Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia launched Nokia 5230, a low budget touchscreen phone that comes with some excellent features such as 3G connectivity, 3.2 inches display, handwriting recognition, A-GPS and so on. Nokia 5230 is the cheapest touchscreen handset available in India from the manufacturer.
Nokia 5230 runs on Symbian S60 5th edition Operating System and 434 ARM MHz processor. It comes with 3.2 inches TFT resistive touchscreen display, 2 mega-pixel camera, 3G, EDGE, 70 MB internal storage, 16 external storage and much more.
Other features includes 3.5 mm headphone jack, VGA video recording, Document viewer, Photo editor, Flash Lite 3.0, Stereo FM radio with RDS, audio and video player, Java games, A-GPS, Nokia Maps 2.0, accelerometer, handwriting recognition and so on.
Though this device supports 3G connectivity, it does not comes with secondary camera for video calling. Sadly, this device does not support Wi-Fi connectivity as well. Nokia 5230 is the cheapest touchscreen handset available in India from Nokia and it is strategically priced at Rs.9,389.
Installing unsigned apps in Symbian OS has always been troublesome for everyone. Keith wrote an article back in 2008 to tackle this problem. Nokia, however, has disabled all TRK applications, making it harder to run unsigned apps. Here’s a short tutorial on how to run unsigned apps Symbian OS 9.1 and 9.2 : Continue reading Installing Unsigned Apps On S60V3→
Nokia N97 is available for $492 on Amazon, after a price cut of $157 and an instant rebate of $50, this is the cheapest deal we found around for a Nokia N97.
Nokia N97 is the second touchscreen phone from Nokia, which runs Symbian OS v5 and has 32GB internal memory, with a 16GB expandable MicroSD card slot. It weighs 5.29 ounces and measures 4.61 x 2.18 x 0.63 inches. Its 1500 mAh lithium-ion battery is rated at up to 9.5 hours of GSM talk time (6 hours while on 3G networks, and up to 430 hours (17.9 days) of GSM standby time (400/16.6 days on 3G networks). It runs on the 850/900/1800/1900 MHz GSM/GPRS/EDGE frequencies as well as the 850/1900/2100 MHz HSDPA 3G frequencies.
Bluetooth is one feature which everyone in today’s modern world uses to share files with his or her friend circle. Currently Bluetooth is in version 2.0 and Bluetooth 3.0 will soon be implemented in mobiles from next year. Today at Bellevue, WA, the Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG) revealed the specifications of upcoming Bluetooth 4.0. The transfer rate offered by Bluetooth 4.0 will be around 1Mbps, and it will transmit data at 2.4Ghz frequency.
Michael Foley, Ph.D., executive director of Bluetooth SIG said With today’s announcement the race is on for product designers to be the first to market. Bluetooth low energy modules for all sorts of new products may now be qualified this is an important step towards our goal of enabling new markets with Bluetooth wireless technology. For example, the Continua Health Alliance has already selected Bluetooth low energy technology as a transport for the next version of its guidelines.
Bluetooth 4.0 will see the implementation of bluetooth technology in many fields which we have not even imagined until now like Medical, Healthcare, Sports and Fitness etc. Today’s news from the Bluetooth SIG is an exciting step forward for technology in mobile health and wellness devices,said Rick Cnossen, president and board chair, Continua Health Alliance. Our selection of Bluetooth low energy for the Continua Version Two Design Guidelines extends exciting new capabilities to manufacturers and consumers alike, as well as enabling additional use cases within the Continua ecosystem.”
Bluetooth 4.0 features two types of implementation single mode and dual mode. Single mode chip features a link layer providing very low idle power consumption. On the other hand, the dual mode chip can be integrated into an old bluetooth controller. This will allow manufacturers to save cost to a certain extent. and still be able to provide the low power consumption offered by Bluetooth 4.0. The security has also been beefed up to full AES-128 encryption using CCM.
Nokia has been committed to this ultra low power wireless technology since its Wibree technology development. Now we are happy to see the adoption of the Bluetooth low energy specification, which will open up new market opportunities and space to innovate for the industry. The wide manufacturer base behind Bluetooth low energy technology and the combined industry effort will result in exciting new user experiences in the mobile space,said Markku Verkama, Director, Devices R&D Nokia.
Recently, we have posted “Maemo Theme” for Symbian S60 5th Edition phones. Now we are presenting an exclusive Christmas Theme for Symbian S60 devices. Check out the screenshots and supported phones list below:
Recently, Nokia has launched a second beta of its social networking client, Nokia Messaging, which allow users to access Facebook as well as Twitter from their Nokia handsets. Currently it supports Nokia N97, Nokia N97 Mini and Nokia 5800. Check out the features of Nokia Messaging Beta 2 below.
Upload pictures and videos
Events: View upcoming events, birthdays and import to device calendar
Click-to-call / click-to-SMS / click-to-FB Email
Contextual homescreen widget jump directly to your Facebook and Twitter posts and tweets to comment.
Live Facebook and Twitter updates pushed to your phone homescreen
Update your status on Twitter
View / reply to your Tweets
Communication choices multiple ways to interact with your friends and social network circles straight from the client (e.g. post a comment, call, SMS, or email)
Share your current location and your points of interest in a post or in a message leveraging device GPS location and Ovi Maps (e.g. view friends’ location, add your location)
Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker, Nokia, released a new firmware update for Nokia 5230. The new version 11.0.079 can be easily downloaded from Nokia Software Update. It is advised to backup all your data before updating your device. Check out the complete changelog below:
Camera : logical name qtn_lcam_cmd_rename_image(Rename image) displays in Options.
Calibration UI text layout is out of range
Chat messages goes to wrong window
Sometimes it is difficult to close the details pop-up
Active voice call + proximity activation + turning of the device, to cause black display
Mail for Exchange is uncertifiedfor Simon HW variants
MFE: Some items of Options in MFE can not be localized to Chinese.
Contacts: New contact doesn’t add to the home screen after adding a photo to the contact.
Games in wrong folder after backup restore
OVI contacts:The order of the E-mail address is displayed incorrectly when adding friend in OVI contacts.
Phone responds Installer already in usewhen trying to install applications
Album art cannot be viewed if changed with music player (Huriganes)
Unable to create MfE account into phone
UI: Welcome logo is not displayed completely after rebooting.
Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia, announced the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition. This device comes with all the features of Nokia 6700 classic along with a stainless steel covers that feature real gold plating of 18 carats.
Nokia 6700 Classic Gold Edition runs on Symbian S40 OS. This handset includes a 2.2-inch display, 5 mega-pixel camera, 8GB microSD flash memory card, FM radio, Bluetooth, audio and video player, A-GPS, 3G connectivity, Accelerometer, Ovi Maps and noise cancellation technology.
According to Nokia,
The Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition has enviably beautiful surfaces, luxurious materials and precisely crafted parts. A full metal keymat and living wallpapers created exclusively for the Gold Edition complete the deluxe finish. With its 5 megapixel camera and high speed data access that allows easy upload of photos and videos to various on-line communities, the Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition makes an outstanding sharing experience.
The Nokia 6700 classic Gold Edition is delivered with matching accessories, a natural leather carrying case and strap, and the 8GB microSD card included in-box has plenty of room for storing images, videos or favorite music.
This handset is expected to arrive in European markets during the first quarter of 2010 with a price tag of â‚¬370 / $540 (Approx.) / Rs. 25,000 (Approx).
Recently, Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia unveiled a new “Comes With Music” handset, the Nokia 5235. This handset allows users to download an unlimited amount of music free of charge for the first 12/18 months, after that users will have to subscribe them to continue listening and downloading new tracks or else the license of all the downloaded tracks would be expired.
Nokia 5235 comes with a 3.2 inch full touchscreen, 2 mega-pixel camera, 3.5mm headphone jack, 16 GB external memory, Ovi Store, Ovi Share, Ovi Maps and Ovi Contacts. It runs on Symbian S60 5th Edition OS. This handset can play 33 hours of non-stop music.
According to Nokia Conversations,
The Nokia Music Store is accessible directly from the homescreen, and once you’ve created your Music Store account and entered your Comes With Music subscription PIN code, all the prices will disappear, making downloading music even easier. You can also download music through a PC using Nokia Ovi Player.
This handset is set to arrive in the first quarter of 2010 in European markets with a price tag of â‚¬145 / $210 (approx.) / Rs.10,000 INR (approx).
Until now, we could only search on Google either by typing or using Google Voice search. Now, Google has launched an amazing new service for Android phones Visual search engine. All you need to do is, click a picture of any object using your phone’s camera. Goggles, Google’s new application will then attempt to recognize the object and provide you with required information. This is exactly like Nokia’s Point and find technology.
As this is still a nascent technology, Google only recognizes items like landmark and art work . You may check out the video to get more information how this works:
You can download the Google Goggles application from the Android Market.
If you are a Mac user and own a Nokia phone, chances are you might be having a hard time finding a software which will make your job of managing your phone’s SMS, contacts via your Mac easy. Sadly, Nokia has only released a plug-in for iSync, which allows a user to sync contacts and calendar entries with your Mac.
Nokia has not released either Nokia PC Suite or Ovi Suite for Mac, thus leaving the Mac users without any support. This is where BluePhoneElite 2 comes to the rescue. The software allows you to manage your call logs, messages, and contacts right from your Mac. The software communicates with your phone via Bluetooth, and the user needs to install an application called BPEnableron his mobile phone before BluePhoneElite 2 is able to synchronize your contacts, messages and call log. The icon of the software on the dock shows 2 bars indicating the network strength and the battery level, which is definitely a nice feature.
BluePhoneElite2 has a Message Center, which shows all your messages in a threaded view, which is very useful. Users can reply to SMS messages from their Mac easily, without even touching their phone. The most interesting and useful feature of BluePhoneElite 2 is the ability to use the speaker of your Mac as a loudspeaker. Basically it means that when you receive a new call, you can use BluePhoneElite 2 to accept the incoming call and you can hear the callers voice from the loudspeaker of your Mac, and the inbuilt microphone will transmit your voice to the caller. The software also allows you to change the profile of your phone. BluePhoneElite 2 also has an option to setup hotkeys to bring up the message center, call center and to perform several other functions.
BluePhoneElite 2 has few features which even Nokia’s PC/Ovi suite lacks. Also this is the only software I have ever come across for my Mac, which can easily replace Nokia’s Ovi Suite. The software costs 24.95$, which is a bit steep, but for the functionality this software offers, I guess users won’t mind forking out a little bit more. A 14-day trial version of the software is also available for download. Here is the official product page of BluePhoneElite 2.
Update: Bing Cashback is no longer applicable on this deal. You can still buy the Nokia N900 for $449.99.
Another great deal for people looking to buy Nokia N900. Dell.com has a instant rebate of $100 and mail in rebate of $50 on the Nokia N900. The effective cost for Nokia N900 is $449.99, however, you can apply a further Bing Cashback of 5% to bring the total cost down to $425.
To get your 5% Bing cashback with the purchase, follow the steps given below.
Step 1: Go to Bing.com and search for Dell.com.
Step 2: Click on the first result at the top of the page. Enter your email address you will use to shop at Dell on the next page.
Playing games can be fun and mobile phones are no longer used to just play “Snake” these days. There has been a huge leap in mobile gaming, and we can now play “First person shooting” and “3D games” on those tiny devices. In the past we have covered games for 80+ awesome games for Nokia and Symbian v3 platform, here are the Top 5 Games according to me for Nokia S60v5 based phones including Nokia N97, N97 Mini, Nokia 5800, Nokia X6 and Nokia 5530 -:
5) Quick Block – Quick Block was one of the most popular game for Uiq phones. After the uiq platform was killed last year, the developers ported the game to Symbian S60v5 platform. The game is a very simple one, you just need to save your block from hitting few other moving blocks on the screen. The game has got decent graphics and it has a very addictive gameplay. Definitely a good game to kill some time! You can download Quick Block from here.
4) Labyrinth – Labyrinth is an accelerometer based game. Here the player needs to guide the ball through a board to a point given on the board. Being a motion control based game, this game is surely fun to play. The graphics of the game is also decent, but the game lags for a second or so sometimes which is irritating. Nevertheless, this is a must have game for your phone. A ‘Lite’ or demo version of Labyrinth can be downloaded from the Ovi Store.
Nokia E72, the latest Eseries smartphone from Nokia has sneaked its way into US (NAM) markets. Nokia E72 runs on Symbian OS Series 60 v3.2 and 600 MHz ARM processor. It comes with 2.36 inches TFT display, full QWERTY keyboard, 128 MB RAM, 250 MB internal storage, expandable upto 16GB, EDGE, 3G and an excellent 5 mega-pixel camera with autofocus and Carl Zeiss optics.