Archive for November 13, 2010

Video: Topolino70’s N8 Camera secrets revealed – attaching lenses and tripod to N8

November 13, 2010 7 comments

Topolino70 has produced some of the most stunning Nokia N8 videos we’ve seen thus far including:

Among these include some really close up shots. But the N8 has an Active Hyper-Focal lens – i.e. no autofocus but everything beyond the macro region is in focus.

In the video below, Topolino70 shares how he attaches his N8 to a tripod as well as how to achieve similar close up shots with very easy, low tech “Rubber Band/Elastic Band” solutions. We say secret, he’s never really kept it secret that he’s just been attaching magnifying lenses or vivitar macro lens :p.

Great Job on sharing the beauty of Finland. Alas I am yet to find any beauty spots around Manchester.

BTW in terms of connection to tripod, there are retail solutions out there. I’m also looking for one although my DT-22 from N93 days is still quite ok for the job. (Though a tad lop sided since it has to bend to get landscape properly). Gorilla Pod an obvious must-have.

Nokia N8 vibrator motor used to lift 60KG Fridge

November 13, 2010 3 comments

If you head on over to you’ll notice a video that shows a Nokia N8 lifting a 60KG weight. I have NO understanding of written or spoken Chinese (bar a few Mandarin phrases).

Alex68 says: “Two Chinese students from Tsinghua University used an N8 to lift 60KG fridge. The power of N8 motor was amplified 100K and it took 1 and half hours to lift the fridge”

Google Translate kinda says the same thing. I don’t get the whole motor thing – I was unaware  the N8 had a motor, let  alone amplifying its power to lift a fridge! (D-oh, it’s from the N8 vibrator motor – that little thing spins with an uneven weight to cause vibration. Cheers llaadd)

You’ll see the N8 torn down at some parts. Here’s a drawing of their plan of attack with the N8.

AND then that’s supposedly going to pull a 60KG weight. That’s like lifting Sandra Bullock or Charlize Theron with a Nokia N8.

Possibly not as glamorous as either Bullock or Theron. A white plastic box of a Fridge.

Cheers Alex68 for the tip to!

update: Someone has swiped the video and put it up on youtube (with uncannily similar title)

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Video: ST Ericsson U8500 1.2GHz Dual Core ARM Cortex A9 with MeeGo Phone OS

November 13, 2010 14 comments

A couple of days ago reader, Marcin, mentioned the ST Ericsson U8500 for MeeGo

“ST-Ericsson U8500 Linaro and MeeGo 11.30 -12.10, November 16th, 2010 MeeGo Convergence Dublin:D”

Above is a video by Charbax showing a reference design for U8500 with MeeGo on it (cheers to @Cambo078 for the find), which would apparently be suitable for tablets as well as phone. Products with U8500 expected first half of next year (Max Before July 2011). Would the Nokia N9 be one of them?

Another video below shares  more info about the U8500 – this was shot back in February also by Charbax where the reference design devices had only Android and Symbian. U8500 is apparently up to 1.2GHz (Dual Core) with ARM  Mali 400 GPU.

Check out the 720p 3D game rendering. Also look at that 1080p playback on Symbian.

It’s worth noting that Nokia MeeGo phones may also use Intel chips in future – but at the moment, ARM is the better choice for the first Nokia MeeGo phone (If I recall correctly).

What does the U8500 feature?

The U8500 is the first mobile platform with full High-Definition 1080 progressive-scan camcorder capabilities. With its combination of a dual-core SMP processor and a high-end 3D graphics accelerator, the U8500 enables a full web-browsing experience for next-generation smartphones.

  • Full HD 1080p camcorder, multiple codecs supported
    (H264 HP, VC-1, MPEG-4)
  • High-resolution, touchscreen display support up to XGA (1024*768)
  • Simultaneous dual display support
  • High performance 3D graphics, support for
    OpenVG 1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
  • Dual camera support with Integrated ISP 18 Mpixel and 5 Mpixel
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS enabled platform
  • Built-in USB 2.0, HDMI out
  • Support for multiple operating systems, Symbian, Android
    and Linux-based platforms
  • Optional support for mobile TV standards


  • Highly efficient, low-power ARM dual Cortex™- A9 processor
  • Dual multimedia DSP for low-power, flexible media processing
  • High-bandwidth LP-DDR2 interface
  • ARM  Mali™ 400 GPU and NEON®CPU extensions
  • State-of-the-art HSPA (High-Speed Packet Access) Release 7 modem
  • Unique audio architecture with a wide range of audio codecs supported
  • Advanced power saving architecture enabling class-leading audio and video playback times

More ARM stuff

Whilst we’re on the topic of ARM Cortex A9 let’s check out how:

NVidia Tegra2 ARM Cortex A9 shows that a dual core performs up to 50% faster in rendering pages compared with ARM Cortex A9 with one of the cores disabled.

Here’s the Mali 400 GPU in action (but on the Samsung Orion ARM Cortex A9)


Finally from Nufront, their ARM Cortex A9 can run at 2GHz for Laptop and Desktop usage. There’s a fan going on with this one to cool down the chip. They say in the production you won’t need that (I think that’s what they said). This one powers Ubuntu 10.10 and Quake 3.

Charbax /

Video:10 minute S^3 casual game demos on Nokia N8 – Cannon Ball, Miluegg Jump, The Roach Game and Down The Fly 2

November 13, 2010 2 comments

Here’s a 10 minute medley demo video of some casual games for Symbian^3 by FUNCASTorg (I think some are/have S60 5th versions, like Roach game).

  • Cannon Ball
  • Miluegg Jump (free at Ovi Store)
  • Roach Game
  • Down The Fly 2

It’s a great demo video as you’re given a run through of what you need to do for each game and general opinions for each game and the game play. It’s in 720p HD so it’s worth upping the res (if that’s not your default) to see the games better)

via FUNCASTorg

Video: Nokia E7 Hardware hands on

November 13, 2010 3 comments



Here are a couple of hardware overviews of the Nokia E7 by  uptodateksa2 (you don’t see much software past the home screen stage).

The first video is in English and a similar longer video is in Arabic. You’ll see the N8 compared a little bit more on the second video.

As noted, hopefully by the 4th Quarter (Dec 2010) the E7 will be available on the market.

The E7 is:

  • First Eseries touch screen (and what a fantastic 4″ CBD AMOLED at that)
  • Biggest Nokia Touch screen phone
  • First Eseries without Eseries specific buttons?
  • Sporting the best hardware keyboard on a Nokia


VIA uptodateksa2

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Video: How to Sync Nokia N8 with Google Calendar and Rainlendar

November 13, 2010 5 comments

kishorat shows us how to use Mail for Exchange in the Nokia N8 to synch his laptop (and vice versa) with Google Calendar.

This way, whatever you put on your laptop (via google calendar) it will appear on your N8, and similarly what you add from the N8 appears on your laptop.

This of course should be a working method for all MfE devices.

Video: Nokia N8 Mini (China Clone) same height as N95

November 13, 2010 6 comments

Here’s another China Clone of the Nokia N8, (check out the Android N8) and it’s the same size as the Nokia N95 when closed. That’s possibly 4/5ths the size of the original

Unlike the other China Clone this morning, this one runs a Symbian knock off and not Android.



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My Dream Nokia #4: Nokia E10 14MP Xenon, 720p screen, 4.2″ S-AMOLED CBD

November 13, 2010 22 comments

“My Dream Nokia” #4 is the Nokia E10 from Keith Francis. As Keith points out:

Haha, I know TONS of these things are simply impossible for now. But hey, it’s just my ‘dream’ phone, eh? I think I’d go crazy if this phone ever became real! 😀

The design on the right is the Nokia “U” design by community phone (I would not be surprised if MeeGo phone is released like this) but with dual LED in addition to xenon (“U” supposed to have dual LED but not so obvious from design). I think what Keith is more concerned about is the keyboard layout.

  • MeeGo 1.4 – 2nd gen MeeGo UI. Extremely optimized for Heavy-duty users to have a longer battery life.
  • Out-of-the-Box WiFi-Tethering support
  • Qt browser with Full flash support which is upgradeable.
  • All the internals are future-proof (meaning – you can upgrade the internals -RAM, processor, GPU, etc- in future)
  • Dual Core 1.2 GHz Intel Moorestown Processor
  • 1GB physical RAM plus another 1GB virtual RAM
  • 80GB Internal memory + 2 micro SD card slots that support up to 32 GB.
  • Physical Keyboard – Just the way it is laid-out in the picture
  • Spaced keys like on the leaked N9
  • One key on the front to function as the home key
  • Physical 2-stage camera shutter button
  • 5MP Front facing camera
  • 14MP Main Camera with Xenon flash and dual LED flash and 3x optical zoom + 3x intelligent digital zoom. 6x zoom total.
  • Automatic lens cover – Like on a digital camera
  • Available in Anodized aluminium and a scratch-proof stainless steel body. WITH removable battery
  • 2250 mAh battery with kinetic charge (Nokia concept – they battery would charge with the movement of the phone)
  • Super-AMOLED CBD 4.2″ Capacitive Display with 1280X720 Resolution.
  • Gorilla Glass 2 (2x stronger and scratch-proof than normal GG) – smudge proof, fingerprint proof.
  • Dustproof, Waterproof body – resistant up to 30 min in water, 10 meters deep
  • Stereo speakers at the top
  • Full size Wireless HDMI Port with Dolby Digital 7.1 Surround Sound
  • A FULL size female USB port to plug in USB devices directly to the phone without needing a separate cable
  • Slider-mechanism to cover HDMI and USB ports (like on Samsung Galaxy S series phones)
  • High speed – up to 100Mbps Bluetooth 4.0 with a range of 50 Meters.
  • WiFi N
  • LTE and 4G support
  • 124x68x13.5mm dimension
  • Optional accessory to make coffee with the phone! (Hey, the pomegranate concept phone has the ability to do it! Why not? Businessmen often get tired and need some coffee in their breaks!) 😉

This is Keith’s dream Nokia. I actually would not want to go past 12MP, but then again I said I’d be happy with just 5 or 8. Usable 12MP is great.

Dustproofing is a good thought and not something that should be over looked. It’s annoying when certain phones are prone to having dust getting trapped in odd nooks and crannies which are impossible to wipe clean.

About “My Dream Nokia”

I’m sure you’ve dreamt up your PERFECT Nokia phone. What it would look like, what it would feel like, what features it would have. Why don’t you share it with the world? Or at least with other Nokia fans :D .

It could be your own photoshopped or rendered work (seriously, you don’t need mega skills in either, basic paint job is often enough to convey a concept) of your dream product.

SEND this in similarly to with the title “My Dream Nokia” and perhaps the model number (and a little description, maybe a few specs in the message area? Though this bit not necessary).

Who knows, maybe an image might flutter over to Nokia and through whatever route end up being real.

Check out

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Rant: Fixing Nokia’s Symbian Touch Camera UI – Perfecting the Nokia N8 Camera experience

November 13, 2010 10 comments

The Nokia N8 undeniably has the best phone camera on the market. It also has a pedigree of great flexibility in terms of camera options  – white balance, colour tone, camera grids, scene modes, ISO, exposure, contrast, and sharpness (note lack of continuous shooting mode as seen in the likes of the N95).

However, like a common theme in Symbian – so much GREAT features buried in ridiculous menus.What’s worse is that much of my camera UI woes was SOLVED with MAEMO 5 (as well as a nice feature in N900 of always remembering last used setting), yet for some unfathomable reason Symbian gets a camera UI that only Dr. Robert Langdon would be pleased to use.

Check out this post and video:

Video: Nokia N900 Camera Interface – why it’s better than what’s on the N97

On the plus side, Symbian has improved somewhat from the S60 5th version.

  • We have a single video/camera button switch where the touch-screen shutter-button used to be, and
  • said shutter-button has now moved to the bottom middle (i.e. no need to press options>video mode – who ever thought this was a good idea in the first place needs their head examining).
  • Also really cool is that multitouch pinch in/out to change photo/video resolution.

One of my many complaints with S60 5th version and now also with S^3 is that there is sooo much screen realty that’s wasted. You have a huge screen yet Nokia insists on keeping the buttons on one side, with what I feel a very stupid space hungry zoom bar on the left which is very redundant given the dedicated zoom buttons.

For those who like taking photos single handed portrait like it’s 2004 you can. Just hold the N8 in portrait and press that touch-shutter button. Similarly, this doesn’t really affect single handed landscape use.

So All together:

Symbian Camera UI Problems:

  • Too many button clicks. Either due to being buried under menus or because I still need double tap in certain areas.
  • settings/options buried under menus (e.g. there’s a completely different set of settings if you click the big options. Things such as geo-tagging – what if I only want a select photos to be geotagged. I have to keep wading through menus)
  • Screen area wasted
  • Camera forgets your last used settings (yes I’m aware of user defined profile but that’s not as convenient).

Note: These are very quick paint jobs, I didn’t bother making it look pretty, but you should get the gist of what I’m trying to portray.

Note 2: I understand that there are differences between certain Symbian Touch cameras, i.e. autofocus not available, certain settings like Sport not available but that should stop generally improving the interface to be less of a hassle to use.


Why not, for goodness sake, place an added row of icons to the left? It’s not a new train of thought, other camera phones have sported this.

  • Note in the image below we have rearranged the right column of icons to include scene mode and photos. (Not camera UI thing, but it would be nice if somehow the camera could automatically recognize the need for macro mode)
  • On the right are commonly used settings including white balance, colour tone and the camera grid.
  • This makes it easier to use the camera with two hands as now the left can do something other than attempt to use the zoom bar.
  • With more icons on show, you can get to most of your required settings in TWO/2 taps. Not 2 or 3 or 4 or 5 or 6.
  • The spanner “options/settings/cam menu” button persists in this situation to get at the other icons that aren’t immediately visible
  • The icons on the left can auto hide to give more an unobstructed viewfinder, which returns once touched.
  • What if you can SWYPE around the camera options, i.e. if I press “flash” I don’t have to lift my finger off the screen, just drag to “Red Eye” or whatever.

Another important change I’d like to see is for that dang list in scene mode to disappear.

Why the heck would you have scrollable scene modes when you can fit everything in one screen? It is incredibly annoying to scroll down a list when you don’t need to.

Also – PLEASE, if I tap ONCE select and let me take a photo. I don’t want to have to double tap (lilke current method) and then have to press back to get rid of the camera menu.

SOLUTION 2: Icon scrolling

  • Here you can scroll up and down the left coloumn to see the rest of the other camera settings.
  • This might be a touch confusing but you can imagine it like a dedicated digital camera’s dial. Perhaps there could be a dial interface (with said graphical appearance).

Solution 3: Icon slide

  • Here the camera “settings/options” spanner has been replaced by the self timer. These are generally the most used icons I’d say for the camera.

To get at the rest of the icons just swipe/slide the left column of icons to the right. Something could be done to make this more visually appealing, but as said, is just to demonstrate a concept.If the Maemo folks can do it, I don’t see why the Symbian guys can’t. Then again having said that, look at the browser fiasco.

Are you happy with the N8 Camera UI? What would you change about it?

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Video: Nokia N8 with ‘Android’ from your friendly neighbourhood N8 China Clone (Unboxing vid)

November 13, 2010 3 comments

We’ve seen the China Clone N8 in many places, even before the actual official N8. Here’s the retail version of the N8 China Clone, set with die-quick replaceable battery. You’ll note that this N8 attempts to replicate an earlier build where the bottom of the N8 has now changed (wrist strap and pin-charger location moved). Camera here of course is a P.O.S.

What’s really interesting is that the OS/UI this clone tries to imitate is not Symbian but Android – at least HTC’s Sense UI.

This maybe the closest folk will come to in terms of the N8 with Android. (Nokia’s with android already done, either with UI shell or the complete Android Froyo 2.2 as seen in the N900). BTW it’s got a TV – I think like most clones standard terrestrial. Would have been a nice feature in the UK were we not doing/done the whole digital switch over thing.

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