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Why I have stopped using ShoZu, Sports Tracker and the N82 and use N900 + PixelPipe + RunKeeper on iPhone 3G

Submitted by Roland on Wed, 2010-08-11 01:44

Until I get an N8, I have stopped using ShoZu and Nokia Sports Tracker am using the N900 + PixelPipe + RunKeeper on the iPhone 3G. Why?

  1. None of my friends use Nokia Sports Tracker (On Nokia Sports Tracker, I recorded over 700 activities (90% bicycling, the rest cross country skiing)  and many people use it but not one of my friends around the world uses it on a regular basis anymore)
  2. A fair amount of my friends and people in Vancouver use RunKeeper
  3. Up until today despite many attempts, Nokia has been unsuccessful in creating a popular social network which is what Nokia Sports Tracker and RunKeeper are. And although I love Nokia Sports Tracker and I'll try it on the N8 in the future, I doubt Sports Tracker now that it's spun off Nokia will be successful! Love to be proven wrong
  4. All in all the N900 camera is better than the N82 (except for the flash which I don't use)
  5. I don't have to carry my Bluetooth GPS, the N900 GPS is good enough
  6. PixelPipe is not nearly as great as ShoZu but it's good enough

What's wrong with RunKeeper

  1. On the iPhone 3G, it doesn't multi-task so if I get an alert or phone call, the tracking stops. Hopefully fixed on iPhone 4
  2. There's no way to lock the touch screen so it's easy to inadvertently stop RunKeeper while you are bicycling. Of course this wasn't an issue with N82 which is an old school candybar phone without touch screen

PixelPipe observations

  1. No connectivity re-transmission unlike Shozu. So as I blogged before, if you lose connectivity in the middle of PixelPipe uploading  your photos you have to manually figure out which photos were uploaded and upload only the missing ones. This is very painful for a crazy :-) person like me who uploads dozens of photos ; not so painful for the normal person who only uploads 1 or 2 photos per day
  2. No automatic tagging on a per account basis. In ShoZu you can set it up to tag differently based on which flickr account you upload to
  3. No multiple accounts unlike ShoZu
  4. No way to upload friends only or family only i.e. no way to use flickr permissions like ShoZu does only public or private. A pain if you again are a crazy :-) person like me and use flickr permissions  like "friends only" or "family only" which I gather less than 1% of flickr users do
  5. No way to select multiple photos unlike ShoZu. This is a Maemo limitation I guess since there is no system UI gesture to select multiple photos or files. You have to laboriously select one photo at a time until all are selected.

Comments

Roland,

A few comments on your observations.

PixelPipe observations
  1. No connectivity re-transmission unlike Shozu. So as I blogged before, if you lose connectivity in the middle of PixelPipe uploading  your photos you have to manually figure out which photos were uploaded and upload only the missing ones. This is very painful for a crazy :-) person like me who uploads dozens of photos ; not so painful for the normal person who only uploads 1 or 2 photos per day

A. We plug into the Nokia Sharing framework on the N900, there is an upload queue & a retry mechanism so you shouldn't have to retry your uploads when you loose connectivity. I have however had to manualy restart the upload queue, it's easy though by clicking on the battery/signal area of the desktop (top left) & then by selecting Sharing

  1. No automatic tagging on a per account basis. In ShoZu you can set it up to tag differently based on which flickr account you upload to

A. No automatic tagging however we support the tag cloud so adding tags is as easy as touching your previous tags in advance of upload.

  1. No multiple accounts unlike ShoZu

A. Not sure what you're saying here. If you want to add multiple accounts to a service like Flickr for example just add multiple Flickr Pipes, each can upload to unique user accounts or upload to set with special permissions like a private or family.

  1. No way to upload friends only or family only i.e. no way to use flickr permissions like ShoZu does only public or private. A pain if you again are a crazy :-) person like me and use flickr permissions  like "friends only" or "family only" which I gather less than 1% of flickr users do

A. See previous answer, just create multiple Pipes & route to them at the time of upload with Routing Tags. You can set the tag names to anything you like eg. @flickr_public, @flk_pub, @fp.... what ever makes sense to you. Give multiple services the same tag to create groups eg @friends could upload to Flickr, Facebook & Twitter

  1. No way to select multiple photos unlike ShoZu. This is a Maemo limitation I guess since there is no system UI gesture to select multiple photos or files. You have to laboriously select one photo at a time until all are selected.

A. From the Gallery select the arrow next to All Images on the top menu bar, you'll see an option called "Share Images". Once selected you can just touch all the media you'd like to add to your queue. The UI is pretty nice in that you have the opportunity to set the Title, Description & Tags for each item in advance of upload.

A few other items you might enjoy:

- Support for over 110 services http://pixelpipe.com/capabilities

- Max file size of 250MB for each file

- Use the same log-in from multiple mobile & desktop applicatioms

- Extensive application support http://pixelpipe.com/tools

- You can also use the Petrovitch app if you'd like to upload from a filesystem browser

You can find some tips on N900 setup & usage at http://is.gd/ede5f

About Multiple Select: what I meant was, there's no menu or gesture for "Select All"; my apologies for not being clear. I know about selecting multiple by laboriously selecting them one at a time. I do it every day.