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Categories: Themes

I recently came across tehkseven, another great theme producer that has been coming out with fantastic yet simple themes for S60v3 phones like N79, N85, N96 etc…

The latest one from him is called Qi.

He recently did one for mother’s day too called ‘Rose’

Go visit tehkseven…. try them out and share some opinions here ya.

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Categories: Devices, News

I realised not many people owns the Nokia N79… why? Is white not everyone’s favourite colour?

Oh well, it’s ok.. cos the N79 now comes in Petrol Black!

It still has the same great features like 5 megapixel autofocus camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual-LED flash, WIFI, a built-in GPS receiver, records DVD quality video (640*480 resolution), Xpress-on back covers and standard 3.5mm audio port. Not forgetting Ngage, accelerometer, 3G and the navi-wheel(which I think is better than the N85)

I seriously like the N79 cos of the slim body… affordable price and has the same great features as the N85 (minus the OLED screen)

Check out this N79 commercial…

…and the N79 demo.

More info on Nseries.com

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Categories: Updates

I laughed when I saw the change log…. ok anyway, yes, Nokia N79 has received its first firmware update(v11.049) and seems like it fixes each and every app and features in the phone itself!

Seriously, with the list of fixes as long as this current one, it’s surprising to say that I haven’t encountered anyone who complained about the N79 before this… or I don’t have any friends who own the N79. hmm

Here’s a part of the changelog.

New features:
- New version of N-Gage
- New version of Mail for Exchange

Changes:
Active Idle

- Search & WLAN information difficult to read in Active Idle.
- Active Idle screen becomes blank in landscape mode.
- Default Active Idle shortcuts configured.
- Active Idle going dead after quickly accepting and rejecting an incoming video call.
- White boxes shown on the screen while doing orientation change quickly in idle mode.

Application Manager
- The sis file which is installed to MoviNand or SD card cannot be seen in application manager.
- Wrong Feature Manager flag used for seamless link functionality.
- Flashlite sis installation is not successful in the first attempt.

Application Update
- Unable to upgrade graphic icons in Media Player / Media Settings via sis file.
- Unable to upgrade ROM based UI application by installing new version to memory card.
- Application Update self-update never completes.
- Upgrade of BrowserAudioVideoPlugin.rsc via sw installation is not possible.
- Upgrade of Connection Manager via sw installation is not possible.

Audio Performance
- Tunings improvements for IHF audio.
- Keypad tones cannot be tuned for IHF.

Auto-Rotate
- UI Accelerator toolkit (Hitchcock/Alfred) stub file missing.
- Locking keys and then opening camera reveal confuses orientation sensor.
- Disable orientation in alarm ringing, incoming call and semi active state.
- Panic after orientation change.

Bluetooth
- Bluetooth headset disconnects when Wireless Keyboard is disconnected from the phone automatically.
- Phone panics when changing views in Bluetooth menu while choosing the last connected device from paired view.
- Phone crashes and doesn’t disconnect correctly in audio gateway.
- BT stereo audio drops when using certain accessories.

Bookmarks
- Pre-defined browser bookmarks missing from APAC2 variant.
- Added empty folder in Americas bookmarks to make embedded bookmarks work.
- Bookmark shortcuts revert to prior setting following backup.

Browser and Streaming
- After selecting a link in Expedia website, a panic occurred and “Application closed: !CookieServer” is shown.
- Device crashes upon receiving a big cookie in an HTTP response.
- Hotspot Browser Login UI not scalable.
- Browser launch in embedded mode with custom access point setting does not work.
- Reconnecting to streaming content doesn’t work and default connection is changed to “Always ask” after trying to connect again.
- Note “MediaPlayerTemp has not been saved. Save now” displays when user exits preview in BrowserNG.
- 30s timer for out-of-coverage monitoring in the browser utilities is too short
- ITU keypad lights stays off when browsing in landscape mode.
- Helix crash or general “memory full” issue occurred when streaming a high resolution clip (704×576) and high bit rate (3Mbip/s).
- PP bit #165 flag should be off.

…. AND A LOT MORE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! click here to view full change log.

Now go check out the Nokia Software Updater to get your new firmware. Click here for a guide to upgrade your phone firmware.

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Categories: Devices, Videos

Here’s a video of the unboxing process taken from Nseries.com

Another new Nseries device sees the light of day. Get a first look at the N79 and everything that comes with it.

Down by the river, the N79 gets unboxed and filmed by another N79.

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Categories: Devices, Reviews

I think this is the best Nseries photo I have ever taken. hhahah

Anyways, seems like we are very much informed about the new Nseries models inside out by now. Which one suits you best? This is my thought on which models suits who.

Nokia N96: For people who loves everything big. Big screen, big memory and big size. Haha… well i think it attracts the male users more. I wont say it’s for video lovers cos apparently all Nseries are capable of playing videos. I’d suggest you get the N96 if you are a guy, loves everything big and fancies edgy designs.

Nokia N85: For those who loves design, likes everything that looks artsy and at the same time loves the latest smartphone features, The N85 is more appealing to females cos of the smaller size and the curvy edges. Buy it if you are:
- a male who loves sleek and slim smartphones…
- a female who loves sleek and slim smartphones… haha

Nokia N79: I think it’s made for people who loves quick meals, quick dates and everything else which is fast. A youngster would actually buy it cos of the Xpress-on covers. Hm… well, it’s basically made for everyone. It’s a general phone that has the same great features as the 2 mentioned above. Buy it if you don’t want to spend too much on smartphones… or you love simplicity and flexibility.

Somehow I sound like a fortune teller…

Oh well.. let’s view a video of N96 playing video. lol.

The N96 plays video very well. Now that Nokia introduced the kickstand… I felt weird viewing video on the other Nseries models because I cannot watch the videos on the table.. I had to hold it.. cos no kickstand! hahah I think it really makes a big difference.

This is a video showing how the XpressOn covers affect the theme change on the N79.

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Categories: Devices

The photo above is to show you the difference of the back cover + camera for the 4 models, N78, N79, N85 and N96.

Watch the video below.. it’s a demo to show you how good the navi-wheel on the N79 is… oh and the animation of the interface transitions.

I think the navi-wheel on the N79 works better than the 85… probably the firmware on the 79 is more stable? I am not too sure. The one thing I notice is that the navi-pad is totally different… there must be a reason why Nokia made it that way.

The transition, as you can see, is very smooth and fast. For those whom have loved the N78 or N82 should upgrade to this.

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Categories: Devices, Reviews, Videos

Hi boys and girls, today we are going to learn about thickness.

See this image below.

Do you know which one is the thickest?

OK some of you guys might want to know how is the experience like watching videos on the N85…. before I give my opinion, let’s watch a very educational clip of a video being played on the N85.

Watching video on the N85 is great, with the AM OLED screen and the stereo speakers, I can really imagine me watching videos on the device in the future (if i happen to own one).

The speakers are very loud but the sound never breaks.. which is good. The screen response rate is very fast, resulting in very clear videos. Probably cos the video I played was encoded well… but nonetheless, its a great device to play videos…. hmm now where’s the kickstand when I need it the most.

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Categories: Devices, Reviews, Videos

So how much similar is the outlook between the N96 and the N85?

Some very notable difference: The separator on the N85 keypads bulges out while the N96 keypad is flat. I actually prefer the one on the N85 cos I can at least feel the keypad and it allows me to send SMS while I’m driving. haha.

Other than that, the navi wheel looks exactly the same, so as the positions of the buttons… but of course the screen on the N85 is smaller.

What about the N79 and N78?

To me, the N79 actually looks more like the N82. The N79 is white, multimedia key is located on the left, navi wheel is totally different from any Nseries and the 2 softkeys + red and green buttons are actually quite ugly.

Anyways, this is a video the gallery on the N85 being scrolled through using the navi-wheel.

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Categories: Devices, Reviews, Videos

I got to re-experience the new Nesries models yesterday along with some of their siblings. I had the N78, N79, N82, N85 and the N96 all on the table.

As you can see in the photo, N79 and N78 has almost the similar length(or height, for some people) and the N85 to the N96.

I was focusing more on the N85 yesterday. I realised in this prototype model, the key presses sometimes does not trigger the actions and I had to press a few times.

The screen, well once again i’d like to say.. that its the best screen i’ve ever seen on a Nokia. The colour is super vibrant, very realistic and very clear. I had to set the N96 screen to the brightest in order to catch up with the N85’s screen which was just set to medium brightness.

Here you can see the 3 candybar Nseries. Can you see how must smaller and thinner the N79 is compared to the N82? All these 2 models have the same 2.4″ screen.

Here’s a video to show you the clarity, brightness and the colour on the N85 screen.

I was actually schocked to see the menu icon animation… never expected Nokia could do this. haha.

Try to hear the sound effect when the slider is pushed up. Another surprise for me cos previously I didnt hear it when I played with it at the N96 launch.

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Categories: Devices, Videos

Here are 2 videos I recorded of Nokia N85 and Nokia N79 in action during the launch.

Enjoy

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Categories: Devices, Events, News

Just came back from the Nokia N96 launch event. Nokia also announced 2 new Nseries models tonight. The N85 and N79.

Finally the long awaited Nokia N96 is launched… but it will only be available in the market from the 2nd week of September.

Nokia N85 was annouced and it will be available in Q4 this year.

The N85 is considered a lighter version of N96 as it also has 5mpx camera, 3.5G, DVD like video recording, Wifi, GPS, Ngage support and more.

The one thing that attracts me is the new AMOLED 2.6inch QVGA display. It’s also the first Nokia device to use such clear, bright and low battery consumption screen.

OK now lets move on to N79.

It’s very similar to the N82. Similar specs, 5mpx camera, 2.4in QVGA display, Wifi, 3G and etc. I think the one thing that is nice on this phone is the xpress on colour covers that comes with the phones. Everytime you put on a new back cover, it will actually trigger the correspondent theme that matches the colour of the cover.

Both N85 and N79 comes with 1200mAh battery.. which is a big improvement from what we are currently using in the Nseries phones (900/950mAh)

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Categories: Rumours, Touchscreen

So Batman was using the rumoured Nokia Touchscreen phone in The Dark Knight…

I couldnt resist but to keep asking myself.. should I get the N96 or the XpressMedia 5300 aka Tube (oops?)

Well, according to Engadget, Nokia’s head of devices, Kai Oistamo says it will be launching a series of touchscreen devices in the second half the year, with the first model — likely the Tube — aimed at the “volume market.”


A photo I got from TalkAboutNseries

Seems like this thing will spot a 3.2mpx autofocus camera, gps, wifi, a2dp and some other stuff.

Will this be Nokia’s first Symbian touchscreen phone this year? We’ll just have to wait and see.

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