MobileCrunch covered Nakama today. It’s a great review. Oliver was also kind enough to comment on the dotMobi debacle. His comments are bang on, I’ve been playing with a new Samsung d-807 (which I love the camera, however the low light sensitivity is a little poor) but typing ”.mobi” is a pain. A really insightful top level domain for mobile would have been dotM. It’s only 25%, 1/4 of the characters, significantly easier to type on your mobile.
From testing the application I have to say it's well thought out. The web site is simple and easy to navigate and the registration process essentially walks you through getting your account created and your initial content uploaded so that you have created a profile.
Our close friends Mathew Ingram and Rob Hyndman provide additional coverage about our MobileCrunch review (_Full disclosure:_ Rob is our lawyer. He is fantastic, and we would recommend him to any entrepreneur. He continues to support the community through TorCamp sponsorship and through wonderful conferences like Mesh this past spring.)
Like Mathew says:
A mobile photoblogging service that is a whole lot easier to use than most of the others I've come across, although it still has some glitches here and there.
We are working on it. These little “glitches” keep me up at night. We are trying to build carrier grade applications, i.e., when you pick up the phone there’s always a dial tone. This means between 30 seconds and 5 minutes of downtime per year. It’s an ambitious undertaking. Couple this with Sutha and my belief that the user experience is key, i.e., we are unwilling to sacrifice what users see, hear, and do. The user experience is core to our culture. Meeting the requirements of being “carrier grade” and “the best user experience” is challenging but not impossible. Tell us how we can make your Nakama experience better.
“If you have a good idea, five companies are going the same thing. If you have a great idea, fifteen companies are doing the same thing.” “Guy Kawasaki”: http://blog.guykawasaki.com/2006/01/the_top_ten_lie_1.html
Pete Cashmore talks about us on Mashable and I love that we’ve been thrown in to the “Feed the MySpace beast”. There are a lot of competitors in this space. Competition is a great thing, if we were going at this alone I’d be very, very scared. We’re going to keep trying to build a product/service that doesn’t suck.