Posts Tagged ‘nokia’

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My N95 to the rescue.

February 12, 2008

My dear N95 has been saving my day in unexpected ways lately.

Last week I went with a friend for lunch, but oh, when I was there I realized that they didn’t accept credit cards and I was out of cash (and my friend didn’t have enough as to lend me), but they accepted the Food card, but mine had no credit. No problem! N95 connected to the wi-fi and I was able to deposit some money to my food card just there. Ok.. any phone with wi-fi can do that.

But today, I was late for a class and I was supposed to turn in a report which I had already done but not printed, and to make matters worse, there was a construction going on through my usual way there, and me being as poorly oriented as I a m would have gotten lost if not for the GPS enabled phone, just took a minute (of course I stopped outside of the road) and I knew what to do. By the way if you don’t want to pay for GPS service on your n95 check http://www.nav4all.com, it’s free!

Anyway, I was still late, and I had not yet printed my report so… I ended up using putty from my n95 while walking from the parking lot to the classroom and printing from the command line, thanks to that I was able to pick up my printing and submit it just in time. I still want to see an iPhone doing all that.

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Sharing your stuff in Twango

November 26, 2007

There was really nothing interesting during thanksgiving (well, a lot of deals) but nothing catched my eyes enough to make me spend so I won’t comment on that.

Anyway, a friend just let me know that the new Nokia’s media sharing service has some interesting features which I considered worth mentioning.

You get quite good storage (unlimited?) or at least all you can upload within your 250 MB a month and a 100 MB maximum file size all for free, both are considerably larger than lets say Picasa (1GB/???/20MB max) or Flickr (Unlimited/100MB per month/10MB max).

Also a weird thing is that there is no automatic filtering at all, so you may find all kind of content in there (it doesn’t take too long to find nudity for example, but it is not like its everywhere). The idea is that if a picture is censored by five members it will be removed.

Since you can share all kinds of media I am surprised why people haven’t started using it that much… because of the space, bandwidth and flexibility and I don’t doubt people would be interested in using it for shady purposes (I am not doing this, nor suggesting, encouraging,  etc, etc)

Branding and having a established community are really important features that make it hard to compete with the good old ones, but I think it is worth giving a try.

NOTE/DISCLAIMER

I DO work for Nokia… at least until the end of this week when my internship ends, but I am not getting paid or anything like that for commenting on this. I just happened to find this interesting as everything else I have commented on.

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Nokia N82 released

November 14, 2007

Finally the Nokia N82 has been released (it’s sad for me that my beloved N95 is not the latest anymore, I should blog about it at least once before the N82 hits America).

According to the specifications it is like a slightly improved N95, lighter, slimmer, with a new look, xenon flash and the latest software revision. It looks like it doesn’t have the two-way sliding behavior of the N95 (that is quite useless, but looks very cool!) and I am pretty sure that reduced the weight and thickness. Overall it still looks nicer, but I am not sure about the keypad… playing those NGage games is going to get even harder.

Anyway if it is like the N95, it should be a very nice phone…

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Nokia, Symbian… about Android

November 8, 2007

I was just saying two days ago that Nokia was notably absent from the Open Handset Alliance, and just yesterday Nokia stated that they didn’t consider it a threat. Today they have a different position on it, stating that they “never closed any doors” and they even welcomed them. However it looks like Symbian is singing a different tune. They even compared Android and other Mobile Linux to the common cold: “It’s a bit like the common cold. It keeps coming round and then we go back to business.” said John Forsyth, VP of Strategy at Symbian.

I still think it makes no sense for Nokia to just ditch Maemo and join OHA, but they are keeping the door open, maybe just as a fail safe. Anyway, I like Maemo, and it’s good that we will have plenty of choices when picking the OS for our mobile phone.

However I don’t think Symbian should take it so lightly, I bet a lot of devs would be happier coding for Linux than Symbian, and offering some advantages over it as well, so it may not be such a small threat.

Let’s wait and see what happens…