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Categories: Devices, Updates

Seems like not only the N97 received new firmware.

The ex-flagship device, the N96 and also the E51 got firmware updates too.

The new version for N96 is v30.033.

Apparently the official changelog is not found anywhere but from the Nokia Software Update website, the changelog was listed quite briefly:

  • Imaging – take sharper photos through improved imaging quality and autofocus accuracy
  • Mail – Nokia Email service compatibility
  • Other – Improvements speed up your phone through system wide speed improvements

The new firmware version for E51 is 400.34.011.

Changelog brief:

  • Increased stability in Mail for Exchange
  • SMS reception improvements
  • Stability and usability improvements for VoIP and WLAN
  • Robustness improvements when pressing the Home key.

More info at www.nokia.com/softwareupdates.

You can update the firmwares on your phones via FOTA by pressing *#0000# n then click “check for updates” or you can get it via the Nokia Software Updater. Step by step here.

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Categories: Updates

It’s been a while since the Nokia N96 gets an update. This new firmware is quite a big one(in terms of size) with some themes and audio included.

Here’s the changelog.

New Features

  • Email:
    • Nokia Email client and Mail for Exchange (MfE) preloaded (User will install and configure email clients with the help of Settings Wizard)
    • Settings Wizard 5.0: offers improvements for Nokia Email and MfE setup
    • Active Standby Email Plug-in: showing new email messages on Active Standby screen
  • Look & Feel:
    • Support for Audio Themes: configurable sounds for various events e.g. opening/closing slide, battery low etc
    • Setting to allow a slideshow to be used as wallpaper
    • Slide handling: Setting to allow user to configure effect opening/closing the slide has on a call and keylock
  • Others:
    • WiFi Protected Setup is now supported, allowing simplified setup of WLAN security with a supported WLAN access point
    • Support of IAD (Independent Application Delivery): Allows certain applications to be updated independently over the air.

Improvements

  • Correction for occasional CMLA (Content Management License Administrator) certificate corruption. (These certificates are needed for e.g. Mobile TV and N-Gage license purchases)
  • Energy management:
    • Shorter lights/screen timeout when lockswitch activated. Backlight dims as soon as keylock is enabled
    • Media Keys surrounding the rocker key lit only if a media application is open
    • Right Softkey changed from “Hide” to “Exit” for Music Player for EM savings
  • Photos/Camera/Imaging:
    • A number of improvements made to the Camera image quality
    • The device SW version information is now stored in the image MetaData
    • Default recording quality for video is changed from ‘TV normal’ to TV high’
    • Noise reduction of recorded videos
  • Media/DRM:
    • New version of Music player: Performance and “Comes With Music”-related improvements
    • FlashLite update for improved YouTube compatibility – improvements in rendering of Flash Video
    • General Media player &streaming related usability & performance improvements
    • OMA DRM v2 content can use device clock if no secure clock (i.e. NITZ) is available
  • Browser:
    • Empty bookmark folders removed from Browser bookmarks (i.e. the “Download…” folders)
    • Link to Ovi.mobi is included in Browser bookmarks
  • Others:
    • Vibra enabled when charging
    • When gaming in landscape mode, stereo audio will be played through correct speakers
    • Updated Themes
    • Slide triggered keyguard activation: When closing the slide, pressing any key within 2 seconds will result in keylock not being activated
    • Several error corrections based on Care and operator feedback
    • Several application baseline updates

You can either get this update Over The Air(OTA) or using the Nokia Software Updater. Click on the links for step by step guide on the respective methods.

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Categories: Updates

My aunt who is using the Nokia N96 had some difficulty updating firmware as she does not have a computer.

When she told me about it I told her that she can actually update it’s firmware over the air.

Now for those who are still updating firmware via the Nokia Software Updater, probably you can try this.


Go to menu, click on ‘Tools’.


Go to ‘Utilities’.


Then click on ‘Device Manager’.


In there, you will see the current firmware version and some extra information.


Then go to options, and click on ‘Check For Updates’.

If there is a newer firmware version for your phone model, you will be prompted to download and install it. Do so, and the phone will install and restart by itself… then you’re done!

Be sure to backup your important data first… although you may not need to so if you are using N96 cos updating firmware does not erase contents anymore.

(This OTA firmware update thing works on most new Nseries too. So give it a try if you own one.

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Hello there… I guess it’s fun to list out what I do daily with my N96… as in the main things I do… calls and SMS not included in this list.

So every morning, my alarm wakes me up.

I usually set a few alarm times so that it will make noise at different times to slowly wake me up.

Then off to work I go.

When I’m stucked in the traffic jam, I will check on all my bookmarks using the built in browser. Sometimes I hope I get stucked in the traffic longer so that I can check each and every site that I bookmarked. lol

When I am in the office, I will lift out the kickstand, switch on my video podcasts and place my N96 under my LCD monitor so that I can watch while doing my work. Dual screen? Soft of. :D

When I’m off work, I sometimes go meet my friends for dinner or movies. Then I’ll open Friend View, update my location and status.

When I reach home, I’ll battle some N-gage online players from another country in a game of Reset Generation or ONE. I seriously love Reset. Super addictive.

Right before I go to sleep, I’ll update my podcasts subscription list to check if there are any new ones. I’ll then let my N96 to download the podcast files over wifi and off to bed I go.

What do you do with your phones everyday?

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I mean.. she uses it in her latest music video, “Hot N Cold”.

Try to spot the N96. *cough*2:50*cough*

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Categories: Devices, Opinions

Yes… few more days and it will be my 1 month anniversary with the Nokia flagship device, N96.

I guess it’s time I write about the 3 things I love and hate about it.

Let’s start with the things I like on the N96.

- The big screen… I think all phones should have screen as big as this(touchscreens not included).. 2.8″ is what I think should be the standard for all mobile phone screens from now on.. and it better be… or else many of us will have to squint our eyes in order to read SMS or to surf the web.

- The SUPER LOUDSPEAKER… I have never thought a phone can be as loud as this. Once I showed my friend a video on the N96 and he had to give it back to me after like 10 seconds cos he couldn’t stand the ear piercing loudness on the N96 at 100% volume… hahah but it was good though… cos he commented that the sound was damn loud but it doesn’t break… and the bass was good too.

- The new vertical bar shortcuts on main screen… Yes it has been around since the N78 but not my N82. ahha so yea its new to me. With the shortcuts aligned to the side of the screen, I can now put up my nice wallpaper while having the shortcuts on. Very handy. It links to more apps and options in the phone too. Imagine accessing some settings in the “tools > settings > phone > general” with just 2 clicks.

I hate:

- The build quality of the N96… I admit it is now a lot more solid looking then my old N95 but seriously.. it makes no difference. The top part of the phone (the part with the screen) moves about 1mm up and down when its not slided out.  Very disturbing. Other than that, the backplate/cover of the phone is very flimsy and thin that it feels very plasticky

- Super slow… I have upgraded the firmware twice within 1 month of usage. Nokia knew how slow it was thats why they rolled out 2 updates to fix it… but somehow opening new SMS, replying SMS and switching from a running app to the main menu takes about 10 seconds respectively. Sometimes it only takes about 5 seconds which makes me go “WOW, why suddenly so fast?”. haha

- The camera… Somehow I feel that my old N95 took better pictures. At times, when you take photos at dark places, the photo will turn to black and white.. literally… yea I don’t know why this happens but every time I point my phone to a dark place the photo will lose its colour.. and I had to change the white balance in order to bring out the colours again. .. but anyway, the N96 can really take good photos provided if the lighting and ambience is good especially close up shots.  I can say that it surpasses my old N95 and N82.

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Categories: Updates

Wow Nokia must have been trying hard to make the N96 bugless eh? Cos there is yet another firmware upgrade(v11.101) for the flagship model after the last update 3 weeks ago.

Seems like there isn’t any big fixes in this version… just some ‘networking’ related bugs fixed. So you can choose to skip this if you think the current firmware serves you well enough. :D

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Categories: Devices, Videos

Woot! I’ve got my N96 today, courtesy of Nokia.

Been waiting for it to be mine for so long since February and finally got it.

It’s still charging so I havent got to play with it yet… but you can read the N96 reviews I did before this.

For now, let’s watch the unboxing video I did just now.

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Categories: Updates

The Nokia N96 was just released a while ago and there’s already a firmware upgrade!

The new V11.018 seems to be able to fix a lot of the known bugs.

Changelog from Symbian-freak

Fixed issues in this SW releases

* DM settings aren’t generated automatically, when Email settings are defined in variant
* Audio: Phone resets when plugging-unplugging headset for several times during music playback
* Video call: White or black screen flashes when power saver time-out expires during an active video call
* 3D Ringing tone is too low, almost nothing cannot be heard during MT voice call
* Illumination with Voice call: During an active voice call, power saver displays when power saver time-out expires and then phone goes to sleep mode while the call is still ongoing
* Image Quality improvements

System stability and performance improvements

* Device slows down when large numbers of pictures are transferred to the device
* Slow to open the Reply screen for an SMS
* ViewServ12 crashes under high CPU load
* Phone jams or resets when taking photo during low power audio playback
* Phone freezes after a new SMS is received during Visual Radio playback
* Other error fixes related to general system stability improvements

BONUS

Known issue in this release:

1.1.1 Real Player and Streaming

* H264 playback crashes when start to play H.264 live streaming link
* treaming of live content may cause phone to freeze
* RTSP link truncation problem. Cut off URL parameter in RTSP streaming link

1.1.2 Video Call

* Phone freezes when selecting “Mute” and “Unmute” several times during video call
* Video call: video rendering quality is somewhat pixilated

1.1.3 DVB-H

* Subscription with error message “Temporary failure. Try to purchase again. -15″
* OTC – N96 SW 10.007 DVBH: Auto reload – successfully get subscription. But cannot watch. Lock key icon is still shown.
* OTC – First time subscription must be seamless to the end user by pressing just one key.

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Categories: Promotions

The Nokia N96 is finally out in the market here in Malaysia.

Was reading the papers and saw the ad. RRP is RM3338.

Anyone buying? :D

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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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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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After all the talk about N85 and N79, let’s come back to the event itself. The N96 launch, at Hilton Hotel, KL.

The hall has booths for users to play Asphalt 3D on N-Gage using the N96…  and on the other side of the hall sports some other booths highlighting some features of the N96.

The event started with a speech by the new General Manager of Nokia Malaysia & Brunei, then followed another representative to present the N96.

Then models came on stage with the new Nseries multimedia computers and then posed for the media.

Anyways, here’s the device itself… N96 playing the FaceTheTask video on its 2.8″ screen, placed on a table supported by the kickstand that pops out from the side of the camera lens.

Here’s a video of Jonas Geust intorducing the 3 models briefly and then the people behind the Nseries production.

More tomorrow!

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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: Promotions

YESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS, this is the sign!

The sign that Nokia is gonna launched its N96 soon!!! lol

Cos they came out with this Limited Edition N96 website recently and you can get the N96 from joining the contest, or just donating to WWF .

Check out FaceTheTask.com

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