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Categories: Tips & Tricks, Videos

Nokia Conversations has posted some videos on how to take better photos with the Nokia N8.

If you have one, why not have a look and try to get some tips from there?

#1 Professional Photo Shoot

#2 Nature photography

#3 Photography Inspiration

#4 Urban Landscapes

#5 Street Photography

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Categories: Tips & Tricks, Videos

OK So I got the E5 for review recently and the first thing I did was to transfer all my phonebook contacts to it from my previous phone which was the Nokia X6.

Fortunately for Symbian users, there’s a feature called ‘Switch’ which comes along with all Symbian devices for users to transfer data from one phone to another like contacts, calendar and SMS/MMS messages.

The process is simple.

Locate the Switch feature in your phone.

Tap on the “Start Sending” icon, select which phone to send to and your are done!

For clearer instructions, here’s a Live demo I recorded using the Nokia N900. Check it out.

NOTE: This feature is available to all current Symbian devices. Look it out in your phones now! :D

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Categories: Tips & Tricks, Videos

Woohoo! This is probably one of the reasons why one should get a Nokia N8.

Do you know that, with the USB On-The-Go feature on the N8, we can plug in almost any thumbdrive/mobile phones to the N8 and get detected as a mass storage drive?
With this feature, you can store alllllll your MP3s in the thumbdrive and plug it to your N8 when you want to listen to music.(or photos.. or videos.. or basically any files that can be opened using the N8)

All you need is a micro USB to USB adapter cord.. which is already provided along with many recent Nokia phones.

Check out this video below for step by step guide.

What do you think of this USB OTG feature?

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Categories: Apps, Tips & Tricks

One of the growing location based social network service, Foursquare, has been implemented in a Symbian app to allow users to check-in on their locations and share them with friends.

As some of you may know, Foursquare is currently not natively supported on Symbian platform yet, but thanks to Waze, we can now easily report out locations with just a few taps!

All you need to do is download Waze onto your Symbian device (touch/non touch)

Once the GPS signal is locked, click on the “Report” button and scroll down to reveal the Foursquare option.

First time users will be asked to login.

Once logged in, a list of nearby locations will be displayed. Just tap on any of them and you are done!

This is the confirmation screen once u have checked in.

Note: GPS locking is quite slow (was trying this with the Nokia 5800), no options to view badges or friends’ locations… but hey you get to check in without the need to go to on your browser! aha

Point your phone browser to now to download WAZE.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Do you have a Nokia N97 or N78… or whatever phones that has FM transmitter built in?

A) Yes I have but never used it
B) No and I don’t know what it is.

Which ever your answer is, here’s a guide on how to use the FM transmitter feature on the N97.

Basically, it transmits whatever audio from your phone as radiowave in a certain frequency so that other radio receivers can tune in to that particular frequency to receive the audio.

In order to get it to work, just go to FM transmitter menu on your phone and then set the frequency that you like it to transmit at, and then switch it on. It’s that simple. Now your radio will get to stream mp3s and other audio from your phone.

Check out the video I have recorded on how I use FM transmitter in my car to watch videos.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

One of the reasons why every phone that I change to is a Symbian OS operated phone… is because of the “Switch” feature. If I’m not mistaken, Nokia added this feature to their S60 phones since the N95.

What’s Switch? Here’s a scenario.

You are using an S60 phone, say N95 or N82 or N78 or N96 or 5800…. and then you bought a new S60 phone… say… N86.. or N97… and you are frustrated cos you have no idea how to transfer all your data (contacts, SMS, MMS, media, etc) from your old phone to your new one.

Switch is your solution. It has been lying deep inside S60 phones for a while now and I see a lot of people are still unaware of this great feature.

To access Switch, go to Settings > Connectivity > Data Transfer > Phone Switch. (The location of Switch varies… if you don’t find it here, try looking under tools or utilities folder)

Switch allows you to transfer data like Contacts, Calendar entries, SMSes, MMSes, Notes, Bookmarks , Photos and Videos from one S60 phone to another. Usually the the transfer (via bluetooth) takes about 3 to 5 minutes only (depending on how much data you are transferring)

Here are 2 screenshots from the Switch menu on N97. How do you get Switch to work? Follow these simple steps:

1. Switch on bluetooth on both phones.
2. Select “send” or “transfer” on your old phone (should be the 3rd button on the Switch screen).
3. Select your new phone from the “bluetooth devices menu”.?
4. Click on “accept transfer” on your new phone and WALLAH!

It will then begin transferring and after a few minutes, your new phone will have every single data from your old phone! Try it!

What do you think of this feature?

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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Tips & Tricks, Videos

Here are some of the little features on the N97 that I like. I have actually complied a list of things that differentiates the N97 from the 5800… but today, I will be showing just 4 of them, hence this post being the 1st part.

Note that these are not obvious/notable features ya.. just something that adds up to the usability of the interface. All 4 features below have been recorded in a demo video at the end of this post.

I Like #1: Sliding Homescreen

We can actually slide the homescreen left or right to hide the widgets. It also serves as a blank screen that displays nothing but the wallpaper and time/date.

I Like #2: Mark Several

Finally! The option to mark several files! 5800 users know that the ‘mark several’ feature is not available for the S60v5 platform and it’s nice to see it again on the N97. Now, a firmware update for the 5800 please?

I Like #3: Video Play Button

In certain folders we might encounter media files like photos and videos. Users might not know which one is a photo and which is a video. Nokia has actually added ‘play’ buttons on each of the video thumbnails and we can click on the button to start watching them.

I Like #4: Favourite Contacts

Now we can set anyone in our phonebook as favourite contacts! Once we have set it, these people will appear at the top of the contact list for easy access. There’s also a favourite contacts widget that we can place in the homescreen for one touch access to call and sms to that particular person.

Check out all these features in a video I recorded. :D

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Hello! Here’s a step by step guide on how to set videos as your ringtones. This feature is available in most S60 phones like N96, N95, N85, N78, 5320XPM, E71, 5800XPM etc etc etc etc etccc……

Below are the 3 simple steps along with screenshots from 2 different phones.

Step 1: Go to your media gallery and locate your videos.

Step 2: Select your video and click on Options > Use file/use video > Set as ringtone.

That’s all! It’s that simple. Alternatively, you can also get this option while the video is playing.

Besides assigning the video as ringtone, you can also specifically assign it to a certain contact in your phonebook.

That’s all. So what videos will you use as your ringtone? :D

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Categories: Devices, Tips & Tricks, Updates

Everyone’s favourite E series has received a new firmware update! The new version is now v210.21.006 so if you are using v20 then you better go update it now! hehe.

Brief changelog:
This software release enhances general software maturity and stability. The software release includes: stability and functionality improvements in the following areas: browser, camera, calendar, messaging and VoiP

You can download Nokia Software Updater HERE.

How to update firmware on PC?

Step 1: Connect your phone to the PC.

Step 2: Backup your personal data to your memory card or your PC using Nokia PC suite.

Step 3: Start the Nokia Software Updater and follow the prompts.

Step 4: Restore your personal data to your phone.

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Categories: Opinions, Tips & Tricks

I was trying to get into the Download section on my 5800 to get the QuickOffice application when I noticed a changed in the icons.

The yellow folder icons are now gone and replaced with light blue ones. Could this change be in conjuction with the upcoming OVI Store? Very low possibility but we shall wait and see.

In the applications folder I see 2 new additions: Mobisystems Diets and Widgets. The former is just an app to calculate and recomment diets and the latter contains all possible widgets that can be installed on the phone. (and currently it only has Accuweather in it).

The rest of the contents are now provided by Jamba, a mobile phone content provider, based in Berlin, Germany which previously trades with the name Jamster!.

Check out the ‘Download!’ folder on your phone now and you might find some interesting stuff there.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

This guide can be applied to all S60 devices (N96, N78, N82, 5800, etc)

I was happily saving locations on Google Maps one day and then I thought “hmm how do I transfer these landmarks that I have saved as favourites to my friends?”

I then found out that it is actually possible.

As usual, we can save any locations on the map as favourite by tapping and holding the spot on the map > Save as favourite.

Once saved, the details of the location will appear in the favourites list.

Unfortunately, you cannot send the ‘favourite’ locations out as there is no options for that in Google Maps, but you can do it in ‘Location’, a feature that comes with most new Nseries and 5800.

In Location, select landmarks. Then all the locations that you have saved as favourites in Google Maps will appear here.

Select a landmark, click on options, and you can choose to send it out via message(MMS) or bluetooth.

So there you go. Saving and transferring Google Map landmarks

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Hi, some of you N79 owners may already know this if you spent time exploring the camera menus, but if you haven’t, then hope this will help.

Tip 1: How to customize your toolbar

If you go to Options in image mode, you’ll see an option to customize the toolbar shorcuts that appear in the right column in camera mode.

As you can see, you can select and change any of the six shortcuts available. So if there’s a feature you want to access more quickly, you can elevate it to the shortcut level.

Tip 2: Burst mode

If you select sequence mode from the shortcuts list, you will see a range of options other than the standard single shot mode. As you can see in the screenshot above, burst mode lets you capture six quick images in succession, which is great for fast-moving action or other such scenarios. You can also hold the key down and continue to capture images in burst mode until the memory runs out.

Tip 3: Scene modes

If you are taking everyday photos, the standard auto mode setting is a good option. However, if you are taking a certain type of photo, scene modes give you more specified options. Select the “A” icon from the shortcuts and you’ll see the options above, from close-up to portrait to night mode.

Tip 4: Video light

Your N79 has the capability to shoot in low- and no-light situations, which means you can shoot video at night, in a dimly-lit club and wherever else you might want to shed some light on things. The default setting is off, so all you need to do is select the icon highlighted above to switch the video light on.

(Tip 2, 3 and 4 works for N85 and N96 too)

Do you have some other tips and tricks for the Nseries camera?


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Categories: Apps, Themes, Tips & Tricks

If you do own these one of these 3 phones than you are in for something nice.. ahah

Nokia just released some audio themes that you can install and it totally modifies your ringtones, sms tones, alarm tones, slide up and slide down tones etc…

“Audio themes feature allows you to personalize the user interface sounds of your phone. Audio themes are offered in packages which contain several sound files of a common theme. The packages contain usually the normal profile sounds (e.g. ringing tones, message alerts, clock alert, calendar alarm) but also sounds for phone handling (e.g. fold open, fold close) and menu events (enter menu, leave menu).

Your phone supports audio themes if you can find this icon in the menu (personalization/themes). If your phone supports audio themes you can download additional theme packages from this page.”

Download 5 of the audio themes here. (Right click and select “Save link as”)

726.40 KB

768.60 KB

646.10 KB

715.30 KB

296.10 KB

To Install:
Download a theme by clicking a corresponding package. If you are using your mobile phone for downloading, the browser will automatically start to install SIS-packages after the download is completed. You may also download themes to your PC and then transfer them to your phone or install them using PC Suite.

To Uninstall:
Installed themes may be removed using Application manager on your mobile phone. ‘Remove’ option in Audio themes application removes only themes saved by the user, not the ones installed as SIS-packages.


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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Been asking a few of my friends and most of them:
- doesn’t know that the phone firmware is upgradable
- doesn’t know how to upgrade the firmware

So here’s a step by step guide to do it.

1. Download the latest version of Nokia PC Suite and then the Nokia Software Updater. In the websites, select your phone model and click on “Download”. Then install both softwares.

2. Plug in your phone and select “PC Suite Connection” on the phone when prompted.

3. Open the Nokia PC Suite. By right, it should be able to detect that phone that you have just plugged in. Click on “Backup”(the top left icon) to backup all your phone data and settings first.

4. This is the backup screen.

5. Once done, open Nokia Software Updater via the PC Suite or from your PC’s Start menu.

6. You will see a welcome message and a reminder saying something like “make sure you update your phone data and content!” or something like that.

7. Click thru a few Next and OK buttons and you will see this screen. At the bottom left you will see your current phone firmware version and the availability of a new one. Click “Install” and wait for the whole process to complete. Then you’re done.

It’s a very easy step by step process that I would recommend everyone to do. Check on the NSU frequently to see if there are any new updates. :D

Good luck!


there’s an RSS feed for checking updates

Thanks DavidLian for the info.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks, Touchscreen

When Nokia announced that the 5800 XPM will come with a 3.2megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, I was stunned… cos originally, I didn’t expect it to come with an Nseries level camera.

Anyways, when I got to preview the 5800 back in September, I tried taking some photos using the camera and I have to say, even with its very early firmware, it could take very good shots.

At 3.2megapixels, the 5800 can take photos up to 2048*1536pixels in resolution. That’s big enough I think (although it’s better if it’s a 5 megapixel camera but that also mean the price will increase).

Now let’s have  a look at 2 photos shot using the 5800.

A macro shot taken indoors. (Click here for a larger version)

Some of you might be worried that the photos do not look good.. but with some editing, a good photo will eventually become a great photo.

Edited brightness, contrast and blurred the sides of the photo a little. Now isn’t that a great photo taken using the 5800 XpressMusic?

Now this is an outdoor shot. (Click here for larger version)

Bear in mind that the original photo looks great… but you can always make it look better with some editing.

Looks great? Haha… added saturation, increased levels and added a little sharpness.

Now does the 5800 take good shots?.. or great shots? :D

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Recently I found out something that I have missed all these while, something that I have always seen in my previous Symbian phones but didn’t bother to explore… hahaha… it’s theme effects.

Tools > Settings > General > Personalisation > Themes > General > Options > Theme Effects.

Basically it does nothing more than adding animations to your menus, icons and screen rotation (depending on the theme that you are using).

Speaking of themes… here’s my current favourite theme.

It’s called Nighty Purple by Cuff. I like the dark background, the light purple selection background for icons.

You can download it for free if you like. Just click here.

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Categories: Devices, Tips & Tricks

Many have bought the Nokia N82 and some of them are frustrated because they lost a key.

What key?

The Pencil key. lol

Well, u may have noticed that in all of Nokia Nseries before the N82, there is a pencil key.

This pencil key allows you to copy and paste text just like how you do in your PC. Just press and hold for 2 seconds and you will see the word ‘copy’ or ‘paste’ on the bottom of the screen. Just highlight the text you need and continue with the respective operations.

… but starting from N82 onwards… they will be no Pencil key anymore. Instead, it has been replaced with the hash(#) key.

It works the same. Try it.

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Categories: Apps, Tips & Tricks

Do you have an N95? N82? N93? N81?

Do you like to stream live videos from your outings?

Introducing QIK!

Its a website that streams live from you camera phone!.. or better known as “Nokia Multimedia Computers” :P

Launch the Qik application in your phone and it will activate the camera. Select “stream” and watever your camera captures, will be streamed live directly to the website!

as you can see, the live chat in the website will be sent to your phone screen too so you can reply your viewers verbally(since if ur streaming ur probably not in front of your pc to type anyways)

Check out QIK!

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