Posts Tagged 'e series'

Free QuickOffice 6 software update for E71 users!

Free QuickOffice updateHave you checked QuickOffice application installed on E71 lately, or maybe you read AAS regularly? I do both 🙂 The good news for all E71 users is that you can update default QuickOffice (4.1.37.3 in my case) version 6 – for free. All you need to do is to access updates menu of application and install new one! Great surprise, not only for the owners of E71, but also E51, E52, E55, E63, newest E72, E75 and E90.

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Nokia E72 officially announced – E72 vs. E71

Nokia E72Late last year there were some rumors and videos about possible successor of E71, which would be named with the following number – E72. Today this phone has been officially announced. What brings next E series smartphone? Here is a basic comparison against its older brother E71.

Size and mass? E72 is almost the same size as E71, only 2.5 mm wider and 0.1 mm thicker. Additionally E72 is one gram heavier (128g).
Memory? Bigger internal memory (250MB instead of 110 MB), plus support of 16GB memory cards – E71 supports officially cards up to 8 GB.
Connectivity? HSDPA has been accelerated up to 10.2 Mbps instead of 3.6 Mbps, plus HSUPA support (2Mbps)
Photo features? Better camera, 5 Mpix instead of 3.2 Mpix
Battery performance? While E72 has the same battery (1500 mAh) its estimated standby time increased from 408 to 492 hrs in GSM mode, and 12 hrs 30 min instead of 10 hrs 30 minutes of talk time.
Audio? Standard 3,5 mm mini-jack instead of 2 mm one.

Anything new? Of course E71 runs on Symbian S60 3.2, like E71x, which is different from S60 3.1 installed on E71. Official description tells us about FM radio with RDS support, which was missing in E71, nevertheless it was not clear in case of this phone. Anything missing? I regret it doesn’t have FM transmitter, which I find very useful in N97. New phone will be available in three colors: – Zodium black, Metal grey & Topaz brown and should be released in 3Q of 2009. You can find official Nokia E72 specification in here. What’s your opinion?

Nokia viNe: The Next Generation of Sports Tracker?

Nokia viNeFinally Nokia viNe is officially released for selected N-series and E-series devices. Actually at the moment the only E-series device officially supporting viNe is Nokia E71.

If you haven’t heard anything about the viNe before, let me give you some basic information. More than a year ago Nokia Sports Tracker has been released as one of Nokia Beta Labs projects. I think the most successful one of all. Why? A client side Symbian application made the magic of sci-fi feature – live or almost-live position tracking, while Web 2.0 service allowed building the community and sharing your digital life with friends. It really ignited! The application was available for more and more devices, giving users more features like: pictures and video geotagging, tracking you player playlist and finally downloading background map. The success of Sports Tracker made it no longer application for the people making sports only. I think that’s why Nokia decided to create a parallel, more official, project called viNe. Unfortunately in comparison to the Tracker, viNe’s tests were closed for normal users. Only some tech-bloggers and telecom journalist were posting some gossips what is the viNe going to be.

OK, that’s all about the genesis. Let’s go to the application and service, now available for all interested users. As in case of the Tracker, viNe is both S60 client application and a web page service. To get the application and create an account you need to visit http://web.nseries.com/nseries/vine/. It is a good step forward that viNe allows users to login with general Nokia Account credentials, now giving access to other Nokia products like Ovi, Sports Tracker or Friends View.

Nokia viNe

After the installation application simply asks for credentials and that’s mainly all you need to do! In comparison to the Tracker, viNe seems to have fewer settings available for the users. Unfortunately it also means users need to do some tricks to turn off background map downloading, or other data consuming actions. viNe looks like application rather for data flat users.

What does the viNe do? It traces your location in time using GPS module and records all multimedia actions done in the same time. If you take a photo or record a video clip it will be geotagged, located, and then could be uploaded to the Web. If you have music player turned on, it marks the places where you were listening to particular songs. Cool, isn’t it?

The most important difference is that when you upload a workout done with viNe it is almost like a one way ticket. Currently viNe web page allows searching for tracks (called viNes) described with specific tags, or type of action: music, photo, or video, but it doesn’t give a way of editing it. If you want to do it, please check your Sports Tracker account at sportstacker.nokia.com. You may be surprised finding your viNe logs there too. There you can edit it, rename it, or take care about photos or videos. Definitely a big advantage of viNe is nice consistent user interface of both phone application and, not so light, web page. Let’s see how will it evolve, and if it will as successful as Sports Tracker already is.

How to optimize web browsing with E71? Opera Mini, Skyfire, or native?

Excluding Internet tablets the E71 has one of the biggest screens present at the moment in Nokia’s devices portfolio. In combination with a landscape screen mode, it should implicate it as a good web browsing tool. Is it so? I’ve decided to check three web browsers available for E71 at present. I’m going to compare a native Nokia browser, Opera Mini and Skyfire 0.6 available in beta testing stage. The test will be simple. I’ll try to display two popular web pages (WordPress.com and YouTube.com). plus one more – optimized for mobile devices (m.digg.com). I will take into consideration definitely subjective browsing comfort, any instability experiences, and browser’s speed. All three browsers installed on my phone will be using wireless connection (WLAN) and 1 Mbps DSL line.

YouTube on SkyFireLet’s start with newest available tool – Skyfire. The tool is available in version 0.6, but it has already been announced that E71 will be one of devices supporting next release 0.8. Skyfire 0.6 crashed my phone right after the first start, but I gave it a second chance. Skyfire loads pages quite fast, which means less than 5 seconds, and automatically displays a whole page in one window. It makes the page illegible, but we can easily locate a part interesting for us. All you need to do then is to locate magnifying frame above area you’re interested in. Skyfire displays a given page after a quick process of focusing, so it looks funny, like setting a focus in a camera before taking a picture. Both WordPress and YouTube were displayed correctly. The biggest advantage of Skyfire is that the browser supports Flash. Yes, it means it can playback videos on YouTube. Unfortunately, it is not possible to display videos in PC full screen mode; you can only magnify the part of page with a player. The video and audio playback works smoothly, but it happened that the browser simply closed itself a few times. Skyfire seems not to recognize pages optimized for mobile devices, so by default mobile version of Digg will be displayed as a standard page. It makes you use magnifying here, too. OK, so we have a good browser, finally supporting Flash, but still not stable and not supporting mobile pages intuitively.

YouTube in OperaMiniNow it’s time for Opera Mini. This browser, likewise Skyfire, is not a real browser actually. It uses a proxy provided by the Opera Company to optimize the amount of data transmission and a time of display. It means every time you input an URL the page is squeezed by Opera proxy server and then downloaded by your phone. There is a full version of Opera but currently for the S60 devices its version is older (8.65) than for UIQ and Windows Mobile. Before Opera 9.5 will be available for E71, too, Opera suggests using the Mini version. So I did as suggested. What was the result? In case of displaying WordPress and YouTube it’s OK. Unfortunately, it doesn’t support Flash, so you couldn’t watch video files. What’s cool is that Opera Mini presents m.digg.com correctly, I mean as optimized for small displays, but you need to uncheck small screens option before. Opera has some problems with displaying some more complex CSS and sometimes the loading process takes even several seconds. I can imagine it could be even longer with mobile data transmission. We know the cons so what are the pros? Opera Mini is very stable and it offers extra services like managing your bookmarks using you web profile at opera.com. It is very useful, especially, if you often change devices.

WordPress in Nokia browserNow it’s time for a native Nokia browser. I’ll start with the fact that it perfectly deals with mobile pages. It also works fine displaying WordPress but by default it will only show you an upper left area of the page. You need to press 8 key to get the page miniature and navigate to an interesting area. I was using Nokia’s browser for a long time and I have observed only few crashes. Nokia browser supports Flash Lite 3.0, so YouTube movies are working fine. It is even possible to display videos in full screen mode. Regarding bookmarks management, the native browser can easily synchronize your bookmarks with your Internet Explorer directory using Nokia PC Suite. You may say it’s not very important. I think it does matter.

OK, so who is the winner? If you expect Flash player, and single exits won’t bother you, stay with a native browser or try Skyfire. I’m sure version 0.8 available soon will make you (and me 🙂 even happier. If you are interested in the stability, you don’t have a flat rate (so you care about data transfer) Opera Mini is just for you. Easy bookmarks management is for free 😉 I’m sure the mature version of Opera 9.5 will be interesting as well. If you like starting your browser automatically by pressing 0 key, stay with the native browser. I personally stay with all of them, until we will get a definite winner in this category.

Minor updates of software for E71 and other S60 devices

During last few posts I have been writing about big changes of popular applications, like Yahoo! Go or Gmail. This time more information about smaller updates of other useful software for E71 and other Nokia S60 devices.

Splash ID has been updated recently to version 3.40(1) which has fixed a bug related to the previous builds’ fix, but this time affecting the Record Info screen instead of the List View screen.

Mobblerlast.fm scrobbling client with improved UI since yesterday is now marked as 0.3.1.

Fring for all Symbian S60 phones has been updated to version 3.3.6.15. The changes involves: partially updated GUI, FAXL 3 support and other minor bug fixes.

Palringo in version with version 0.97.14 offers totally redesigned user interface. The application, available now for Nokia N81 as well, handles properly UTF-8 and UTF-16 characters coding and can be hidden in a background with a single red button press. Previously it was closing Palringo completely.

One more IM application – Nimbuzz is finally mature with version 1.00 offering some user interface changes and feature of setting personalized IM status.

I hope you will enjoy new versions. Anyway if you encounter any issues, please share this information with us. I personally observed that a new Palringo version is not automatically overwritting previous one.

Easy geotagging with Nokia E71

One of blog readers asked me about a tool for geotagging of pictures taken with Nokia E71. After a short discussion about locr which I have described some time ago (please a post in here) it seems that this is not the best tool, especially if you want to export pictures to online photo services, like flickr.com. What should you use then? Nokia Location Tagger.

This application published a few months ago and tested publicly as a part of Nokia Beta Labs is no longer under development, but the final version is still available. Newer Nokia N-series devices have this application by default as build-in software component.

Now let’s focus on NLT for E71. Simply install it and after quick set up start it before taking pictures. The application can work hidden in a background. You can choose in its settings features like: auto start, or renaming picture name if the photo has a location added. Information about a place where the picture has been taken can be exported to flickr or any other page.

[Updated] E71 – E-Series leader not for long? E72 revealed!

Currently Nokia E71 and its slider type sister (E66) are definitely top E-Series phones. Today I read information which could mean that E71 won’t stay a business flagship for long! Unofficial video showing two models: E72 and E75 has been released on the web. Nokia E72 looks very similar to E71 plus is shown in really sexy red. Potential Nokia E75 also presented on the video is more like E51 with side hiding QWERTY keyboard. The same way of hiding QWERTY keyboard is common for some models of HTC or announced lately LG’ Prada II. Unfortunately there are no further specifications or release dates available.

[Update]: Unfortunately a leaked video of E72 and E75 has been removed from the web, but we have a few more details about E71’ successor thanks to the video analysis and checking Nokia servers offering devices profiles. The main hardware change would be a better camera, probably with 5 Mpix matrix, Carl Zeiss lenses and real flash instead of LED. Regarding its name there is a possibility that finally the devices will be named as E63.


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