Archive for December 19th, 2007

Nokia: over-promising, under-delivering

Nokia wrote on their feature-list of their Tablet OS2008 for the N800/N810 devices:

Supported video formats: 3GP, AVI, H.263, H.264, MP4, ASF, WMV, MPEG-1, MPEG-4, RV 7/8/9 (RealVideo)

I was shocked to find out that absolutely none of my h.264 files worked (.mov or .mp4), none of my DivX files worked, and none of my ASF & WMV8 files worked. I later tested mpeg2 (QVGA, always) and that didn’t work either. The only files that I managed to playback was 3GP, XViD, WMV9, Mpeg1 and *some* Mpeg4-SP files (not all). Given the fact that XViD and DivX are very similar, their decoder should have (or should have been made to) work with both MPEG4-ASP formats.

Last night, Sony had a firmware upgrade for their PS3 too. They promised DivX and WMV support. They both worked perfectly, and we also got XViD support and partial MPEG4-SP support for free too. If Sony was to add .mov container support for h.264, their solution is perfect for video viewing, beating even the AppleTV which was created for that reason alone.

I like the OS2008 upgrade for the rest of its features, but for video support, it sucks. It sucks less than OS2007, but it still sucks hard. Nokia needs to get their shit together. As a video person, that’s all I have to say.