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17th
NOV

Nokia N81 8GB N-gaged

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Nokia, S60 3rd Edition, Symbian

Nokia’s newest Nseries device, the N81 8GB, is an update to the N91, one of the first smartphones to have 8GB of internal storage capacity. This slider is also one of the initial handsets that supports both the Nokia Music Store that just launched in the UK recently, as well as the upcoming N-Gage platform. Pitched as a music phone, with its dedicated playback keys and whopping 8GB of internal storage, does the Nokia N81 8GB stand up to its predecessor?

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Network: UMTS / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Size: 102 x 50 x 17.9 mm, 86 cc
Weight: 140 g
Display: TFT, 16M colors, 240 x 320 pixels, 2.4 inches
Memory: No card slot, 8 GB internal flash memory
Connectivity: GPRS, HSCSD, EDGE, 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, microUSB
Operating System: Symbian OS 9.2, Series 60 v3.1 UI
Camera: 2 MP, 1600×1200 pixels, video(VGA 15fps), flash; secondary CIF videocall camera

The Nokia N81 8GB is a truly exciting smartphone combining the power of Symbian 9.2 OS spiced up with the new N-Gage platform. What we have in N81 8GB is entertainment and multimedia unleashed. Not only does its specs sheet impress, but it promises tons of fun.

Key features:

  • Massive storage space (8GB version)
  • Symbian OS 9.2 S60 3.1 UI
  • Wi-Fi support
  • Unique gaming experience with the new N-Gage platform and dedicated gaming keys above the display
  • Brilliant 2.4″ 16M-color QVGA display
  • 2 megapixel camera
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • Touch sensitive Navi wheel
  • Dedicated music keys and hardware keypad lock switch
  • 3G with video calls
  • Nice multimedia menu

Main disadvantages:

  • Mediocre camera
  • Awkward D-pad
  • Hefty weight
  • Uncomfortable keypad
  • No HSDPA

14th
OCT

Ultra Slim Music Slider Samsung SGH-F330

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Samsung

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This week Samsung launched the SGH-F330 ultra-slim music slider. The F330 features music playback buttons on the front and sides, as well as a microSD card slot with support for capacities up to 2GB. This music-focused slider also includes multi-tasking features to allow users to perform other functions while leaving the music playing in the background, as well as support for syncing with Windows Media Player.

Connectivity on the Samsung SGH-F330 is covered by tri-band GSM (900/1800/1900MHz) support as well as WCDMA/HSDPA on the 2100Mhz frequency band. Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP support for stereo Bluetooth headsets is also included. The F330 features a 2.0 megapixel camera with auto-focus and video capture on the back of the device. A second VGA camera is included on the front of the phone for video-calling, where supported.

The Samsung SGH-F330 will launch in Germany in October 2007, with availability in other European countries following soon. Pricing is EUR260 (US$367.92) before taxes and subsidies.

17th
SEP

Nokia 6500 Slide

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Java, Nokia

    The Nokia 6500 Slide is one of two 6500 series devices that were announced side by side back in May of this year. Unlike the very thin and simple 6500 Classic, the 6500 Slide that we are discussing today has a slider form factor, stainless steel body work, and an auto-focus digital camera that uses Carl Zeiss lenses.

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Network: UMTS / GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
Size: 96.5 x 46.5 x 16.4 mm
Weight: 125 g
Display: TFT, 16M colors, 240 x 320 pixels,  2.2 inches
Memory: microSD card slot, 20 MB user free internal memory
Connectivity: Class 11 53.6 kbps GPRS, HSCSD, Class 10 236.8 kbps EDGE, 384 kbps 3G, Bluetooth, microUSB
Camera: 3.15 MP, 2048×1536 pixels, Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus, video(VGA 15fps), flash; secondary QCIF videocall camera

At least, the Nokia 6500 Slide looks like it should be a top end feature phone. It has dual-band 3G support in addition to quad-band GSM support, it has a built-in 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, and a solid media player. It is also quite attractive and uses a QVGA resolution display that can show up to 16 million different color shades. That’s all very impressive.

But the reality of the situation is that the phone doesn’t always excel where one would expect it to. While the music player is, indeed, very good, the AF digital camera takes some coaxing to get a good photo out of it. The stainless steel cover material looks good, but adds to the phone’s weight as well as makes it hard to keep clean. The QVGA display also lacks brightness, though it is, at least, usable in even the harshest lighting conditions. And then there is the problem with dropping calls that mars otherwise very good quality voice characteristics. In the end, it is still a good phone, just not a great phone.

20th
APR

Down-to-earth Nokia 6120 Classic Symbian Phone

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Nokia, S60 3rd Edition, Symbian

Nokia announced a new mid-range S60 smartphone today, complete with HSDPA high-speed data access. The new Nokia 6120 Classic belongs to neither the multimedia N Series, nor the business E series of the Finnish brand. Good at the essentials, it’s set of features can’t be clearly linked to a particular target of users. The “Classic” attribute refers to the phone’s conservative design. On the other hand, Nokia 6120 features functions far more sophisticated than what you’d expect in this price category.

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Two cameras are present on the 6120 Classic: a front-facing unit for video calling, and a 2.0 megapixel rearward-facing sensor with 4x digital zoom for easy photography. Nokia’s 6120 Classic is designed with ease of use in mind, and the full S60 smartphone UI accomplishes this well, including contact management, a calendar, task list, email access, and other tools to make managing your life easy. One of the biggest draw cards for the device is its HSDPA compatibility, delivering up to 10 times faster data speeds than normal WCDMA networks.

Key features

  • Conservative and elegant design
  • Impeccable construction
  • Symbian 9.2, S60 3rd Edition graphic upgrade and Feature Pack
  • Remarkable size and weight for a smartphone
  • 2-megapixel camera without autofocus
  • Instant response of user interface
  • Brilliant QVGA display with reflexive surface
  • 35 MB of internal memory, microSD card slot
  • GPRS, EDGE, HSCSD, UMTS, HSDPA
  • Document viewer: Quickoffice and PDF
  • Bluetooth with A2DP support
  • Solid and robust body
  • MiniUSB connector
  • Very good keypad
  • Voice recorder with 60-minute limit

Main disadvantages

  • No Wi-Fi
  • No “pencil” key
  • Susceptible to fingerprints
  • No indication of missed events after certain period of time
  • Navigation and operation keys not ergonomic enough

2nd
MAR

Total Multimedia Phone Nokia N93

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Nokia, S60 3rd Edition, Symbian

Nokia N90 was the first auto-focus camera phone for the Finnish company and we were really impressed by it. Now the N93 ups the ante and brings 3x optical zoom in a phone to the masses. Running on the 3rd Edition of the S60 user interface and equipped with a 3.2 megapixel camera sensor, the N93 is set to rock the world of mobile phones. As if that’s not enough, the N93 also features TV-out, which you can use to display your pictures and videos on your home TV. Users of the N90 will be glad to know that the N93 has the vibrate function missing from the old N90.

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Key features:

  • 3 megapixel camera with autofocus and 3x optical zoom
  • Video recording in VGA resolution@30fps
  • Twist and Shoot clamshell form factor
  • Symbian OS 9.1 S60 3rd Edition UI
  • miniSD card slot
  • Stereo FM radio
  • 50 MB internal memory
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, USB, Infrared, UPnP and TV-out connectivity options
  • Rather comfortable keyboard

Main disadvantages:

  • Large and heavy
  • Picture and video quality not so great
  • Optical zoom buzzing gets recorded in videos

The Nokia N93 is a fantastic phone, and apart from the slow camera UI, I really have nothing much to complain about. Although some might be put off by the sheer size and bulk of this behemoth, those who don’t mind it will find the N93 a truly capable imaging phone.

With 3G and WiFi connectivity, the N93 is definitely the all-in-one smartphone to get. I have no qualms in giving this phone a Highly Recommended rating, but if you feel that the price tag is too steep, and you don’t need all the bulk and connectivity, you might want to take a look at the Sony Ericsson K800i or K790i.

17th
FEB

The Sleek Motorola SLVR L9

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Java, Motorola

The Motorola SLVR line has long been a favorite with some consumers. With a sleek design and shimmering black keypad, the MOTOSLVR L9 is sure to win over fans of the series.

Motorola have continued their tradition of the RAZR-like designed phones and the L-series has a new member, the SLVR L9. This phone is a direct successor of the L7 model and they do have a lot in common. In fact, they have almost no difference.

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This handset is mainly targeted at the mid-range personal use. It doesn’t have some business enhancements or any media gadgets to offer, so its main purpose is to serve telephony to the users. With a new keypad, added EDGE supportand FM radio and a more powerful camera, L9 is headed to replace the older SLVR model and probably make some new friends on the way.

The MOTOSLVR L9 does not support HSDPA high-speed data, with GPRS/EDGE having to suffice. The on board 2.0 megapixel camera utilizes the 20MB internal memory and microSD memory expansion for storage. Music is taken care of with a player compatible with MP3, AAC, e-AAC, and e-AAC+ music and an FM radio, with an airplane mode to enable you to listen to your tunes in places where phone use is prohibited. Bluetooth 2.0 with support for stereo headphones using A2DP is included, with a miniUSB port available for wired data transfer. Included in the box is a battery capable of up to 6.6 hours of talk time or 14.5 days standby.

Key features:

  • Stylish looks
  • Very solid construction
  • microSD memory card slot
  • GPRS & EDGE – both Class 10
  • FM radio with RDS
  • 2 megapixel camera

Main disadvantages:

  • Not much innovation over L7
  • No 3G
  • Slow user interface
  • No Notes application

2nd
JAN

Nokia Software Updater

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Nokia, PC Tools

+ Update Your Phone Software Easily without the need of expensive apparatus.

Nokia Software Updater

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Nokia has released a “Nokia Software Updater” its the flashing software which allows you to keep your phone up-to-date, as well as fix a potential operation problems you may have by updating your phone firmware regularly.
The software and update packages are provided by Nokia free of charge and it gives users the ability to update their phone(s) without need to bring the handset to a service facility to update the firmware on their mobile phone.
Over the last several years, mobile phones have undergone a transformation from relatively simple voice-based handsets to more sophisticated multimedia communication devices, and they now commonly include MP3 player, cameras, web browsers, conferencing capabilities and other sophisticated smart phones features.

In order to provide these more sophisticated features, these devices now require increasingly complex mobile phone firmware. It is this firmware that controls the operations of the mobile phones. The growing complexity of mobile phone firmware, however, presents a significant challenge to mobile handset manufacturers and mobile telephone carriers: the ability to ensure that the mobile phone firmware is of high quality and 100% reliable.

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It’s highly suggested to check for updates approximately once a month to keep your phone software up-to-date, or fix a potential operation problem you may have, improves phone’s performance as well as fixing known bugs and problems from previous versions.

Apart from the downloading and upgrading firmware via PC and mentioned soft there are another method known as FOTA. Firmware upgrade Over The Air (FOTA) technology enables cost effective mobile phone firmware updates. By using OTA methods to update mobile phone firmware and to patch flaws in the firmware originally installed on the handset, users no longer need to bring the handset to a service facility to update the firmware on their mobile phone. Nokia N80 is the only and first Series 60 phone that supports FOTA at the moment.

Get it here…

http://europe.nokia.com/softwareupdate

21st
DEC

Symbianize officially opened!

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under News, Resources

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Symbianize, the Exclusive Pinoy Chat, Mobile, and PC Community made its debut last December 08, 2006. The site is powered by vBulletin which is well-known for its security, stability, and vast availability of features, and the site’s URLs are search engine optimized by vBSEO.

Symbianize Forums offers Filipino citizens a wide variety of discussions mostly related to Nokia and Sony Ericsson phones. Other categories pertaining to Personal Computer (PC) and Media files like e-books, graphics, audios, and videos are also available.

Other service includes an Arcade System where members can kill time playing their favorite old school games and some new flash games developed today while waiting for someone to reply to their posts.

There’s also a Shoutbox where members can communicate directly to one another. Shoutbox is powered by AJAX technology so members doesn’t need to manually refresh the page for new shouts. It automatically refreshes if a new shout is submitted.

19th
DEC

Nokia N70 Bags Top Industry Award

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under News, Nokia, Symbian

World’s Top Selling 3G Device Named ‘Best Mobile Entertainment Handset’

Espoo, Finland – Nokia today announced that the Nokia N70 multimedia computer has been awarded ‘Best Mobile Entertainment Handset’ at the annual Mobile Entertainment Awards, the Meffys. The device beat off stiff competition to take the top spot at this industry awards ceremony held in London.

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The Nokia N70 perfectly illustrates Nokia’s commitment to offering powerful, all-inclusive handsets that aid people in their daily lives. In addition to a range of smartphone features including web browsing and email, it is also a pocketable entertainment device. Users can take high quality photos with its 2 megapixel camera, listen to music on the integrated digital music player and stream video over 3G.

The Meffys, organised by the Mobile Entertainment Forum, are the industry’s official benchmark for measuring success and rewarding innovating in mobile entertainment. The top entries in each category were chosen by a panel of independent industry, media and analyst experts and the winners were announced by top DJ Pete Tong at a ceremony coinciding with the Mobile Entertainment Market (MEM) 2006 in London in May.

Patrick Parodi, MEF Global Chair, commented: “The 2006 Meffys have been a fiercely contested event with a wealth of high quality entries. The winners reflect the hot trends which will be shaping and driving the mobile entertainment industry forward in the coming year.”

“This award is a fantastic endorsement for the underlining strategy behind the Nokia Nseries in terms of offering one single device for consumers to enjoy entertainment whenever and wherever they want,” commented Tapio Hedman, senior vice president, marketing, Multimedia, Nokia. “The Nokia N70 is the top seller within the Nokia Nseries range of multimedia computers and we are delighted that the industry has recognised the full range of entertainment features it offers consumers.”

For further information on the Mobile Entertainment Awards 2006, please visit www.m-e-f.org Photos can be found at: www.nokia.com/press > photos

About Nokia Nseries
Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia devices that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, whenever and wherever they want.

About Nokia
Nokia is the world leader in mobile communications, driving the growth and sustainability of the broader mobility industry. Nokia connects people to each other and the information that matters to them with easy-to-use and innovative products like mobile phones, devices and solutions for imaging, games, media and businesses. Nokia provides equipment, solutions and services for network operators and corporations.

15th
DEC

Nokia N70

Posted by Symbianizer | Filed under Nokia, Symbian

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Nokia introduces the Nokia N70 multimedia, a beautifully designed, compact and easy-to-use 3G smartphone with versatile mobile photography, personal productivity and entertainment features.

Incorporating a complete smartphone feature set, as well as a 2 megapixel camera, flash and front camera for video calling, the Nokia N70 comes fully equipped with stereo FM radio, a digital music player and new 3D games. The slide and shoot design makes mobile photography fast and simple. The rear camera slide reveals and automatically activates the 2 megapixel camera, ready to instantly shoot photos or video. The intuitive slide is complemented with an integrated flash, 20x zoom capability and a range of capture scene settings for optimizing image quality in various environments, including Scenery, Portrait, Night, and Sports. Furthermore, the dedicated shutter key on the side of the phone enables users to capture images like they would with a regular camera, allowing for greater stability and ease of use.

The storage, management and organization of images and video clips is convenient and efficient with the Nokia N70. With the Nokia XpressTransfer storing solution, all new photos and video clips can be automatically copied to the PC. Photo albums created on the phone are also automatically saved in similar albums on the PC. Furthermore, the Adobe Photoshop Album Starter Edition software offers users an efficient way for organizing or editing photos and video clips on the PC. The new improved rotating Gallery provides for enhanced browsing of images and video clips. Images can, for example, be organized into slideshows, with the viewing experience further heightened with added background music. Images and video clips can also be instantly printed from the Gallery with the Nokia XpressPrint printing solution using a USB cable, wirelessly over Bluetooth connectivity, or using the Reduced Size Dual Voltage MultiMediaCard (RS-MMC).

Nokia Nseries is a range of high performance multimedia devices that delivers unparalleled mobile multimedia experiences by combining the latest technologies with stylish design and ease of use. With Nokia Nseries products, consumers can use a single device to enjoy entertainment, access information and to capture and share pictures and videos, whenever and wherever they want.

Physical Characteristics
Dimensions (H x W x D) 108 x 53 x 21 mm
Weight (w/standard battery) 126 g
Design Open-faced
Antenna Type Internal
Wireless Network Capability
Technology WCDMA 2100 / GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
Data GPRS, EDGE, WCDMA
Battery
Battery Type Li-Ion, 970 mAh
Talk Time Up to 4 hours
Standby Time Up to 240 hours
Additional Features
Built-In Digital Camera
2 megapixel camera with 20x digital zoom, LED flash
VGA camera (640×480 pixels) with 2x digital zoom
Video Recorder Yes
Infrared No
Bluetooth Yes
External Memory RS-MMC slot
Predictive Text Input T9
Messaging SMS, MMS, Email
Java™ Technology Yes
Wireless Web Browsing WAP 2.0
Handsfree Speaker Yes
Phone Book Capacity Shared memory
Vibrating Alert Yes
Voice-Activated Dialing Yes
Ring Tones True tones
Display Type TFT, 176×208 pixels, 262K colors
Organizer Yes
Synchronization Software SyncML
Games
Included
Java downloadable