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Nokia N8 excitement and lines around the world

No your are not looking at another iPad line this is the lines of people from around the world hoping to pick up the new Nokia N8 pretty impressive I say for a company that allegedly cannot compete with the guys over at cupertino……

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Gallery: Nokia N8 versus Canon IXUS 130 – 9MP vs 10MP shots – witness the N8’s precision pixels.

October 1, 2010 58 comments

NokiaTeco.netMobility Lounge / GadgetBuff

have pitted the Nokia N8 against the 14MP Canon Ixus 130.

The N8 is on 9MP mode whilst the IXUS 130 on 10mp.

Look at the detail captured by this MOBILE PHONE. Nokia N8 on the LEFT, IXUS 130 on the right.

Viewing the full size images is essential, but even better is when you place side by side crops.

I don’t understand how everyone except engadget can get the N8 to produce such fine detail in the pixels? Now if only there was an iPhone 4 here…

(BTW anyone found any SLR comparisons? I’d just like to see how it fares against the true cream of the crops)

Mobility Lounge /gadgetbuff

via NokiaTeco.net via @Cambo78

Categories: Nokia, Nseries Tags: , ,

Video: Stunning video shot and edited on the N8 – with solution for close up macro! (+more macro samples)

October 1, 2010 17 comments

Thanks to Manpreet Jagpal for the heads up to tips@mynokiablog.com, here below is one of the most beautiful videos I’ve seen shot on a phone – and it’s edited on it too.

What’s more, you may be suspicious that there are very clear close up shots with blurred background. But the N8 has a fixed focus video meaning everything is clear except close up shots. This was achieved simply and cleverly with a magnifying glass! Neat! Have you tried that out? I’m gonna want to try that. 🙂

Also pretty important but not often shouted about is the ability to record precision audio in stereo. It really helps give that sense of being there – that sort of holophonics experience – especially over good speakers/headphones.(I literally shivered when the “wind” blew across my ears)

I’d happily listen to an hour recording of plain running water recorded by the N8 – You know, like those nature sounds tracks. It would be so easy to make your own with the N8 – perfect for relaxing/revising and sharing.

The location is Suolijärvi Lake, Tampere, Finland – it looks so picturesque.

MAKE SURE YOU WATCH THIS IN 720p HD

for more examples of macro mode via magnifying glass:

videos uploaded by topolino70

Video: World Exclusive TV Advert (from Nokia UK) – train mounted HD movie cam

October 1, 2010 5 comments

Continuing on the series of “It’s not technology – it’s what you do with it”, here’s that infamous video of some of the amazing projects discovered people are doing with their Nokia, from turning the devise into something that can help diagnose a fatal disease in remote areas, this time with the Nokia N8 smartphone mounted on a miniature train track – Train mounted HD movie Cam.(That’s actually not a bad idea for slow steady panning shots).

Have you seen this advert on TV yet?

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7f9OikD20Xs]

via nokiauk

Nokia UK: http://www.nokia.co.uk/n8
Facebook: http://bit.ly/Nokia-UK-facebook-
Twitter: http://bit.ly/Nokia-UK-twitter
Flickr: http://bit.ly/Nokia-UK-Flickr

Categories: Nokia, Nseries, Symbian, Video Tags: , , , , ,

MyNokiaBlog reaches the 3 million mark :D Thanks all!

October 1, 2010 46 comments

Just a little update: in the early hours of this morning, mynokiablog.com has ticked over 3 million blog views 🙂

We got here much sooner than expected. Whilst absent in the Philippines, thanks to the team of Andre, John, Marc, Sergejs, Andy and Llaadd we maintained views and growth per month (even if just by a little bit). Just last month of September we somehow managed 367,680, hitting over 21k in one day about a week ago (update – thanks to you guys, today is the new busiest day – over 23k! :D)

A huge part of this was due to you guys sending in your awesome find to either tips@mynokiablog.com or mynokiablog.com/tips. It helps immensely that we can share your brilliant Nokia findings, stories, news as well as our own. (Though apologies if we can’t get to them all too). Thanks also to those who share our posts on other sites – sending to larger blogs for tips, even just writing it in their comment section or if you blog, blogging it your self :). (btw, we got on Anti Nok engadget hah – though traffic wise, the response has been surprisingly bigger than engadget).

Huge thanks as always to our readers, RSS/email subscribers, video watchers and all you guys who join in on the comments section – the response and support has been very humbling, especially for a small niche blog.

Anyway, I must dash – have lectures to go to.

On behalf (and to) the MyNokiaBlog.com team,

Thank You very much!!!

– Jay 😀

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Nokia N8 – closer quality to a digital camera than your iPhone 4. Closer to reality colours and higher detail.

October 1, 2010 33 comments

That’s according to CNET who have done a quick test on the camera comparing with a Fuji Finepix j15ow and iPhone 4.You may have seen engadget’s Nokia N8 versus iPhone 4 camera tests. The one where non full resolution shots are used (hidden away in zip – WHICH btw is the WORST batch of Nokia N8 sample photos I have ever seen. N82 and N900 have taken better) which have all been passed through watermarker (not untouched).

It is important to consider MANY sources in terms of testing if there are no standardised criteria. (Motion blurs, faulty focus due to human error greatly impacts the resulting photo). So here’s an alternative set from CNET. (Will update as I get more sources)

  1. N8 has more natural colours – closer to a good compact camera
  2. N8 has wider angle lens (capturing more in a scene – great for scenery and getting more friends/family in the frame)
  3. N8 has much more detail
  4. N8 kills in supreme low light XENON flash test (versus LED)

Let’s take a closer look at 1 and 3 (as there’s no samples to compare 2 and 4)

N8 has more natural colours – closer to a good compact camera

Cartoon like colours or something similar to your digital camera where it captures close to what your eyes see? Imagine trying to remember a colour of a certain car – it helps if the digital camera captures it as close to reality instead of jazzing it up to something ridiculous.

HOWEVER – contrasting this are those who may prefer the unnatural, more vibrant popping colours. It works in certain situations. It just depends on your taste. f you want something similar, the N8’s extensive camera features colour settings to change the photos to produce something more vivid. But I’m guessing, if you’re after the N8, you want a good all-situation camera with natural colours.

Let’s take a look at this random crop. 1064×784 selection. N8 first, then Fuji cam, then iPhone 4. Look at the accuracy of the skin tone colour. On the iPhone 4, the poor guy seems to have a heat rash. This is obvious in CNET and Engadget’s samples.

“First, here’s a picture of nature’s bounty in a well-lit, controlled environment, against a plain white table. In this environment, the N8 did a great job of capturing the correct colours and exposures. We would have a hard time telling the N8’s picture from that of a compact camera. “

CNET

Note, CNET are not pro Nokia, actually the rest of their “review” was pretty harsh on the N8 (not even considering many other important features and being slapped 3/5) Anyway…N8 first, then Fuji cam, then iPhone 4.

N8 has much more detail

Another crop. Same photo and region. N8 first, iPhone then Fuji cam. Same photo example.  Look at the intricate groves in the skin with the N8. If you look closer at the full res shots there seem to be lots of random black dots scattered on the fuji shot.

Now using the set below

Nokia N8 above, iPhone 4 below. Just look at it. This is why you get usable digital zoom with the N8. You have more pixels to play with.

And with the set below. There’s a tiny SANYO box mid right, but only from the N8 can you read the label Sanyo (FUJI, N8, iPhone)

Now Xenon flash tests. I haven’t got any comparison samples at my disposal but the sheer lack of Xenon in the iPhone 4 means it pretty much loses by default for those low light, indoor people photos. Pubs/clubs/parties etc – Xenon captures those moments, freezing any motion and brighting up the darkest of rooms.

I look forward to more rigorous testing of the N8’s camera.

Categories: Nokia Tags: , , ,

Ovi Store continues to grow – now hitting 2.3 million downloads per day (and that’s without S^3 handsets yet)

October 1, 2010 10 comments

Ovi Store downloads per day has grown to 2.3million. That’s 840 million annual downloads should Ovi Store stay at this level (ignoring the likelihood growths as 200,000 users sign up to Ovi every day – and more so with the launch of the Symbian^3 handsets).

That’s quite a growth from the often mentioned 1.7 million figure (though a few weeks back was apparently when Ovi Store hit 2 M). 70 developers have had over 1 million downloads. That’s 2.3 million downloads per day WITHOUT the launch of Symbian^3 handsets, without the N8 (which has received record preorder numbers – not to mention C6-01 which we all know will fly out of the shelves when released)

Ovi Store, unlike other stores, has a much wider, global reach. Developers, like Pixelpipe can reach over 190 countries through Ovi Store.

Considering that the real Push with Symbian^3, Qt and MeeGo are still in infancy, just imagine the growth of Ovi Store when the N8’s, C6-01, C7, E7, and eventually N9 hit the shelves (the N8 just shipping and getting to preorder consumers from 30th Sept).

Ovi Store was launched just last year, May 2009. Seemed oddly longer than that, no? (App Store by comparison, July 2008)

Remember a post a while back based on respected analyst, Tomi Ahonen:

Ovi Store will tower over Apple’s App Store and Android Market in a few years

  1. Tomi comment 1 Ovi – first, as the various platforms sort their App stores out, they fix the bugs and kinks, get reasonably similar..
  2. Tomi comment 2 Ovi – then as Nokia sells 450M phones/year & world replace phones every 17 months, has time to roll out Ovi to its clients
  3. Tomi comment 3 Ovi – as developers see Ovi is world’s furthest-reaching app platform (outside of USA obviously) they rush to port apps to it
  4. Tomi comment 4 Ovi – in a few years Ovi will tower over all other App stores incl iPhone & Android simply due to Nokia’s scale. Inevitable
  5. Tomi comment 5 Ovi – look at Nokia’s ethos, they learned that ‘internet lesson’ very well, to launch often and release updates often..
  6. Tomi comment 6 Ovi – Nokia know for market success, ‘best’ is the enemy of ‘good enough’

Could Tomi’s prediction still come true? The poll results were sceptical. Ovi Store still has a long way to go, not just in sheer numbers of app content (we all know bigger is obviously better all the time -_- regardless of how many shitty duplicates of useless apps there are) but also of quality content

Hopefully with Qt, Nokia can attract more developers who will see the cross platform advantage of creating one app to be distributed easily across several Qt compatible platforms.

Why shouldn’t developers seek a bigger audience and get more revenue? Nokia (due to their need of smaller, individual devs) are highly supportive of people developing for their platform. There’s also backing from Intel and a host of industry leaders through the MeeGo partnership (which through Qt will mean apps will be available for Symbian devices too).

Another factor to consider is the whole Ovi Store experience – which may deserve a separate post – (side note, new Ovi Store in Nokia tests, 80% of users performed same task quicker). Operator billing instead of paypal/creditcard/google checkout is a major plus that Nokia’s betting on.

“So far, Nokia has made the most noise about operator billing–basically, the ability to charge an app to a phone bill. Most app stores rely on more cumbersome processes, such as payments through third-party services like PayPal or Google Checkout. Nokia says people buy far more apps–13 times more, on average–when they are allowed to charge expenses to their bills. Nokia has signed 91 carriers around the world, including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S., to the program and is adding a new operator every seven to 10 days.”

– Forbes

AT&T and T-Mob for US penetration? No need to have paypal, or a credit card. Just charge to your bill/phone credit. (Then there’s that 10 Mill USD developer competition thing with Nokia and AT&T)

The split is 60/40, and the costly access to operator billing system is footed by Nokia from their 40% share. Though Nokia may lose money this way, attracting developers is a more important long term goal. “We look at it as an investment…We realize we need to subsidize the market right now” George Linardos, Nokia’s Vice President of Media.

Other Ovi Store growth points:

  • in app billing
  • Free java app signing – for those hundreds of millions of feature phones
  • Free symbian app signing
  • new touch and type API which blurs smartphones/feature phones

Via UnwiredView / ForumNokia / Reuters / Forbes

Categories: Nokia, OVI, Qt Tags: ,