As a member of the Nokia Nseries Blogger Relations program, I get the chance to check out different high end multimedia mobile phones and post my honest thoughts and experiences with the devices. The latest Nseries device that I have had the opportunity to check out for over a month is the Nokia N80ie, Internet Edition, (aka Nokia N80-1). Nokia released the N80 last year and you won't notice any external differences between this latest model and the N80. And if you have an existing Nokia N80 you will be pleased to find out that Nokia just released a firmware update that you can perform yourself at home and turn your Nokia N80 into a Nokia N80ie Internet Edition. While the N80ie is a high end multimedia device, it is also one that could just as easily fit into the enterprise market with its integrated WiFi radio and VoIP support out of the box. 24 images of the N80ie are posted in this review of the N80ie.
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As a mobile gadget fan, I like seeing what I can do with mobile technology and finding ways to make my life a bit easier and more efficient, but I am a bit concerned about security and the confusion with all of these different clients and services. For most of the services you can enter your bank account information and have money deposited and withdrawn from your bank through these wireless services. Are you concerned about the security of your money? Will any of these mobile money clients ever really find a place in the mobile market?
It is a well known fact that Nokia leads the converged device/smartphone market throughout the world, as confirmed by recent IDC and Canalys reports. In fact, as of the 4th quarter of 2006, Nokia had about 50% of the worldwide market share in converged devices. RIM and Motorola were in second and third with the majority of the Motorola devices being Linux based devices selling in Asia. The IDC report then had Sharp and Panasonic (Linux) in 4th and 5th, while Canalys showed Palm and Sony Ericsson. The second through 5th place vendors shown each have something from 5 to 8 percent of the market share, but there is a catch all vendor labeled Others that has 23.5 percent (IDC) or 24.3 percent (Canalys). Who are these Others and where are all the Windows Mobile devices?
Many people wonder why WiFi is an important feature to include on a smartphone and Nokia is showing the true power of the mobile user with their S60 smartphones that support VoIP clients. Developers are also doing a great job in creating a number of VoIP clients for users to choose from and most are in beta stages at this time. In this article we take a look at Fring, Gizmo Project, and Truphone on three S60 3rd Edition devices. Fring supports Skype, Google Talk, and MSN Messenger so this single client may be just what you are looking for to unleash the power of WiFi on your mobile device.
GrandCentral and TalkPlus are two Voice 2.0 services with different target markets, but you can use them together on mobile devices like the Nokia Nseries to have ultimate control over your incoming and outgoing phone calls. You no longer have to be restricted to your wireless carrier's basic voicemail and call management features, but you can have complete freedom and control of all your phones and your numbers with advanced voicemail capabilities.
MobileTechRoundup show #91 began with a bit more talk of Windows Mobile 6, including what devices will be seeing upgrades. Kevin then explained why he likes the Zune Marketplace and how most of us have been renting content for years so why not rent music and get more of it for your consumption? James let the readers know how they can get their own free Zune too. My contest for the i-mate JAQ3 was mentioned. Kevin, James, and I also discussed our favorite devices announced at 3GSM and I personally went for the Nokia E90 Communicator that I cannot wait to get my hands on. Other discussions covered the topics of Windows Vista Sideshow on devices, Opera pre-installed on Windows Mobile 6 devices, Nokia 3GSM announcements, and the freeware of the show from Microsoft.
The great folks at Comunicano previously sent me some press information on GrandCentral and I finally had a chance to setup an account last weekend. GrandCentral is a service that lets you obtain a single phone number and then tie that phone number to you for life. You can have your home, mobile, and office phone numbers all ring when your new GrandCentral number is dialed and answer it wherever you desire. You will never have to change phone numbers again and more importantly to me is the advanced features and control the service gives you. And just this week, GrandCentral added the ability to tie your Gizmo VoIP number to your account and I already added my Gizmo number.
Verizon Wireless and Palm announced the availability of the Treo 700wx Windows Mobile 5.0 Pocket PC Phone Edition device. Verizon Wireless was the first carrier to have the Treo 700w last year, which was actually the first Windows Mobile Treo ever released. Then Sprint released the upgraded 700wx a few months ago and many with the 700w were saying that the 700wx is what the first device really should have been. The 700wx has one major improvement over the 700w and that is double the RAM, from 32MB to 64MB. 32MB of RAM, even in a Windows Mobile 5 device that uses RAM more efficiently than previous Windows Mobile/Pocket PC operating systems is still too low to adequately run more than a couple applications. I understand the 700wx also has integrated DUN support, but that was available via a third party application too. There has been no official statement from Palm on the upgradeability to Windows Mobile 6 for these latest Treo devices, but now that the new OS has been announced I imagine there will be an upgrade option as long as Verizon buys off on it. You can pick up the Treo 700wx on Verizon Wireless now for US$399.99 after US$100 rebate and a two-year activation.
I think quite a few people enjoyed my i-mate JAQ3 first impressions article and I personally found the device to be pretty decent. However, I am smitten with my T-Mobile Dash and just can't give up it's slim size and speedy response so I am giving away the JAQ3 to one lucky Mobile Gadgeteer reader. BTW, the i-mate JAQ3 currently runs Windows Mobile 5, but an update to Windows Mobile 6 should be available for JAQ3 owners in the next few months so you can get this and upgrade to WM 6 soon. Simply visit the i-mate JAQ3 giveaway gallery, check out the photos of the 12 device keyboards, and then email me your answers to what devices those keyboards are found on.
Lots of devices and the new Windows Mobile 6 operating system were announced at 3GSM this year, but there was also plenty to talk about in regards to software and services. ALK Technologies announced that CoPilot Live 7 would be coming this spring for Windows Mobile 6, Nokia announced that YouTube videos would be coming to Nseries devices, and Microsoft took off the beta tag and released three new Windows Live products for mobile devices.