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Categories: Tips & Tricks

One of the reasons why every phone that I change to is a Symbian OS operated phone… is because of the “Switch” feature. If I’m not mistaken, Nokia added this feature to their S60 phones since the N95.

What’s Switch? Here’s a scenario.

You are using an S60 phone, say N95 or N82 or N78 or N96 or 5800…. and then you bought a new S60 phone… say… N86.. or N97… and you are frustrated cos you have no idea how to transfer all your data (contacts, SMS, MMS, media, etc) from your old phone to your new one.

Switch is your solution. It has been lying deep inside S60 phones for a while now and I see a lot of people are still unaware of this great feature.

To access Switch, go to Settings > Connectivity > Data Transfer > Phone Switch. (The location of Switch varies… if you don’t find it here, try looking under tools or utilities folder)

Switch allows you to transfer data like Contacts, Calendar entries, SMSes, MMSes, Notes, Bookmarks , Photos and Videos from one S60 phone to another. Usually the the transfer (via bluetooth) takes about 3 to 5 minutes only (depending on how much data you are transferring)

Here are 2 screenshots from the Switch menu on N97. How do you get Switch to work? Follow these simple steps:

1. Switch on bluetooth on both phones.
2. Select “send” or “transfer” on your old phone (should be the 3rd button on the Switch screen).
3. Select your new phone from the “bluetooth devices menu”.?
4. Click on “accept transfer” on your new phone and WALLAH!

It will then begin transferring and after a few minutes, your new phone will have every single data from your old phone! Try it!

What do you think of this feature?

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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: Uncategorized

As we all know, the N86 was recently announced and it’s the successor for the current N85. The N86 comes with an 8megapixel camera, kickstand and a hard glass-nonscratchable screen…. but what else makes it different than the N85?

Ewan Spence from AAS has come up with a very comprehensive article that compares both from the hardware aspect.

Physical Dimensions

Nokia N85
Nokia N86 8MP
Size 103 x 50 x 16 mm 103.4 x 51.4 x 16.5-18.5 mm
Weight and Vol 128g and 76cc 149g and 84cc
Display 2.6″ OLED Screen 2.6″ OLED Screen
Format Two way slider with spring assist Two way slider with spring assist
Additional - Kick stand

Imaging and Video Recording

Nokia N85
Nokia N86 8MP
Storage 74MB dynamic RAM , microSD (officially to 8GB) 74MB dynamic RAM, 8GB internal, microSD (officially to 16GB)
Camera 5 megapixel (2584×1938) 8 megapixel (3280×2464)
Focal Length 5.45 mm 4.61 mm
Flash Dual LED Dual LED
Variable Aperture No Yes (F2.4, F3.2, F4.8)
Video (rear camera) VGA (640×480) at 30 fps VGA (640×480) at 30 fps
Video (front camera) 352×288 at 15fps 352×288 at 15fps
TV Out Yes, via Nokia cable Yes, via Nokia cable

Ewan sums it up by mentioning that both the device are actually very similar and no doubt the N86 is derived from the N85.

Click here for the complete article.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Hi, some of you N79 owners may already know this if you spent time exploring the camera menus, but if you haven’t, then hope this will help.

Tip 1: How to customize your toolbar

If you go to Options in image mode, you’ll see an option to customize the toolbar shorcuts that appear in the right column in camera mode.

As you can see, you can select and change any of the six shortcuts available. So if there’s a feature you want to access more quickly, you can elevate it to the shortcut level.

Tip 2: Burst mode

If you select sequence mode from the shortcuts list, you will see a range of options other than the standard single shot mode. As you can see in the screenshot above, burst mode lets you capture six quick images in succession, which is great for fast-moving action or other such scenarios. You can also hold the key down and continue to capture images in burst mode until the memory runs out.

Tip 3: Scene modes

If you are taking everyday photos, the standard auto mode setting is a good option. However, if you are taking a certain type of photo, scene modes give you more specified options. Select the “A” icon from the shortcuts and you’ll see the options above, from close-up to portrait to night mode.

Tip 4: Video light

Your N79 has the capability to shoot in low- and no-light situations, which means you can shoot video at night, in a dimly-lit club and wherever else you might want to shed some light on things. The default setting is off, so all you need to do is select the icon highlighted above to switch the video light on.

(Tip 2, 3 and 4 works for N85 and N96 too)

Do you have some other tips and tricks for the Nseries camera?

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Categories: Updates

Finally, the N85 gets its first firmware update, version 11.047

Here’s the changelog.

* Characters in memory card not-present prompt note are not localized
* Headset – volume-adjustment is not working properly
* Video disturb happened, once some other event happened during play fone TV on full screen
* Bluetooth name cannot be defined in camera application.
* “Video call” is shown in Options when highlighting a contact in Space UI.
* Not detecting always wall charger -> Not charging
* 2G cannot connect to GPRS service in some cities in China
* Non stop Music Player “Library update”
* FMTX: The audio is routed to DUT speaker after receiving a message when FM transmitter is transmitting audio.
* Predefined contacts does not support Chinese characters
* APN setting for Vodafone Mobile connect “Promt Password is set to Yes”
* Audio >>> downlink quality
* Some of the S60 key presses are not registered by device
* Network level icon is not shown during VT call
* ITU is not responding when MO is done where slide is closed and opened when call is established
* Long press of Media keys prev/next not working correctly for local videos
* DTMF tones sent from prepaid line to *700 (or *500) are not received by NW
* OFR_opo-up at boot about positionning
* Orange enterprises APN is used by default in the email Wizard
* Pod cast: messed up characters
* All key presses are not registered by device
* GSM/WCDMA – OTC – NW lost after handover with open data connection
* general instability, improved
* Headset – volume-adjustment is not working properly
* Battery KPI: Battery stand by measurement is too high
* CSD – Data transmission breaks on HSCSD calls
* [DRM Free][ID_MUP_FreeFTMD_102] Mp4AacM4A file cannot be played by the device (34047)
* Some KPI – Results are out of range.
* FTP: Speed download to low
* [TPRO] Wap Live browsing : Access Time to the Home page is too long (34970)
* 3G Network lost forever after cell reselection from 3G > 2G with an active PDP context
* VARIANT – Operator RSK (live! icon) appears too small and distorted when in landscape in mode (VCP)

N95 also got its firmware update, with version v31.
So upgrade your firmware now!

If you do not know how, please refer to my Step by Step Guide on Upgrading Firmware.

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Categories: Apps, Themes, Tips & Tricks

If you do own these one of these 3 phones than you are in for something nice.. ahah

Nokia just released some audio themes that you can install and it totally modifies your ringtones, sms tones, alarm tones, slide up and slide down tones etc…

“Audio themes feature allows you to personalize the user interface sounds of your phone. Audio themes are offered in packages which contain several sound files of a common theme. The packages contain usually the normal profile sounds (e.g. ringing tones, message alerts, clock alert, calendar alarm) but also sounds for phone handling (e.g. fold open, fold close) and menu events (enter menu, leave menu).

Your phone supports audio themes if you can find this icon in the menu (personalization/themes). If your phone supports audio themes you can download additional theme packages from this page.”

Download 5 of the audio themes here. (Right click and select “Save link as”)

Nokia_Audio_theme_Electricity.SIS
726.40 KB

Nokia_Audio_theme_Hardrock.SIS
768.60 KB

Nokia_Audio_theme_Jazz.SIS
646.10 KB

Nokia_Audio_theme_Safari.SIS
715.30 KB

Nokia_Audio_theme_Videogame.SIS
296.10 KB

To Install:
Download a theme by clicking a corresponding package. If you are using your mobile phone for downloading, the browser will automatically start to install SIS-packages after the download is completed. You may also download themes to your PC and then transfer them to your phone or install them using PC Suite.

To Uninstall:
Installed themes may be removed using Application manager on your mobile phone. ‘Remove’ option in Audio themes application removes only themes saved by the user, not the ones installed as SIS-packages.

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Categories: Videos

The Nokia N85 is out in the US.

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

“The N85 is out of the box! Get a first look at the latest Nseries device and everything that comes along with it. Join us on the rooftops of NYC as we unpack the N85 and film the whole thing with another N85.”

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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

So how better is the AM OLED screen on the N85 compared to the LCD screen on the N96 in terms of viewing images?

Dailymobile has posted a comparison on this and here are some photos taken from there.

This is N95 8gb vs. N85 screen

As you can see here, the image on N85(right) is higher in contrast and more saturated.

Here comes some comparison between N85(bottom) and N96(top)

Its very obvious that the N85 screen produces more natural image preview with more yellow tint.

The flower on N85 is more vibrant and has more red in it.

More red! Nice.

… now lets see a photo of the sea and blue sky.

I prefer the image on N96 screen as the blue is more saturated… and of course i love the bigger screen. ahah

So which would you pick? A bigger screen? or a clearer screen?

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Categories: Devices, Opinions

I have been thinking for 2 days… even talked to a few friends about the latest Nokia offerings.

Most of the people I asked seems to like the N85 more than the supposedly Nokia’s flagship model this year, the N96. As far as I understand, N8X series is supposed to be a level lower than the N9X series as they are less featureful, or sometimes not as attractive.

This time around, Nokia gave me an impression that N85 is more superior against the N96. The AMOLED screen is one of the things I m looking forward to when it comes to N85 and not forgetting the navi-wheel(which is not available in N96… quite a dissapointment)… oh and the menu and screen rotation animations!

N85 is also the first Nseries that comes with a microUSB charging.. means you can charge your N85 via USB now. (and that, again, is not available for the N96)

Speaking of battery life, the N96.. which has a bigger screen(LCD) which consumes more power + DVBH technology, should be equipped with a more powerful battery but no. Nokia gave the higher capacity battery (1200mAh) to N85, which does not consumes as much power thanks to the AMOLED screen.

Yes, the N85 might only have 74mb internal memory, compared to 16gb in the N96 but one can always compensate that by plugging in higher storage memory cards.. so no deal with that.

If only the N96 came out earlier this year, say.. April… that would be perfect.

Anyhow, I think I will be getting the N96… since I have been waiting for that since I played with it in Sydney in February.

Do you think N96 came too late?

Next post! Nokia N96 coverage photos + Videos!

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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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