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How Nokia should have introduced the N8 to the world

10 de June de 2010 Leave a comment

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The Nokia N8! The best camera the world has ever seen in a phone! Even better than a lot of point and shoot cameras! Running on the new Symbian^3 it comes with LOADS of unique features such as Dolby Surround 5.1, USB on-the-go, HDMI out port, anodised aluminium body and not so unique but still very rare 720p video recording at 24 FPS, 12 MP camera with AF and Carl Zeiss lens and a 3.5″ AMOLED, capacitive, multi-touch enabled display.

So you may ask, with so many great exclusive or very rare features why didn’t Nokia made a kick-ass keynote to introduce it? Well, I don’t know, but here is how it should have went:

Have you ever watched an Apple keynote? Well, it goes like this: Steve Jobs rounds up around 8 of the most exciting features about the product he is about to present and usually it adds a 9th as a mysterious one that he only talks about it in the very end of the keynote. When he presented the iPhone 4 he rounded up 8 features and gave them fancy names! iPhone OS 4 renamed the iOS 4, the high-resolution display was called the “retina display” and even a video call was given a different name to make it stand from the crowd. It was called FaceTime! After all of this try to recall the N86 announcement. It was like this: “This is the N86 and the only thing different is that it has a 8MP camera. Done, bye!”.

Nokia… You’re doing it WRONG! Even the N8 announcement was miserable and it was a whole lot better than the N86! I’ll give an example of what Nokia should learn from Apple!

Nokia N8 keynote should have been publicized for a month. Maybe even leak some exciting features on purpose to sites like Engadget! Tweeting that “something exciting” was coming! Use and abuse their own slogan, something like: “Nokia has always worked on connecting people… now more than ever!”.

And when the time arrived show off some of the greatest phones Nokia had so far! Show the ones that everyone knows! Show the Nokia 3310 is they need! That is the device EVERYONE had back then! ABUSE your legacy Nokia! Make it sell! And after showing the N95 tell people: “Well, the next step on evolution is arriving… Meet the next revolutionary Nokia! Meet the Nokia N8!”. Yes, it’s very Apple-like but if it’s working out for them why shouldn’t it work out for you Nokia? It’s better than the ones you’ve been doing, that’s for sure! And do you want to know the 8 features you should really advertise on that keynote?

1: 3.5″ AMOLED capacitive multi-touch enabled display! Show off the multi-touch gestures on photos!

2: 12MP sensor and 720p HD recording. Show AWESOME pictures shot with the N8 and play a nice video filmed with the HD camera on the N8! Impress people! REALLY impress people!

3: Just after showing videos shot with the N8, show people the HDMI out and tell them that the phone records stereo sound and it outputs Dolby Surround, all via the phone! Tell them how useful this is by not needing to carry they’re PC around to show the best videos to the rest of the family!

4: USB on-the-go! What if your friend has a nice video from its vacations on his USB stick, but there isn’t a PC around? No problem with the N8, just connect the USB stick to it and show the video to the rest of the family!

5: Video and photo editor! This is HUGE! For example, Android 2.2 hasn’t a photo editor built-in! And Android is a very well-known and praised OS over the world!

6: Symbian^3 OS! Show off the multitasking capabilities on the device, show them the cover flow mode on the music player, show them Ovi Maps with free navigation, but most importantly: show them the evolution from Symbian^1! Show them that those times of frustration and problems with the OS is over. Show them the unified 1 tap only system all over the UI! Show them the improvements and show them the nice, very nice widgetized homescreen!

7: Browser! Show flash content running on the device and let them know that the browser is based on webkit! Show off how easy it is to get around the page, show pinch-to-zoom and make it look crisp!

8: Video call! HTC made a big deal out of the HTC EVO 4G video call capabilities. Make sure everyone understands that this isn’t like the iPhone limited to Wi-Fi and to other iPhones and that it isn’t a 2nd party app doing the work for you like Qik is doing for the EVO. Let them know it works with all phones since the first 2005 phones that had this feature! Show off a video call with awesome quality!

And do you want the one more thing stuff?

Talk about Qt and how it is compatible with both MeeGo and Symbian^3 devices and show them some of the games built on Qt like Angry Birds, Bounce, Asphalt 5 and show them running on the N900 as well just to show that they run on both devices and make people understand that it is the same version of the game! This will achieve two results! It will call developers to fill the poor Ovi Store with some content and it will show people the great graphics that the N8 can achieve and how good the games look!

Now, is it that hard to do this? I’m just a normal guy and no genius, but I was able to write this. Why can’t such a big company with the possibilities to hire some great people to help them out advertising do it? Why? It’s just so simple….

720p HD video sample recorded with the Nokia N8

19 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

720P HD video sample recorded with the Nokia N8

Heres another video sample recorded with the Nokia N8. The Nokia N8 does make for one compelling device with its 3.5” capacitive touchscreen, 12-megapixel camera with Xenon flash and 720p video capture at 25 frames per second, HDMI output, and Video on-Demand through the Ovi Store. Aside from its camera centric focus, the Nokia N8 is the first handset to run on the Symbian^3 OS. It has 16GB of internal memory, FM radio, FM transmitter, Wi-Fi, GPS…

More N8 goodness!!! Want to see the clip? Just go to Daily Mobile and enjoy the video!

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Video: Qt in Symbian^3 « My Nokia Blog

19 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

This is not meant to be any promo video, just demonstrating Qt on Symbian^3 (via emulator)

I’m not impressed AT ALL! But check the original post at My Nokia Blog and let Jay know what you think 😉

Posted via web from Phone Deluxe

Categories: Nokia, Symbian, Symbian^3 Tags: , ,

Samsung i8920-OMNIA HD 2 ?

18 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

The Samsung i8910Samsung i8910 OMNIA HD was a great phone at the time of introduction and it is still a great phone a yeara year on since it’s introduction. But as with everything, it requires a successor to carry on it’s legacy and this leaked phone might just be that. The phone in the picture is said to be the Samsung i8920 otherwise known as the OMNIA HD 2HD 2.

The picture shows a phone that has similar styling to the original i8910 OMNIA HD with a few tweaks. The curved body is now slightly sharper, and the chrome bezel is gone.

The call and end keys have changed shape and the center button appears to be a track-pad sort. The phone does seem a little wird in the picture so it could very well be a photo-shopphoto-shop too. But it may also be because the focus is on the screen.

The rumoured specifications are:

  • 4″ CapacitiveCapacitive Super AMOLEDAMOLED Screen
  • 12 Megapixel Camera with Xenon and LED Flash, HD (1280*720 pixel) Video Recording at 30 FPS
  • 16/32 GB Internal Memory (Two Variants Available)
  • Symbian^3
  • GPS, Wi-FiWi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0Bluetooth 3.0

This is the only information we have for now. Lets hope this is a real handset since it appears to be quite a monster.

viaMobileReview

Holy crap! Awsome specs! If the processor is 1Ghz this may be a repeat of the N97 vs Omnia HD we saw a few months ago! The Omnia HD was obviously better, but the N97 still sold a lot more units! Oh… Samsung… fire your design team. Yes, all of them and hire a new one. That Omnia HD 2 is UGLY!

Posted via web from Phone Deluxe

Nokia N8 Review (with tons of screenshots). « My Nokia Blog

18 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Gravity on N8

Want some more N8 news? There’s a huge first impressions review from ifanr.com. An important note they do make is that you shouldn’t take this as a review of the final product as (fortunately/unfortunately) we have quite some time to wait until it actually hits the shelves.

Note though, that the review is originally in chinese, so unless you’re a native speaker, be aware that the translator will confuse the meaning of certain sentences.

HUGE NOKIA N8 REVIEW

Some interesting highlights:

  • Battery life 1.5 days
  • Positive improvements on the UI
  • Homescreen can be filled to the brim with shortcuts. 6X4 in total. YAY.

  • Linear live multitasking window. I DISLIKE this PRE style cards. DISLIKE. But a lot of newbies might like it. Pre owners seem to. Maemo 5 and N900 has the best multitasking interface on all mobile phones and hope S^4 adopts something like that, not this painful swipy swipy nonsense.

  • Threaded SMS
  • MORE info on screensaver

  • Web browser interface has no significant changes (oh dear) but multitouch as you know, works well in it.
  • The review makes some points about the camera and HD out but the translator makes it difficult to understand what on earth is trying to be said.

ifanr.com.

Please do check My Nokia Blog as I do not wish to take any credit for his work making the post so visit his blog and you might find other posts that interest you as Jay is an awsome guy and posts really interesting stuff! Check it out!

About the N8, I’m not sure what to think of these screenshots. They are in chinese and that (for me) makes a diference… It looks like one of those chinese crappy imitations 😛

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Is the N8 a true multi-function beast?

4 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

The guys at WOMWorld/Nokia found 2 excelent posts regarding the N8. In the first one, the author claims that the N8 not only matches the competition, but it even beats it with some extra features! In the second one, see what Michael Hell thinks of the N8 in his post at FoneArena!

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Nokia Qt SDK Beta available! Devs, this looks promising!

3 de May de 2010 Leave a comment

Nokia Conversations uploaded a video on YouTube where a couple of devs talk about Qt and the impressions are quite positive! One of them even states that it only took 48 hours on the Ovi Store to make the app available in 178 countries! Amazing!

The Ovi Store future might get a lot of apps and if that’s the case, Nokia products (either Symbian or MeeGo powered) will see a much brighter future!

Devs, start developing for Symbian and MeeGo with Qt! It’s a much much broader market than the iPhone!

Nokia Qt SDK Beta download link -> [Link]