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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Touchscreen, Videos

Few days ago Nokia Malaysia held a preview session for the upcoming Nokia N8. SymbianpOp was there to check out the device.

Here are some videos and photos + some initial thoughts of the phone.
(This post focuses on Outlook, Homescreen, OviStore, Dial Screen & Photo Gallery. More will be covered in upcoming posts)

The session was conducted by Glen Cha, product manager for Nokia Malaysia. He demonstrated some of the key features of the N8 to us via the LCD, connected to the N8 using a HDMI cable (yes the Nokia N8 has HDMI output) + 5.1 Dolby Surround sound system.

Below is a video of his demo on music player, Ovi Maps, visual multitask and also a brief intro to some Web TV apps. N8 users will be able to watch TV clips on CNN, TV3, 8TV and more.

The Nokia N8 runs on Symbian^3, with improved interface. “There’s no more 1 tap or 2 tap… everything is single tap now”, says Glen.

On first contact, I noticed that the body was very solid, thanks to the 1-piece casing.
The AMOLED screen was very bright and colours were vibrant. The screen is 360*640 pixels aka nHD resolution.
The capacitive screen was very responsive. According to Glen, the screen is made out of ‘gorilla glass’… not sure how true but someone will definitely try smashing one in the future when it comes out. Haha.
The N8 has multiple homescreens. Up to 3. Somehow I feel that 3 homescreens is not enough. Hope Nokia will allow more soon.

I LOVE glossy screen and the one on the N8 is just what I was looking for. Superb glossy screen on high contrast, vibrant display. The dial screen has also been improved on Symbian^3. It looks more compact now and the placement of the keys are very easily accessible with 1 hand.
If you have phonebook entries, the names will appear as you type out numbers on the dial screen. Great way to save tapping phone numbers.


Click here to watch in HD.

Ok you can see how some of the features look and work on the Nokia N8 in the video above.
Watch it and if you have any comments and questions, please leave them at the COMMENTS area below.

Nokia N8 availability: October 2010
Price: TBA.

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Bored of the default browser on your S60 touch/non touch devices?

Check out Skyfire! Their latest version, v1.5 was just released recently and it’s free!

Updates for the non touch version (S60 v3):

  • Smooth Scrolling: Scroll operations more fluid.
  • Updated user interface
  • Performance tweaks: More robust and faster browsing experience.

Updates for the touch version (S60 v5):

  • Finger friendly UI: A new finger friendly UI for high resolution touchscreen devices for easier browsing experience.
  • Smooth Scrolling: Kinetic scrolling: Pan or flick the screen to move in any direction smoothly.
  • Full screen mode
  • Auto-Rotate

I was testing it on my Nokia X6 and there are some things that I really like about Skyfire. First of all, it allows us to customize our start screen to fit in feeds from Facebook, Twitter, or any other RSS enabled sites. Check out the screenshots above. (Left) Activating Twitter. (Right) Back to start screen with Twitter feeds enabled.

I like how the bookmarks screen looks. We can categorize our bookmarks into different tabs just like the browsers on our computer.

A reason why you should consider this browser over other 3rd party browsers like Opera is that Skyfire supports Flash! Not only it plays videos on Youtube, I even played flash games on Miniclip.com! Amazing… but one ting though… the audio from the Flash files are very jerky.

The kinetic scrolling works very well. I also notice how the browser tries to enlarge the fonts of the websites when in ‘zoom out’ mode (refer to screenshot above).

I think Skyfire has done a great job with v1.5 and some minor fixes need to be done as soon as possible. It’s free anyway so why not download Skyfire by pointing your phone browser to get.skyfire.com now :D

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Categories: Devices, Touchscreen, Videos

Nokia Conversations has recently posted a video hands on with the Nokia N900 Maemo device showing off the browser performance and some tips and tricks of the user interface.

I’d say it’s quite impressive since the Mozilla browser on the device supports Flash and is very user friendly.

In the video you can see them playing FarmVille on Facebook using the N900 browser.

Viewing history pages can be activated with a swipe from outside the screen. Another wow.

Check out the video to experience it yourself.

Now do you want a Nokia N900 already? :D

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Categories: Accelerometer, Apps, Gaming, N-Gage, Touchscreen, Videos

The N-gage application is finally made available to the N97 worldwide. Previously it was just for certain regions. Of course, someone posted the N-gage app online and I tried installing it and it worked BUT I could not connect to the arena probably it was because of the region difference.

All those were history, as the N-gage app can now be downloaded from the official site itself! (and yes, we can go connect to the arena with this version[v1.30 built 1541]).

No games came preinstalled with app so we have to do it by ourselves. As you can see in the screenshot above, I was in the midst of installing Spore and some other games. To get games, just download them from the games page on the site or the showroom tab in the N-gage application itself.

Once installed, all the games will be listed in the games tab and you can access to any of them with just a simple tap. You can also view your account details and game history too.

In order to submit your scores, chat with your friends and view new games, you have to connect to the Internet and it can be done by just accessing the options menu.

Watch this video as I briefly talk about the app and some games.

Get N-gage for your N97 here!

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Yay to another widget to add to the collection.

Russell Beattie has created a very simple search widget for N97 and 5800, called Q Search. Q is short for Quick. So basically you know roughly what this widget does. To provide quick search.

Russell also added the ability to the widget to be added to the N97 homescreen. According to him, this widget only took him about a couple of hours of work and it only has 30 lines of code. Wow.

Once the widget is launched, you will see a javascript pop up that let’s you enter your search query. Adding a letter and a space before the search text lets the widget know where you want to search from. G = Google, W = Wikipedia, V = Video(Youtube), I = Images(Google), T = Twitter and D = Definr Dictionary.

Press OK after typing the search text will open the browser. Here’s a sample of the result after i searched for “G Symbianpop”. (Search Google for ‘Symbianpop’)

Download Q Search Widget here.

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Categories: Devices, News, Touchscreen, Videos

What’s the buzz around these days?

It has to be none other than the new 5800 upcoming firmware update.

It is believed that the update will add kinetic scrolling, widgets and enhanced homescreen similar to the recently announced Nokia 5530 XPM.

It should look like this if I’m not mistaken, 5530 homescreen + 5800.

As much as we are excited about the kinetic scrolling feature, it only works partially. The homescreen (contacts bar), contact list and the web browser. Well, better than none at all, right? :D

Other updates that comes with the firmware are improved response time and camera performance. The new firmware is expected to be out soon after the launch of the 5530 XPM. So be patient and wait for it yo!

Just in case if you are unaware of the kinetic scrolling and the new homescreen (with contacts bar) of the 5530 XPM, check out these video below.


Homescreen


Kinetic scrolling

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Moubail has brought us some widget games like Match’em and Checkers.

This time around they brought us DeviceInfo widget! (Made for Nokia 5800 XPM and N97)

It’s a free widget that basically tells us things running in our phones that we usually do not see from the phone interface.

The widget now has an updated version and it supports features as stated in the image above.

Other features include displaying

  • IMEI code
  • WLAN Mac Address
  • Phone model
  • Firmware version
  • Manufacturer
  • Product type
  • Bluetooth status
  • Vibration status
  • Autolock status
  • Autolock timeout
  • Screensaver timeout

Here are 2 screenshots I grabbed from the DeviceInfo interface I was using on my N97. Take a look at how extensive the report is. Best thing about this, the info displayed are LIVE! You can see the numbers changing and graphs animating according to the phone’s background processes.

Download DeviceInfo from Moubail now!

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Categories: Gaming, Touchscreen

Moubail.com recently suggested me in a puzzle game produced by them.

It’s called Match’em, a puzzle game for S60v5 devices. It’s based on a classic tile game called “SameGame”.

Basically the gameplay is still the same, touch groups of symbols to eliminate them, but they have made it more compatible with touchscreen.

The symbols are big enough for finger tapping, so you don’t need a stylus.

As you can see, they are using symbols from card decks instead of tiles. The goal is to remove as many symbols as possible and in as large groups as possible to maximize the score. The game will save the last and the highest score.

Download this widget for FREE now on Moubail.

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Categories: Gaming, Touchscreen

Remember the Flicker Clock for 5800 from some time ago? Pixelsbeatpaper has again produced some great stuff for the S60v5 platform.

First up! The Mac Attack game.

It’s a very simple game. All you need to do it poke the screen when an Apple logo flies by… it’s similar to those shooting games that we played long time ago.. so it’s very simple and does not need instructions to play.

Next up… Tic Tac Toe 2 players!

I think this game does no need anymore introduction. Haha…

There’s another game on their site called ShuffleShock.

Go visit PixelsBeatPaper website and download these games now!

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Categories: Touchscreen, Videos

Yes, the N97 designer is back again to talk about the design and the innovations of the upcoming Nokia Nseries flagship phone.

“It’s not about Connecting People anymore… it’s about People Connected”, says Axel.

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Categories: Reviews, Touchscreen

I helped my mum to get herself a 5800 2 days ago and she let me use it for a few days to test and to help her set up the phone (so that she doesnt need to go thru the hassle)

Well after 2 days of using the 5800 XPM, I have to say that I love and hate it at the same time.

LOVE:

- The high resolution screen: It’s one of the best screens I’ve seen so far for video playback and I have been watching my movies and podcasts with it whenever I have the time.
- The haptic feedback: The little vibration never fails. I feel it everytime I press a key on the screen… now touching the buttons or typing on the keyboard does not feel like touching dead glass anymore.
- The keyguard switch: I just love to lock and unlock the phone now as the switch is placed at the spot where my thumb is and it’s super convenient unlike my N96, the keylock switch is at the top of the phone.
- The media bar: It’s the shortcut to all my media! Photos, videos, music, web, share online… Thanks Nokia for adding this feature.. hehe.

HATE:

- Video recording: I have never seen a DVD-like video recording as grainy/noisy as this one! Seriously.. The videos will only look good if they are recorded under bright sunlight.. and bright sunlight only…. anything other than that you will notice graininiess in the video.
- Mark several: Do you know that in order to mark several photos/contacts in the gallery you have to go thru this? > (options > mark/mark all > mark > click on a photo > go back to options > mark/mark all > mark > click on another photo… ok I think you know what I mean by now)

More soon! :D

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Categories: Touchscreen, Updates

Have you got your 5800 yet? I know I havent. Cos it will only launch here on 9th January.

Even though it is still not out for most countries, Nokia has already released a firmware update(v11.0.08) to fix quite a number of bugs in the current version.

Changelog from s60inside

  • Homepage is not defined for Vodafone Live!
  • Last word disappears when selecting receiver in SMS
  • My Nokia: phone displays “#” in front of Application name.
  • During Back-Up & Restore operation, calendar entries are not restored
  • Operator menu link within Welcome application
  • Invalid message pops up before playing the file received via Bluetooth.
  • Input Method, VKB just display number when selecting a WLAN access point which contains a password.
  • Chinese box HWR control buttons and FS HWR control bar are too small.
  • Unable to add image to Contact bar from Gallery when there is about 5 GB of data in memory card
  • In Arabic UI, in calendar, the arrows on the top are reversed in week view and day view
  • UI-rotation is too sensitive
  • Search: Google search service is missing in Search.
  • Contact could not display when switch numbers in Singtel 2-in-1 SIM card
  • Maps: Wrong layout of the strings in the Maps search and favorites views
  • Could not send new email if user name and password is not pre-defined
  • Phone drops from service when both A5/3 +GEA3 used simultaneously with WLAN
  • The Messaging application crashes a lot specially when replying or trying to send SMS you have to remove battery to be able to use the device again
  • License Manager for Maps is not integrated to SW
  • 5.0 Touch: Phonebook crashing when adding detail: Birthday, Anniversary
  • Web screen is messed up
  • Non stop Music Player “Library update”
  • Clock, Alarm is inactive when phone is power off.
  • APN Configuration Settings Update to be used for the Setting Wizard
  • Ex-Factory settings are wrong
  • UE unable to open Setting Wizard
  • StartUpSettings version updated.
  • Phone lost correct time during power off
  • USSD – “Call Control Send USSD” command
  • UE drops from 3G, then cannot sync to 3G cells
  • Browser: Flash objects causes problems while browsing

Those of you who are currently having the 5800 please go and update the firmware ok? :D

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Omg this is madness! I don’t know about you but I think this might be the best app for Nokia touch devices so far.

Nokia Beta Labs has rolled out this awesome app called Handwriting Calculator. This app allows you to write out your calculations on the screen and it is smart enough to convert and understand your handwriting and produce the math solution at once.


Watch this video to find out how to work with this brilliant calculator.

Check out Handwriting Calculator and download it for your Nokia 5800 or N800 now!

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Categories: Devices, Touchscreen, Videos

Here are 2 videos of the N97.

Video 1: Official Demo Video

Video 2: The great Fondle Video

Nokia N97 Photos

Nokia Announcement and Specs

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Categories: Touchscreen, Uncategorized

Hot out from the Oven!

Photos of the 2009 Nseries Flagship Touchscreen, N97.

Nokia N97 Announcement and Specs

Nokia N97 Videos

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Categories: News, Touchscreen

At the Nokia World event in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97. Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5″ touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an “always open” window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations.

Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their “social location”. The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of “social location”. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, it intuitively understands where it is.

The N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their “status” and share their “social location” as well as related pictures or videos. The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display (640×360 pixels) can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.

The N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN. Based on the S60 5th Edition platform, the N97 measures 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm and weighs 150 g. Available ports include TV Out via standard 3.5 mm audio jack.

The phone provides access to world-class game titles with its N-Gage support. The BL-4C (1500 mAh) battery provides about 400 hours of standby time, 320-400 (3G/GSM) hours of talk time, 4.5 hours of video playback and over 37 hours of audio playback. The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

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Nokia N97 Photos

Nokia N97 Videos

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Categories: News, Touchscreen

I have the sudden urge to write a post to recap the launch of the 5800 XPM launch that took place in Hongkong recently.

Here goes.

On 24th November 2008, Nokia held a launch event featuring 3 famous HK celebrities, William Chan, Lam Fung and Charlene from Twins.

Here are 2 videos taken at the event.


General video covering the performances, the model and the phone.


Cantonese narrated video report done by Scoop TVB.

Some close up photos of the 5800 at the launch.

On 29th November 2008, a Nokia 5800 parade cum celebration was held at night in conjunction with the 5800 going on sale when the clock strikes midnight. Below are some photos.

At midnight, everyone was already queueing to buy the 5800 at phone shops.


This is CRAZY! (All photos above supplied by Keith.)

On 30th November 2008, someone who was at the midnight event bought the 5800 and posted photos of his experience and unboxing process on the net. Check out the photos below.


“Its 11:54pm. I m waiting 4 my 5800 to come^^”


“Yeah! Got You!”


“5800 and accessories in the package”

Thanks hidetoshi for sharing his experience.

So there you go! Super Coverage Post: Nokia 5800 Launch in HK.

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Categories: Touchscreen, Videos

I found 2 somewhat related videos on Youtube.

Video 1: Taiwan students doing dragonball performance at the recent Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic event held at their university.

Video 2: An unboxing video of the Nokia 5800….


It’s not in English.. but who cares right? Hahahaha

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Categories: News, Touchscreen

Yes, in HongKong, that is! The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic touchscreen phone will be available on sale in HongKong market starting tonight midnight!

If you are in Hongkong, you can purchase the phone at HK$3980.

Here are some press photos of the launch event help recently, featuring artists like Ah Sa from Twins, Lam Fung and William Chan.

Thanks to my buddy Keith for providing these information to me.

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Categories: Apps, Reviews, Touchscreen, Videos

Found these video reviews by Mobile Burn and thought I should share with those that have not seen them.

Here you go. Enjoy the videos.


Design and Standby Screen


Messaging and Text Input


Menus and Web Browsing


Camera, Music and Apps

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