Yes folks Nokia early this morning (why on earth I am up this early 6.30 am !!!) announced that the Nokia n8 is shipping just before the Q3 cut off date, so technically they did manage to release it on time. Devices have left China and Finland to be flown around the world to people that have pre ordered (maybe I should have :-() anyway Nokia goes on to say this is the highest pre order of any Nokia device before so I am thinking that people that have not pre ordered might be waiting a considerable time longer, I guess time will tell. They also go on to provide pictures from the factory.
let us know if you have received your device
Confusing names aside, the new Nokia C3 is the second handset in Nokia’s Touch and Type family. Along with the Nokia X3, these two Series S40 based feature phones offer a no-nonsense user interface and lightweight design for those who doesn’t necessarily need the extended functionality (and complexity) of smartphones.
At first glance, you might say the C3 is just a more reserved version of the X3, and, for the most part, you’ll be right. But there are still some subtle differences to be found, so let’s have a closer look…
Size and weight : Both phones can be considered compact and slim, with a barely noticeable weight in hand. Still, the Nokia X3 pushes the limits even further by having a thinner, although a bit wider, body. Oh, and it’s lighter too.
Nokia C3 vs X3
100 g vs 78 g
111 x 47.5 x 11 mm vs 106.2 x 48.4 x 9.6. mm
Screen. Both phones utilize a 2.4 inch resistive touch screen with 240 x 320 pixels (QVGA TFT) resolution, ensuring a relatively sharp picture for it’s physical size. The represented color pallet of the screen also looks decent, although with no surprises. Unfortunately, I wasn’t able to test it’s sunlight legibility. Naturally, the working experience with the Nokia C3 touchscreen proved to be as enjoyable as with the X3, and I initially had problems discerning whether it’s a capacitive or a resistive screen. As I mentioned in my X3 preview, the S40 interface has been modified with larger icons and other UI elements to compensate the limited screen size.
Keypad. This one is quite obvious. The Nokia C3 comes with a traditionally arranged keypad with horizontal bars between each row of the keys for increased typing comfort. The X3, on the other hand, has a 4×4 grid keypad that has additional multimedia and messaging shortcut keys in the top row. The downside? There’s virtually nothing that separates keys in either direction, and only a slight slope at the bottom of each key helps to improve the situation. Still, the keys on both devices are generously sized and offer great tactile feedback, but it’s worth noting again here, that the few extra keys have made the X3 into an entirely different kind of animal.
Other input elements: The Nokia C3 comes with dedicated camera and lock key along with the usual volume control keys, whereas on the X3 the camera key is missing. Removed to keep the design seamless, no doubt.
Battery: Here’s where the Nokia C3 justifies the few mm more it has under it’s belt in comparison to the X3. The C3 comes with a 1050 mAh Li-ion battery against 860 mAh Li-Ion battery on the X3. I wouldn’t worry about it too much though, as the power consumption should be nowhere as close as on the smartphones. Charging on both phones is possible using the 2 mm port and also via microUSB.
Internal memory: According to Nokia site, there’s no memory card included in the retail package, so this might really hurt: there’s 30 MB of internal memory available to the Nokia C3 user vs 50 Mb on the X3. Both are disturbingly low numbers, and storing anything more than a few camera photos and apps is, of course, out of question.
Camera: Both have a 5 Mpix, extended depth of focus (EDOF) cameras with accompanying LED flash. So yes, it’s basically fixed focus, albeit with some minor improvements. I suspect the overall performance will be quite similar to that of Nokia E5, but your guess is as good as mine at this point.
Update: The C3-01 has LED flash whereas the X3-02 doesn’t, so that’s another thing to consider when choosing between these two phones. Thanks to jack for pointing that out to me.
Connectivity: The Touch and Type series phones are pretty much on par with modern connectivity standards like 3G, HSDPA and Bluetooth (v2.1), but also packing support for WLAN networks. The only thing that’s really missing from the lot is the GPS functionality, but isn’t that a bit too much to ask for here?
Take a look at the brief but nevertheless interesting demo of the Nokia C3, recorded directly from Nokia World 2010:
With all that in mind, which device would you prefer? The stylish and ultra-slim Nokia X3-01, or the more classic looking C3-01? Choices…
Forum Nokia Videos: 71MP image opened on the Nokia E7 with Mobile Documents for Symbian^3 (and Nokia the easiest and most supportive to work with)
Forum Nokia have put out a slew of video interviews with Nokia Developers, one of which are the makers of “Mobile Documents”. This app allows you to view email attachments without the hassle of downloading them first. They just open.
In the demo video, you’ll see the E7 open up a whopping great 71 megapixel image – one of the largest opened up on a phone, and with pinch and zoom, closes in on the tiny, tiny detail.
Poll Results: Nokia E7 versus Samsung Galaxy S . CBD AMOLED vs SUPER AMOLED – over 1000 votes, 88.28% say CBD AMOLED.
Yesterday, we saw some comparison photos between the Nokia E7’s CBD AMOLED and Samsung’s Renowned Super AMOLED.
We asked you to vote in a poll, which seemed brighter and more vibrant (points where Samsung’s displays have always been king).
Thank you for the incredible response – we had over 1000 votes so far, with 700 in the first 5 hours of voting alone. The latest few votes seem to have been pushing for the Samsung brigade , but overwhelmingly you guys have decided that in your opinion (based on these comparison shots) that the E7 was far brighter and more vibrant with its CLEAR BLACK DISPLAY AMOLED than Samsung’s Super AMOLED (pushing from very high 92 to still unquestionable 88.28%)
Let’s just be happy that the displays coming in these new generation phones are, to be modest, really good. It shouldn’t really matter if X is better than Y. If it does it job (to the current standards expected), why be so angsty? IMO, the E7 display looked great indoors, and worked superb outdoors. Job done.
Check out this feckin brilliant display of bravado, showing off the 720p over HDMI playback on an outrageous 1,428 square metre (that’s 51 metres x 28 metres) cinema screen. Note – this is a world record breaking screen size.
Can’t see the embedded video? Click this link to watch direct.
These are the kind of stunts I’ve envisaged Nokia to pull off. Go out there and show how bloody awesome these underestimated Nokia phones are.
Four XLM HD30 projectors (140kg each!) were needed to project onto the screen – with the film powered by the Nokia N8.
Dolby Digital Plus sound makes a difference here.
What other stunts should Nokia pull off? There seems to be no limit on “it’s not technology, it’s what you do with it”. campaign. Capturing HD content in space? Perhaps there will be a purpose built cinemas in future, just powered by Nokia handhelds.
On this occasion, they showed Prince of Persia on film (though I really wish they showed off the Dot Animation by Aardman Studios). Perhaps they should do this again but with the N8 shot movie, “The Commuter” staring Pamela Anderson, Ed Westbrook and Dev Patel.
Feckin brilliant guys. More please ^_^
CJ has found this awesome demo video of the Nokia N8, starring that N8 guy we saw at a UK event a few months back and at Nokia world a couple of weeks ago.
Anyone know his name? Is he a demo guy or actual Nokia staff (as he’s seen so often with the Nokia N8, and now with this 4 minute showreel – apologies for not knowing it)
Although you know these features, and many are quite obvious for you readers, I think it’s essential viewing for most of the public to shout about what we take for granted. You know Apple/Jobs would. Jeez, if they had USB on the Go, we’d never hear the last of how revolutionary that is.
oh, there’s another cool shorter version, without that dude. Now let’s have this on TV, in cinemas please. Perhaps slightly shorter 30 second one for those with less attention spans.
update – dunno what happened to the video. It may be something not yet ready for the public.
rip by CJ (smart stuff!) and S60 Betalabs (thanks David!)
Dead vimeo links (original source: vimeo user “Plastic”)
A few weeks ago we heard about a film (in which you could star in) joining the likes of Pamela Anderson, Ed Westwick (Gossip Girl) and now Dev Patel (Skins, SlumDogMilliiinaaayre :p and Avatar: The Last Air Bender).
This film is entirely shot on the N8 and I’m guessing this 720p behind the scenes video is also shot on the N8.
The Commuter is a film by the McHenry brothers who are releasing their debut film ‘Jackboots on Whitehall’ (starring Ewan McGregor, Rosamund Pike, Richard E. Grant and Timothy Spall) later this year.
N8 on steady cam. As expected – all other mobile type films are shot with some sort of steady cam. Even high end consumer camcorders MUST be on a steady CAM/crane rig/track to get those smooth cinematic shots.
Again, this is the type of marketing I’m expecting with Nokia. Make people aware of what you can do with your product by doing fantastic things with it. Don’t worry that you could technically achieve similar things on other platforms (with possibly N8 being superior :p). That’s really how it is for most things. It’s all about the mind set, inspiring users into being able to see the potential of your deices.