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Charles from Nokia Conversations has been touring Helsinki with the 8mpx powerhouse from Nokia and he has some high resolution photos to show us.

He also included a video recorded using the N86 for everyone’s viewing pleasure.

According to him, the N86 is just like the N85 but with tons of new tweeks including the 8 megapixel lens.

Click on the photos below to enlarge.

Now check out this video he recorded.

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Categories: Devices, Opinions, Tips & Tricks, Videos

Here are some of the little features on the N97 that I like. I have actually complied a list of things that differentiates the N97 from the 5800… but today, I will be showing just 4 of them, hence this post being the 1st part.

Note that these are not obvious/notable features ya.. just something that adds up to the usability of the interface. All 4 features below have been recorded in a demo video at the end of this post.

I Like #1: Sliding Homescreen

We can actually slide the homescreen left or right to hide the widgets. It also serves as a blank screen that displays nothing but the wallpaper and time/date.

I Like #2: Mark Several

Finally! The option to mark several files! 5800 users know that the ‘mark several’ feature is not available for the S60v5 platform and it’s nice to see it again on the N97. Now, a firmware update for the 5800 please?

I Like #3: Video Play Button

In certain folders we might encounter media files like photos and videos. Users might not know which one is a photo and which is a video. Nokia has actually added ‘play’ buttons on each of the video thumbnails and we can click on the button to start watching them.

I Like #4: Favourite Contacts

Now we can set anyone in our phonebook as favourite contacts! Once we have set it, these people will appear at the top of the contact list for easy access. There’s also a favourite contacts widget that we can place in the homescreen for one touch access to call and sms to that particular person.

Check out all these features in a video I recorded. :D

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Categories: Contest, Promotions, search for n

If you managed to solve clue #1… congrats.

If you managed to solve clue#2… congrats.

Now you have to solve clue#3… Good luck.

How Does The Search For N work?

1. First, surf on over to http://symbian.smashpop.net. Beginning May 26th, each question will be released at a set schedule as below:

· Clue 1 – 26th May @ 7:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur

· Clue 2 – 28th May @ 7:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur

· Clue 3 – 30th May @ 7:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur

· Clue 4 – 31st May @ 7:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur

· Clue 5 – 2nd June @ 7:00 p.m. Kuala Lumpur

2. There will be a total of 5 questions to be answered. The 5th question will be released on June 2nd.

3. As soon as the final question is released, email all five of your answers to nmalaysia@ovi.com. The first 10 all-correct entries will progress to the FINAL stage to stand a chance to win one of six Nokia N97.

4. Nokia will contact the final 10 contestants with a secret password to be used for the FINAL stage. The FINAL CLUE will be posted on 4th June 2009 on http://symbian.smashpop.net (time to be revealed to 10 finalists).

5. Solving the FINAL CLUE will reveal the the secret location of the Nokia N97 where the finalists must immediately proceed to on that day within a specified time. It’ll be an exciting race to the finish because only the FIRST 6 to arrive will receive the Nokia N97.

Will you dare to Search for N?

Clue 3: 30th May 2009

Without these six you couldn’t read this question. (Hint: The bold letters give you your answer!)

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Missed the second clue? Click here

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Categories: Devices

As N97 launch draws nearer, the N86 8mp is actually not too far away from entering the market. It is Nokia’s first device featuring an 8-megapixel camera, 28mm wide angle, mechanical shutter and variable aperture.

DailyMobile has already tested the device and posted up some photos take by the N86 camera. Click on the images to view the original size image.

What do you think of the photos taken using the N86 8mp?

More photos at DailyMobile

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Categories: Contest, Promotions, search for n

Nokia’s upcoming flagship device, the N97 is going to be launched soon… and something interesting is going to happen here on SymbianpOp in a few days time. Here’s a teaser for you.

Be sure to check out often for more details here. Some of you might just get lucky :D

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Categories: Uncategorized

I was just looking for N86 videos on youtube and I found this.

Recorded same time as the leaked photos from previous post at Nokia Showcase 2009.

What do you think?

UPDATE!!! Nokia Conversations posted a video of the N86 hands on too!

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Categories: Devices, News

Did Nokia purposely leak this or accidentally?

Found in the Mobile World Congress presskit is a backgrounder on Nokia’s alliance with Carl Zeiss, the optics maker for all the Nseries cameras. A very clear image of the Nokia N86 is found in this PDF File, the successor of the N85, now comes with 8mpx camera! (from SymbianGuru)

Apparently, the N86 has been exhibited in Singapore recently and the photos have been posted in OVI.

Thanks user ‘Gamerz‘ for posting them.

Dissappointingly, Nokia did not include Xenon flash into this 8mpx device.. instead it receives the camera stand from N96… I wonder why Nokia thinks that the stand is more important than the Xenon flash.. hmm.

UPDATE! Nseries Innovation Newsdesk has posted a teaser with a low light photo believed to be taken using the Nokia N86, 8megapixel camera.

Are you excited?

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Categories: Apps

I’ve been trying out Buddycloud for a few days now and I think it is a very very good app.

It allows you to update your friends on what you are currently doing (kinda like Twitter) but better!

Buddycloud adds context to the places you visit in the real world and makes it fun and easy to share these on sites like Twitter and Facebook. You can bookmark and tag locations that mean something to you. For eample: Home, The Pub, Joe’s House and Favourite Coffee Shop.

It tell’s your friends where you went, where you are now, and where you are going next! (That’s of course if you allow your location to be updated in your status.)

As you move around, Buddycloud automatically places you back at previously saved bookmarks, and updates your Buddycloud friends, Facebook and Twitter. It also shows you other people and places nearby. Short status messages can also be pushed into twitter.

Buddycloud is also about knowing where you were in the past and future. A simple future location can also be set. A simple example:

  • Status message: Wow, that was a long week. Anyone up for a pint? (also pushed to Twitter and Facebook)
  • Previous place: Work
  • Current place: On the road in Southwark
  • Next place: The Anchor Pub

One thing I really like about this application is that it constantly updates the list of people nearest to me so I can make friends with other Buddycloud users in the same city, town, state and even country! (See how it tells me the distance between me and another user in Muar, Malaysia.)

Buddycloud is slightly different to other friend-finder type services. It uses multiple location sources. Cell Towers, WiFi, GPS and bluethooth can be used in combination. This means that it works well indoors where GPS based solutions fail. It also incorporates group chats so that you can chat with other people in the area.

I clicked on the 4th tab and I see lists of groups that I can join in the conversation… with this feature, I can chat with anyone anytime anywhere! (make sure you have unlimited data plan so you wont get charged a bomb by your telco)

Here’s a screenshot of one ofthe groups I was chatting in.

Buddycloud is not only for Nokia 5800, it is also supported by all Nokia Nseries and other Symbian phones like N96, N73, N95, 6210, and even Samsung Innov8!

Get Buddycloud now!… don’t forget to add me! My ID is “smashpOp”… or if you are in Malaysia, just click on the “friends nearby” tab and you will see my name there.

Go download it now!

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Categories: Touchscreen, Videos

Yes, the N97 designer is back again to talk about the design and the innovations of the upcoming Nokia Nseries flagship phone.

“It’s not about Connecting People anymore… it’s about People Connected”, says Axel.

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Categories: Videos

Here’s a video of Axel Meyer, Head of Design at Nokia Nseries answering some questions on the N97 submitted by bloggers.

The Q&A seems a bit shallow to me but nonetheless, it’s still nice to know that we get to ask some questions on the upcoming Nseries flagship phone and feel the hype a little before it’s finally launched.

He answered some questions on the keyboard design and achievement. Watch the video and hear him in detailed.

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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: Devices, Touchscreen, Videos

Here are 2 videos of the N97.

Video 1: Official Demo Video

Video 2: The great Fondle Video

Nokia N97 Photos

Nokia Announcement and Specs

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Categories: Touchscreen, Uncategorized

Hot out from the Oven!

Photos of the 2009 Nseries Flagship Touchscreen, N97.

Nokia N97 Announcement and Specs

Nokia N97 Videos

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Categories: News, Touchscreen

At the Nokia World event in Barcelona, Spain, Nokia today unveiled the Nokia N97. Designed for the needs of Internet-savvy consumers, the Nokia N97 combines a large 3.5″ touch display with a full QWERTY keyboard, providing an “always open” window to favorite social networking sites and Internet destinations.

Nokia’s flagship Nseries device introduces leading technology – including multiple sensors, memory, processing power and connection speeds – for people to create a personal Internet and share their “social location”. The Nokia N97 introduces the concept of “social location”. With integrated A-GPS sensors and an electronic compass, it intuitively understands where it is.

The N97 makes it easy to update social networks automatically with real-time information, giving approved friends the ability to update their “status” and share their “social location” as well as related pictures or videos. The home screen of the Nokia N97 mobile computer features the people, content and media that matter the most. Friends, social networks and news are available by simply touching the home screen. The 16:9 widescreen display (640×360 pixels) can be fully personalized with frequently updated widgets of favorite web services and social networking sites. The N97 is also perfectly suited for browsing the web, streaming Flash videos or playing games. Both the physical QWERTY and virtual touch input ensure efficiency in blogging, chatting, posting, sending texts or emailing.

The N97 supports up to 48 GB of storage, including 32 GB of on-board memory, expandable with a 16 GB microSD card for music, media and more. This is complemented by excellent music capabilities, full support for the Nokia Music Store and continuous playback time of up to 1.5 days. The N97 also has a 5-Megapixel camera with high-quality Carl Zeiss Tessar optics, 16:9 and DVD quality video capture, and support for services like Share on Ovi for immediate sharing over HSDPA and WLAN. Based on the S60 5th Edition platform, the N97 measures 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9 mm and weighs 150 g. Available ports include TV Out via standard 3.5 mm audio jack.

The phone provides access to world-class game titles with its N-Gage support. The BL-4C (1500 mAh) battery provides about 400 hours of standby time, 320-400 (3G/GSM) hours of talk time, 4.5 hours of video playback and over 37 hours of audio playback. The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.

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Nokia N97 Photos

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Categories: Events, News

Got an email from WOMWORLD just now alerting me about Nokia World 2008 Q&A session and I then found out about something more interesting!

A page counting down to Nseries 2009 line up highlighting “Desktop, Laptop, POCKET

Check the page out here

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Categories: Events

The event was held last night at Damansara around 730pm. The purpose of the Ovi Insider Night was to expose and inform bloggers and media on Nokia’s development in Ovi, a fleet of services to ease our lives.

I arrived 15 minutes earlier and got the chance to talk to Vlasta Berka, General Manager Nokia Malaysia about current Nseries issues and Ovi of course.

He gave a short speech welcoming the guests and invited Mr. Nelson Wee, Head of Portfolio Management & Ovi, from Singapore to introduce us to OVI and its offerings.

We were introduced to services like Share on Ovi, Files on Ovi and Ovi Sync. I will blog about these services in my upcoming posts.

This is Mr. Stanley Gan, Software and Services Manager Nokia Malaysia, demonstrating to us how to sync our contacts, calendar, notes, email and multimedia contents between our phones and the Ovi.com website.

The services offered were very impressive and got us talking and discussing about it the whole night. We got the hands on experience on the services too.

Here’s an intro video to OVI. Check it out.

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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: 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: 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, 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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