company. It will be interesting to see what subsidy they put on it. Games players are not receptive to a handheld games machine that costs over 100 quid.

    There will be some who buy it for the coolness factor, but I would rather have the GB SP and a 30quid handset.
     
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    true, but how much is a GB SP?

    and it really is quite hard getting a non-embaressing phone for £30.

    I guess it'll be fairly close...

    Didn't see how much games were though..
     
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    Looks pretty good but i like a phone to be a phone and a game to be a game, if you get my meaning
     
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    I see that as the major problem. The GBA screen size was just about right, can't imagine playing 'proper' games on anything smaller!
     
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