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Gallery: Nokia N8 versus: Apple iPhone 4, iPad; BlackBerry Bold, Curve, Torch, Pearl; Dell Streak; HTC Legend, Desire, HD Mini; LG Viewty Smile, Optimus; Nokia X6, C3, E72, 5230; Palm Pre, Pixi; Samsung Galaxy S, Genio, Wave, Monte; Sony Ericsson X10, X10 mini, Zylo and Vivaz

October 23, 2010 31 comments

I was roaming the shops during lunch break the other day and thought I’d do a size comparison of the Nokia N8 with some of the current handsets available in the UK.

BlackBerry

 

BlackBerry Bold 9700

BlackBerry Torch 9800

BlackBerry Curve 9300

BlackBery PearlDell Streak

HTC LEGEND

HTC Desire

HTC HD Mini

LG Viewty Smile

LG Optimus GT540

Nokia X6

Nokia C3

Nokia 5230

Nokia E72

The N8 Bretherin

I was so shocked to see the N900 still on sale that I didn’t get a comparison photo.

Palm Pre

upside down

Palm Pixi

Samsung Galaxy S
Samsung Genio

Samsung Monte

Samsung Wave

Sony Ericsson X10 Mini

Sony Ericsson Zylo

Sony Ericsson VivazSony Ericsson X10






Nokia N8 vs. the smartphone elite: iPhone 4, HTC EVO 4G, Palm Pre Plus, and HTC HD2

June 8, 2010 37 comments

Engadget has made a comparison of the iPhone 4 against what they call the smartphone elite – representatives of respective Mobile OS – HTC Evo 4G for Android, Nokia N8 for Symbian, Palm Pre Plus for WebOS and HTC HD2 for Windows Mobile.

Based on the hardware categories chosen, the N8 stacks up surprisingly well (and nice of engadget to recognize N8 amongst the “elite”).

Well if history is an indicator, this will be it for Apple’s iPhone over the next 12 months.

MeeGo phones and S^4 can still improve heavily hardware wise (given the non-flagship price of Nokia N8, it suggests we should expect more from the main Nokia flagship that would unequivocally put it head and shoulders above this list)

VIA Engadget

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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

November 26, 2009 29 comments

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?

Palm Pre

HTC Hero.

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

Nokia E71

Samsung i8910

Nokia 5800

Nokia N86

N86 is small, this angle further enhances this diminutiveness

The toshiba TG01

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

Palm Pre

And of course, Apple iPhone. Both looking pretty similar.

Apple iPhone

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.

Video: Nokia N97 Startup time (V10.0.009 and V10.0.012)

June 26, 2009 5 comments

This was just to test the startup time of the N97 (RM-505) on:

  • V10.0.009, 12-05-2009
  • V10.0.012, 15-05-2009

From pressing the button and getting the vibrate buzz to switching to the visible homescreen it’s about 28 seconds (and that’s pretty much the same over 3 repeats, on both firmware).

V 10.0.009, 12-05-2009

V 10.0.012, 15-05-2009

As for comparison, CNET did a test of the Palm Pre, iPhone 3G and iPhone 3GS start up times:

  1. First is iPhone 3GS at 19 seconds
  2. Second is iPhone 3G at 48 seconds
  3. Third/last is the Pre at a painful 1 minute 46 seconds! Imagine being in an emergency and needing to turn it on?

The N97 did ok at 28 seconds. Previous S60 3rd edition phones (N93) were capable of sub 19 seconds on certain firmware. Fingers crossed we’ll see improvements in the next major firmware upgrade (V11.0.021) in terms of:

  • faster startup
  • bug fixes
  • new “features”/UI tweaks.

Huge Palm Pre Review! Live Pics and Video demoes!

June 4, 2009 1 comment

Engadget has posted their review of the Palm Pre. It’s not a Nokia device, but I’m posting because Nokia could and should take a lot of inspiration from Palm’s execution of a new touch and connectivity optimised OS that could rival Apple’s iPhone.

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Whilst the Pre lacks the multimedia muscles being shown off by the likes of Samsung’s i8910/Sony Ericsson’s Satio/Nokia’s N97, Palm’s flagship is still as equally if not more desirable due to the pure usability and innovation of WebOS.

The review is an extremely lengthy one but certainly worth the read as this is quite a ground breaking device. It comes in three parts:

Via engadget

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Nokia’s New Mobile OS: Maemo Harmattan

May 19, 2009 2 comments

In an interview about a couple of weeks back at the Nokia Developer Summit, David Rivas – Nokia VP, discussed the Nokia’s strategy for having multiple software platforms – basically stating that different devices need different OS for different tasks – not one OS fits the bill. The three major OS used by nokia are S40 which drives the “volume” division, S60 which drives the “value” and Maemo (built on Linux) for the internet tablets and “other interesting products”.

S60 for Value? This and the excerpt below sides with Eldar’s speculations about a month ago when we heard about the Nokia Nautilus and other new Nokia Touch screens, where Nokia maybe shifting S60 (or Symbian Foundation) into mid range/mass market handsets, and possibly have Linux reserved for the high end devices. Many, including myself, have been a little underwhelmed with S60 touch, especially  with the first ghastly demonstration – , it was embarrasing to be a Nokia fan – it had no optimisation for finger touch, it just looked like they slapped on a touch screen to normal S60 3rd edition. It’s evolved somewhat since then, as we have from both the 5800, N97 and even from the Samsung camp with the i8910 with S60 5th edition. However, it still lacks complete finger friendly optimisation, or really any new innovation – much of which is hampered by the fact that it is S60 with touch and has a lot of legacy and compatibility issues to deal with. The only real solution is to start from scratch. Much like what Palm has done with the Palm Pre and WebOS – delivering an unexpected dish of usability and intuitiveness to the table, last brought onto our plates by Apple’s iPhone.

Whilst we can go on to bash S60 5th edition for not being a completely dedicated touch UI, it maybe worth considering (or just hoping) that S60 touch is just an interim solution for Nokia’s REAL touch UI. Get some user base familiar with S60 touch, roll out some important services (Ovi) whilst silently working on what maybe Nokia’s game changer.

“Internet tablets and other interesting products we have maemo built on linux. Why are we building linux based software? Very clearly maemo has been a very important part of the product line, for tablets and such. But the thing that most people miss is that we’re in a unique position at Nokia and we’ve got very successful software platforms in S40 and S60 and it gives us the leeway to experiment a little. So I think the biggest benefit we have with maemo is that we start with a clean slate. We get to start without any legacy, without any support issues, to build the best possible software platform for the products that we are centering around maemo. That allows us to include new innovation, in a way that doesn’t/isn’t burdened by existing legacy. It’s actually a really exciting time right now for the maemo platform.”, David Rivas, Nokia VP.

So what exactly is the future for Symbian and Maemo? An integration of the two? Or is maemo just the testing platform for Nokia to reintegrate features back into Symbian? As for the future of Symbian, David Rivas states:

“Symbian is going to continue to leverage the benefits it has right now, the technical benefits and the market adoption benefits. It’s going to continue to add functionality and features as appropriate. I think we’re going to see multiprocessor support in symbian very very soon, and I think we’re gonna see fairly significant innovation in user interface over the next few months and years”

It’s possible that the Nokia’s next mobile OS: Maemo Harmattan, maybe just the dedicated touch UI Nokia fans have been waiting for. But 4th Quarter of 2010? That’s so far away. That’ll either just be too late for when other manufacturers have given us extremely mature outstanding UI or perhaps blow us away by changing yet again how people consider and use mobile phones.

We can’t really tell much from the screenshot other than the homescreen (if that’s what it is – ) is very widgets based. Much like the upcoming N97. It’s apparently  just one big vertically scrollable page – although I would have been more impressed if this was everything that could be seen in one glance, but that maybe a little too cluttered for some.

maemo1

Via Mobile Crunch

Palm Pre available first week of June!

May 19, 2009 1 comment

m The Palm Pre – it’s not a multimedia monster by any means but it’s still shaking up the game with its WebOS, focusing on the touch based usability and innovation; all starting from scratch as opposed to simply sticking a touch screen on their legacy OS (*cough* S60 Touch*). With Nokia supposedly concentrating a lot more on software, I’d really wish they’d bring us something as slick as Palm has done with the Pre.

The Times reports that the Palm Pre will be available on the first week of June.

“…the season’s most compelling phone drama will start the first week in June, when Sprint will begin selling the Palm Pre…”

The Times via MobileBurn

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News: Nokia N97 to appear as early as June 2nd for North American variant.

n97-ovi-tThe Nokia Blog reports that the NAM version of the Nokia N97 maybe coming as early as June 2nd and yes, that’s 2009! Fingers crossed that date is rock solid and also that consumers outside the states will not have to wait much longer.

The longer Nokia takes to launch the N97, the cheaper the Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD) gets and the closer both the next iPhone, Palm Pre and Sony Ericsson’s “Idou” comes as additional competition.

Does the wait have a lot to do with your choice of phone? If all four mentioned were available right now, would you still get the N97?

Via TheNokiaBlog

Nokia 5800 to be the most successful phone…

April 29, 2009 2 comments

…in Nokia’s portfolio.

The 5800 had sold 1,000,000 within a couple of months (3 million now), compared with T-Mobile’s G1 which has sold around 100,000 since October.

58001With every feature the 5800 has ( 3.2″ Touch screen, excellent loud speakers, 3.2mp Carl Zeiss Lens, excellent music player, GPS Navigation, decent web browser with Flash support for things like YouTube – being the phone in the Dark Knight movie :p)  and the price which Nokia have set it at, it’s not surprising it has sold so well. Accounting for 20% of touch screen handsets worldwide, the 5800 had an amazing start with UK contracts, being on O2 and now T-Mobile at a base start price of £15, 100 minutes and unlimited text or around £200 on pay as you go (which is always unlocked in Carphone Warehouse – no I’m not being paid to say this).

Although its an XpressMusic handset, denoting that it shouldn’t be worth anywhere near what Nokia asks from their Nseries, it is more than a rival when put side by side against Nokia’s top end devices. Suffice to say, the 5800 is a bargain, and so it’s understandable why Nokia would think it may become one of their most successful handsets.

So will a knock down price be the key also, for ensuring the upcoming N97 is also a winner? I’m not even going to begin at how the N97 is more of a tugboat for the next flagship instead of being the flagship itself, so the N97 (with its relatively non new features ) should arrive to our shores at a relatively reasonable price. Or at least fall in price sharply after a couple of weeks. That or doom it to failure as everyone else goes for seemingly better specification-wise alternatives  at possibly cheaper prices (…Samsung i8910 – Omnia HD, Sony Ericsson Idou, Palm Pre, 3rd Gen iPhone)

Via T3