Some news has recently emerged about Sony Ericsson’s OS plans on it’s next few phones after Swedish reporter Helen Ahlbom over at nyteknik.se interviewed Jan Uddenfeldt, Sony Ericsson’s new chief technology officer.

It seems that Jan announced that Sony Ericsson has no plans to launch any devices in the near future running the Symbian OS but rather focus on Android which seems to be the case with a lot of manufacturers at the moment, it’s “the in thing” right now.

Jan Uddenfeldt’s official statement was:

Android is definitely our focus, but we have not given up on Microsoft’s Windows Mobile operating system, although it had a bit slow to take off, Windows 7 Phone is on the map. However, we have at present no plans for new products with Symbian”

You do have to remember that Sony Ericsson is still a part of the Symbian Foundation, and as such, personally I believe that they are waiting on the reaction to Symbian^3 before they decide what to actually do, which would make sense!

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It looks like Ovi Maps is back on the Nokia Beta Labs with the latest 3.06 update, which brings some great improvements including public transport overlay, and live traffic updates. I just with they made this available before I went to Europe for the weekend, would have loved to give it a real try on a 900+mile round trip car journey (UK to Netherlands to Brussels and back to UK!). Will give it a test to work though which is still 100 miles of driving!

Improvements

  • Visually refreshed main menu and icons
  • New maps with public transport lines (as a new map layer) for subways, trams and trains in 80+ cities around the world. Just click the map toolbox icon and select Transit lines
  • Improved search experience – find places and addresses around you – or anywhere in the world – fast and easily. Browse places or enter a keyword in the search box. Now with suggestions and “did you mean?” functionality
  • New place pages with description, reviews, pictures and places nearby. Interact with places in a whole new way – you can check in, contact, navigate, save, rate, share, report or see place on the map
  • Sare a place – send a place to your friends via SMS or Email. The SMS contains the address and a link to the place page with description, ratings, contact, URL and a mini map. The link opens up on the mobile browser (also on non-Nokia devices),
  • Check in – keep your friends up-to-date with where you are and what you’re up to. Check in to places and share it with your friends on Facebook and many more social networks. See places you’ve been to in your check in history,
  • New Drive assistance mode with live traffic flow – after clicking Drive, you’re instantly in drive assistance mode with live traffic flow and more. Once you start moving, get safety camera alerts and speed limit warnings,
  • More folder with many rich content services relevant to your location. Personalise your Ovi Maps by selecting the services you’d like to keep on your main menu for instant access.

Live Traffic over 24 hours in London

Check in for Ovi Maps

To get it for yourself, head over to Nokia Beta Labs (Don’t forget it is still in beta so probably has some bugs, and you need to login/register to download!)

Hey,

Just a quick one, now that Nokia have released the N8 in the UK, they have also released their own interactive video unboxing of the device, and you get to choose from 3 people to do the unboxing so enjoy!

Just before the video, they even gave me a personal greeting from Ryan :D

Interactive video:


Hope you enjoyed that!

Hey all, i’ll keep this short!

This is the news you have all been waiting for, the Nokia N8 has finally arrived on the Nokia UK website.

The price for the handset is £429.00 and you can get it in either: Black, Silverwhite, Green, Orange or Blue, so get yours now!

N8 purchase page: http://shop.nokia.co.uk/webapp/wcs/stores/servlet/productdetail_10512_10102_-11_20000355

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Hey all,

This is the last part of my review, and I wanted to compare the differences between the E71 and the E72 (see others parts via links above).

The E71 was a great success, good build quality, good specs and worked well, but it wasn’t without it’s flaws, including random key presses when the keypad was locked, annoying to remove battery cover, and other bits and bobs but are mostly fixed on the E72.

Front

The first thing you might notice about the 2 devices, is how Nokia have tweaked, and personally think improve the keyboard layout and functionality. The 4 customizable option keys are now positioned on the outer edge of the device instead of next to the 5-way navigation keys and also the top section above the QWERTY now occupies about 50% more space which makes for easy press and reduces the likelihood of accidentally pressing keys around the one you wanted.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Front

Speaking of the QWERTY keyboard, the spacebar is now half the size and incorporates the activation/deactivation of the Torch as mentioned in part 2 of the review. The reduction of the spacebar has allowed for an extra 2 symbol keys which in theory should reduce the time spent looking though the symbol’s menu!

The face of the device is now a lot more uniform and clean-cut which looks a lot better then the slightly different tones on the front of the E71. Also the silver trim is a single bit of metal and the same thickness all the way around which is an improvement on the 2 pieces of different size metal on the E71.

Back

The back of the device has changed only a bit with the camera getting a metal trim but one thing the E72 is missing is the small mirror on the camera block, but I doubt many people really used, and on a minor note, the camera and LED light have switched positions! In addition to this, the loudspeaker is also now on the back of the device just to the left of the camera.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Back

The battery door has become slightly smaller and the release mechanism for it is now at the bottom. To open it, you just have to slide the tab down, which is a huge improvement on the 2 annoying buttons on each side of the E71.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Back (Open)

Under the battery door, you now have a metal tray which you have to slide out to remove the SIM card. The battery is still the same BP-4L but the software and hardware improvements, it means it will last longer in the E72.

Left

Immediately you can see the improvement to the finish on the left side of the E72, with the memory card and USB covers being flush with the side and made from the same plastic as the rest of the device, in contrast to the rubber covers which stuck out slightly and were a slightly different colour because of the differences in material.

The IR input/output has now gone, which makes sense, as again I’m sure no-one that owned an E71 ever used it.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Left

Right

On the right, the volumes keys and the mute/voice function key are now metallic which gives it a nice feel, and the 2.5 headphone jack has gone, to been replaced with a 3.5mm jack at the top of the device.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Right

Top

Speaking of the top of the device, the 3.5mm stereo headphone jack is positioned on the far left where the loudspeaker used to be, and this can be accessed while the device is still in the case.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - Top

The power button has improved from that red eye-soar to a sleek metal button in the middle of the device which match the buttons on the right.

Bottom

The base of the device has not changed, as the 2mm charger socket is still in the same place, apart from it being a bit less rounded and the lanyard loop moving a few millimetres closer to the front of the phone if you call that a change!

Nokia E71 vs E72 - Bottom

In Leather Case

The case that you get with the E72 has a full side open instead of the part side/part top opening on the E71 case, and as I explained in Part 1 of this review, this allows access to the headphone socket, USB socket, memory card slot, lanyard loop and 2mm charger socket which are the things you want to be able to access while the phone is in the case.

Nokia E71 vs. E72 - In Leather Case

Internal

Inside the phone, the hardware has been improved in several different ways.

First the internal storage has increased from 110MB to 250MB which means you get more space to install your apps and games, it also reduces your chance of running out of space for messages, etc.

Although the RAM has stayed the same at 128MB which is reasonable for this type of phone, the processor has almost doubled from 369Mhz to 600Mhz allowing it to run a lot smoother, for it to be able to handle more applications at the same time and for it to handle more intense applications if it needs to.

The internet speeds the E72 is able to reach has also over doubled over the network, as HSDPA speeds now can be as high as 10.2 Mbps instead of  3.6 Mbps, but as always, it is dependant on your network and several other factors.

The software on the E72 has been loaded with the latest Symbian 9.3 a.k.a. Series 60 v3.2 operating system, which runs smoother and with less power drain therefore improving the battery life from 4.5 hours talk time over 3G on the E71 to a nice 6 hours on the E72.

For a full technical comparison, head over to the page on GSM Area or on Nokia’s own page.

I hope this review was useful for you, I have tried to cover most the usual things but if I have missed something just let me know in the comments, and do come back for more of the same.

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Hey all,

This is the second part of my review, if you haven’t seen the first part, you can see it here: Part 1

I’m not going to just list every single spec, as you can easily find that over on Nokia’s E72 page, rather go over the main aspects of the phone.

With a lot of phones, you might find that manufacturers state 2 or 3 key features which make the device what it is, but like with Nokia’s N-series devices, it seems that they really packed a lot into this “business” orientated device, and on Nokia’s own feature page, you see that they highlight 8 major aspects of the device which make it what it is, a truly all round great device. Nokia’s own description of the phone really does make this point as you will soon see:

Nokia E72 is a high-performance device tailor-made for seamless business and personal communication.

Messaging

The first thing Nokia have listed is the messaging, and for a device with a full QWERTY keyboard, they have rightly done so. The phone is able to cope with up to 10 personal emails, has full support for push e-mail and Mail for Exchange. There is also support for Windows Live Messenger (aka MSN messenger as it used to be called), Google Talk, as well as several others, plus with the active homescreen and true multitasking capability, you can have most of not all these things running at the same time!

There are also support for things like Lotus Notes Traveler, and if you don’t have a personal e-mail, you can always sign up to Ovi Mail (which will soon be powered by Yahoo! thanks to Nokia and Yahoo! agreeing to join forces not too long ago).

SatNav

As you hopefully already know, back in February, Nokia announced that they were making Nokia Maps completely free for life not too long after they acquired Navteq. This shook the satellite navigation world, but now means that all new Nokia Symbian phones (and some S40 ones too) will get worldwide SatNav available at their fingertips and if you are worried about data charges, then you can even pre-load all available maps onto your device, so no matter where you are (within reason), you should never get lost again! (All the available maps come to only about 5.5GB which is quite reasonable but you can always just load the ones you want)

For added convenience you can also head over to the Ovi Maps website, log in, so you can plan and save your routes and manage your favourites, then if you have set your Ovi Maps on your phone to auto sync, next time you start the maps application, it will update it straight to your device, which means it will take all the things you saved on the Ovi Maps website and synchronise it with your phone, so no more need to fiddle around with your phone, trying to plan a route, or add new addresses!

Ovi Maps (maps.ovi.com)

The phone is also A-GPS compatible which means it uses your phone network to help pick up your location a lot quicker, but just note that there are some small amount of data used for this, so you may get charged, but you can always turn the “network based” GPS off in the settings, which will just means it takes a bit longer to find your position.

Ovi

The Nokia Ovi brand is basically all of Nokia’s services rolled into one nice and convenient  location, and can be accessed by heading over to www.Ovi.com

One of the great things you can do from your device is download apps from the Ovi Store so if it’s not already on the device, I’m sure someone has put the application in the store, whether it be free, demo or premium, these are available from: store.ovi.com (just select your device from the top right of the page, or log-in if you already have a Ovi account)

All of the Ovi services currently available include:

  • Ovi Files – Access your files from anywhere (Being discontinued as of 1st October 2010)
  • Ovi Calendar – Back up and edit your calendar
  • Ovi Contacts – Back up and edit your contacts
  • Ovi Maps – Plan your trip on our computer and sync your route to your phone
  • Ovi Store – Get apps, games, videos, and more
  • Ovi Mail – E-mail
  • Ovi Music – Music Store
  • Ovi Share – Share your photos and videos

Ovi.com

Performance

The E72 is able to hold it’s own, and is able to cope with multitasking with ease as Nokia have given it a more then ample 600Mhz processor, and as always, to switch between running application, just hold down the home/menu key. You also get 128MB of RAM and a very good 250MB internal memory which means smooth running and you are less likely to run out of space for your messages, e-mails and other files, but don’t forget Nokia have included a 4 GB memory card so you have plenty of space for your pictures, videos, documents, and other things like your maps.

Design

A lot of this I covered in part 1, but I just thought I’d highlight how the stainless-steel trim on the phone makes the phone feel nice to hold, the hard plastic on the back isn’t really the best material they could have made it out of, but it’s not the worst either and looks fine. Either way, I’m sure most people will be concentrating on the front so much you’ll soon forget about the back.

The device keeps a uniform theme around it, with the memory card slot and USB port cover’s made out of the same material as the rest of the plastic on the phone, so when the covers are closed, they don’t stand out, and all the buttons have a metallic feel which is pleasing on your fingers. The plastic it’s self is coloured rather then painted which means that if you are unfortunate enough to scrape it, or after a lot of normal wear, you won’t see bit’s of different coloured plastic beneath the top layer.

Some of the nice touches to the device and things like the optical pad, but Nokia have kept the 5-way navigation key’s is a great idea as it allow people the opportunity to use both or whichever one they prefer rather then being forced to only having one option like you have on blackberry’s.

The QWERTY keys themselves, are nice to touch, although personally, I have got used to bigger keys like those on my N900, so it took me a day or so to get used to the smaller layout, although I have almost got used to it (typical, just as I have to give it back!).

One thing which I did mention in the video in part 1, is the torch function, which is really useful to have right there, built into the device without the need for third-party apps (which don’t always work or only light up the screen!). To activate, when you are on the homescreen, just hold the spacebar key for about 2-3 seconds, and it will turn on, and stay on until you do the same to turn it off. You can even use it without unlocking the keypad, but to prevent accidental turn on, you have to keep the spacebar key held down while you are using the light, when you release it, it will turn the light off.

Photos and video

The E72 has a great 5 megapixel camera which is capable of taking pictures at 2592 x 1944 pixels and sports autofocus and flash. To focus all you have to do is place your thumb/finger over the optical pad without pressing, and the phone will try to focus, which is equivalent to half pressing the camera key on normal digital cameras, then just press the select button to take the picture, it’s simple and really intuitive when you try it yourself! If it is not able to focus (i.e. shows a red or orange box instead of green), just move your thumb/finger away, then move back to try focusing again.

Internet

The web browser on the E72 has good HTML and Flash support (via Flash Lite 3.0) and is capable of up to 10.2 Mbps over HSDPA (3.5g), dependant on network availability, and you can also connect via Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g.

Browsing is made smooth and easy thanks to the optical pad but you always have the 5-way navigation keys if you prefer and as I mentioned above you get access to services such as Ovi, Windows Live Messenger, etc right from the device.

Applications

The phone comes with some nice applications including a full version of Quickoffice so you can view and edit Microsoft Office 2000, XP, 2003, and 2007 documents (DOC, XLS, and PPT file formats) and also view PDF’s on the phone. To add to this, with the PictBridge compatibility, you can even print without needing a PC (on a PictBridge compatible printer – This might only work for picture, but possibly even documents!).

If what’s on the E72, or any Nokia for that matter, is not enough, you can also head to the Ovi Store for the latest apps, widgets, games, themes and everything in between to keep you going!

Ovi Store (Store.Ovi.com)

Continued in part 3

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Hey all,

Thanks to the people over at WOMWorld/Nokia, I had a Nokia E72 to trial for a couple of weeks.

Last week I uploaded an unboxing and quick tour around the phone (see here), and I now have a much more thorough review of the phone uploaded, and ready for your viewing pleasure!

I hope you found that useful!

The E72 is a really nice device, and they have tweaked the external and internal parts of the phone exactly in the right ways from it’s predecessor, the E71, which is why Nokia will always be the biggest mobile phone manufacturer in the world!

Front

  • 2.36inch (20 x 240 pixels) screen in landscape orientation
  • Light sensor in the top right
  • Front facing camera (640 x 480 pixels, up to 15 fps)
  • Full QWERTY keyboard and 4 customisable option keys
  • Five-way scroll key with an optical trackpad (or as Nokia call it: Intuitive Optical Navi Key) and breathing notification light
  • Earpeice
  • Microphone

Nokia E72 - Front

Back

  • Loudspeaker
  • 5 megapixel camera (2592 x 1944 pixels) with autofocus
  • Single LED flash (Can be used as a torch)
  • Back cover!

Nokia E72 - Back

Top & Bottom

The top of the device has:

  • Power button (metallic finish in line with the rest of the device)
  • 3.5 mm audio connector (Improvement on the 2.5mm found on the E71)

And at the bottom you can find:

  • 2mm charger connector
  • Lanyard loop (in the bottom corner)

Nokia E72 - Top & Bottom

Left & Right

On the left you will see:

  • Micro USB connector (data and charging)
  • MicroSD memory card slot (comes with 4GB, nokia state it can cope with upto 16GB but i’m sure if you could afford one, a 64GB card would work fine)
  • Lanyard loop (in the bottom corner)

And on the right:

  • Volume up and down buttons
  • Mute/voice activation button

Nokia E72 - Sides

Nokia E72 - Top Left (In Case)

Nokia E72 - Bottom Left (In Case)

Continued in part 2

Review: Part 1 (Video & Pictures)Part 2 (Specs & Features)Part 3 (E71 vs E72)

Nokia E72 Unboxing

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Hey all,

Thanks to the people over at WOMWorld/Nokia, I’ve had a Nokia E72 to trial and review and I thought I would start with a unboxing so you can see what you get if you buy the device.

Please note that this is mostly raw and unedited because I’ve had some issues with my video editor. I will be doing a review, etc so stay tuned, but for now, enjoy!

I hope that was useful and come back soon!

The latest news from Nokia Conversations is that Nokia and Intel have been working soo closely that they decided to move in with each other!

Earlier this year we all saw Nokia and Intel announce that they will be working together to bring the world of mobile operating system’s a merger of Meamo (by Nokia) and Moblin (by Intel) into their love-child MeeGo.

I’m sure a lot of people wanted to know where this relationship was going and it now looks like both companies have decided to establish a new, collaboratively owned and run laboratory at the Centre for Internet Excellence at the University of Oulu: “The Intel and Nokia Joint Research Center, Oulu”. The companies plan to employ two dozen R&D professionals who will begin with building the next generation of graphics for mobile devices and as there is already experience of 3D internet research in Oulu, they will be able to get a lot of help and inspiration for their projects.

The lab was opened by the CTOs: Rich Green for Nokia and Justin Rattner for Intel, together with Heikki Huomo, Director of the Centre.

Justin Rattner, Intel chief technology officer and director of Intel Labs:

The University of Oulu’s focus on future telecommunications solutions as well as electronics and photonics made it the perfect location for the Intel and Nokia Joint Innovation Center

Rich Green, Senior vice president and chief technical officer, Nokia:

3-D technology could change the way we use our mobile devices and make our experiences with them much more immersive

Our new joint laboratory with Intel draws on the Oulu research community’s 3-D interface expertise, and over time will lay down some important foundations for future mobile experiences.

Sources: Intel Newsroom & Nokia Conversations

Sorry for the Downtime

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Hey all,

There has been some downtime over the last few day’s which I have been trying to avoid. I moved TheTekBlogger.com to my own hosting, and as usual the transition didn’t go as smooth as I had hoped, I’ve had to move back to wordpress for the time being until I can figure out what caused the issue.

On another note, I have a couple of treats for you all in the coming weeks so stay tuned ;)