Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY Launch Event

So, I know I know, I’m allaboutsymbian and Nokia…. so what I am doing posting about Xperia Play? Well, I’ve gratefully accepted to join the Sony Ericsson Test Lab crew and this is the handset I’m running with. It could have been any of the new releases but as I’m a gamer, I guess this was a simple choice. I’m really looking forward to meeting the SE team, Snr. Execs and PR people and the other bloggers… plus my mate Jon , he’s more of a geek than I am, promise! πŸ˜‰

Everything kicks off on the 31st March in the City Of London, so I’m heading south again. There is a facebook page if you fancy getting along. Its here.

The Test Lab event side of things though, will be chitchat and road-mapping and seeing what SE are doing with the new line, plus some other hush stuff at the moment. I’m sure I’ll get a good understanding of what SE have been doing since I left them (from the T28 I might add, I loved that phone… although thinking back that fat stubby aerial stuck your in the leg whenever you sat down)

My mobilegeekery will be well satisfied I’m sure so I’m looking forward to it. Drop me a message if you are going and we can meet up.

It will be the first Android device I’ll be looking at for an extended period of time. This coupled with work about to move me from Blackberry to iPhone might just push me right over the edge!

Be afraid!


The aftermath of #NokiaLondonLoop


What a huge day! After getting down to London really easily, I got off the tube at Westbourne Park and bumped into my good friend Jon. Result! He knew where we were heading too. πŸ˜‰

Anyway, we headed to the world famous Sarm Studios to begin our day of looping. I wasn’t entirely sure what to expect from the day but was surprised by the results and the cool people I met along the way.

1st up, big props to the WomWorld team, especially Meg and Katy who organised the event and met us when we got to the studio. Also in waiting was the lovely Dani who although I’d spoke to many times, had never actually met!

As we all sat chillin upstairs from the studio, the big dog Aaron turned up too. Quality bloke and basically the man @ Sarm. Check out the list of people that he gets to deal with day in day out… bit different from your normal customers I’d guess πŸ˜‰

Anyway, what was the craic?

The Nokia Loop app is available exclusively on the Ovi Store. Its a pretty big file standing at 15.83MB so best to DL over Wifi. The premise is that you get a base beat, or even make your own and you add little bits of everyday sounds. This is the promo video:

Clearly, that was a bit of a pro job from Carl Faure / Shanghai Warrior and team, so some of you might think it was a little bit better than what we came up with, but personally, I think ours a mad skills! Here is my top 3 though that I made on the day, the last loop actually being ‘the 1st place loser’ to #toiletloop in the awards.

BollyLoop #NokiaLondonLoop by itsnoel

Loop! Wakey Wakey by itsnoel

Its Hammersmith by itsnoel

So, what do you think?

The winning loop track for the friendly competition at the end of the day was from Mac of and is called Loo Fi (#ToiletLoop), which if you listen closely, is a perfect name for it. Here it is:

Loo Fi Loop (Β #ToiletLoop ) by maclondon

At the end of the day we needed to pick one of our loops to play in the studio to everyone and then it would be decided who’s the winning one was. The judges, Aaron, Phil and some of his other friends from Nokia went into Studio 3 booth to pick a winner… which turned out being Mac’s.

Here’s what he won!!

Mac and his Bling Bling Gold N8

These are a few of the studio snaps I took with the Nokia N8 whilst there, and a very cool studio it was, though to be fair, I have only ever been in one other studio and that is Yellow Arch studios which brings back some old memories!

After all the looping we went to the Electric Brasserie and had some drinks and food and more chat. A great end to the evening.

So great, that I missed my train home! Luckily though, Β I managed to catch the last one back to Sheffield but it stopped at every station on the way home and then there were trespassers on the line near Leicester so I didn’t roll in till 0200hrs. I was shattered! Β At least I had the BH905i headphones to listen to my music on the way home. Thats another post though.