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Video: Unboxing of the Nokia X2

July 25, 2010 5 comments

This unboxing is brought to us by 3BEPbEnokia of the Nokia X2 (surprisingly quite a good looking handset)

It’s in Russian – but it’s worth a watch anyway to see the box contents (very generic, decent in ear headphones supplied).

Specs:

  • 5MP Camera +LED Flash
  • QVGA 20FPS video
  • S40
  • 111 x 47 x 13.3 mm, 82g
  • 2.2″ QVGA
  • 3.5mm AV connector
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HD Video: Nokia C3 Build Quality and Interface tour

July 15, 2010 1 comment

From superchilko of mobilebulgaria is a HD video of the superbly beautiful Nokia C3. I love the streamlined look,  and I reckon it’s the best looking portrait QWERTY in Nokia’s line up. The video also demoes the S40 interface and being S40 it relegates the C3 into the feature phone category instead of smartphone. But that shouldn’t dampen the C3 at all.

The Nokia C3 is about 79.99GBP on pay and go (no contract)

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Nokia’s and Apple’s Mobile Histories Side By Side

June 13, 2010 13 comments

Writing the articles about my history with Nokia was apparently quite well-timed with the announcement of the iPhone 4, where Apple yet again announced a load of new features as being brand-new, game-changing aspects of their new device, despite the fact that Nokia have been pushing out countless gadgets with such things for a while.

Before I go on, I should point out that I’m not anti-Apple. It’s true that I don’t agree with their approach to promoting their products by outright lying about them, and I’m not keen on their attitude within their products of “you must work the way we designed things to work”. However, there’s no denying that the iPhone did open up the market to new types of devices – Nokia tried and failed to get touchscreen into the mainstream more than once, but Apple nailed it. Also, the iPhone OS (iOS now?) user interface is incredibly intuitive and user-friendly and does seem very robust and stable (albeit due to the aforementioned “doing things the Apple way” approach – break out of that by jailbreaking, and that stability breaks down). They’ve really done wonders for the whole mobile market by raising the standards that everyone else aims towards.

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Nokia C3 is here!!!!

pic via Gizmodo

Now you might be thinking oh god another humungous line for the iPad right. WRONG!!!!!!! these people are actually queuing up for the Nokia C3 yeah thats right the C3 not this, the Citroen C3

picture via carpages.co.uk

But this little baby here:

It of course the new Nokia C3 is actually a cute little phone I considered buying one when Nokia announced it but decided against it and choose the Nokia E72 instead but considering the amount of buzz Nokia can still generate (as evident in Indonesia ).

Wouldn’t it be cool if they released actual phones closer to when they are announced? I mean the N8 is generating some good hype but its still 3 MONTHS AWAY !!!

AARRGGGHH the agony, anyway Nokia can still create buzz which is sort of important with even Gizmodo having a post about them (They have been much more Pro Nokia since their iPhone 4 incident. Whereas before they were pretty much the nonofficial Apple Blog-  Check out their newer posts(via Gawker) such as “How Apple Tricks You“)

Anyway to find out more about the C3 head to the Nokia Product page here : http://www.nokia.co.uk/find-products/all-phones/nokia-c3

In the UK, The C3 will be available from 18th June.

Categories: Cseries, Event, Nokia, Photos Tags: , ,

Hands on Videos: Nokia C6 Black, C6 White, C3 Black, E5 White (and C5 white)

April 17, 2010 6 comments

A collection of videos showing live hands on with the new QWERTY messaging phones from Nokia by shoguz78

The C3, C6 and E5.

(C5 is there too, might as well include it here)

Nokia C6 White

Nokia C6 Black

[YOUTUBE=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7TbkrBMOhOg]

Nokia C3 Black

Nokia E5 White

Nokia C5 White

Technical Specifications: New Nokia C3, C6 and E5 announced. Welcome to the Nokia QWERTY-messaging family!

April 13, 2010 7 comments

Here’s what came out of the Nokia Virtual event…

The Nokia C3, C6 and E5! You have probably seen them all in one incardnation or another through rumours, screenshots, FCC sketches. Well here they are.

New additions to the QWERTY messaging family

E5 is the new single digit Eseries. Seen around and rumoured as the Nokia mystiq.

More E5 goodness over at Nokia Conversations

180EUR

This one we’ve already seen before, the touch QWERTY hybrid E6.

More C6 goodness over at Nokia Conversations

220 EUR

This was seen just before April fools day. It’s my favourite out of all of them for the simple fact that it could be really appealing to the younger audience. It’s like a teenager friendly blackberry. And what a star for 90 Euros! Oh and it plays back video with quite a wide range of codecs so less conversion needed: H263, H264, AVI, mpeg-4, and .wmv! (Info from Q&A)

Oh, and it comes in SIX colours!

More C3 goodness over at Nokia Conversations

90 EUR

Oh hey, we’re on the Nokia page ^_^

Just announced: Nokia 7705 brings a light ring and a new twist to messaging.

September 10, 2009 2 comments

It’s existance has been rumoured since April. It had been cloned before being officially announced.

Yesterday we saw some actual photos .

Today, Nokia has officially announced their latest messaging centric device.

The Nokia 7705 Twist

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It’s mid tier, and normally doesn’t get my attention – but has got a quirky design and this new “light ring” feature. Supposedly that circle at the bottom right lights up so that it

“can be customized to identify a message or a call from those listed in the contact directory.”

The design is unconventional like the Nokia Surge, but it actually looks kinda nice, albeit having something rather feminine about it. (It’s petiteness, the swivelling, and that mirror….and the purple back – though I think it comes in black too.)

Specifications

  • 3MP autofocus camera with flash and dedicated camera button [Is the flash AROUND the camera? If so that’s pretty cool, although may be detrimental to low light photos]
  • 2.4″ QVGA
  • Full QWERTY Keyboard
  • 2.71″ x 2.71″ x 0.59″ (68.8 mm x 68.8 mm x 14.9mm)
  • 3.44 ounces or 97.5 grams.
  • Built in Mirror << definitely for the ladies.
  • 2.5mm jack
  • 3G
  • S40?
  • Short cut buttons for messaging, camera, web, voice cammans, speaker phone options and  V CAST Music with Rhapsody®

It’ll be coming to Verizon from September 13 for  99.99 USD with a new 2 year contract. Note this 99.99USD is after a mail-in rebate.

Also worth mentioning is the Nokia 7705 Twist’s charity connections.

From Oct. 6 through Oct. 29, while supplies last, customers who purchase the Nokia Twist online at http://www.verizonwireless.com will receive a free picture frame phone lanyard to raise awareness of HopeLine® and support domestic violence prevention.

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Via Nokia Press Release

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7705 purple

Image via Nokia Conversations and mobileburn

Freeware:Facebook app alternatives, Social Messaging Beta (Communities) from Nokia Beta Labs for N97/6700 and Symabook for S60 5th edition

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment

Two freewares covered today – Both Facebook app alternatives. Social Messaging Beta and Symabook

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1. Social Messaging Beta

Something new from the Nokia Beta Labs – Social Messaging Beta.
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From Nokia Beta Labs

It’s somewhat limited in functionality at the moment, e.g. There’s space for other communities (e.g. twitter in future?) but only facebook is accessible – and the facebook portion itself is limited at this beta stage.

Some interesting features (based on the facebook portion):

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  • + A homescreen widget counterpart you can actually interact with at the homescreen. You can move up/down for facebook updates without opening the app itself and refresh for new updates – however working properly.
  • + In the demo video, tapping on a status at the homescreen is meant to open up facebook contextually so that you are quickly able to comment/like that status/post.
  • + Kinetic scrolling (should be basic standard everywhere but as it’s rare I count it as a feature)
  • +Your facebook news feed looks much like how the desktop counterpart looks – with your editable status up top, even including news feeds on people’s (annoying) quizes. :p
  • + More of the news feeds is visible – with the facebook widget on N97 you only see a handful of updates but you can see much more with this
  • + Tapping within a feed opens you to that particular status for commenting/liking (not their profile – you can’t view your own or other people’s profiles)
  • + There’s also a messages/Events/Friends list/Request options but only messages (and feeds) are working at the moment.
  • + Works properly in Landscape as well as portrait
  • + No fuss signing in (see Symabook below)
  • +It seems a bit faster than the Facebook app on the N97 at getting to news feeds from log in.
  • + Much faster than Facebook app at swtiching between Feeds/Messages (perhaps other profiles too etc if that was available)
  • + The big feature is supposedly posting your location to facebook or in a message using Ovi Maps [See also Ovi Life Casting – this looks good but you have to install Ovi Maps beta AND Ovi Life casting -_- I’ll try this another time]
  • – There’s also a Share Photos icon (in menu) but it crashes if you try to do anything. It also seems to save pictures seen in your feeds spontaneously.
  • – It eats up phone memory like nobody’s business.
  • – I don’t know if photo-uploads appear in feeds .

You can check out a video about it just below:

Download Social Messaging Beta (Communities) for Nokia N97 (must be on V12.X.024)

I wish that instead of being a separate app, they just included these features onto the original Facebook App. Perhaps it’ll make more sense when the other community options are available, e.g. twitter. At the moment I prefer the independent apps/widgets (Facebook App and Gravity) but we’ll see how this beta labs project progresses.

Via Nokia Beta Labs

2. Symabook

Here’s another FaceBook app alternative for S60 5th edition called Symabook (by Symacrtic). It looks compeltely different to S60 5th Edition UI or Facebook which is slightly refreshing. It is prone to crashing and is rather slow – although this may all be because it’s an Alpha release

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Features

  • Feeds have kinetic scrolling in all four directions – though a little bit slow.
  • Error in feeds due to facebook quizes. Maybe recognized properly in future updates.
  • Each status/feedbox is the same size. Tapping expands it.
  • If you long press on a status in a feed, a heart pops up (they also intent for a comment box and view profiles option to show up – see demonstration video)
  • If you swipe to the right, the page moves to the right and shows the facebook related categories, i.e. Newsfeeds/friends list etc
  • You get a full friends list – Thumbnails alphabetically organized by surname(though very difficult to actually get to a contact as you have to swipe up/down like a million )
  • Some subtle but appreciated transitions.
  • Photos are or photo viewing items on your phone. I couldn’t find an option to upload and it crashes if you try to do anything. Before it does crash, the circular zooming is kind of fun.
  • Profiles do not work
  • You can’t actually edit anything in settings
  • You have to sign in via browser to mobile facebook, then approve the app – a bit tedious.

At this unfinished stage, it may be quite annoying to use and lacking in sufficient usable features. However, it’s precisely that – no where near complete. There’s quite a bit of potential in Symabook facebook app, namely the app’s attempts of touch optimized UI- so keep an eye out for future releases. Definitely an app to look forward to.

Download Symabook (Alpha)

Symarctic vis Symbian-Freak

The best feature on the N97? Memory? Keyboard? No it’s Ovi!

April 15, 2009 6 comments

Applications address the limitations of our phones; shifting new interest into tired devices either by bringing wished features or an entirely new use not considered before. Ovi will be “the door” to bring those applications to our devices. So that’s why, for me, the best feature on the N97 is OVI. Once I get used/”bored” to the keyboard/touch screen/memory and other things it does, applications will spice it up and give it life. What’s great for everyone is that Ovi isn’t exclusive to the N97.

n97-ovi-t Nokia N97 on Ovi store from Michele Ficara Manganelli

“Ovi – Open the door to your digital world.”

If Nokia were to make an exact clone of the iPhone, with identical UI, at the same price, but the only thing different were internet services, Apple would win the consumer because of their thriving ecosystem of developers that have made such a content packed app store.

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[iPhone and N97, by Robert Scoble]

Apps – that’s what Nokia used to be good at, at least for those who knew where to find the apps; you get the S60 device instead of another type of phone because of the plethora of software available for it.

[Of course, there’s another side which I can’t and won’t cover, which is the relative ease to develop an Apple app instead of a Symbian one. This perceived ease however, is part of a self feeding cycle – more users, more money, attract more developers, better apps, more users, more info about how to do make apps, more apps, more users more money, more developers…etc.]

Nokia already has a wealth of applications for S60, albeit some of them no longer functional on newer devices (shame really). However, it’s so hard to get them to the user. The apps are dispersed among several websites, some containing overlapping catalogues, some exclusives and some sites contain apps only from that particular developer.

e.g.

S60 Apps

Themes:

Games

The Ovi store needs to deliver all currently available applications to the consumer:

  • free applications,
  • paid applications,
  • beta applications for those who want to try it out,
  • and the mass of themes available for S60 (vetted of course for copyright/inappropriate images).
  • Non S60 applications, i.e. S40/Maemo?
  • What about Map content/liscence downloads?

Just let users be aware that you have these apps, Nokia.

These apps then need a demonstration (not just description) of what it does, and and all organized into logical, filtered categories.

The most important thing is to get the consumer knowing that it’s all available in one place. The Ovi store.

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In the Ovi store, every downloadable content relevant to your handset should be available. Games/Music/Themes/Tones/Graphics and of course APPLICATIONS.

There’s more to Ovi that just apps/downloadable content. There’s data syncing of calendar/contacts, email service and content sharing of user media. But it is the ease at which these downloadable content can be accessed that will make or break Ovi, which is essential for Nokia’s future success in the smartphone arena.

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Nokia N97 on Ovi store from Michele Ficara Manganelli

…. Then maybe later address the prices so they don’t vary so much/make it an easier for impulse buying.