Friday, September 25th, 2009

Nokia World Seen Through Twitter

September 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Events

Nokia World Seen Through Twitter

Tom’s Guide was apparently on the scene at Nokia World (or at least willing to listen through the Nokia executives’ thick Finnish accents). Here’s what they reported:

Nokia World now on https://events.nokia.com/nok…about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
Nokia CEO now talking about N900, Nokia’s ups and downs & “solid plans… create most widespread platform to deliver services for mobile”about 1 hour ago from TweetDeck
Nokia CEO: 27 operators, 8 countries, 5 different languages provide full support for Ovi Storeabout 2 hours ago from TweetDeck
N97 and Nokia 5800 sales: 10 million in last 10 months, N97 selling at faster rateabout 2 hours ago from …read more

Is the Nokia Booklet 3G Worth 575 Euros?

September 2, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

Is the Nokia Booklet 3G Worth 575 Euros?

So the cat’s finally out of the bag: the Nokia Booklet 3G will cost 575 euros (around $820), as announced in Nokia World.
That’s a bit pricey in my opinion. Sure, the 12-hour battery life and two-centimeter thickness of the gadget justify this price somewhat, but not entirely. For a 10.1″ netbook, nothing probably beats Nokia’s offerings in terms of specs, integrated extras (like HDMI), and battery capacity, but there are surely equally portable offerings that also include a built-in USIM slot.
What do you think? Personally, I’d rather spend my hard-earned money on something slightly more bulky, but significantly more powerful. …read more

Nokia Booklet 3G: 4 Reasons to be Skeptical

August 25, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under netbooks

Nokia Booklet 3G: 4 Reasons to be Skeptical

Over at Gadzooki, I share five reasons why I’m excited about the Nokia Booklet 3G, the Windows 7 netbook announced yesterday by the dominant mobile company. Now that my initial excitement has worn off, here are four thoughts from my inner late-blooming skeptic:

Specs: Too Good to be True?
12 hours of battery life is awesome! But Nokia has learned to play the battery overestimation game? Will actual battery life be more like 3 hours, as the Booklet’s various connectivity features are generously used?
N-Gage Part Deux?
N-Gage was Nokia’s attempt to enter the portable gaming market through hardware. Will the Booklet 3G become …read more

Nokia E52 is a Pricier E51 Refresh

August 24, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Nokia E52 is a Pricier E51 Refresh

Take the E51 (a great candybar phone with a comprehensive feature set) add a better battery, a higher-resolution camera, a standard 3.5mm audio jack, faster over-the-air connectivity, and microUSB support. What do you get? The Nokia E52 of course!
The successor refresh comes at a cost though. While the older E51 hovered around the $200-range, the E52 pushes the price point to around $350 (both prices for unlocked, contract-free phones). The E52 is available in “Metal Grey Aluminum” or “Golden Aluminum”, versus the E51’s metal black.

Nokia E52
Nokia E51

Services
Full Ovi services suite

Dimensions
116 x 49 x 9.9mm
115 x 47 x 9mm

Standby time
Up to …read more

Nokia 6600i Slide Promises Affordable Stylishness

August 13, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Nokia 6600i Slide Promises Affordable Stylishness

At below $300 unlocked, the Nokia 6600i Slide seems to be the manufacturer’s to offer stylishness for the budget-conscious consumer (or at least in the case of the US, buyers who are willing to spend a bit more on unlocked phones, but not too much).
The quad-band sliding phone features a washed metal finish, 3G capability, a sliding form factor, and a 5 megapixel camera. It comes in black and silver. The use of S40 limits the phone’s potential somewhat, but probably won’t drain the 1000mAh battery too quickly. Bundled extras like a 1GB microSD card, and the Nokia stereo headset …read more

Why Nokia Will Never be Big in the US

Why Nokia Will Never be Big in the US

Unless US telcos change, Nokia will never be big in the US. Maybe even in the future
From my experience with Nokia, the Finnish manufacturer has always believed in providing phones that are open and interoperable. It does not work with telcos to intentionally limit its products’ functionality for the sake of more money (as in the case of Verizon’s Bluetooth-free Motorola v710). Nor has it taken the exclusivity route, never agreeing to make its high-profile models available only to subscribers of certain networks.

Wired.Com rightfully presents this stance as an obstacle to Nokia’s establishment on the US market. For some reason …read more

Palringo Brings Makes Realtime IM Mobile

July 6, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

Palringo Brings Makes Realtime IM Mobile

Palringo deserves attention because it integrates numerous IM services into one mobile app. Supported IMs include MSN, AIM, YM, iChat, and Jabber/GTalk (yes, including the one built into Gmail). And unlike many mobile IM apps, Palringo does things real-time. Replies immediately show up, with no manual refreshing required.

It’s possible to switch between conversations, meaning users can chat with multiple contacts simultaneously. On the S60 version (tested on an N97), sending and receiving around 50 IMs via HSDPA added up to about 450kb/73kb of download/upload bandwidth usage. Needless to say the speed of the app depends on network coverage and phone …read more

What the Nokia N97 Lacks

July 4, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

What the Nokia N97 Lacks

As Technograph asserts

Aside from a better case, Nokia should’ve included the N97 into its Comes With Music program (currently unavailable for this phone, much less in the Philippines). The phone isn’t as hip or youth-oriented as the 5800, but purchasing a flagship Nokia model always represents brand loyalty and a significant investment for the buyer. Why not reward that kind of devotion?
All things said, each Nokia N97 comes with a lot of useful items. At the very least, the USB data cable, hands-free kit, charger adapter, and the phone’s built-in 32GB of memory means you don’t have to buy accessories …read more

The Nokia E75: Designed for Idiots

July 3, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

The Nokia E75: Designed for Idiots

Take the Nokia E75 out of the box, and you’ll see a transparent sticker plastered over the display. Apparently, Nokia received too many complaints, from people who couldn’t figure out that on some phones, the red End Call key doubles as the power button! The side-effect of this noobishness? You have to take off the display cover to start using the phone, wasting the sticker’s screen protector potential.

Based on the attended product briefing, Nokia’s pushing the E75 as email-centric, highlighting the QWERTY keyboard that slides out from underneath the otherwise candybar-looking smartphone, as well as the email-friendly messaging app. Functionality-wise …read more

How Long Does the Nokia N97 Battery Last?

July 1, 2009 by Rico Mossesgeld  
Filed under Cellphones

How Long Does the Nokia N97 Battery Last?

So how long does the battery of the Nokia N97 last on a full charge? Turns out much longer than the N96 and N95: “For now though, one thing is clear: based on my (admittedly undemanding) usage, the Nokia N97 almost lasted for two days. A definite improvement over the N96!”

A complete log of the phone’s usage over two days, accompanied by frequent updates on remaining battery life, is available on Philippine affiliate Technograph.

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