Monday, December 29, 2008

Maps and the 6210

It's been around a month I've been playing with Maps 3 on the 6210 Navigator. I've spent most of my time with N Series devices and never understood how Nokia categorizes devices under a Navigator or E Series or the N Series. Eariler my notion that E Series will be the ones with no camera, radio etc... ,was proven wrong by E90 and now I think that all devices with an Email shortcut key will be ESeries , devices with the Maps shortcut key will well be Navigators and with music key will be N Series. Apart from the shortcut keys the menu structure in these devices also change. 

So in Navigators GPS related apps get the front seat: Maps, Landmarks on main menu and GPS data in Applications. 

Any ways the 6210 looks really good, its a small phone and the buttons are excellent. At first the small menu and 'c' key on either side of the large navigation pad seemed odd but its really a very good arrangement. On the N95 I've so many times hit the Music key by mistake but no mistakes on this phone, the softkeys /call and call end keys 
are large enough and so is the numeric keypad. I wish the N78 had the same arrangement. The slider is smooth.

Music wise (radio/mp3 etc...) the phone is good with a smaller ear phone jack than the starndard one.  There's only one speaker is at the back and it is pretty loud.

Images are ok with the 3.2 Mp camera but the view finder is mostly grainy even in a adequately lightened room. The panaromic view can be really useful on outings. 

Upgrading to Maps 3 and loading India's map was quiet a task but if the instructions are followed properly things work good. There's no direct sis file to install to upgrade, instead first download a Maps updater on the PC then it upgrades , then the older version of map loader does not work with Maps 3 so download the newer version to get Indias map on it etc...

I tested maps 3 both walking and driving. I can say you can rely on maps while walking but not so when driving. I think there are many new roads here in Mumbai which are not included on the map. I don't have a car , but I'm sure if my bus would have taken whatever route the lady in the maps was saying I would have surely been God knows where. But walking experience was better. Althouth it does not know shortcuts the longer routes are accurate. But whatever, I think this can be considered as the beginning and  surely in some time there will be a lot of improvements. And yes , worth mentioning is that the GPS would always connect within a minute.

I think that at the price of 13-14K Rs the 6210 is a really good phone.

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Rahman and Nokia together, Again.

(image sorce : )

I said in one of my previous posts : "Seems like A.R. Rahman and Nokia have really good connections".

Now Nokia and Rahman have come together again to launch a new music album and the name of the album is ......'Nokia Connections' ;)

Seems like every time a new XpressMusic is to be launched Mr. Rahman is called in. The album will be out by Jan 2009 with 9 tracks.

More info :

Mera Nokia

MeraNokia offers a range of relevant services, in Agriculture, Education, Astrology and Ringtones, for our consumers. These
services are either subscription-based or on-demand, depending on the type of content. These special content updates are
accessible exclusively through our MeraNokia application, which is pre-embedded on select Nokia devices such as the Nokia
2600 classic and the Nokia 1680 classic.
The complete MeraNokia package consists of the following suite of services:

Agriculture Services
A subscription-based package that gives daily updates on Market Prices for crops, Weather Information and Agri-Information & Tips.
Education Services
The Education service comprises two different offerings with individual subscriptions. These are Learn English (which provides daily tips to improve English language skills) & General Knowledge.
The Ringtones service is an On-demand service, where ringtones from two categories (Devotional & Top 10) can be downloaded for a nominal fee.
This service provides daily SMS horoscopes for the selected sun-sign, via subscription.
How to get and more info here.

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

6210 Built-in FlipSilent

May be its there for all FP2 devices

Settings > Phone Settings > General > Sensor Settings

As I said in my previous post, there is no setting to turn off auto-rotation once sensor is turned ON :(

The 6210 Navigator & BH-602

One of the best Nokia box I've seen so far.

The BH-602 is the first ever bluetooth headset I'll be using. I usually do not read manuals before using any device but I think I'll have to reads this ones carefully, althouth I was able to pair it with the 6210 couldn't do the same with the N95. There are different key combinations (Power + BT button) to set/reset/re-pair etc.. , also the pass key which is '0000' is needed to pair. Couldn't have figured out without opening the manual.

Quick thoughts:

The 6210 is a S60 FP2 device, same like the N78 so expected transitions/effects in this one too but it comes with no such themes.

The slide is smoother , better than the N95.

The keys as well as the keypad are great.

No WiFi.

The camera/photos are good but the way finder is always grainy. The camera has a 'panorama' mode which seems cool. Only modes the camera supports Night mode and Sequence Mode.

GPS connects fast. Upgrading to Maps 3 was tedious , but it went smooth. Just followed the instructions and it worked. Will post more about Maps3.

Downloaded NGage (not there by default). Played 'The One' , pretty interesting just like Tekken. Trying hard to defeat Raven.

Accelerometer present, no need to install FlipSilent, its present as a setting. I do not like the auto-rotation feature but turning on the sensor activates Auto-rotation. And flip silent will work only if sensor is on ;(

Menu is reorganized. 'My Own' is back. So all installations go into 'Applications->My Own' , also since 'My Own' cannot be moved to other folders , its always one more click to get to our applications.

Some games are included , 'Applications->Games' (marble/jelly chase/brain champ). Preloaded apps , Yahoo Go/we:offset/dictionary.

Stay tuned for more about Maps3 and the 6210.


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