news and opinions about Nokia Series 60 Symbian phones and other high-priced Finnish trinkets
Bowling Master of your domain
I try not to download games since I find it hard to exercise any self-restraint (I find them more addictive than text messaging). But I broke down and installed Bowling Master, a wonderful game from Mobirate. First class graphics, simple and fun. A great shareware product - try it and then buy it.
N90 Gsmarena review is up
No big surprises. But a big heavy phone that is uncomfortable to hold in one's pocket is not very practical for daily use. I think I'm going to hold out for the "America's" version of the N70
. At least that phone won't tear a hole in my pocket, both in terms of weight and cost.
The verdict is still out on whether it has vibration: some people on the user forum
claim a version in Singapore has it, while others swear the final production model will not.
7.6 million Symbian devices shipped in Q2 '05!
Going like hotcakes. And a 214.8% year over year increase since Q2 '04. I'd say Nokia is very happy with this news, even if their margins overall are shrinking.
Source: The Register
Nokia to jettison Symbian?
A very interesting article by Arcchart, a London-based wireless consulting firm, about some of the reasons Nokia could dump Symbian in favor of Linux. It doesn't seem too farfetched to me at all; another option would be replacing Symbian with S40 version 3. This upgraded os will have many of the same multimedia capabilities as Symbian, but won't require Nokia to pay a $5/phone license fee to Symbian.
My-symbian.com review of the N90
Another review of the pre-production model. I don't find those pictures so great to justify lugging around this brick, but I hold out hope out hope the phone that hits the market will be higher quality.
Nokia 6682 on Nokiausa.com! = $599
Woo hoo. Nokia bypasses Cingular and T-Mobile, offering this great phone in an "Americas" version direct to consumers. I hope this is the start of a real trend for us GSM connoisseurs!
Edit: They seem to have sold out of the initial batch of 6682s for now. I assume it will reappear on the site, assuming this wasn't some sort of one-off test marketing campaign to see how unlocked high profile phones sell direct on nokiausa.com.
Opera 8 for Series 60 is released
I found this to be a major improvement over the previous version, which always caused memory errors in my 6600 and 6630. This seems to be a robust and stable piece of software, which renders html pages absolutely beautifully. And the scroll down feature is really speedy -- you can get to the bottom story on the front page of www.nytimes.com in seconds rather than (what it seems like sometimes on the built in 6630 browser) in minutes.
I only have two complaints. First, it doesn't wrap lines on certain wap pages, like Yahoo!. And second, it is significantly slower than Netfront. I'll keep playing with the settings and see if I can speed it up.
On www.no-air-time.com -- $845. Can't wait to read the reviews!
Update: they now say on their website shipping 7/22. Getting closer.
Virtual Radio rocks
I don't know how I missed this app. I just read a news article
about how it won an Nokia Orange 3G Series 60 challenge developers award, which caught my eye.
It's spectacular. I found none of the connection problems I experience from Virgin Radio, and there's now a ton of content. And it's very reasonably priced -- $8.90.
I'm currently getting EDGE speeds, so your performance on GPRS may vary. However, the user reviews on my-symbian were very positive.
If you need reminding, it reminds you of why Series 60 is such a great platform.