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.
You may be aware of this app already – this is just a highlight for those who haven’t come across it yet.
- to download go to m.mobipocket.com on your browser (select S60 3rd edition) or Click here and then send the .sis file to your phone.
One of my favourite applications on my N82 was the Mobipocket reader, MobiReader, an excellent free eBook reader for S60 phones – and with the N97’s 3.5″ 640×360 screen – it looks even better!
It’s such a feature packed application:
With the current S60 3rd edition, release (same file compatible mostly with S60 5th) you could:
- resume each document at the exact section you left it
- search/copy things within the document
- add bookmarks, after which opening the annotations will bring you directly to that section
- Highlight portions of text/add notes/links and even modify the text.
- Select page numbers to view
- Read with autoscrolling
- change a whole banquet of settings; colour of text/background/highlight/items modified – change font sizes /margins/line spacing and more.
- Supports images
What I love best about the Mobipocket format on S60 phones is that formatting is that whatever I set the font sizes to, be it a tiny size 7 or a very large size 19, the pages automatically the amount of words in a window so that you NEVER have to scroll left or right as you would if you were viewing a PDF file. Even if you set it not to view in full screen, or change from landscape to portrait, Mobipocket reader adjusts accordingly. Mobipocket ignores the original document’s page numbers and page formatting making it absolutely perfect for reading on a mobile device.
This makes it such a joy to read on a Mobile device – as often, zooming to a point where text is comfortable in Acrobat reader means having to continuously scroll from left to right with each line. The other option was to decrease the font size to reduce the need for horizontal scrolling, but that meant the text was uncomfortably small.
Although MobiReader’s compatible with S60 5th edition (You can use touch to navigate through your library/options/settings), you cannot navigate between pages with touch/select text. On S60 5th edition, you have to use either the volume keys (which is actually a decent enough solution) or the D-Pad/ space/enter button on the Nokia N97. Delete button on the N97 is the only way to exit the document and return to the library if you go full screen (how do 5800/5530 users manage this?)
You can’t do much of the “selection mode”functions (highlight/copy/add note/look up) and the ability to do this disappears completely when you’re viewing in full screen.
Only adding a bookmark works. We can only hope that there’ll be some optimizations for S60 5th edition to bring it to the same functionality as found on 3rd edition.
Lack of 3rd edition functions maybe understandable given that it doesn’t seem to be officially supported for S60 5th edition (no 5th edition devices are listed as compatible in the downloads section.
Regardless of the lack of additional “selection mode” functions and some odd behaviour when going into fullscreen (in S60 5th edition), as a tool for making eBooks easier to read on a phone, MobiReader is absolutely great. On S60 3rd edition devices like the N86/E75 – MobiReader is fantastic and you should try it out if you’re not a user already. Hey, it’s free. 🙂
Update: Akademy has found some great qwerty shortcuts for the N97:
Thought you might like some key combos for N97 though.
‘j’ switches between fullscreen (I couldn’t see another way out),
‘right’, ’space’ ,’return’ go to next page,
‘left’ goes back a page,
‘3′ goes back to the beginning of the book (quite annoying when you’re half way through…)
‘2′ is something to do with annotations…
‘1′ or ‘delete’ go to the book select page
‘8′ goes to settings.
To download MobiReader, either go to
- m.mobipocket.com on your browser (select S60 3rd edition)
- Click here and then send to your phone.
Oh yeah, this may sound blindingly obvious but Mobipocket requires documents to be in the Mobipocket format. You can get content via:
- the eBook store from Mobireader
- Mobipocket compatible catalogue sites such as Project Gutenburg
- Or simply convert your existing files via the mobipocket creator.
To download Mobipocket Creator, click here. <<It’s free too.
It converts HTML, Word Documents, Text documents and PDFs – all into the mobile friendly Mobipocket format.
It’s very quick and easy – drag and drop your file, click build (select no compression), open the newly made folder for your file, then send to your phone.
If you send Mobipocket files via bluetooth, once you open them from your inbox, MobiReader opens it and creates another copy in the Mass Memory “eBook” folder. Nice touch.
In episode 88, Steve Litchfield covers the following topics:
- Quick mini review of the HTC Magic – Android powered phone
- There’s a debate as to whether Touch or Keyboard is the way to go – Why not have both? N97/ Touch Pro 2/G1 /(oh and N900/N97 MINI)? Although Steve is right in that these hybrids tend to be larger and more expensive, this form factor can continue to get smaller and cheaper so size and price will be less of an issue.
- Hands on with the LG KS360 – Like the Nokia E75, it’s a side slider phone that reveals a full QWERTY. The E75’s dual form factor is much more useful, when it’s QWERTY is hidden away, it appears deceptively to just be a normal candybar. The LG KS360 does have a touch screen, but you can’t use it for anything other than the main dialler. Seriously?. Well, what can you expect for 80GBP?
Win a copy of SmartMovie! 5 SmartMovie licences to give away – DivX/Xvid/AVI/FLV/MP4/3GP player for your S60 phone
The creators of SmartMovie, Lonely Cat Games, are giving away 5 licences for the video application SmartMovie (21.99EUR).
SmartMovie is an excellent video player, that allows you to play MP4V/FLV/3GP videos. It has a slick looking UI, with kinetic scrolling, extensive video settings and shortcut keys.
Now onto the SmartMovie giveaway. I’ve not done one of these licence giveaway things before so bear with me …
How to win?
In my video review of SmartMovie below, just name one movie/video title that was played back using SmartMovie on the Nokia N97.
How to Enter?
- There are two ways to enter. You can either leave your answer as a comment in this post, or email your answer to MyNokiaBlog[at]gmail.com with the subject “SmartMovie”
- You can enter multiple times, but each time must be a different correct answer (the more films/video titles you can name that was played back on the N97 using SmartMovie in the video review, the more chance you have of winning.)
- 5 winners will be chosen by a random number generator from the correct entries until we have 5 individual winners.
- Your number will be defined by the order your comment/email arrives in my GMAIL inbox.
- The winners will be picked from correct entries received by 31st August, 3PM GMT and announced later that day.
- You’ll need to have a valid email address as I’ll contact the winners via email as asking for your IMEI
- Winners will be contacted with their licence code
Good Luck 🙂
If you haven’t tried out SmartMovie yet, there’s a free trial at http://www.lonelycatgames.com/?app=smartmovie
Earlier in July, the All About Symbian crew discovered a rather brilliant feature in the N86 that was never spoken about by Nokia. Real, usable digital zoom that preserved much more detail than previous/standard methods.
James Burland from Nokia Creative, using the Steve’s same N86 shows us again exactly how good that zoom is in this video (at a bird sanctuary?)
Just check out the obvious detail there. At times, I forget it’s zoomed in as on every other mobile device, digital zoom produces blocky pixels that make you regret using the digital zoom afterwards. With the N86 is a practical feature (well for video anyway)
This isn’t exactly how it works but when capturing a VGA video, but basically instead of zooming in on the 640×480 pixels, thus loosing detail and producing blocky artifacts, the N86 instead uses the entire 3264×2448 and (depending on zoom level) crops a portion of it to VGA, maintaining more of the detail than usual.
It’s not optical zoom, but it’s a very useful alternative and very effective up to 4x/5x zoom.
Via Nokia Creative
Here are some more video examples from N86 user ChampionJohnny
In this first video, look how at first the text is unreadable. But with the N86’s quality digital zoom, you can read even the smaller print.
In the second and third video, note again how much detail is maintained up to 4x digital zoom
Note: viewing on fullscreen on a desktop may make the videos appear more blurry – but that’s because they’re only VGA resolution. They would probably be even more impressive when Nokia ups the ante to HD ( 720p and maybe even bring back optical zoom)
James Burland from Nokia Creative has been putting the N86 (from Steve Litchfield) under a few tests. In his latest post, he checks out extreme low light performance using the built in Dual LED flash (which Nokia claims is “70% more powerful than previous Dual LED solutions”), and compares it with:
- the might Xenon of the N82
- another Dual LED wielding N97
- single LED of the Samsung i8910
[testing how much light the respective flash puts out]
I had expected the N82 to win, and not surprisingly it did. What is surprising though is how close the N86 came using it’s latest generation dual LED and those improved optics. Imagine just how much better it could have been if it had Xenon? User reports on the N86 show that although it is very close to illuminating scenes like the N82, it cannot freeze shots like the N82 can.
Though the N86 isn’t the winner in terms of flash, it does have the undisputed title for best low light photos WITHOUT flash. As great as simply sticking Xenon would be to a generic 8MP camera, your low light image quality will suffer when you go beyond the distant limits of your flash. The N86 has superior optics to any of the previous Nseries line that gives it the upper hand in taking in all the available illumination of its surroundings. Even better is the wide angle lens that lets you get a lot more of the subject into the frame.
Via Nokia Creative
Other N86 camera tests include:
- this other camera phone show down by AAS, same participants except it’s a Samsung Innov8.
- GSM Arena and their tests with the Samsung Pixon 12 and Sony Ericsson C905
- Nokia Conversations, test against the N82. The latter is by far one of the most interesting articles, not just for the quality of sample images (shown below, all with flash unless stated) but the discussion of Nokia’s low light solutions.
[Wide Angle lens gets more of the scene into the frame.When the N82 doesn’t wash out the picture, the colours are much more vibrant, but otherwise, the N86 produces results that are more pleasing to the eye.]
On the subject of N82 Xenon Tests, here’s a post with the N82 versus N97.
Damien’s comments over at Nokia Conversations are really interesting to read. He points out (the official reason) why Nokia’s gone the Dual LED route and not xenon. Basically the issue seems to be space. Nokia wanted to create a good all rounder phone, with the best performance for the given space.N86’s dual LED illuminates a scene quite well, but also doubles up as being a usable video light.
Nokia apparently doesn’t just want to be ticking boxes. i.e. Xenon – check.
“There is a certain amount of space for a lighting solution in the product. For that space which provides the greatest amount of illumination? For the space available in a mobile device LED is now very close to xenon.
I have seen some xenon handsets (which will remain nameless) provide a ‘tick box’ solution. In other words, yes it says xenon on the box but the flash tube and capacitors are so small that the output is less than I have seen even from older generation dual LED solutions. So it’s the real performance that matters, not just what it says on the box,”
Hmm – so be weary. Just because a handset advertises Xenon, doesn’t mean it performs as well as you’d expect from a Xenon Flash. Same goes for advertising video light – it may be there but it might be so crap you can only film subjects 20 cm away.
“mobile device LED is now very close to xenon”. Close, but not close enough. The occasions where you actually do need flash, dual LED won’t cut it. Having decent implementation of Xenon would have given it the edge in being able to capture a photo in ALL situations.
As for the N86, I can sort of accept the reasoning of “space” as to why Nokia went the Dual LED route. It’s a compact, good all rounder, and Dual LED was the best lighting solution for the space available.
But I’m less understanding of why they didn’t include Xenon (or even this new breed of Dual LED) for their flagship that is the N97. The N97 was already a relatively large/thick phone. If the key aim is performance, any added size that would change its camera from being a wishy washy cameraphone to being a reliable all situation camera is definitely worth it.
It would have been an ideal combination – big 3.5″ – the “old 5MP” that didn’t have low light improvements of the N86 – it was screaming for Xenon. But Nokia chose to make compromises (and in the case of the N97 it was making the wrong cuts in terms of best possible performance…e.g. RAM)
hmmm.. Nokia Mantra “We make so many devices…we’ll just put that in our next phone”. 😛
Future Devices: Xenon coming back to Nokia
Last quotes from Damien which may hint at future devices.
Does this mean Nokia doesn’t understand the benefits of xenon? No.
Does this mean Nokia will never introduce a product with xenon flash? No.
Without being familiar with our future product plans I would encourage you not to make any other conclusions other than does the N86 8MP fit your needs. If it does, then I’m very happy. If not I’ll understand. Maybe we have something in the future or elsewhere in our portfolio which will be more appropriate for you.
Perhaps the rumoured 12MP Nokia with Xenon?
In Episode 86, as shot on the Nokia N86, Mr Litchfield focuses his attention on his long awaited Samsung Omnia HD…I mean i8910. But before that
- News: Surge in the States, HTC and 3.5mm jack, Ovi Files now free, Symbian Horizon, Nokia’s Q2 09 results
- QWERTY Keyboard Rant
- Discovering Real/Usable Digital Zoom on the N86
- Unparalled 3.7″ screen
- Blindingly fast at almost everything
- DivX playback – Native !!!!!! (Nokia, helloooooooooooo?!)
- 154MB free RAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! (Nokia! Power User Multitasking!!!) Never ever an out of memory message?! Jeez!
- No Software support for Nokia Centric apps
- Widget homescreen is utter Gimmick – no live info like N97