Posts Tagged ‘Steve Litchfield’

Video: The Phones Show Episode 100! Mythbusting special! (And a look at episode 1)

January 17, 2010 1 comment

Huge congratulations to AllAboutSymbian’s Steve Litchfield whose The Phones Show (aka The Smartphones Show) has reached episode 100. Here’s to 100 more!

The very first Smartphone show was released in 10th January 2006! Check out the Pilot Episode, Smartphones Show 1 . Though Steve was already a natural presenter, he’s really improved a lot since then. (Does anyone know when the first episode was shot on a phone? I know it’s been a feature since N93….?)

You’ll need quicktime player to view episode 1. His show didn’t get to YouTube until episode 21, Jan 07. In August 08, from episode 64, the Smartphones Show became The Phones Show. Who’d have thunk it, but we got into the Phones Show recently with Episode 96.

Episode 1

In the first episode, Steve explains what a smartphone is, how the best OS at the time was Series 60. Bluetooth and 3G were pretty new then too.

It’s a brilliant watch as it’s a great snapshot back in mobile-geek time. In just 4 years, look how much has changed from what we think a smartphone and a smartphone OS/UI should be. Looking at navigation on the 9500 was giving me headaches!

Steve looks pretty different tooo :p
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Video: The Phones Show – Episode 96 – mynokiablog have a cameo appearance with N900!

December 5, 2009 1 comment

I’m an eager fan of Steve Litchfield’s the Phone Show [aka The Smartphone Show] and was honoured to be asked to help out in Episode 96 where Steve gives an introduction to the wonderful N900 and Maemo 5.

There’s some Symbian news and top 10 apps for something called an iPhone – what is that?

See me from 07:25 onwards ^_^

As Steve points out, the N900 is an interim step (“Step 4 of 5”) showing where Nokia’s going with Maemo (and it’s the right direction btw!). The follow up is supposed to be coming spring 2010, with more polished hardware which Steve guesses will have capacitive (hurrah!) and slightly bigger touch screen.

We know already the new Maemo 6 device will be supporting multitouch and the OS is going to be even better than Maemo5 (note, N900 can be upgraded to Maemo6 – though it probably won’t be having multitouch as the N900’s screen doesn’t support it – supposedly).

I will rant till the cows come home, but please Nokia…Xenon Flash? It has given my N82 so much longevity and usability – XF will turn the N920 or whatever the N900’s successor is into a true all in one! Please, please, please, please, please? ^____^

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Video Review: Nokia N97 Mini Review – The Phones Show – Episode 94

November 10, 2009 1 comment

This episode by Steve Litchfield reviews Nokia’s N97 mini. The mini is the baby brother of the original N97, (seemingly) created to rectify to abysmal mistakes when Nokia succumed yet again poor compromises which rendered the original N97 somewhat ever so frustrating in general day to day use.

There are several positive notes that Steve makes, contrasting even the first Review of the mini by Mobile-Review’s Eldar and giving the keyboard a thumbs up.

via 3lib

In ‘summary’ plus some personal ranting:

  • +Better keyboard, better tactile feedback and layout

The N97 was the first Nseries to have a QWERTY keyboard and it somewhat failed miserably at it. The D-Pad which was only ever going to be useful for games consumed valuable space leaving users cramped keys.

The configuration of the secondary shortcuts were stupid, especially your standard, often used punctutation with full stops, apostrophes and commas all sharing the same button. Until firmware 2.0 and the longpress, this made it rather difficult unless you’d used the phone a while to get to these secondary functions.

Finally, possible the worst of it all, absolutely invisible tactile feedback of keys. With mine, I have to keep the keypad sounds ON to know I’ve pressed a button. I’ve noticed for some strange reason that the white N97’s had even worse keyboards, with keys not having even tactile feedback – some it didn’t even feel like you had pressed it at all!

The mini has No D-pad, improved layout of keys and better mechanical feedback.


  • +GPS very sensitive, very responsive and hasn’t let him down –

the original N97 has given several users issues with the GPS. As well as batch problems – some being better than others, some great some not even working! – , the design of the N97 itself meant that you just weren’t gonna get a 2009 standard reliable GPS ‘instant’/constant lock.

  • + camera glass has no shutter/lens cover –

though Nseries users have gotten used to having protective camera lens covers, the original N97’s was so appallingly made that it destroys itself with the grains of dirt it manages to accumulate whilst in your pocket, scraping over the lens area to completely wreck your photos!

For sometime I’ve somehow avoided that but I too have fallen prey and now have pretty much unusable photos especially when the flash is used.

  • + bulky plastic rear is now sleek and thin and stainless steel

the original N97 was meant to have a metal back, but as mentioned above with the poor GPS – this was due to the poor configuration of the GPS module which if the back were metal, N97 users would have gotten no use at all out of their GPS receivers at all!

  • + screen is brighter and more vivid
  • + oodles more phone [C:] memory for installation of apps.

A major problem in the original N97 meant that if you liked installing applications, you would soon run out of their microscopic initial 60MB of phone memory. [N-gage and the games were a major killer of C: ] This meant back in the days of 2003 when you had to uninstall one application to install another! What a slap in the face considering there’s 29.8GB there untapped. Even when applications are set to install in E: or memory card, some C: is still eaten up.

Overall effect of the changes is apparently stunning! But of course there are some shortcomings, but no where near a big of a showstopper as with the original N97 – well in Steve’s opinion anyway 😛

  • – smaller battery

    The mini is using a BL-4D, 1200mAh as opposed to 1500mAh with the original N97’s BP-4L. The smaller screen could have meant that your “online as it happens” N97 mini could have lasted even longer with active online apps on your mini’s homescreen but it MAY be just as similar if not worse (don’t take my word for it, I have not seen reviews yet about its battery life). Note, when you set the homescreen apps offline, particularly email, you can squeeze a proper full day of use out of the N97.

    You can of course, purchase spare batteries for extended use.

    • – no fm transmitter

      as well as for lack-of-space (and possibly interference from having a metal back somehow), this is an overall good compromise as here you’re loosing a feature in order to better one of the core features – GPS!

      • – smaller mass memory

        Instead of 32GB it’s massively reduced to just 8GB. I’m only half way through the memory, but then I’m only a few months into the N97. What I like is the potential of hardly ever having to remove any data from the phone, videos/pictures, to store elsewhere to save space. But the mini’s 8GB should suffice most users, particularly as its has much more mass market appeal given its smaller footprint and overall improved usability.

        If other than price, mass memory somehow affected other core functions, this is perhaps another good compromise.You can of course just purchase larger memory cards if you wanted the extra memory – 16GB/32GB.

        • – smaller screen

        Possibly the biggest difference if one is considering either the mini (3.2″, identical to 5800) of the original N97 (3.5″).  You can’t get over this like you can with the mass memory. Steve takes this positively in that he can now get his thumb across the smaller screen properly. Not that much of an issue for me as I’ve got big hands.

        I reckon it would have still been possible to fit 3.5″ into a much smaller phone than the original N97, it’s just that there are space wastages around the screen making the phone so much bigger.

        Cropped N97. via other blogspot

        Though it probably works out best for the mini as it can be made with a cheaper? screen which is essential for the reduced battery capacity. Plus you get that extra space for the keys.

        Overall, it seems if you can get over the screen size, the N97 mini should be the choice for you if you were so inclined to choosing either one of the N97 family.

        Video: The Phones Show – Episode 89: E52 and E55 review

        September 6, 2009 Leave a comment

        In The Phones Show – Episode 89, Eseries-‘sisters’ E52 and E55 take centre stage.

        You may have seen previous E55 video reviews before, (this one by Rafe or this one from mobileburn), but is another you must watch as Steve Litchfield demonstrates the new EDOF camera that Rafe initially talked about, as well as general opinions on general usage and features of the devices.

        At the start as always there are the news:

        • Nokia phone launches –  Maemo 5 handset N900, N97 Mini  (and X6 and X3 too) as well as the new  firmware for the N97.
        • Samsung launches – Andoid handset – Galaxy
        • Nokia’s smartphone line continues to outsell Apple, RIM, HTC and Fujitsu combined
        • Symbian OS also maintains top spot, but down 6% to 51%

        via Thephonesshow

        Video: The Phones Show – Episode 87 – Your favourite phone at the moment?

        August 10, 2009 1 comment

        Episode 87 takes a break from Steve’s news and reviews of the phone world, instead shifting the limelight to his PhonesShow viewing audience as they reveal which phone they’re using right now, and why they love it.

        It’s a strong Nokia showing, but then again, Steve is from All About Symbian :).

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        My favourite phone of the moment?


        [N97 from 97 images of the N97 – 5000 tiles]

        I was using a Nokia N97 but that has returned to the World of WOM after a lengthy trial. Thanks guys!

        Despite it’s shortcomings (low RAM, bugs, some further improvements required via future firmware upgrades) it worked for 90% of the things I needed it for really well.

        • Really good messaging device – the keyboard took some getting used to. It wasn’t as tactile as I’d hoped, but eventually, I was able to type without looking at the keyboard. Makes text messaging/facebooking/emailing (push!)/instant messaging really fast, fun and convenient.
        • Great media player. Stacks of Memory means I can pile on my music and my videos. Though I could have done with dedicated music buttons, the included remote helps sort that out. 3.5″ screen great for viewing BBCi Player videos and my movies. TV out turns it into a media centre.
        • Never getting lost with Navigation – either by car or on foot. GPS sorts itself out pretty quick – network gets your general position within about 5 seconds, and GPS lock around 15 seconds. Ovi Maps is a really good navigation solution but Google Maps is also a really good alternative too. I did have an issue with the GPS not working but managed to sort that out after a hard reset.
        • Pretty good Web browser. I switch between 3 browsers, Opera, native S60 and digia. When Digia @Web comes out of beta and becomes a lot more stable and a bit faster, then I’d be really happy with surfing the web on the N97.
        • Apps – they’re slowly coming along to Ovi Store. There’s a lot of content now to download, and quite a few of them are free. (still needs more content and slight reorganization – still a lot of great apps that aren’t on Ovi Store).
        • Video – not perfect, not in HD nor is there an adequate focus point. However, the video recording is surprisingly good on this device. I’ve found it to be really stable – it doesn’t do that jelly wobbling effect that most phones do when you move the camera about. It’s even better if you can mount it on a tripod. Sound recording is also really good.
        • Calling – with O2, not had a problem with reception. Call quality is excellent on both ends.

        -Not really a feature but I like knowing that upgrades will come; that perhaps after collective ranting, it might get the push necessary for firmware team to take a look.

        Major gripe is taking still pictures with the camera. I’ve been used to the N82 always being able to capture photos in any condition, snap photos of friends/family/friends – always being glad to have such reliability to capture great quality photos as I always have my phone with me – and also never regretting not taking a dedicated digital camera with me as the N82 captures what I need it to capture really well. N97 only takes good photos in optimal lighting. Everything else is bleh.

        Overall, I had a really positive experience with the N97. Out of the box, it wasn’t all that. A couple of firmware upgrades, reorganizing of the menu/settings, installation of my favourite apps, finding out about some new apps, learning some quick hints and tips – the N97 grew up to be the phone I needed it to be and that’s why I love it. (note “needed”, not “wanted”. If it had Xenon/more RAM…etc etc :p)



        I’m FINALLY gonna be getting MY OWN N97 after Friday… waiting a few more days as I have an exam to do that I missed the first time round. I know I won’t be able to concentrate, playing with a “new” toy (and sorting out any problems :p).

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        Video: The Phones Show – Episode 86 – Samsung Omnia HD/i8910 Review

        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

        Via 3lib

        Video: The Phones Show: Episode 83 (Nokia N97 vs HTC Touch Pro2) and unboxing videos.

        This episode of “The Phones Show” concentrates on the comparison of the HTC Touch Pro2 with the Nokia N97, going over aspects such as:

        • Screen
        • Keyboard
        • Form Factor (Slide tilt)
        • Battery
        • Camera
        • Video Recording
        • OS/UI

        Steve Litchfield says the Pro2 is the best Windows Mobile handset to date (I love the keyboard), but concludes that the N97 wins on both hardware and software in comparison.

        This episode also sees Steve getting a tour of the Proporta HQ, the mobile phones accessory company. You’ll get to see demonstrations of the cases, cable tidies and see some other products that you might ind useful. I have a few accessories from them myself, my fav being the old iPod-esque portable charger, brilliant when I’m out and about and am no where near a plug.

        Via 3lib

        Here’s an unboxing of the N97 – which is later also compared to the HTC Touch Pro2

        And lastly, another unboxing by John Mortimer of the White N97. John’s pretty excited about the N97, and reckons the white N97 looks so much better in person than it does via the camera.

        The Phones Show: Episode 81

        May 29, 2009 2 comments

        The latest episode of The Phones Show, (known before as the Smartphone Show) with All About Symbian’s Steve Litchfield.

        I’ve just left my exam early and posting from the Library computers (whilst I wait for everyone to finish) which has no speakers :(. However, Steve says this show covers:

        • News from Mobile World
        • Interview with Raj Singh, from the makers of Skyfire
        • and Teaser for Steve’s Nokia N97 review

        Via 3lib

        Video: The Phone Show, Episode 80

        April 29, 2009 1 comment

        The latest episode of the Phone Show covers:

        • The E75
        • Xenon Flash Photography
        • Top 10 iPhone games
        • Interview with Rafe about the N97


        Aah, Steve Litchfield – one of the very few people I could battle in a moan and groan about the importance of XENON in mobile phone photography. I agree whole heartedly with Steve: Nights out with the N82 (given that I’m not drunk enough) means a lot of memories frozen to be remembered forever (whether you like it or not) on TEH facebook. Xenon isn’t just for nights out, it’s for most indoor/poor lighting situations. With LED flash, your best hope is poor colours and definite blurs – not very good when your subjects are people.

        iPhone games

        This does spark a lot of jealousy in my Nokia orientated mind. Remember just before the N93 was released, we saw videos of what we were told we should expect from these new Nseries N-Gage platforms?

        Alas we saw nothing come close to that ever for Nokia. In comparison, look at everything coming to iPhone/iPod Touch – the 3D games are very well implemented, the graphics and gameplay are both very impressive.

        Rafe Blandford and the N97

        The ultimate Symbian genius, Rafe talks about the strengths and shortcomings of the N97. Wisely very cautious, Rafe is hesitant to judge whether the N97 will be a success amongst the geeks/technology leaders out there given its relatively disappointing specifications, but reckons the N97 will be a commercial success, as it’s a different Nseries experience with a lot of backing from Nokia and Ovi services.


        I do seem to ignore the E-series, but this phone does have an excellent form factor. What with iPhone making everyone touch orientated, buttons seem like a whole new invention as QWERTY keyboard start becoming popular. I like how the E75 looks like a convincing normal candybar then has a QWERTY keyboard (not like E90/N9300i which were obviously too fat to be a normal candybar), and love the build quality and the excellent materials used.