We Are Giving Away THREE Nokia N900’s!

Two days ago I asked you on Twitter, ‘If you were able to buy any Nokia device in the market today, what would it be?’. The answer was an overwhelming vote for the N900!

Turns out, that it is contest time here on The Symbian Blog and we are giving you a chance to win not one, not two but 3 Nokia N900’s! If you haven’t have had a chance to play with a N900 yet, I can tell you that it is an amazing device that you will thoroughly enjoy, I bought one the moment I played with my review unit.

[Update – You have until 11:59 PM IST on the 23rd of April to get your entries in.]

Now back to the contest, here is how to enter:

Here Is Your Chance To Win 3 Nokia N900's

Once you do that you will have three avenues to win:

  • First: Simply tell us what you think of the application – things you like and things you would like to see improved. The top review judged on criteria such as value and merit will be awarded a Nokia N900. Over.
  • Second: Share your Ovi Store experience with us along with what you think would make the Ovi Store perfect. Over.
  • Third: You need to do nothing for this one. Once you have downloaded the Hi-N-Bye application from the Ovi Store, simply enter your name in the comments section below and at the end of the contest, we will choose one lucky winner based on a random draw.

About Hi-N-Bye:

Hi-N-Bye is a motion controlled accelerometer based application that recognizes hand gestures and eliminates the need of using physical buttons to complete tasks such as answering a call, switching on the loudspeaker, switching between calls and terminating them.

When your phone rings, you can simply look at who is calling and simply put the phone to your ear without pressing a button and the call will be automatically answered. If you are wondering how this works, the following video should help:

Hi-N-Bye is currently 3€ (4$, 2.6£ or 175 INR) at the Ovi Store and has been tested on N82, N95, N96, 5800, N97, N97 mini and the X6, but should work on similar devices as well.

RULES:

  • The contest is open to everyone, irrespective of geographic location.
  • Only one entry per person, however you can enter in all three categories if you wish.
  • The last date for submitting your entries for the first two categories is the 18th of April.
  • The last date for entering the lucky draw (third category) is the 23rd of April (11:59 PM IST).
  • You can enter the first and second categories by writing a comment below. If you have a blog, you can also write a post with your opinion and then link to this post.
  • Downloading the Hi-N-Bye application from the Ovi Store is mandatory for entering this contest.
  • The decision of the organisers is final and no queries will be entertained with regard to the selection process. More fine print here.
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135 thoughts on “We Are Giving Away THREE Nokia N900’s!”

  1. Hello gud luck all..
    Am joining in for the Second Category – Ovi Store Exp

    And here’s my blog post => http://bit.ly/cat3vs

    And Hope i win my first handset ever. I have never won a phone before.. Let me try my luck. 🙂

    Regards
    Evo

  2. The App – A Motion based app has its good and bad qualities. There are times when you just cant afford to look for an answer button, and you dont really care to look who is calling. A call that requires a quick answer will do very well with this app..

    Personally i have one big problem. What if the item slips out of my hand: What such apps need is accuracy. I think the developers need to make sure the app is responsive to the phone’s built in motion sensors. You dont really want to see the phone fly out of your hand when you shake it 🙂

    Ovi Store – The store is a welcome service from Ovi. I like the way the Ovi Services integrate into the devices. All i can say is ‘MAKE IT BETTER’ integration is key, but why would someone totally switch to Ovi… I think Ovi services should allow users to draw their data from their facebook, Yahoo and Google Services (Live too) so that we can have a comprehensive service that can synce with other services. This will bring the chance for way more Ovi Apps

    My Name – Dushyanthan Devadoss

  3. 1. I dont think anything about that application because it is not supported on my Nokia E55. Even if I think, I will think that It should support Nokia E55

    2. My experience of Ovi store was,
    O – Ohh
    v – very
    i – interactive

    3. OK I did not do anything

    Regards,
    Bharath

  4. I can’t use that app, as it’s not available for my device.

    I’d still like to enter the draw though.

  5. I’m entering the competition in the third catagory
    Thanks for the opportunity 🙂

  6. My entry for the second category: about the Ovi Store experience
    Before the introduction of the Ovi Store, there was no unifying place to find or download apps for the Nokia/Symbian Platform. As soon as you browse to the Ovi Store – is the simple interface and here lies the stores greatest strength and its weakness.

    The simple interface brings attention to the important elements of the item you are viewing, specifically: rating (in the form of 5 stars which is a big improvement over the old 3 star rating), a screenshot, and links to download to your phone. Downloading the Hi-N-Bye applications was smooth and intuitive.

    The weaknesses of the store also stem from the implementation of simplicity. The Recommended pane is just a bunch of “related” apps, though by what measure we are not told. Are they productivity enhancers? Novel features? Reminders? Web Browsers? The breadcrumbs bar above the screen shot is a great idea – creating categories for applications makes it easy to browse for different applications, which is any app stores biggest attraction.

    To their credit the Ovi Stores has categories but they are hidden behind a pull down menu. The pull down menu also hosts another confusing a navigational aid – Channels which are like simpler categories.

    So, how can the Ovi Store improve? The technical implementation is flawless – providing a smooth and robust downloading / installing feature. However in the search for simplicity the user interface has suffered. Designing a user interface can make or break a service. A user interface must be intuitive to use and must make sense, in the same way we make sense of information.

    Humans make sense of information in a hierarchy. The Ovi Store must implement a hierarchical structure for all its applications. These categories must be visible on every page – providing a navigational familiarity which makes it easy to trace the steps of finding a certain application on another computer or mobile device. A great example of this is which has a navigational pane on every page.

    In summary, the Ovi Store is a welcome addition to providing a solution for an application repository. The only problem I have is with navigation, specifically browsing for an application. The technical execution was great and I enjoyed the ease of using the Ovi Store

  7. Sorry my comment above wasn’t formatted correctly, here is my corrected one:

    My entry for the second category: about the Ovi Store experience
    Before the introduction of the Ovi Store, there was no unifying place to find or download apps for the Nokia/Symbian Platform. As soon as you browse to the Ovi Store – is the simple interface and here lies the stores greatest strength and its weakness.

    The simple interface brings attention to the important elements of the item you are viewing, specifically: rating (in the form of 5 stars which is a big improvement over the old 3 star rating), a screenshot, and links to download to your phone. Downloading the Hi-N-Bye applications was smooth and intuitive.

    The weaknesses of the store also stem from the implementation of simplicity. The Recommended pane is just a bunch of “related” apps, though by what measure we are not told. Are they productivity enhancers? Novel features? Reminders? Web Browsers? The breadcrumbs bar above the screen shot is a great idea – creating categories for applications makes it easy to *browse* for different applications, which is any app stores biggest attraction. Finding an application once you know its name is easy, but finding new and exciting applications, by browsing aroud – thats the true gem.

    To their credit the Ovi Stores has categories but they are hidden behind a pull down menu. The pull down menu also hosts another confusing a navigational aid – Channels which are like simpler categories.

    So, how can the Ovi Store improve? The technical implementation is flawless – providing a smooth and robust downloading / installing feature. However in the search for simplicity the user interface has suffered. Designing a user interface can make or break a service. A user interface must be intuitive to use and must make sense, in the same way we make sense of information.

    Humans make sense of information in a hierarchy. The Ovi Store must implement a hierarchical structure for all its applications. These categories must be visible on every page – providing a navigational familiarity which makes it easy to trace the steps of finding a certain application on another computer or mobile device. A great example of this is Firefox addons (https://addons.mozilla.org/en-US/firefox/) which has a navigational pane on every page.

    In summary, the Ovi Store is a welcome addition to providing a solution for an application repository. The only problem I have is with navigation, specifically browsing for an application. The technical execution was great and I enjoyed the ease of using the Ovi Store

  8. Hi Vaibhav / Keynetik

    @Keynetik
    I thank you for developing Hi-N-Bye Application for S60 and for using Ovi Store as a launchpad.

    @Vaibhav
    Kudos to you for your enthusiastic evangelism about Nokia, S60, Maemo, Ovi store and so on. Thank you organising this contest. I am sure there would be many who are first time ovi app users like me.

    Category 1: Review of the application
    Pros:
    1. The application is small in size and very useful for busy people.
    2. The application makes good use of sensor APIs provided by the platform.
    3. The application is a good combination with a Bluetooth headset.
    4. The application settings and UI are simple meant for the common device users.

    Cons /improvement areas :
    1. The application is running in the background. This may consume RAM / Battery. Something like application being activated based on some sensor can be an alternate way of launching Hi-N-Bye. Just an idea.
    2. If the application is ported to QT framework then it can become cross platform and cater to a wider audience using S40 / Symbian / Meego Devices.
    3. It has good utility for a 3G netbook wherein the application can run on the moble and can control Volume / Internet / display settings of the Netbook and so on. The application can be enhanced to meet many other useful use cases. Please invent something like this for a Netbook / Mobile Internet Devices too and the application can be of very much demand. This application can also work as a Remote control device in a bluetooth / WIMAX environment. I also feel it will fit in Intel Atom Developer Program – http://appdeveloper.intel.com/en-us/

    Category 2: My Ovi store Experience

    Pros-
    1. Steps to download an application was easy wrt an end mobile user like me. Kudos. Speed of downloading was also good considering that i was using Airtel GPRS Edge connection.
    2. Once we have 3G in India Ovi Store experience will be even better. Users can download Movies / videos / IPL Content etc as high speed.
    3. Now that i have downloaded an application , my account details are stored and next time the number of clicks to download an app from ovi store is less.
    4. Ovi store has many cool applications both free and paid and the number is growing. Thats a nice sign for developers and application users.
    5. There is a facility to redownload the application without paying again. This is useful just in case the user needs the app at a later point of time for a new device.

    Cons-
    1. I had to enter my credit card details on the mobile. This could have been done in the ‘My account’ section of the ovi store through the laptop / desktop.
    2. Ovi store experience can be further simplified for an end user in rural areas who wants to try out more free / paid utility applications for his s40 / s60 mobile. Mobile Banking can be an option for a user to pay for the application. For the less educated groups of people just a one or two click mechanism needs to be there to download an application. This significantly increases his ovi store user experience.
    3. There can be a feedback mechanism for the application in ovi store and hence better reviews can let the app appear at the top of the list.
    4. There needs to be a better organisation among the applications. Something like a well defined hierarchy for s40 / s60 / Meego applications with an option for user ratings / download statistics.
    5. Apps that are downloaded fewer number of times should not be shadowed by the ones that are downloaded many times.
    6. Niche apps meant for the geeks / nerds / tech savvy people can be categorised separately. Apps shown for a user should match his preferences so that there will be relevant content for him to download. Ovi can ask for his preferences while he creates an account.

    Category 3: Lucky Draw Entry
    I just downloaded the Hi-N-Bye Application from the ovi store.Please consider me for the Lucky draw (Third Category) in the contest. May the best / luckiest entries win. All the best to everyone. Thank you very much for the valuable opportunity to provide my 2 cent feedback.

  9. Hi Vaibhav,

    I downloaded “Hi-N-Bye” from OVI store and have been using it. Please count me in for the third category of the competition.

    I am also working on the App reiview and OVI store thoughts. Will udpdate once my posts are published.

    Thanks for organizing a wonderful giveaway

  10. I want to win one, but my phone N73 doesn’t support the application.

    Please consider me.
    Thanks

  11. I dont think i have the time to play with the app and talk about it.. only w hours left.. so i guess i’ll make my submission for category 2 & 3. Thanks..!

    I love Nokia as a company.. They are a lot more open than perhaps any manufacturer i’ve come across till now.. Therefore since the time they launched the ovi brand i’ve been wanting it to suceed, specially the ovi store. I sick of apple shouting at the top of their voices that they have a million apps and so on.

    Personally speaking a mllion apps don’t mean much to me, i’d rather have 100 really quality apps and be done with it. Ovi Store doesn’t have a huge load of apps and for Nokia that sholdn’t be such a bad thing. Less means easier to locate, easier to discover. What I’d ideally like them to do is make sure that there are 100 awesome apps there, make a campaign around that and show the world that quality still rules over quantity. Approach marketing from a different angle, clearly Apple is way ahead when it comes to numbers and in all fairness Nokia will never really catchup, my point is that they don’t need to!

    Anyway, back to the more specific things I’d like to see in the Ovi Store:

    1. Please make multiple installations possible. While browsing apps I should be able to mark an app under something like a download later head. This way we’ll discover more apps in lesser time. Later I should be able to go to the ‘Download Later’ head and then select ‘Install All’.

    2. Next I’d like my purchases to be tied to my username and not the phone. If Nokia feels that this would hurt sales badly or something, then they could implement a mechanism where the purchased apps only work as long as I’m signed in and if I sign in on another phone they could stop working on the earlier one. This way I can use the app on one phone at a time, which is what the license allowed me in the first place…

    3. The Ovi Store app should keep a track of all the Ovi apps I have on my phone. So when I sign in on a new phone it should automatically gve me an option to install all the apps that I had installed on my older phone. Obviously, the apps that are incompatible could be left out.

    4. The above should also work for times when I format my phone or for times when I update the firmware…

    5. Not that i see them doin it.. i’d like to see a native ovi store client rather than what we have now. WRT is irritating….

    6. Better demarkation between freeware/shareware.

    hoping to win! thanks!!

  12. have a N900 and is great i agree bar the lack of compatibility with a majority of Nokias software tools including the one above so not able to try (what a wasted download!), but still i think the effort counts for an enter as you can never have too much of a good thing, plus if i break mine by hacking I’d have a spare!!!! ;0)

  13. Hi,

    2 -> Ovi Store is quite a good challenge to iTunes but… Since its launch, one thing which has not been fixed is the search/navigation facility. The search facility is nice if the user knows what app he is looking for but for a novice user who is just looking around for an exciting app which suits his taste, its a nightmare. He has to move from page to page,again and again… until he finds something. It would be nice if the search is more intuitive and its easier to find the right app.
    Also, the “show free apps” feature seems to have been removed. I know this makes business sense but for a user it looks as if Nokia is being cunning in not showing them the free apps upfront.

    Thanks
    Rohit

  14. Great to finally have an app that makes use of my N96’s accelerometer.

    It’s way too sensitive though, and when using the phone while lying down, hangs up calls 🙁

    Expanding the “Help/Instructions” & explaining the functions in greater, less techy terms, would also be a great addition 🙂

    Louw

  15. hello competition,
    first i would like to mention is that hi-bye-app is not avaibable for my cellphone nokia e72.

    Alrite greetings guys i am najib ur rehman from Lahore , Pakistan. I am the managing editor for a local daily newspaper here in Pakistan http://www.dailylahorepost.com it is being publish in Punjab one of the province of Pakistan, the newspaper is reaching more then 150+ cities of Punjab daily and growing. I have been visiting thesymbianblog since 2+ years for themes for n-gage games and applications i prefer this web far more than other website related to symbian application because you guys don,t sstuck the user into the cruel and hopeless world of advertisment where one is not sure weather the link we are clicking is really a link or another piece of advertisment. Iwill just stop here praising the symbainblog because the competition is not about the ‘the goods about symbain blog’.

    Now for the first category my device is not supporting the application hi-bye so i cannot really comment on that extactly but as far as general views are concern the application hi-bye should be less in size when one is installing the size matter,s in a way that if the size is extremely large it will obviously take more time to get installed on the device and people here in Pakistan are so much furstated due the the things they are facing in their daily life they can.t wait for an application to get installed onto their device for more then 5 minutes or else they just click the cancel button and go away onto something else. Here in Pakistan we only have the electricity for 8hours out of 24hours so the basic beings of pakistan are very frustated because of it though there are many many other things even like inflation rate etc. Coming back to the application the size is discussed now the application should install the files onto the E drive of the cellphone which is the memory card drive or else if the files of applications get onto the C drive .. Its automatically slows down the cellphone and the user,s without even opening the application they remove it because they think that its has slowed down their device it is not a good application. Here i am representing the basic mind of an pakistani cellphone users who are litrate enough to install applications onto their devices. In my whole paragraphs i am representing the pakistani youth thought. The application should be user-friendly as in the user interface should be extremely easy to get or else they will remove the application . The application should be advertisment less or else if one will install it and the first time they will open the app and they see some advertisment they will immiatelyy exit the app and will remove it thinking of it as some sort of advertisment-ware they will not even further see the application. Alrite i think this would be enough for the first category .. About the hi-bye application..

    Now i am going to talk about the ovi-store. The first thing that i would like to mention is the interface? Why app-store is more successfull the ovi-store just because of the user-interface on ovi-store the user iss also lost when the ovi application opens that what one should do :s- (confuse sign). Then the search engine in the ovi-store which is useless if you search for something if the extact title has not match it says nothing is found which is extremely dissappointing for a user. Whenever the user input anything into the search box it should automatically start the user suggestiing with the application title or description which are avaiable so that when a user searches for something he or should atleast end the search onto some application not that they just see nothing founf after searching for few minutes. And the last but not the least thing i would like to mention is the updates of the applications which are installed on the user,s device. Whenever one opens the ovi-store the ovi should automatically scan the user,s device and show them with the updates for the applications that are installed on the user.s device… Alrite

    i hope this is enough… And please excuse me of my bad english as its is not my native language i am not that good in writting.. In english.. So thats all… Thankyou for the awsome competiton i hope to win the great nokie mobile. As its extremely costly here in pakistan and only 2% of all pakistani have might bought it because the rest of 98% cant afford it.. 😉

  16. where did my such a long comment went? :s oo god this is not happening plzzz i toke me an hour without electricity to writw that while i was sweating like rainnn ;s

  17. Hi, please keep in mind that the entries for category 1 & 2 are over sinc e it is past April 18. You still have a chance of winning a N900 in the draw though! 🙂

  18. count me in for the 3rd category.. count me in! how can i prove that i have already downloaded btw..

  19. The application is really good
    Ovi store is good.we need more applications tho

    count me in the 3rd catergory

  20. third:I’ve downloaded hi-n-bye application works great. I would like to enter the contest, that N900 rules smartphones.

  21. I’m participating in all categories (in case this specific note was needed).

    name: thecolor 🙂

    Hopefully my post was noticed above for all three. 🙂

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