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?
  5. ?
  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

Mateus
January 19, 2010

Weel, I grew with Nokia interface… In my country, Nokia always had and have great reputation for good calling quality, OS stability and awesome batteries. The logo connecting people is perfect.

The_New_Dude
January 19, 2010

This is going to be interesting!

For some reason I could never get myself to really use Nokias to there Fullest. I have a

The_New_Dude
January 19, 2010

This is going to be interesting!

For some reason I could never get myself to really use Nokias to there Fullest. I have a friend who has a Nokia and lives by it. I’d like to see your take on it Kevin!

interfasys
January 19, 2010

Disclaimer, I use both a BB 9700 and a N900 1. The N900 truly is like having a tiny computer with you. Everything the Blackberry doesn’t do very well (multiple calendars, high speed browsing on any website, etc.), the N900 does. The camera on it is great compared to many of the smartphones released by competitors. 2. I use it as a second phone. My BB is the main one and this one is for when I need to do a bit more than check my emails, tweet or check when’s the next meeting. The N900 is for everything else. Movies, Internet, Project Management, etc. It gives me the big picture. It’s not ready yet to manage all my communications need efficiently, but the Maemo 5 ecosystem is evolving very fast, unlike the Blackberry platform. 3. It’s bad…check the stores and the repositories. There isn’t much there, but it’s getting better quite quickly. The favorite one has to be the browser :D . 4. They’re going to release a touchscreen only version and it will be interesting to see it go head to head with the new iPhone, The Nexus One, the Pré and the Storm 2 or 3, but what I’m really looking for is a Pré form factor with Maemo on it. The N900 is too much of a brick, doesn’t have a good enough battery life and the keyboard can’t compare to what you find on a Blackberry, especially since it’s a landscape mode one. 5. They will like: The ability to do lots at the same time, the speed of the web browser, the high resolution screen that makes web apps actually usable without having to install an app that includes only a subset of what’s available online. They won’t like: The keyboard, the messaging application, the lack of applications and maybe the lack of security features like you can find on a BB.

MBen69
January 19, 2010

There is lot of users and developers behind the Symbian platform, this make a Nokia device very flexible and often it’s bring advance features that are not available from other brand, i.e. there is not only 1 kind of calendar function on a Symbian device, you find what you need as a calendar and you install it, you are not stuck to the limitation of the device maker.

For me, a Nokia device is like a free world, most every other day, you can find apps or tools that make your device even better, it is more than just a phone. Your Nokia phone is build on your personnal needs compared to the other where you adjust your needs to the limitation of the device.

Greg Weber
January 19, 2010
  1. I don’t have a Nokia. They are set apart by having a device for every market. They have inexpensive phones, great business phones, multimedia phones, camera phones, touch phones, qwerty phones, you name it they have it.
  2. Again I don’t have a Nokia smartphone. I use my smartphone as a organizer and reference tool. I would use a Nokia the same way. I take pictures, videos, voice notes, calendar, reference and do project management. Anyone is a good fit for a Nokia, a person that needs a smartphone is a good fit for a smartphone.
    1. Apps are a very personal thing. You need to search for yourself to see if the apps you need are available on the platform like all platforms. I don’t know what apps you need. In general there are a lot of apps but few local apps for North America.
    2. I would like to see a Nokia that does everything they can do. They seem to skip over things for each series. The E-series are great someways but are far outclassed by the N-series like video recording. The N-series are super powerful miss out on some basic things like using the phone with one hand. The keyboard doesn’t really work with one hand.
    3. A blackberry user would love the great cameras on some Nokias. They would love the Web browsers available on some. They might hate the keyboard or miss out on some apps they are used to.

If a Blackberry user got a E-72 they may feel right at home. But what is the point of switching? They blackberry user would have to find new applications to replace there old ones. They would have a terrific phone that fixes the old problems of the e71. some of those problems of which a blackberry never had like the old 2.5 jack on the e71. Oh and they still gave the e72 a crappy video camera and small screen like a blackberry. It seems that they are not pushing far enough to win over blackberry users. I really think they should have used a form factor like the palm pre (portrait slider) and threw in the missing pieces like a good camera from the n-series, big screen (4 inches), and easy one handed use. I wouldn’t even mind seeing there new mameo or whatever it’s called OS.

Jullian
January 19, 2010

Dear Crackberry Kevin,

FOREWORD: Nokia 3210 was my first mobile phone and I grew alongside noticing how Nokia has put their efforts to keep their products standing on the front line. I used to love how 3210 allow you to create your own monophonic ringtone and send it to your friends thru SMS! I witnessed Nokia’s first phone to accommodate 1000 contacts and is WAP enabled. I witnessed Nokia to release their 8xxx models in their beautiful, glory days without much technology embedded in them. Their first camera-phone, color LCD, 3 MB shared user memory, gigantic sliding phone with early S60 OS, the Nokia 7650. This phone have allowed me to install many many applications (but I cursed on its 3 MB memory and no memory card support at that time!). Developed on Java environment lets Nokia with S60 OS enjoy loads of useful application. The last Nokia I own is Nokia N95. N95 might be the first smartest phone at the era when it was launched. It is still smart despite of its tiny RAM. Applications keep closing by itself caused by nothing but N95′s tiny RAM. Other than that, I love how I can enjoy games on N-Gage with its TV output support – This is AMAZING. Loud and high quality stereo speakers. S60 OS allows you to have a library of useful applications and also beautiful themes. 5MP camera, etc..

BLACKBERRY IN INDONESIA: It all changed when in the country where I reside (I live in Jakarta, Indonesia) offer a very low-rate BIS -first in the world- at an affordable US$0.5 (US$15 a month) a day for an unlimited access thru BlackBerry APN. Chats, emails, everything but media streaming. It was a sudden trend in Jakarta, Indonesia. It is worsened by the fact that BlackBerry devices are gifted with an easy to use Facebook application. Even kids on their early teenage life (or even as young as 9 y.o.) are often spotted using a BlackBerry, mainly for Facebook and the “teenage online chat” habit! Many, many people from all classes and ages are now enjoying internet on their finger tips in Indonesia. Thanks to BlackBerry!

Curve 8310 was my first BlackBerry and I simply fell in love with it. Storm 9500 was my second BlackBerry. It was quite an “experience”. Both positive and negative. Recently I’ve bought myself a Bold 9700 as a Christmas present and it is far the best BlackBerry to date, according to my opinion.

ANSWERING CRACKBERRY KEVIN QUESTIONS: So how do you do, Kevin. I’ve been following Crackberry ever since I got my first BlackBerry. So here I tried to answer your questions. I was a Nokia user before I eventually moved my heart to BlackBerry.

  1. Why do you love your Nokia device? A: Especially on N-Series, its multimedia capabilities. Loud and high quality stereo speakers, high quality earphones..

  2. What sets it apart from the competition? A: Ease of use, a complete package including TV out cable, nice design.

  3. 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? A: I no longer use my Nokia phones. It was my primary phone and I managed to utilize all features to its maximum line at that time. To my opinion, elders will love Nokia for its ease of use and friendly interface. BlackBerry phones with its technical maintenance such as the needs to reset or do the battery pull, clearing the log, small gprs, BIG GPRS, Host Routing Table and other will definitely bewilder the elders.

  4. What’s the app situation like? Any favorites? A: The applications on Nokia phones are now playing a big part. With Maemo based devices and OVI store on hands, users can now enjoy millions of application thru online store. My favorite app was IRremote. It turned my Nokia phones into a TV remote, air con remote, etc..

  5. What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently? A: Better battery life. More “push data” support.

  6. What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like? A: The ease of use of Nokia phones will definitely grab an attention, but the fact that BlackBerry is about receiving emails and data as instant as an SMS will eventually win the customer’s heart. The world is now spinning around the Internet, right? wink

Hope that helps you for a better understanding of Nokia phones. Frankly speaking, N97 mini and N900 did catch my attention, but I guess I’ll just stick with my BlackBerry. 50 cents a day for an unlimited access couldn’t go wrong! I love my BBM!

Good day Kevin and for all readers.

Greetings, Jullian

catkeepr
January 19, 2010

Been using a Nokia E71x for about eight months now. Comming to the platform from years of using Windows Mobile Devices. Guess I just got tired of the constant tweaking to get WinMo to work just right and wanted something that “just works”.

Don’t think I would use the L word to describe my relationship with the E71x but it does work very well and feels very solid and good in the hand. The keyboard is a must for me. Tried touch screen devices and I just don’t like them. Find touchscreen to be very frustrating to use.

I use the device for personal use mostly and am primarily a data user. I also use it to download and listen to podcasts and some music. Streaming occasionally as well. I use Audible player to download and listen to audiobooks on my commute. I would say that anyone who wants to do more than just make phone calls and have a solid smartphone that just works would be a good candidate for this device.

I have had very little trouble finding good apps to do the tasks I need. I use roadsych for exchange, Nokia email for my gmail and yahoo accounts. Rescoe news is my app for downloading and listening to podcasts, Skyfire for serious browsing, LCG Jukebox for music playback and streaming internet radio, handy shell and handy weather for shell replacement and weather reporting and gReader for Google reader sych.

My very favorite app so far is Gravity. It is an excellent twitter app and with the latest version, incorporates Google reader synchronization as well. I like the way it allows posting of an interesting story from Google reader to twitter and add comments.

The one issue that really bugs me, though, is not being able to specify other apps as the default app as I can with windows mobile.

I do miss Windows Mobile and occasionally will go back to one of my Windows Mobile devices for a while, but after a couple days, I always go back to the E71x. It just feels good. I have also found that I can leave the phone powered up almost indefinitely without the need to reboot. With Windows Mobile, I would end up rebooting at least once, maybe twice a week.

It may not be the most up to date eye candy toting platform, but it just works and works very well. Actually, in that respect, I think S60 and the blackberry may have something in common.

As soon as prices come down a little more, I am seriously considering moving to the E72. Unlocked this time.

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matyou98
January 19, 2010

I haven’t used a Nokia smartphone (using a blackberry) but they definitely look interesting in your video. Hoping I can win and really try one out.

Brian
January 19, 2010

I’ve used the BB8830 for work for about a year now and have gotten “the addiction”. The push email saves me from logging into my PC every morning until well into the day’s problems. I can manage email and my calendar all on the phone.

Recently I purchased an E71-2 for my personal phone and want to get away from the BB if I can. Problem is my company only supports BES, not Lotus Notes Traveler. SO I have to keep both phones to keep abreast of things at work.

I like the Nokia so far because it (S60) is a mature platform and very well thought out. Multiple home screens is nice. Longstanding community support is nice. Its sleek and doesn’t come with the stigma of “Blackberry”. The BB works great, don’t get me wrong, but its a bit clunky. It seems larger, larger keys, all tied to the BB way of doing things. The E71 seems more open and well thought out generally – not trying to make up its own way.

Enjoy both! Your experience and review should be very helpful.

josh
January 19, 2010

I love my blackberry tour but seeing the video of the matchup over on crackberry made me really appreciate the Nokia. I used their phones for years and think it might be time to try them again!!

Fobok
January 19, 2010

I really wish I could say more, but as of yet I still don’t have any smartphone, let alone specifically a Nokia phone. The N900 looks fantastic, though, for the browsing and multimedia capabilities.

I’m starting to think I might want a Blackberry though. In just the last few days I’ve gone from an average consumer to someone looking to start a business, and the Blackberry phones seem to be a lot better for communication. If I can use the keyboards.

aamir
January 19, 2010

hi kevin, I love my Nokia because of its amazing battery life and rock solid stability of the symbian os.. What sets it apart from other cell phones is that nokia makes phones that let you do what you want, not what other cell phone companies want you to do… I use my phone as my communication tool, my internet device on the go (typing this on the phone right now :D ), my music player and my gps device with garmin maps… I see a blackberry type user using nokia too.. above average user… If a blackberry user came to nokia, he can expect a better, if not the same quality, and a more customizable eco-system.. My favorite apps are joikuspot, garmin, nokia sports tracker, irremote, handy profiles and opera mobile… there are many other great apps out there but they are not necessarily sold on the app store yet… nokia has to make its app store terms more favorable for the developers so we can get more good quality apps. For the next wave of smartphones, i want nokia to refine the user interface more to make it easier for a new person.. I have used s60 too long so I know it inside and out but i can totally understand how somebody else can find s60 frustrating to dig through the menus… Maemo is a good start, but its too early to bet on it yet…

OCD SS
January 20, 2010

As a BlackBerry user, I’m wondering how Nokia users feel about their OS. How do they think it compares to the BB OS, and should BB be looking to Symbian for a way to update the BB experience?

fauzicorner
January 20, 2010

Currently i am using nokia e71 and 5800 xpress music. These are my views: 1. Why do i love nokia? It’s pretty large nokia users in my country, so for me as phone freak switching to new phone still my old nokia has good value. Also large nokia users make very easy to find accesories i need. Nokia provides choices for various users from business usage to multimedia, though today the concept becomes narrow. You can find good enough multimedia capabilty on latest e series phones. 2. I use my nokias as all in one phone. 5800 for listening music, watching videos, camera, emailing and browsing. E71 for emailing, organizer, camera, listening podcast and browsing. Of course those usages are beside main telephony function. All kind of users are fit to use nokia as it offers various choicedls. 3. With nokia ovi store and lots of applications on nets, users are given access to install 3rd party applications. My favorite ones: nimbuzz, gravity, opera mobile 4. I wish to see UI more animated, sustain build quality e series devices meanwhile make it very good multimedia capability 5. Blackberry users can adapt to nokia devices

gravitas
January 20, 2010

1.Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition?

A. I have a 5800 Xpress music – my first ever nokia (previously used sony ericsson, siemens or anything other than nokia, just because everyone else had nokia).

I liked the idea of an Iphone, but didn’t want an Iphone. the 5800 is nice and light, slim and does everything I want. easy to use for calls, web, tunes and video, apps are ok. rock solid, had mine since April 2009 and never had a problem with it. I stuck in a 16Gb memory card at christmas and sorting my apps out was a doddle.

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 use it purely for personal use, wifi is great hooks up to my home wireless when I walk in the door, I have the Nokia Messaging app (the one with the @ symbol as it’s icon) locked to only use my home wifi (not on an unlimited data tariff) and use my phone to view all my emails from my gmail account rather than power up my PC.

I have lots of MP3s on it to play whilst driving, I also have videos on it which play great, good sound quality and stutter free playback (avi format).

I also use BBC Iplayer on it to catch up on Radio and TV shows

3.What’s the app situation like? Any favorites? Ovi store at the moment is not great (lets see what the announcement is tomorrow), easier to use on a PC than using the Ovi app on the phone. A lot of crappy apps in the store, but some really good ones too. Current favourites are Gravity (used the free 10 day trial from the Ovi store, but then bought direct on the web from publisher for £5 whereas full app was £8 on the Ovi store), Opera mini (loads better than the built in browser, I just wish I could get opera mini to load as default), Sports Tracker (should be renamed GPS tracker, more people would buy it – great for tracking my runs) and Nokia Photo Browser (again much better than the built in picture viewer, and again I’d love to be able to replace the built in one with this by default).

4.What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently? I’d love to see a better music player app, take what they’ve done with Nokia Photo Browser and apply that to the music player and it would be much better.

I’d like to be able to put more shortcuts on the screen (or at least re-configure the media quick launch button top right.

5.What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like? Never used a Blackberry, so can’t comment

Ali K.
January 20, 2010

I love my nokia devices due to the huge developer base, there are tons of free apps available to make your nokia totally customized. Recently i just got a winmo device and must say that despite people saying that symbian is old and dated it is still alot more pleasing than windows mobile.

I use my nokia as an mp3 player, as a reference guide, as a shopping helper to look up customer reviews on things i want to purchase, I can take pictures and instantly email them to friends and family, etc. oh and I can call the wifey occasionally.

Even though i use it primarily for personal use anyone can use nokias even buisness users with the inclusion of office suite on many e-series devices.

The apps are many for the phone but unlike the iphone, they are not all consolidated into a single app store, ovi store needs much improvements before it will be at the standard set by apple.

Blackberry users would like the great build quality on nokias, and the cutting edge advances used in the devices.

Mateus
January 20, 2010

Answering the question 4… I hope Nokia adopt Maemo as a default OS for their touchscreen smartphones. I really enjoy S60 in Eseries, but it do bad in N97 and touchscreen XpressMusic serie. Of course I hope Maemo become a popular OS, with lot of apps, not just a geek tool.

Mina
January 20, 2010

I love Nokia. The limited availability and price tag on an non-contract Nokia N97 at the time I needed a new phone is the only reason I bought a Bold. And, to be clear, I really love my Bold, but I’m still a fan of Nokia devices.

  1. Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition? My old phone would be four years old by this point, but when I used it, it just worked. It was durable. It was dropped in the water and survived, it has survived being clumsily flung across the room several times (accidently), and it traveled with me wherever I went for more than a year. The battery life was great, the calendar functions worked well for me as a student, it did it’s job admirably.
  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 used it for texting, email, MMS, organization and of course, calling–a multimedia tool for personal use. Both business and personal users can benefit from a Nokia.
  3. What’s the app situation like? Any favorites? Currently? my last experience with a nokia was an older smartphone but I really enjoyed that there were apps and games well established for my older OS and that I still had a decent selection. I don’t know much about it past that.
  4. What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently? Keep pushing into the US Market. Give Apple a run for it’s money by perhaps working with more companies to put out apps that correspond with their websites (mint.com is one example)(one thing I notice is that iphone Apps get pumped out in no time and then blackberry, palm and windows apps are slow to follow).
  5. What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like? Form and function. Nokias are powerful phones, they have many standard features that are done well and right the first time. My little .3 megapixel camera caught better light than most phones now. The battery life is superb on Nokia phones. Call and reception quality is high. I know ovi has a large app library, and there’s also a large network for ovi users well established that US users can plug into with ease.
Case Aiken
January 20, 2010

With the hands on time I’ve had with the n97, I have to say that the keyboard is really nice. I just wish I could get that form factor with maemo running on it.

jankyhanky
January 20, 2010
  1. Hardware is phenomenal and looks great. E71 and E72.

  2. Personal use.

  3. Apps are okay. I wouldn’t say it is amazing. Ovi store feels pretty lacking.

  4. Operation of the two are very similar except navigation menus feel a bit more WinMo-esque.

stephen
January 20, 2010

Dear Kevin,

  1. Why do you love your Nokia device? What sets it apart from the competition?

I have had a nokia for at least 10 years I honestly can’t remember the first one I got, but I do remember my first S60 device which was the Nokia 6682 NAM. I was floored by the functionality and ability to run multiple apps, but I enjoyed that I could add MicroSD to it and transfer my MP3′s, I felt they were ahead of the game on that at the time circa 2005ish. I think what sets them apart is that they are like iphones apps are to the phone industry…essentially there is a phone for that, want a simple phone with FM radio and calendar, there’s a phone for that, want a gamer device, etc…you get my point, they don’t just go to one market but instead hit them all and with great devices.

  1. 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 have the E63 much like the E71, but I didn’t need the GPS, but better camera would’ve been nice. I am a grad student and a social movement activist, so texting, listening to podcasts, music, writing emails and editorials or paper ideas (while on the bus to campus). Honestly it fits all my needs at the moment, I think the only reason I’d upgrade would be for a bigger keyboard, but even then the E63 keyboard is awesome and I’d really only upgrade to the N900 or something akin to it (whatever they come out with later this year, maybe).

  1. What’s the app situation like? Any favorites? Gravity by far best apps, but also mobbler too.

  2. What would you like to see Nokia do next or do differently?

I’d like to see symbian os get up to the skype, gtalk and voip integration in the address book and bring more Feature Pack 2 features, though I am not sure what to expect in non-touch devices and how the new OS will work, so that’ll be interesting too. I’d really like them to dedicate themselves to Tmobile as they don’t care about what’s on the device. I like AT&T but their bloat ware pisses me off and I don’t see Nokia winning that battle as of now.

  1. ? What do you think a BlackBerry user would love about Nokia phones? Anything they might not like?

I think they’d love the E63, E71 and now E72 cause of the form factor, other than that it’s hard to say. different culture per se

Aamir
January 21, 2010

@stephen: I completely agree with you, there is a phone by Nokia for your every single need. Nokia was the first phone company to realize that phones were not communication tools, they were a part of our daily lives. They launched a number of phones every year and people bought them, changing phones every year or sooner. One thing I want to say that for people like us who have a ‘need for technology’, new devices are like a quest. I believe Matt would agree…

Daniel
January 21, 2010
  1. I like my nokia device to do multitasking nicely, and have its functionality boos by the most impressive apps, it also has a very decent batteries against a fairly high usage, why I think you may like is that all messaging capabilities are not tied up to a platform, but to the network connectivity, so you can choose whatever IM, email, social network clients you want, and the way they work by its functionality.
  2. I actually use it heavily for both, business and multimedia, it’s a great communication tool (IM, email, chat, social networks) and it handles really well media (music, movies, pictures).
  3. Aha, apps, well… this a small list of the ones I really, really like and, to be honest, hold me from moving away from my nokia device:
  • Gravity (Twitter, Google Reader, Facebook) honestly the BEST!
  • Nimbuzz IM client (VoIP, IM chat)
  • RoadSync (full mail for exchange funtionality)
  • Nokia Email (cool… )
  • QuickOffice (nothing else to add here :) )
  • LCG Jukebox (BEST music player, internet radio, etc)
  • Resco Photo Viewer (gallery replacement, great)
  • OVI maps…
  • Epocware Handy Toolpack (shell, Taskman, Weather, profiles, Safe, clock, alarm, calendar, keylock, converter)
  • S60Bible (great Bible app)
  • TotalRecall (call recording without beeps and notice :) )
  • Shazam (find that tune you like nice…)
  • Advance Blocker (blocks unwanted calls/sms/mms from my phone)
  • FlyingMoney (finance tracker made easy)
  • ThreadSMS (just what its name says)
  • lots of games…. specially, SPB Brain Evolution, etc, etc, etc.
  1. Different, to be honest, include some of the apps mentioned above for free on their phones, regular user don’t know them and some are pricy, specially RoadSync, if you claim a phone to be a business phone, it needs full mail for exchange. I would also change their default music player, is too slow, and finally, a bit more RAM won’t hurt.

  2. The likes, full freedom away from blackberry, no extra costs apart from the dataplan, no message… “send with blackberry” needed, really greap apps to addon your phone, media rocks, No likes, I would resume this in 2 thing, 1 nav pad is really great on BlackBerry devices and keyboard terminals have a slight better confort, and 2. Corporate email (mail for exchange) sucks if you don’t get RoadSync.

And just as a final note, seems small, but it really isn’t, Nokia just release turn by turn navigation FREE on the globe, so… that’s something to think about. Hope you enjoy the time you had with the Nokia devices.

stephen
January 21, 2010

@Aamir the more I think about the more I think Nokia really should capitalize on “there’s a phone for that” it’d be perfect hit against Apple and even Verizon’s stupid there’s a map for that…they could easily make so many of their devices readily available on Tmobile too.

Adrian Sullivan
January 21, 2010

I miss having a Nokia. I love my storm 2, but it would be really nice to use the N900 as it’s just a reminder that Nokia can always pull out a beast of a phone. Especially with Ovi maps and the turn by turn directions. RIM is behind again in offering that. It’ll be interesting to see where Nokia goes from here, and what RIM’s next evolution will be (and when it will be).

jankyhanky
January 21, 2010

I would like to see Nokia get its act together on e-mail. RIM still has the advantage over every other phone.

Fobok
January 21, 2010

@stephen I’d rather not see that, really. They should come up with their own marketting plan, that’s getting so cliche now that it’s growing boring.

Mateus
January 21, 2010

Nokia did well releasing free OVI maps… Nice bait!!

aamir
January 21, 2010

free lifetime navigation on nokia.. blackberry will have to really give me a very compelling reason to switch to them now..

Mateus
January 22, 2010

Are you guys curious about the new device nokia will launch in January 26th??

Fobok
January 22, 2010

That new navigation system does seem to be good, though it’s not much use to me. The web and camera capabilities? Those are still the big draw for me.

Fobok
January 23, 2010

Given nobody’s posted since I did yesterday, afraid I don’t have much to say. :( So this is an entry.

cb50
January 23, 2010

I have a nokia e63 and really like it: Pros. Form factor is great. great battery life Cons. the ovi store is not so great and audio quality on my phone is absolutely terrible.

Aamir
January 24, 2010

I actually read some thing about the first launch of Nokia this year and to tell you the truth, it doesn’t look very promising.

cb50
January 24, 2010

contest entry

abezapata
January 24, 2010

I want a Nokia so that I can answer crackberryKevins questions.

Aamir
January 25, 2010

I went from Ohio to Michigan recently and used both ovi maps and Garmin to see if both of them worked as good. Garmin showed me a route of 7 hours when it should have been less than 4, and ovi maps just plain sucked, kept telling me to turn off the freeway. overall, I think garmin did a better job in general in calculating the route but its too slow in recalculating compared to ovi maps and takes a lot longer than ovi to lock on the satellite signal. If Nokia can improve the calculation algorithm, it will seriously kick some ***.

Fobok
January 25, 2010

cb50, do you mean the audio quality during calls, or playing music/videos?

Fobok
January 26, 2010

Ok, not a single post since mine yesterday, so not much to say. :(

aamir
January 26, 2010

for kevin: i think that all these companies jumping into the touchscreen business need to understand that heavy texters or email users would still stick to a hardware keyboard. that was the core competency of blackberry and still is. media creates a lot of hype for every single apple product and blackberry decided to jump ship too to add touch screen phones, you know how successful they are… touchscreen is good for browsing and stuff but when it comes to typing, i think i’ll pass… unless it has a full qwerty keyboard like n900…

Fobok
January 28, 2010

On the other hand, I can’t really stand typing on a Blackberry-style physical qwerty keyboard. The buttons have to be so tiny to fit on a phone. The side-slider phones might be different, I’ve never got a chance to try those. Personally, though, I type smoothly and easily on my iPod Touch’s keyboard.

The Storm, though? The problem there is the type of touchscreen, (and, so I’m told, an OS not designed for one), not that it’s a touchscreen.

Aamir
January 29, 2010

Well, everyone has his own preference, use whatever works best for you. Symbian is also not designed for touch and I bought a Nokia 5800, that I eventually gave to my brother coz of the touchscreen keyboard, and I typed just fine on its screen, but I had to keep my eye on the keyboard all the time… Not fun when you are in class and wanna text :)

aamir
January 30, 2010

just another entry for my beloved n900…

Fobok
February 1, 2010

Well, see, Aamir, that’s the problem. You shouldn’t be texting in class. ;)

Seriously, though, I can definitely see the problem in that. It doesn’t bother me, but I don’t text all that much. Someone dealing with a lot of communication, it would be annoying.

Fobok
February 2, 2010

Nothing new to comment about, so just an entry.

Fobok
February 3, 2010

Is everybody giving up, or is the contest ended?

Fobok
February 4, 2010

And yet another post with little to say.

Fobok
February 5, 2010

And again…

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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