Full Disclosure :: Mobile Gadget Geek


Just so everyone knows — I used to work at Nokia. So I’m at least partially biased — on everything! In January 2007, I joined a tiny mobile software startup called iSkoot, then left about a year later.

Yes, “iSkoot” is a silly name, but the cool thing is that you can not only see your list of buddies on your cell phone, but you can also press your phone’s green “Call” key and talk to them immediately — even if they’re sitting in front of their PC halfway around the world. All thanks to the magic of Skype. (And hopefully soon, some other IM service partners…) That’s pretty cool!

Before iSkoot, I used to work in Nokia’s Enterprise Solutions group, specifically on software for the Mobile Solutions Unit (MSU). The products I worked on at MSU included Intellisync Mobile Suite, an email and enterprise communications product, and Intellisync Call Connect, a PBX-to-your-mobile-phone product.

The Intellisync Mobile Suite product is also available for Motorola, Palm, Sony-Ericsson, and devices from the many faceless manufacturers who use Windows Mobile. The mobile operating systems Intellisync’s software works on include S40, S60, Windows Mobile SmartPhone and PocketPC, Palm OS, UIQ, and the nameless OS’s used by many of the lower-end mass market phones.

My job is a lot of fun overall. I designed user interfaces for mobile software — or “mobile experiences” as a former boss once said — on devices from a wide variety of different manufacturers. iSkoot makes software for a bunch of different devices and we keep a growing library of devices in the office. So I can put my SIM card into a Motorola RAZR today, a Nokia E61 tomorrow, a Sony-Ericsson K610i for the weekend, and a BlackBerry 8800 next week. What can I say? I’m a tech geek and I love it!

One of the devices I’m especially fond of is the Nokia 770 (and its siblings, the N800 and N810). It’s an Internet Tablet/PDA. (Nokia officially hates calling it a PDA…) It runs Linux, which is extremely rare for a Nokia device. (In case anyone asks, it can’t make cellular calls because it’s not a phone; it’s a miniature computer.)

I bought my first 770 in March 2006 and now that I have this blog and I’ve recently discovered how fun it is to keep around all the time (yes, it did take a little while), I plan on writing about it from time to time. And yes — I bought it myself with my own money, for about USD $310. Nokia didn’t give it to me, unfortunately! (The Nokia 770 device group is based somewhere in Finland — they’re distant corporate cousins at best. So if any of those folks happen upon this little blog, please feel particularly free to shower me with freebie devices. Any time!)

Check out my new Wiffiti screen below! It’s an interactive screen from a very cool Boston-based startup called LocaModa. I saw them give a presentation in May 2007 at a Mobile Mondays Boston meeting. They’re my new favorite cool new mobile technology…