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:
Freeware: Nokia Battery Monitor – with activity usage estimates! S^3 and S60V5 (+video demo on 5800)
Right, as battery meters and monitors go – they’re often quite boring, just telling you how much you have left by a visual indicator. If you’re lucky it might give an estimate in time remaining based on current usage.
With the Nokia Battery Monitor, it really does monitor your power usage based on what exactly you’re using on the phone.
It’s available for S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3 handsets. Screenshots above were from the Nokia N8 (Which has a tremendous battery life)
There’s a review over at Nokia Conversations by Adam, with a very important end note:
Note that the accuracy of the app might …vary. Mobile phone batteries do not discharge at a predictable rate. For example, if your phone has been on standby all day, then it might believe that it’s got a full day’s use left. If you then receive two hour-long phone calls, it was probably mistaken. Accuracy improves over time, though: it calibrates itself to your typical usage pattern.
Here’s a video demo on the Nokia 5800
MForumRu has a host of Nokia N8 videos for you to look at. The one that’s worth noting is the N8 vs 5800 video (Screen comparison)
- Obviously the difference is more clear in person, but even over the video you can see the richer, higher contrast, more vibrant AMOLED display from the N8 vs the TFT of the 5800.
- Panning of the photos in the N8 is significantly smoother.
- Zooming with pinch and zoom is of course a big plus over 5800’s tap/zoom bar
- Also wider viewing angle from the N8 with AMOLED
This next video covers homescreen, menu, SMS, but you’ll also notice another comparison with the N8:
- New icons (though 5800 is on non standard theme)
- New QWERTY Keyboard
Camera and Video
- Brief comparison of N8 and 5800 camera UI
You have probably heard a few days ago about the new V50 firmware for the Nokia 5800.
This brings a lot of stability and new features such as kinetic scrolling, N97 like music player , improved camera and integrated quick office.
Quite a few of you have been saying this is how the 5800 should have been from the beginning (but then everyone kinda says that with each new fw).
Below are some videos from 5800 users on the new V50 firmware. Note, they aren’t all in english and aren’t all clear in quality, but it’s still possible to appreciate the kinetic scrolling and mini album art in music player.
I don’t normally report on firmware updates on handsets I don’t have at hand to check new features myself, but I thought I’d share the new firmware videos with you made by the 5800 community. 🙂
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
Nokia N900 with the Apple iPhone, BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2, LG BL-40, Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71, Palm Pre, Samsung i8910/Omnia II, Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and Toshiba TG01
Here are some shots of the N900 with some current high end phones. In Alphabetical Order:
- Apple iPhone
- BlackBerry Bold/Storm 2,
- LG BL-40
- Nokia N97 Mini/N86/5800/E71,
- Palm Pre,
- Samsung i8910/Omnia II,
- Sony Ericsson Satio/Aino and
- Toshiba TG01
Initially the intention was to give a jist of the size of the N900. But since I was snapping away in phone retail stores, I didn’t get appropriate angle shots so you can see how easy it is to be deceived by comparison photos unless you see them flat, centre and horizontal with comparisons of [layered] length, width and thickness.
www.sizeasy.com/ helps if you want to compare phone sizes and you’ve got their dimension. This of course ignores curves/tapering which assist in the illusion that your device is smaller than what it actually is.
Ignoring size comparisons, the photos below are still worth a look for comparing aesthetics/design.
Check out the example below
BlackBerry Storm 2-
looking much bigger than the N900
Now N900 looks larger than the Storm 2
Another example. The Palm Pre is quite small, yes?
Sony Ericsson Satio
So in the following pictures, just remember that unless you haven’t seen the N900 before, they might be slightly misleading in making it look bigger than it actually is as these are taken in the angle which make the N900 seem unnaturally bigger.
New Chocolate, LG BL-40
N86 is small, this angle further enhances this diminutiveness
The TG01 is huge. It looks stupidly big. The N900 can sit on it and there’d be ample toshiba to border it. This angle makes them look pretty similar in size. They are not.
Nokia N97 Mini
Samsung Omnia II
Sony Ericsson Aino
And of course, Apple iPhone. Both looking pretty similar.
The only one that’s slightly useful for size comparisons is N900 vs Blackberry Bold. (This is my mate’s Bold, snapped these just as the lecturer was walking in – but still much better to have a flat surface to take comparison shots with)
N900 Vs Blackberry Bold
Didn’t take a width comparison but Bold is wider than the N900.
– I was actually looking for a new SIM and checking if retailers knew when/if they’d be getting the N900. On the way, I took some of these snaps.