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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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Categories: Devices, News, Videos

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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Categories: Apps, News, Opinions

Symbian users! Ever wished you can send text messages to your friends for free? Wouldn’t it be great if you can chat with your friends on iPhone and Blackberry for free? Soon you can!

Whatsapp Messenger which is very famous among iPhone and Blackberry users now, will be expanding their service to Symbian platform soon!

According to them, “WhatsApp Messenger is a smartphone messaging app which allows you to exchange messages with your friends and contacts without having to pay for SMS. WhatsApp Messenger is cross platform and is currently available for iPhone and BlackBerry and yes, iPhones and BlackBerries can message each other too! To send and receive messages, WhatsApp utilizes your existing smartphone internet data plan: 3G/EDGE (or Wi-Fi when available)”

Got the hang of it yet? I am one of the beta testers of the app for Symbian and I can say that it’s working very well even at beta stage. Check out some screenshots I took on my Nokia X6.

The app has to be connected to the Internet in order to work. Users can choose to connect to Wifi or 3G. Upon launching Whatsapp for the first time, we need to register our phone number so that your friends can see you in their Whatsapp contact list automatically.

The main menu of the app has 4 sections;

- Chats [all your chat sessions with your friends]
- Favourties [your chatable contacts... Wthe app automatically searches your phonebook for Whatsapp users]
- Contacts [your full phonebook contacts]
- Status [you can change your status to let your friends know if you are free to talk or not]

[LEFT] Status screen, you can select one of the preset statuses or set your own.
[RIGHT] List of conversations with your friends.

FYI, Whatsapp is “always-on”. That means there is no way to quit the app. It is always on cos it tries to mimic SMS… which is always available. You do not need to login to chat. Everytime you get a message, you will see a popup on the screen.

Whatsapp will soon be available in the OVI Store. Wait for it cos it is the most awesome thing to happen on mobile phones.

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Categories: Devices, News, OVI, Videos

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: Devices, News

Woot! Seems like we have another upcoming C series device!

According to Engadget, the upcoming Nokia C6 is a 5230 lookalike with slide out full qwerty keyboard.

In my opinion, apart from the 3 buttons at the bottom of the screen and the bezeled frame, it looks kinda nice. I like it cos it has a 4 rows keyboard instead of 3 rows like the N97.

The Nokia C6 should be of a lower range than the N97 mini as it doesnt have the big hard disk space like the N97.

More news to come! Stay tuned!

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Categories: News

Seems like Nokia realised that many users are not clear on the direction and the app availability for email, social network and messaging on Nokia devices.

That’s why the company launches a new portal that features all the messaging options and ambitions.

The portal is divided into 3 main sections: Email, Instant Messaging and Social Networking.

Each section tells users what they can do on their phone in messaging and how it helps them to communicate better.

Once the user has selected the device, the graphic changes to match messaging options for the selected model.

Here’s a video overview of Nokia Messaging.

Check out the new Messaging site now!

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Categories: Events, News

I was at the Nokia E75 Bloggers Email Night yesterday at Saffron, Solaris Mont Kiara. At the event they previewed and shared with us some info on Nokia’s moves in email and messaging.

One of the speakers were Mr. Bambos Kaisharis, Marketing Manager for Nokia Malaysia, Singapore and Brunei. He engaged us with questions about emails, how emails have evolved and explained why we should funnel all our emails into one medium etc…

He also explains why the E75 is the perfect device for messaging and email as it not only spots a full qwerty keyboard, but also a full fledged Nokia Messaging software that pushes our personal and corporate emails into the device so that we can check them wherever we are.

We then got the chance to play with the E75 and tried setting up the email accounts on the device.

Mr. Glenn Cha, product manager for Nokia Malaysia explains more on how the messaging system works on the device while showing us real life implementations of the service.

A photo of some of our Nokia phones together with the E75. The Nokia E75 is out in the market now and the price is around RM1.9k RRP.

Check out this video I recorded yesterday at the event.

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