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Predictive Input Makes The N97’s Typing Experience Much Better

I have been using the N97 for over a day now and for the first 12 hours I decided to use the phone with the predictive text turned off. However after turning it on I have found my typing experience to have improved to a large extent. This will not be a review of the keyboard as I want give myself a little more time with it before I make a call. Instead this is a simple tip which might just make your experience better if you’re not already using predictive input.

This is how you can activate and customise it:

Predictive Text N97

Predictive Text N97

I have found that if you dig a little deeper in and navigate to the settings, you should be able to get it to work for you even better. The above settings work well for me, auto correcting words, predicting them and so on. Although I am still not sure if I want to keep the ‘Text Correction Level’ at ‘High’ or ‘Medium’, the choice will vary for you depending on the way you type.

The ‘Text Correction Mode’ has two options, you can either get it to show the suggested word or what you have written. I chose to show the suggested word because the suggestion would most likely be because I’ve made a spelling mistake and with this I can simple hit space to accept the change and move on. Had I chosen ‘Show Text As Entered’, I would then need to manually accept the change everytime.

All of this said and done, the predictive/corrective experience on the N97 is no where near the one on the E71. The software doesn’t automatically capitalise the ‘I’ nor does it add apostrophe’s such as ‘dont’ to don’t. There are other gripes as well such as there being no difference shown between the predicted word and the one you entered. Having been a E71 user for a long time, I am accustomed to predictive input, if you are not, getting used to it will take time but as I have come to learn its worth it.

Nokia, please fix the short comings on the predictive text with a new firmware and that I’m sure will go a long way in making people like the keyboard and the general experience. While you are at it, please enable a long press for number entry as well. Just put the E71 module in.

Asphalt 4 Now Out On N-Gage


I am not a huge gaming person, but I like the odd racing game and I definitely had a good time with Asphalt 3 on the N85. That left me waiting for more and I’m pleased to say that the new Asphalt 4 is now available via the Showroom section on the ‘on device client’, you might need to use the update option to see the game there.

Asphalt 4 brings support for the multiplayer mode over Bluetooth, 28 cars and bikes to choose from, a new drift engine for a more realistic experience amongst other things. The game is about 12MB in size and the demo is short, so you won’t have much gameplay to base your US$13.49 purchase decision on.

Android Demo Video Thoughts

Its a little late in the day but still here are a few thoughts on the Android Video Demo below.

What we see in the demo is pretty average. Thedemo starts with basic functionality i.e. making calls and text messages. Calls is fine but I don’t really like the way texts are handled. Somehow and I’m not prejudiced.

Next comes a touch based device on which the Browser and Maps are demoed. Nothing special. A webkit based browser and google maps. Hell, even the maps are not stored on the device. I hate to be having to use GPRS/EDGE/3G everytime I use GPS navigation, this is a real turn off. However, there was something called Street View which was really cool. There were actual shots of the place you a looking at the map and which you could zoom into and the shots were not from the top a.k.a. google earth like. The video ends with a line to the effect that the best apps are yet to be made and Google has set aside $10 million as incentive. Apparently Stefan from Intomobile isn’t too impressed either. There is even talk about multitasking troubles. What do you think?

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Things Smartphones Can Do!

Mosquito Repellant!

Recently I happened to come across this application called GAFM which believe it or not turns any java compatible phone to a mosquito repellant. I remember trying such an application out on a Nokia 6600 ages ago and somehow wasn’t really convinced.

According to the developers, the effect of this program is based on the following scientific data and information:

Only female mosquitoes require a blood meal and bite warm or cold-blooded animals. Acquiring protein through a blood meal is essential for egg production. Male mosquitoes do not bite, but feed on the nectar of flowers or other suitable sugar source. Bloodthirsty female mosquitoes tend to avoid their non-biting male counterparts. (I wonder why we still have such a large mosquito polulation then!)

GAFM emits a noise similar to the buzz of a male mosquito and keep the biting females at distance. The program is capable of clearing the insects within a range of two meters. The sound plays constantly and is, if at all, faintly audible to the human ear. This way of repelling the bloodsuckers will use up to 30 percent more of the phone’s battery power. That is why it is advisable to use it with the battery charger switched on.

Available Here:

Symbian Gear

Click Apps

I doubt if anyone would want to buy this, however it just goes to show the sky is the limit for 3rd party developers!

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