Today I was downloading the new Channels Media Service application from Nokia Beta Labs to test it out and see what it has to offer. The interface is pretty clean, but one of the nicest things I noticed is that Channels makes use of the N95′s built in accelerometer. I recently showed you the Lightsaber demo, but Channels automatically orients the UI based on how you’re holding the device, similar to what Apple always shows off in their iPhone commercial. Here’s a demo of it in action.
When the N95 came out it didn’t have this functionality. In fact, it didn’t even talk about the accelerometer. But you know what? Nokia is slowly releasing software updates for this device, and they’re slowly showing people more and more things that can be done with this device. Every time there’s a new firmware update or I find a cool new application, it’s like getting a whole new phone. And I’m just not seeing that with the iPhone. Web apps? Yeah, they’re okay and can be helpful, but they’re more like widgets that sit on top of an internet connection rather than something that truly integrates with the device. The N95 is showing me more and more that it’s retaining its value over time, whereas the iPhone price drop just says that it was overpriced to begin with.