Category Archives: Nseries

N96 Launched in India!

I just just read it on the Tech2 site that the Nokia N96 has been launched in India today and its expected to cost about INR 36000/-

The handset will come preloaded with WaveSecure and will also include free Bollywood movie “Om Shanti Om”. The hanset will also come with bundled music and videos as usual. The Gamers will get a free license for Asphalt Urban 3rd Edition. The device will also have preloaded maps for India, Singapore and UAE and 3 months’ navigation license for 8 Indian cities.

More details here.

Geo-Tag Your Way To A N78

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S60 Blog brings the scoop on the latest campaign launched by Nokia India – The Fusions Challenge. Nokia invites all you explorers, technology lovers, adventure enthusiasts, photographers, travelers, entertainment freaks, passionate youngsters, Nokia fanatics and even the ones who don’t fall into any of these categories to take part. In order to get going all you need to do is assemble a team and click and upload 10 location tagged pictures, the faster you are in clicking those pictures the better points you get, that coupled with  the amount of fans the team collects determines winners. The contest is open to anyone in India even if you’r not in any of these cities. Entries close July 27, full details below.

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Talking Design With The N96 & N78 Creators

Nokia Conversations caught up with Danial Dhondt, designer of the upcoming N96 and Joeske Schellen, designer of the soon-to-launch N78. In this series of two videos, they chat about the collaborative process of designing Nokia devices and what goes into giving a phone a sense of identity.

In the second video, they talk about the role of sustainability in design and how the smallest design details can often be the most significant ones. (Video after the break)

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Its Time To Get Your Own Personalised Urbanista Widget

Personalised Urbanista Diaries Widget

I’m not sure all of you will remember the widget that allowed us to keep track of the Urbanistas as they travelled the world. For those who do, I am sure you will agree with me it was pretty slick. Now here’s the good news, as part of Nokia’s ongoing Urbanista project, they have re-released the widget that the original Urbanista diarists used as they travelled about, only this time anyone including you and me can use it.

Basically, the widget, combined with a GPS enabled handset and the Sports tracker application allows us to track and upload our movements, tagging places with images as we go along. Say, for instance, you’re travelling around Barcelona on holiday, you can upload where you are as you go, your device streaming GPS data to Sports tracker and then to the widget placed on your blog or Facebook or any other social network profile. You can also take a picture of a place (Sports tracker will attach a GPS tag to the image) upload it, and the image will be shown on your widget, on your blog/profile, attached to where the image was taken.

I love it. It adds a completely new dimension to presence. Friends/family sitting back at home will be able to place you live on the globe every single minute you want them to. They’ll be able to see what route you took, where you’ve been and what’s more if you take pictures/videos along the way they’ll even get to see the place you’r visiting through your phone. It’s perfect right from grabbing a few snaps on a bike ride through the country to touring a major world city.

Details on how to get this up and running below.

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Reflections: Nseries Is Three Years Old

Nseries Turns 3

It was on April 27, 2005 that Nokia introduced the Nseries brand of devices to the world. It has been 3 years since that day and we have indeed come a long way with they becoming an integral part of our lives. The first three devices that came out were the N90, N91 and the N70. A camera focused device, a music focused device and a mass market phone. Till today people swear by the N90’s camera and it was quite something for three years ago, it was when we finally forgot crappy 3gp video recording. The N91 on the other hand still is the best music phone Nokia ever made and it is only after 3 three years that a N96 is threatening to take away that mantel. The N70 was a device that truly took Nseries to the masses and till date it is one of the most successful phones ever made.

The next wave saw the N92, a DVB-H phone, come out; it was another matter that the technology never went mainstream. We also saw the N80 which was the first Nokia with a 3 megapixel camera and impressive features such as WiFi and a high res screen. But the battery killed it, once word got out many people skipped it. Till date we have seen 22 Nseries ‘multimedia computers’ roll out of Nokia factories – N70, N71, N72, N73, N75, N76, N77, N78, N80, N81, N82, N90, N91, N92, N93, N93i, N95, N95 8GB, N96, N770, N800, N810. Thats quite a number.

This post looks at Nseries as a whole and we try and reflect on each Nseries device.

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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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Reflections – N95 8GB: Complete Rundown

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The N95 8GB or the N95-2 is the successor to the N95 Classic (N95-1). A lot has been already said about the device both positive and negative; it has generally been dubbed as Nokia’s answer to the loads of complaints people have had with the original. Now being a device which benefited from public feedback, Nokia had to get this right. This post investigates how successful has it been in the endeavour.

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Reflections – Nokia N82: N95 8GB Comparison & Final Verdict

Reflections N82 –N95 8GB Comparison & Final Verdict

If someone were to go out and decide that he or she wanted the top Nseries device that practically did everything, most peoples’ advice would be to get an N9x device. After all they are Nokia’s flagships and you would think that they’d be the best device to get hold of. However while the above might have been true six months back, I would have to think hard, before I say yes to the above.

Now let’s examine the current market setup. The N95 had been Nokia’s top dog for over a year and was easily the most feature packed device ever made at that point in time. However, it became old news with the launch of the improved N95 – The N95 8GB (N95-2), the heir apparent to N95’s throne. But meanwhile Nokia also released a handset called the N82 which practically can do everything the N95 can and in fact does it better; thereby putting the 8G’s claim at stake.

This post, along with pictures, looks at both the devices and we try and reach a verdict.

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Its Time To N-Gage – The Platform Goes Live

N-Gage N-Gage 

Ladies and Gentelman its time. The N-Gage platform has just gone live, the rebirth is complete. The application is now officially available for the N81, N81 8GB, N82, N95 and N95 8GB models.

Here is the (un)official announcement from the N-Gage Blog.

“We are live! The games, the devices, and the community are all here for you to finally get your teeth into. The Forums are back up and the new N-Gage application is here. There will be an official announcement on Monday, but for you, the N-Gage faithful we wanted to let you know we’re up and running! So come join our moderators in the Forums for our launch party, and start enjoying the next generation of mobile gaming.”

Meanwhile Ricky Cadden reports that the installation takes a long time and does not include any games and that the application works on the US N95-3 also. The showroom menu has the following games up for download. I personally am looking forward to Asphalt 3. What were you waiting for?

  • System Rush Evolution
  • Asphalt 3: Street Rules
  • Brain Challenge
  • World Series Poker
  • Hooked On
  • Go Play!

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