Thursday, September 27, 2007

Power management

This is sort of techie, but may be useful to many.

ForumNokia just put together a lot of tips, tools and other material for developers , operators and administrators regarding how to save/optimize battery on devices.

Link here.

Lucky Draw : E65

Its only for Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand users. Enter this lucky draw and WIN a cool E65.

"Nokia Catalogs is always looking for ways to reward you. Now, not only do you get to load up your mobile device with funky stuff that will make you mobile life absolutely attractive. When you sign up for regular updates on new contents from ‘Try for Free’ catalog and name one ‘Try for Free’ application correctly, you automatically qualify for the Lucky Draw to win the latest Nokia E65 which boasts a myriad of unique functions.

Simply click on the country links below, follow the instructions to sign up and download as many applications as possible. The more your purchase the higher your chances of winning. So start clicking and get on the winning path now!

The contest is open to users from Australia, Indonesia, Singapore and Thailand."

Link here.

Monday, September 24, 2007

N800 : Not for me :(

The WOM World N800 lay in my table drawer for couple of months and yesterday I sent it back. The beautiful device never enticed me to get my hands over it at all. I do accept that I was really busy for a couple of months because of my house hunt and my office work, but that never kept me from fiddling with my N95. Why? Because the N95 was always with me and I was always connected with GPRS. Carrying the N800 would mean that I either wear a six-pocket pants or some shirt with a pocket as big as the N800.
First of all N800 is not a phone, I was tired of telling this to every one who saw it. It's an internet tablet. It needs WiFi or a bluetooth GPRS/3G phone nearby to connect. If not connected then you can just play the stored media files , read documents and pdf's , make some sketches (paint) or play a few games. I dont have WiFi at home. Taking it to the office was a distraction to my colleagues and my work. The only thing I did on it connected was a little chat on google talk with a friend. Thats it. I've seen many sites and posts with people doing a lot of things with the N800 but even that never egg me to go home and take it out of my drawer. If I had it when I was actually reading the posts I would have done something with it, but its too big to carry and I could not risk travelling in the crowded Mumbai trains and buses with it. So it feels like N800 was not my cup of tea after all.

Friday, September 21, 2007

No more Hutch

The Pug has finally gone , but we all surely enjoyed it. "You and I , in this beautiful world..."

Its been quiet some time Hutch was taken over. Finally the commercials and the hoardings are up. Vodafone is a big operator globally, so what does it mean to us?
As the tradition goes, one operator comes up with a service the others follow. Being a big player I expect that the GSM space will see some new services and tariffs. Even heard of Idea cellular coming to Mumbai. Lets see what happens.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Me : Forum Nokia Champion


Got a mail today from Forum Nokia, I've been selected as the Forum Nokia Champion. So I can carry the tag "Forum Nokia Champion" for a year now :D

Very happy about it. From the day I was chosen as the Wiki Contributor of the month , I had an eye on this title. Finally got it.

Thanks ForumNokia, I am a Nokia fanboy and will always be.

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Nokia, Sony Ericsson and Samsung to create new memory card format

Having multiple phones, digital cameras, card readers? If yes i am sure you always wished you had one memory card format that fits all you mobile devices, mp3players, digital cameras etc.
Seems like the wish is about to be fulfilled (but not so soon).
"Nokia, Samsung, Sony Ericsson and three other technology companies have announced that they will join forces to create a unified memory card for electronic devices by 2009.
The new specification, dubbed Universal Flash Storage (UFS) will "reflect the industry's need for a universal memory solution that removes the need for adaptors to accommodate different removable memory card sizes."
The companies also hope that working together will help improve speed and performance enabling high-speed access to large multimedia files, while reducing power-consumption in consumer electronic devices.
The manufacturers say that mobile handsets and digital cameras will be the first to benefit from the universal open standard."

Read the article here

Friday, September 14, 2007

Google Maps on the N95 (J2ME)


Mobile Tracker with BPL

BPL Mobile will be offering Mobile Tracker solution soon.
Will work on all Symbian phones. Basically the background application sends SMS on SIM change , something like that.

Found the article on Tech2.

Link on BPL Mobile.

N95 doing a Win98

Got this on starting the camera. Didn't restart the phone, just restarted the camera and it worked fine. The error message reminds me of Windows 98, don't see it much on XP now.

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Dumb polls

I've been running really dumb polls , I realized. A symbian/nokia specific blog is obviously going to get more of symbian/nokia centric guys. My page stats show that most of the searches that reach to my blog are symbian and nokia based.
My two polls "Your dream phone?" and "Will WindowsMobile kick Symbians butt?" are really dumb. The clear winner in the previous poll was N95 and the iPhone lost like anything. And the current poll, obviously Symbian is going to be the winner.

Cant come up with some good poll right now, but will surely be removing the current poll.

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Raspberry , thats Nokia

Good article.

"From Nokia's perspective, things had to change. Apple recently marched onto its turf by introducing its vaunted iPhone, so it was only a matter of time before Nokia attempted to move on Apple's iTunes dominance in music downloading."

Nokia has stirred up a lot of discussions since its OVI announcement.

Thursday, September 06, 2007

Nokias 7th flagship store will be in MUMBAI

Intomobile confirms that the 7th flagship store will be in MUMBAI, just what I wanted :D
The post also says "Nokia is also going to locate the headquarters of NSN in India." Dunno what's NSN. Also read the article on "Nokias big plans for India" (link can be found in Intomobiles post).

Also dunno flagship store ka funda but this is what I expect of the flagship store:
- Best deal prices.
- All accessories under one roof.
- Get some hands on with new devices that launch.
- Good buy back price of old Nokia's.

Wednesday, September 05, 2007

20-20 : Catch the match

Nokia-India has this contest going on called "Catch the match".
Buy selected phones , SMS the IMEI number of the phone to 5555 and 100 lucky winners go to South Africa for Twenty20 cricket world cup.

Contest home page here.

Nokia 7th flagship store: Mumbai or Delhi

COOL. I just hope its in MUMBAI.

"Nokia will open a flagship store in either Mumbai or Delhi — it’s seventh in the world after Helsinki, New York, Chicago, Moscow, Hong Kong and Mexico City."

"Nokia is battling counterfeit and grey market operators and serious rivals such as Motorola to keep its grip on one of the fastest growing markets in the world.The concept of the flagship store is one of the initiatives Nokia has taken to meet the challenge. It plans to establish another 18 such stores worldwide. At present, the company reaches out to its customers through a network of franchisee-run Nokia Priority stores."

Full article here.

iPhone competitive data

iPhone clearly knows that N95 is its biggest competitor ;)

Check out their comparison chart here.

I think they should now come out with a new chart with the new N95 with (BL-6F) 1200mAH. I think everyone will be interested to know about that.

JBL On Call 5310 speaker dock

JBL dock for the 5310 XpressMusic, nice. Whats not nice is the article stating that Nokia speaker quality is pathetic. Its not, may be it was bad earlier but now its great. There was a time when I used to say that sound quality with speakers on Sony Ericssons rules but gone are those days.

"According to the press materials, the JBL On Call 5310 "serves as a customized docking station for the Nokia 5310 (and simultaneously charges the phone battery during music playback." Those loud speakers look pretty impressive too. On a side note, the dock will work with other devices as well through its standard 3.5mm mini jack."

Full article with pics here.

Tuesday, September 04, 2007

September poll

There is quiet some stuff on this blog about Windows mobile Vs Symbian. So what do you think about the big fight. Take the poll.

Monday, September 03, 2007

Q&A : Mary McDowell

Mary McDowell, executive vice-president and general manager (enterprise solutions), Nokia, talks about India-centric strategies that Nokia plans in the next quarter.

Interesting is their loyalty with Symban :
"We have sold close to five million E-series phones globally, and we feel that Nokia’s commitment to the Symbian operating system is the key to its success. Microsoft’s Windows Mobile is a competition for us in the smartphone segment but it is still a far threat for the Symbian OS. There is no reason why we should migrate to Windows Mobile."

Read more here.

Saturday, September 01, 2007

New poll

Its just 5hrs now for the current poll "Your dream phone?" to end , and clearly N95 seems to be the winner. "Other" got 10 votes but got no mail or comment about their likes. Surprisingly iPhone got the least votes, I thought it would be 2nd to N95 and then E90. All that iPhone hype is gone after it launched, I dont even see anyone posting much about it now.

Its time for a new poll, comment if you've got a nice question in mind.

Nokia updates

Still busy chasing deadlines ,my post rate has decreased :(

Some details from the newsletters this week:

"N-Gage is back and better!


Come experience the next generation of mobile gaming at Games Convention Asia 2007, Singapore. See the Nokia N81 8GB and microSD versions, plus the Nokia N95 8GB in action with top N-Gage titles. The all-new N-Gage mobile gaming platform will inspire and excite you.


Date: 6 – 9 Sept 2007
Time: 9.30am – 6.30pm
Venue: SUNTEC Singapore International Convention & Exhibition Centre.

Visit www.gc-asia.sg for more details"

Availability (APAC):
Nokia N95 8GB
Nokia N81 8GB

More XpressMusic but this time no twists :)
Nokia 5310 XpressMusic
Nokia 5610 XpressMusic

OVI Launched
www.ovi.com

MOSH available to all (access key removed).
I've downloaded lots of themes and games directly on device. Been moshing a lot in commuting time.

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