After a few months off the grid, I thought it best to offer a short post to show Jay, Andre and the rest of the MNB gang that I’m still around…
With my next upgrade coming up in the first few months of 2011, I’ve been pondering my options for my next handset. I’m keen to stick with a Nokia handset, and was hoping that by the time 18 months had passed after buying my N900 that something that truly excites me would come along. I’ll share some of my thinking with you…
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?
When I first looked at the video, I wasn’t actually sure it was meant to be a phone app due to the mass of detail on screen but it is. And it’s for you, S60 5th Edition users.
This is a drum machine – essentially what you’re doing is arranging a pattern of beats/instruments to make a song i.e. pattern based music sequencer, like FL Studio, but just for drums.
It’s surprisingly VERY feature packed,
- create your pattern,
- arrange them into a song time line
- very helpful zoom buttons
- Can pan left and right (to make long songs)
- Pattern play preview
- Song play preview
- Extensive Mix and Tools View
- Help section in
Check out the video below and if you’re interested, you can get it from the Ovi Store
The World’s most popular phone game SNAKE is available for download at the Ovi Store. This isn’t an official Nokia one but it sure as heck is a lot of fun, especially as it looks like the original 3310 version, complete with the pixelated snake and green-tone black and white LCD. I’ve only tried on N8 but Ovi Store says it will work for S60 5th too.
- Works really well with touch (not sure if it will accept keys, e.g. N97). Press the screen in the direction you want the snake to move. With touch it’ll take some getting used to to get those super quick snake U-turns.
- Move the snake in the direction of the food. Avoid hitting yourself or obstacles. Can pass through one side of screen from other (Snake II)
- You can set the speed of the snake from 1 (very slow) to 10 (very fast).
- Works in portrait
- As usual as you progress, you’ll unlock different levels (20 in total) with obstacles in the way
- You can even switch the appearance of the snake to resemble
Videos and screenshot after the break…
Air Hockey. You versus the phone as you try and score a goal with the virtual air lifted puck. First to 5 wins and each round goes to a higher level with slightly harder opponents.
It’s really enjoyable (I love Air Hockey at arcades!) and great for those short distractions. It’s well worth a download.
The only things I’d like to see is the option for 2 player mode with multitouch support of course (though that would rule out S60 5th users).
Oh it’s meant to be played in portrait but was recorded in landscape.
You’ve got two price points with Air Hockey. An Advert-supported FREE game or £3.00 (variable by country) ad-free.
Above was the ad-supported version and you’ll note the presence of adverts (which you can skip or click to open an advert page). You’ll also need to have an internet connection. You don’t have to view the ads, just press skip.
DOWNLOAD FROM THE OVI STORE:
BTW for comparison here’s a paid version demoed on 5530 by TheBossAkib.
Note that you get cheers or awws depending on scoring or letting a goal in. It also looks a little faster here but part of that was due to my bad cam and video conversion (E.G. look at the image trail of my finger)
Accessories: Wireless Charging with the Powermat for Nokia N97 (and powercube for Nokia N8) – First impressions
This is a gallery of the new PowerMat wireless charger and the powercube and some first impressions. I received this on Monday thanks to Sam who’s working with http://www.powermateu.com/.
Now there were some details asked in an email but I got an out of office reply for sending it before 9am. :p
- What is the RRP of this package and all included contents? (Possibly image of the retail packaging) The bigger 3 charger office one is 69.99GBP – RRP [46GBP on Amazon]
- What is the precise model number (This doesn’t appear on the powermat site as it’s a new product)
- The powercube (29.99GBP RRP) is very useful with the various included tips. But does it have the 2mm pin?
2 x Mat and powercube (product code PMM-2PA) – £59.99
N97 bundle which would come with receiver and 1X mat – £49.99
The N97 only comes in white at the moment although Powermat are always looking to update their product range
will get back to you on the 2mm pin thing
Anyway Read more…