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Just a few year back, when we were waiting in front of post offices in late nights to get some cheap rate calls and were envy those rich fellows, who were able to afford even @Rs. 3/- for ‘incoming’ calls. We just wished that when this technology will go cheaper that we will be able to afford that?
It didn’t took longer than one year or two and most of us were with mobile sets in their hands. We were enough enough happy to enjoy the freedom of calling anyone, anytime or being in touch with SMSes. Time passed and criterion of buying a phone started changing, phone was not just for taking calls, but it took place of Camera, watch, pager etc and also it became your most beloved entertainment device.
Not just addiction for legendary ‘Snakes’ game on Nokia, but soon our phones transformed into 24×7 music devices with Built-in FM and memory card support for keeping many songs inside it. Today it became a one stop solution for all your needs starting from calls to social updates, with free Ovi Maps with descriptions about nearest fun places, it now has became even your friend, your guide. Do you think technology will ever stop? Is there anything remains to do more about it?
Let me see ….
Nokia E72 Diary – Day 4 – May 06, 2010
Do music helps you concentrating things you really wanna do? Do you keep your music enough loud to keep the outside voices away? Does it annoy you that even loudest voice can’t keep the outside noise apart sometimes? Do you love being lost for a while hearing music? Do you curse yourself for being in some noisy office or urban flat and think if there was a switch that could have taken you in some other reality? Do you complain that the wired stereo headsets with you are not only a pain in neck, but also not worthy to be companion in some flight?
So, here I am introducing, the next generation of technology, claimed as “The best headset ever made” and “Symphony of Sound and Silence”, Nokia’s premium Bluetooth Headset Nokia BH-905.
Definitely, this was a much bigger box (even bigger than any Smartphone’s box) to be something of a Bluetooth Headset, but I was having a few reviews over the same and was seen it in pictures, so wasn’t to be surprised. But definitely curiosity was on peak about going close to such a device.
Sure as the trial contract reads it 165 Euro, even after knowing about high praises all around about it, the price was much higher to afford for someone just to have some more fun, more of it the size of the device was nothing comparable with my earlier Bluetooth headsets or even my wired one (given below in pics)
So, sure I was to look over it from a biased state. I was to more to dig deeper into it from technology point of view, while from the heart I was in thinking that if the same will suit me or fit me that well? Take a look yourself and tell ….
Definitely it doesn’t look that bad even if I might be looking a bit in unshaved casual looks (at least Paul wont be having a complaint now about my modeling of devices). In fact, for the persons like me, who might be much into mobile devices and gadgets (Smartphones, Laptops), definitely, it seemed a great asset due to the level of comfort it provides to ear.
I must say, for the first time some headset came to fit my head exactly cutting it from outside sounds completely and not hurting a bit even after keeping it on my head for an hour or more. Some hours with it and I was tempting to buy the same if it was anywhere in my range. Sigh!!!
Lots have been said about the specifications and the patented active noise cancellation technology that Nokia BH-905 uses, but still echoing the same here again.
7.08 in x 6.1 in x 2.32 inches
3.5 mm Nokia AV connector
Supporting adapters for:
- 2.5 mm Nokia AV connector
- Standard 3.5 mm jack
- Standard 6.3 mm jack
- Standard airplane jack
Operating range (maximum)
Up to 33 ft (Bluetooth use)
Rechargeable 600 mAh Li-Ion Polymer battery
Operating time (maximum)
Talk (Bluetooth): 24 h (Isn’t it amazing?)
Music (Bluetooth): 25 h
Talk (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 15 h
Music (Bluetooth, with active noise cancellation): 16 h
Music (Wired, with active noise cancellation): 40 h
Hands-free phone calls and music listening (without active noise cancellation) possible even with empty battery (wired connection)
The last feature makes it truly awesome as it means that you may enjoy the headset even when it get discharged like some ordinary wired one (obviously ANC wont be available).
Standby time (maximum)
With Bluetooth: 600 h
Charging time (maximum)
Special praises for wide range of accessories it provides. The awesome battery life, much wider range (33 Ft and I was knowing that Bluetooth could support only 10 Ft), wide compatibility options, royal leather bag to keep it with you and not only this much wire as well coz not every device may have Bluetooth.
Definitely its grand. A royal thing for people as you would never seen so many things in package. Its wired, its wireless, it connects to almost all kind of devices you know, has an awesome talktime, has all controls built-in on body itself making it completely wireless, a royal luxury/ designer case to carry it on and a body made of stainless steal.
As about the price, then it could seem a little bit more, but a little bit only. Considering my earlier three headsets in 2k range and BH-904 offering in 6k INR, definitely its not that far, if you know what Bluetooth headsets costs in real. Current 10k offering (if I believe on mentioned price in Trial) is sure not a bad one, if you consider the technology, versatility and convenience it offers to you for long time.
Before cancellation part, one needs to know that what is noise in scientific terms means how come a digital device may identify that what is voice and what is noise? A must question to raise, because one man’s music might be another man’s noise. Simple explanations says that natural audio or music follows a sinusoidal kind of or rhythmic kind of pattern and so the voice suits to our years. Audio waves without any pattern or rhythm come as disturbance over our ears and we call them noise either it be scratching your nails on Blackboard or hitting some tin drum. By the way, the term to be called precisely for it, is ambient noise and we are talking about cancelling the same.
Noise cancelation has been very new or unknown term now days, even my Sony’s Bluetooth claimed the same. One must read this interesting article to know a little about normal noise cancellation actually work. Then we proceed about the patented technology Nokia uses with BH-905, that is in exact terms is Multi-Microphone-Feed-Forward-Active-Noise-Cancellation.
Whatever the name might be, basically it works by generating an anti-noise signal of same strength but of opposite cycle means like you put two coolers face to face and cover their faces with two big towels and switch both of them on. Opposite forces on two towels cancels the wave motion of towel and collapse kind of. Yuck!!! you must be thinking what a stupid analogy but what to do, I took a layman’s term
So, this goes in this way, there are a total of 10 microphones inside this one device. Yes! you heard it right 10 microphone in one (hope you don’t mind the size now), out of which 8 are for noise cancellation part while rest two do the job of receiving the voice in crystal clear from a louder environment.
Here is the press release, which says the launch price was 285 Euro, while trial agreement from WomWorld/Nokia showing me the price as 165 Euro. Prices seemed to be dropped significantly. For people, interested in more, the technology is from Wolfson Microelectronics, may be you could find some insiders there otherwise you may take a look over Nokia’s standard data sheet only.
Its really hard to cope up writing everyday while you own busy personal and office lives, but here I come again, keeping my promise at least for the first day
May 05, 2010
First starting with the issues related to Connect PC to Web Mode. After a day, now its a little easier to connect, but what I have figured out is this
The cable provided with the set seems to be a little different than usual cables provided with other models. I have at least three cables with me from Nokia N82, Nokia 5800 and Nokia 5310, but I found that it never connected internet with any of them even though it was connecting well in other modes.
Strange!!! not sure, if this is right conclusion, but this is what I found. Particularly annoying due to much small size of cable, I mean what you thought when provided an around 6” cable with it?
I guess as the trend started with NSeries devices, Nokia keeps the data settings burned inside the Smartphone and though that works with most of the connections, probably that didn’t happened with my case. 3G is not wide spread in India till the moment and still its in process of Auction. MTNL/ Providing the same in selected areas and might be the case that Nokia chosen not to burn in the settings before it get full-fledge.
I am not sure about my this observation particularly, as theory says it should pick any web connection from your E72 means Wi-fi, 3G, GPRS whatever. If this is so, then it must be reading from the device itself (same it says). But if it so, then why missing the settings I have made?
Exploring the home screen of Nokia E72
Might be the case that I was not that into home screen customizations with Nokia N82 or Nokia 5800, but home screen of Nokia E72 seems quite fascinating. Well built professional look keeping things low yet effective enough.
You could see, how much informative the little screen is. More of it, things are much customizable for almost everything here, after all its a Nokia.
Right and left Menu could be set for any of the app, so are the apps on the standby screen (first horizontal row). The vertical row get chosen from 15 options and though you are allowed to configured at most 10 email accounts through Nokia Messaging, but on home screen, you could choose any two of them to get displayed (one will be called as primary mail and the other will be called as secondary). By the way, Nokia Messaging works flawlessly and I think only delay between getting your mails might be of 1-2 mins. More of it, the way it renders the mails is also much efficient. You may expect another review of mine around Nokia Messaging soon.
Once you rover over the SMS notification or Missed call notification, its shows you info without even opening SMS inbox or Call logs in form a lightweight pop screen. Same you could choose from setting for any of the mail account or both of the mail account and then when you will point over the account, it will pop up a little note showing sender, subject and time about unread mails only. Definitely, business class.
Though I am not using the same, but there is an option for mode switch (right top of the screen in pics, could be customizable), which may be used to switch from Business mode to personal mode. It means you will have two home screens that could be customizable as per your need, with different preferences and different themes. Sure a good idea for people, who don’t like being boring professionals all the time, probably Nokia E72 is all about such people only.
The third point to notice was Typing on Nokia E72:
We get the numeric keys in the middle in the similar way, we always had in our old Nokia phones except the fact that ‘*’, ‘#’ and ‘0’ keys are on right side this time not at the below of the keypad. Interesting additions are ‘Enter’ and ‘Ctrl’ keys at right bottom. Just above them there is also a backspace key, which works for cancel/ delete key (as were in older Smartphones). Good is to have keys like ‘@’, ‘?’ and ‘!’ directly on single keystrokes as these one go quite of importance while typing business mails, though I missed an ‘_’ key on one or two strokes here, but you cant please all in such a small space. Rest of the symbols are under Symbol key that uses the same pattern of keeping recently used symbols in first line.
There are other functions on long press of keys as well. Though I am not yet aware of them all, but as you could see yourself, long press on Ctrl Key make music muted/ unmuted, long press on Symbol key makes Bluetooth on/ off and for making many people out there smiling, long press on space key makes your Led Flashes on like a white light torch. Don’t know how that would go over the battery, but the light of the torch is this much good that you could use the same for studies for a while.
Really the space provided for Keypad seems to be very very efficiently utilized and remains as an inspiration of design for other companies coming up with their QWERTY models.
Yeah!! as one should expect, if you start type a number directly on blank screen then it takes numbers as input and if you type on some SMS or Mail, then numbers go behind to be secondary keys (activated via function key at the left bottom). Seems a natural thing, but keeping the natural thing working well in design is what make something likeable.
Next lovely things that I experienced first time in Nokia N900 was again back here; predictive typing. Yes! there might be dictionaries in other models as well and predictive typing might be kept on in other Smartphones as well, but these two experiences were only two that felt practical too me. In start, suggestions might be little annoying sometimes, but it learns really fast, like which words you used, what spelling you use, which are the name, everything goes really natural the way Microsoft Office does. Auto Completion of words is something hard to forget or to be without once you get used to of it.
Not to mention like other ESeries models, we have full version of Quickoffice (Editing and creating new documents allowed) here compatible with Office 2007 files and so for Acrobat files as well.
Interesting was to see the informative view of SMS inbox, even better than S40 devices view that I always loved.
So, here I am ending Nokia E72 Diary of today. Still not getting time for the other trial device Nokia BH-905. Very bad of me, I know, but office taking me 8:00 AM-9:00 PM, what more you could expect after 9:00 PM?
14 days, two new devices. You know you gonna miss them badly, when those will leave you. A precious chance, new experiences, tempting innovations and golden moments. You wanna take each of the event to your heart, wanna to know each aspect, wanna to shout about each glitch or awesome features and more importantly wanna to live the legacy. Why to miss any of the day?
Don’t know in the busy life, I will be able to cope up, but starting my ‘Diary with Nokia E72’. Rest 13 days and 13 posts about Nokia E72. Will I be able to do that? Never been even able to write 13 posts on even different topics in 15 days. Let me try this new challenge.
May 04, 2010, Day 2
Are you among people, who think that their laptops with 3-4 GB of RAM shouldn’t be burdened with eye candy of Windows Vista or Windows 7? Who are fine with Windows XP, because it does everything well and providing more resources will make it more responsive, more resourceful and more great.
Are you among people, who think that why so much stress on touch screen devices that drains power like insane, while the same power and cost could have been used to make already well worth Symbian UI more powered?
Are you among people, who still keep a standby age old lightweight phone like Nokia 1100 or Nokia 1400 with you for backup, if you ran out of power anytime?
Here comes the answer for your wishes. The real runner, Nokia E72. Because for many like me, its always about how much you do rather than how styling way you do.
Detailed views will come after a few days of usages, here comes some early impressions ..
The Positives Ones
Amazing and solid build: Remember those days, when you were used to accidental dropping of phone as you were assured that it wont be broken. Nokia N97 Mini and now this. Solid looks are back. Such a lightweight, thin yet completely solid with Stainless teal device really matches with your all in control young business looks rather tying with the bulky competitor. You may check the pics given below where I kept it various brands, soon will post the pics with iPod Touch and Blackberry possibly.
Keypad: I heard about this keypad that many love it. I always thought that how people could be preferring this keypad even over the horizontal ones like N97 or N900. Always was thinking that how numbers were working, were we need to press some shift and then dial numbers?
The keypad is truly awesome. What makes you liking something? You like something that you feel natural means you thought that this key we use often, there should be some direct key for that. Nokia E72 keys work in multifunction way, either it be “@” or “/”, we get all important keys ready for you in single stroke (only for “_”, I was needed to go into symbols). I was also wondering that why no contacts shortcut on the screen and just was going to complaint…. and I got the contacts, calendar, home and message key built it. More you live with it, more you fall for it, the way the space it utilized and still doesn’t feel like cluttering, really makes this like a full time device you wish.
Optical navi wheel was a good edition, but may be like few others, I felt some complaints as well. I means it is perfect for many scenarios, but sometimes it stucks for a user starting with for first time like you stuck from coming on search button from text windows in Ovi Store. The direction keys always should be ready rather than completely rely on Navi wheel. Still think that this is something that will improve later on. But its also lovable for the ease it provides you while navigation web pages. I have kept the vibration on navi wheel on from settings and it feels good.
Strongest on connectivity side: What the best you expect from a phone, strong on connectivity. No matter which area you live, no matter how much less signals you have, all you want crystal clear sound without any breaking and no fear of loosing calls because of being a little less network area.
Nokia E72 really rules in this department. You will say that connectivity is always been strong point of Nokia and all of its sets keep the legacy, so what’s special about it? I will say, you need to use it to believe it. Not a single complaint over connectivity issue. I used Wi-Fi, I used 3G and used usual GSM, no matter how long you use it, no matter how frequently you switch, its away from bad habits like draining battery or heating up of device.
GPS: This has probably became the strongest selling point of Nokia now days. The free voice navigation. I already have said that navigation looks superb, when you use some 3.2” or 3.5” screen (that’s why I am particularly looking for Nokia N8), but the most important factor is how fast it gets the grip.
I have used GPS over Nokia N73, Nokia N82, Nokia N97 Mini and Nokia N900 and undoubtedly its best of all. For me, Nokia N900’s one was no mature, when I reviewed, Nokia N97 Mini was creating much heat and N82/ N73 were a little bit heavier for their corresponding devices. But Nokia E72 gets it just perfect and it has the compass as well. Use Navigation with compass for a while, you will find it like something navigation is out of context without it and above all its free for lifetime. Great package Nokia!!!
Super amazing battery: ‘Amazing’ word has been used to things so often that we need to call the battery something more than that. As I mentioned in un-boxing, this is the battery, one wanted in each phone. As a heavy user, who likes to keep the phone busy, I never expected my phones run more than 6-7 hours. It was always like even if your phone was full charge in morning, you gonna need to charge in eve or worse you loose battery while travelling back to home. This really frustrates to loose battery in odd situations coz many times, we need the phone most.
Don’t know rigorous and formal testing, but practical my phone went for like one day and 4 hours straight. Even when I tried each of the function including the stress test. For me, I expected it to loose battery completely in between the stress testing, but it didn’t and went much further than that. I love you E72.
Connecting PC to web via phone: With Nokia E72, functions of Smartphone modem seems to have changed a little. Now we don’t only get PC Suit and Mass Storage options, but we get one more like PC to web. Seems to make the use of mobile internet connection on PC easier, but for me story was downside. Yes!! it might not be fault with Nokia and more to do with my MTNL connection, but I felt that basic things were more perfect. I mean getting a modem in your control panel after connecting in PC Suit mode and then making a dialup with that, but this PC to web seem to have messed up things.
I struggled for get the 3G net connected over my PC via E72 and till now not sure exactly how it works. I mean I try and try, restart the phone sometimes and then it gets. I understand that this must something with multiple settings available on phone as if I try Vodafone, then it instantly detects the connection. Internet on E72 has no complications in itself, a completely smooth experience, but I wish with PC too, it was a simple story like always (never struggled with N73, N97, 5800, N82 or N900)
May be I need tips on it, anyone of you who might have used Nokia E72 for internet on PC?
Yeah! some screenshots, though I am not getting enough time to play with this review unit. Office go bad sometimes, when you need little relaxed time
And yes, I haven’t forgotten the royal one, Nokia BH-905, will come back over the same. Might be you will find me recording own Ovi Map instructions via the same
Did you come to see the recently released movie "Kartik Calling Kartik"? A ordinary guy, bullied by everyone else around him, all of a sudden find someone telling all the right paths to him and turning miseries of his life overnight into success coming from all over to his ways. Do you know whose voice that was? His own self. Surprised?? You can’t be/ shouldn’t be, if you ever been in writing diaries.
In moments of confusions with lots of questions swinging around, sometimes it can happen to you that you open a mail sent by yourself long time back and you find that the questions which seem to confusing you now, you already had answered them long back by yourself. You open few old sent mails years back and get surprised by even your own writing style then. Human mind has so many dimensions that leave others a side, one can’t even reach all the corners of his/ her own mind.
Diary … words written by self for self (May be someone else could have defined it more simply.)
One can never be sure, but historical counts say that the oldest extent diaries come from Middle Eastern and East Asian cultures though there been existence of similar things even much before that. For me, its something as old as human history itself is, but question is "what exactly it is?"
A diary is a record (originally in handwritten format) with discrete entries arranged by date reporting on what has happened over the course of a day or other period. The writer may detail more personal information and normally intended to remain private or to have a limited circulation amongst friends or relatives. The writer may also describe recent events in his/her personal diary. The word "journal" may be sometimes used for "diary," but generally one writes daily in a diary, whereas journal-writing can be less frequent.
Oops.. I did it again. Went techie as many of my readers keep on complaining me, though intended to keep it simple straight from heart. Coming back again…
I remember my own days, back to 1995, when I was in 8th standard. Don’t know what prompted me start writing diaries. May be father’s old diary might have been an inspiration or I thought to share my deep self to someone I trusted most in my life; myself. Started in simple Hindi, soon it was converted to English .. may be I thought to use this ‘useless’ habit to improve my English skills then.
When you start writing diaries, then you really come to know that what privacy is and why you wish it most sometimes. While it regarded as kind of sin, but nothing could interest others more than someone’s personal diary and you soon find yourself running around to find places to hide your diary as it starts growing up with your raw thoughts and secrets, which you might not wishing someone else to know at least at that point. Same happened to me, when I ended up converting my rather simple diaries into cryptic comments or rather a cryptic language.
I took two ways then …
Mirror writing in which I was writing in way that would be plain English if seen in some mirror otherwise seeming confusing symbols.
Writing diary in numeric codes (’0′ for ‘a’, ’1′ for ‘b’ and placing dots above numeric after 9).
Many of people around me found the second way more fascinating and interesting than the first one as I was able to write and read that way with same ease and speed as the usual English phrases. But still it was pretty easy to guess and once scared the hell out of me, when I found my mom trying to read it through mirror (I always kept my diaries at hidden places, but you know that you cant be sure about it) and ended to join both the techniques means writing in numeric with mirror image symbols.
You might be thinking that what is it now? If wanted to keep things that personal then what purpose of even writing the same? But once you start writing then you come to know that this things is really addictive.
Purposes that a diary solves
Its true that one cant be honest even with self and the diary is second to self. It happens that you write only those things/ thoughts in your diary, which at some point of your life you think that you could admit as of own but still it collects so much of your raw thoughts that even you feel surprised that did I really thought this then?
Your restlessness about getting just a mere glimpse of someone special, your jealously even pretending like nothing happened, your moving crushes and point of interests, your grief about your loneliness, your anger over restrictions from family, your joy of winning something you think other will think stupidity of yours, your true ambitions rather than what you say in front of your parents and friends, your dreams …. possibilities are endless about what you might be writing in your diaries and over the time, it become most precious friend of yours. Someone who listens you most patiently without commenting and answering you about your confusions in a voice you understand and trust most, yours own.
A diary might be collection of some random writing of yours, thoughts might be foolish, but it starts making you mature and complete faster than otherwise you could only wonder. Interesting sights becomes the moments to see same words calming you down, which you once wrote in your most restlessness. A diary truely completes yourself.
When you leave it locked and quit writing?
Later on coping up with the time required to pen down your thoughts become more tougher considering other priorities of yours. Other people come to your life to share all the personal moments and thoughts of yours. Even you come to feel that you found the purpose that started your habit of writing diaries and the loneliness is no more in your life, so diaries ……. not required now. More of it, even there might be things in life such that one don’t wanna to share ever, not even with self.
In more sophisticated way, we start thinking that we took diaries to recollect our thoughts, then re-evaluate the same to improve ourselves at stages and over the years, we find that now nothing remained to improve, we have already made our views and lives those are not gonna undergo some such big change that may require re-evaluation at any later stage. Ultimately, you say that you don’t wished to be writer or never wanted that someone might be writing biography over you.
Is it true? Writing diaries is fate of big people only? Can you be so certain of yourself that nothing to re-evaluate, when yourself seen so many changes over the years? Do you really think that you got the purpose that why you started writing diaries at the very first place? Do you think that over the time, it becomes impossible and even useless to keep on writing thoughts that touch your mind? Do you think that any other voice you can understand more, trust more than yourself?
Blogs, Social sites, Twitter (it suits first part of definition about time, though fails about privacy thing), SMS’s and insanely running life may make you think that Diaries are irrelevant in this era, but have a night alone awake thinking of only self. Don’t you want to write diary for self or revoke the same old habit of writing again???
Give me your thoughts over it. I’ll love it, if I find someone starting afresh again due to the conversations ..
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