Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Reserve Your Players Name - N-GAGE



yup! if you plan on playing on-line and/or buying N-Gage games for your N-series capable device, then you better make reservation of your Player Name now! and i hope to see you there as i will blast you away for sure, hehehehe...

Reister your N-Gage Player Name here.

Global Warming- the only proof you need...




naft said!

Tuesday, October 16, 2007

S60 Touch Screen Officially Announced



Official Nokia Press Release

S60 smartphone software evolves to enrich the user experience
October 16, 2007


Expanding the platform with intuitive touch user interface, sensor technologies and complete web video experience

Symbian Smartphone Show, London, UK - As Internet is entering into the core of mobile experiences, Nokia continues to implement new innovations for S60 on Symbian OS(TM), the market leading smartphone software, to develop the best possible mobile experiences for people.

S60 will introduce new features that enhance the user experience and enable manufacturers, developers and operators to design new types of mobile devices, applications and services.

The touch user interface in S60 smartphone software offers licensees the opportunity to develop devices with a variety of input methods, whether it is a touch screen with a traditional keypad, touch screen with a qwerty keyboard or touch screen alone, supporting both finger or stylus optimized input, in addition to the range of access options that already exist today.

S60 touch user interface comes with support for tactile feedback, which means that there is a physical pulse and feedback when the user taps on the screen. This provides better awareness of the device's response improving the user experience.

Existing S60 3rd Edition applications will run on touch enabled devices unmodified. Tools will be made available for developers to further optimize the touch experience of their applications.

From motion and orientation to proximity and light, sensor technology is expanding to new areas and shaping the future for mobiles. S60 brings sensor support to the platform as a generic solution enabling support for a range of sensors in S60 devices. These technologies open up a new kinetic world to the user and offer completely new opportunities for application and game developers.

Also, the new UI Accelerator toolkit will allow device manufacturers to develop rapidly and easily impressive graphical effects and new types of interactions, further increasing the user appeal and excitement.

S60 will be the first mobile software platform to deliver the complete Web video experience as Flash Video will be integrated with the Web Browser for S60. This allows people to view on the go Flash-enabled Web sites and Flash Video, such as YouTube, as they would do on their desktops.

S60 and 3, the mobile media company that launched the first 3G network in the UK, will demonstrate at the Symbian Smartphone Show in London X-Series devices based on S60, and the vision both share of creating great Internet experiences on mobile devices.
"We are constantly on the lookout for new innovations to enhance X-Series, our offering for Internet on the mobile", said Ken Johnstone, Director of Products, Global 3G Handset & Application Group, at 3. "The user experience is central to everything that we do, and we believe that X-Series provides the best-in-class Internet experience on the mobile."

"S60 on Symbian OS offers a great platform to innovate with Internet services", said Matti Vänskä, Vice President, Mobile Software Sales and Marketing, Nokia. "We see experiences converging, and people demanding more and more of the functionalities that smartphones offer, both of which highlight the significance of ease of use. The focus of our strategy is to give people choice and simplicity - both key to delivering the best user experiences to add value to people's lives."

These technologies will be available for all S60 device manufacturers during 2008.


Nokia Press Release Source

Monday, October 15, 2007

N95 vs iPhone- my take!

So there are probably hundreds of blogs and articles about N95 vs iPhone thingy. Which one is better and which one for you?

I decided that I will try to do it in as few words as possible.

Since there are also many people that tend to see phones as to a car, I decided to do simply answer this question: If N95 is a car what would it be???

... well, in terms of everything, the N95 is the MB below:









and in terms of functionality the iPhone is the one below...





Note: The pictures used are from the internet and I am not sure if it is copy righted or not. My apologies to the owner if they are...

Friday, October 12, 2007

New Free Software from Nokia- Device Status

Nokia Device Status is a self-diagnosis tool that allows you to collect detailed system information both from your PC and your S60 device. Your current device configuration and phone settings are presented in a detailed summary, which you can use to determine the exact cause, if you run into problems.

With Nokia Device Status, you can save all the collected information to a file, and you can send the file to customer care services for closer inspection and analysis.

Collected data from your PC includes:

* Operating system
* Language of the operating system vs. that of Nokia PC Suite
* Version of Nokia PC Suite currently installed on your PC
* Drivers required to connect your phone to your PC
* Local time zone
* Log files created by Nokia PC Suite
* Regional and language settings


Collected data from your phone includes:

* Device model
* IMEI code of the phone
* Device memory and any available memory card
* Profiles and themes used on the phone
* Locations used to store data on the phone

After installation, you can access the application both from your phone and from your PC.

We are evaluating the possibilities for integrate Nokia Device Status with Nokia customer care, so tell us what you think - all improvement suggestions are warmly welcome!
Installation instructions

Before installation, please remove possible earlier versions from your PC and your phone. Also, make sure that you have Nokia PC Suite (6.84 or newer) or Nokia Nseries PC Suite installed on your PC.


DOWLOAD HERE-> Nokia Beta Labs- Device Status

Sunday, September 30, 2007

Have You Got Your BL-5C Battery Replacement From Nokia Yet?


Well, folks I got mine from Nokia today and to my surprise the BL-5C they gave has 1020mAh, instead of the 970mAh...

Awesome!!! Thanks Nokia!!!

Oh, by the way for those who still don't know it yet, Nokia is offering to replace BL-5C Batteries that are over-heating, see if you can also avail of this offer visit this Nokia Product Advisory.

Wednesday, August 29, 2007

Its Official N81, N81 8GB & N95 8GB

London, UK - Alongside the introduction of Ovi, the door to Nokia's new Internet services, Nokia today unveiled four new mobile devices specifically optimized for entertainment, music and games. Each device offers dedicated music or gaming keys, expanded memory, large screens and extended battery performance to provide quick and easy access to entertainment content. The devices range in price from 225 to 560 EUR and are expected to begin shipping later this year.

"From the compact Nokia 5310 XpressMusic music phone to the fully-featured Nokia N81 multimedia computer, Nokia offers a range of entertainment-enabled devices for consumers who want their music, games and favourite media with them wherever they go," says Kai Oistamo, Executive Vice President, Nokia. "We believe these full-featured, well-designed devices will be very popular and will help bring Nokia's Internet and music services to life."




Nokia N81 and Nokia N81 8GB: Entertainment made simple
With dedicated music and gaming keys, 3.5 mm headphone connector and 3G and WLAN connectivity, the Nokia N81 multimedia computer is a true mobile entertainment powerhouse. With a sleek, polished surface and keys that light up when you activate them, accessing content on the 3D multimedia menu is fast and intuitive. Equally impressive, the Nokia N81 is configured to find, buy, manage and play music and games purchased from the Nokia Music Store and N-Gage games service. The estimated retail price of the Nokia N81 is 360 EUR before subsidies or taxes. The Nokia N81 8GB is expected to retail for 430 EUR before subsidies or taxes. Both versions are expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007.




Nokia N95 8GB: Stunning screen, massive memory
The Nokia N95, the world's greatest multimedia computer, just got greater. With all the key features of its predecessor, including a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, built-in A-GPS, WLAN, HSDPA and an innovative 2-way slide, the Nokia N95 8GB now offers up to eight gigabytes of built-in memory. The N95 8GB also boasts a new luminous 2.8" QVGA display - one of the largest ever for a multimedia computer - so that watching videos, browsing the Internet or viewing maps is easy. With its expanded memory, the N95 8GB offers up to 20 hours of video* or up to 6000 songs**. The N95 8GB multimedia computer is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of EUR 560 before subsidies or taxes.

Nokia 5310 XpressMusic - Small in size, big on music
With a sleek aluminium finish, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic phone blends an array of features with an iconic design. At only 9.9mm thick and weighing less than 71 grams, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic fits comfortably in a pocket or purse. Equally important, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic offers up to 18 hours of music playback, memory for up to 3,000 songs** on an optional 4GB microSD card and dedicated music keys. With a 2-megapixel camera and a bright 2-inch QVGA screen with up to 16 million colors, the Nokia 5310 XpressMusic is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of 225 EUR before taxes and subsidies.

Nokia 5610 XpressMusic - Edgy design, sharp sound
The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic comes ready to rock with an iconic Music Slider key making music easy to access with a flick of the thumb. Aluminum side panels accent the all-black high gloss finish and large 2.2-inch, 16 million color display of the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic. The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic offers crystal clear sound and up to 22 hours of music playback and memory with capacity for 3,000 songs on an optional 4GB microSD card**. More than just a phone and music player, the Nokia 5610 XpressMusic features a high-quality 3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus and dual LED flash. The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic uses 3G technology, making downloads, web-browsing and video calls faster and easier. The Nokia 5610 XpressMusic is expected to begin shipping in the fourth quarter of 2007 with an estimated retail price of EUR 300 before taxes and subsidies.

Both Nokia XpressMusic handsets are compatible with the recently launched Nokia Music Store, offering consumers a wide music selection to be downloaded via PC.

Music accessories - More music for all ears
Recognizing the increasing role of mobile phones in music consumption, Nokia and globally-recognized audio manufacturers, including Altec Lansing, JBL, and Philips will offer a range of music accessories matching the XpressMusic handsets in design and functionality. The partner accessories, including headphones, docking stations and speakers, will be identifiable by "For Nokia XpressMusic Phones."

Also introduced today were two Nokia branded enhancements. The Nokia Bluetooth Stereo Headset BH-503, compatible with Nokia XpressMusic phones with stereo Bluetooth support and the small, but powerful Nokia Pocket Speakers MD-6, compatible with Nokia XpressMusic phones with 2.5mm / 3.5mm connectors.

* Capacity based on H.264 750-Kbps video at 320-by-240 resolution, combined with 128-Kbps audio. Capacity is half of this with H.264 1.5 Mbps video at 640-by-480 resolution, combined with 128-Kbps audio (near-DVD quality).
** Capacity based on 3:45 per song with 48 Kbps eAAC+ (M4A) encoding on the Nokia Music Manager.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. Nokia makes a wide range of mobile devices and provides people with experiences in music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games and business mobility through these devices. Nokia also provides equipment, solutions and services for communications networks.

Source: Nokia Press Release

Sunday, August 26, 2007

6120 is king.... for now



I could not believe that August is almost ending and this is still my only post in this blog. Well, if you know that I have just joined a new company and that this company is undergoing a major transition, then you will understand...

As for now the 6120 is my main phone and it just delivers.... it is small, fully functional, fast and efficient menu, long battery life and it is S60. What else can I ask for.... I am very happy with it, and so be it for now....

Monday, July 16, 2007

6120 User Review



ok, i have been using the 6120 for more than a week now, and i got a little time for now to jot down my thoughts... (the picture above shows the Nokia 6120 Classic in the middle, 5500 Sport on the left and E50 on the right)

HARDWARE/PHYSICAL

- small and light and i like it
- solid built, except the back cover, it could become loose in time
- keypad is not bad, it is not as small as the E70, but certainly not as big as N95
- the menu key and the C key is a bit difficult to hit, you need time to adjust to it
- screen is about the same as E50, although a little bit wider
- the d-pad is not bad, but it could have been better
- the piano black plastic back cover is a finger print magnet
- camera and the LED flash is decent

MENUS/FP1 SW

- it is basically N95, sans the multimedia menu
- yea it does not have multimedia keys as well
- click the camera button the camera pops up
- menus are fast, almost N95 fast, definitely not like E50
- however, menus maybe N95 fast, but not close to N95 picture rendering and thumbnail rendering

tidbits
- call clarity is great, but i think N95 is better, that is if your N95 does not hiss
- the 3 java games are great
- and so are the new themes
- battery life is very good compared to N95, seriously, it is very near E50 in spite the smaller capacity
- the panorama picture stitching is not bad, but more of a novelty
- outlook syncing works with PC suite
- video ringtone is a good addition, but i am not such a big fan of it
- loudspeaker is LOUD, N95 loud
- wap using 3G is fast
- connecting as data does not require to put the phone offline
- there is some sort of backlight diffusion in between the keypad (between 5 and 8, ie top to bottom)that annoys me
- the 2.5 mm stereo headset that came with it decent
- there is no USB cable that came with my pack, but i can use any USB cable anyway
- a 256MB microSD card was included, which is better than nothing and better than 64MB
- for USD270, this thing is a steal...
- this thing is the perfect back-up for the E90... who knows you might end up using it more...

if i may add, i would have done better than this but i am a bit busy at the moment, i need to, i got to earn more to get that E90... :lol:

Monday, July 2, 2007

E90 + 8GB microSDHC Works!!!



I don't know how true is the picture, but I think it will definitely work, coz theoretically, SDHC memory modules should be working up to 32GB...

This should also work with N95... wohoo!!! Take that iphone!!!

photo source-> telefon-treff.de

Friday, June 29, 2007

E90 is now available???!!!


I just received this e-mail from Nokia... i tried looking for one here in Abu Dhabi where I am at the moment, and I never found one...

I think I should try to look for one in Dubai tomorrow...

Tuesday, June 26, 2007

Global Race for E90 available for DL





Global Race is a racing game designed for the Nokia E90 Commun
icator with innovative GPS features. Global Race is a gut-churning, tire burning racer developed for a broad range of mobile platforms and handheld devices. Race against time and your opponents in this fast paced and exhilarating coin-op style racing game. This game allows you to control over some of the most extreme muscle cars in the world, on a variety of tracks set in different beautifully realized environments.

Global Race is a mobile implementation of Gamelion's global racing community. The community offers many exciting features for racing fans, including track editor and other tools for user-generated content, web games and multiplayer between web and mobile.

DL Link here...

Although this 3D Racing Game is design for the E90, it can also work on the N95 and I believe it should also work on the N93 and N93i, reason being all of these phones have 3D GPU...

I found that although you can play the Global Race in Landscape
Mode on the N95, on this mode the display is optimized for the E90, the odometer/speedometer is blocking the view, I guess it can not stretch that much on the N95 screen, see the screen shot below...


I also find that it is better to use the Numeric Keypad of the N95 rather than the D-pad, because if I use the D-pad, I keep on pressing the Multi-Media Key, which will exit the game unexpectedly...

Friday, June 22, 2007

Another Theme from Nokia- Intellisync Theme




Yes folks! here is another theme that can work for most S60 3rd devices (E & N series) and again it is coming direct from Nokia... and as you can see it is installed with the N95...

Nokia Intellisync Theme DL Link Here

Thursday, June 21, 2007

3D Barcode


Have any of you noticed that 3D Barcode on the right side of my blog (i am showing a bigge picture on top)??? well, if you have an N95 or N80, use the application called Barcode (located in the Office Folder by deafult in N95) and start Scanning my 3D Barcode and it will direct your N95 or N80 for that matter, to this blog. That is right, the barcode is actually a link to my blog!!!

Now, you may ask how did I made that??? well, just got0 Nokia Mobile Codes (click here) and start creating your own Mobile 3D barcodes... cool!!!

Monday, June 18, 2007

Fantastic Four - Rise of the Silver Surfer in Nokia Zine


Freebies for the fans and for anyone who wants Fantastic 4 - Rise of the Silver Surfer at Nokia Zine...

There is a demo of the game based on this movie, free wallpapers and other stuffs are available, however most of the free stuffs are for download via SMS/MMS, hence only for those in EU will benefit...

However, I think everybody can join the contest to win a Nokia 5700 and a trip to LA, go check it out -> Nokia Zine F4

Saturday, June 16, 2007

E90 Theme Dots Mocha Available for Down Load





The E90 Theme Dots Mocha is Available for down load at Nokia E90 Support Site

At least now I have the theme working on my N95 and it works great!!!

it is simple and yet elegant and this is perhaps the closes I can get to the E90 for now...

N95 Tips & Tricks


Now here are some nice Tips & Trick for the N95 that I picked up and have found out myself...

  • Use your N95 speaker's magnets to pick up small metal objects like pieces of staple wires (see pics above)... hehehe... ;)
  • Increase your RAM by deleting "Welcome" in Application Menu...
  • Want to hide some pictures so that it doesn't show up in your Gallery? Just move these photos in the "My Videos" folder... now I know that it is still can be accessed on the File Manager, but at least you did not have to pay for a 3rd part application and no need to install anything...
  • Make your Ringtone horrendously loud by turning ON the 3D Ringtone...
  • Conserve Battery by turning off WLAN and set the phone to GSM only, specially if you do not use 3G that often or not at all...
  • Using GPS, click on options/view/satellite info, then after you got a good satellite status say 3 to 5 you can then click back and it will make your connection faster...
Hey, have you got any Tips & Tricks, share it with me...

Nice Small Things About The N95



Nice small things about the N95 that i like...
  • When the Music Player is playing in the background and you are browsing the menu, I like the way the music player pops out the next track to be played on the top of the menu...
  • I like the way that small "C" icon is being displayed on the top-right corner of the application that is running in the background... this is also shown on the folder where the application is located...
  • I love the games that can be played on landscape mode...
  • Its great that Keypad Autolock is now built-in...
  • It is also great that there is Alarm Repeat in the Clock...
  • I like that Flash can be used for Animated Screen Saver...
  • I simply love the fast menu...
Now, I am aware that these nice small things about the N95 may be true to most S60 3rd Edition with FP1, with that in mind, I can't wait till we got FP2...

Tuesday, June 12, 2007

Great Stuffs for N95


N95 practically have everything, but then a great device will still need these great add ons to make it err, perfect perhaps...

A BIG Memory Card like the SanDisk 4GB microSDHC which is certified that can be used for N95... well, still doubting??? then read this recent Reg Hardware Review of the SanDisk 4GB Micro SDHC Memory Card wherein the guys are concluding that it is fully compatible with the N95 (well the SanDisk site already said it so, why doubt it??? well, many did...)

great read too...


I know everybody is complaining about the paltry battery of the N95, well here is a 1,700 mAH 3rd Party Battery for the N95, just don't ask me if I have tried this one coz I HAVE NOT and most probably will not as Nokia does not recommend it...


No great phone, err Multimedia Computer is of course complete with out a good Belt Pouch, and since I do not recommend those expensive pouches like the ones from Krusell (since why would you buy a very expensive pouch that won't last long and you change your phone that fast as well anyway?), I will definitely recommend the Nokia CP-191, which is the Official Nokia Belt Pouch for the N95...

do note that I have been using Official Nokia Pouches for a long time, and these New Nokia pouches had been very good, so far... some of them are Made in Turkey and are made of very good leather, not like the older ones from Nokia, which I would not recommend and I don't think I need to elaborate anyway...

Sunday, June 10, 2007

Nokia Nseries PC Suite



"The bridge between your life, your device and your PC."


That is how the Nokia Nseries PC Suite (NNPCS) is being introduced in the N76 Support site that contains the link to download it... make no mistake, this Nseries PC Suite is NOT just for the N76, I have already tested it on the N95 and it works like a charm...

The NNPCS is simply a visual delight. I like the way it looks. Although Nokia PC Suite (NPCS) seems to have more applications , the NNPCS seems to be faster and more coherent and offers better customization in some ways and definitely a Multimedia Suite... try it now guys...

Monday, May 28, 2007

N95 MP3 Dilemma - 5 Hours of Playback

yea, this is actually more about the Achilles Heal of the N95- the paltry 950 mAh BL-5F battery... I did the MP3 playback test until the battery is fully drain... and what do I got? a mere 5 Hours of MP3 playback... here are the details of the two MP3 Playback Testing, yea I did 2 and a 3rd one is on going as well...


1st Test Configuration:

  • Input Unit- N95 with SanDisk 2GB microSD
  • Connector- Nokia CA-75U Audio/Video Connector
  • Output Unit- Marantz Integrated Stereo Amplifier PM-53 with NAD 801 Stereo SpeakersI


1st Test Details

the N95 is fully charged, the EGSM radio is on, the GPS is also selected (I will get to this latter) everything is as normal as it is, I also got a short call of about 1 min. and all I got is a mere 5 hours of continuous MP3 Playback...


2nd Test Configuration:

  • Input Unit- N95 with SanDisk 2GB microSD
  • Connector- Nokia AD-43 Audio Connector/Remote Controller
  • Output Unit- Nokia HS-45 Stereo Headset


2nd Test Details

the N95 is fully charged, the EGSM radio is on, the GPS is DISABLED- well, somebody hinted that disabling the Internal GPS of the N95 is supposed to lengthen the battery life...

how to disable the GPS??? you goto Menu/Tools/Settings/General/Positioning and Disable Integrated GPS

other than this, everything is normal as the 1st Test, and what do i get, the same 5 hours of playback...


3rd Test Configuration:

  • Input Unit- N95 with SanDisk 1GB microSD
  • Connector- Nokia AD-43 Audio Connector/Remote Controller
  • Output Unit- Nokia HS-45 Stereo Headset


3rd Test Details

everything the same as 1st Test, however the microSD is only 1GB... well, it didn't also do any help at all it is still the same paltry 5 hours of MP3 playback...


Test Conclusion

for now i think there is no need for any 4th Test, we can safely conclude that the N95 is only capable of 5 hours of continuous MP3 playback which kinda sucks coz the others Nokia phones can easily do 10 hours or more...

Friday, May 25, 2007

N95 - the Unboxing Ritual & 1st Impression


the Unboxing...






there is something in there... err, i mean there are many things in there...




like everybody else, I too got to have my N95 Unboxing Ritual...





so I got the Sand N95-1 MIF (Made In Finland) with the software version 11.0.026 from the wonderful people of WOM World... there are already many reviews of N95 on the blogs and on different forums, hence i will not concentrate on that too much, there is something else that i am planning to do, but i won't got to that yet... let me just do a quick 1st impression first...




1st Impression...

if you have been going the rounds of the many forums in the Net, you will know that there are many who are complaining about the wobbling slider of the N95... well my test unit that i will call "Lucy" in honor of Lucy from WOM World (again a big thanks to you) does NOT WOBBLE, there are no creaking edges, and Lucy is just sleek and elegant....

Lucy is the fastest S60 3rd that i have seen so far... the boot up time is fast, the menus are 6230 fast, everything is fast... err, well almost everything...


Camera & GPS part...

the camera is a bit slow when opening and saving pictures that were taken... and the GPS is also slow to lock on a satellite if you are not in a clear location, i mean it will not even lock, if tall buildings are around you... it can detect satellites but it simply will not lock...


Telephony part...

i have always believe that S60 smartphones are more of a phone 1st before a pda or a convergence device, and Lucy is no different from the rest... as a EGSM phone it is simply up there! it is one of the best among Nokia phones, and Nokia phones have always been very good in this department ever since 5110... it even holds signal like a crazy gecko holding on a tree bark...


Music- how long will it keep the tune???

when i did my 6230 user review about 3 years ago, it did 11 hours of continuous MP3 playback with a 128MB MMC card, i was hoping that there should not be a very big difference with Lucy, unfortunately it is!!! Lucy can only do 5 hours of continuous MP3 playback, which is a shame... i don't know if the 2GB microSD card from Sandisk helped with draining the juice, but i thought it should not be this much of a difference


Ending it here for a while...

my first S60 3rd is the E61 and after 5500 Sport and E50, i said i will not get any S60 3rd with FP1 but i would rather wait for the S60 3rd with FP2... well, i will make the final decision after i have completed my N95 User Review...