If you took part in our N900 giveaway, this post if for you. If you didn’t I suggest you visit this post and enter the giveaway right now, we still have one N900 up for grabs in a lucky draw. As part of the submission, contestants had to give their feedback on the Hi-N-Bye application and ideas on how the developers could make it better to win a N900 in the first category.
In the second category, we wanted to know how you think the Ovi Store could become perfect and the best entry would walk away with a N900. We had some great ideas in both sections and after much deliberation, we have our winners!
Category 1: Hi-N-Bye – Gaurav
“Background: I have been using Nokia’s devices for a long time now, I started with S40 and moved to Symbian with the N95. I think it will be safe to say that I am at home with the software but I am also not what people call a ‘power user’.
Hi-N-Bye: This is the first application that I have purchased from the Ovi Store and I have got to say it is worth the 3 Euros. Infact I did a bit of background search on the app and found that it was listed at 10 Euros if you bought it from the developer’s website. Considering that, the Ovi Store price is not bad at all.
– When I saw the above video I thought that the application would not perform so well and that the video must have been shot after numerous retakes. But I was pleasantly surprised to find that it worked just like advertised. Answering a call is such a pleasure now!
– There were occassions when it would automatically switch on the loudspeaker if I moved my hand while talking, but I quikly got used to how it interpreted my movements and got rid of the issue.
– The settings option needs a bit of work. I’d have loved a popup explains what each option does, right now the user is left to fend for himself.
– I love the option to hide the application, that way it is not visible when you long press the menu key.
– I don’t know if exactly how much RAM or battery it consumes, but it did not affect my multitasking ability nor did it make the battery last less than it usually does so I guess its good on those fronts. I also did not notice the phone slowing down.
– Since the app is so good at anylysing gestures it would be great if they implemented functionality such as shake to change the track in the Music Player etc. It already recognises a sideway shake to switch calls, so modifying that to include the Music player shouldn’t be too hard. Will it be?
– I personally have not had a problem, but I have seen people complain about accidental actions above, so here is my solution.
– Most Nokia phones have a camera button on the side which has two levels of depression (first auto-focus and then press more to click) so the app could make use of the first level.
– That way the application would only trigger actions when the camera key was half pressed. e.g. To pick up a call, half press the camera key and that would activate the senors and then the app could function like it does. To activate the loudspeaker, simply hit the camera key and perform the appropriate gesture.
– A lot of people would say that if we need to press a key, then what’s the point of the app. My answer is twofold:
– One, the camera key is perfectly placed for you to reach when on a call so it will come naturally.
– Two, otherwise without the app you will have to press different keys for different functions, now you need to hit just one and perform the gestures. This will guarantee 100% accuracy.
– Also for those of us, like me, you do not have accuracy issues, there could be an option to deactivate the cam key press mode.
So these were my thoughts on the Hi-N-Bye app! Thanks.”
Category 2: Ovi Store – Ruby
“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!!”
Huge congratulations to Gaurav and Ruby! I am sure you will love the device. I will be in touch via email with details on how to claim your N900.
For the rest of you, there is still a chance to win a N900 in our lucky draw. Good luck!