Archive for November, 2009
I never went out into the craziness on Black Friday because my time is more valuable than most of the savings I could have gained standing in long lines and battling for the limited number of available products. I prefer to do all my gift shopping online and to help you through your Cyber Monday shopping we are offering 10% off everything in the store today. Please visit the store and see if there are accessories for your Nokia device that are available.
A few of my favorite accessories are the Nokia car charger, spare 1500 mAh battery for the E71 and Nokia N800, and 16GB microSD card.
Make sure to enter the coupon code shown above in the Cyber Monday image to get 10% off folks.
Welcome to the Best of Smartphone Experts, catch-up edition. We’ve recovered from our tryptophan stupor (yeah, we know it’s a myth) and are back with our favorite stories from the network.
Be sure you pay attention tomorrow morning – it’s Cyber Monday and there’s a 10% off coupon in the offing. Stay Tuned.
The Nokia X6 was announced at Nokia World in early September and I made a post stating that it could be the dark horse of the event and be a standout product. Nokia posted a press release stating that the Nokia X6 is now available in selected markets with a retail price of EUR 450. The X6 is the first capacitive touch screen Nokia smartphone with a focus on their Comes With Music service.
You may recall that the X6 comes with a 3.2 inch capacitive 640×360 pixel resolution display, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 32GB on-board memory, and all the other standard high end specs. I am very interested in seeing how it performs with this display, but honestly the display on the Nokia N97 mini feels just about like a capacitive display and I have NEVER used a stylus on that device so I don’t think it is as big of a deal as many people make it out to be.
The X6 also looks like it could be a decent gaming device with three included games; Spore by EA, Asphalt4 and DJ Mix Tour by Gameloft. I think the X6 looks a lot like my Zune HD and am curious to see how the two stack up together.
I don’t see any US 3G bands in the specifications. With the N900 having T-Mobile 3G bands I am very curious to see if we will see more Nokia devices supporting this frequency and as a long time T-Mobile customer I sure hope we do see this eventually.
I was browsing my RSS feeds on the couch after Thanksgiving dinner and saw that there is finally a Facebook client (Ovi Store link) for the E71/E72 Symbian S60 3rd Edition devices. ZOMG it Cj already posted a walk through the software and as you can see it looks just like the S60 5th Edition version.
There are so many people in my life now using Facebook, including family, friends, my church, soccer team parents, and more, that I find having a Facebook client on my mobile phones an essential application. I have to admit I was quite surprised it has taken this long to get a Facebook client on S60 3rd Edition devices and understand it will be rolling out for devices other than the E71/E72.
Do you use Facebook on your mobile phone?
I am obviously a big fan of Nokia devices or I would not be writing for this site and in the spirit of Thanksgiving I wanted to write about the things that I appreciate about these devices and why I am thankful I have them in my life. I also wanted to say thank you to the awesome people at Nokia that I have worked with over the years, including Molly, Ray, Mark, Charley, and Joe. I am also blessed to call Rafe Blandford, from All About Symbian, my good friend and mentor. I have never met anyone as knowledgeable about the Symbian platform as Rafe and always enjoy hanging out and chatting with him. Dieter Bohn also deserves a big thank you for giving me the opportunity to create and run the Nokia Experts site. I have a passion for Nokia devices and am blessed to be able to share some of that with you all through Nokia Experts.
So, back to the devices and why I am thankful to have them in my life. Here are the Nokia devices I currently have in my bag or drawer:
- Nokia N93
- Nokia N81 8GB
- Nokia N95
- Nokia N96
- Nokia N800
- Nokia N810
- Nokia E71
- Nokia N86 8MP
- Nokia N900
My wife killed off another T-Mobile Dash (she drops her devices in the hustle and bustle of life) and I finally convinced her to try out a Nokia device. I gave her the E71 and so far she LOVES it. She particularly likes that she can go days between charges and told me she didn’t even need a car charger because it holds the charge so well.
Here are 10 things I am thankful for on my Nokia devices:
- I can customize them to my personal preferences.
- I always have a very good camera with me and as a father of three daughters this is important.
- RF reception and phone call quality is the best of any smartphone platform.
- Twitter with Gravity ROCKS!
- The devices are stable and rarely need to be reset.
- The devices are solidly built and can survive drops and minor abuse.
- I can multitask and load up a ton of apps to help me do what I want to do.
- There really are no limits to what I can do with my devices due to their open nature.
- I can enjoy my Zune Pass subscription music and Amazon Videos on selected devices.
- The latest Maemo 5 OS and N900 offer the best web browser of ANY mobile phone.
I know not everything is perfect and some devices have issues (looking at you N97), but this is a time of thankfulness and forgiveness so I won’t focus on the issues in this post.
Think back to just a couple of years ago to get some perspective and you may find you are more thankful than ever for the powerful smartphones we have in our hands. The Nokia logo is about connecting people and I can honestly say that I have been able to connect to more people thanks to Nokia.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving everyone and if you are thankful about your Nokia device feel free to post why in the comments.
While much of my focus here lately has been on the Nokia N900, Nokia continues to release some great devices that appeal to the masses. Today Nokia announced the Nokia 6700 Slide and Nokia 7230. The 7230 is a Series 40 device and the 6700 Slide is a S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2 powered device. Both have a similar slider form factor where the keypad is present below the display. They support 3G outside the US and there is no word on whether or not they will appear here.
Nokia 6700 Slide
The 6700 Slide is the more appealing device for me since it runs the S60 OS and is more high end than the 7230. It will be available in six colors (pink, red, blue, aluminum, lime, and purple) and the casing is aluminum so it has an iPod nano look to it. While it is a mid-tier device it comes with a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and dual LED flash, 2.2 inch QVGA display, microSD card slot, and FM radio. Unfortunately, it has a 2.5mm headset jack so it can’t really be marketed as a music player. It does not have WiFi, but does have Bluetooth and looks to be a solid phone to be sold for around EUR 160.
The Nokia 7230 is a lower end Series 40 device priced at EUR 100. The 7230 has a 3.2 megapixel camera, 2.4 inch display and 3G support (outside the US).
Part of the reason Nokia leads the world by such a significant margin is that they do continue to appeal across the broad spectrum of users across the globe since not everyone wants or needs a full blown smartphone.
One of my favorite VoIP applications for my S60 devices is fring and I was pleased to read today that Skype and fring video calls are now supported on select Symbian S60 devices. fring video is currently supported on the Nokia X6, N97 mini, N97, 5800, N95, N95 8G and N82 devices. I have an N97 mini and will have to load up the latest version of fring and test out this new capability. I do not currently have a S60 device with 3G support, but will try loading up the latest version of fring on the N97 mini to make calls via WiFi or my Verizon MiFi to see how well it works.
fring and Skype are great ways to stay in touch when traveling overseas and it is great to finally see video support coming to smartphone. If you try this out on your device, please post on your experiences here.
I had the Nokia N900 meetup a couple weeks ago and had 6 people show up to play with the device and chat about Nokia products. Since that time a few more review devices showed up and I have LOTS of cool devices in hand. I will be showing them off and giving people a chance to play with them next Tuesday, 24 November, from 7 to 9 pm on the Microsoft campus. I will have the following devices to show off:
- HTC HD2
- Samsung Behold II Google Android device
- T-Mobile BlackBerry Bold 9700
- HTC Hero GSM model
- Nokia N900
- Nokia N97 mini
- FC Sounders custom Zune Original Zune HD.
I also learned that my friend from many years ago, Dale Coffing, will be there show off some things. The CEO of Pharos Science and Applications, James Oyang, will be showing some of the latest Pharos GPS gadgetry. It is going to be a great time with some awesome folks and the latest and greatest devices. Please respond on the Facebook event page so we can estimate how many will be there.
It’s a good day for Nokia N900 fans as we just received word (check out the press release) that the N900 is now shipping to consumers in the US. I can’t wait to start hearing from more of you when you get the device in hand and if you have any questions or need help, then please leave a comment and we’ll try to work together to figure this amazing device out.
“Consumers from every segment of the population are looking for more out of their mobile device – more power, more ability, more connectivity. The Nokia N900 ushers in a new era with a very powerful mobile computer,” said Alessandro Lamanna, Vice President, Retail Sales, Nokia. “With an open source operating system, incorporated technology like an OMAP processor, and real time web widgets, the Nokia N900 delivers the experience of a pocketable computer that has the information you’re looking for right there waiting for you thanks to the ability to be connected just about anywhere.”
Feel free to report when your device ships and from what online vendor. I saw that Amazon still shows the N900 as a pre-order, but their system may not be updated yet.
The statement that Nokia is moving from Symbian to Maemo for high end Nseries devices is no surprise to anyone, especially after we have seen how powerful and capable a device like the Nokia N900 can be. This is the first time we have heard someone official publicly state this and keep in mind this was someone from the Maemo team. I think it makes perfect sense that Symbian lives on in the Eseries and other mid to low end devices while the more capable Maemo is targeted to the high end/geek enthusiast market.
There will still be Symbian-based Nseries devices for the next couple of years and I imagine we will see capacitive touchscreens and more very cool features and functions added to these Symbian Nseries devices in 2010 and 2011. Two years in the mobile space is a long time so we will see how things shake out.