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[14 Aug 2011 | | ]
Nokia showing off Windows Phone devices soon?

They say history repeats itself, and in the coming weeks and months in particular we will all find out how true that is.  Nokia, a company which went from a simple goods supplier of the Finnish Army, to the most dominant mobile phone company in the world may just come full circle.
Nokia showing off Windows Phones isn’t anything new, after all we have already had a glimpse at the Sea Ray, a Nokia N9 which simply runs on Windows Phone.  But if you are to believe Stephen Elop’s ignorance when he asked everyone to put away their cameras before he showed it, it was not an official unveiling.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Well, that all changes soon, the good people over at Techie-Buzz have found an invitation for a joint Nokia-Microsoft party on August 17th.  Reports also state that this event will be held at GamesCon in Cologne, Germany.
Looks like all of the hard work on Nokia’s part has come down to this, all of the flip flopping, double backing and confusion.  The fruition of a plan beginning with a burning platform, and the future of a company has come down to this.  Soon we will see if Microsoft really is the future of Nokia.

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[14 Aug 2011 | | ]
N9 Australian release date?

So I’ve just had a delightful trip into Nokia Care, where I’m told most people don’t like much.  I do wonder why, and upon noticing that the ‘please don’t abuse our staff’ signs are no longer up from last visit, perhaps things are becoming more fun?
Anyway, during my visit I was served by a fella who was also interested in the N9, and planned on getting one as soon as it was released.  What I learned from my visit, is that according to order records, the store will be receiving a whole bunch of NFC ready accessories around mid September.  This is one such link to inevitable release of the N9, having NFC itself, but isn’t anything solid.  It’s not unheard of for companies to release accessories well before the release of the device in which they are made, look at AMD for instance.  The good part is that after a bit more of a chat, I was able to find something far more promising.

After some innocent questions, I eventually stumbled upon the answer.  The Nokia N9 will be released in Australia on the 15th of September, according to internal files.
Now, that’s not helpful information for the rest of the world, but it is a start.  Once it comes to us people in the land of the future, it shouldn’t take too long to spread to everyone else.  I am still surprised that Australia isn’t getting the N9 six months later then the rest of the world like usual, but I’m not complaining.  Now to start counting down the days.

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[20 Jul 2011 | | ]
Australia first to get N9?

A nice quick video has come up on YouTube lately showing off the upcoming Nokia N9.  Why is this one any different from the many many others that are swarming the waves?
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t5224leqcOo&feature=player_embedded
Well, beyond the short sharp and shiny nature of this video, showing us all the great swipe-tastic features of our beloved Maemo lovechild, they slip in a mention at the end that Australia will be the first market to launch the device.  I find this intriguing, as although us Aussies down here may be a day ahead of the rest of the world, we are usually last to get our tech.  Take the N900 for instance, where they wouldn’t even tell us if it was even coming to Australia.  After 7 odd months of waiting, I finally got my lovely little device, but 7 months is a long time.

So there’s something to look forward to, an Asia Pacific launch at a decent time, although it still is up to carriers to release the Nokia N9, so they may still be pooping on my party when the time comes.
 

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[4 Sep 2010 | | ]
Nokia N900 Price Update

Told to be for 500 euros by some and 700 euros by others. Who is right? None are right. The Nokia N900 with me was bought for 400 euros in Europe and if you convert in into Dollars or Rands, it will be $ 506 and R3.737.

Not so expensive for a Tablet. But if you want to buy the Nokia N900 in South Africa, then it might cost you around R4000 without the usual tax or subsidies.

Multi tasking, Debian Linux abilities and awesome graphics are major contributions to the price of this device.

Nokia was selling the N900 for $489 but it dropped its price to $389. A great deal for the people that wish to buy the Nokia N900.
In the UK, the Nokia N900 Tablet costs 489 pounds with vat so rather buy with Nokia as it is much more reliable and much cheaper and the device already is included with vat but still has delivery charges.
Amazon was selling the Nokia N900 for $689 but then lowered the price very heavily to $489. A big drop of $200.

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[13 Apr 2010 | | ]
Nokia C6 unveiled | N900 comparison

Although I just compared the Nokia N900 with the iPhone OS 4, I have to write outside my schedule about the new Nokia C6 unveil from today. The first impression to me was that Nokia brings a really nice looking professional smartphone to the market. You can discover a little similarity to the N97, only the keyboard is slided out like at the N900. It runs on Symbian S600 5th edition, got an 3.2 inch HD touchscreen, a four row keyboard and a five megapixel camera. These specks seems to be almost same as from the N97, but the functionality and the fabrication looks way better.

The functions are also pretty much like in the N97 and N97 mini, but the price seems to be a real killer. Only eur 220,00 before taxes and subsidies are estimated, and thats not even the half of our phones price. And it has the free Nokia Turn by Turn Ovi Maps navigation too right from the box. It brings the best messaging together with instant access to your favourite contacts and communications as we are used from our N900´s. The phone itself is expected in the second quarter of 2010 and I can´t wait to see it for real.

I think this will be a really hot device! Take a closer look at: Nokia C3, C5 and E5. What do you think about it?
– sam | visit our Nokia N900 forum –

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[1 Feb 2010 | | ]
Nokia N900 vs. Google Nexus One

Recently it has hit the markets the new Google phone which it has been talking about it since long before it’s released. After quite some time, the Google Phone Nexus One was released on January 5th 2010. As it is a direct competitor of the Nokia N900, we decided to make a comparison between this two.
As my others comparisons were, I’m going to follow the same rules. I’m not going to talk about each specification of these phones, only the differences and the important ones in my opinion.
Dimensions & Weigh – Both presents pretty much the same dimensions with the slightly difference of the deepness as the Nokia N900 presents a physic QWERTY keyboard. However, the N900 is almost 1cm less tall than the Nexus one. The Nexus One dimensions are 119 x 59.8 x 11.5 mm while the N900’s one are 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm leading to an important difference if you plan to carry the phone on your pocket and be extreme comfortable with it. Again a little weight difference its expected due to the keyboard, as the N900 weighs 181g and the Nexus One 130g
Display – Both presents the 800×480 pixels resolution. However, the Nokia N900 does it on a 3.5” inches TFT resistive touch screen display while the Nexus One on a 3.7” inches AMOLED capacitive touch screen display. The Nexus One particularity is that it comes with Trackball navigation. Proximity sensor for auto turn-off and Accelerometer sensor for auto-rotate are included in both devices.
Memory – As in other comparisons, the N900 presents the one of the best storage capacities on the market as it has a 32 GB internal storage capable of 48 GB with a 16 GB microSD and 256 MB RAM. While the Nexus One has only 512 MB RAM, 512 MB ROM and It’s capable of storage up o 32 GB with a microSD although a 4 GB microSD is included.
Network & Data – Almost no differences between these two devices, as both comes with GPRS Class 32, HSUPA- 2Mbps, WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g, Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP and microUSB …

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[23 Jan 2010 | | ]
Office Viewer for Nokia N900

A few days ago, it has been released an alpha version of Office Viewer for Nokia N900 called Koffice. This application would complement the mobile functionalities of the Nokia N900 as it gives to the users to carry with them any Office document such as text, spreadsheet or presentation.
The Koffice is basically an application to view word processing documents, spreadsheets and presentation as it supports text files, spreadsheets and presentation in OpenDocument format (ODF) and Microsoft Office formats.  The most important features are the option to open more than one file at once (multiple documents), open the office documents from emails and search, copy and paste in office files from the N900´s documents.
“This shows both how portable and lean on resources KOffice is” says Inge Wallin, the marketing coordinator of Koffice as it points out an important feature that this application brings to the Nokia N900, the possibility to use the device to give presentation. Further, the Koffice is a great complement to work along the web program Google Docs in my opinion (while waiting for an office editor).
Apart from this application new, there is another important process. As some of you might know, Nokia has been working with Qt is a cross-platform application and UI framework for developers to encourage them as it gives everything needed to create web-enabled desktop, mobile and embedded applications (For more information, please click here). So, the Maemo OS is in the process of moving to Qt meaning that the come up of the Office viewer marks the begin of Qt based applications in the future.
The application requires the last firmware update (PR1.1) and you can install it as it available on the Maemo repositories. For further installations details, please click here. Don’t forget that it’s an alpha version.
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[21 Jan 2010 | | ]
Firefox web browser for Nokia N900 becomes RC1!

Mozilla continues to develop its main product to offer a good browser for mobile phones: Fennec, the mobile version of Firefox, has reached Release Candidate status. Meaning that the first official stable version of the browser only needs to pass the final test of the developers. Back in November, we write a post about it (Firefox Fennec for Nokia N900) as it was a beta version still.
Fennec RC1 has the same engine as Firefox 3.6 and it also includes the so called Awesome Bar (a bar that displays suggestions as you type a web address), besides the possibility to sync with Mozilla Weave service and ability to navigate given the user location.
As Fennec is currently designed for phones based on Maemo system like the two models from Nokia (the N900 and N810), it exist the possibility to test this version of Firefox on our own computers, thanks to a prepared release that developers have offered for any operating system in the case that someone wants to start developing plug-ins for the Fennec browser. I only recommend it for those who are really interested in develop plug-ins.
Summarizing, in order to star testing and using this interesting web browser into your Nokia N900, please click here and it would lead you to the Fennec web page and its installation instructions.

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[18 Jan 2010 | | ]
Better improvements on the new firmware update 2.2009.51.1!

After having received a firmware update weeks ago (read about it on our related post by clicking here) which it only fixed bugs problem, the Nokia N900 have finally received a new firmware update with major improvements. Under the code name 2.2009.51.1 or as we head up PR1.1, the update brings wide range of improvements as new features, bug fixes too and optimizes functionality and stability of the phone across many applications.
As it’s described on the Nokia Conversations Blog: “First up is support for the Swiss keymat variant with hardware and virtual keyboard layouts supporting the combination of German, Italian and English characters. We’ll also see full compatibility with certain SIM cards from network operator 3. Although only a small number of SIM cards were impacted at the time, this release means the N900 is now fully compatible with 3 SIM cards.”
In addition, Mail for Exchange and Ovi Maps also sees an update. The first one by allowing it to work with Microsoft Exchange Server 2003 giving the possibility of Exchange integration to a much broader group of users. And second one by improvement made to search performance and route calculation.
Among these major changes and much smaller usability improvements, there is a new hidden featured and it has been the most required one. As you might imagine, this new firmware update able the portrait mode! Pressing the key combination Ctrl + Shift + O activates the accelerometer giving the possibility to the device to distinguish between horizontal and vertical. However, it seems that it only works on the web browser and the virtual keyboard doesn’t show on vertical format. Here is a video about it!
httpv://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t77yb6xj_TQ
For much more details about the improvements and advantages of this new firmware update, please click here.
As the earlier update (1.2009.44.1) main aim was to prepare the device’s application manager for over the air updates, any user who have installed it would received a notification about a new firmware update available. The update it also available through the Nokia Software Updater, if over the air is not an option for you and you would update from …

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[17 Jan 2010 | | ]
Ovi Store for Nokia N900!

If you have installed the new firmware update for Nokia N900, you have probably notice the new OVI Store Icon as we write about it on the early post although it was still useless. However, last Monday the story has changed and the OVI Store has opened for Nokia N900 and now presents Maemo platform support.
As the Ovi Store for this device is under Beta Version, the application catalog is only available via the Nokia’s N900 web browser. If you have one in your hands, you could access to it by going to store.ovi.mobi on the device’s web browser. Considering that it’s has been only less than a week that the Ovi Store has been able, the application offer isn’t wide at all. However, as the time goes by it would grow enough to complement the Nokia N900 capabilities making it more competitive in the market.
Hopefully, the fact that the Ovi Store has opened pushes the device to the market even more as it makes it easier for the customers to tune up their devices and take advantage of the amazing capabilities that the N900 presents. Either way, helps the developers to put their application closer to the probable consumer.

SOURCE: Maemo Freak
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[13 Jan 2010 | | ]
New Firmware update v 1.2009.44.1!

As it has been expected, the new firmware update for the Nokia N900 is ready. Under the version code 1.2009.44.1, this new firmware update fixes a numbers of bugs that have been reported for the users and developers at Maemo.org, including just a bit more stability to the Maemo 5 OS.
Apart from the bug fixing, the Nokia Conversations Blog pointed out ““This software update prepares the Nokia N900 for opening the Ovi Store – watch out for a separate announcement for the store opening shortly.”
The firmware update file weighs around 18.5 MB and it’s already available through Over The Air (OTA) or through the Nokia Software Update via a desktop or laptop computer. A back up is recommended as installing it through the Nokia Software Update might erase all the data (mainly settings,apps).

Apparently as the upgrades are not too many and they aren’t the ones that everybody expected, this is a minor update in preparation to a future major update coming soon. Let’s expect this to be true!

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[10 Jan 2010 | | ]
Nokia N900 vs. Nokia E72

Continuing with the Nokia N900 comparisons, today it’s against a family member, the Nokia E72. However it’s a business device, it presents pretty much the same characteristic as the Nokia N900 with slightly differences like full QWERTY keyboard although the N900 ones’ is slide-out. As usual I’m not going to talk about every spec from both phones, what I would do is to point out the differences and the some other important thins related to them.

Display & Dimension – As being a touch phone, the N900 screen it’s bigger and better as it’s 3.5 inch with 800×480 pixels resolution while the E72 is 2.36 inch with 320×240 pixels resolutions. Both are TFT 16M colors. Their sizes it’s almost the same as the E72 measures are 114 x 58 x 10 mm, 65 cc and the N900 measures are 110.9 x 59.8 x 18 mm, 113 cc although the N900 weights a just a little more (181 g against the 128g of the E72).
Memory – As the E72 is consider a business phone this is its’ weak point, coming along with only 250 MB internal memory capable of up to 16GB with a microSD card as the N900 has 32 GB internal memory capable of up to 48 GB with a 16GB microSD card.
Data & Connectivity – Both come along with Wi-Fi, 3G, GPRS and EDGE capabilities: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g (the E72 adds Nokia VoIP 3.0), 3G – HSDPA, 10.2 Mbps; HSUPA 2 Mbps, EDGE – Class 32, 296 kbps and GPRS – Class 32, 100 kbps. As the E72 lacks of infrared port, its’ Bluetooth version is 2.0 with A2PD while the N900 Bluetooth v2.1 with A2DP.
Camera – The E72 camera has been updated from a 3.2 MP (Nokia E71) to a 5 MP camera, 2592 x 1944 pixels, autofocus, and LED flash capable of a video recording VGA@15fps. There is a slightly difference because the N900 camera resolutions is 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, DUAL Led flash and video light as it records video on a WVGA resolution (848 x 480)@25fps. The differences are minimal.
Hardware & OS & Features – …

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[9 Jan 2010 | | ]
Nokia N900 vs. Sony Ericsson Satio

As the Nokia N900 has been released, I thought that it was a good idea to compare it against the possible competitors. The Sony Ericsson Satio is one of those and although it has similar features, there are important differences on some of them. As usual I’m not going to talk about every spec from both phones, what I would do is to point out the differences and the some other important thins related to them.

Dimensions & Display – The sizes are pretty similar although the N900 is a little bit bigger probable because of the QWERTY keyboard as well as being the heaviest. However, there is an important difference in the touch screen as the Satio screen is 360×640 pixels and the N900 is 800×400 pixels. Both screens are 16M colors and 3.5 inch.
Memory – Despite of being a top of the range phone, the Satio only has 128MB internal memory with the possibility of taking it up to 32 GB with a microSD card. Instead, the N900 has 32GB internal memory with the possibility of taking it up to 48 GB with a 16 microSD card.
Data & Connectivity– Both have Wi-Fi as well as 3G, GPRS and EDGE although the Satio GPRS and EDGE is Class 10 and the N900 is Class 32. While the 3G connectivity on the N900 is HSDPA, 10Mbps; HSUPA, 2Mbps and the Satio is HSDPA, 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA, 3.6 Mbps. Both have Bluetooth with a little difference that the Satio has v2.0 with A2DP and the N900 v2.1 with A2DP too. The last important difference is the lack of an infrared port on the Satio.
Camera – The Satio strength point of the Satio, introducing the most powerful camera on the mobile phones market with 12.1 MP resolution, 4000 x 3000 pixels, autofocus, xenon flash, video LED flash as well as Touch focus, geo-tagging, face and smile detection. Where the N900 has a 5MP, 2576×1936 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, Dual LED flash, video light as well as geo-tagging. However on the video category, the N900 is better as it records a WVGA …

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[28 Dec 2009 | | ]
35% off Coupon for Zagg invisibleSHIELDS!

If you have read the recent post about the Zagg invisibleSHIELDS for Screen and Body protection, the guys at Zagg have read it too. That’s why they send it to us a 35% discount coupon on invisibleSHIELDS. So if you were thinking on buying it after reading the post, now you have the best opportunity. Using as promotion code the words “HOLIDAY35” on the Zagg web page you would be getting the discount.
For example, if you go to Zagg web page in order to buy the Screen and Body protector that be review, the price of the Screen protector only without the discount is $14.99  but after the discount is $9.74! and if you are interested on the full protection package, the price before discount is $24.99 and after it is only $16.24! A really good price for protection a gorgeous Nokia N900 that cost around $550.

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[26 Dec 2009 | | ]
Vodafone probable prices for the Nokia N900

A few weeks ago we announced that Vodafone was going to market the Nokia N900 in UK. Today there is new information available about the probable prices for the Nokia N900 including the kind of contracts. Apparently, Vodafone hasn’t made the final decision about these prices but they are the preliminary and I don’t think that it could change too much.
The price of the un-locked sim free handset is 599 euro available through the Nokia online shop. However, Vodafone subvention would be in exchange of a 18 month contract. Offering a compulsory data traffic pack for the first 6 month of 15 euro per month, Vodafone suggest not canceling it after that clamming that the user wouldn’t take advantage of the power of the Nokia N900. Apart from this connectivity rate, it would be able on three different kinds of contracts, one as a minimum use of 9 euro, then there would be two plain rates, one of 19.90 euro and another of 59.90 euro. The initial price to get the Nokia N900 isn’t known yet.

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