I have wanted this on my smartphone since 2007 and when I finally had the N8 in my hands, hooking it up via HDMI and connecting a bluetooth mouse and keyboard was the first thing I did. At first I glance the ability to connect a bluetooth and mouse seems like something you wouldn’t use very often. However, over the last few days of sight seeing around Edinburgh, I have found the N8 plugged in to the television more often than not to see how the day’s photos and videos had gone. In such a situation, a bluetooth mouse would mean than you don’t have to sit bang next to the TV an can control the phone from a distance and enjoy the media with ease. Also great if you use the N8 as a portable HD player with its HDMI out and Dolby 5.1 sound.
I have put together a demo of how this is done, what options are available and what shortcuts you can use from the mouse and the keyboard when connected. Once you look at how easy browsing through images and video this makes, you agree this is a pretty cool feature.
It is after a long time that I am really getting excited about a Nokia Symbian device. Infact, the N8 is the new N95 for me. You look at the hardware and you fall for it, but what is making me really happy is the software that’s bringing something new to the table. This is my second post on the same subject in a short while so you can tell I am excited.
Infact, with the N8 Nokia’s truly stepped into the portable computer market. A netbook allows you to browse the web, chat, do a bit of office work, watch a movie and the like. The N8 also lets you do all of that but with the ability to use a HDTV and is no where the size of a netbook. You can even plug a USB thumb drive into it for moving data across. But what really makes my day is the fact that it even supports the use of a BT Mouse and Keyboard at the same time and what is even more awesome is the fact that the support for the mouse is pretty extensive. It works throughout the device be it the music player, the homescreen, office apps and it can pretty much replace your finger. A right click on the mouse brings you to the homescreen and you can even scroll lists on the phone with the mouse’s scroll wheel.
Senario: You have the N8 plugged in to an HDTV via HDMI and have a 720P movie downloading from ‘Ovi Movies’. You push that to the background and connect a BT Mouse and Keyboard to you can go sit down on the couch. Then you browse the web, (which is turning out to be very convenient because of the mouse support) and suddenly realize that you have a reply to send, so you type in a quick email, pickup the attachment from the pen drive that’s connected to the N8 and fire it off. Meanwhile the movie which you had sent to the background has completed downloading, you hit play right from the couch. If that is not awesome, tell me what is?
The movie here could easily have come from the flash drive or your favourite torrent. You could also have edited a word document, or some video with the N8’s inbuilt video editor or a thousand things developers can think of.
My friend Michael Hell was able to capture a video showing the BT Mouse and Keyboard in action, have a look for yourself.