The folks who run the Carnival of the Mobilists are running an online poll to select the best mobile-related weblog post written by Carnival participants in 2006. If you're not familiar with the Carnival, it's a weekly collection of weblog articles on mobile-related topics.
Authors nominated their favorite posts, and then the Carnival folks picked the ten finalists. They are:
Casual Mobile Snacks for Everyone speculates that the intensely personal nature of mobile devices will lead to the development of very personalized types of games.
The big '07 Forecast surveyed 32 mobile gaming executives on what they expected to happen in mobile gaming in 2007. I was surprised by how little they agreed on. About the only opinion most of them shared was that they each think their own upcoming product releases will be critically important watersheds for the industry.
The Mobile Web Grows Up is an overview of mobile data news from 2006.
Nokia N91 Kills the iPod is an article claiming that the Nokia N91 music phone is much better than an iPod.
Youth Mobile Trends Summary is a mashup of four blog posts exploring the use of mobile phones by young people.
Qualcomm: An Empire Under Siege is an enormous overview of Qualcomm's status and all the legal actions the company is involved in. It's a long read, and I don't agree with all the analysis, but I think it's still a very valuable overview.
We Interrupt This Broadcast is a very enthusiastic discussion of the prospects for advertising on mobile phones.
Coltan and Your Mobile discusses the social problems created in central Africa by the mining of tantalum for use in capacitors (including the capacitors used in mobile phones). I was not aware of the tantalum situation; you can read more about it here.
The Mobile Web Phone calls for the creation of a mobile phone optimized for web browsing.
We need a new mobile platform. Sort of. is something I wrote exploring the faltering sales of mobile applications. It suggests that instead of trying to fix the mobile operating systems, we need a software layer that runs on top of all mobile devices. I nominated this article because it's an issue I feel very strongly about. I'd like to thank the Carnival folks for making it one of the finalists.
You can vote for your favorite post by clicking here. You'll see a screen that makes it look like you need to register, but that's not necessary. You do need the survey password, which is: mobilists
And even if you don't feel like voting, check out the Qualcomm post. It's very interesting.