Nokia has unveiled a surprisingly powerful multimedia cameraphone at this week's Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Nokia says the PureView 808 can shoot full 1080p HD video with auto focusing at 30fps, and "capture stereo CD-like audio quality".
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While we wait for the first Nokia handsets running Windows Phone later this year, Nokia has two other operating systems on the go. Meego, an OS co-developed by Nokia and Intel, has made an appearance on the N9 while Anna, a revamped version of Symbian^3 for touchscreen devices, has debuted on two new handsets, the Nokia E6, a small-screen device with a mini-QWERTY keyboard, and the X7, a larger multimedia-friendly handset.
Nokia is boosting its featurephone collection with the introduction of the X3 "Touch and Type" model, which includes both a standard 12-button telephone keypad and a 2.4-inch touchscreen.
As I'm typing this post, Jimmy Fallon is being taped in New York, and they are hitting the Twitter databases hard.Kevin Rose is a guest and he is trying to influence the mainstream media world with our new media addiction.
Nokia World 2008 is taking place this week in Barcelona, Spain and the event kicked off with the keynote announcing the Nokia N97 multimedia computer. The Nokia N97 brings a QWERTY keyboard and touch screen to the Nseries or you could say it brings a phone and S60 to the Nokia Internet Tablet. The Nokia promotional materials state, "Desktop.Laptop.Pocket" as they bring you a device with a 3.5 inch touch screen display (640x360 pixels resolution) that slides up and at an angle (similar to the AT&T Tilt) to reveal a full 3-row QWERTY keyboard and directional pad. I was expecting to see S60 touch launch on a Nseries rather than the Nokia 5800 we saw last month.
I've been using a Slingbox since they were first launched a few years ago and have used all of the mobile clients to watch my TV content on the road. I still have my Slingbox Classic and use it on my S60 and Windows Mobile devices from time to time. Once I saw that Monsoon Multimedia had a place shifting device that supported a Nokia Internet Tablet I knew I had to give it a try. I was sent a HAVA Platinum HD to try out and have to say I was very pleased with its performance and functionality. I especially like that there are FREE mobile clients for the Nokia Internet Tablet devices, Windows Mobile devices, and S60 devices (currently in beta). I posted product photos and mobile client screenshots in my new image gallery. Read below to find out what other functionality is a part of the HAVA that I haven't seen in my Slingbox.
Andy has been sending me Nokia Nseries devices to evaluate as part of the Nseries Blogger Relations program for almost 3 years now and today I was sent a device the branches out into an area that I am highly interested in and that I think relates even more directly to the readers here at ZDNet. You see, I was sent a Nokia Eseries (E is for enterprise) device, the Nokia E71 for evaluation. I bought a Nokia E61 and then E61i last year and really enjoyed using those devices, but found them a bit too wide and heavy for every day use and moved on to the Nokia N95 that had a much better camera and other media features. The E71 is a much slimmer device that also adds a 3.2 megapixel camera and may be the perfect compromise for those of us who want a QWERTY keyboard with some multimedia features. I took some unboxing and comparison photos (40 to be exact) for my initial impressions image gallery along with the video first look below. I also take you on a tour of the device and let you know what my impressions are after using it for about 6 hours.
I was quite happy to upgrade my Nokia N95-3 with the firmware update that made my device a much better performer. A couple of days before I was able to upgrade my N95-3, I was sent a Nokia N82 to evaluate through the Nseries Blogger Relations program. After opening up the package and seeing that it was not a U.S. model with support for our 3G networks, I was actually about ready to send it back so someone else could evaluate it. I then chatted with Jonathan Greene and he told me to take another look at it and pay attention to the auto-rotation, flush screen, and tweaks to the OS in comparison to the N95. I took his advice and decided to pop in my T-Mobile SIM and give it an honest try. It is now almost three weeks later and my T-Mobile SIM has barely left the N82. Check out my image gallery and thoughts to see why this device is a compelling S60 multimedia computer.
The Nokia N82 continues to extend the line of Nseries devices with another innovation, the Xenon flash. The N82 has all the latest wireless connectivity options, with the exception of the North American 3G networks. The 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics takes very good photos and 30 fps video. The N82 is available now in the U.S. from the Nokia site as an unlocked device for US$564.
The headline was what appeared in my email inbox late last night so I immediately opened up the message to read what Nokia had to say about the future of mobility. Nokia was giving a briefing at The Way We Live Next event held at the Nokia Research Center in Oulu, Finland. You can actually listen to podcasts of the presentations, along with PDF versions of most presentations, at The Way We Live Next site. In addition to the presentations on the future of mobility, Nokia also demonstrated MOSH, Widsets, Point & Find, Shoot to Translate, and virtual worlds. All these functions were performed using a Nokia multimedia computer (aka smartphone).
Nokia likes to label their high-end mobile devices as multimedia computers rather than smartphones and with the features and services they continue to offer it looks like these devices are really more computer than phone. In what I think is a great move for Nokia, they have partnered with Boingo Wireless, Inc. to offer the Boingo Mobile client for S60 devices and Internet Tablets. With one of these devices and the Boingo Mobile client you will now be able to connect to any Boingo hotspot throughout the world, and there are tens of thousands of them, for a low US$7.95 (EURO5.95) monthly fee.
Nokia markets their Nseries mobile devices as "multimedia computers" and for the most part they do serve as excellent audio and video platforms. The Nseries also comes loaded with other productivity applications, like thw QuickOffice viewer application. Their Eseries line is targeted towards the enterprise user and comes loaded with the full version of QuickOffice that lets you view and edit documents. You can also upgrade the view-only version to an editable version and I'll be posting some thoughts on the latest and greatest version in a week or two. One great thing about the Palm, Windows Mobile, and S60 platforms is the number of 3rd party applications that address all your specific needs and competition in the 3rd party application market drives innovation. The biggest competitor to QuickOffice is MobiSystems OfficeSuite and I had a chance to load version 4, which adds PowerPoint viewing capability, onto a Nokia N95 and take it for a test drive.
Symbian is the world's leading smartphone operating system and unlike the Apple iPhone manufacturers like Nokia actively support 3rd party application development. To emphasize and honor those developers who are out there working to design applications to make our live more efficient, fun, and rewarding Nokia is launching the second annual business plan and application competition, Mobile Rules!. As stated by a Nokia spokesperson, Mobile Rules! is a way to encourage and promote innovation in mobile services. There are two tracks in the competition, one for qualified developers working on applications for Nokia platform devices in the categories of multiplayer and connected games, multimedia, enterprise, and infotainment. The second track is for entrepeneurs, small businesses, and more who demonstrate outstanding business plans in the mobile space. Prizes include Nokia devices, memberships of Forum Nokia Launchpad, promotion of the winning application/plan through channels owned by Nokia or other competition sponsors and expert advice from Nokia specialists. The five overall winners will also be offered the chance to develop a contract with one of the competition sponsors or a significant cash prize if no contract is awarded. Check out all the rules and details of this contest. The development competition starts now with the business plan track starting in a couple months and the entire competition ends in Spring of 2008.
Stefan at intomobile points to new listings on the Dell website showing unlocked Nokia handsets. This is a big deal. One of the stumbling blocks Nokia (and other high-end handset manufacturers) faces is getting distribution for these devices in the company stores operated by AT&T and T-Mobile (the two largest GSM carriers here in the US). I always treasure the look on the faces of the young people working in the local T-Mobile store when I walk in with a new unlocked Nokia handheld multimedia computer. Brief but enjoyable rock star status.
Which leads to the point of this post. Although I did take the MacBook along for the trip, once I saw the close quarters and realized that connectivity was going to be intermittent at best, I made what for me is a pretty radical decision and decided to do the entire trip using the Nokia N95 "handheld multimedia computer" (AKA smartphone) and N800 internet tablet as my principle means of staying connected to e-mail, IM, RSS, and blogging.
Rhapsody has an unlimited music subscription service that works with PlaysForSure devices, as well as the Nokia N800, Mac computers, and Windows PCs. The Nokia N95 is a multimedia powerhouse and has a few features that make it better than most any other mobile multimedia device on the market. You can take your music with you on the go and listen to it without even needing earphones.
The latest and greatest Nokia Nseries device is the Nokia N95. Nokia was able to pack in a 3G wireless radio, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics.
Nokia issued a press release announcing that the long-anticipated Nokia N95 is finally shipping to select countries in Europe, Asia, and the Middle East. Unfortunately, there is no word or speculation on a U.S. release so I'll have to look to a U.S. importer to get one for myself. Rafe and Steve posted some thoughts on unboxing a production Nokia N95 and the box is reminiscient of an Apple designed package.The Nokia N95 multimedia computer (Nokia's term for these high end Nseries devices) sports a high speed 3G radio, integrated Bluetooth 2.0 and 802.11 b/g WiFi radios, 160MB internal memory, large 2.6 inch QVGA display, 5 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and video capability up to 30 fps at VGA (640x480) resolution, FM radio, integrated GPS radio with Nokia Maps software, standard 3.5 mm headphone jack, and S60 3rd Edition operating system. It has a cool dual slider display to reveal a phone keypad in one direction and multimedia buttons in the other direction. The device is very similar in size to the Nokia N80 and packs quite a bit into a small package.
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.
There will be lots of news coming out of the 3GSM World Congress event being held in Spain this week and we've already posted lots of Windows Mobile 6 news. Nokia also made some major device announcements that include model updates and a new Communicator for the enterprise user. The Nokia E90, E65, and E61i are three new devices for the enterprise market. The Nokia N77 adds DVB-H TV to a high end multimedia devices. The Nokia 6110 Navigator allows you to get GPS navigation and location based services on a small form factor S60 device.