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Today Nokia unveiled 3 new devices for those who are into messaging, emails and social networks.

NOKIA C6

The first one, Nokia C6 spots a 3.2inches HD touchscreen, slide-out four row keyboard (N97 had only 3 rows) and a 5 megapixels camera.

The C6 comes with all the features that can satisfy your messaging needs. With customizable homescreen, you will be able to get access to your favourite contacts, emails and Facebook updates at a glance. The Nokia Messaging app that comes prebuilt with the C6, can support up to 10 email accounts. (eg: YahooMail, GMail, Windows Live and Ovi Mail).

Some other stuff worth mentioning are; FREE Ovi maps walk and drive navigations, support up to 16GB with microSD, It’s expected to be out in the 2nd quarter of 2010 and is estimated to cost about €220 before taxes and subsidies.

Video of the Nokia C6 in action.

NOKIA C3

The C3 is a Series 40 device with full qwerty keyboard. It comes pre-built Nokia Messaging (for all your email needs) and Nokia Chat (the app that connects you to all your IMs like MSN, Gtalk, Ovi Chat, etc). The Nokia C3 also has the conversational SMS chat feature, so you can keep on top of your text dialogue and find your favourite contacts homescreen, where you’ll also see news and alerts.

The C3 has WIFI, 2mpx camera, 2.4inch screen and support up to 8GB of storage. It will be out in the 2nd quarter of 2010, has options for a few colours: golden white, slate grey and hot pink and is expected to cost about €90 before taxes and subsidies.

NOKIA E5

I like this one. A new addition to the E series, combining all the good stuff from E71 and E72. The E5 is made for people who doesnt like charging their phones. Why? Cos the E5 comes with 18 hours and 30 minutes talk time (in GSM mode) and 29 days standby time. With the latest S60 v3 software, you can access your social network and contacts right from the homescreen.

Facebook updates are merged into your phonebook contact list so you can see what is everyone doing at that time. The E5 also comes with full messaging and chat features like the other messaging devices above.

Apart from the 10 email account support, the E5 also caters for the business users whereby it also capable of handling Microsoft Exchange and IBM Lotus Notes Traveler.

The Nokia E5 comes in five mouth-watering colours – Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown and Silver Gray. Estimated to cost €180 before taxes and subsidies and is expected to be available in the third quarter of 2010.

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Categories: Promotions, Videos

Thought of saving the environment lately?

Did you know that you may have been doing it already?

Nokia has come up with a going green campaign recently and they have produced 2 promo videos to show us how we can save the environment by just using our do-it-all Nokia devices.

Check out the videos.

It’s true that we consume less energy and power if we use our mobile phones to update Facebook status instead of the computer as it uses much more power and emits CO2.

If only 10 per cent of those over one billion Nokia mobile users switched to using their phones to do-it-all, 25million tons of CO2 emissions would be cut during a year.

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Categories: Gaming, Videos

So the most talked about game recently has just been made available on the Ovi Store and most of us were actually quite excited about this game. Here’s a brief intro on the game and some of my opinions.

It’s basically a top down style racing game with a twist. It lets you to race on a track selected by you, either using the predefined ones or your own location by utilsing the GPS to find out where you are and the roads around you.

Once you are in, you will have to select online mode or offline. Pick the first one if you want to use your current location as a racing track.

In offline mode, you can select a country of your choice, select the starting point from the “animated” map and then start off the race.

When I first saw this I was not amazed, as I was expecting to see the real Nokia Ovi maps (thinking that it should be integrated with each other) but all we get is just a simply block and path kinda maps with dots.

The gameplay is very simple. No acceleration. No braking. All you can do is just steer left or right by tapping the icons on both sides of the screen. I like how the little car drifts though haha but expect a lot of oversteer and slides…. and do you notice how pixelated the graphic is? I dont understand why is the game so “basic” but anyways its a free game so we cannot complain much.

Check out the video I recorded below.

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Nokia Conversations has recently posted a new video promoting the OVI Store and showcasing a few key apps like Facebook, Qik and Gravity.

The video was directed by Hiro Murai, a music video director who has worked with The Fray and Bloc Party and produced by Partizan, Michel Gondry’s award winning production company. The style of the video is imaginative and fun, as they try to stay away from the typical tech promo videos.

According to Nokia Senior Marketing Manager, John Bartleson: “We want to get people excited about all the amazing things they can do with their Nokia by using the great content available through Ovi Store.”

Enjoy the video

What do you think of the video?

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Thanks Nokia Malaysia for letting us be a bunch of the ealiest people in the country to own the Nokia X6.

It was at the recent Comes With Music bloggers session that we got introduced to the upcoming service and got our hands on the X6 each.

At the event, Nokia actually presented to us their music devices roadmap and how it all led to the born of the latest in the line, the Nokia X6.

Some of the more notable features/specs of the device:
# Capacitive touch screen
# Size: 3.2?
# Resolution: 640 x 360 pixels (nHD)
# 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector for audio and TV-out
# Small DC jack
# 32 GB internal memory
# 3.5g, WIFI

This is how the packaging looks like. Typical Nokia design. Easily recognised.

The device comes along with the superb Nokia WH500 foldable stereo headphones.

So how much better is it compared to its sibling, the Nokia 5800? Well its very solid and doesnt produce any creaks when squeezed. The capacitive touch screen gives an impression that the OS is not sluggish (although its still kinda slow in transitions for some screens.. which is still acceptable).

The speaker is super loud, on par with the Nokia 5800 and the N96. Located at the right side of the phone, Nokia hopes that it will let us experience stereo sounds when we watch videos holding the phone horizontally. One thing lacking is the stand. Coming from a Nokia 5800 and N97 user, I’m used to placing the phone on the table with a stand or a slide out keyboard for watching videos but not possible for the X6.

The camera is good! Comparable with the N97 and the N85. The X6 is very good at taking macro/close up shots.

More detailed review will be done soon, so for now, check out this video I recorded of the Nokia X6.

Price of the Nokia X6 is still unknown as it is not launched in the market yet. Will update you guys once I get the news.

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Categories: Videos

Ever wondered why Nokia came out with the mini version of the N97 when it does not bring any new features other than ‘being mini-er’ ?

Well, wonder no more!

Here are 2 videos of so called ‘experiments’ telling you why Mini is better. The Nokia Human Research department carried out a series of experiments designed to gauge public reaction to the N97 mini and all things slightly smaller.

Check out the expressions of the people in the video.

What do you think? Enough reason to actually have a mini version of N97?

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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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As mentioned in my previous post, the Nokia X6 was featured at the recent Nokia OneConnectedWorld conference and I got the chance to play around with the device trying out it’s new display, camera and other features.

Click here to view some sample shots from the X6.

First of all, the X6 is the first Nokia that comes with a capacitive touchscreen. The dimension of 3.2″ with 640×360 resolution display is big enough for most of the video and photo viewing tasks. The responsiveness of the capacitive screen was definitely a lot better than the 5800 and also the N97. A slightest touch on the screen is sufficient to trigger actions on the interface.

Speaking on interface, the X6 comes with a new homescreen that allows a carousel view of favourite contacts and there’s also a shortcuts bar at the bottom of the screen. I think this is more usable than the one on the 5800 XPM.

Since the X6 is the highest end device in the music line, the audio playback should be of a certain standard in speaker quality and also the music player interface.

Well, I can say that the speaker plays audio very well. Loud and clear (thanks to the dedicated audio chip for crystal clear hi-fi sound quality. Still, it lacks bass but I’m sure its a totally different story if music is played throught the earphone). The player interface on the other hand is quite a dissapointment as it looks and works the same as the 5800 XPM. The X6 supports mp3, SPMidi, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA.

The X6 comes with a Carl Zeiss 5 megapixel AF camera (2592 x 1944 pixels), 4x zoom and dual LED flash. From some shots I took. I realised that the X6 can take photos really well. The desaturated-when-indoor problem almost didnt exist on this one so it’s a good thing. It also records video at 640×480 resolution at 30fps.

Check out these videos of I took of the Nokia X6.

What do you think of the Nokia X6? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Categories: Devices, Reviews, Videos

This is part 2 of our 3-megapixel battle between the Nokia 5800 and iPhone 3Gs.

In this simple battle, we will see the pros and cons of both video camera in a few aspects:
- Recording at infinity distance and zooming
- Focusing and macro recording.

First up, let’s see how both devices fair in recording and zooming.

iPhone 3Gs

Nokia 5800

Verdict: The Nokia 5800 XPM produces clearer and smoother video and has the zooming capability with louder audio reception. iPhone 3Gs on the other hand, cannot zoom and has a less sensitive mic.

Second test: Focusing and macro capabilities.

iPhone 3Gs

Nokia 5800

Verdict: iPhone here has the upper hand as it allows pre-focusing (which is very good for recording at very very short distances) while the Nokia 5800 does not have focus at all (resulting in blur objects and close distances).

What do you think of both cameras? Leave a comment and let us know.

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Categories: Videos

“The digital world and the physical world are becoming tightly enmeshed through user data and its associations, a proliferation of wireless networks, and real-time data feeds in the world around us. The Mixed Reality Experiences team looks at extending the personal content ecosystems and the related personalized experiences to mixed reality environments where the environment itself is used as a ubiquitous content interface, and a versatile storage and retrieval space.”
- Nokia Research Center

Check out this video below to understand Nokia’s vision in their future technologies with augmented reality involving near-to-eye displays, gaze direction tracking, 3D audio, 3D video, gesture and touch.

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Right out of the oven! Nokia just announced 2 new music devices modeled X6 and X3 at the current Nokia World 09 event at Stuttgart, Germany.

Nokia X6

It’s a whole new design for their music line and the X6 is the slimmest touchscreen device Nokia every produced at only 14mm thin! The X6 also packs with 32GB of internal memory, 3.2inches touchscreen and 35 hours of music playback.

The X6 is also a Comes With Music device. That means you can get music into your device right out of the box without the need to purchase anything extra. The 3.2inch touchscreen is suitable for viewing photos videos and the new contacts bar on the homescreen allows users to pack in 20 favourite contacts for easy access.

What other exciting stuff are there in the X6? 16 days standby time, a 5-megapixel camera and Carl Zeiss optics, dual LED flash, TV-out, video editing, online sharing, Nokia Music store, full web browser and Flash Lite support, A-GPS, Ovi Maps and Playlist DJ.

Gaming? YES! Spore is included, along with DJ Mix Tour and Asphalt4. The Nokia X6 will be available in the 4th quarter of 2009 and will be priced at about 459 Euro before tax and subsidies.

Nokia X3

The other Xseries device catered for a casual level of users is the X3. Unlike the X6, it runs on the usual Nokia S40 OS and it is the first S40 device with Ovi Store enabled.

The X3 comes with a 3.2megapixel camera, 2.2inch screen, stereo speakers and supports up to 16GB of memory via MicroSD card. It also comes with Bluetooth 2.1 for wireless music headsets and 3.5mm headphone jacks if you want to use your beloved music earphones.

The X3’s messaging feature spots the new Nokia Xpress Audio Messaging and Nokia Messaging 2.0 brings users’ existing email and IM accounts to the device.

The Nokia X3 will be available in the 4th quarter of 2009 and will be priced at about 115 Euro before tax and subsidies.

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After more than 25 years of being the leader in mobile industry, Nokia is now venturing into a new line of devices; the netbook.

Named as the Nokia Booklet 3G, it will be Nokia’s first Windows based netbook to enter the PC market.

Powered by the Intel Atom processor, the Nokia Booklet 3G can live for as long as 12 hours before the need to recharge, enabling people to leave their power cable behind and still be connected and productive.

Nokia Booklet 3G weighs 1.25 kilograms, 1.99cm thin, and has a broad range of connectivity options – including 3G/ HSPA, aGPS, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi – gives consumers high speed access to the Internet, including Nokia’s broad suite of Ovi services, and allows them to make the most of every moment and every opportunity.

The mini-laptop also comes with an HDMI port for HD video out, a front facing camera for video calling, integrated SD card reader. Other premium features include the 10-inch glass HD ready display and an integrated A-GPS which, working with the Ovi Maps gadget, can pinpoint your position in seconds and open up access for a truly personal maps experience. The Nokia Booklet 3G also brings a number of other rich Ovi experiences to life, whether its access and playback of millions of tracks through the Nokia Music Store, or using Ovi Suite to sync seamlessly from your Nokia smartphone, to your mini-laptop, to the cloud.

Availability and pricing will be announced during the upcoming Nokia World event on sept. 2nd. For now, let’s check out the promo video of the Nokia Booklet 3G.

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The most popular Nokia touchscreen XpressMusic device has been turned into the new 5800 Navigation Edition this time and will be available in the market starting 3rd quarter of 2009 (notice the XpressMusic label is still on).

What do you get with this 5800 NE? A lifetime of voice-guided Drive and Walk navigation licenses for your region. Sweet :D

The 5800 Navigation Edition comes with all your guidance software needs as it comes with an in-box car charger (the one that comes with the N96) and Nokia car kit for you to mount the device to your vehicle.Apart from the voice-guided navigation (including valuable local traffic warnings), the latest version of Ovi Maps comes pre-installed, which allows you to search nearby points of interests and check out weather reports etc.

Check out this demo video of the Nokia 5800 Navigation Edition.

The device is expected to be available in the 3rd quarter of this year and the estimated price is about 285 Euro before tax and subsidies. (Should be a little bit more expensive than the 5800 XpressMusic initial pricing)

What do you think of the device? do you like the chrome stylings?

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Categories: Apps, Videos

Remember the post about Youtube mobile got smarter?

Now they have made the S60 app smarter too! Well not smarter but now it plays videos in fullscreen!

This is the default main screen. Notice the buttons on the right? It used to be there during playback too.

Search results are presented in filmstrips that can be swiped left or right. Tap on any of the thumbnail and the video will go fullscreen.

See how the controls take over the whole screen overlaying the video but it’s kinda upsetting to see the videos are not optimized for fullscreen playback yet.

Anyhow, just point your mobile browser to m.google.com to get the app

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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.

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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: Videos

I’m just wondering… just how many videos like this can Nokia make in order to promote the N97?

From music videos featuring the N97 to video reviews and hands-on.. to promotional videos to tv advertisements…
So many… just…. tooooo many videos of the N97.

Check this one out.

What do you think of this video? Does it make you wanna own one? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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How many of you here hope to have the iPhone interface experience on your Symbian devices? Yes? Yes?

How many of you want the “slide to unlock” feature on your S60 phones(especially touchscreen devices like 5800, N97 n OmniaHD)?

Well, now you can, with MyPhone.

Check out my iPho… I mean.. my Nokia N97.

MyPhone only works on S60 OS and it turns your Series 60 phones interface into an ‘i’Phone UI. You can have a smart phone enhanced with TWO user interfaces! Once installed, the first thing you see is the slide to unlock screen. Trust me.. the sliding does work… haha..

The menu will present you with iPhone like icons that gives you access to various features on your phone. You can actually customize it to show 3(or 4) icons in each row in the menu.

They guys at MMMOOO have also added some customized interface and apps in the software like the call screen, RSS reader and the sketch pad.

After using it for a few days, I think MyPhone works very well and also very stable. The sliding menu animation is very smooth… (although there might not be any flicking interface yet).. and I like the fact that we can have the 4th screen all for ourselves… which mean we can fully customize each and every icons on that screen to link to any apps we want.

Check out the video below.

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Well… not to that extend, but the guys at N97Geeks have been putting the Nokia N97 under some stress tests to see how durable it is.

Can the N97 survive screen scratch?

Can the N97 survive wash test?

Or will it still be functional after a few drop tests? Check out the videos below.


Screen Scratch Test


Pocket Test


Paintwork Scratch Test


Wash Test


Drop Test

Conclusion? Nokia N97 survived it all. It is still functional after all these critical challenges. Surprisingly, the screen is unscratchable..Nice.

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Charles from Nokia Conversations has been touring Helsinki with the 8mpx powerhouse from Nokia and he has some high resolution photos to show us.

He also included a video recorded using the N86 for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

According to him, the N86 is just like the N85 but with tons of new tweeks including the 8 megapixel lens.

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Now check out this video he recorded.

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