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So how solid is the anodized aluminium built Nokia N8?

Before you go and do some silly stunts trying to destroy the phone, Nokia has already done it for you lolz.

Check out these endurance test of Nokia N8.

According to them, below are the list of their favourite tests:

  • Extreme weather: We use special machines to expose them to extreme temperatures from around -40°C to +85°C, helping them to withstand conditions from the cold of the Arctic Circle to the heat of the Sahara desert.
  • Humidity: We also test for use in tropical and humid parts of the world by placing devices in a special chamber for several weeks where they will experience humidity levels as high as 95%.
  • Clothing: When we carry devices in our back pockets they may bend when we sit down or rub on trouser fibres. We simulate these effects with special machines that bend and twist the device, and one that uses a real pair of jeans to test friction and wear and tear.
  • Pockets: Devices are often in bags or pockets with other items like keys or coins, so we place devices in a special “shaker” machine with hard particles to see how resistant they are.
  • Buttons: People press the main keys on their device an average of 200-300 times every day. To ensure the keypads can respond to this level of use, we press the keys up to one million times in the lab.

Kids don’t try these with your parent’s N8 ok.

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Nokia N8 smartphone – http://goo.gl/M157 – Nokia’s highly anticipated short film, ‘The Commuter’ staring Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire, Pamela Anderson, Charles Dance, Ed Westwick and shot entirely in mobile HD on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

The groundbreaking film, directed by the McHenry Brothers, was shot in just four days with the Nokia N8 using no back up cameras, with the streets of London and St Albans providing the backdrop to Nokia’s story about one commuter’s eventful journey to work.

Watch the exclusive short film below.

Great storyline, great action scenes, great casts… but notice how the N8 couldnt focus on the faces of Dev Patel & the policeman at the beginning of the video? It’s cos the N8 camera can only focus on objects 2m away to infinity.

Done watching the film? Now here’s a behind-the-scenes video for you to enjoy.

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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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This beautiful handmade treat of a film made by Oscar-winning film makers Aardman Animations – the guys behind Wallace and Gromit – is amazing for two reasons.

It’s now in the Book of Guinness World Records as officially “the world’s smallest stop motion character animation” – and it was filmed using only the new Nokia N8’s 12mp camera and a specially designed microscope!

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Rejoice Nokia Symbian users worldwide! We finally get to check in gloriously and proudly with the upcoming official Foursquare app by Nokia!

At Nokia World which is going on now in London, Nokia demonstrated the Foursquare app which runs on Symbian^3 and also other S60v5 and s60v3.2 devices.

Check out the video demo below. Looks awesome.

According to Foursquare VP of Mobile & Partnerships, Holger Luedorf, they will be focusing more on tie-ins with mobile manufacturers’ app stores and negotiate ‘featured’ status in app stores to help expose a wider audiece to Foursquare in the future.

This official Foursquare app by Nokia will be made available in the Ovi Store within the next week.

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Nokia has just announced 3 new Symbian devices at NokiaWorld along with the N8.

Following the success of Nokia Communicators, comes the Symbian^3 powered E7.

“With its lush 4-inch touchscreen featuring Nokia’s new ClearBlack technology for better outdoor visibility, the E7 is as packed with features as it is gorgeous to look at and hold.”


Fore more info, check out this video of the Nokia E7.

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First in the new Cseries lineup is the sleek C7 which boasts a 3.5-inch AMOLED display and is a hand-friendly 10.5mm thin. Like the E7 this device also sports an 8-megapixel camera with 8GB of onboard storage (expandable to 40GB with microSD).

The Nokia C7 will also shoot HD video in 720p and comes with free global walk and drive navigation and a digital compass. City users will welcome the active noise cancellation for clearer voice calls whilst the battery will keep calls going for up to 9.5 hours (in GSM mode) and stay on standby for an astounding 27 days (3G mode). The Nokia C7 is expected to go on sale before the end of 2010 and will be available in black, metal or brown for an estimated retail price of €335 before taxes and subsidies.

Video demo of the C7.

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Like its big Cseries brother, the latest Nokia C6 (C6-01) is a compact little number that will also sport an 8-megapixel camera though with a more pocket-friendly 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive touchscreen. The latter sporting the same Nokia ClearBlack technology as the E7, offering much improved outdoor visibility. Like the C7, this new device will also be a social networker’s dream with live feeds from your favorite social networks available on your home screen. The C6-01 will support microSD up to 32GB and capture HD video in 720p. Users can expect to see up to 17 days standby time and up to 11.5 hours talktime from the C7 battery.

Expected to be shipping before the end of 2010, the Nokia C6-01 will be available in silver or black and is estimated to retail at €260 before taxes and subsidies.

Video demo of the C6.

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OK as you may have already known, a Nokia N8 preview session was held in Kuala Lumpur a week ago and I have posted Part 1 of the N8 first look with photos and videos.

This.. is part 2, focusing on Video playback, taking photos & videos and customizing homescreen.

Here’s a closer look at the AMOLED screen with resolution of 360*640px. Very vibrant colours and high contrast. Somehow the 3.5″ screen feels big on the N8, which is good.

Here’s a screen comparison of N8 and the X6. The AMOLED screen is clearly better than the LCD.

The 12megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics sits at the back of the phone without an external lens protector. Instead, it has a lens shutter inside… which I think is useless cos we need to protect the glass from getting scratched nonetheless.

The N8 is Nokia’s second device with Xenon flash, with N82 being the first one which was out few years ago. This also means, there is no video light during recording as Xenon cannot be switched on continuously like an LED flash.

The black line before the camera is the speaker. Unlike all previous Nseries from Nokia, the N8 only has 1 speaker. It’s a let down as users would definitely prefer dual speakers on both ends of the phone to enjoy video playback more. Oh well.. nothing we can do about it anyways.

Here’s a video demonstrating video playback, taking photos & videos and customizing homescreen with widgets and wallpapers.


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Here are 3 chinese based ads for the upcoming Nokia N8. From the slang of the people in the ads, they sound like Taiwanese.. but who knows.. maybe they are from China or probably Singapore.

Have a look and let us know what you think.

This video incorporates a few N8 users and they share what they can do with their devices.

Chris, a representative from Nokia explaining the features and the advantages of the N8.

A more revolutionary video of what we can use the N8 for. Quite interesting.

For more video ads of N8, check out TheHandHeldBlog as they have posted all 5 ads.

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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.


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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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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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Nokia has recently launched a new Eseries to replace the E63 that caters to the mass market.

Overview of Nokia E5: Connect seamlessly to the people in your professional and personal lives through instant messaging, email and your favourite online social networks.

I just got it yesterday and before I start using/reviewing it, here are some photos and video of the unboxing.

I realised that the packaging is quite compact and is made of recyclable material. Eco friendly. Nice.

The package comes with manuals, earphones, battery, USB adapter/charger, OVI booklet and the Nokia E5 itself… pretty standard.

The E5 has 5 colour variations; Carbon Black, Chalk White, Copper Brown, Silver Grey, Sky Blue.. this one I have here is the Chalk White version.

It has a 5 megapixel camera with zoom up to 3x (digital) & an LED flash. One of the drawbacks is that there is no autofocus.

Thickness compared to an X6. The E5 screen is 2.36″ with a resolution of 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA) & supports up to 256,000 colours.

Some notable features of the E5:
- Get work emails in real time through Mail for Exchange and IBM® Lotus Notes® Traveler.
- Keep chatting while on the go. All your favorite IM communities—Windows Live Messenger,™ Yahoo!® Messenger, Google Talk™ and Ovi Chat
- Stay close to your friends on Facebook – view their status and send a message directly from your contact list.
- View and edit Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents using the Quickoffice application.

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OK More features and reviews will be up soon.
The Nokia E5 is now available at all stores for only RM830. Very very affordable for a device with such features.

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If you have been waiting for a saviour to your check in needs, wait no more as ThinkChange has produced a proper Foursquare app for Symbian devices so you can check in at all the locations you go to anytime anywhere with just a few taps.

As you can see in the screenshots above, it has a login screen, a “me’ screen which shows your your friends checkins, your previous checkins, badges and mayorships, map view, places view and friends view.

Check out the video below on how it works on an N97.

Devices Supported:
Nokia: 5230, 5233, 5235, 5530, 5800, C6, N97, N97 Mini, X6
Samsung: GT i8910 Omnia
SonyEricsson: U1 Satio, U5 Vivaz, U8 Kanna

Currently they have the unsigned version for download, but if you want it signed, you need to sign up to be a beta tester.

Check out Sym4Square now!

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Negri Electronics has recently posted a video of them handling a prototype from Nokia that looks very much like the upcoming Nokia N8 but with full QWERTY keyboard. Since Nokia has announced that the N8 will be the last Nseries to be powered by Symbian, could this just be the E7… or C7? Soon we will find out.

For now, check out this video that shows off the multiple ports available on the device (including a HDMI port), the keyboard, homescreen widget, browser and the slider screen mechanism.

From what we can see, the screen seems to be a 4incher.. and has probably a 640×480px resolution screen. I like how thin it is for a device with slide out QWERTY and the look of the keyboard is very nice too. Did you notice the 8mpx camera in the video? Hope it shoots 720p HD and that would be sweet.

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Nokia just announced the new X5 at the current Nokia Connections event at Singapore and woah.. I did not expect it to look like this.

It’s a squarish smartphone with slide-out QWERTY keyboard. It is running S60v3 Feature Pack 2, and has “Comes with Music” service. The X5 has a 5megapixels camera too. Price is about 185 Euro before tax.

This is how the slide out keyboard looks like. I personally don’t like the appearance of the phone. Somehow it reminds of the Microsoft Kin 1.

Check out this video I found on youtube.

What do you think of the X5?
Do you like how it looks?
Are you looking forward to own one?

Do leave a comment and let us know.

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A few bloggers got selected to go thru a challenge driving some Audi, Porsche, BMWs etc…

Check out the video as they drive them around with the latest Nokia gear including CK-200 car kits and Ovi Maps with free navigation

Guess what, they get handed a Nokia N97 mini too! Check out this superb video above.

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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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Hello weekends! Lets all sit back, relax and watch this overview video of the upcoming Nokia N8 by the product manager itself.

So from this video we know that it has 3 homescreens (why not more?), browser supports Flash, has cover flow album art, thumbnail preview multitasking and more.

Enjoy!

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Photos below were taken using the Nokia N8 that isn’t running the latest software. Notice that even though the OS is not the final version, the outcome of the camera was very impressive. Super sharp photos and very vibrant colours.

Checkout these 3 photos. Taken at full 12-megapixel resolution. (Click to enlarge)

Here’s a sample HD video recorded using the N8 at 720p without editing. Superb results.

The preview here is not in HD. View the original HD video on VIMEO.

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As we all already know, the recently announced Nokia N8 will be the next flagship device with superb 12mpx camera, HD recording, Dolby Surround Sound and is also the world’s first Symbian^3 device.

The N8 comes in 5 exciting colours; Black, Silver, Orange, Green and Blue.

Here are some videos of the fantastic camera-centric device.

PROMO VIDEOS

Nokia N8 Sneak Peak

What will you do with it?

HANDS ON VIDEOS

Introducing the Nokia N8

Media Wall

Facebook

HD Video Recording

More info on the Nokia N8 here

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It’s the weekends! Now lets relax and take a look at this video posted by Nokia Conversations about simple human solutions.

In this video, they are highlighting how Nokia has come up with some audio solutions for users, like earphones, bluetooth headphones, speakers etc.

.. and here’s the interview with the Head of Nokia Design, about some simple accesories related to the video above

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