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Buy Unlocked Nokia E5 For Just $149.99 At Dell

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Last year, Nokia launched the much-awaited business smartphone, the Nokia E5. This device is the successor of the Nokia’s popular business phone, the Nokia E63. It runs on the Symbian S60v3 operating system and comes with a full QWERTY keyboard and a 5 megapixel camera. Nokia E5 is originally available for $239.99, but we will share an exclusive coupon code, which will help you to get this device for just $149.99

Nokia E5 features a 2.4 inch QVGA LCD display with 320 x 240 pixel resolution, full QWERTY keyboard, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, 3.5mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, A-GPS, 250 MB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card included, OVI Maps, OVI Chat, OVI Share, 18 hours 30 mins talktime, 29 days stand-by time and 1200 mAh battery.

Dell is selling this device for $239.99, but you will get a discount of $90 just by using the “K140H5WFQ0GK30” coupon code. This offer is currently available only in the US. If you are planning to buy this device, head over to this page, add the Nokia E5 smartphone to your cart and apply the coupon code given above.

Google Nexus S Running MeeGo OS

Steve Straughton the guy who got MeeGo v1.1 up and running on a HTC HD2 has come up with another awesome hack. He has managed to get the Nokia’s highly anticipated MeeGo OS running on the Google Nexus S. For getting the MeeGo OS to run on their Nexus S, users need to flash a custom kernel.

After that, they need to use the fastboot feature to boot the MeeGo OS on their handset using a rootfs image file. Users can also dual-boot between MeeGo and Gingerbread, if they wish to do so.

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Now the million dollar question which is usually associated with these hacks What works and what does not? Except for adb root access and the UI apps, nothing works – Touchscreen, Wi-Fi, data, calls, GPS – nothing. In fact, the SAMOLED screen brightness control option also does not work, which means users will have a tough time to see what’s being displayed on screen.

Nexus S owners who are interested in running MeeGo OS on their handset can find the installation steps here.

Why Nokia Needs To Do WP7 and Android Phones

There have been several on and off rumours about Nokia doing a Windows Phone 7 handset or not, especially now that Stephen Elop (previously of Microsoft) is in charge of the Finnish handset maker.

Nokia has been steadily losing marketshare. Even in its stronghold, India, the recent numbers show that Nokia has lost share to Android and several local players. One of Nokia’s biggest problem is their platform strategy. Symbian had been Nokia’s trump card till iPhone came along and sent Nokia into a tizzy of coming out with a competitive alternative. So far, Nokia hasn’t been able to challenge either Android or iOS.

Nokia certainly needs time to figure out a long term strategy while ensuring short term marketshare stability. This a reason I believe Nokia should opt for Windows Phone 7 and Android as an interim alternative till they are confident with their indigenous mobile OS. Windows Phone 7 has a fixed spec sheet and given Nokia’s handset designing experience they can do a decent job of designing at most two phones with and without physical keyboards. Alongside WP7, some resources can be spent on developing a custom Android experience with again not more than two handsets.

Android and WP7 handsets will get Nokia some much needed (good) attention and the required time to invest in their own platform. Nokia doesn’t necessarily need to compete with HTC, Samsung, Google, Microsoft at the same time. They can forge alliances with Google and Microsoft for the short term   while competing with other handset manufacturers and place themselves as a long term competitor with all the four.

Nokia 6700 Slide Firmware Updated To V61.004

Nokia has released a firmware update for its mid-range S60 handset the Nokia 6700 Slide. The handset sports a 2.2inch QVGA display along with 3G, HSDPA and HSUPA. The new firmware update for the device is numbered version 61.004 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the handset.

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The firmware update also installs the latest version of Nokia’s Ovi Store on the handset. The music player of the handset has been updated as well. Nokia has also updated smileys with this firmware update. Nokia 6700 Slide owners can get this update either via OTA or by using Nokia Software Updater (NSU). The Nokia 6700 Slide features UDP so users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.

However, I will recommend everyone to make a backup of their data before updating the firmware on their handset, in case things go wrong.

Nokia Sells 4 Million N8’s In Q4

According to a Finnish website Inderes Nokia has apparently managed to ship around 3.5million to 4 million N8 in Q4 of this year.   Inderes has based its statistics on a variety of factors which include the general popularity of the handset, recruitment and N8’s chip manufacturer’s instruction etcetera.

This piece of news has not been officially confirmed by Nokia itself, so readers should take this news with a pinch of salt.

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The report also suggests that the Nokia N8 has met with overwhelming success in the Indian market along with UAE and Malaysia.   The report also predicts that the N8 has managed to outsell the highly popular Android phone the Samsung Galaxy S in Q4 of this year. These stats must be coming as a shocker for many people since the N8 has been criticized in many reviews online.

No wonder Nokia still sells the most number of smartphones all over the world and Symbian still is the leading mobile OS.

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Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #4

Welcome to the fourth edition of the Best Mobile Apps of the Week For iOS, Symbian and Android. In this edition of BMATW (Best Mobile Apps of the Week), we will be introducing our readers to a very useful Backup’ application for Android, a barcode and a QR code scanner for Symbian and a very popular remote access application for iOS.

Below are the featured mobile apps of the week for iOS, Symbian and Android:

TeamViewer (iOS)

I don’t think I need to introduce our readers to TeamViewer. TeamViewer is a very popular multi-platform Remote Access application. It allows users to remotely control their computer from any part of the world. The best part of TeamViewer is that it’s available for free! TeamViewer is available for iPod Touch/iPhone as well as for the iPad.

The app also makes use of multi-touch gestures like pinch-to-zoom. A Pro version of TeamViewer is also available which provides unlimited access to any remote computers.

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The Pro version of TeamViewer for the iPod Touch/iPhone costs a whopping $99.99 while the iPad version will set you back by $139.99. To remotely access their computer, users need to make sure that they have the TeamViewer client installed on their PC as well. iOS device owners can download TeamViewer from here.

UpCode (Symbian)

UpCode is a barcode and a QR code reader for the Symbian platform as well as for Java based Nokia handsets. Barcodes are optical machine-readable representation of data, which shows certain data on certain products’ as defined on Wikipedia. A QR Code is similar to a barcode except that it is basically a matrix code or a two-dimensional bar code.

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To scan a barcode or a QR code for data, users need to fire up UpCode on their Symbian handset and point the camera towards the QR code/barcode. The app will then decode the data and present the information on the screen. UpCode also supports some Nokia handsets like the Nokia 6020 which don’t have a camera. In this case, users are presented with a field where they enter the number or the word of the code to get the data.

Users can check here whether their Symbian or Java powered handset is supported or not.

Titanium Backup (Android)

Titanium Backup is a very handy application for Android users who love to flash Custom ROMs on their handset. Usually, flashing a custom ROM on your Android handset means that all the user related data and installed applications will be wiped out.

This is where Titanium Backup comes to the rescue. The app allows users to make a backup of all their installed application as well as their system data.

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The application also features other useful options like encrypting your apps backup, scheduling backups, Dalvik cache cleaner and integrating system application updates into the ROM. A free as well as a paid version of the Titanium Backup ($5.30) is available on the Android Market. The application requires root access to your Android handset so make sure that your handset is rooted before purchasing the paid version of Titanium Backup.

Nokia N900 Running Android 2.3 Gingerbread

The modding community has done it again! The popular NIITDroid team has managed to port Android 2.3 Gingerbread on the Nokia N900. While the N900 runs on Maemo out-of-the-box, the phone has a huge modding potential. Due to this, various OS’s including Android 2.1, Android 2.2 and MeeGo OS have been ported to it. clip_image001

Most features of the phone including Wi-Fi, Sound and 3G are working on Android 2.3. However, the Android 2.3 ROM for the N900 still contains some major bugs which make it unstable for a day-to-day use.

As of now, the ROM is not yet out for public consumption. The developers of the ROM have promised to release an experimental Android 2.3 Gingerbread ROM for the N900 before the end of this year. They have also promised to release a fully stable Android 2.2.1 ROM for the N900 by Christmas.

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Nokia Planning to Launch Windows Phone 7 Devices?

Nokia - MicrosoftBoth Nokia (Symbian) and Microsoft (Windows Phone 7) have been hit hard by the rise of Android as a smartphone OS in the last 2 years. Symbian has been continuously losing marketshare to Android, even in the budget category of smartphones. Even Windows Phone 7 hasn’t seen very encouraging sales, thanks to Android’s domination. Android is probably in the smartphone world what Windows is in the PC world. However, Android has one huge advantage – it’s free and open. And everyone knows that you cannot beat “free” unless you offer a very compelling product which is better in every way, which Windows Phone 7 is definitely not.

Nokia has already stated that it won’t be using Android as the OS for its smartphones anytime in the near future. It is relying on MeeGo to give a boost to its lagging sales in 2011. But MeeGo is still not ready for a final release.

Eldar Murtazin at Mobile Review has commented in his weekly editorial piece that Nokia is planning to team up with Microsoft and launch smartphones running with Windows Phone 7 under the Nokia brand. While it may sound ridiculous at first, given Eldar’s track record, I can’t help but think that it might turn out to be true.

Even if this rumor does turn out to be true, I doubt that their alliance would be successful in curbing the growth of Android.

Source: Mobile Review

Best Mobile Apps Of the Week for iOS, Android and Symbian – #3

Welcome to our third edition of the Best Mobile Apps Of The Week. This week we would like to introduce our readers to a very popular Twitter app for the iOS as well as for Android.  Along with that, we would introduce our readers to a very popular VOIP client for Symbian.

Here are the featured mobile apps of the week for , and :

Twitter (iOS)

for /  is the official twitter client from the company itself Twitter. The app has a very slick UI and I especially love the sliding panels’ UI feature in Twitter for iPad. The app also supports push notifications and inline media display. I have been using Twitter for iPad right on my iPad since the day it was launched. The app literally blows the competition away!

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iOS owners can download Twitter For iPad/iPhone from the App Store for free.

Skype (Symbian)

Skype is one of the most popular VOIP services out there. The company also has an official Skype client for all the major mobile OS including Symbian. Skype for Symbian allows users to make free calls to other Skype users anywhere in the world for free via Wi-Fi or 3G. It also allows Skype owners to chat for free.

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The company recently rolled out an updated version of Skype which supports the latest generation of Symbian phones like the Nokia N8, C7 and E5. The update also added SILK’ Skype’s own audio codec which helps improves voice quality on a low-bandwidth connection. Symbian owners can download Skype for their handset for free from here.

TweetDeck (Android)

is one of the most popular third party Twitter client for Windows. The app is also available for other major mobile platforms including Android. The Android version of TweetDeck has a great looking UI and functions really well. I personally switched to TweetDeck and have been using it ever since on my Galaxy S since the day it was released.

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The application also supports other major social networking sites like Facebook, Google Buzz and Foursquare. The application however does lack some features like no support for creating lists, no auto-fill while entering @username and some totally useless widgets. However, I am pretty sure the folks behind TweetDeck for Android will fix all these issues sooner than later. Android owners can download TweetDeck for free from the Android Market.

Nokia E52 Firmware Updated To V52.003

clip_image001Nokia has released a firmware update for its business oriented handset the Nokia E52. The Nokia E52 sports a 2.4-inch QVGA display and is powered by a 600 MHz ARM11 processor.

Other key features of the phone includes a 3.2MP camera with LED flash, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microSD card slot, 3G with HSDPA/HSUPA and stereo FM. The new firmware update for the handset is numbered version 52.003 and aims at improving the performance and stability of the device. Other than this, the firmware update does not include any other major changes.

Nokia E52 owners can update their handset either via OTA (Over-The-Air) or by using Nokia Software Updater. Since the Nokia E52 features UDP (User Data Preservation) users don’t need to make a backup of their data before proceeding with the firmware update.