Quinta-feira, 3 de Abril de 2008

Samsung's own Touch UI is Instinct UI

Samsung rarely displays S60 phones, and S60 Touch UI might not be a success on their side, so this time they opted for Instinct UI.
From the video, the device looks rather small, or maybe Chris Ziegler from Engadget has gigantic fingers.

What we can clearly see is the web browser, and the usual finger-scrolling that we saw in devices such as Apple iPhone and Nokia N800. The main options on the sides are the Zoom buttons, but what I really wanted to see is the keyboard, but I believe we will be in for more videos and adverts once it launches itself into the market.

Source: Engadget Mobile
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Quinta-feira, 27 de Março de 2008

New NSeries in the making?

This is truly for us to guess, as we have no clue whatsoever what the new device compromises of, but according to Cybette at her Jaiku, she received a prototype, and she is so excited about it, that she actually told (or teased) us.
If you guys didn't know, Cybette, or Carol Chen is the Senior Integration Engineer at Nokia, so the last thing this should be is a fake rumour. Carol wrote that "it's NXX on the spec sheet in front of me and N00 on the proto" which tells us that it cannot be a N96, but a new unreleased model.

Most of us wondered if it was a Touch UI device, which wasn't fully answered, but the tip makes me believe that it is the new generation of S60 phones. "as for touch, it's a touchy subject, so i will not touch it," wrote Carol.

What we can really do is only speculate...

Picture: Nokia
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Quinta-feira, 20 de Março de 2008

Me is S60 Ambassador for South Africa and Portugal! Verrr nice

I received my DHL gift pack from Nokia today, still feels warm from the flight from the USA. S60 sent me a white shirt with "What's in your phone?" written in front, and "S60 - open to new features" at the back. A black t-shirt containing the Evening with S60 logo in front, and the same scripture as the white one at the back. There was also a pen, a diary, a key-chain holder. two papers instructing me what to do, and also a free DHL yellow medium box which I'm thinking of putting up on eBay.

Thanks to the whole S60 team, I hope more of these goodies come soon!

To my readers, trust me, I will not benefit S60 on my phone reviews and articles, I will continue giving my honest opinion, I was always a fan of S60, but when it comes to judgement, I express every advantage and disadvantage.

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Quarta-feira, 5 de Março de 2008

Mobile World Congress last goodbye

This is the time when I look back and I post over 40 articles written about what is the best mobile phone show on earth. This time I didn't get to go, but all the effort that was done by everyone else, is portrayed in each of these articles, thanks to all! The articles are in date order, the oldest to newest one. Now you have something to do for the next "work" hour.

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Terça-feira, 4 de Março de 2008

Microsoft Silverlight joins Nokia, programmers rejoice

Cross-platform development is a dream for many software companies and developers themselves, the issue of having to always do something different everytime you release a program. Obviously many of the Operating Systems are different, but Microsoft Silverlight somehow helps to shorten that difference.
Silverlight won't just run on Symbian, but as well as S40, the platform for the users who want advanced features, but simplicity at the same time.
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Quinta-feira, 28 de Fevereiro de 2008

N82 in Black makes its (secret) debut

Not much fuss has been created by Nokia about this black diamond. I feel like we call every black smartphone a black diamond, but anyway...

The black N82 was leaked some time ago on some other Nokia official website, and I believe you will be able to get it as soon as next month. My source implied 2nd of April, but I can't believe it will be that late. Unfortunately I haven't found any black original housing for the N82 from my suppliers, and there is no tip or information on its release.

The pictures were provided by Maevro from Howard Forums, and according to him, there will be more of these soon.

Source: TheN82Blog via S60 info
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Domingo, 24 de Fevereiro de 2008

Live pictures and video of N96

And they keep on coming…Will at IntoMobile has posted tons of pictures comparing the N95 to the N96, and also a video where he plays around with the unseen jewel.

Continue reading...
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Terça-feira, 19 de Fevereiro de 2008

Interview with the man behind Screenshot, Antony Prananta!


I decided to interview a great man I admire, for developing the application that all us reviewers love, Screenshot. Antony has been in the software business for long, and is and important developer at Nokia.

Good evening Mr Antony Pranata, I am really glad that you accepted my invite. The readers and I are expecting to find out quite a lot about you and your contribution to the Symbian society. 

To start, would you care to tell us what which phone was your first?

My first mobile phone was Siemens C25.

When did you acquire this mobile phone, and what was the price (comparing to the prices today)?

I bought my Siemens C25 in August 1999. At that time, I was still living in my home country, Indonesia. The price was around US $135.

What phone are you using at the moment?

I am currently using Nokia N95 8GB.

When did you get into mobile phone programming?

I started into mobile phone programming at the beginning of 2003.

Continue reading...
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Segunda-feira, 18 de Fevereiro de 2008

Nokia 6210 Navigator: The real Navigator

Nokia managed to cram all the features a good GPS device should have onto a phone, but might have missed few details.

I will go straight to the disadvantages: The battery, BL-5F 3.7V 950 mAh, isn't enough for a good GPS device, unless Nokia managed to tweak their software so that the GPS doesn't suck up much power. On phones like N95, even on the latest firmware, the GPS can make a fully charged battery go to empty in few hours.

The Orientation features are smartly included in the phone, with a compass and an accelerometer if you plan to use the GPS while walking. According to Nokia, you can combine with an 'accelerometer' which measures changes in direction and orientation, and  the built-in compass makes it easy to follow the map when strolling about on foot. When turning the device, the map automatically maintains its orientation.

Nokia didn't seem to include a TV-out functionality for the Navigator, most people like me might like to connect the device to a 7" car display instead of focusing on a 2.4" display with QVGA resolution.

Besides these little bad points, I was very happy with the device. There seems to be a GPS key on the top plaform of the slider, which is extremely useful for people who mainly  use the phone for this features, or even for sports such as Geocaching.

"The personal navigation market is expanding rapidly and mobile phone navigation is its fastest growing area. According to recent market research by Canalys, over 60% of mobile phone users are keen to have navigation on their phones," says Markku Suomi, the head of Nokia's Connect device category. "The Nokia 6210 Navigator offers the next generation in mobile navigation to a broad consumer base. Mobile phone users around the world will be able to enjoy the benefits of navigation with a device that not only navigates, but also communicates."

A-GPS is included, and for this and for other data needs, there is Dual band HSDPA and Quad band EDGE.

The camera has 3.2 megapixels or resolution, and video recording at 640x480 (VGA) is possible at 15fps.

On the connectivity side, there is no WiFi but there is Bluetooth v2.0 with A2DP support.

The phone is powered by the latest Symbian OS9.3 with S60 3rd edition, Feature Pack 2, and on the hardware side, there is a Single ARM11 with 369MHz and 64MB of RAM, of which only 20MB is available to the user.
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N82 with another face: Nokia 6220 Classic

Nokia decided that the N82 could have some software tweaks, so they released it in a non-Nseries form, which we know as Nokia 6220 Classic.

The 6220 has pretty much the same hardware, the 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, the Xenon flash, QVGA resolution, although a smaller display. The N82 features a 2.4" screen while the 6220 Classic only has a 2.2".

In terms of performance, the 6220 Classic has a Single ARM 11 CPU running at 369MHz while the N82 features a Dual ARM11 CPU running at 332MHz, and it has a 3D Hardware accelerator which is missing from the 6220.

In terms of RAM, both have 128MB, although the N82 has 90MB of executable RAM, 10MB more than it's counterpart.

I was never good with cameras, but I can tell you that the 6220 Classic has a focal length of 4.6 mm while the N82 has a focal length of 5.6mm.
Both devices have video recording at 640x480 at 30fps but I believe we might get better video from the N82 as it has a 3D hardware accelerator.

The 6220 is ready to work in most parts of the world as it features Dual band HSDPA and Quad Band EDGE, against the N82 which is only Tri Band.

In terms of software the 6220 Classic is a clear winner, armed with the latest Symbian OS9.3 on a S60 UI 3rd edition with Feature Pack 2, which is dedicated to email goodies.

The pone seems to be focused on image sharing. "The Nokia 6220 classic will help web 2.0 novices and experienced bloggers snap, save and share pictures and videos easily. Saving, tagging and uploading pictures can now be done on the phone, seconds after the picture has been taken," says John Barry, Director, Connect devices, Nokia. "The Nokia 6220 classic, with its 5 megapixel camera, auto focus and xenon flash is a credible and reasonably priced alternative to single-purpose digital cameras and has the added benefit of A-GPS for location tagging, Nokia Maps and possibility to upgrade to full navigation."
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