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Fill out the SPB Software survey for a chance to win a smartphone

Fill out the SPB Software survey for a chance to win a smartphoneSpb Software develops some fantastic software for various mobile platforms, including Windows Mobile, Symbian, iOS, Android, BlackBerry, webOS, and Maemo. Every year they conduct a survey of the mobile space and this year they offered to provide us with some feedback on what my readers think about various topics through a dedicated link. Last year, their survey had 11,000 respondents with some interesting results. Please take part in the survey this year by following this survey link.

Some of the issues covered by the survey and questions asked of you will include the following topics:

  • Do the users really care about the underlying mobile OS platform?
  • iPhone vs Android: which one captures the users’ interest?
  • Are the media tablets as popular as they are believed to be?
  • How much are the users ready to pay for the apps they are using?

If you do participate in the survey you will be entered into a contest where one lucky person will win a mobile device of their choice, up to $1,000 in value from a site like Amazon or expanses. A second place winner will receive $100 in accessories from Smartphone Experts’ store. Both first and second place winners will also get a $100 gift certificate for SPB Software apps while a third place winner will also get this $100 certificate. The survey is available from now until 7 December at 8:00 pm GMT. Results of the survey will be posted on 20 December. You can check out the full press release.

Best of Smartphone Experts, 15 August 2010

Get your comments in, Smartphone Round Robin contest ends Thursday

Smartphone Round RobinThis post serves as your final reminder for the the Smartphone Round Robin contest that will end on Thursday. You can enter to win the Nokia device of your choice by posting a comment in the latest Nokia Experts Round Robin thread. Everybody’s been asking so here’s the news: we are announcing the winners on Friday!

For those of you developer types interested in the webOS platform, Dieter also let me know that they are having a contest for those who fill out the Developer Survey mentioned in this post that Interpret put together to try to collect data on mobile app development. Take the survey here and be entered for your chance to win a Palm Pixi or Palm Pixi Plus. Heck, if those phones aren’t your style, you can also opt for up to $550 to purchase the phone of your choice.

Help Dieter with Nokia – SPE Round Robin


Hi folks, it’s Dieter from, here looking for your help for the Smartphone Round Robin. That’s an N97 Mini in my hands right there and over the Round Robin weekend it looked pretty clear to me that S60 has improved a bit since I gave it my first real try with the Nokia E71.

Here’s my question: I still don’t think I ‘get’ S60. What do you think it is that I don’t ‘get’ about S60 that makes me feel like I’m always fumbling around? I guess I’m trying to figure out what the overall “usability metaphors” are for S60 these days.

I’d be willing to make the effort to try to become a ‘power user,’ except now I worry that I’d be doing all that for a platform that Nokia doesn’t really have their heart into anymore. I know Matthew has talked quite a bit about Nokia’s platform strategy going forward, but what do you think of it? Should I forget about learning S60 and jump right into Nokia’s Maemo implementation?

Smartphone Round Robin; TiPB looking at Nokia

I mentioned this on Monday, but wanted to follow up today and let you know that Rene Ritchie is taking a look at the N97 and N900 this week on The iPhone Blog. If you haven’t yet, check out the video of him using these two devices with me trying to assist and take part in the discussion on TiPB. You will see that Rene finds the N900 resistive display to actually be quite good, but still not as light to the touch as his iPhone display. I had a great time showing him the power of the two Nokia devices I had with me and think it opened his eyes to our part of the smartphone world.


You can also find that Rene posted here on Nokia Experts seeking some answers to questions about Nokia so please participate in the discussion. I see there are 32 comments responding to Rene at this time and encourage you all to help him out. Don’t forget that by participating in the discussion you are entering yourself in the Smartphone Round Robin contest.

I am looking at the BlackBerry platform this week and kicked off a forum thread over on where I asked those readers a few questions.

Thanks Nokia, wonderful devices and amazing people make my life better

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.

Thanks Nokia, wonderful devices and amazing people make my life better

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:

  1. I can customize them to my personal preferences.
  2. I always have a very good camera with me and as a father of three daughters this is important.
  3. RF reception and phone call quality is the best of any smartphone platform.
  4. Twitter with Gravity ROCKS!
  5. The devices are stable and rarely need to be reset.
  6. The devices are solidly built and can survive drops and minor abuse.
  7. I can multitask and load up a ton of apps to help me do what I want to do.
  8. There really are no limits to what I can do with my devices due to their open nature.
  9. I can enjoy my Zune Pass subscription music and Amazon Videos on selected devices.
  10. 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.

Join in the Smartphone Experts Roundtable tonight, including Nokia Experts

SPE Roundtable

I am going to be joing in on my second Smartphone Experts podcast tonight where I will have plenty to say about the N97 and other smartphones I have recently purchased and returned.  Come join in and check out — Smartphone Experts Roundtable Live!

Tonight, Wednesday, June 24 at 8pm EDT/5pm PDT, SPE Editor-in-Chief, Dieter Bohn (representing,, and, Kevin Michaluk (fearless leader of, and Matt Miller (editor of will be Rene Ritchie (from to talk Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour, Nokia N97, and the iPhone 3GS/iPhone 3.0.

As always, pre-show will start about 5 minutes before if you want to drop by early and reserve a space in our chat room. See you then!

Join in via

Best of Smartphone Experts, 13 June 2009

Want just the big news in the world of smartphones? Look no further!

Check out this Palm Pre review from our sister site

I enjoy using mobile devices running several operating systems and started out with Palm devices in 1997 so I still have a special place in my heart for Palm. I will not be buying a Palm Pre due to the Sprint only launch, but I can now check out Dieter’s full review on and learn everything I need to about the device. You will find an amazing 12 videos of the Palm Pre and tons of photos and content as well. Dieter really set the bar here and has inspired me to think about something like this here for the Nokia N97 when I can get one in my hands.


I know you came here to read about Nokia/S60 topics, but thought you may enjoy checking out the newest competitor in the smartphone world. Any readers thinkking about the Pre?

Around SPE for 1 March, 2009

In a sense, it was a calm after the Mobile World Congress storm this week, but we got together and recorded a massive hour-and-a-half-long
Smartphone Experts Roundtable Podcast to discuss all the news from Windows Mobile 6.5 to the Ovi app Store to Apple’s “absent presence” at the show.

If you didn’t realize, SPE has four podcasts for your listening pleasure: the Podcast, the Phone Different Podcast (with the occasional iPhone LIVE! show), the PalmCast on both TreoCentral and, and finally the WMExperts Podcast. The bold and daring may even want to try the (still in Beta, since it’s based on the somewhat unreliable Yahoo Pipes feature) Smartphone Experts Combined Podcast Feed, which puts all four podcasts into a single feed — also available in iTunes, if that’s how you roll.

Now for the roundup of the week’s news!

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