The ‘Scavenger Hunt’ started on June 3rd and will end on June 16, the day the ‘Mode’ launches in the US. In order to enter the competition, you need to answer a total of ten questions that are being put up each day on this page. You will also need a Ovi Mail account to email the answers to NokiaE73Mode@ovi.com. If you don’t have one, sign up now as using an Ovi account is mandatory.
Don’t worry that you are late, you can still catch up on the previous 5 questions and submit your answers. The important thing is that you answer all the 10 questions correctly. Judging by what I’ve seen so far, it shouldn’t be too hard and the guys at the Ovi Daily App blog are generous with hints too.
On a related note, you must see the E73 video that Nokia’s come up with, its one of their best.
You can also follow @ovidailyapp on Twitter for the latest questions, hints and reminders about the contest. Good luck!
The first result of Nokia and Microsoft’s alliance to build productivity solutions is the Microsoft Communicator Mobile for Nokia’s Eseries devices. The first ones to benefit would be the E72 and the E52 and the application would be available from the Ovi Store. In future, the app will come preloaded on new devices.
Communicator Mobile enables people to see their colleagues’ availability, and click to communicate with them using the best method, from IM to email, text to phone call. The names and status of colleagues are embedded directly into the devices’ contacts application, enabling people to update their own presence, start and join instant messaging sessions, and begin calls directly from the contact card.
“This application really provides a much more efficient way to work with others as you can see if someone is busy or available, and the best way to start a conversation with them,” says Ukko Lappalainen, Vice President at Nokia. “It also meets all of the requirements for enterprise: cost effective to implement, secure, familiar and reliable.”
Truphone, one of my favorite VOIP providers has added support for four new Eseries devices, the E52, E55, E72, and the E75. The update also brings WIFI calling support for the N86, which was previously restricted to Truphone’s Anywhere plan in which ‘international calls dialled on a Truphone Anywhere enabled handset are connected as local calls to the Truphone network, then routed to their destinations at Truphone’s low rates’.
This new release takes Truphone’s Nokia compatibility list to 30 devices, most with WIFI calling support and some with the Truphone’s Anywhere plan. I’m specially pleased to see two of my current favorite devices, the E72 and the N86 supported. You can read my E72 review here.
Nokia today announced the E63, the latest addition to its Eseries range on devices. The handset, modeled on the E71 is a QWERTY based S60 with a 2.0 megapixel camera, WiFi and 3G connectivity, and S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 1 on board. It is expected to start shipping in the next few weeks, will be available in two colours, ruby red and ultramarine blue and will cost €199 (INR 12,500) before taxes or subsidies.
Major features/differences with the E71:
The E63 has also become the first Eseries device to feature a 3.5mm, something usually reserved for the Nseries.
It will also ship with a 1GB file space subscription to Files on Ovi.
Unlike the E71 which has a metallic shell, the E63 ships with a front that only has a metallic-finish, while the back cover is rubberised like on the N95.
It is also about 1.5 times thicker than the E71.
The side keys (volume rocker etc) are also absent, so is the IR.
The keypad is gotten a minor revamp and now has two extra keys in the last row and to make room for them the spacebar has been shortened. Ctrl and Chr are now on separate keys as are / and @.
GPS, a memory card and HSDPA are also absent. However, the card slot exists.
The E63 will also not ship with the leather case that comes with the E71.
The camera has been downgraded to 2MP with a fixed focus.
A nice touch is the ability to use the camera’s LED as a torch. (The space bar acts as the shortcut key)
Apart from the above, the usual Eseries goodies like stability, speed, encryption, Mail for Exchange, Quick Office are all present. So is the killer 1500 mAh battery.
Nokia is clearly looks to build on the success of the E71, a handset I’m sold on. What the E63 will do is take the E71 to the mass mass market, the focus of the Eseries has been the enterprise market still loads of people on the screen have bought Eseries devices even though they have no use for its business solutions. The reason I think the E63 is do well outside of that market is because it has pretty much the average person needs – A landscape QWERTY, a 3.5mm jack for music, WiFi, killer battery life, speed and stability (I’m hoping it takes cue from the E71). It doesn’t have GPS but then there are still large parts of the world where there are even no maps available, so the lack of a GPS won’t pinch. The E71’s camera was nothing to write home about and with its 2MP shooter the E63 should do just fine.
Bottom Line: Would I buy it? No, because I love metal on my phone. Would I buy it if I couldn’t afford the E71? Yes.
Ben from MIR has had a play with the E63 and check his image gallery out. E71/E63 comparison pic via AAS.
We heard about the Liam and Dora a while back and it finally looks like they will be a reality soon. Infact, as soon as tomorrow if the buzz floating around the blogosphere is to be believed. Meanwhile feast yourself on the lovely looking devices, the E66 looks slick!
The E71 on the other hand will have a 3.2 megapixel auto-focus camera, GPS navigation, built-in WiFi and HSDPA network support and all of this in a 112 x 57 x 10 mm body. 10mm – Wow! Jump below for pictures.
I happen to play around with a lot of S60 devices most of the time and generally show them around to friends and give them the juice on each device. This is good, that is good, this is bad and so on. Now a lot of times when I’m playing with a really high end Nseries I speak to them about how I did get it to control my computer, the TV, browse the web, email, brilliant camera, TV out, GPS and after I end they are impressed of course; but after all of that I have had a lot of friends ask me this – can it read a USB/Pen/Thumb drive?
I do not know how this question comes up, but it does. May be its because these devices are doing so many things that a computer can so people tend to think, well, hold on, may be it can do that too?! Till a few days ago, I didn’t think much of it and generally thought it was a case of much easier said than done and it’ll be ages till we would see something like that happen.
But not very long ago Thoughtfix on the TabletBlog wrote about the N810 acting as a USB host with a brilliantly small application.