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Patiently Waiting to be Excited

December 30, 2010 13 comments

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…

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Nokia N97 and N97 mini not forgotten. New Firmware PR3.0 and 2.0 in the works!

December 29, 2010 10 comments

NokiaSaga reports that some major firmware updates are coming for both N97 and N97 mini. Remember them?

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?

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Video: Drum Machine demo for Symbian (S60 5th) Drum beat sequencer available at Ovi Store

December 21, 2010 8 comments

 

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

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Video: Classic Snake II on the Nokia N8 (for Symbian^3 and S60 5th) at Ovi Store

November 22, 2010 1 comment

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…

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Video: Air Hockey Game demoed on Nokia N8 for S^3 and 5th Ed Free at Ovi Store

November 20, 2010 2 comments

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)

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xyVmvdfR9VY]

Accessories: Wireless Charging with the Powermat for Nokia N97 (and powercube for Nokia N8) – First impressions

November 18, 2010 3 comments

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?

Update:

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

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Photos: Nokia N8 vs N97

July 29, 2010 15 comments

Here’s some recent photos (taken on Monday) comparing the Nokia N8 and the Nokia N97.

via: Uploaded on Flickr by Mario Villamil Arguelles

New firmware update Nokia N97 to V22.0.110 (updated with changelog)

July 1, 2010 18 comments

On my twitterfeed, @Sheridan01 mentionoed he was updating his N97. It wasn’t the wrongly publicised V30 that Nokia mistakingly said was available, but a new firmware update is available nonetheless,  from v21.0.045 to v22.0.110.

I did mine OTA, just hit *#0000# and update from there. It’ll take 5 minutes depending on your connection.

Not checked yet whether this is available via NSU and data cable, but most likely it is (or will be). Not sure when this came out but it’s new to me. 🙂

As for changes: haven’t checked yet, nothing major. Will update this post when I find the changelog.

  • Is Maps 3.04 there by default? Not sure as I already had it.No 3.4/3.04
  • It seems a minor touch faster, menu pretty instant before the button is properly released it changes.
  • Boots up a bit quicker than the 50+ second v21  (took ages when using custom theme, 70+seconds, then it reverted to default black and is now booting faster at 35seconds)

Update: Official Changelog from Norman John from SymbianWorld at end of this post

It’ll restart and your screen will change into the first image above. Then after booting, you’re on v22.0.110

Have you updated your N97? Noticed any changes? Maybe your operator hasn’t even let you go past v20, if so what firmware are you on?

Changelog from v21 to v22 via Symbian World

Data package content, corrections or changes :

  • Corrections to TOP ~15 issues reported in the field
  • OTC cases fixed:
  • Wrong Cherry number used in Russia and Spain
  • “System error” displayed occasionally at first start-up. Reported e.g.  by Vodafone.

Genius cases fixed:

Contacts performance improvement:

  • #144324: Voice dialing not working when there are 2000+ entries stored in Contacts.
  • #134637: Phone prompts “Memory full” when searching for names

Localisation & language variant specific:

  • #154188: Message editor crashes and writing fails if predictive text input is On. (Arabic UI, v15 language variant)
  • #146139: Scrolling to left and right works the wrong way around in Photos – Captured when using Arabic UI
  • #147509: QWERTY keypad input does not work correctly with Calculator. (Chinese language variants: v19, v25, v26)
  • #139207: “Slide to Answer” localization error  (Hebrew)
  • #140654: Localisation error in Bluetooth Audio – “Set as (un)authorized”  (Czech)

Misc:

  • #141675: “Security module error” shown in display occasaionally at start-up
  • #147863: Occasionally device hangs and restarts soon after start-up.
  • #137558: Device keylock opens (although it shouldn’t) when dialing a number using a carkit. (CK-300, CK-600, also some non-Nokia, factory installed car kits)

Others:

  • Default Nokia tune is played as ringing tone for incoming calls instead of the one user has defined in Profile settings. Also sometimes device ahs stopped alerting for incoming calls. Both issues are now fixed.

New Nokia N97 Firmware v30.0.016 Available according to Nokia

June 1, 2010 18 comments

Nokia’s Firmware update checker says that the N97 has a new firmware available, v30.0.016.

But Nokia Software Updater and Over The Air update can’t find anything yet. But what we do know is that it’s coming soon.

I’ve somewhat lost hope in the firmware updates for the N97. Fingers crossed it lessens my frustrations with it (decrease the lag, lessen the crashes) but I’ve been waiting for that since V10.

What are you hoping for in V30? Has your network even let you make the move to v21?

via @breathlesstao /@cambo078 who were chatting about V30 on twitter thanks to post by @Sirajsoft

Video: Nokia N900 vs Motorola Droid vs Nokia N97 mini – Browser War.

April 24, 2010 1 comment

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
  • scrolling
  • 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”

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HwquvaOSwo8]

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