Archive for May, 2009

Clue Number 4: Search For N…

May 31, 2009 20 comments

Clue Number 4 for the search for N has just emerged from

1st Tweet:


2nd Tweet2

3rd Tweet:


4th Tweet


5th Tweet



When you reckon you’ve solved the fourth clue, go to:

where you can check your answer and hopefully get your fourth green tick. Solving all 5 clues correctly and you might get your hands on a Nokia N97! For the previous three clues, see the posts below.

The 5th Clue will be released on Tuesday 2nd June 2009.


(Note: the answer sheet on does not seem to be open yet for the fourth clue. Maybe they just haven’t managed to “unlock” that bit or there’s more to the twitter clue  – if so, this post will be updated accordingly or you can check them out at )

All’s set – thanks guys! Good luck with Clue Number 4 (and Number 3 as well if you haven’t got that yet :D)

Nokia N97 Low Light Photo Samples! (and N82 extreme low light photos)

May 31, 2009 10 comments

We’ve seen sample pictures from the N97 before, e.g. here and here. But we haven’t really seen it perform under less than optimum conditions, i.e. poor lighting, with people posing in poor lighting – mostly relying on the flash for additional illumination.

The following samples from the N97 don’t seem to be using the Dual LED flash, but in these circumstances (except the last photo) you don’t really need it.


This first one, the distance would have been too far even for Xenon flash, and the N97 seems to cope well.


Looks a little pale here.



These wine glasses would have been obliterated with reflections if Xenon were used.


Not sure if the Dual LED flash was on. If it was me and the N82 there, you would be able to see those people's faces.

Without actually testing the Nokia N97 under extreme low lighting conditions (virtually no lighting), I still cannot  say I can give up the N82 as my phone/camera for nights out and use the N97 instead. Carrying a compact is an option, but then you’re gonna have to carry that in addition to your phone. Alright for most girls as they’re used to being lumbered with bags, but not the best option for guys who just have pockets. Subjectively, with alcohol, the less things to worry about, the better.

Take a look at these random selection of photos taken by the N82 (please ignore the repeat N97 ones), nearly all of which would have appeared pitch black just like the last photo above taken by the N97 had it not been for the Xenon Flash. These were some of the only ones safe to put up outside facebook.

Blog-N97 Via The Symbian Blog

Clue Number 3: Search for N…

May 30, 2009 241 comments

Third Clue for the Search For N…

Note: Clue three is a 4-part collaborative clue, i.e. has part one of the four parts required to work out the clue. You have to find part two, three and four in order to work out the third clue.

I’ll update this post with the other parts when I find them:

Thanks to those who’ve located the last part of the clue. Here’s all four of them, slightly slowed down.

There appears to be a common theme in all parts of the clues. 🙂

When you think you’ve worked out Clue 3, go to: to check your answer, and hopefully get your third green tick.

Only two more clues to go, so keep an eye out for them, as well as the previous two clues that have already passed. Solving them all may get your hands on a Nokia N97!

Previous Clues:


Clue Number 4 will appear tomorrow (Sunday 31st May 09) on

Clue 4

Video: Nokia N97 Disassembly

May 30, 2009 2 comments

Want to see the guts of the Nokia N97?

It’s not a pretty site, as the N97 is torn down systematically to its innards. A bit like what Iive in Anatomy to cadavers, it’s interesting to see exactly what and where the parts of the N97 are located, e.g. I’ve always wanted to know where the connection point was between the screen and the main body was (you can see it at 1:00)

If for some reason you wanted to replace a part of the N97 (others used similar videos to replace covers/microphones/keypads on other Nseries devices, e.g. N95/N82) I would not recommend at all that you do this yourself. Bring it along to a Nokia repair centre instead.

The Phones Show: Episode 81

May 29, 2009 2 comments

The latest episode of The Phones Show, (known before as the Smartphone Show) with All About Symbian’s Steve Litchfield.

I’ve just left my exam early and posting from the Library computers (whilst I wait for everyone to finish) which has no speakers :(. However, Steve says this show covers:

  • News from Mobile World
  • Interview with Raj Singh, from the makers of Skyfire
  • and Teaser for Steve’s Nokia N97 review

Via 3lib

Hello Satio! Idou released as Sony Ericsson Satio

May 29, 2009 3 comments

sony-ericsson-satio-13.5″ Screen, Symbian Foundation, 12MP with Xenon flash – a combination you’d expect from Nseries devices, yet this is being brought to us by Sony Ericsson. Known by many as the Idou, Sony Ericsson now officially launches ther flagship device as the Satio.

Expected in Q4, this multimedia marvel is a worthy rival to both Samsung’s i8910 Omnia HD and of course, Nokia’s N97.

Which phone is best, depends on what’s best for you, i.e. what fits your needs. I’m pretty smitten with the form factor/keyboard of the N97 and plan to do a lot of mobile blogging when I get that device.

Why not get a device that’s more QWERTY based then? e.g. HTC Touch Pro2. Well I also want the balance of multimedia features which those lack – whereas, although dated, you get a decent 5MP camera and widescreen VGA video recording, 32GB on board memory and widgets.

I’ve mentioned this a million times, but had the N97 been endowed with Xenon, that would have given it more flexibility as an imaging device. After all, megapixels isn’t everything; it’s how effectively you use those pixels.

via mobile gazette

Clue Number 2: Search for N

May 28, 2009 18 comments

Here is the next clue for the Search for the N:1


Can you tell what it is yet? These images seem to be pretty random, but they appear to be symbols: e.g. More code for dots and dashes, Binary for 010101 and Semaphore for the flags. Or that could all just be wrong and they are just random. 😀

When you work it out, be sure to post your answer

Be sure to also  check out Clue Number 1 if you haven’t got it already: here


Side Note: The answers which you can check on are NOT for the riddles that are appearing on other blogs. That is an entirely different Search for N. (Confusing, I know, but hey, more chances to get your hands on a Nokia N97)

Search for N: Wrap up of the first Clue

May 28, 2009 8 comments

Part of the first clue from yesterday’s post: S60 – confirmed on WOMWorld.


Plus this one I had overlooked which has recently surfaced. At first, I actually tried scanning it with the barcode reader on the N82 to see if anything would come up.

Finally getting somewhere: First clue = S60/_ _ _ /_ _ _ _ _ _ _ (I thought I tried that yesterday – must have typoed and ignored it)

Be sure to type it in at and hopefully you should see the first green tick on your way to finding the N. Complete all five clues to search for N and get your hands on a Nokia N97!

Second clue is also coming today 😀

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Also: From the Nokia N97 Member’s Club:

Nokia’s ‘Search for N’ Begins: Join the Worldwide Hunt to find one of 97 Nokia N97s Hidden Across 13 Countries

Welcome to the latest update from the Nokia N97 Members Club. If you hadn’t already heard, the race to own a Nokia N97 is on. For 97 lucky people the key to a truly personal Internet experience could be a little closer, as the ‘Search of N’ kicks off. This global online hunt spanning 13 countries offers consumers the chance to get their hands on one of 97 Nokia N97 devices, for free, before global sales begin.

Internet enthusiasts in participating markets including China, UK, France, UAE, South Africa, Benelux and Russia, could be among the first in the world to own a brand new Nokia N97 and test drive the device. The only way for lucky fans to locate and discover them is to crack five cryptic clues online.

Running over a period of seven days the ‘Search for N’ five clues will be released on the exact same date and time across each participating country. Each clue will relate to one of the following; a news story from that week, a feature of the new Nokia N97, or a clever cryptic clue that encourages you to explore content on the World Wide Web. Once all five clues have been successfully answered the race is then on to locate a hidden Nokia N97 device.

The first person to crack the code will be emailed the secret location of a Nokia N97– either physically hidden, or handed over by a Nokia staff member. Following this, 96 other lucky contestants will have the chance to test drive the Nokia N97 before anyone else in the world and join a ‘Search for N’ winners club, which will span three continents.

To be part of the international ‘Search for N’ treasure hunt, and join thousands of others, go to Nseries Blog to take a look at the global competition or the one happening in your country.

And to help you on the ‘Search for N’, we’ve got some exclusive navigation giveaways for you to upgrade your current Nokia handset with or to super-size your new Nokia N97 and make it even more powerful. Maps 3.0 from OVI is the very latest in mobile navigation services, and these great prizes include both pedestrian and car navigation, a targeted weather service and traffic information – right when you need it most.

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On a side note, last exam for the year is tomorrow, so if future clues are cleverly hidden as this, I should be able to put more effort into working it out :D.

Search for N: First clue unfolding?

May 27, 2009 3 comments

Please note that the clues for this Search for N, on is different than the clues provided in the other Search for N (Which involves solving a riddle). This one is actually a task to work out.

Yesterday, I received a guide book, which is connected to the first clue.200905265901Today, on one of the pages, I found this:


Corner of the page has been marked with an extremely inconspicuous S

S60? I don’t know, but it’s the only thing I’ve noticed in the book so far. I’ll update as soon as I found out more.


Page 60 - the only page so far I've noticed with this pierced lettering.

Tomorrow, the second clue will be published.

Sixsense coming to a Nokia near you?

May 27, 2009 7 comments

Every now and again, I blog about something that’s not strictly Nokia related, but is indirectly connected as it’s usually something I’d like to see Nokia implement or take inspiration from.

See a nice scene? Without having to whip out your camera/phone, just for a frame with your hand and the picture is taken. Just one of the features possible with a device that anticipates exactly what you want your gadget to do.

Just over a month ago, I found a BBC article about M.I.T.’s new gesture interface project: Sixth Sense.

You can read it here: SixthSense gesture interface: Real life is the new screen.

No – it’s not about seeing dead people.

The core of the idea is that instead of being limited to interacting with a phone screen, your phone will know intuitively what you’re doing, say grocery shopping or taking a photo, and instinctively know to project an image containing details of that grocery item or snap a picture – all without having to manually instruct the phone to do so.

This is great because there’s no more wading through menus; your phone anticipates what you are about to do (hence Sixth Sense) and acts appropriately, merging your experience with technoligical gadgets with real life.

Surprisingly, over at Nokia Conversations, it appears that Nokia HAVE actually been exploring a “Sixth Sense” concept, again where you aren’t “trapped looking at a screen” but instead are freed “from the complexity of technology to let you look up and enjoy the world around you”.

How soon will we see such a thing from Nokia? Most definitely not anytime soon, but it’s still great to know Nokia are actually considering such a bold, and quite revolutionary concept.