Nokia N8 Battery Life – ten useful tips

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I have  written a lot about Nokia N8 till now, it does this, it does that, but while discussing things about Smartphones, we always forget one basic thing; the battery. So, its time to cover that part now and sure one may also relate the same tips with their other phones either Nokia or Non-Nokia.


Apart of various other things it can do, your phone is always of core importance in your life for the incoming calls and SMSs, which sort out your ways in emergencies. That’s why one get irritated, when see a 1200 mAh on specs sheet. I admit, I was irritated. But after spending a little time with it, you started to realize that like the way, you see even 1GHz Androids struggling in front of just 680 MHz of Nokia N8, when it comes to Gallery performance etc, there is just another story around, when it comes to battery performance of Symbian^3 vs Specs. You just need to learn a few basics.

There is already some excellent official posts, which go into details that How can one prolong the battery life on his Nokia N8 device?  and if you don’t want to go online, then its right there ion help files of your Nokia N8 as well. But I thought to explain the things in layman terms here and link them with my own experiences with the Nokia N8 battery life. So, here goes the tips ….

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A picture gallery shot entirely by Nokia N8 via @Pannkaz

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This was something I wanted to do since long, but messy office life been too harsh over me to get some extended holidays for such snapping around, I did some of the shots in past like this one, but here comes @pannkaz to prove me that its all my laziness for not showcasing the biggest ornament of our almighty Symbian^3 jewel Nokia N8.

 

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Layman take on Nokia N8 – Part 3 – Symbian Walkthrough – 1

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In case, if you would have missed then first two posts were:

1. Layman take on Nokia N8 – Part 1 – The detailed unboxing
2. Layman take on Nokia N8 – Part 2 – First look over exteriors

And depending on the responses I got over mail, twitter and other social mediums, made me think that everyone wanted more and more about the OS part itself. A big job to cover all those tiny details, but will try to cover things as much possible (fellow bloggers already did excellent jobs to come up with posts on each part, I am just late to the party).


Nokia N8 and Symbian^3 In recent times, we heard a lot on them and unfortunately it seemed negative many times. After giving it sufficient time, I have started to realize that in which way social media acts and what impressions it leaves.

Few big names with their complete bias start something and we find all the community following blindfolded. Such buzzes can create Antennagate from almost nothing or can find people crying on poor battery lives of Android without even giving them a fair try. You can even make someone cancelling out Nokia E5-00 purchase over the absence of Secondary Camera, while he wont be able to answer that when was the last time, when he made a video or was he ever made one?

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Its nothing like that there are no flaws, where isn’t, but its the way, it gets presented. A few months before, just a review of some shitty ‘journalist’ and you were all convinced that Nokia N8 just got a special camera .. that’s it and now after few months, you say that its the best hardware from Nokia till date in every sense and that ‘journalist’ was shit?

Guys!! first go through things and then start saying …. and for God sake .. spare me from the utter kindness that “ok.. Symbian is not that bad, its pretty good, even if not that .. “ blah blah… please praise the part in loud what you like and then sure go on criticizing what you didn’t.


Many experts have spoken a lot about their perceptions on it and sure one has reasons to get confused, but I wish to come up with things what actually meant for me or any other laymas like me in real scenario. So.. here it begins… Will cover the customization part in this post, leaving Camera, multimedia and gaming aside.

Nokia N8-00: Booting and switching off

While it was scary for some that no easy battery removal option with Nokia N8, it happened to be rather easy job to live with it. Just press the power button for 8 seconds and it does it like we all live with our Netbooks or Laptop and who is saying that you will be needed to do that? Take Nokia N97 completely off from your mind.

Anyway… Have you noticed or read anywhere else that when complete empty on battery and get plugged into recharge, it shows interesting battery dialogue on black screen for a while, saying 10% ? Is that mean this 10% is minimum level before it switches it off? This practice been here since long, but is it the first time, they kind of showing it?

We see other vendors putting an animated battery pics while charging the empty devices, but somehow I like this minimalistic approach. Why not to keep this percentage thing lit on all the time while charging?

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Another observation one can make is the landscape Nokia logo while starting. I am not sure that it was here with old devices, but while most of the time people will see only portrait one, if you switch off the phone with landscape orientation, then you will find it. But while starting up the device, it always go portrait only.

For unfortunate situations, option of hard reset the phone is here by pressing Lower volume button + Camera Button + Menu Button. But not only me, many other around the web, will say no on it as you loose many of the scripts and most importantly default Qt runtime.

Sure, its not a fault of OS itself, but failure of Nokia to bring more developers on board to push things more tightly in same way Nokia design their hardware. Its project management and change management, where Nokia seems to be lacking in past, due to the fact that they wanted to leave Symbian autonomous and truly open. It seems that tight control should have been the case. Is the new regime in charge going to change that? He had been known for this.


Nokia N8-00: The home screen

A total of three home screens like it was in Nokia N900, difference is….  in Nokia N8, we find a total of 18 WRT based widgets (like Nokia N97) available spanning across three home pages (6 widgets on each). Unlike Nokia N900 or Androids, these widgets are of fixed width (82 x 312 px). While the smaller width is sure issue for some of the part, a tighter and disciplined home page UI must be welcomed.

And by the way, in actual, 17 of the widgets are customizable as the Date/Calendar/Profile widget is fixed and not customizable/ removable, though you can change the format of clock display by going through the setting->date and time and obviously could change the position of the same, but it will remain on the first home screen only, not on rest two.

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You will soon notice that Symbian^3 UI doesn’t rotate in all directions like iPad. Like it will remain in portrait mode only, if you turn it into landscape mode keeping the SIM/ MicroSD slot on top. Similarly no change, if you held it down toward the power button side.

So the working orientations are in portrait mode, when you hold it keeping power button upside and in landscape mode, when you hold it camera button up. Not a breaking news, its the same as with all.. just pointing it out, if some start bitching on it. I am marking it here because this was one of the comments that I got from my Company CEO, while presenting this in front of him. He said iPhone scores here, I said, its not about the capability, many games will show that Nokia N8 has it, but its the way, they want to keep the UI disciplined and it makes perfect sense, once you use it.

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As you already know, you can drag and drop a widget to change its position on the same home page, though there are no drag and drop of widgets from one page to another as each page a separate entity at least till now, but look like the same gonna change in next coming firmware, probably by next month. Check the video.

As of now, if you have to move a widget from one home screen to another then you will be needed to remove the same from one screen and then manually add into another. Hmmm.. not sure that if the best way, but still I am comfortable with a disciplined UI layout more.

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As you can see, you get the option of changing wall paper only when you go to edit mode by long pressing on home screen.

There are options to keep widgets to offline mode or online mode, which stands for all three screen at once, means its not like that you could keep social notifications on at the main homepage and mail widgets off at another (though there are workarounds to do so). I think that could have been a better way, though I know in backend its implemented in way that widgets get hidden only and they are at the same place. So, working that thing out will ask efforts.

While the bottom has tradition two button menu like S60 V5 or Symbian^1, we get a middle button here for switching between the home screens though that works unidirectional obviously from left to right side and I don’t think many of them will be using that in place of swipe that is more natural and work in both ways. But sure presence of that reminds you of the fact that you are on which screen. Handy in that way.

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The right top on tapping brings a Menu that show the notifications menu as you can see. Tapping on connections takes you to active connection and tapping on battery, it shows you current battery status and option to change to power saving mode. Many would like to see fancy animated battery icon here, though I would say minimalistic approach is better while you can easily find some widget for same purpose.

Power saving mode is like the same it has been E-Series handsets means on activating, it will put your phone in 2G mode only, will lower down the brightness, will change the screen saver to remain the blank etc. I am coming over Screen saver part just after this section.

I think there are a maximum of three kind of notifications available here at a time, like you can see, when I connect a USB drive, then the notification removes the GPS icon out.

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There are a number of widgets to choose from including the RSS feed you create in web app. Also you can always visit the Ovi Store to get some of your choice.

Shortcut widget allow you to put any four applications or bookmarks together in one widget, though I must tell you, if you use four five shortcut widgets with 16-20 app icons on the same home screen, then first loading might be delayed by 2 seconds, not due to symbian fault, but due to third party app implementations.

Social widget, which brings updates from your social networks, didn’t impressed me even if they actually did a good job in designing, otherwise one can’t imagine updates to be detailed in such a small place. Probably that’s the reason that some people saying that Nokia should have thought variable width widgets though its also clear that if they would have chosen that then it was likely to go little undisciplined like Maemo or Android home screen.

There are mail, music, weather, check-in and many other widgets, but what particularly interested me, was search widget. Though you wont be happy with the performance of search. Its kind of too slow, if you compare it with all other operations on Symbian, but point to notice is, its only Symbian native app with a split keyboard design.

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We have seen the similar design with custom keypad of Opera Mini or Opera Mobile as well. Though its not available system wide, may be with next firmware update.


Nokia N8-00: The Screen saver

If you remember, then it was the swf based screen saver of Nokia N86 that attracted me once and now it was the one Nokia N8, which might be in eyes of many. I am pretty surprised because of the fact that at least till now, I am not been able to use a SWF as screen saver on Nokia N8 though I believe its sure supported.

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But the default screen saver on Nokia N8 is really really good.  Not only the fact that its extra bright and crisp, but it seems to be ultra low power one as well. You will find many complaining that why no notification icons are here. Even I mentioned once that if Janole could have bring the notification on this screen then why not Symbian, but after going more deeper, I found that this thing also had a purpose.

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Its true that its annoying that if you find only a small light blinking at menu button for notifying you of your new SMS or miss calls, but think of another side. Keeping a screen updated and responsive take a toll over battery, when it might not be needed. The analog clock is also designed to tick only once a min. Though still I believe that putting a notification wouldn’t have did much harm, but still its fine from some other perspectives.

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Yes! this is the same screen without unlocking. No change in configuration, no hacking. All the info, for what you were complaining till the moment is right there, just you have to press the menu button and not the unlock button. Is that really hard? I guess pressing the power button will also bring this screen. Though its not gonna respond any kind of touch before you bring this screen.

By the way, this screen get updated by each second, not only clock shows seconds ticking, but also battery and network icons are live too.


Nokia N8-00: Task manager and Menus

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At least like Maemo, if you press by side of task manager, then it returns you back to the back screen, though same effect is not there in between the app icons. I think we should blame lower resolution on this. But hey.. we started comparing two different operating systems here.

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In portrait, you will get same two menus at the bottom saying options and exit while in landscape the middle button becomes multipurpose with notification place.

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When you move inside the menus, then things seem to be same like earlier, but dig a little deeper.

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Its the same symbian flexibility that many of us actually loved.

Why to create folder?  Let me tell you my reason that is not related to the organizing only.

Sometimes the third party app don’t go in efficient way about icons. Usually the icons get stored in the mass memory, where we install the apps usually and so if you have so many apps, then opening such a folder that might be having too many icons, will take a little more than instant. So, why not to put games etc in some folder so that those icons wont take a toll, when you want to browse to others.

But these all things are already familiar to  us, isn’t it? You will be surprised with the speed and ease of use with single click operations, which is carefully optimized to avoid accidental clicks.


Nokia N8-00: The connections

With the old Symbian, one of the problem of mine been the performance when I have a weak WAP connection. Problems get worsen, when you use many SIMs, so many connection and many configuration. As a techie, you understand that when you are messing with things, then its not easy to cope up for the software itself.

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Even if the above menu look like our very very familiar Symbian, finally, Symbian^3 has came up with a solution: One Click Connectivity (OCC). You should really go through the link to know what changes are employed here and you should have an N8 and N97 side by side to feel that what difference does it make. Now, it automatically tries to find that which connection is on and make ways through it. Obviously, you can customize it (I will say put your working connection on first priority in connection settings) though.

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Yes, there will be annoyance like above, like I find with WAP connection, which serve only one connection at a time and so when with Gravity, you want to geo-tag a tweet, then another connection for GPS bring the above scenario. But with Symbian^3, it settles itself automatically.

Definitely connectivity is a way smoother now.


Nokia N8-00: The messaging

The best place to go into details will be our own Rafe @aas always, but I will point out some minor things only here. For full details, read there.

Even if original keypad was so better than earlier, I never got used to it. Swype is what I went for and staying it with even now. Though its disappointing a little that its not available officially for Nokia N8 yet and I have to go through Nokia C7 version only.

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Not going into the typing part and amazingly correct prediction and learning dictionary system there, what you find cool and noticeable here is the conversation mode. When it was introduced as a beta app, I thought it was messy, but after playing with it for a while, I don’t remember that when I am preferring to open an individual SMS. Though what gonna interest some of people is support for emocon, which we always knew as smileys.

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I remember one of my reader commented that he hate the fact that Nokia E52/ E72 doesn’t support the smileys and I was to convince him that it was not a priority when they were designing a business specific OS version. But now like Nokia always does, the world is moving toward convergence. And yes.. these smileys are animated too.

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Rest everything seems almost usual as we know Symbian except few differences here and there.

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By the way, I like to keep my fonts smallest, what you prefer?

There are some issues as well.

Usually it automatically decides on basis of content that you are sending a SMS or MMS, but if you reply a MMS, then even if you are sending text only, it will go as MMS with keeping the Re: Subject thing. True.. it seems logical, but it might have been intelligent as well.

Second issue I am facing is with Vodafone and MMS. Don’t know its an operator specific issue or Nokia N8 related, But as I read the same in their support forum as well from other country too, I guess there is something wrong with it. Many times, your MMS will be sent but still will be shown as deferred and then you can’t delete them as they are not actually there, but just being shown. Only remaining option goes to be using PC Suit and delete it (OVI suit wont work for that). Hoping that the next firmware update will resolve this.

Absence of portrait qwerty

As Rafe pointed out, there are differences in T9 layout as well as Landscape QWERTY one from Symbian^1. The tactile feedback and the vibrations on pressing keys work quite well.

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But the thing that bothers many is the absence of QWERTY mode in portrait. So Nokia is continued on the same line that they chosen since existing portrait qwerty from Nokia X6 was removed in last firmware update. The excuse from Nokia was portrait qwerty has way too small buttons that asks for stylus only on capacitive to operate properly and hence destroys user experience.

I am sure that almost 90% will disagree on it. What about keeping the option and let use decide what to choose. Obviously you can provide it with T9 as default setting and qwerty as optional, but when your user base ever asked you to remove that at all?

As about small buttons, then most of us want qwerty there due to swype that is not currently supporting portrait mode because of the very same fact that there is no native support. I don’t think that with swype one needs to bother on smaller size of keys. And by the way, apps like Opera, still have the portrait QWERTY then why to deprive users from the same from your side natively?

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When it comes to landscape, then story is sure nice as Rafe shown in his post, though personally, I have not been used to of predictive inputs on any of the smart phone till now, though seen that my younger brother make use of the same very efficiently. Have to give my Nokia N8 in his hands soon to know this.

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And at last, there is no multi touch support in keypad as of now. I know not many supporting the same, but what about starting the same game?


Nokia N8-00: The Email

Again, I will point toward Rafe’s excellent post on this section for a complete read, but let me come up with some points of my own.

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The icons look good here and when you move inside then there is smooth pinch and zoom support as well. Notice the fact that pressing over some link brings the above shown menu, so it becomes easier to copy links from any newsletter and post on twitter with your favourite client.

On the bottom side, there are two transparent looking arrow buttons that are ready to take you to previous or next email, while on the top side, you see that there is a plus icon that brings detail about sender and receiver, while the default is showing sender only. I tried but there seems no options to show the complete header that might be a must to detect forgery emails sometimes though I guess that is not a use case for 90% of people.

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It was interesting to note that they are bringing the desktop level things like follow up etc on mobiles as well.

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While its still the same non-text rich (font support, bold italic, HTML signature etc), when it comes to type a new mail, options are sure much more than earlier and nicely designed with icons. I guess experience of typing a rich text email is a little far, provided the tiny space.

And yes.. have you checked the new mark method?

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Hold your fingers on some message and then choose mark, it will make rest all mails available for getting marked in next each one click.

Someone also asked me that if we can read some hindi content in Nokia N8 or not? So the answer is given below.

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But its true that its not supporting languages other than English as of now (so were the case with other high end devices as well). For some, it might be a big deal, but for that there are simple workarounds to install other languages without visiting Nokia Service centers. Find the link here


While I still need to talk over Multimedia, camera and gaming part, but I guess this post getting too long. So, closing it here and soon will come back with another post Symbian Walkthrough -2. Keep tuned in and send me suggestions that what I should look for more or where I should improve on this very post.

Remember, I read each and everyone of you and reply individually as well, I am just a layman like most of you, so be a part of conversation.

A Visit to Nokia Priority Dealer in Delhi-N8, C1, C6 and E5

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Finally after so much hue and cry about Nokia N8 and even talking to few of local dealers, I decided to visit the nearest Nokia Priority center to know the real situation in hands and visited the nearest Nokia Priority Center in New Delhi.

Let me summarize all the info that I got today …


Nokia N8 Pre-Order, Availability and Price in India:

Not in the whole world, but there are huge confusions about the availability of Nokia N8 in India as well. Some saying 15 October, some saying 8 October and some even calling that it will come by November.

Let me make it a full stop here.

1. Nokia N8 is expected to be available on all Nokia Priority dealers by October 15, 2010.
2. Pre-order customers will receive the device by October 8, 2010 or October 10, 2010 max.
3. It wont be available over other stores than NPD’s before November due to huge demands.
4. Pre-orders have began by September 29, some asking 1000 INR, some 2000 INR as deposit.
5. Final price is not clear as of now, but max is 26k or if believe @gauravh1 then 25k.
6. Pre-order customers will receive call about availability and could purchase within 2 months.

 

Take a look over Nokia N8 dummies at S.D. Enterprises, Gita Colony, New Delhi, which I seen…

Nokia N8 Black (my personal favorite)

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Nokia N8 Orange (second favorite of many, I guess its a little darker than the expectations)

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Nokia N8 Green (Not one of my favorite, but I seen many loving it as well)

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The NPD I visited had no dummies of Silver or Blue and though same might raise the doubt that if they are launching with all the five colors or not, but there are official words from @NokiaIndia that they are actually launching it with all five possible colors. Obviously, they don’t want to be like Apple.

As of now, there is no word over additional accessories or bundled offers. But following are on offer …

1. Free navigation is coming for all with latest version of Ovi Maps that will be 3.06
2. Nokia Push mail will be available for lifetime free that too with default HTML support.
3. Nokia Music Services as of now, not coming for free, though some will be preloaded there.
4. There will many great apps pre-installed like Joikuspot and Gravity trial (free versions)
5. As Vox has been closed, Nokia as of now has opted out from Share Online feature. Disappointing.
6. No big game coming with the package, not even free ones.
7. As of now, no news if they will bundle Bluetooth Headset for even pre-order customers.
8. Nokia isn’t giving
the stylus with Nokia N8, makes you think which countries then?

Well!! take it my personal opinion or something, but I found Nokia N8 a little smaller in shape than I was expecting it to be. I mean, I have spend full 15 days with Nokia N900 and that screen always looked huge. May be it the compact exteriors or something but pics always looked big. Should say, its completely pocket-able and Sorry folks, to whom I always said that 4” or 5” devices would be insane. Yes! we wont mind a 4” or 5”, if that keeps the same level of compactness as SGS or iPhone or Nokia N8 have.


Nokia E5 Availability and Price in India

Yes!! very much anticipated Nokia E5 already on Nokia Priority stores on a price 11, 800 INR. Though its disappointing to see that prices on NPDs are always much higher than the market price, but at the same time, its obvious too. Market works that way. but still.. As per info from other dealers, you can make a deal on 11, 200 INR minimum for Nokia E5.

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There was no dummy of the same thing there, so I asked them for the box itself. Of course, I wasn’t allowed to open up the same. The green area on the front is highlighting the social integration here, like once Nokia was highlighting free lifetime navigation.

Definitely having a hard to hold my urge to buy one, though disappointing that like Nokia E72, this one also not coming with default HTML support.


Nokia E5 Availability and Price in India

While touch has gotten another name now days; Symbian^3, Nokia has also putting devices like Nokia C6-00 on offer. I wonder what effect this one would have caused, if would have arrived a little earlier. While there are still many reasons to discuss on paper about Nokia E5, for convincing someone to buy Nokia C6-00, you will be needed to focus on price point mostly.

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While @NokiaIndia mentioning the price as 15,600 INR, I found that its actually selling on 13, 800 INR from NPDs and even lower from the other dealers, probably 13, 400 INR minimum. Not a bad buy for newly smart phone users interested in touch and type.

The dummy I got to see was of the color white, though I would have liked to see Black one specially, but still what I see from the dummy only, at such a price point and build, its sure ready to take on over Nokia 5800.


Two more new handset spotted there were Nokia C3-00 and Nokia C1-00. Last time, I seen a light colored C3-00 and this time, it was my favorite black one here. Must say, that is the best thing you could gift someone, who don’t care about high end things like Maps or Internet and for later on..  it got wi-fi on it.

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Nokia C1-00 was the phone, the NPD guy was actually selling to someone right then, when I reached. I didn’t asked the price, though took the dummy of same in hands once to take a feel of it. Felt something like Nokia 2600 from past.


By the way, the journey to that Nokia Priority dealer was completely guided by Ovi Maps.

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Though at a moment, I was completely frustrated by the fact that why Nokia India chosen to provide dealership to such an interiorly location shop than the earlier bigger shop that was located in Laxmi Nagar Main Market.

I must say, even if you are in around 50 meters away from the place, it might happen that stupid people out there will say that they never heard of the address I am talking about. You need maps in your phone, take your preference, go Nokia, go Ovi or go Android and go Google…. but have a GPS enabled phone for sure.

 

So, this was the story of my visit to a Nokia Priority dealer today. Hope it will solve many of the queries from you people and will save a visit on your behalf. Have a nice time waiting for Nokia N8. Keep tuned in.

New frontiers – Which one of Nokia N8 and E7 is yours choice?

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When Nokia N8 was announced then it was the time, when Nokia N900 reached India. The announcement really jeopardized many possible purchases of Nokia N900 here and today as many like me were fearing, a glimpse of Nokia E7 and we are confused again that should we wait for that 4” beauty or rush in for Nokia N8 as we are already decided?

I hope that when Nokia World 2010 was marked to show off four devices together on stage, then many might have got an answer that why release of Nokia N8 was this much late.


Four devices together on biggest stage of Nokia with many never been before in Nokia features;

1. A Brand new OS Symbian^3
2. Polished Capacitive Multi-touch AMOLED Screens
3. Third generation of Bluetooth 3.0
4. USB OTG for the first time on Nokia

One may comfortably assume that if Eldar wasn’t in middle with shocking revelation of Nokia N8 and intentionally worse choice of words like disappointment of year, then Nokia was all set to put this Symbian^3 bunch once for all in Nokia World only, not before than that. The similarities in profiles, features and design language all indicate for the same fact only. But that didn’t happened …

Many will argue and curse Nokia that why they were this much slow?

Answer was their ultimate failure Nokia N97, something they came to recover. With lesser RAM and power, it was a misplaced shot that came back to hurt them only in place of making them strong in touch phones genre. Like me, they never expected that market suddenly will be ruled by touch devices only provided the advantages of Non-touch ones and their huge heritage of years with their beautifully made devices and there it went wrong …

Anyway, it was a grand show, if all of these Symbian^3 devices with new interfaces, hardware, services and just another level of design language were set to appear at once, but in the world leaks, Nokia World 2010 was a little faded like Apple iPhone 4 launch went.


Though not designed to be, but it was Nokia E7, which stole the show and kept people confused that should they really go for buying Nokia N8 that blindly as they were kind of decided to? And why shouldn’t they, when it seems to be perfecting the build with addition of only missing thing in Nokia N8, the keypad and also adds 0.5” more bigger screen in the beauty …

In last many weeks, a major portion of hits toward this blog came though one post: the comparison post between Nokia N8 and Nokia N900 and so one could understand that how much such a comparison would be required this time, when it really much more confusing as now they are all seems to be on similar ground. Lets take some sneak peaks into finer details. I am also including Nokia C7 and Nokia N900 together for the reference.

The display, the design language and build

Here is the comparison between the four devices …

Display Build and Frequency

Three new devices not only set AMOLED as new minimum standard but they do the same for Pentaband too.

The Display resolution

It was shocking to many, when they seen a 4” device having only 360×480 resolution, when rivals roaring to 900x now and may be more in near future. It was more awkward as after 800×480 resolution of Nokia N900, no one was expecting Nokia to go below than that.

Nokia’s argument is “same resolution makes the job of developer easier, when they know where have to put their pixels on through out the range of devices.

For sake of argument on Nokia side, the basic question was what the purpose of going behind the number of pixels, when you got to deal with same 3-4” of screen and can’t be pushed to be more smaller icon? Even AMOLED gorilla glasses were not that cheaper side, then even pixels, who actually not gonna make a productive effect on experience rather than marketing gimmicks, if you would have gone beyond retina.

But on the other side …

its true that resolution matters a lot and even the Nokia fans, who would have taken a ride over Nokia N900 will argue on that. Bigger resolution means larger, comfortable space for browsing and better viewing angles for other medias.

True that while making design decisions and pricing, one has to go through compromises, but it was only Nokia, who made consumers hating the word compromise.

So, conclusion on resolution issue is …

Nokia E7-00 gets no direct advantages over Nokia N8 in terms of resolution though it gets numbers on CBD technology, which makes the display look impressive than even Nokia N8. Still we can pass out that. Nokia has to care about the fonts and icon details on a comparatively bigger screen, so that people may not feel something cheap or may miss Nokia N900 likes.

The design language and build

The statement that actually won many battles for Apple was being the slimmest. The design statement was always loud and clear from their whole range of products. Sometimes such loud that people miss the fact that at what cost these products come and what compromises they bring in their lives.

It would be certainly interesting to see if iPhone’s sales figures were really that higher when they were selling it unlocked or people weren’t buying it to Jailbreak first. Provided the major sales of Nokia comes from the countries, where they sell their phones unlocked only, they were never on the same grounds.

The rule of war is “Beat the enemy on their grounds, on what they felt them best, without leaving the skills at which you are best”. A victory in that way leaves the opponent out of courage to fight again, no matter how big they might be.

The all new design language as reflected from the three leading phones on stage (N8, E7 and C7) shows the same commitment to beat the opponent on their turf. Though they get limited by inferior camera (moving parts not allowed in slimmer builds, so heavily compromised) and were forced to restrict the removal of battery for sake of unified build, but it was sane as they maintained all the features and at least one of their device was branded to be the best uncompromised camera in the world.

Literally uncompromised camera of Nokia N8 is something which doesn’t let Nokia E7 stands a chance in that era even if Nokia E7 seems to bring the same looks and solidness in same slim profile, but with huge benefit of QWERTY for less than 1mm difference (13.6mm and 12.9mm). People really may confuse a Nokia E7 from Nokia N8 if at some distance and that’s make it tempting to go for E7, but let me show you something …

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Not a best macro shot of my Nokia N82, but such shots at workplace help you a lot and I kind of can’t think living without such macros, but the slimmer design comes with a compromise in Nokia E7 that its can’t focus on objects closer than 50 cm.

We buy higher priced phones for more features not just for more power or numbers and Nokia has made us to think Camera as integral part of Smartphones. Even if 8 MP, the Non-Carl Zeiss Camera brings Nokia E7 at somewhat the same level as of Apple iPhone 4 or Samsung Galaxy. Hope Nokia could prove me wrong, but that’s a deal breaker for me otherwise, I would have bought Nokia N95 in place of Nokia N82 years back.

Even if now, I am assured with the solidness of slider hinge of Nokia E7, Nokia N8 scores point due to literally uncompromised camera.

The processor/ RAM

People reading too much from numbers might get a surprise here …

CPU 

If you check ARM 11 Vs Cortex A8, then ARM 11 been the processor that were used by iPhone 3G once. I am not an exactly  right person to talk on this, but no one would argue that superb performance of Nokia N900 was for a reason; Cortex 8 that was also used in iPhone 3GS and known as next generation to ARM 11 and even Snapdragons. So, we come back to another ‘compromise’ here that Nokia made for keeping the costs down.

But at the same time, one should also consider the fact …

Symbian been known for bringing top notch performances from minimum processor/ RAM usages and even if we are here with an older processor, it just cut it better than other OS platforms been doing till now. An ARM Cortex 9 might be the future, when they come to MeeGo, but with Symbian^3, Nokia decided to be with ARM 11 680 Mhz.

It doesn’t make a difference about Nokia E7 and Nokia N8 as both of them share the same processor, but it thrills to see that Nokia N900 still has a place with a superior generation processor.

Greatest part is the inclusion of Graphics 2D/3D processor in all the coming phones, which was a thing that Nokia was forgotten since Nokia N95/ Nokia N82 time.

So, here no one score points neither Nokia N8 nor Nokia E7 as both are on the same level.

Connectivity

This has been a core part of discussion I posted about Noia N8 Vs Nokia N900 and after a year, now we have seen that a mobile could have HDMI and Dolby as well and could be operated by Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboard. Technology is really travelling faster.

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Connectivity features are exactly identical when it comes to Nokia N8 and Nokia E7, but its also sure that Nokia gonna come up with some exclusive features for Nokia E7 as they mentioned in Q & A rounds that it will be Software part that will come to distinguish the Nokia E7 and so will justify the price.

Are we going to see thing like remote control in Nokia’s as well? Certainly look like so.

Memory support

Memory part been the biggest reason behind the failure of Nokia N97, as even if Symbian is known to perform best even with 128 MB RAM, Nokia missed that time to take concern of escalated needs for a touch based platform. Nokia N97 Mini was correction to the mistake and after feeling well settled with 256 MB RAM of Nokia N900, even if tempting number of others on 512 MB RAM, it was no where a wrong decision on Nokia part to keep RAM settled on 256 MB for all the three devices.

Memory comparison

Note: The mentioned 135 mb in the above pics is wrong, which I realized after having N8 in my hands.

After the standardization of Processor/ RAM, it was time to address the second part, the internal memory, the C;\ drive of phone. Interesting is to note the difference of maximum user storage part between Nokia N8 and Nokia E7. Nokia N8 has only 260 MB while C7 and E7 come with 350 MB.

After living with Nokia N82’s 100 MB maximum user storage since long and also surviving the other side with Nokia E52, not only me, but other users know very well now that what important maximum user storage or C:\ of phones has. Happy to see that Nokia seems to address the same as well.

Numbers might look like otherwise, but experience says that 260 MB is more than enough for most of the users need when there is already 16 GB space available for saving all kind of media.

But still presence of 350 MB maximum user storage and 1 GB NAND memory in both of the devices E7 and C7 indicates that Nokia seems to be setting up with something big coming for these devices in near future and the those software features will keep on revealing itself in steps over time like has been in case of Nokia N8 in last months.

There is an unrest about exclusion MicroSD support from Nokia E7, but provided the USB OTG support, it seems that with already huge internal memory soon gonna make requirement of MicroSD support irrelevant. Think if there was MicroSD support, then people were asking for hot swap support as well, but now after USB OTG, hot swap is available for everything.

 

Camera

When it comes to Camera then obviously Nokia N8 is something that is made for that only.

Camera comparison

Even if no Macro Mode support disappoints big time like I mentioned in first part, definitely having a sleek camera that could record your moments in HD quality video is something been a dream for Business Phones. After all, not only marriage and birthdays like family-n-friends moments are precious, but things like visit of some big shots or some special achievements at work place also might be something that one wanna cherish for ever.. and what could have been better than HD quality video?

So, if Nokia E7 looses scores in Macro, then scores big time as a business device setting standards for the market. Remember, we have the best ever keypad here, which no business device in market could beat at the moment. 8 MP Camera still stands at it best possible.

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Secondary camera bring no surprises here, but again like I always been saying… its time for Nokia to set another standard by putting some 2-3 MP camera in front place. Ok OK.. I understand not at this dimension but may be future models.

Was just thinking in Sci Fi mode that it will be possible to make superb camera lenses without moving parts, if someone could find such a material, which could change density and so focal lengths on controlled electrical probes. Isn’t it?

When it comes to camera then Nokia N8 is sure second to none because of being almost uncompromised, but still Nokia E7 is not loosing the battle as we have won a 8MP camera with HD video recording on a Business device. Remember, it was just few years back, when just 2 MP was being taken as a Business phone standard.

Nokia N8 wins in this department hands down, but Nokia E7 still has worth.

OS and Extra Features

Extra features 

There been a lots of argument and discussions around that Symbian is dead and Nokia should move on to Android at least. Why Nokia resisting the urge to do so?

There is a strong reason for that.

Symbian is not only the biggest mobile platform on the planet, but also has backing a a big loyal community that even after difficult times has kept on serving the people at their best. Going towards any other platform will be meant to loose them.

Another OS come up with different file structures and implementation of things that will be an area of concern over expectations from Nokia. It seems very reasonable that Nokia is trying to keep things on their own turf here. They know Symbian been big till year and has much more caliber to make a comeback very soon. Symbian been known for their effectiveness in least resources and had no reasons to be abandoned coz others getting ground.

Maemo on Nokia N900 was great but was an example of the same thing that bringing a platform is easy, but bringing interest of developers is not. “Developers, Developers, Developers” that exactly was the words of new CEO of the company and with free signing and many welcome changes Symbian seems to be set for bringing a new world yet again.

As about features, then again many services are yet to come when Nokia E7 will be actually available or sale and some are even being targeted and design to Nokia E7. So, its better to keep mum till something really arrive.

Power Management

This was the other area of concern, when Nokia went for such slimmer design language. Not only finding the perfectly slimmer battery was a thing, but so was to decide inclusion of non-self-replaceable battery.

Battery comparison

As of now, without finally software, its useless to comment over the mention figures about battery performance, which only time will tell. Its sure that Nokia E7 not gonna be like typical E72 like battery life being a 4” multi-touch screen neither do the stats says that it might be better than Nokia N8.

We all are keeping our fingers crosses that new OS and new battery is going to perform as well as written in stats. 12 Hours talk time would really be deal breaker for anyone, if Nokia N8 gonna just do that.

As per specs and power hungry bigger screen, Nokia N8 scores point here, which seems strange due to the fact that Business devices always been on the top in this field at least. Is it gonna change?


So, these are a few things about upcoming phones and soon to be available Nokia N8. I really think that these never like before devices gonna bring some fresh breath for Nokia and Symbian. What you think?

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Netbook and Nokia N900 when Nokia N8 is coming

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The most perfect words about Nokia N900 that I came to read very long back,

The people behind it, you know those other guys in that other building, are probably a bunch of geeks with a sense of mission. Somehow, someone at Nokia stole a prototype from their lab and decided to slap a N Series logo and a number “900” on it and actually released it to the mainstream. Those lab guys don’t even make phones. They make internet tablets. They have nothing to do with big old Symbian. They have their own open source based OS called Maemo (pronounce My Mo). – via 360east.com

Beautiful and very accurate were the words and struck right there with me and … we seen more and more words being told about this beast, many stories, many myths broken, every day a new idea, every night a new invention, whenever you run of reasons that why should you buy a N900 adding up a few limitations from here and there, another morning wakes you up telling that every other day of N900 is another reason to talk about Nokia N900.


We all know that something such big as Nokia N8 is coming, we all keep on hearing that what new things that would be able to do, we all know that there will be an all time best camera phone in hands of you all, but still sometimes I think that why is my post about N900 vs N8 still topping in blog stats? Why WomWorld still has more posts over Nokia N900 than anything else?

 

May be I thought to post it much earlier, may be it was something else in my mind that I thought to give few words, but the credit is for sure of Inspect-A-Gadget’s post, where he discards Nokia N900 a viable alternative to Netbook. I am really feeling like pushed to say something … really something


Why Nokia N900 competes well with a Netbook?

First of all, why we needed a Netbook?

Compact size? More easy to carry? You are always online in the way you wanted. You could check on emails, you posts and surf blogs, you share pics, you make even occasional edits via its inbuilt tools, make sketches, music and whatever you like to do in moments, you sneak out a few moments.

You are in a conference but you do not need a table to put anything like others (at least 10” I guess) and still you are on …. in each step with others with your just 3.5” device … you are not typing like others might be, but you are making occasional touch gestures and sometimes your fingers racing on small but perfect keypad of your Nokia N900. Sounds gracious na?

 

Some argue that its limited by it caliber and a full fledge windows is something that a Maemo wont do ever. But tell me, do you really wanna do some photo shopping on the go? Or Studio like FX-Effects? But does a Windows 7 Starter with probably 1GB RAM at most serves the purpose for some photo shopping or movie editing? Does Windows Starter really work that way or if we choose any other operating system or do some Photo shopping, then does Netbooks really provide you those acclaimed 8 hours?

I know Zahib doesn’t actually meant that and still many more examples could be given and I always pointed that it was kind of natural right for Nokia N900 to opt for a 1500 mAh battery.. but still think about trade offs of carrying a device exclusively with you for purpose or having something that is always with you.

Think you are going to a family wedding and made promises with family that no more office chik chik, no more sneaking into those laptops. Will you really explain your granny that its a Netbook not laptop? Will you carry a Netbook to the wedding place? Really? But you could stand tall with Nokia N900. You will say its a phone dude and the coolest one, you might have seen around. While you all might be waiting for this function to be over and by morning, you will all be uploading pics to facebook, blogs etc… hey hold it there.. I am already done, while I was taking drinks with you. Get a look on my page.

And inside you say… sigh!!! thanks God, I didn’t missed that mail and replied too with collected facts from some googling. That’s all when you weren’t thinking that you will be needed to do something like that here in the wedding.

Believe me, its Nokia N900 that you wanted, not some Netbook that screams that I am underpowered and even if small, no one can figure me out much different from a traditional Laptop…. damnn man!! you cant even carry a iPad everywhere with you, sure not in your pocket.

For me, its never a question that if Nokia N900 can serve as a Netbook, but the question is what a Netbook serves? A sense of limits whenever you think of doing something serious and a sense of burden, when you thought you going to carry light? Are Netbooks going to be pagers of past or will they fight with Notebooks more than mobiles of today?


Nokia N8 and Nokia N900

You see some iMorons all around looking for reasons to eat another iCrap, because web seems to be echoing about that, because that’s probably most well marketed thing in the world.

But why you are finding reasons to choose Nokia N900 over Nokia N8, when no one seems to be marketing things that way? Why you feel that Nokia N8 will do many new things, but still think that there seems to be no limit that you will do with Nokia N900.

Well!! I am confused, totally confused and I know you all are … at least many of you really are. I know coz I see search terms like N8 Vs N900 hitting my blog without missing a day. I know because I still think that when someone said the lines below, then it wasn’t Nokia N8, but Nokia N900 in the mind ….

Its not the technology, but its what you do with it.

Current price as ` 24, 500, while Nokia N8 scaring with quotes like 600$  or ` 30, 000 and that too when it will make it to India (not before in September 2010 and if it went like Nokia loves to do with India then …. ). I bet, the wait isn’t pretty easier for you and there are reasons to think once again … its a complete touch device, when it comes to Nokia N8, are you all for that?

What’s currently not right with with Nokia N900?

Due to more attention to Intel-Nokia MeeGo, focus was very early moved from Nokia N900 than it should have. We still get just a basic Ovi Maps over a top-notch A-GPS unit and no Google Maps here due to lack of Java Support. Honestly speaking… that annoy… annoy big time, when we already were somehow compromising without Gravity (even Android, Apple, BB users doing, so not that much complaining).

Nokia N900 shouldn’t be a step child to Nokia, it has rights to get cared of and sure rights to get promised for update option to MeeGo.


One day, I hear that Nokia N900 received some update an could do portraits as efficient as other things, another day, I hear that there is something that could make your Nokia N900 a remote control of your TV via its IR port, another day, hermes integrates contacts with Gmail, Twitter, LinkedIn, Facebook, Yahoo, Skype, MSN, Ovi or whatever you think, another day you get Fcam libraries got released, another day… … story moves on.

You cry that why you were so naive, when Paul wrote you for giving an Nokia N900 for trial? Why you were so lost in Alice‘s Wonderland of magic that forgot that its just 14 days? Why you think that you would have been doing much much more with the N900 than you actually did? Why you think that if there was a time machine that could have been taken you back to the time, when Nokia N900 was in your hands and then pauses the time right there.

Why do you wish that may be someday Paul or Katie may be extra generous to you for sending an N900 this way again or some NokiaIndia or WomWorldIndia (?) or Blogger’s Mind or anything such think of pouring some love over you again? Yes! a dream chase … I do wanna get a second chance with my EX… a second chance to rectify my mistakes that I didn’t given her the treatment, she deserved … 15 days were so little for someone, who got a first trial device, when it was a N900.

Is it DATE? #NokiaDate?

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Ovi Suit updated to 2.2.0.245

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Even if we don’t go as much investigative about such updates like All About Symbian do, but still we all love getting updates for devices, software’s everything. Isn’t it?

Being with a Nokia N82 going kind of boring now days in this regards at least. While we kept on hearing each week about some other Nokia device getting some updates, didn’t heard about any Nokia N82 firmware update since December 21, 2009. Good to hear about Ovi Suit at least 😉

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Though SymbianTweet spotted it first and I got a notice of it by Siraj’s tweet, but strange was the fact that it wasn’t visible in my Ovi Suit and I wasn’t alone with this. Anyway, I went for the official link and downloaded the Ovi Suit from there. Wasn’t sure that if it was going to be an updated one as downloaded the same few days back as well with the same file name, but yes… it was 2.2.0.245.. great…

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Have you ever thought that we always accept the user agreements without even reading? Dammn… I think iPhone 4 buyers should check their agreements as well if Steave might have already told them to hold the phone in certain way way very much since start 😉 lol .. poor they even updates not fixing their issues.

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I am not sure that installation asked for a reboot as while installation my disk ran out of space (it was too little due to some big download residing in C:\ drive only) and it failed for the first time and asked for reboot. I rebooted and installed the new updated version and it didn’t asked reboot after the same, so I guess it must not ask you too.

Well!! I should say All About Symbian like resources have made us lazy about investigations, but I tried to do some with my sleepy eyes and guessing by last modification date that the update was ready by July 2, 2010.

Not sure but probably there is something written inside WhatsNew.dll like “Qt plugin data 4.6.1”. Qt was here in Ovi earlier or not? Me dumbo.. don’t know.. but best guess is Ovi suit must be getting armed for Nokia N8 support. After all, Symbian^3 is functionally complete and only Anssi’s Go pending for the final device, so they should be updating Ovi Suit and services to get best exploited by their much anticipated toy. That’s seems a possibility due to the reason that I found none of the help file updated with this version, not a single one, means the updates are more of the inside nature or something that will be revealed later on.. for today, its just performance update or what AAS will report later on…

So, post me.. if you found something new and note that if you are not getting update in Ovi suit, then don’t forget to check from official site.