news and opinions about Nokia Series 60 Symbian phones and other high-priced Finnish trinkets
Free "Always-On" push email for S60 devices!
Seven is now providing free (for now) "Always-On" push email
to Symbian Series 60 devices, including:
Nokia 7710 (Series 90)
This is great news. You now have Blackberry-like functionality available on most S60 phones. While it doesn't work with my vanity domain hosted by a big commercial server/domain host, it works beautifully with my Yahoo! address. Handango
is offering subscriptions to this for $45 per year (with their discount); I don't know if it's worth this much, but that depends on how much providers will end up charging for the same service, I guess.
Czech T-Mobile Unveils Music Portal
Works for EDGE-enabled Symbian phones. What about US?
N90 showing up in US retail establishments
Someone on Hofo saw it at Ritz Camera for $399 with new activations; another poster says Compusa will have it for $699 without a contract. Interesting to see the retail option open for sim free gsm phones in the US, finally.
Edit: available unlocked without a contract at Ritzcamera.comhttp://nokian90-ritzcamera.letstalk.com/brands/n90/landing1.htm?landId=1&brandId=357&cmpId=328
Props to Tushar re: Opera Mini
Sometimes I read so much I end up missing the truly big news. To give you an idea of how my bizarre information gathering habit works, I just happened to check technorati to see who was linking to Sixty Phones (blogger ego gratification). I clicked through a couple and came to Tushar Burman's blog
. Apart from his great photography
on Flickr, I also found this key piece of news: Opera Mini was available in India. Smart guy that I am, I figured this meant it was available in the US as well.Opera Mini
is tremendous. Forget Netfront, plain Opera, Reqwireless, etc. This is the real deal. I've only been using this slimmed down version of Opera that reformats pages using their servers for mobiles for a half hour or so, but I'm convinced this is the thing that finally makes mobile browsing worthwhile. First of all, it's fast -- faster than Reqwireless which also reformatted pages for phones. The layout is great -- nice borders, beautifully rendered. The scroll function is awesome -- you don't lose your place on the small screen (which always made the experience subpar for me. And unlike Opera, it doesn't give you any funky low memory messages, a specialty of S60+Opera, at least in my experience. I highly recommend for anyone with a S60 phone.
Looks like an N92 with a normal keypad to me
Via Engadget which grabbed it from this French-language blog.
Edit: with lens cover, 3x optical zoom too. Discussion at: http://www.howardforums.com/showthread.php?t=774538
Moto to speed up releases of phones in '06. Whither Nokia?
If only Nokia would do the same. I'm sick and tired of waiting three months or more for release of new handsets.
NEW YORK, Nov 15 (Reuters) - Motorola Inc. (MOT.N: Quote, Profile, Research) , riding high on the success of its eye-catching Razr phone, is determined to stay on top in the design battle with rival cell phone makers next year, the head of its mobile devices division said on Tuesday.
"Motorola is hell-bent on making sure we have the hottest device in all form factors," Ron Garriques said in an interview.
He also said Motorola plans to rip a page out of Apple Computer Inc's (AAPL.O: Quote, Profile, Research) playbook and begin selling phones the day after announcing them -- rather than announcing them well in advance, as it has up to now.
N90 coming to retail outlets in US
Ritz Camera and Comp USA will be selling for $400 + new contract within a couple of weeks, according to the NY Times. Time to go play.
Cingular to get E61?
This is no real shock, since Cingular gets all the best GSM phones first in the US
From the new Barron's:
"Fans such as Bernstein's Sagawa also are encouraged by Nokia's latest line of mobile e-mail phones for corporate workers, called the E series, and led by the E61.
Aimed at Research in Motion's (RIMM) BlackBerry, Palm's (PALM) Treo and Motorola's Q, the E Series devices are unparalleled, in the view of some fans. These products combine third-generation, or 3G, cellphone technology; Wi-Fi Internet connectivity; traditional QWERTY keyboards; Voice-over-Internet-Protocol; push-to-talk (think walkie-talkies) and e-mail. "There are no other products on the market that compete with these models' specifications," Sagawa maintains.
Nokia's stock, stalled for the past two years, could climb at least 15% -- and possibly much higher -- over the next year.He reports that Cingular plans to offer the E61, which is aimed squarely at the BlackBerry, early next year, at prices below that of BlackBerry devices that don't have 3G or Wi-Fi. "We expect these products to be strong contributors to Nokia's overall profitability," Sagawa says.
Phonescoop coverage of N71, N80, N92
Very thorough coverage from the Nokia Mobility Conference in Barcelona with a lot of photos of the new phone, plus first-hand previews.
Howard Forums Series 60 Wiki
Some great information about S60 software and devices from the Hofo community.
N71 and N80 pictures
Too much S60 news today! 3 new phones, 1 new browser.
Ok, never too much. But 3 new S60 phones and the announcement of a new browser, too.
N71: A new N series flip. Pics
N80: A new N series slider with WIFI. Pics
. More info on N80 on N Series page
N92: A new N series whatchamacallit -- "TV goes mobile." Pics