Category Archives: Ideas

On Leaks & Scoops

On Leaks & ScoopsI just came across a very though provoking piece on the Conversations website – Product Leaks. We are all well aware of the latest Nokia phones but that’s not it, these days we seem to be aware of what’s being cooked up in their labs too! Pictures of the latest Nokia slider, the first S60 touchscreen device and so on are hugely sought after and our appetite for more and more knowledge about what’s going on never ends. May be it is because we are just looking too see what our newest purchase going to look like or do, but it could also be possibly be a manifestation of a part of us that feels and wants to be a part of Nokia. We want to be ‘in’ on the latest no matter what, be part of the entire product life cycle.

I fondly recall when the first pictures and specifications of a rumoured N83 emerged, how it was later confirmed as the N95. From the very first day, I decided that I wanted the phone. Waiting months for it to be announced, lapping up every tiny bit of information on it, meanwhile discussing it with fellow enthusiasts, it was fun. But at what cost for Nokia? I at that time was sold on an N73, had almost bought it when the leak hit. I stopped, waited a few more months and then got the N95 while skipping the N73. That leak had just caused Nokia a 450$ loss. What was worse for them, I even told a friend to hang on – 900$. But if you come to think of it, this is not a big loss at all. Nokia sells millions of handsets and a large chunk of those buyers do not have a clue that the handset is available until they see it in shops. May be with time the percent of Internet savvy buyers grows, but but this will continue to remain one of the lessor worries.

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Wanted In S60: USB Reading Capabilities

USB Reading Capabilities

I happen to play around with a lot of S60 devices most of the time and generally show them around to friends and give them the juice on each device. This is good, that is good, this is bad and so on. Now a lot of times when I’m playing with a really high end Nseries I speak to them about how I did get it to control my computer, the TV, browse the web, email, brilliant camera, TV out, GPS and after I end they are impressed of course; but after all of that I have had a lot of friends ask me this – can it read a USB/Pen/Thumb drive?

I do not know how this question comes up, but it does. May be its because these devices are doing so many things that a computer can so people tend to think, well, hold on, may be it can do that too?! Till a few days ago, I didn’t think much of it and generally thought it was a case of much easier said than done and it’ll be ages till we would see something like that happen.

But not very long ago Thoughtfix on the TabletBlog wrote about the N810 acting as a USB host with a brilliantly small application. 

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Battery Swap

The N96 With Its 950 mAh Battery! 

How many times have you heard the dreaded low battery tone on your mobile phone when you least wanted it? Nowadays mobile phones are coming crammed up with more technology than ever before. The progress being made in this field is staggering with phones touting 5 megapixel cameras and some even having xenon flash modules. If I told you this just a few years ago, you’d think I’m describing a new standalone camera model. This certainly is a great time to be a mobile phone enthusiast.

But unfortunately like all things in the world, all’s not fun and roses. There is a downside. The technology that is behind powering our mobile phones is not keeping pace. It just can’t. I was just reading a few days ago that some lithium batteries these days are required to store the energy in such minute spaces that they have the same energy densities as hand grenades!

The lack of up time in today’s mobile phones makes itself evident in many aspects of our life. Want to browse the internet at your favorite café and listen to some music? Well you have only a little over two hours to do it. Add in the time you need to use your phone for other unimportant things like making phone calls for example, and you have a phone that’s on the charger more often than you’d like.

The chargers are always restricting due to their design. They prevent the freedom of movement that is afforded by going the mobile phone route in the first place. You can have one at your home, one at your office, one in your car and one you carry around to plug in at any unsuspecting restaurant to leech some juice but by then I’d hardly call your phone ‘mobile’. Krazykitter has been conducting a Nseries Proporta Power Challenge to see if he can get by using just the mobile ‘on the move’ charging solution, but clearly he too is having a tough time.

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Nseries Has Come A Long Way

It has been only two days with the N81 8GB and it feels as if I have had it for ages and in this post I answer why! This post is also not about hardware improvements or cutting edge features, it is about something that as an idea is very basic, yet increasingly difficult to achieve, seamlessness. It is about user experience, about ease of use, about connectivity.

Generally a lot of people are wary of changing phones for the simple reason that it is very tiresome and sometimes even tough to get all the contacts, calender entries, notes, music and so on onto a new device. I personally know a lot of people who are holding onto their devices for this very reason. While it is true that Nokia PC Suite has helped a lot in backup and restoring data and even help sync your phone data to other applications such as MS Outlook but still there are hitches when you want to shift to a new device.

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Nseries UPnP Capabilities

UPnPUPnP

One aspect of the Nseries WiFi phones I am sure not a lot of us put into play is UPnP. I for one have hardly used this capability on my N95 which actually is very useful. Considering the fact that you can stream all your pictures, music and video to your phone from your PC or any other so device setup, the Home Media application is neat. But what takes the cake is using TV out in tandem with UPnP. Its pretty nifty to stream pictures from a PC in some room to your TV via the phone.

In this post guest author Anuj Singhal talks about how to set it up and utilize the benefit of say a 120GB harddisk on the phone! Note: Although this post is based on the N95 it may be valid for other wifi capable devices also.

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Multitasking: Multiple Windows In The S60 Browser

The user manual for the N95 says that it can open multiple windows in the browser but even after three firmwares I am yet to see that option materialise. However what the latest v20 firmware has done, is give the N95 a decent ammount of free RAM. Under the old circumstances I never really dreamed of managing multiple windows on the browser, however things have changed and we are in a position to do so. I sucessfully opened four websites including AAS, Symbian-Guru, WOM World, The Symbian Blog. When I tried opening the heaviest of them all Intomobile, it did load but after a while the other four crashed! However the max anyone will open is about theree, which is just fine.

Four Windows Open

For the other devices too, such as the N82, N81 and the others with decent ammount of RAM already, multiple windows on high speed wifi/3G connections is something practical. There are two methods I have been using to open multiple windows, here’s a rundown of both of them.

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Run a WebOS From Your S60 Browser

I am not a very WebOS person, however I am open to trying out new applications. Anuj from the N95 Community mentioned running Glide, a WebOS on the N95 I decided to give it a shot. Websites like Google are doing a pretty decent job syncing our content over the web through various applications like calender being accessible on the mobile. However a WebOS promises a complete experience and well, delivers in some cases!

GlideGlide

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