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Winners!

Its time. The winners of the N96 Challenge have been randomly selected with the help of Random.Org’s random number generator. The 5 of you lucky readers will receive a trial of the Nokia N96 courtesy the lovely people at WOM World Nokia. I will be shortly contacting you via email with instructions on how to get your devices.

Winners!

The following are the winners in each category:

I. FOR COMMENTING ANYWHERE ON THE BLOG

II. FOR THE BEST IDEAS TO HELP COMPLETE THE CHALLENGE

  • Sartaj Gill for not only coming up with the ideas, but also performing them!

III. FOR YOUR THOUGHTS ON ANYTHING MOBILE

IV. LUCKY DRAW ON THE FINAL FACE THE TASK POST

  • Steve for his ‘Please deliver me from my tacky Windows Mobile / HTC hell!’

That’s it folks. For those of you who didn’t get lucky – hopefully some other time! Those who did, I will be contacting you on the email address you mentioned while commenting, please reply to the email within 24 hours from now, else I will be forced to conduct the draw once more for that particular category.

Lastly, a HUGE thanks to WOM World for organising this challenge, I simply loved taking part in it, absolutely loved the way the contest unfolded via the scrolls that came in each week. Hopefully we will see many more of such fun things in the future, till then enjoy your N96’s.

Here’s Your Chance To Trial Five Nokia N96 Devices

I have some amazing news for you, dear readers. If you recall I was participating in the Nokia N96 Challenge to win you 5 trials of Nokia N96. I have won! So that means five lucky people out of you will be getting their hands on a N96 soon.

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At the start of the competition, I had outlined the ways in which you could win the trials:

  • Two N96’s will be raffled away amongst the commenters on any post on the entire blog, starting today. Basically, all comments made today onwards on any post on the site will enter you into the big lucky draw, so make sure you comment to increase your chances – This still stands, you have time till the 27th Feb ’09 11:59PM GMT to get your comments in.
  • I will also be writing about the upcoming challenges and one N96 will be given away to the person who sends in the best idea to help me complete the challenge. Write in via email or the contact form. – The winner of this section has already been decided and I will be contacting you via email. (The name of the person will be officially revealed on Feb. 28,’09).
  • One N96 is reserved for the most creative amongst you, send in your thoughts/reviews/opinions on anything mobile and if we like it, you will get your N96 – This still stands, you have time till the 27th Feb 11:59PM GMT to get your entries in.
  • The last N96 will be a mystery and the way to get it will be revealed if and when I win the challenge – I have decided to keep this simple. For a chance to win, just leave a comment on this post along with the name of your current phone to enter the lucky draw. Next, subscribe to The Symbian Blog via RSS or Email to stay abreast with the latest on this. One lucky commenter on THIS post will win. You have time till the 27th Feb ’09 11:59PM GMT to get your comments in.

The winners will be declared on the Febuary 28,’09. Good Luck!

Lost Her…

26/10/2008 - Share on OviAs part of the N96 Challenge, I had asked all of you to send in your thoughts/reviews/opinions on anything mobile and we here we have someone who has made excellent use of the interpretation of the words – ‘anything mobile’.

Kevin Samuel Paul presents – Lost Her..

She was gone.. All the time she was with me I never let go of her.. But they said love is like a butterfly, hold it too tight and it will crush.. hold it too loose and it will fly away.. That’s what happened.. I held her loosely for a moment and she was no more near me.. I feel so empty without her.. Like, I am isolated from the world.. I never let her alone unless I really had to.. Now, I look at my hand and its empty.. The hand which held her for 2 years.. These 2 years we were there for each other always.. She helped me in more than a few exams to which I hardly learnt a single word and yet scored above average.. And I made sure she was her normal self whenever she had trouble.. Her songs were my sole company in the 4 hour college journey to and fro.. She was a total entertainer.. We had loads of fun racing together.. My friends were real jealous on seeing that she was with me.. Maybe it was their jealousy which separated her from me..

I just want to be left alone. If only I hadn’t lost her. She was my everything. Without her, it feels so void, like the whole world has been separated from me. I loved her so much. If I ever find the guy who stole her from me, I would make sure that he regrets it for a very long time. What am I gonna do now? I don’t feel ready to move on. I can’t forget her. I was so perfect for her.. Though she is in the hands of another man now, I still love her..

Wish I hadn’t lost you.. my N70!

There you go folks. If you feel like sending something in for a chance to trial the Nokia N96, there is still time!

The N96 Challenge Is Complete – My Take On How The N96 Performed

The N96 Challenge Is Complete - My Take On How The N96 Performed

After a few exciting weeks of completing various tasks centered around the N96, like all good things – The N96 Challenge has come to an end. The competition was to win five N96 trials for you, the reader and we shall very soon find out if we have been successful. I can assure you that we tried our level best.

  • The first task was simple, I had to take geo-tagged phone of the Ninja and upload it via NokiaVine. My buddy Sartaj Gill risked all at the edge of a rooftop dressed as the Ninja while I used the N96 to capture his heroics. This was no ‘run of the mill’ snap!
  • The third challenge needed the Ninja to play a video full of fireworks on the TV via the N96’s TV-Out feature. We decided on playing the N-Gage game ‘One’ with some Rocky music as a background, running on the phone’s music player.
  • The fourth and final task was all about Nokia Vine and the N96. I needed to upload a video, photos, and the soundtrack I was listenning to via the vine. That’s done too, albeit not exactly as I planned it.

As you can probably gather, the ultimate motive of the N96 Challenge was not to test how good a performer can I be, but to help demonstrate the functionality of the N96. Throughout this challenge, I used the N96 as a camera, as a camcorder, as a mp3 player and as a tool that documented my life to an extent.

During the initial part, both the N96 and Nokia Vine were in a miserable condition – buggy as hell. I had half a mind to stop trying to make either work. However, since that time the Nokia Vine application has gotten updated thrice, the N96 is upto version 12 firmware and I see loads of promise.

Nokia Vine has gone from being super slow and crash prone to not only usable but enjoyable, however I still cannot say the same about its web interface. But the good part is that the vines are automatically added to your sportstracker profile also, so you can still view them and the media uploaded with ease.

If I were to evaluate the N96’s performance in any of these tasks, I’d have to give it top grades. The camera performs well, the music is excellent. I even had a small party with the N96 acting as the music system with speakers attched via the 3.5mm plug. I have already talked about its gaming capability here and TV out didn’t give me any problems either.

In case you look closely, all of these things are ones you would mostly do while travelling and in the light of its 16GB storage, I’d have to seriously think about NOT taking it along. (Battery permitting).

Playing N-Gage (One) On The TV – N96 Challenge 3 Complete

If you recall, the third task in N96 Challenge to win you five N96 trials was to play a video on the TV via the N96’s TV-Out feature. The catch was that they want the projection needed to be full of ‘fireworks’, now of course they did not mean ‘fireworks’ literally.

I tried to rake my brain, read through some of the cool ideas you had sent in and still couldn’t think of an appropriate video to project. So with thought that was it time for the Ninja to relax and the N96 to perform, I shot the following video of my friend Sartaj, dressed up as the Ninja playing the N-Gage game ‘One’ with the N96 hooked up to the TV. (Technically, well within the parameters of the task).

The experience was suprising good, despite the slightly stretched graphics. I even had the music player playing the rocky soundtrack in the background, while we battled in One – this made for an even better gaming experience.

In case I do end up winning, he’s how I will distribute the 5 N96 Trials:

  • Two N96’s will be raffled away amongst the commenters on any post on the entire blog, starting today. Basically, all comments made today onwards on any post on the site will enter you into the big lucky draw, so make sure you comment to increase your chances.
  • I will also be writing about the upcoming challenge and one N96 will be given away to the person who sends in the best idea to help me complete the challenge. Write in via email or the contact form.
  • One N96 is reserved for the most creative amongst you, send in your thoughts/reviews/opinions on anything mobile and if we like it, it’ll be published here and you will get your N96.
  • The last N96 will be a mystery and the way to get it will be revealed if and when I win the challenge.

N96 Challenge 3 – TV Out – Ideas Anyone?

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The third and penultimate task in the N96 Challenge is here and I am thinking Deja Vu! If you recall the last task was to stream live video from the N96 and since I had no connectivity, I shot the video using the N96 and then played it back on the TV via the N96 and used the second N96 to live QIK the stream. Now the current task also revolves around TV-Out.

I simply need to play a video on the TV via the N96’s TV-Out feature, the catch is that they want the video to be full of ‘fireworks’. Now of course they don’t mean it literally. This is where you come in, please send me ideas as to what could I possibly play so as to get WOM’s stamp of approval. Who knows, the idea could win you a N96 trial. Rake your brain and shoot me an email – vaibhav(at)thehandheldblog.com

Here are the other ways you can win N96 trials in case I win the challenge:

  • Two N96’s will be raffled away amongst the commenters on any post on the entire blog, starting today. Basically, all comments made today onwards on any post on the site will enter you into the big lucky draw, so make sure you comment to increase your chances.
  • I will also be writing about the upcoming challenges and one N96 will be given away to the person who sends in the best idea to help me complete the challenge. Write in via email or the contact form.
  • One N96 is reserved for the most creative amongst you, send in your thoughts/reviews/opinions on anything mobile and if we like it, it’ll be published here and you will get your N96.
  • The last N96 will be a mystery and the way to get it will be revealed if and when I win the challenge.

Waiting for what you have to say!