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Got loads of money but don’t know how to spend them? Fret not!

Nokia has just announced a product that you might wanna purchase and lighten up your wallet.

Introducing the luxury version of the N97 Mini, built with 18-carat gold and comes with fashionista apps like “ELLE 360Fashion” so you can stay up to date with latest fashion and spend more money buying clothes to match your shiny gold Nokia N97 Mini.

In my opinion, with the inclusion of fashion apps, Nokia is trying to target this to the female community. What say you?

The gold edition has the same features and specs like the ordinary one: 3.2inch touchscreen display with 360 x 640 pixels, full QWERTY keyboard, WiFi, 3.5G, GPS, Nokia Ovi Maps, 3.5mm headphone jack, 8GB internal memory, and a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash.

It’s gonna be priced at about 2,499 Poland Zloty.. which is about 2882 Malaysian Ringgit and will be made available in the next quarter.

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Categories: Gaming

Mobile Stream has recently came out with a top view racing game for Symbian 5th edition devices like Nokia N97, 5800, 5530 etc.

In the game, you will drive miniature cars along 8 tracks in various surroundings:

* a futuristic expo with extraordinary scientific gadgets,
* a snow town with christmas trees,
* a village on a tropical island near a volcano,
* a knight’s castle,
* a factory zone,
* riverside with mills and gardens,
* a desert with camels,
* a bright summer town with parks, beaches and playfields

You will get various power-ups and weapons to help you outrun your computer opponents. Watch out for spikes, spilled oil and contact mines. Master machine guns and missiles, use thunderbolt to strike your opponents.

7 micro machines with individual tech specs are at your disposal.

Download the demo/free version here

Download the full version of the game from OVIstore here


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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: Gaming

Heloooo alll FarmVille fans out there!

You wanna be a farmer while you are out and about on your Symbian Touch devices?

Then you have to check out Farm Frenzy!

Farm Frenzy has 48 action-packed levels: starting from simple egg collecting tasks to producing cheese, woollen cloth and cakes all at the same time.You can also upgrade various parts of your farm, from the vehicle to warehouse, even the buildings that produce the goods.

Head on to the OVI Store to get yourself a copy of the game now!. It comes in 2 versions: FULL and LITE (which is free).

Here are 2 screenshots I got captured from the game. Great graphics, chilling soundtrack and it loads very quickly too. Do check it out on OVI Store via the links mentioned above.

Below is a video of the gameplay (to those interested)

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Categories: Apps, Reviews

ALERT ALERT! A damn useful app is emerging and everyone in KL, Malaysia should get it!

It might just be one of the most useful app on your phone alongside Gravity!

Thanks to the guys at Nerdattack, we will be able to check out traffic conditions in the city before we leave the office, go for parties at night or going to work.

If I’m not mistaken, the app is currently only supported on S60 v5 touch devices so if you are using a Nokia 5800, N97, 5530 or N97 mini then probably you should get it when it’s out on the OVI Store.

The widget has a very simple and straight forward interface. Once it’s launched, a list of street names will appear and with just a tap, traffic images will be displayed.

*Live images are grabbed from ITIS btw.

Check out these screenssssssss.. damn nice right? See how the arrows are toggled by just tapping the arrows icon on the top right of the screen.

According to NerdAttack, the app has been submitted to OVI Store and is awaiting approval. Wait for it yo! I’ll try to update u guys once the app is up.

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Categories: Apps, Reviews

Many of us are using Symbian touch devices like Nokia 5800, Nokia N97 etc. Many of us are also using messengers like MSN, GTalk, Yahoo and Skype.
So how many of you are actually chatting on these messengers using your phones? I know I do.

These are my top 3 favourite chatting/messenger apps for S60v5 devices. We shall analyse them in 3 categories: Interface, Usability/Functionality and Stability.

Showing only 3 apps does not mean I have not tried other apps like Nimbuzz, IM+, Agile Messenger etc.. just that they are not as good as these 3 here

3rd place: FRING

One of the most famous messenger app is Fring. It’s available for multiple platforms like Symbian, iPhone etc. It comes with many features like Facebook and Twitter integration, friends finder, file and photo sending, Fring calls, etc. I used to like it when I was using the N96 but the touch version is too cluttered and it disconnects from 3G very frequently.

Interface: 2.5/5
Usability/Functionality: 4/5
Stability: 2/5
Total score: 8.5 out of 15

Download from Fring.com
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2nd place: MSN Messenger

MSN China has did it once… building an MSN Messenger app for users. It was great as it has 90% of the compute version of MSN Messenger… but for a period of time, it didn’t work and thus the news died down after that.

Fret not! The app is now brought alive again and is again usable on touch devices! I love the interface as it resembles the original MSN, has sound alerts and other features like contacts profile photo, search contacts etc. One thing I dont like: The buttons and text are too small for fingers to touch.

Interface: 4/5
Usability/Functionality: 3/5
Stability: 3/5
Total score: 10 out of 15

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1st place: Palringo

Palringo was famous with it’s push-to-talk apps back in the N95 era. They have slowly evolved into a messenger app and now they support most of the messengers out there like MSN, Yahoo, Gtalk, Facebook etc. The interface is very simple, loads very quickly and easy to use. It has never got disconnected from 3G since the day I started using it til now. IT still has features like sending photo and voice(utilising their famous push-to-talk) technology.

1 thing that i dont quite like is that it lacks of the ’search contacts’ feature.

Interface: 3.5/5
Usability/Functionality: 4.5/5
Stability: 5/5
Total score: 13 out of 15

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What do you think of these FREE messenger apps? Do you have any favorite messenger apps that you use on your phone? Leave a comment and let us know! :D

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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.

Get N-gage for your N97 here!

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Yay to another widget to add to the collection.

Russell Beattie has created a very simple search widget for N97 and 5800, called Q Search. Q is short for Quick. So basically you know roughly what this widget does. To provide quick search.

Russell also added the ability to the widget to be added to the N97 homescreen. According to him, this widget only took him about a couple of hours of work and it only has 30 lines of code. Wow.

Once the widget is launched, you will see a javascript pop up that let’s you enter your search query. Adding a letter and a space before the search text lets the widget know where you want to search from. G = Google, W = Wikipedia, V = Video(Youtube), I = Images(Google), T = Twitter and D = Definr Dictionary.

Press OK after typing the search text will open the browser. Here’s a sample of the result after i searched for “G Symbianpop”. (Search Google for ‘Symbianpop’)

Download Q Search Widget here.

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Categories: Apps, Touchscreen

Moubail has brought us some widget games like Match’em and Checkers.

This time around they brought us DeviceInfo widget! (Made for Nokia 5800 XPM and N97)

It’s a free widget that basically tells us things running in our phones that we usually do not see from the phone interface.

The widget now has an updated version and it supports features as stated in the image above.

Other features include displaying

  • IMEI code
  • WLAN Mac Address
  • Phone model
  • Firmware version
  • Manufacturer
  • Product type
  • Bluetooth status
  • Vibration status
  • Autolock status
  • Autolock timeout
  • Screensaver timeout

Here are 2 screenshots I grabbed from the DeviceInfo interface I was using on my N97. Take a look at how extensive the report is. Best thing about this, the info displayed are LIVE! You can see the numbers changing and graphs animating according to the phone’s background processes.

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Categories: Apps, Updates

Nokia has just added some new updates for the Nokia N97 and we can get them using the SW update app in Menu > Apps.

As reported by many sites, the updates that we should get are:

# Maps 3.1.
# N97 C: Phone memory update.
# N-Gage application 1.3.
# Nokia Messaging 10.0.
# Ovi Contacts 1.2.

As I was trying to get these updates, I saw this:

Nokia Messaging and N97 c: Phone memory update.

WHERE’S THE N-GAGE APPLICATION? WHY IS IT NOT AVAILABLE FOR EVERYONE?!

I then tried to download the application from N-gage website but they are still hosting the 1.2x version. What a dissapointment.

N97 C: Phone memory update
Its an application to free space on the internal memory of the N97 (C: drive), optimising it for more user memory available for possible SW installation on this drive’.

Anyways, for those of you who are using N97, go get the updates now!

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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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Categories: Gaming, Touchscreen

Moubail.com recently suggested me in a puzzle game produced by them.

It’s called Match’em, a puzzle game for S60v5 devices. It’s based on a classic tile game called “SameGame”.

Basically the gameplay is still the same, touch groups of symbols to eliminate them, but they have made it more compatible with touchscreen.

The symbols are big enough for finger tapping, so you don’t need a stylus.

As you can see, they are using symbols from card decks instead of tiles. The goal is to remove as many symbols as possible and in as large groups as possible to maximize the score. The game will save the last and the highest score.

Download this widget for FREE now on Moubail.

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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Reviews

I have finally got the time to do photo quality comparison among these devices.

In this ‘battle’, we will be comparing the camera samples from N97, N96 (both 5mpx) and a Sony T900 Cybershot Camera (set to shoot at 5mpx).

These tests below also mimics real world usage of the phones as cameras and find out if camera lens cover(on the N97 and T900) really makes a difference in the photo taking experience.

Here we can see the 3 contenders, (clockwise) T900, N97 and N96. Since the T900 is a proper compact camera, we will set it as a benchmark and decide if the N96 or the N97 produce photos closer to the T900 quality.

The battle consists of 5 tests: Scenery, Macro, Colour Production, Indoor Flash Portrait and Backlit Portrait. All photos below are unedited. I only resized them to 1200px wide and added captions.
Click on the thumbnails to enlarge.

Test 1: Scenery

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 2: Macro

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 3: Colour Production

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 4: Indoor Portrait with Flash

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

Test 5: Backlit Portrait

Nokia N96 Nokia N97 T900 Cybershot

My verdict:
N96 - Lack of camera lens cover exposes the camera to handprints that can create bluriness in photos. Colour production is the worst among the three. Cannot expose dark subjects with bright background well. Quite noisy when photo taken in low light condition.
N97 – Great scenery shots. Able to bring out the colours of scenes and objects captured. Low light photos are good, but white balance might need to be fixed to produce more natural-like indoor ambiance. Noise control is very effective. Photos are more natural in daylight. Quality is very close to the T900.
T900 – Undoubtedly, produces the best photos. Very natural colours when light source is sufficient. Bad indoor shots.

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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Reviews

I have never thought of writing a post like this until 2 days ago when the N97 ruined one of the most memorable photo of my life.

Since I am writing about it, I might as well include a few other things on the N97 that are quite disturbing.

1. 2 of my photos were ruined by a mysterious grey bar. Check this photo below.

I was running at the Marathon event and I thought of relying on the N97 to take photos of me and my friends there. When I got home I realised 2 of the photos could not be viewed. After transferring to the PC, I notice 2 of the photos did not process correctly, resulting in a grey bar appearing across the photos.

2. The keylock is weird.

To lock the screen, I slide the keylock once. That’s fine…. but to unlock the screen, I have to slide 3 times. First time: does not do anything. Second time: Screen lights up, but the lock icon is still on. Third time: finally the screen is unlocked.

3. Photo processing/rendering on the gallery is faulty.

Photos in the gallery look good originally, but once we zoom in, the phone just increased the size of the preview image instead of rendering the photo according to the zoom level, resulting in pixelated stretched out image. (My current solution: view photos using the Photo Browser from Betalabs)

4. SMS memory changes everytime I charge the N97.

I have been charging my N97 via USB cable plugged to my computer since it now supports USB charging, but this also causes the SMS storage memory to change from Mass Memory to Phone Memory. I have to manually set it back to the original storage location everytime I unplug the cable off my computer. Irritating.

5. Favourite contacts limited to calling only.

I admit that the favourite contacts feature on the N97 is great. Once we set it up, the contacts will appear at the top of the phonebook so we can call them without the need to scroll through the list of contacts. On the other hand, after composing an SMS, pressing the green button will bring up the same phonebook for us to select the recipient. The favourite contacts are not available here, hence we have to scroll through the list again. Cant they just make this feature universal across all applications?

6. The magnetic compass is wonky.

As some of us know, the N97 has built in compass feature. Sometimes it gets activated within 5 seconds… but sometimes it takes about 15 to 20 minutes. Annoying.

7. Copy/paste shortcut is not available via the the full QWERTY keyboard

I’ve been trying to figure this out since the day I got the N97 and seems like Nokia has left out the shortcut keys to copy and paste text by just using the keyboard. Well we can definitely highlight text by holding the shift key and pressing the navipad… but then how do we copy the text that we have highlighted? The only way is to go through “options > editing options > copy” on the touchscreen interface. So dear Nokia, can we have shift+C and shift+V? Please?

These are the 7 flaws/bugs I can think of as of now. Hope the new firmware that’s coming out tomorrow will fix these problems.

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Categories: Apps

Hour Power, the app that tells time is now compatible with the s60v5 devices.

It’s a simple app that utilises the built in text-to-speech engine to tell time.

When you open the app for the first time, you will get to choose the time mode, 12h or 24h clock.

How does it work? Just press on the app shortcut to hear the time. Exactly what you need when waking up and unable to focus on an alarm clock display. English, German, French, Italian and Portuguese language are currently supported. It’s recommended to place the app shortcut on the homescreen for easy access.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks

Do you have a Nokia N97 or N78… or whatever phones that has FM transmitter built in?

A) Yes I have but never used it
B) No and I don’t know what it is.

Which ever your answer is, here’s a guide on how to use the FM transmitter feature on the N97.

Basically, it transmits whatever audio from your phone as radiowave in a certain frequency so that other radio receivers can tune in to that particular frequency to receive the audio.

In order to get it to work, just go to FM transmitter menu on your phone and then set the frequency that you like it to transmit at, and then switch it on. It’s that simple. Now your radio will get to stream mp3s and other audio from your phone.

Check out the video I have recorded on how I use FM transmitter in my car to watch videos.

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1. Chow Yao Fong
2. Vigneswara Rao
3. Go WenJing
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Mohd Norhisham
5. Mohammad Khair

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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: Apps, Videos

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.

Interested? SymbianpOp will be giving out 5 MyPhone licenses on 26 June 2009 for 5 lucky readers… remember to check out SymbianpOp to get yourself a full version of the MyPhone app!)

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Categories: Devices, Videos

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.

What do you think?

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Categories: Contest, Promotions

Just in case if you have missed your scoop on the Search for N contest held 2 weeks ago, here’s another chance for you to win the Nokia N97.

Create a widget [web version, for blog or websites.. not for N97 homescreen], submit, embed and pray hard you will be the selected 10 and win the phone.

Nokia has come out with a site that let’s us create widgets that captures data via RSS feeds, put them in the gallery along with creations by other people in the world.

There are only 4 simple ways to create a widget… that means you can quickly create hundreds of them in just a few minutes. lol

Once your widget is created, you can have the option to embed it in your blog.

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