Well relatively major. N97 and N97 mini maybe receiving integrated Yahoo! powered Ovi Chat as part of the PR3 and PR2 update.
Hurray, they have not been totally forgotten! Though with the big brother, some (like the team working on it!) might have prefered it to be a distant memory. I’d also like to see some major performance updates. I don’t know how much UI could be improved given the anorexic internals – it struggles as it is with it’s dry, bland navigation.
Qt integration as mentioned?
cellfanatic takes a look at the browsing capabilities of the Android powered Motorola Droid, Symbian fuelled Nokia N97 mini and Maemo 5 super awesomeness that is the Nokia N900. 😛
N97 mini looks strikingly beautiful here.
Anyways. Nick compares features such as:
- screen size
- screen resolution
- screen type (just a note, N900 does have a better resistive screen than N97 mini. It is the smoothest
- pinch to zooming
- rendering/load time
Despite the Droid’s slightly larger (0.2″), slightly higher res (54pix) capacitive screen with pinch n zoom, for browsing, Nick actually awards the N900 the top spot.
“N900 – This is really setting the bar for browsing on a phone – it looks exactly is at looks on the desktop”
I look forward to pinch and zoom on Nokia phones. I like the one handed nature of spiral zoom (can’t really pinch and zoom with one hand) but look forward to the multitouch aspects in both Symbian^3 and MeeGo.
Embedded youtube playback is nice on the N900 but if we could trade off for higher res/smoother playback by running through the media player instead, I’d opt for that instead please
Idelafr brings us an unboxing of that 18 carat trimmed Nokia N97 Mini Gold Edition:
This is a supremely cool application called Nokia Bots from Nokia Beta Labs. It basically learns how you are using your phone and so adapts future phone behaviour to anticipate future actions.
“Setting up a wake-up alarm and silent profile for night time has never been easier! Alarm Bot learns at what time you use to wake up, and suggests alarms and profile changes on your homescreen nightly. Create a new alarm and automate night profile with a single click, and never again forget phone to silent profile in the morning”
If you set certain alarms frequently, it will learn to ask you in future if you want to set that alarm again (just in case you forgot). For a morning alarm, it’ll even set your phone onto silent so you don’t get disturbed during your sleep. Just before the alarm, it triggers back the usual profile. But that’s only if that’s what you normally do. How cool is that?
“Do you ever forget to silence the phone for meetings? Or when the meeting ends, forget to switch back to normal profile, and miss calls? Profile Bot is here to help. Profile changes are suggested on your homescreen: confirm automated profile changes for each meeting with a single click, or let them be fully automated for you”
I’ve been longing for timed profiles to become more prominent in Nokia phones. Great app to change your profiles for a certain time period and revert back, useful in meetings/lectures so you don’t miss calls when you forget to take your phone off silent mode. Currently, the Timed Profiles feature in Nokia phones is hidden in settings making it appallingly difficult to use on a daily basis. I wonder if Profile bot takes into account calendar content. e.g. automatically setting meeting profiles when at a meeting.
New apps from Ovi store make the phone more useful and fun. With the help of Shortcut Bot, you get quick access to your most frequently used apps straight from your homescreen without configuration hassles: your preferences are learned in the background, and shortcuts automatically updated.
Your shortcut homescreen apps change depending on what you’re using most frequently. No toggling them around. Hmmm..not to sure about that myself but may help others. Tis a bit like Window’s frequently used apps at start panel.
Battery Bot observes your battery status. In case the battery is likely to drain while you sleep, it reminds you in advance to connect the charger. Otherwise you might wake up too early because of “battery low” alerts, or too late if it drains before wake-up alarm.
Wow, ok I like. There are too many times that I miss my phone alarm because the battery died whilst I was sleeping.
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I love the intuitiveness of these bots. These are the types of apps that bring functionality to the masses. It makes features more usable, more human in a way.
I think it certainly passes the “Grandma” test of simple and easy to use.
Not content with having the luxury limited Edition N97 Mini Raoul, Nokia have launched a $850 N97 mini Gold Edition.
It’s the pearly white N97 mini with 18 carat gold accents wherever there was chrome(or other types of metal).
Inside, it’s the same trusty 3.2″, 360X640 tilt screen with QWERTY, 5MP Carl Zeiss Auto-Focus camera, A-GPS, 8GB on board memory (expandable via MicroSD to 24GB) on S60 5th Edition.
Hmm…white and gold. Very 7610. (I was kinda hoping for the entire face to be gold…too tacky? :p)
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
I was destined to meet up with my comfy pillow and duvet but just as I was about to climb under the quilt, I noticed the package that must have been received yesterday (Saturday). It was a big jiffy bag. I thought it may have been something I ordered from eBay.
It turns out to be a memory stick from WOMWorld:
[note: Photos taken by Nokia N900]
What was on the memory stick? A couple of videos from Nokia Human Research Department and an MP3 file.
Nokia Experiment #22 – The Museum
Nokia Experiment #16 – The Restaurant
Yup, it turns out they’re a great couple of ads for the N97 mini.