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Use SUPER to convert DivX video for your mobile

Konvertér video til DivX med SUPER - mobilmag.dkSuppose someone sent you one of those "funny" video clips that circulate on the Internet - for instance the one with the DUI guy who is being finger printed at the police station. Let us further assume you would like to have this video on to your mobile phone so you can show it off to your friends…or something.

How will you do that?

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Using the Nokia N95 as a video game console

Total Air Mayhem 1942 on the Nokia N95 - gersbo.dk 200 years ago as a teenager, I would hang around in dodgy fast food places to play arcade video games. One of the games I played was »1942«, a game which I have recently (re)discovered for my mobile phone.

In fact, I have not just been playing it on my mobile phone - I have also been using the TV-out capability of the N95 to use the phone as a video game console with my TV.

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I think TV out on the N95 is a really cool feature

N95 TV out gersbo.dkSince getting a Nokia N95 I have been wanting to blog about its TV out function. To me, this feature is simply freaking awesome and very useful.

I had some initial problems plugging my N95 into my old B&O TV set. This TV does not have a phono input (RCA) that fits the N95 cable's jack plug.

Read on and see, how I solved that problem…

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Cooking with Robert Rodriguez

You probably know Robert Rodriquez as the director/editor/producer of quite violent movies like »Grindhouse«, »Sin City«, »Once Upon a Time in Mexico« etc.

Did you also know he likes to cook…and appears to be quite accomplished at doing so? I did not - that is, until yesterday when I came across a couple of YouTube clips in which Mr. Rodiquez shows how to prepare some very tasty looking dishes.

A couple of quite exotic ingredients are used for one of the recipies - if you know how to get these in Denmark, please help out by commenting…please.

Cooking videos after the jump…

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I Just Really Like This Video

An ultra short introduction to Denmark:

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Weekend Video

A few impressions from the weekend, caught on video using my new LG KG320S:

Anna eating dinner in full technicolor.
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LG KG320S

So, it did not take me very long to get tired of the outdated Nokia 1110 I have been using while waiting for the Nokia N95. The N95 which, by the way, was not released last week as I had expected it to be.

I therefore decided to get an intermediate phone and because I decided to try something different, I went out and got a LG KG320S, second hand. In this post I will write a bit the KG320S and LG's line of "design" phones.

LG KG320S

Please start by taking a look at this video of the KG320S:

I hope you will agree with me that the KG320S is a very slick phone to look at. What is difficult to assess in the above video is just how thin and light weight the phone actually is. It is very thin and light weight - in fact, nimbleness and slick design combine to make the KG320S a very dainty, if not *gay* phone. I cannot really decide whether to assign it to the "ladies phone" category? Maybe I should just label it as "urban" and "metrosexual", and leave it at that…

The specs of the KG320S reveal it to be a phone with basic, no-frills features: Tri-band, Bluetooth & GPRS, 1.3 Megapixel camera, 176×220 TFT color screen, music and video playback, 128 Mb non-expandable memory, connect to pc as mass storage device via included USB cable.

The interior does not quite match the slick exterior, however. Inside the phone resides a very ordinary phone OS, which unfortunately does not keep up with the "tight" design of the phone's exterior. The Media Player, for instance, sports an equalizer that occupies most of the screen and by default is in 3D and all the colors of the rainbow1. It seems as if the UI designers have not quite been able to restrain themselves - something which is also evident from the UI's inherent inconsistencies. For instance, every menu, submenu and so forth is assigned a keypad number2. Now, it would be nice if the option to delete something (text message, image, video, email, contact etc.) was always assigned the same number, but regrettably this is not the case. The number assigned depends entirely on what is to be deleted - it can be '2′ (music file), '3′ (message or image), '4′ (inbox or video), '6′ (photo album), '7′ (SIM contact) or '8′ (Phone contact).

Apart from this discrepancy between the design of the phone's exterior and interior, the KG320S actually implements its features quite well and I am very happy with the phone. The speaker is quite good and the camera takes nice pictures, except that maybe the shutter is a little slow.

Here are some images taken with the KG320S. Please bear in mind that a) I am a lousy photographer and, b) quite a few of the shots below feature my daughter who - because of being in constant motion - only manifests herself in pictures as a blurred whirl.

Here is a video taken using the KG320S. Because of a difference in the implementation of the .3gp video format, video captured on LG phones (maybe just some models) cannot be played back using Apple's QuickTime. If you want to view video on a computer, get MPlayer, VLC Media Player, or convert the movie - e.g. using SUPER. I did the latter with the following video sample:

Video test on KG320S.

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LG Design Phones

LG KG800 WhiteThe KG320S is part of a new line of LG phones that emphasizes the design of the physical phone. Within this line of "design" phones, the KG800 Chocolate model (brief video review) was released last year to wide acclaim (more than 1 million units sold outside Korea, awarded several design awards). At the time of writing, two new variants of the Chocolate model (3G (KU800) and Platinum (KE800)) are being released, as is the LG Shine model (KE970). The much anticipated KE850 Prada phone is to be released later this year.LG KE970 Shine

The Prada phone is particularly interesting, partly because the collaboration with Prada3 really underlines LG's emphasis on signature design, partly because the phone's touch screen 3 really underlines LG's emphasis on signature design, partly because the phone's touch screen resembles that of the iPhone. This YouTube video gives you a pretty good idea of how the LG KE850 phone handles itself.

LG KE850 Prada PhoneIf we look beyond the great looking phones for a minute, what I think is really interesting about LG's line of design phones, are the implications for LG's mobile strategy. LG's strategic goal is to become the third largest handset manufacturer in the world - LG is currently the fifth largest manufacturer4.

KG810, KE800, KE820 and KU800A telltale sign of the LG design phones specs is the absence of cutting edge features - e.g. with a single exception these phones are not 3G, none have wifi and the models of last year all had limited, fixed memory and 1.3 mega pixel cameras. The models just released all have better quality cameras and card slots for memory expansion, but still, these features are yet again a step back from what can be considered cutting edge right now. What this implies is that LG consider phone features to have - in general - become sufficient and that competition will now turn to other characteristics. This implies that LG consider the combination of basic, good-enough features5 and the emphasis on distinctive design as a viable strategy towards increasing sales (at a rate surpassing those of their competitors, mind you), thus realizing their strategic goal.

It is going to be interesting if this will indeed be the case - the success enjoyed by Nokia's L'Amour collection over the last couple of years probably suggests so. For LG, I think the potentially most significant snag may prove to lie with the phone OS. Because of its touch screen, the KE850 Prada model comes with a special-purpose, flash-based OS, but the other models all appear to have the same proprietary OS. As noted above, this OS does not quite keep up with the effort spent on designing the exteriors of the phones. I personally hope LG's line of design phones will continue its success. In general, I really appreciate that available alternatives to the larger manufacturers exist and I particularly value the exceptional design effort that stand out from the ordinary.


  1. Two other, and somewhat more austere equalizer skins are available. [back]
  2. So instead of selecting 'Menu' -> 'Multimedia' -> 'MP3 -> 'MP3-Player' to start the Media Player, you can select 'Menu' and enter '4′ -> '4′ -> '1′. [back]
  3. Prada designers have been involved in the design of the phone's exterior, as well as elements of the UI [back]
  4. LG (6.67% of global handset sales) is currently struggling with Sony Ericsson (7.49%) for the #4 spot - Nokia (34.97%), Motorola (21.85%) and Samsung (11.86%) are #1, #2 and #3, respectively. back]
  5. So instead of selecting 'Menu' -> 'Multimedia' -> 'MP3 -> 'MP3-Player' to start the Media Player, you can select 'Menu' and enter '4′ -> '4′ -> '1′. [back]
  6. Prada designers have been involved in the design of the phone's exterior, as well as elements of the UI [back]
  7. LG (6.67% of global handset sales) is currently struggling with Sony Ericsson (7.49%) for the #4 spot - Nokia (34.97%), Motorola (21.85%) and Samsung (11.86%) are #1, #2 and #3, respectively. 2006 sales figures. [back]
  8. Bluetooth and GPRS for data exchange, media player and decent camera [back]

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