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Video: Orange Nokia N8 Pinch and Zoom Multitouch WebBrowser (+live pics of orange N8 and HDMI adapter)

April 30, 2010 10 comments

Camb078 has found a video of the N8 web browser via DailyMobile Forum Member modysd and has uploaded it for everyone to enjoy.

Apparently, this is an old video and the pinchy zoominess is smoother now and will be even more by release day.

Some interesting things quoted by orange N8 tester:

“software is still under developing”

“the camera can use  12, 9, 3, 1.3, 0.3 MP , and for recording you will have three options (MMS , DVD , HD)”

“the phone has one speaker near the camera but it is good and loud [chatting on twitter last night, the loudspeaker is supposed to be the most powerful ever used on a Nokia. The best ever is on the N800 – a huge tablet that can afford good speakers…can N8 really be that good?]

“i hated symbian after buying the nokia n97 but now i changed my mind”

Ahmed360 is the original source. http://www.arabnokia.net/showthread.php?t=739789

Alternative link as the above is down

HDMI adapter

dailymobileforum via blog-n8.fr

Video: Orange Nokia N8 Pinch and Zoom Multitouch WebBrowser (+live pics of orange N8 and HDMI adapter) http://bit.ly/dqWiXE

Video: Nokia N8 hand freestyler sneak peak guy – Max Vlassenko.

April 30, 2010 Leave a comment

I’m sure you’ve seen this sneak peak video of the Nokia N8 alternating between the 5 available colours whilst doing some acrobatics

The guy behind that is a young guy called Max Vlassenko.

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ydHeX6dGzAc]

Some videos from his channel on youtube:

Another TV appearance

I hope Nokia are doing some more work with Max and N8, namely using the N8’s HD video to film his skills so everyone can enjoy it in HD (unless the video is already by N8…ha, no unlikely as there are some close shots and the N8 has video focused from 60 to infinity.)

More marketing please Nokia ^_^ Make everyone get buzzed about mobile photography again.

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8 Reasons to Love the Nokia N8

April 29, 2010 37 comments

1. 12 MP Carl Zeiss camera that isn’t all about the pixel number!

On paper, this is undoudtedly the best camera phone ever made.

Sensor size [1/1.83] bigger than all camera phones out there, bigger even than some 300Euro pocket camera – what does this mean?

Basically each pixel is “bigger” and receives more light (instead of cramming same mp into the same small sensor) thus you get less noise and better low light performance.

Plus you’ve got 28mm wide angle option so you get wider field of view as well as the option to take 16:9 photos at 9mp!

And to top it off, you have intelligent zoom, improved red eye reduction, face detection, super fast autofocus, and very short time in between photos due to faster processing.

SAMPLES HERE

2. XENON Flash – a proper flash!

N97 VS N82

When you want to brighten up a scene and need some form of flash, accept no substitute from paltry LED.

In pitch black, Xenon lights up the scene and also freezes any motion blurs.

Perfect for any indoor, night, clubbing – taking photos of people

This is why the N8 has so many die hard fans.

They could appreciate that they never needed to take a digicam – something else to bulk up a pocket.

Plus N82 users had the advantage of always having a a reliable camera with you to take those once in a lifetime moments you could never have thought about in advance enough to bring a digicam.

The combination of improved optics/sensor (that already optimizes for low light) with xenon will make for truly spectacular performances in pretty much every lighting situation.

Check out my N82 photos as well as comparisons with DUAL LED flash.

N82 samples

N97 VS N82

N97 VS N82

N900 vs N82

3. High Definition 720p video with amazing stereo audio

[VIMEO=http://vimeo.com/11266224]

Everything looks better in HD. At 1280x720p there’s so much more detail to appreciate, so many new things you’ll notice before that you wouldn’t with VGA (640×480).

Audio recording is equally an important feature nearly every single cameraphone and digital camera ignore.

Nokias have always produced stellar audio quality.

From loud band recording to quieter lectures – audio recorded from my Nseries has been beautifully crisp, and clear – my lectures sometimes feels as if I’m still in the lecture hall when played over my speakers.

PLUS – You get TWO microphones! That’s right! TWO! N93 did it before and it’s stereo reproduction was amazing!

Now N8 has it.

Sound totally adds another dimension, you can feel objects moving! Have you ever tried “Virtual Barbershop” with those 3D sounds that make you feel like you’re actually in the room having a haircut? You could replicate the same thing with N8’s stereo.

Not many people have seen the raw Audio and Video combined yet (only sample available right now has soundtrack), but I saw a clip of N8 on a plane (later got removed) and it looked and sounded fantastic.

4. Capacitive AMOLED display with multitouch pinch and zoom

Photo from Tweaker N8 Preview

Much of the gripes people have had with Nokia touch screens were to do with having a resistive display that lacked multitouch.

Now most of those people can shut up. (For many it was a personal preference)

For the majority, capacitive will give you that feather light touch that a touch screen deserves.

Chinese markets gets a capacitive stylus for handwriting recognition.

Plus you’ve now got multitouch so all those fans of pinchy zoominess can pinch and zoom till the cows come home.

Also, with AMOLED, you get more vivid display, livelier colours, greater contrast, deeper blacks, wider viewing angle, brighter whilst using less power.

Plus, some first impressions out there say it is legible in sunlight.

n8 tweakers preview

5. 12.9mm thin anodized aluminium body in 5 different colours!

at 12.9mm it’s Nokia’s slimmest touch screen ever despite having such a good camera with real (xenon) flash. [X6 was 13.6mm and that felt really good in a pocket :)]

The tapered shape may might separate some opinions, but there seems to be a majority of people who are loving it.

There’s something quite futuristic about it.

Also the device is made of Anodized aluminium fronted with glass for the screen. No cheap ass plastic.

And to top that off, you get a choice of 5 colours, traditional silver, black (dark grey) to livelier orange blue and green!

Vote for your favourite colour here:

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ-5WAcj6o0]

6. Bursting with connectivity including HDMI out, 802.11N Wifi, Bluetooth 3.0, 3G Pentaband, MicroUSB for data transfer and charging, 2mm charging, 3.5mm audio/tv out jack and USB on the go hosting!

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FJ6OthGSki0]

There is a plethora of connectivity options.

Share your own HD made videos or HD movies on the big screen HD TV with dolby digital surround sound! I’ve loved how Nokias can be pocket DVD players that my friends and family can crowd around the big screen and enjoy some movies from a phone. The quality from N900 was shockingly good, now there’s HD output to ensure no detail is lost.

802.11N – fastest WiFi connectivity – be further from the router whilst still getting faster data connection.

With Bluetooth 3.0, it makes it even less of an effort to transfer photos to or from a computer to your Nokia. No need to find any cables for connection or get a card reader. Just send over to N8 and its received over bluetooth, or from the N8 send to your computer. Bluetooth 3.0 also means transfer rates would be significantly faster, pretty much like wireless USB.

You can charge with either classic Nokia pin charger OR microUSB! Fantastic!

3.5mm Audio jack by standard from Nokias for a long while, with that TV out if your TV isn’t HD compatible.

Finally – N8 has USB reading so you can plug in a USB stick and transfer files (via supplied adapter – no extra purchase)

7.  Price! 370EUR before taxes and subsidies.

The build is superior to the highest Nseries, the camera is superior to any of the highest Nseries. It is in terms of hardware, currently the best Nseries.

But it’s NOT priced like the high end Nseries. It is priced at 370Euros (before taxes/subsidies).

This is probably one of the best value smartphones you’ll see this year and looks to be a big hit for Nokia.

It’s easier on your pocket in more ways than one.

8. Symbian^3 with Qt and Nokia’s Services – Ovi Maps, Ovi Store, Nokia Messaging

Symbian has a heavy following. The biggest of all smartphone OSs.  But it’s been in desperate need of optimizing for touch to be up to date with expectations.

Now it’s getting a refresh to improve that user experience. Whether that is enough or whether N8 should be on Maemo is a totally new blog post.

But for many, as long as the user experience is sufficiently fluid, that should be more than adequate.

Qt not only means cross platform app compatibility between Maemo/MeeGo and Symbian (and maybe apps from other platforms too) but a much easier time for developers.

Ovi Maps life time navigation (GPS/COMPASS), Ovi Store’s download catalogue and Nokia Messaging’s email solution though available on other Nokia products further strengthens

N8 – INNATELY GREAT?

Nokia N8 hands on (P)Review with lots of live photos!

April 29, 2010 14 comments

Look at this photo at the back - another N8 has been disassembled.

Meant to post this when I first saw it but had to finish up some other non-nokia projects first.

Tweakers.net posts some photos and a hands on preview of the NEW Nokia N8.

Note, this is a PROTO as it still says C0 on the phone.

There may still be much changes to the software that will overall improve the user experience when it becomes consumer grade.

  • tapered design to make the phone look thinner; some find it ugly, others find it beautiful. A colleague compared it to a futuristic spaceship [THAT’S exactly what I thought the first time I saw one. It looked odd, something very scifi/futuristic about it]
  • theoretically the most powerful camera phone on the market. Nokia takes even better pictures that the N8 is’ than most compact cameras.[On paper there are too many good things, 12MP, Huge sensor bigger than even compact digicams and 300EUR pocket cams, 28mm wide angle. 720P HD video is also stunning and even promises some amazing Stereo audio recording!] and the photo samples speak for themselves already.
  • The scrolling through photos now runs effortlessly and gallery shows thumbnails seamlessly side by side.
  • Unecessary connection notifications [the ones that keep asking you to connect] are now gone
  • Menu all single click – [no stupid 1 click/2click confusion]
  • menus are also provided with graphical effects such as a smooth bounce effect at the end of a list.
  • Browser is same as N97 – refreshed but no major changes
  • Pinch zoom works well


Black/Dark Grey Nokia N8 Most popular colour choice (so far)

April 29, 2010 6 comments

Nokia N8’s anodized aluminium comes in a variety of 5 colours.

On Tuesday we did a little poll, and yesterday Nokia conversations put one too and the results are pretty much the same!

Here’s our results below, WOMWORLD/Nokia Stylie! (Looks so much better as a pie 🙂 and look we tried to represent the colours in the pie)

For the eagle eyed…our pie has 101% :p

Can’t be surprised with black (or “Dark Gray” as Nokia Conv puts it) – it’s basically the colour of all high end smartphones right now.

Imo it’s more sophisticated looking, sleeker, more professional. It’s also much more practical as it hides scuffs (ala white N97) and for guys looks more masculine than white (often the only other alternative). Lastly (though there are many reasons) it’s discreet. It blends in.

Bright colours are more rebellious, like greens, oranges, maybe even blues. In contrast to black and silver they stand out.

Me I’m a sucker for black phones.

But I also love really bright colours. My favourite vans (shoes) are my green and yellow ones – on different feet :p So I’m torn about which colour I want!

(I know I most definitely do NOT want the silver one – i just hate all silvery phones – having said that, it doesn’t look so bad in the video below – looks more metal than fakey silver – as it is aliminum)

Is it me or does the “orange one” look really different to photos. It’s sometimes dark red, sometimes luminous orange.

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pQ-5WAcj6o0]

Maybe this article below might help you decide?

Some meanings about colour from sensationalcolour.com

BLACK

Black is authoritative and powerful; because black can evoke strong emotions, too much can be overwhelming. Black represents a lack of color, the primordial void, emptiness. It is a classic color for clothing, possibly because it makes the wearer appear thinner and more sophisticated.

SILVER (no silver, gray will do)

Gray is the color of intellect, knowledge, and wisdom. It is perceived as long-lasting, classic, and often as sleek or refined. It is a color that is dignified, conservative, and carries authority. Gray is controlled and inconspicuous and is considered a color of compromise, perhaps because it sits between the extremes of black and white. Gray is a perfect neutral, which is why designers often use it as a background color.

ORANGE

Orange, a close relative of red, sparks more controversy than any other hue. There is usually strong positive or negative association to orange and true orange generally elicits a stronger “love it” or “hate it” response than other colors. Fun and flamboyant orange radiates warmth and energy.

Interestingly, some tones of orange, such as terra cotta, peach, and rust have very broad appeal.

BLUE

Blue is the overwhelming “favorite color.” Blue is seen as trustworthy, dependable, and committed.

The color of ocean and sky, blue is perceived as a constant in our lives. As the collective color of the spirit, it invokes rest and can cause the body to produce chemicals that are calming. However, not all blues are serene and sedate.

Electric or brilliant blues become dynamic and dramatic — an engaging color that expresses exhilaration. Some shades or the overuse of blue may come across as cold or uncaring.

Indigo, a deeper blue, symbolizes a mystical borderland of wisdom, self-mastery, and spiritual realization. While blue is the color of communication with others, indigo turns the blue inward to increase personal thought, profound insights, and instant understandings.

Blue is the least “gender specific” color, having equal appeal to both men and women.

GREEN

Green occupies more space in the spectrum visible to the human eye than most colors, and is second only to blue as a favorite color. Green is the pervasive color in the natural world, making it an ideal backdrop in interior design because we are so used to seeing it everywhere.

The natural greens, from forest to lime, are seen as tranquil and refreshing, with a natural balance of cool and warm (blue and yellow) undertones. Green is considered the color of peace and ecology.

However, there is an “institutional” side to green, associated with illness and government-issued green cards, that conjures up negative emotions, as do the “slimy” or “bilious” greens.

MakeMyApp iDea 2: “App Brainstormer” – Submit your brilliant ideas anywhere, anytime. Comes with incentives ^_^

April 28, 2010 4 comments

Another post (Other idea was “Green Tracker“) to remind you of Nokia’s competition where by just submitting your idea can get you your app made, your own Nokia N8 and a trip to Nokia World!

Go head over to http://n8makemyapp.com/ to submit your idea.

It takes 2 minutes! You could be winning yourself the now much coveted Nokia N8 and have fun at Nokia World this September.

Here’s another example: “App Brainstormer” (updated one).

Just came up with a brilliant idea for an app? Haven’t really got the technical skills to make your own app but still have a brilliant idea? Maybe you just have a random idea, and perhaps it is brilliant – it just needs to be heard.

Don’t take chances on your idea disappearing.

Submit it as an app idea. With this app, just describe what you want it to do, and send.

Ideas like this would get pooled together into respective categories.

Like this competition, it gives developers ideas on what apps they should make.

If your idea becomes an app, you can either get ovi store credit to buy music/apps or donate your ‘idea’ earned credit to a charity.

Everybody wins.

Nokia Respond to Eldar’s Review of (pre-production) N8

April 27, 2010 9 comments

Nokia conversations today have sent out an “Amber Alert” for their missing child…the Nokia N8 which they want back!

They say that leaks are there are leaks in Nokia and it is currently and probably always will be the case because Nokia do not want to act like the “Secret Police” which I commend them on.

Doug at Nokia Conversations also admits that: “This is a very early, pre-production prototype with dated software that is not yet ready.” which I agree with, as the phone is not due for release till Summer and in that time a lot can change. I know that some of my comments in my post about Eldar’s review may seem to contradict this, but what I am referring to is just that Symbian^3 does not seems to have as many new features as I’d hoped but on the other hand, with the functions such as pinch to zoom, multiple home screens, etc, Nokia have listened to some of our concerns! (again hopefully from now till release more is done to improve the OS!)

The full story from Doug at Nokia Conversations is below (or click here):

Today was an important day for Nokia. After months of planning, we proudly introduced the Nokia N8, our latest smartphone and the first to feature the Symbian^3 platform. When it goes on sale this summer, we’re confident that the N8 is going stand out for its ability to create and consume media, and stay connected with social networks. We’re also confident that the products that make their way to our customers are going to be the best possible quality: Refined, tested, re-tested, evaluated, tested again, and then – once we’re all perfectly happy – shipped.

That is why yesterday, as I am sure many of you have read, wasn’t much fun for us. Unfortunately, an early prototype made its way to someone that wasn’t supposed to have it, and his early first impressions of the device and its software spread like wildfire. Buried deep down in the blogger’s salacious headlines about the software not being ready, was the most important point. This is a very early, pre-production prototype with dated software that is not yet ready. So the site’s comments that the software ‘felt premature’ is probably one of the more blindingly obvious things you will read this year.

This wasn’t the first time a Nokia product appeared online before it had been announced. This particular site openly flaunts its ability to acquire our property. Yes, we have to take a look at ourselves, and we are diligently hunting down the source of these leaks. Frankly, we pride ourselves on trust at Nokia, and someone has greatly betrayed that.

However, whilst we are determined to protect our intellectual property and maintain the surprise when a shiny new gadget is introduced, we are not going to do so at the expense of the working conditions we enjoy here at Nokia. We are not the Secret Police, and we want to maintain our culture of openness. We won’t let days like yesterday alter that.

So now that the official news is out, we’d like our prototype back. Please.

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