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Categories: Devices

Nokia has recently posted a video online explaining what ClearBlack Display is. FYI, 2 upcoming devices from Nokia will have this new CBD screens; the E7 and C6.

Watch the video below to find out.

According to Nokia “ClearBlack ensures that the blacks you see really are just that — black — which in turn enhances the contrast of the display and makes the whole screen much easier to see.”

Here’s a comparison photo of the ClearBlack display on the E7 vs the Retina display on the iPhone 4. Taken from Engadget.

More info over on Conversations.

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Categories: Devices, Events

Get involved in a conversation with top Nokia Designers today at 5-6pm (Malaysian time) and discuss about mobile device design in a Twitter Cafe!

Who are the designers?
- Niilo Alfthan: Senior Design Manager, Smartphone. (@NiiloatNokia)
- Toman Ivaskevicious: Nokia C7 Lead Designer(@TomasasNokia)
- Iain Pottie: Senior Industrial Design Manager, Smartphones. (@IainatNokia)

When?
Today (30.11.2010) at 5-6pm Malaysian time.

Where?
The Nokia designers will be following tweets with Hashtag #NokiaDesign and chatting via their personal Twitter handles @NiiloatNokia, @TomasasNokia, @IainatNokia.

So get on Twitter, ask a question and tag it with #NokiaDesign and the designers will reply you.

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Categories: Devices, Promotions, Videos

Nokia N8 smartphone – http://goo.gl/M157 – Nokia’s highly anticipated short film, ‘The Commuter’ staring Dev Patel from Slumdog Millionaire, Pamela Anderson, Charles Dance, Ed Westwick and shot entirely in mobile HD on the Nokia N8 smartphone.

The groundbreaking film, directed by the McHenry Brothers, was shot in just four days with the Nokia N8 using no back up cameras, with the streets of London and St Albans providing the backdrop to Nokia’s story about one commuter’s eventful journey to work.

Watch the exclusive short film below.

Great storyline, great action scenes, great casts… but notice how the N8 couldnt focus on the faces of Dev Patel & the policeman at the beginning of the video? It’s cos the N8 camera can only focus on objects 2m away to infinity.

Done watching the film? Now here’s a behind-the-scenes video for you to enjoy.

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Categories: News

Nokia Malaysia today has launched the Nokia N8, ‘the best camera smartphone in the world’, according to them.

The N8 is the first Nokia smartphone to feature the new Symbian^3 platform, combining powerful HD imaging capabilities and Dolby Digital Plus surround sound and intuitive social networking features.

The launch was held at MapKL just few hours ago and the most important info, price and availability was revealed.

The RRP Nokia N8 is only RM1690 and will be made available through Nokia stores and retail outlets starting 16 October 2010.
Maxis customers will also be able to enjoy great deals on the N8 with packages ranging from RM999-RM1299 with 12-24 months contract (voice and data plans).

The Nokia N8 introduces a 12 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and large sensor that rivals those found in compact cameras.

THe Nokia N8 enables access to Web TV with channels like CNN, E!, Paramount and National Grographic. In Malaysia, users can also enjoy local contents from 8TV, TV3, Virtual Malaysia Destination Guide and many more.

Currently the Nokia N8 is only available in 3 colours; Silver, Black and Green.

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Categories: News, Opinions

OK So we have heard a lot about Nokia’s upcoming super smartphone N8, the first device to be powered by Symbian^3 OS.

We have also seen what the 12megapixel camera can do and the 720p HD video recording on the N8.

SymbianpOp will be at the Nokia N8 Preview Session tonight held in Kuala Lumpur and here’s your chance to clear your doubts and curiosity!

If you have any questions about the N8 at all, please feel free to leave it here in the COMMENTS section or send us an email at smashpop[at]gmail[dot]com and we will try our best to raise it at the session tonight.

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Categories: Tips & Tricks, Videos

OK So I got the E5 for review recently and the first thing I did was to transfer all my phonebook contacts to it from my previous phone which was the Nokia X6.

Fortunately for Symbian users, there’s a feature called ‘Switch’ which comes along with all Symbian devices for users to transfer data from one phone to another like contacts, calendar and SMS/MMS messages.

The process is simple.

Locate the Switch feature in your phone.

Tap on the “Start Sending” icon, select which phone to send to and your are done!

For clearer instructions, here’s a Live demo I recorded using the Nokia N900. Check it out.

NOTE: This feature is available to all current Symbian devices. Look it out in your phones now! :D

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Categories: Devices, News, Rumours

The Nokia N8 is the first Symbian^3 device to be made available in the market soon… yet the next S^3 device has been leaked and spotted in the wild.

Checkout the Nokia C7-00.

Photos were taken by zol.com.cn

Here are the main specs according to them.

* GSM 850/900/1800/1900
* WCDMA 2100MHz
* GPRS, EDGE, HSPA
* Display: 3.5 touch screen (resistive) 360 × 640 pixel resolution
* Symbian ^ 3
* 1200 mAh Li-Ion Battery
* Camera: 8 million pixel (CMOS) Dual LED
* support 720p HD video, 1080p high-definition player
* Bluetooth 3.0
* Micro USB v2.0, support for USB OUT function
* GPS
* WiFi 11n

Source: http://mobilelivingroom.de/New-Nokia-C7-00-wild-lots-pics

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Categories: Devices, Reviews, Videos

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

Negri Electronics has recently posted a video of them handling a prototype from Nokia that looks very much like the upcoming Nokia N8 but with full QWERTY keyboard. Since Nokia has announced that the N8 will be the last Nseries to be powered by Symbian, could this just be the E7… or C7? Soon we will find out.

For now, check out this video that shows off the multiple ports available on the device (including a HDMI port), the keyboard, homescreen widget, browser and the slider screen mechanism.

From what we can see, the screen seems to be a 4incher.. and has probably a 640×480px resolution screen. I like how thin it is for a device with slide out QWERTY and the look of the keyboard is very nice too. Did you notice the 8mpx camera in the video? Hope it shoots 720p HD and that would be sweet.

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Categories: Devices, Videos

It’s the weekends! Now lets relax and take a look at this video posted by Nokia Conversations about simple human solutions.

In this video, they are highlighting how Nokia has come up with some audio solutions for users, like earphones, bluetooth headphones, speakers etc.

.. and here’s the interview with the Head of Nokia Design, about some simple accesories related to the video above

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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: Apps

Skype and Nokia today jointly announced the release of Skype for Symbian, a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. Skype for Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). It is now downloadable for free from the Ovi Store, Nokia’s one-stop shop for mobile content.

So I have gone to OviStore and downloaded the app. To my surprise, it’s very fast and the interface is very sleek. I expected it to be somewhat sluggish like the previous Java version but was totally overwhelmed.
Upon logging in, your contacts will be displayed with their avatars and statuses.

Skype for Symbian enables Nokia smartphone users to:

· Make free Skype-to-Skype calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world*
· Save money on calls and texts (SMS) to phones abroad.
· Send and receive instant messages to and from individuals or groups
· Share pictures, videos and other files.
· Receive calls to their existing online number
· See when Skype contacts are online and available to call or IM
· Easily import names and numbers from the phone’s address book

Here’s a screenshot of the contact list and by tapping the first button at the bottom of the screen will call the contact straight away. This allows us to do voice calls with Skype users anywhere in the world via their computers or mobile.

Skype for Symbian will run on any Nokia smartphone using Symbian^1, the latest version of the Symbian platform. Skype will soon introduce this client to Symbian mobile devices from other manufacturers, including Sony Ericsson.

The chat window looks clean and easy to the eye. There’s no lag between entering the text and displaying it on the screen, in other words, the interface is very fast.

The initial Skype for Symbian application is compatible with the following Nokia touchscreen models: Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia X6, Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and Nokia 5530 and the following non-touch devices: Nokia E72, Nokia E71, Nokia E90, Nokia E63, Nokia E66, Nokia E51, Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8Gb, Nokia N85, Nokia N82, Nokia N81, Nokia N81 8 Gb, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia 6220 classic, Nokia 6210 Navigator, Nokia 5320.

For more information on Skype for Symbian, including the latest supported handset list, at http://www.skype.com/go/symbian.

* Skype recommends use of an unlimited data plan to avoid incurring additional charges from operators. Users should also be aware that extra charges may apply if they use Skype over a mobile data connection when abroad.

Download Skype for FREE now on OviStore!

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Categories: Apps

A feature that I think many have been waiting for many years. Finally someone from BetaLabs came up with app that lets us customize the predictive (T9) dictionary in our phones!

With this application, you can:

  • View all the words in your custom dictionary
  • Add new words to it
  • Edit and Delete existing words
  • Export the dictionary as xml file
  • Import words from an xml file
  • Scan text files to import all the words
  • Transfer your dictionary to another phone

Check out the video below to understand the app more.

Nokia Custom Dictionary can be installed on S60 3rd and 5th Edition devices. Its fully functional on Nokia E71, Nokia E63, Nokia 5800 XPressMusic, and Nokia X6.

There might be some minor issues on Nokia N97, Nokia N97 mini, Nokia E72, Nokia E75, Nokia E55, and Nokia E52 and has limited functionality on Nokia N96, Nokia N95, Nokia N95 8GB, Nokia N82, Nokia N79, Nokia N78, and other older phones.

Head on over to Nokia Betalabs now to download the app for your S60 devices!

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Categories: Gaming, OVI

One of the most innovative game from Ovi is about to emerge…

It’s a game based on GPS location, maps and your driving skills.

Behold! OVI MAPS RACING!

Basically when you launch the game, it will detect your location via GPS and then present you the map of the area you are in and then you can start racing in your neighbourhood.

Here are more screenshots of the game.

The game will soon be available for download, so for now, enjoy the game trailer first.

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Categories: Contest, Events

Are you a music buff? Do you love music as much as er… food? Nokia Malaysia is currently looking for 50 people to become the Nokia Music Explorers and enjoy unlimited access to over a million tracks via the latest Nokia music device.

What’s this about?

The 50 selected explorers will be amongst the first to preview Nokia’s Comes With Music service and the new Nokia X6 32GB music device.

A complimentary 1 year account subscription will give you unlimited access to over millions of tracks available on Nokia Ovi Music.

To apply, simply answer a survey and 50 people will get selected to become the Nokia Music Explorers and will be able to attend an event on 14th January 2010.

Click here to apply now!

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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: Devices, Events, News

Woot! This is gonna be great.

Check out this widget below with international artiste Rihanna talking about some stuff.

What stuff? You have to click play to view it.

“Nokia today announced the launch of a groundbreaking new global music partnership – Nokia Play 2010 – with the Island Def Jam Music Group (IDJMG) and Universal Music Group International (UMGI)”

The partnership will launch international superstar Rihanna’s highly-anticipated new album, Rated R, with Nokia via an exclusive live, streamed concert and simultaneous listening parties in multiple locations around the globe on November 16th 2009.

Streamed live from London, Rihanna will perform for the very first time a select number of tracks from her new album. In front of fans in London and an audience globally, the exclusive gig will showcase Nokia and IDJMG’s ability to bring fans closer to artists, and artists closer to fans via its home on www.nokia.com/rihanna

This event places Rihanna at the forefront of cutting-edge technology to deliver music and exclusive content to fans, whilst enabling fans to get closer to the live action from wherever they are in the world.

Listen up Rihanna fans! You now can:

* Sign up to watch the live stream
* Invite your friends to watch the performance simultaneously with you through Facebook and Twitter
* Download a web widget counting down to the live performance.
* Download an exclusive Rihanna mobile application from Nokia’s Ovi Store.
* Download the album with an exclusive track either to their PC or over the air to mobile from Nokia Music Store or Comes With Music.

In addition, Nokia will offer of an exclusive version of the new Rated R album via Nokia Music Store, as well as a companion Rihanna application with exclusive footage and other links on Ovi Store.
Rihanna stated, “I am so excited to partner up with Nokia. They are doing some really revolutionary things with this album, enabling me to reach more fans than ever before.”

To secure your place in the making of music history, register at www.nokia.com/rihanna now!

Reminder: Live Stream will take place on 16th November 2009

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Categories: Gaming, N-Gage

Recently I’ve been playing a lot of Dance Fabulous on the N96. It’s such a fun dancing game to play (especially when we are dancing to our own tunes).

Basically it’s similar to one of those dance dance revolution kinda games minus the arrows directions.

The game allows a lot of user customization. Dancer gender, clothings, skin colour, facial expression are some of the settings we can do to suit our likings. One of the biggest customization that I like is that it allows us to use our own tunes! That means I  can put in a slow Titanic-ish song into the game and my dancer will be doing slow motions too.

As we progress through the game, new backgrounds, clothes and dance styles will be unlocked.

The gameplay is simple, create random moves using the navipad so that the dancer will not do the same move again and again (that will not earn you points btw). Utilise the up, down, left, right and center directions fully to create special moves and gain gold stars that will warp you to a special challenge.

Check out the video I recorded.

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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Videos

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: News

New buzz in town! Microsoft and Nokia, one worldwide software leader and one of the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have announced yesterday that they will be working together to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity.

Under this alliance agreement, the two companies will collaborate on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professionals. This will bring Microsoft’s popular Office Mobile into Nokia devices, especially the Eseries.


Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announces the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity.

Some of the tangible benefits or features that users will get from this collaboration are:

• The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
• Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
• Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
• Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center

What do you think about this alliance between Microsoft and Nokia? Let us know by leaving a comment.

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