Archive for May 8th, 2010
Starting from the same first paragraph, where I left in last post, what more you wanted from your Smartphone? A wireless phone, a music device, a gaming device or all of these? Is something remained? Do all Smartphone buyers see their phone as fun devices only? Don’t they ask for some more?
Mobile Emails! Many of you like me loved the simplicity of Gmail’s naive Mobile Email client and many other mobile clients like the same, but still felt troubles with handling of HTML, Attachments and data/ battery usages. Sure! they brought convenience but a few limitations too like how much crucial your mails are for you? How many times you check for your mail in an hour? Does it look good when you find yourself checking mails while in some important conversation with some client subordinates? Will a non-HTML mail could serves the purpose for you all the time?
There were different set of challenges while making a business device than normal users. Your customers were bound to be very demanding, very calculating and asking for things that might be little bit hard over current stage of technology.
Push Mail! This was first introduced by Research In Motion (RIM) and even if little slow in start, later caught huge attention from corporate. Push e-mail is used to describe e-mail systems that provide an always-on capability, in which new e-mail is actively transferred (pushed) as it arrives by the mail delivery agent (MDA) (commonly called mail server) to the mail user agent (MUA), also called the e-mail client.
Wiki reference explains more Post Office Protocol (POP3) is an example of a polling email delivery protocol. At login and later at intervals, the mail user agent (client) polls the mail delivery agent (server) to see if there is new mail, and if so downloads it to a mailbox on the user’s computer. However, outgoing mail is generally pushed directly from the sender to the final mail delivery agent. Extending this push to the last delivery step is what distinguishes push e-mail from polling e-mail systems.
The next problems was with rendering of HTML content and handling of attachments for which different vendors kept on coming with different solutions. This time I am here for discussing Nokia Messaging Solutions on Nokia E72.
Nokia E72 Diary – Day 5 – May 07, 2010
Initially started as a trial beta product, Nokia Messaging comes as in-built and ready-to-go on Nokia E72. I already installed and tried the same on My Nokia N82, Nokia 5800 and Nokia N97 Mini earlier, but all of them were for limited period and having only the full fledge product in your hands was the real time to evaluate the features. Getting your mails delivered almost instantly on your handset like some SMS is an awesome experience. Definitely I am loving it and counting it as the top three profits of having a Nokia E72 in your hands.
Not only it allows you to connect a total of 10 Email accounts with Push mail, but also provide compatibility with 99% mail providers around the world with inclusion of Lotus Traveler and Microsoft Exchange support. Not only this, you are provided an effective and intuitive interface to deal with, which works very efficiently in background to deliver the best mobile experience for you. As you will see in next screenshots, you will get an effective rendering of HTML and for people, who don’t get please by even this, there would be a link on the top to open the same mail directly in web browser. Great intuitiveness.
Much has been written about the technology and how it works. I will keep it simple and will present the screenshots only that how it go and how it feels for the people, who still haven’t experienced the glow.
Configuring and customizing Email Accounts in Nokia Messaging
The last few in above are settings for my Gmail Account, while the below screen shots are for office account that doesn’t support IMAP or Active Sync.
Market might be fighting over one click-two click configurations, but its always about making the process of configuring an account as simple as it could be. I don’t think any need left here for messing up with advance settings of configurations except your corporate environment has some specific alteration with settings.
I don’t think anyone should be having any complaint with configuration steps of Nokia Messaging at least.
Intuitive Interface of Nokia Messaging
Rendering of mails in Nokia Messaging
Ok! here comes the mail reading experience. There are little tweaks like direct options for saving any number to contacts or calling the same or even going through any email id and using it for Email/ SMS/ Call or saving to contacts.
Some might still complaint about rendering of HTML as it seems to try for showing HTML links only, not HTML format itself. But as a technical person, I understand that delivering the full HTML experience needs high data usages and Nokia came up with another way out by providing the View HTML message link, which opens the mail in browser as shown in last screenshot. Clever Nokia!!! But still I think some customized and trimmed down technique could be devised to show a minimal HTML experience (if not fonts etc then at least Bold/ Itlic/ Underline etc.)
So, are you still complaining about terrible build of some Blackberry or confusing icons on your mobile home screen, failed trackball of your current QWERTY? You are missing a Nokia E72.