For Nokia 5800 and 5530 users here’s a custom firmware that brings Symbian^3/N8 styling and a few additional extras.
- Symbian^3 style dialler,
- Widget homescreen
- Lots of animation/UI transitions – e.g. portrait/landscape v smooth, moving back/forward in menu looks v. nice.
- Quite speedy (at most places, bit lag in others)
- File manager shows hidden files/folders
- Music Player showing lyrics of song playing in a scrolling karaoke style (by default, though you could get tune wiki)
Video is very blurry but you can still get the gist of what’s happening:
Mashable reported yesterday that from Google’s zeitgeist (report on most searched terms) that in the consumer electronics category, TWO of the top 5 were the Nokia N900 (5th) and Nokia 5530 (3rd). First place was the iPad, 2nd iPhone 4 and 4th was HTC Evo 4G.
Not N8 huh? After all the fuss, leaks, drama, reviews?
Thanks for the heads up Alan!
If you’re interested to see how the world searched in 2010, check out the video below:
I don’t know what on earth the reviewer speaks of when she says the 5800 was not the hit Nokia were expecting. I remember that around March/April, Nokia expected to sell 1 million 5800 but exceeded that and sold 3 million (actually already reached 1 million in January). Sales wise, the 5800 is one of Nokia’s most successful phones.
But perhaps the reviewer meant successful in terms of mind share; getting an iconic handset with an agreeable touch UI. This is where touch S60 initially had fallen short of the mark.
The X6 seeks to remedy this, along with a few hardware changes, including Nokia’s first capacitive screen, 32GB (or also 16GB) memory, and a slimmer shell.
Unfortunately, as the reviewer correctly puts, the X6 is still (unbearably) underwhelming. Pausing between loading of apps, freezing in heavy web pages, nonsensical double taps to open folders – overall very laggy for what’s supposedly a premium handset (premium priced anyways).
An important thing to consider maybe the recent firmware upgrade of the X6 to V12, which does sort out some speed and stability (or lack of) issues. It’s a touch annoying though that despite the lengthy life span and history of Symbian, each new handset (not just S60 variant) still needs firmware upgrade after firmware upgrade to become finally usable. (V21 with N97 after 7 months is almost there). This is not good for users who don’t even know what a firmware is let alone how to upgrade it. (On the positive note, “frequent” firmware upgrades means problems gradually get fixed quicker….though on the flip side again, that problem should not be there in the first place. I mean come on…same phone just different shell…it’s like there’s some amnesia and they’ve forgotten they already sorted this problem out in another phone :S)
I reckon the 5800 is still a much better option as a music phone. The only thing it really lacks is the additional 2MP. But for such a value-packed price, the 5800 is unbeatable. And then there’s always the likes of the 5230, another phone of unquestionably great value for money. [That’s what I recommend to friends looking for a good value, ‘modern’ Nokia phone. Not so much 5530 as that lacks GPS and having free Sat Nav functionality always impresses, especially when they don’t realise their phone has it]
Got something simmering in the stove or roasting in the oven? Need to leave it for a while, but need a reminder to make sure you won’t forget and let your cooking burn? No timer on the cooker or timer is only on the cooker itself?
You should get Egg timer for S60 5th Edition. It’s free at the Ovi Store.
- 59 minute analogue timer
- Metallic finish
- Use touch screen to turn the dial. Time automatically counts down.
- Remaining time displayed below
- Better than alarms, you don’t have to work out number of minutes + current time.
- Vibrates per each minute you turn the dial
- Mechanical sounding alarm
- You can leave it in the background
As you have have heard, the popular online jukebox, Spotify has made its way onto Symbian. Here’s a video demonstration of Spotify on the Nokia 5530 by mobilephone2003
If you want Spotify on your Symbian handset, head over to m.spotify.com on your phone’s web browser.
This version of Tic Tac Toe touch is slightly improved over the previous version available on the Ovi Store.
- It’s your standard 3×3 grid and it’s one player only.
- You play the “X”, computer plays “O” with standard tic tac toe/noughts and crosses gameplay.
- The visuals have improved slightly, plus the game keeps a record of your score (well, until you exit that is and then its wiped).
- After each game you’ll get one of three notifications of either winning, getting a tie or losing.
“Banner” is a scrolling LED Dot Matrix Display for S60 5th Edition devices like the Nokia N97, 5800, 5530, Samsung i8910 and Sony Ericsson Satio.
You can change the message to whatever you like using the on screen keyboard or if you’ve got a proper keyboard (N97/N97 Mini) you could use that instead.
It’s in classic RED led only – simple, but works well. There aren’t any obvious practical uses of it – the most I’ve used it for is to request a track at a club from the DJ – it was easy to get him to read the message from my N97 without the usual of having to walk over and show him the tiny text from the text message editor. But I guess there’ll be some other odd/creative uses for it one way or another.
Here’s a demo video of “Banner” in action.