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The Run Up To Nokia World, Predictions & Expectations

Nokia World kicks off tomorrow morning at 9 AM London time and in less than 24 hours we will know what the new face of Nokia looks like. Nokia, a company that prides itself on its ability to adapt and change right from rubber to modern telecommunications, stands at the cusp of something brand new, something that could make or break it. This Nokia World is more than just an event for announcing new hardware, for Nokia it represents the culmination of the events that started taking place post Stephen Elop’s announcement as the CEO and President of Nokia, which in turn presented themselves in the famous strategy announcement of February 12, 2011.

Tomorrow is the day Nokia stands proud, waiting to be judged on whether or not did it correctly put all its eggs in the right basket. Over the afternoon I took a walk around the venue for Nokia World and caught a sneak at the last minute preparations that are on in full swing. You can tell, everyone is excited and the energy is infectious. If I was already looking forward to Nokia World today, now I absolutely cannot wait to see what Nokia has up its sleeve.

We’ve known for a while that Nokia’s Windows Phones will ship with Mango, with a limited amount of customization. A period of eight months isn’t nearly enough to add much value to Mango and we’ll perhaps have to wait to see what Nokia’s influence on Microsoft creates. But what we can count on is that Nokia Maps will replace Bing Maps on the device, so will Nokia Music and both of these services add tremendous value to the handset. Bing Maps isn’t the best solution in the market, while Nokia Maps is right up there with the best. Nokia has music stores in a ton of major countries around the world, and having it pre-loaded on a Nokia Windows Phone device seems like a brilliant proposition.

Even on the day the partnership was announced, I was optimistic and the events unfolding in the next 8 months and the evolution of the OS has certainly made me affirm my view. Mango has been getting constant positive feedback and Google’s deal with Motorola has further backed Stephen Elop’s vision of Microsoft being a better fit for Nokia’s assets.

Whether we see three devices tomorrow or just one, tomorrow will be remembered as the day when Nokia either got back on its path of world domination 0r slipped towards the murky waters of failure. The devices we see tomorrow may not even end up on sale around the world, but they will definitely set the tone for whats to come, and it today’s world its almost as if mindshare is everything.

All signs point to a new Nokia that promises and delivers – faster, stronger and harder.  Nokia, the world is watching, I cannot wait to see you deliver.

PS: On the fun side of things, the awesome foursquare powered Nokia Gift machine will be at Nokia World, so if you are here, make sure you check it out! The keynotes will be live streamed here.

Nokia’s Windows Phones Only Coming To India In Q1 2012

We now have confirmation of what many suspected for a while, Nokia’s Windows Phone devices will only be coming to India next year. In an interview to Economic Times, Nokia India’s outgoing Managing Director, D. Shivakumar said:

Nokia's Windows Phones Only Coming To India In Q1 2012

“Work for the Windows phone is on track and it would be launched in the first quarter of next (calendar) year.”

The Mobile World Congress 2012 is only happening at the end of Feb. 2012 and Nokia is expected to make a splash there. It is possible that phones announced at the MWC will come to India immediately, in line with the company’s new policy of announcing devices closer to the release date. However, we also know that Nokia is planning a rapid release model for its Windows Phone devices and therefore there is room for India getting other devices that are announced before the MWC 2012.

We’ll probably know more at Nokia World, which is happening in less that two weeks from today.

[via: ZCJ]

Nokia World Is Happenning In London, October 26-27

Nokia just made the dates for Nokia World 2011 official, its happening in London on October 26-27. The Nokia World website just went online and the good news is that you can already register for the event, the fee is 695€  for the 200 first registrations after which it’ll go back to the regular fee of 995€. So if Windows Phone announcements is something you’re looking forward to, go register now.

The website also has a brief outline of the agenda, the opening keynote on Day 1 starts at 9:00 am followed by other sessions and a networking evening post 17:30. Nokia Collaboration Day is also happening at the time time for Nokia’s suppliers from 11:00 to 8:00 pm in the evening.

The venue for this year’s event remains the same as last year, the ICC London ExCeL, located at the center of London Docklands.

Nokia World 2011 promises to be the biggest and what would be the most hyped Nokia event of the year, that is virtually guaranteed to see the Nokia Windows Phone reveal.

The Super Fast & Smooth Photos App On The N8

Consuming high megapixel photos on a mobile is never fun. The phone, no matter how fast it is, can never seem to keep up when you start flicking through them in the gallery. The Nokia N8 takes humongous 12 megapixel images, which as you can image must be a nightmare to load.

 The Super Fast & Smooth Photos App On The Nokia N8

Even the latest 1 Ghz Android devices with their 5 Megapixel Cameras have trouble making those images fly, so you can image what it must be like on the supposedly ‘low spec’ N8?

Its blazing fast. You can keep swiping and the next image will keep on coming. I tried the Photos app on the N8 with over 400 images and video already inside it and it just kept throwing one photo after another with no lag whatsoever. Don’t believe me, watch this video in glorious HD.

The only nag that I could see was that the pinch to zoom was not as responsive as it is on a few other devices, you need to go a little slower and then things workout fine. May be its the way Nokia’s made it. That being said, the device I had was still not running commercial software so things might change by the time the N8 hits shelves.

Impressed? You should be!

Nokia N8 Review: First Look

At Nokia World, Nokia gave out 1000 N8’s to all those who attended the first developer session. The devices have the production hardware and the PR 1.0 software, however even the PR 1.0 on those was not the commercial version with which the N8’s will ship soon.

Nokia N8 Review: First Look

I was unlucky to miss out on the handsets, fortunately my friend Iain Wallace at Do It Different was able to get his hands on one and was kind enough to let me have a go at the N8 for the entire time I was in Edinburgh. Soon we concluded that the N8 is a little better than you expect in all departments and this came as a very pleasant surprise. The way he summed it up was ‘You get the iPhone and are immediately wowed, and with time you start to notice the shortcoming and get frustrated. On the N8 you keep liking it more, the more you use it’. I completely agree and I have to say that I liked the N8 much more on day three than I did on day one. It is definitely a device that grows on you and the sheer number of underlying improvements to Symbian^3 make for a huge jump in the overall user experience.

Anssi Vanjoki wasn’t kidding when he said that you should use the N8 before passing judgment on it. Get past the similar looking homescreen, the underlying experience will make it worth it. Without further ado, here is my first look at the Nokia N8 in glorious HD.

I personally am not too bothered about the alleged delays, Nokia is bent upon doing a good job with the first firmware and an additional one/two weeks is a small price to pay for a stable device.

What do you make of the N8?

An Interview With Damian Dinning – Shot On A N8

At Nokia World last week I was able to catch up with Nokia’s camera king Damian Dinning (@PhoneDaz) for an interview. Not only was it a sheer pleasure interviewing someone so deeply involved with Nokia’s camera phones, but it was also a perfect opportunity to see what the Nokia N8 was capable of when it came to video recording.

The conditions were as bad as they get. Strong moving lights, a ton of noise and background music. So was the conversation we had audible? I’m glad to say that the N8’s dual microphones were at their best and we got some pretty nice footage. In case you were wondering, we talked about video stabilization, the new EDOF cameras on the new Symbian ^3 devices and what ‘new’ is in store for the N8.

To get an idea of what the N8 is capable of, might I suggest watching the interview in HD.

So the new EDOF camera might even pleasantly surprise the not so keen photographers after all. I saw some shots taken from a C7 and they were not bad at all, even the large 8 x10″ and bigger prints looked great. Much thanks to Iain Wallace at Do It Different for shooting the video on his N8.