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Nokia E72 is here!

I’ve returned the X6 16GB last week, and now I have the best business Nokia in my hands – the E72 – again, thanks to Darko! :)

I had the E71 last year for two months, and I’m really looking forward to testing this sleek device.

Just to remind you, the E72 packs:

  1. full QWERTY keyboard, optical Navi key,
  2. 5MP camera, with LED flash and auto-focus,
  3. GPS with free drive and walk navigation using OVI Maps,
  4. Symbian Series 60 v3.2, FP2 device
  5. WiFi connectivity.

Main disadvantage – small screen.

Here are some pics I’ve taken, more coming soon in my “First impressions” post (click on each image to see its full size):

As I usually do when I get a new device, I’ve checked for firmware updates. The E72 supports OTA Update (I LOVE this feature!), so I typed in *#0000# on my home screen, and was presented with the following screen:

After clicking “Options->Check for updates”, I was pleased to see that there was a hefty update for my trial device available. Before running the update, make sure that the battery isn’t near its end! It also good to back up your data, although E72 supports UDP (User Data Preservation).

This update brings several performance and bug fixes, as well as new apps and updates to the old ones. To name a few:

  • Browser updated to 7.2.3.1
  • New apps include: OVI Sync, Internet Radio, Advanced Communication Manager (ability to automatically reject numbers, etc..) and Smart Connect (make a connections group).
  • OVI Maps updated to v3, so you have free drive and walk navigation.

I will be using the E72 as my main device for a few weeks, so if there’s anything you would like to ask, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below.

Sports Tracker – the ultimate running companion

If you like the famous Latin saying: “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, then you probably have some outdoor sport activity that keeps you fit and healthy. I present you Sports Tracker, a free app that will help you record and improve your runs/hikes, using the GPS receiver in your Symbian phone.

This tremendously useful application is the successor to the Nokia Sports Tracker, and is available only for touchscreen phones at the moment (S60v5) – I’m using it on my trial Nokia X6 16GB, and it works perfectly! Update 14.05.2010. FP2 phones supported also! You can download it in the OVI Store.

When you launch the app, you will see the following screen.

You can start tracking new workout, browse your previous workouts (if any), modify the settings, access your latest workout, see the sunrise/sunset time in your area, and send download link to your friend for this app via SMS.

I recommend that you start with the Settings.

Here you have 4 options, and I will begin with General Settings.

1. Access point – you will be using the selected AP to upload your workouts to Sports Tracker website (this feature is coming soon), and to download updates. I like to select home WiFi connection.

2. Memory in use – select where do you want to keep workout files – phone’s memory or mass storage (memory card).

3. Measurement unit – you have 3 options here, select the one that suits your needs: Metric (distance in kilometers, speed in kilometers per hour), Imperial (distance in miles, speed in miles per hour) and Nautical (distance in nautical miles, speed in knots).

4. Map material – you can choose between “Empty background”, “Phone” and “Phone and network”. I usually select Phone, because I don’t need detailed maps while running.

5. Workout backlight – I suggest you choose “Automatic” (which will follow your phone’s settings), because “Always on” will drain the battery.

6. Autolap signal – select if and how you want to be notified when you finish a lap. I like to hear a sound, light notification isn’t that useful to me.

7. Use automatic keylock – very useful option, because this automatically locks your phone after the selected period of time.

8. Altitude offset – lets you select your elevation. I keep this field at 0m.

OK, now go back one level, to the “Settings” screen, and select “User”. Fill in your name, age, gender and weight in the corresponding fields.

In the Activities view (in the “Settings” screen), you can tweak the settings for each type of workout, as shown below.

If you have a heart rate belt, pair it with your phone by clicking the Heart Rate field.

Finally, we finished the setup! :) Go back the the start screen, and select “New workout”.

Select the activity type in the first field, for example cycling.

You can skip the second field, or select some of the previous workouts.

In the third field, select how often do you want to hear a sound (“on each 1km” is just fine), or select “Route based” if you’re running/cycling in circles.

Now click “OK”, and you’ll see the following screen.

Wait for the “GPS fix OK” message, click “Start” and you’re ready to go! Once you’ve finished, click “Options->Stop”, and you’ll see the details of your workout. The image below shows my workout, I cycled with my friend Cvijan few days ago around the Belgrade lake Ada Ciganlija.

You can edit the workout details by clicking on the pen icon, or share the screenshot of the workout with your friends by clicking the envelope icon. You can also scroll down to see additional details, graphs, etc…

As I’ve mentioned before, the “Upload to website” feature is coming soon.

Now that you know how to use Sports Tracker, on your mark, get set, go!!! :)

Nokia X2 announced

Just a brief note: couple of hours ago, Nokia announced their newest phone in the X series – the X2.

It’s a budget-friendly S40 device (85€ before taxes), with 5MP camera (!) and 2,2″ TFT screen. It will be released in Q2 2010.

It also has dedicated music keys, 3,5mm audio jack (this is great because you will be able to use your favorite headphones), Bluetooth 2.1, microSD slot (up to 16GB) and it is very thin – 13mm.

After Nokia’s last announcement of The Beast (a.k.a Nokia N8), two days ago, this device doesn’t excite me that much, but I guess it will be very popular, because you’ll have a very good camera and a capable media player in a nice looking phone, for a very affordable price.

Pictures ©Nokia.

Nokia N8 announced!

Superb news everyone, today Nokia announced the first mobile phone that runs Symbian^3 – the Nokia N8! Or, officially “Nokia N8. Connect. Create. Entertain.”


I actually think this will be my next Nokia, and here are the main reasons why.

  • 12 megapixel camera, Carl Zeiss optics and Xenon flash,video recording @720p, HDMI out – finally a worthy successor to my N82
  • 3.5″, capacitive screen, 640×320
  • Symbian^3 OS – the first device with this version of Symbian
  • Single tap everywhere
  • Multi-page homescreen, customizable widgets
  • FM transmitter
  • and many, many more…

This phone will be launched in Q3 2010, and it will be yours (and definitely mine!) for 370€ (before taxes). Amazing, isn’t it?

It will be available in five colors, as you can see on the image below. I’ll have the silver one, thank you. :)

This is the official product page: http://europe.nokia.com/find-products/devices/nokia-n8

And here you can watch some pretty impressive videos: http://events.nokia.com/NokiaN8/

Here’s one of them:

I really cannot wait the test this device, it looks really promising! :)

Nokia announces 3 new messaging phones!

So, I wasn’t that wrong, it is about messaging! :)

Today, at Everyone Connect virtual event, Nokia announced 3 brand new, budget friendly, messaging focused devices: E5, C3 and C6. (All pics ©Nokia.)

Lets begin with the business device that runs S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2, E5.

As you can see, it has a full QWERTY keyboard, and it looks a lot like the famous E71, or little less famous E63. You can also see that it has a 5MP camera (with “full focus” – I guess this is similar, if not the same, as EDoF camera on the E52), like the E72. What you cannot see are the specs:

  • 2.4″ screen, 320×240, 256K colors,
  • Tri-band WCDMA, WLAN, A-GPS, Bluetooth 2.0,
  • 3,5mm Nokia AV connector,
  • OVI Maps with free drive/walk navigation,
  • Up to 250 MB internal memory, up to 32GB microSD card,
  • 1200 mAh LI-Ion battery.

It comes in five colors: Carbon Black, Chalk White, Sky Blue, Copper Brown and Silver Grey. It will cost somewhere around 180 Euros.

You can check out the video here:

Now, the one that I’m not that fond of, mainly because it’s a S40 device,  C3.

But, I must admit it’s nice to see a first full QWERTY S40 phone. It also has WiFi, which is great. Unfortunately, it has a 2MP camera (they still make those?!), and no GPS.

Specs:

  • 2.4” QVGA (320×240), up to 262k colors,
  • WiFi connectivity
  • Up to 55 MB internal memory, up to 8GB microSD card,
  • Handy addition: Conversational SMS for chat type messaging,
  • 3.5 AV connector

It will be available in Q2 2010, in 3 colors: Slate Grey, Golden White, Hot Pink. It will be yours for something around 90€!

Check out the video here:

And finally, my favorite, the touch-screen, full QWERTY, C6.

It’s a S60V5 phone, looks a lot like the N97/N97 mini, and packs the similar stuff:

  • 3,2” TFT with up to 16M colors, nHD 16:9 widescreen, 640×360,
  • 5 megapixel camera with autofocus, integrated flash,
  • WLAN, A-GPS, Micro USB connector, Bluetooth 2.0,
  • 3.5 mm Nokia AV connector,
  • OVI Maps with free drive/walk navigation,
  • Up to 200 MB internal memory, up to 16BG microSD card.

It will be available in Black and White, and it’s planned for release in Q2 2010. You will be able to buy it for 220€, which is significantly cheaper than its big brothers.

Watch the video here:

So, to sum up, all three phones focus on messaging (in case you’ve missed, full QWERTY keyboard and WiFi can be found on all of them), and they are very, very, very affordable.

Great move by Nokia, the group of Nokia Messaging consumers is now going to expand exponentially, in my honest opinion.

Invitation for Nokia virtual event – Everyone Connect

WOW! I’m really happy right now, because I’ve received my very first invite for Nokia virtual event from WomWorld Nokia! Thanks gals (and guys), you’re the best! :)

When an A4 envelope arrived earlier today, I had absolutely no idea what it could contain. I was pleasently surprised to see a small invitation that was addressed to my name.

As you can see on the picture below, the virtual event begins tomorrow at 9AM GMT, and it’s called Everyone Connect.

The link to this event is: http://events.nokia.com/everyoneconnect/ , and when you visit this page, all you see is a countdown timer. 19 hours to go at this moment.

What it puzzles me the most is the back of the invitation:

This picture shows two message bubbles, so my guess is that this event is going focus on some Messaging/IM/SMS application. We’ll know by tomorrow if I was right.

Anyhow, I can’t wait tomorrow morning! I’ll keep you posted.

The new Windows Phone 7 Series platform officially announced

In case you don’t know, Mobile World Congress (MWC 2010) started today in Barcelona, Spain. So expect more articles than usual over the next few days.

Big news for WM users, today Microsoft announced the Windows Mobile 7 Windows Phone 7 Series.

As I understand, it will be quite simple OS, which will pack together office, multimedia and connectivity (and games). You can watch the official video below:

These are great news, but, you’ll have to wait till the end of the year 2010. to get your hands on the first phone.

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