It’s been a year of brilliance in innovation where technology was driven by form and ease of mobility.

At a time where energy efficiency and new generation of communications network dominated the ICT sector, it was the introduction of the thinnest laptop that created the first buzz in the bloggs and social websites.


The Mac Book Air, may not be the true ultra portable laptop that many had hoped for, but it still breaks new ground for small laptops.

It’s only 0.76 inch thick at its thickest, and Apple calls it the world’s thinnest notebook. Problem is that it really does not feel and behave like a Mac book. Its connectivity is shaky really shaking   


However its two mobile devices that are have had more press than other gadgets.


First it’s the 3G Iphone that comes with touch screen technology. The phone has an improved sound quality added to its excellent multimedia.


The Iphone has GPS mapping, supports Microsoft exchange and the new App store, and however with such a device the battery life still offers a challenge. Due to its increased processing power for its function, the battery life gets depleted fast. The orange network currently offers the phone


The biggest challenge as expected for the Iphone came from the Finnish mobile giants Nokia. The N97 or mobile computer has been touted as the first device to combine the versatility of a laptop and the mobility of a cell phone.

The device comes with all the expected features from Nokia and represents its answer to the touch screen enabled devices. It has also replaced the tensile with the thumb experience. The phone will be available in early 2009.  


The software world has not been left behind, google android made its debut in CBIT. This software stack of mobile devices that include operating system that easily helps in developing applications mostly in ICT. This was followed by Google’s first foray into the mobile device market with G1 android.


Softwares that have become popular are OVI and Nokia Maps. Now its possible to use point to map features that enable a user to tag buildings and landmarks, which eventually end up on Maps that are accessible to many people around the world.


With this a person can tag his or her restaurant and market its location


Finally what is likely to make create ripples in the ICT markets of Africa is the inclusion of email features such as mail exchange on entry devices in most mobile phones. Users will no longer have to sit in cyber cafes to open email accounts. The feature is as easy as switching on you device


It’s always cool when you get to be in the centre of a big launch. The grapevine had initially told me in no certain terms that Nokia would be unveiling its touch screen device to the market. So what better way to get to see this new innovation, but by leaving my sunny Nairobi to the now cold city of Barcelona.

Apart from the Nokia World Event taking place there. Annsi Vanjoki Nokia’s guru in marketing laid out an impressive presentation of the journey towards the latest Nokia N97.
It is a device and a half in fact it’s not just a mobile device but a mobile computer. It will come with a 3.5 inch touch display combined with a tilt out full qwerty keyboard and will run the latest version of the Symbian S60.

Looking at it from a distance gave me the chills but holding the prototypes first hand made the experience awesome.
It has the little things that make the Finish devices always a notch ahead of the game. The N97 will be fully compatible with the OVI services and is extremely fast.
Being the top brand the N97 will undoubtedly come with all the likely connections on earth.


Its has an inbuilt memory of 32GB and can be expanded to 64GB, the camera is 5megapixel Carl zeiss terssa lens.

As the fast mobile computer the N97 has the largest battery found on a mobile phone. With the processing power used the phone should have plenty of juice to run.

Holding the phone, I found it remarkably light. The weight is approximately 150gramme and the keyboard was a joy to use. The phone will hit the markets in the first half of 2009 and will retail at 550 euros or 55,000 bob.

Is it a phone you should by, am saving; oh the Nokia World Party was a blast.