Help CrackBerry Kevin Get Schooled in Nokia

Hey Nokia fans! Week 5 of the Smartphone Round Robin has me getting educated about Nokia smartphones, specifically the N900 and N97, and I have a LOT to learn so am looking for your help.

It’s clear to me both of these devices offer a lot of features and functionality, but I need to make sure I’m getting the most out of the Nokia platform. I also want to make sure I fully understand what you guys think a BlackBerry user would gain or lose in giving a device like the N900 or N97 a shot. That said, I’d greatly appreciate it if you can get back to me in the comments here with your thoughts on the following:

  1. Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition?
  2. How do you use your Nokia smartphone? Is it primarily a communication tool? A multimedia tool? Maybe both? Do you use it for business or more for personal use? What type of user is a good ‘fit’ with a Nokia smartphone?
  3. What’s the app situation like? Any favorites?
  4. What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently?
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  6. What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like?

And if there’s anything else you think I should know, tell it to me straight. Thanks y’all!!

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74 Comments to Help CrackBerry Kevin Get Schooled in Nokia

Fobok
February 7, 2010

Yep.

Fobok
February 9, 2010

And yet again… are the contests going to close and winners to be announced soon?

cbalderrama5455
February 9, 2010

I bought the Nokia N97 because to me it is the the best all around phone,not perfect at any one thing, but does just about everything pretty well. With the Symbian OS multi tasking is a breeze and having several N-Series and E-series phones, I know my way around the UI pretty well so I actually prefer Symbian os. I use my phone mostly for communication, like twitter and facebook. I particularly like the Gravity Application because it allows me to update and catch up on both of these social networking sites at one time. It also has a pretty good greader and that saves me a lot of time from going to multiple sites to get all my tech news. Nokia is a great hardware brand and I think if they had a bigger presence in North America they would be a good fit for anyone, but for now, tweekers and geeks like me find them fun and powerful. Whenever I show my phone to anyone they are amazed by the little things that Nokia includes like the FM Transmitter. I think if the UI improves and becomes more iphone-like more people would be attracted to these phones, but as I said before their hardware is simply brilliant.
I have owned a blackberry before and I loved it, it really was a solid phone. Having a comparable email experience with Profimail, I would just show off the wonderful Nokia browser or 5.0 mega pix camera with duel led flash with video and that should change a few crackberry minds.

cb50
February 9, 2010

entering the contest

Omagus
February 9, 2010
  1. Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition?

    • Currently using the N97 and I love its versatility. It may not be as “easy” as some other platforms but there really isn’t anything that it cannot actually do. Plus the hardware is fantastic. Although I don’t test this, I really have little fear of it being damaged if I drop it.
  2. How do you use your Nokia smartphone? Is it primarily a communication tool? A multimedia tool? Maybe both? Do you use it for business or more for personal use? What type of user is a good ‘fit’ with a Nokia smartphone?

    • I definitely use it as both a communications and multimedia tool. Calling and texting obviously are there, but I also use it with my Twitter and Facebook accounts (more on this in a bit). And it’s a pretty darn great multimedia device. 32GB of storage on board is nothing to sneeze out. Combine that with a 5MP Carl Zeiss camera; on short trips I no longer bother taking my iPod or dedicated camera because my N97 is good enough to serve as both.

Using it as a business device is an area where it loses a little bit of luster. Nokia’s email client will serve if you are only interested in getting the text of your email. But if you want to get anything more it’s best to get an app like Profimail. I have a work phone so I don’t bother. I do get my gmail on it but I really only do that because I can. I wouldn’t call the N97 a poor business device…”adequate” is probably a more appropriate description.

  1. What’s the app situation like? Any favorites?

    • There are plenty of apps available for S60 but not a lot of great ones have been modified to work with 5th Edition. However the two best S60 clients (in my opinion) have been: Gravity is a client that allows me to access Twitter and Facebook. It’s also the app that has best demonstrated the usefulness of S60 touch. It’s just phenomenal. I actually think that it’s the best Twitter client available. My other favorite client is Mobbler, which allows me to access my last.fm account. I would take it over Pandora any day of the week. It provides everything that Pandora does while giving me marginally more control.
  2. What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently?

    • Improving the touchscreen capabilities would be pretty good. I’m not a huge advocate of capacitive over resistive, particularly because the N97 might very well have the best resistive screen ever made. But overall, resistive screens do have more restrictions on them so Nokia needs to hope aboard that ship. I would also say make the OS easier for people approaching smartphones for the first time but it looks like Nokia is already taking care of that.
  3. What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like?

    • I wouldn’t advice a BlackBerry user to use the N97. The E-series would probably be more to their liking. Before getting my N97 I was using an E71. When I first got it, my friend who works for Research in Motion messed around with it and was pretty impressed. I figure that’s as good a compliment as possible.
JCB
February 9, 2010

I love my Nokia device because of how easy and user friendly the device(s) are. That alone is a reason of what sets it apart from the competition. I use my device as a communication & multimedia tool and for personal use. It has great reception and clarity as well as a pretty good camera and a great on in the N95(currently using the E71 and comparted to the BB9000, the camera on my E71 is far better than that of the BB9000). I would figure that a geek would be more of a good fit for a Nokia device, however a beginner that doesn’t want to be overwhelmed with a purely oreinted business device (ex. Blackberry) and have a fun device to use with a great feature set will also be good “fit” for a Nokia device. There are a lot of good apps out there for a Nokia device. One that I truly like is Free-iSMS (paid version – $8US @ http://www.gczm.net.cn and use translator to understand), Google Maps, emoze (great push-email app), iON Battery Timer, and a good number of games. Nokia may incorporate some form of chat-style SMS/MMS messaging for their phones (right out of box) that will better the experience for their users. A totally new OS would be a great thing to see as well. A BB user will find that the Nokia phones are easy to use and yet powerful enough for them not to miss their BB’s that much. They might now like the fact that Nokia doesn’t have BB Messenger.

aamir
February 9, 2010

tuesday: nokia is awesome… lol nothing more to say but i want to win that n900…

fz553
February 9, 2010

My 2cents…
1.Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition?
A lot of reasons…simple from the fact that I can have a unique device from the next person who also owns a nokia to the various features like multitasking and now free gps with voice guidance. What really sets Nokia apart from its competition is its variety and range of devices.

2.How do you use your Nokia smartphone? Is it primarily a communication tool? A multimedia tool? Maybe both? Do you use it for business or more for personal use? What type of user is a good ‘fit’ with a Nokia smartphone?
My Nokia smartphone is a N82. In case you didn’t know its one of the best cameraphones out there. I like to take photos(read good photos) where ever I am. My Nokia has never dissapointed me yet. The fact that I can take photos and upload them/send them via email at the same time is a huge thing for me. I use the gps feature a lot too everytime my friends and I go out on roadtrips. Even then, the GPS is always on and the phone plays music through the car stereos at the same time via the auxilary cable. Even though the N-series is mainly for multimedia, I have full MS exchange which syncs my email and calendar as well. Generally an E-series device is associated with business use mainly bcoz of the look and feel of the device. The best type of user for a Nokia smartphone is a user who goes for functionality over form. Agreed Nokia phones UI isn’t the best out there…but when it comes to functionality…it beats the competition hands down.

3.What’s the app situation like? Any favorites?
Not as good as the iphone/Android market but then again most of the useful ones are there. Games..not so much. Also a lot of apps which users install is standard functionality in Nokia smartphones. For eg. My roommate had to install a taskmanager for his Android phone…mine comes with it right out of the box. Also the calendar widget..same thing.

4.What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently?
Improve their form without reducing their functionality. I would like to see a much prettier UI..as per today’s standards.

5.What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like?
Definitely would love the multimedia aspect of Nokia phones. Also the multitasking capabilities. They might miss the keyboards on blackberries…I know they are pretty comfy and easy to get used to. They would also probably miss the BB messaging client which I know is one of the best out there.

Rick
February 9, 2010

I think the n900 maemo system is just if not better than android os. I had a nexus and tried the n900. N900 may not be as aesthetically beautiful but its the swiss army knife of all mobile phones

Ken
February 9, 2010

Maemo looks to me like the future of the smartphone OS. I love the fact that I can treat the N900 (and hopefully many more Maemo devices to follow) as a mini computer, rather than just a phone with email and a web browser.

David
February 9, 2010

What about a Maemo 4g phone? Nokia had a Wimax tablet at one point… Clear is selling 4G netbooks now.

Mike
February 9, 2010
  1. great build quality and unlocked for travel
  2. a bit of both multimedia and communication, it’s also for personal use.
  3. I think the app situation could see improvements and I wish you’d see the same lvl of polish as you do with apps in apple’s app store.
  4. I would like to see Nokia cut back on the amount of phones out there an concentrate on a dozen with true integration of Nokia’s services.
  5. Nokia’s Camera’s and multimedia capabilities are something I think blackberry phones lack and bb users would appreciate having.
Aamir
February 10, 2010

n900 all the way…

Jamal Adam
February 10, 2010

n900 is one of the best phones around.

Eugene
February 10, 2010

After years of waiting, I finally bought my first smartphone- the Nokia N900. It does everything I want it to do. Web browsing is simply amazing. I just finished watching a 2 hour movie on it, even though I have a flat panel TV just five feet away.

Now, I have to admit, the phone features need improvement. Making a call can give your fingers a workout. But the Skype functionality makes it all worthwhile. Now if they would just get the front video camera working!

Fobok
February 10, 2010

There we go, a lot more discussion again!

jnf1985
February 10, 2010

Just another entry into the contest. I really like the n900. It is right now the best cellphone in the market for me. Only thing holding me back from buying it is the price. I am in a tough spot right now and the only way for me to get my hands on this is to win this contest. I am currently majoring in Computer Science and this would help me out tremendously with college and a business idea I am working on. GO NOKIA N900!

cb50
February 10, 2010

making another comment…

Mateus
February 10, 2010

Contest entry…

tom
February 10, 2010

I’ve been a Nokia junkie for years, though I dabble with other phones. At every point Nokia just seems to be easier to use, especially if you have a history with them.

My N95 is about the best phone I’ve had, and the only reason I’ll need to replace it is that Nokia will stop supporting it (more specifically, stop supporting S60v3).

Nokia “gets it” with the Beta Labs program that lets users play, and be involved earlier in the development process than any other vendor.

Aamir
February 11, 2010

contest entry :)

Jon
February 11, 2010

Please, more coverage about Nokia’s other business as well. Not everyone is into touchscreen or Maemo.

Fobok
February 11, 2010

Today’s the day it’s supposed to close, not sure if they already have stopped taking entries or not, but posting one last time just to be sure.

cb50
February 11, 2010

another…. contest…. entry…. maybe I’ll get lucky for once in my life :)


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