Way back in June, four bloomin’ months ago, I prepared the first draft of my Christmas list, with a cheeky Christmas list addendum following a few days later. Five devices I asked for in total, and the list makes for quite comical – and dare I say interesting – reading.
If I were to write another Christmas list right now, I don’t think any of the aforementioned five would appear on it. Luckily I included a disclaimer in my feature and reserved the right to change my mind entirely. Phew.
It’s a fast-moving industry, but it’s not even like the five thingies I shortlisted are technically inferior or anything. There are various reasons why they won't appear on Christmas List #2.
Actually, I've just noticed that each of the five runs a different operating system. Wow. Anyway, let's take a look.
Item 1: Nokia N9
Shortly after I penned the Early Christmas list feature, there were whispers that we might not see the MeeGo-running Nokia N9 in the UK. I was in complete denial, and even Jan dismissed the suggestion, saying: “Pah... Nonsense. It is coming to the Uk and Germany etc.”
Soon after, we learned that the Nokia N9 would only see a release in select countries. Alas, the UK was not one of those countries selected. Bah.
Item 2: iPhone 4S
Holy ship. Apparently, back in June, I said: “…we think the iPhone 4S will be pretty sweet, even if it’s simply a dual-core iPhone 4. So there.” Uh oh. A cup of coffee and a generous slice of humble pie please.
Ah well, as always, I reserve the right to be a fickle git. After a 15-month wait, an iPhone 4 with a dual-core processor, 8MP camera and Siri doesn’t exactly stir my loins. There are a few other significantly more interesting chaps that have caught my eye since June…
Item 3: “Amazon’s tablet” (Kindle Fire)
Christ, the Amazon tablet was one of the most talked about devices for months, and it took till the end of September before the book giant made the Kindle Fire official.
Anyway, we now know that the Amazon Kindle Fire isn’t coming out here any time soon (boo), so that’s another one off the list. I would’ve definitely considered it if it was available, but it ain’t. Case closed.
Item 4: Pre 3
Dave’s review praised the classy, curved casing; nippy 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor; fun, intuitive webOS; QWERTY keyboard; and 5MP camera.
Alas, webOS has been sidelined, and subsequently app support is understandably dire. Bad times. We has such high hopes for both the HP Pre 3 and HP TouchPad, if only because they didn’t run bloomin’ Android or iOS.
Item 5: Nokia 800 (Sea Ray)
Ahh, the phone I continually insist on calling the Nokia Seahorse. I wonder if there’s some deep-rooted psychological reason for my repeated faux pas. Probably something to do with the time I was attacked by a seahorse as a child.
Anyway, at the time of writing, we still don’t know the official deal with the Nokia 800 (aka Sea Ray), but it sounds like it’ll be a mid-range effort, while I crave my big-screened beauties.
Incidentally, Nokia is very shortly about to dish the dirt on the Sea Ray et al, so I’ll probably pop back in here and insert some sort of comment or something. Er, if I remember. (EDIT: Yep, it's the Nokia Lumia 800) But the way it’s looking at the moment, I’ll be looking to trusty HTC for my Windows Phone 7 action…