As fellow Webwarer Josh Lowensohn reported a couple of days ago, Nokia and Vox have teamed up to bring mobile blogging to a new level. The N93i comes preloaded with the blogging service, so you can use the phone's 3.2-megapixel camera to capture photos and video and instantly upload them to Vox to share with all your friends and family. It's a wonderful idea, but if you're anything like me, you're not going to bother if the process is too labor intensive or kludgey. Well, good news, folks: Nokia gave me a working demo of the two working together, and it really was a simple thing. The booth attendant shot a lovely video of me putting my hands over my face, saved it to the phone, and within a couple of clicks had the video uploaded via a Wi-Fi connection to a sample blog for all to see (yay!). For someone who doesn't even have the patience to wait for Web pages to load on her cell phone, I was pretty impressed.
Here are some more details about the smart phone (or, excuse me, the multimedia computer, as Nokia calls it) itself. It's largely similar to its predecessor, the N93, but it has a swanky new mirrored face and refined keypad. As mentioned above, it has a 3.2-megapixel camera that can record video at up to 30 frames per second and with DVD-like quality. There's photo-editing software onboard and video-out capabilities so that you can hook it up directly to your TV. The N93i also features the Symbian operating system for your work needs and a built-in music player and streaming media support. As with all the models in the Nokia N series, the catch is that no U.S. carrier has picked up the N93i, which means if you want to snag one of these puppies, you'll have to pony up a hefty $700 or so (ouch) to buy an unlocked version of the phone. The Nokia N93i is scheduled for release by the beginning of 2007.