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Gallery: Nokia N8 versus Panasonic TZ10 versus Samsung i8910 vs Nokia N82 (plus a xenon flash test)

October 4, 2010 13 comments

Here’s a comparison set showing the Nokia N8 versus Panasonic TZ-10 versus Samsung i8910 HD versus the Nokia N82.

The Panasonic TZ10 is a stonker of a megazoom point and shoot camera. Priced at around £329 on launch, it is one remarkably awesome digital camera. The optical image stabilization is incredible – try shaking it about and you’ll still get a decent crisp photo – imagine the usual photos when you’re TRYING to keep it steady. If you’re after a portable digital camera at almost DSLR quality (that’s what owners have said who also own DSLRs), you get this. Yes I like this camera. 😀

The Samsung i8910 was for quite some time the Symbian flagship, the first GSM phone to produce 720p (AT 24fps), with 8MP and dual LED flash.

The N82 is loved amongst Nokia geeks, a 2007 contender, it still stomps on the asses of many current generation camera phones for it’s spectacular 5MP performance in low light photos (helped by xenon) and videos.

The Nokia N8 – needs no introduction.

Jenjaman from the-ultimate111 gave us a heads up on his new post comparing the TZ10, i8910, N82 and N8. They are in the order of the grid unless otherwise stated.

NOTE: THE TZ10 has a 25mm wide angle lens and the Nokia N8 has a 28mm wide angle lens. The i8910 images will therefore appear larger as both the N8 and tz10 capture more of the same image in a single frame.

NOTE 2: File sizes from the Nokia N8 are incredibly compact. At around 1-2MB.

TZ10 at around 5mb, i8910 AT 3-4MB and N82 around 1MB

For full size, click from the GALLERY at the end of this post.

The N8 seems closest overall to the Panasonic TZ10 – the reds in the i8910 look kinda washed out. However…

Read more…

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?

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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.

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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.

Free Game: Speedtester for the Nokia N97, 5800, 5530, Samsung i8910 (and other S60 5th Edition)

September 27, 2009 1 comment

Speedtester SpeedTester is a simple, free game from the Ovi Store that tests rapid responses and thumb-eye coordination. You have four lights which will light up one at a time. All you have to do is touch the one that is lit. This occurs very slowly at first, and as your points rises, so does the speed.

It gets sufficiently faster after 100, before that, it’s nice and slow to get you accustomed. Each time you fail, you start back at the extremely slow stage.

Here’s a demo video of SpeedTester, shown on the Nokia N97


[YouTube=http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2CpkDAKo3TM]

DOWNLOAD FOR FREE FROM THE OVI STORE

Freeware: Lights – control your Nokia N97’s keyboard lights! (& other S60 5th edition)

September 22, 2009 2 comments

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“Lights” is a free application from the Ovi Store for S60 5th edition but it does work best if you’ve got a QWERTY keyboard (i.e. N97 or N97 mini).

The application basically controls the lights on your phone, be it the keyboard lights, the red/green call/end keys, screen light or even the charger light.

You have four options:

  • Blink – Red/Green keys flash on and off, as do keyboard and charger lights. Pressing the screen manually makes the lights flash
  • Breath – Red/Green keys as well as keyboard lights fade in and out.
  • Dream – Random coloured circles appear on the screen quickly and disappear – like a hazy dream I guess. Sometimes the keyboard lights fade in and out, sometimes it’s just the red/green keys.
  • Torch – A bright circle appears so you can use the big screen as a torch (prefer the LED option myself – though that 3.5″ screen is bright enough as a modest light source)

Note: you may notice the proximity sensor flashing. It always does that with or without this app – that’s just how it works – but you can’t see it with the naked eye (only via camera).

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Here’s a quick demo of “Lights” in action on the Nokia N97.

It’s just another ‘fun’ app – I really like the breathing lights, especially with the keyboard – it’s somewhat quite soothing :).

I’m a huge (odd) fan of LED lights. I’ve found the default breathing menu light most useful on the N97 when trying to find it in the dark (and I obviously can’t find my other phone to call/find it). Though I guess that’s the only use of it, unlike say in the likes of the N900 where the LED light has useful indication notifications.

DOWNLOAD “LIGHTS” FROM THE OVI STORE

Freeware: Opera Mini 5 beta – now the best browser for the Nokia N97

September 16, 2009 3 comments

A while ago, we got a glimpse of Digia’s @Web browser, a webkit based browser than just had spectacular features I’ve been waiting for from the native browser. It’s main selling features were its touch optimization and multiple tabbed browsing (up to 4).

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Now, Opera Mini 5 beta has been released and it simply cruises past @Web’s previous achievements.

Opera Mini 5 has been completely refitted for finger optimization, plus it’s got some great animation to make the user experience pretty slick. The ultimate best thing about Opera is its new support for tabbed browsing with I don’t know how many windows maximum because I haven’t managed to go past 15, and I don’t think I’ll need to on my phone (but it was nice to have the option)!

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What’s great is that Opera Mini 5 beta hasn’t compromized on stability. It handles 15 tabs as well as 4.2 handled 1 window. Of course there are other great features that just combine to give a fantastic mobile web experience:

  • Audohide navibar and address bar (full screen browsing and not waiting for the damn sidebar to disappear!)
  • Google search bar (quick google search without going to google.com/home)
  • Copy and Paste
  • Flawless tabbed browsing
  • Open links in new tabs (you don’t have to copy a link and paste in new window like in Digia’s @Web)
  • Opera’s trusty fast load times
  • Opera’s Super quick backwards/forwards in pages without having to reload the entire page again.
  • Kinetic scrolling is extremely smooth
  • Speed dial of 3×3 grid of sites.
  • Easy accessible settings
  • Simple manageable history and bookmarks
  • Password Manager –
  • On screen QWERTY keyboard
  • Very stable (Except in youtube)

I’ve made a quick demo of the features in Opera Mini 5 beta on my N97.

Being Opera Mini, it doesn’t do flash. Also you can’t zoom your texts. I can live with those two as I’ve become used to it when browsing opera.

What I did not like was how the QWERTY keyboard of my N97 eventually becomes non functional, with the secondary keys permanently being stuck on, so instead of typing Nokia, I’ll type “?9;8@”

It is in Beta, so maybe that will eventually be fixed. It’s worth noting that this does noot install over any previous versions of Opera Mini. They both can run concurrently.

If you haven’t tried it out yet, you must try this web browser on your S60 5th Edition phone. Just for the sheer ability to juggle multiple web browsing of so many tabs – I thought I’d have to wait for the N900 before I’d experience that (though with the N900 you will be multitasking with real, unadulterated, unmodified web pages with full flash and full interaction of how you would if you were using a desktop)

to download it, go to in your phone’s browser

m.opera.com/next

Freeware: Dad’s Cab – Taxi Meter for your freeloading kids/friends/spouse! For the Nokia N97, 5800, Samsung i8910, Sony Ericsson Satio.

September 11, 2009 4 comments

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Are your kids treating you like a taxi service? Maybe it’s your girlfriend/wife or your mates who are using you as their own personal chauffeur?

Using this free application from the Ovi Store, Dad’s Cab, you can now start “charging” those free loaders for some well earned fares as you drive your kids to school or pick your other half up from a night out with the girls. It’s more parent to child oriented but it’s fun for all I guess.

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

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Dads Cab uses your GPS to calculate distance and thus the fare

  • When you click “New Journey”, you have the usual start rate of £2.20 (that’s around in Cardiff anyway – it doesn’t seem to have other currencies at the moment)

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  • Using GPS on your phone, it adds accordingly to the fare (it actually stopped at £7.20 for approx 3 miles which is actually a fair ride. You’ll see why there’s 20p extra)

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  • The fare also goes up by 20p about a minute at a time.

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  • When you’re done, press Stop. Dad’s Cab will then give pop up suggestions for slapping on some extra charges. As well as what you can see in the screenshot below, the list also includes “back seat driving”, “Are we there yet” charge, “cleaning” surgarge, “groans at my jokes” toll, “mocking my music” toll  and “texting friends” fee, each with their individual prices that gets added on to the meter.

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  • These charges mount up with each journey until your “customer” has paid you.

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  • What are these payments? If you’re a scrooge, you can actually charge money. But here it’s your  typical “things that embarras your child or your child hates to do” activities. With each selection, the payment owed is reduced to the minimum of zero. By clicking “Payment Options” you can see these activities below, as well as “Tell me about your day”, “Clean your room”, “Bring me breakfast in bed”, “Let me watch my show on tv” and “no more socks for christmass”

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  • Quitting the application has a little advert suggesting that you should try your one week free trial of Ovi Maps Navigation

Download it Free from the Ovi Store

I’ll update this tonight with the video portion.

Free Game: Boomshine for Nokia N97/5800/5530/i8910

August 31, 2009 1 comment

bsBoomshine by Danny Miller is addictiveness in simplicity. The aim of the game is to set off consecutive chain reactions. Touch a moving coloured dot and it explodes – any on coming dot will also explode and so forth. bs2

With each increasing level, the number of available coloured dots and the target chain reaction also increases. The soundtrack by Tim Halbert is also oddly very soothing.

You can try the online flash here but even better is the S60 5th edition port by Jamie Fuller. He’s rewritten the game from scratch but optimized for S60 touch whilst keeping the feel of the original game.

You can download the S60 version >>here<<

boomshineNote – it only works with touch and in landscape.

Demo Video by 30dirtybirds

Via Jamie Fuller

Freeware: Counter Touch – Clicker Counter for Nokia N97/5800/5530 Samsung i8910

August 5, 2009 1 comment

Clicker Counters….remember this?

From the Ovi Store, here’s Counter Touch – a touch screen Clicker Counter for your S60 5th Edition handset.

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It works best when you’ve got screen vibration turned on, as it reinforces the “click”. (Go to Settings>Profile>Personalise>Touch Screen Vibration)

Features:

  • Counts up to 9999
  • Can deduct (for miscounts)
  • Remembers last count when you exit, only resetting when you’ve pressed the reset button.
  • Reset gets you back to 0000

It works really well as a clicker counter – now whether you have a use for a clicker counter is another thing. A couple of examples…e.g. a club bouncer or a teacher on school trips. What about counting some Steve Jobs? (see video below for explanation/demo of Counter Touch) 🙂

To download search “Counter” in Ovi Store, either from store.ovi.com or from the Ovi Store app on your phone. (Sorry, no way to directly link to ovi store at the moment)

Freeware: Digia @Web Review- the BEST web browser for Nokia N97/5800/5530/Samsung i8910, with Tabbed Browsing and optimized touch UI!

August 3, 2009 6 comments

Teo of Symbian Freak has found Digia@Web – A new web browser for S60 5th edition.

We’ve got the native S60 browser, Opera Mini, and possibly Sky Fire (though that doesn’t function optimally yet), what would we need in another browser?

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Well, having just installed it and played with it for a couple of hours, I have to say it’s exceedingly good. Apart from stability issues which are understandable being a new build (it is a beta version after all), @Web implements a lot of features I had wanted to see happen to the Native S60 browser.

Here’s a list of 7 reasons why I love the Digia @Web browser.

1. Loads web pages accurately and fairly quickly.

@Web works great with the keyboard (on N97, the QWERTY keyboard is the most efficient form of text input). However, it works just as good with the keyboard closed. Text entry reverts to on screen keypad (not sure if on screen QWERTY comes up for 5800 users).

Works well on either landscape or portrait, and loads at decent speeds over GSM data but noticeably much faster over WiFi.

2. Intuitive toolbars and full screen web experience.

One of my major gripes with the Native S60 browser is that when selecting the toolbar, it overstays its welcome only disappearing after an annoying predetermined amount of time.

I wanted the browser to show be the toolbar when I wanted, and disappear when I don’t want it and want to view a web page in full screen mode. Opera Mini was sort of a little bit better at that, though the latest release introduced a permanent toolbar that, although small, still eats up screen realty.

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@ Web - clean full screen view. Note blue arrow at bottom centre of page

With @Web, you get a little unobtrusive blue arrow at the bottom. Touch it, and you get a whole host of options

  • Back/forward
  • Add Bookmark/open a bookmark
  • Zoom bar
  • Address bar (containing new tab bar the refresh icon which also changes to become a progress meter when loading pages
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Easily accessible controls

The best thing is that it disappears the moment you touch the page. Absolutely brilliant. It’s a little thing, but just that ease between full-screen and navigating web options is a real advantage over the native S60 browser.

3. Simple easy to use settings

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@Web settings

The settings is also accessed really intuitively – just press somewhere on the screen for about 2 seconds and a drop down menu appears. Like the toolbars, this also disappears the instant you touch somewhere on the screen, (disappearing automatically after a few seconds on no action)

From the drop down menu, you can:

  • go to your home page
  • enable private browsing
  • exit browser
  • access Help information
  • access browser settings.

The layout of the settings is also improved, giving you access to settings you actually want to change directly under 2 main headings, and not hidden

  • In browser settings you can manage your home page, java/image/flash/cookie settings.
  • Under privacy you can clear your history/bookmarks/cache.

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4. Kinetic Scrolling and tap zooming.

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Double tap to zoom in, double tap to zoom back out

Just like the S60 browser, two features I really miss when using Opera Mini.

5. Supports Multiple Window/Tabbed Browsing!

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Holy Crap, Finally! Browsing firefox on the desktop, I’ve got too many tabs open to count.

When I’m reading an article/story and find something interesting to read up further on that page, e.g. theory x, I want to be able to search theory x whilst perhaps occasionally flipping back to the original article. That’s just one reason for tabbed browsing which neither S60 browser nor Opera can natively manage.

I’ve only been able to manage multiple web browsing by launching the web browser from another app via a link, or using Opera along with S60 browser. It’s not easiest of solutions.

Digia @Web brings a new experience in giving users up to 4 tabs to browse in. Each one is independent of one another, if you’ve zoomed in on one tab or are in the middle of writing a new web address, all other tabs are unaffected. Great. MNB000164

Even better is how easy it is how to use and switch between tabs. Left of the address bar is a new tab icon. When you press that, you open a blank new window. Another layer appears underneath the address bar containing a miniature compressed window of what’s currently in that tab. No names or web urls, but the image of what EXACTLY that tab looks like, making it really easy to know precisely which tab is which.

6. Has flash!

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flash video on mobile version of youtube

Loads flash content. m.youtube.com flash videos work very nicely, (though main desktop site much slower). Flash content on other sites also load – though this is not that big of a plus for me.

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tapping makes the player go into full screen

7. Moves forward and back really fast.

In S60 browser, whenever I want to go back a page, I get the ‘carousel’ view of pages I’ve previously viewed, requiring another tap to select that page. S60 browser then proceeds to reload that page completely. This is one of the annoyances that pushes me to Opera Mini.

Opera Mini is much better. Press delete button (or back in the toolbar) and the page swipes back without reloading the page. Moving forward required rooting through the menu though.

Digia @Web has dedicated icons for moving forward and back (no keyboard shortcut). But it’s pretty quick to move back and forth between pages too.

Dislikes:

There isn’t much really. The only main issue is stability. If only that were fixed and no more features were added to this browser (not even better flash support) I would be extremely content with having this as my main mobile browser.

  1. A tad unstable – tends to freeze or shut down if doing something too resource intensive. Doesn’t work too well in multitasking with other apps. Though this isn’t something S60 browser nor Opera escapes from either.
  2. Crashes all the time when loading mail.google.com – though I’ve never had to use that as Nokia Messaging provides me with my gmail emails.
  3. Can’t seem to load the real player from the browser – not too much of an issue.
  4. Zoom bar doesn’t actually work.

Conclusion

I would really recommend trying the Digia @Web Browser out (stability issues an all – hopefully we’ll see fixes soon). I used to switch between Opera Mini and S60 web browser: Opera for speedy browsing, and S60’s native browser to make sure certain web pages load as closely to the desktop equivalent as possible. Now I really don’t need to. It’s got the standard webkit base as the backbone, so loads pages like the native browser [I was way too hasty with the praise,mostly overwhelmed with the feature list – @Web fails to load certain sites which native S60 browser has no problem rendering,] but a lot of extra meaty functions that make it so much more useful than both Opera and native browser combined [on paper anyway].

  • pretty quick
  • Intuitive controls – quick hide of toolbars
  • tabbed/multiple window browsing
  • kinetic scrolling/tap zooming
  • quick back/forward navigation
  • loads flash

Everything the native S60 web browser should have been, but now realised through the Digia team.

[edit – as llaadd puts it -, “looks like a browser with great potential“]

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Turning Javascript off improves the stability of the browser, increasing the likelihood that the browser will not freeze on a webpage. e.g. news.google.com/digg.com would freeze with Javascript on.

>>DOWNLOAD IT<<

Digia Via Symbian-Freak

Free Game: Jueguito (Keepy Uppie) for the Nokia N97/5800/5530/Samsung i8910

August 1, 2009 1 comment

Here’s a full touchscreen game for the Nokia N97 and other S60 5th Edition handset: Jueguito

It’s a keepy uppie game with 2 modes:

  1. Free Play: See how many consecutive “kicks” you can keep the football up
  2. Timed: Get as many “kicks” within 45 seconds as possible, even if you drop it.

It’s a very simple, very light (200kb), but very well implemented game (decent, speedy animation and game play). It’s got sound, but it’s a repetitive loop that gets annoying (you can turn it off) and it also currently only works in landscape mode.

Here’s a video demo of Jueguito in action:

Download it from MegaUpload

Via blog-n97