One of the things that I would really have liked to see on the Nokia 5800 was Flick/Kinetic Scrolling, despite the presence of a stylus and functionality like tap to zoom and tap for a page overview, surfing large webpages on a touch based device can become somewhat of a chore.
Vis-à-vis the the 5800, I had better expectations from the N97’s browser for the simple reason that the slideout keyboard brought much better data entry support and even a D pad for scrolling. The following video from AAS brings a pleasant surprise that the Nokia N97 will also feature Kinetic Scrolling, one more reason to look forward to the N97! I hope they give the 5800 this upgrade via a firmware update as well.
The video also demonstrates the widgets that were talked about at Nokia World, specifically the Facebook variant while looks amazingly complete. It features the ability to upload pictures from the device or even the camera if required.
As we wait for the N97, the good people at the Nseries Innovation Desk have put together the above Q&A with Axel Meyer, Head of Design at Nokia Nseries to get us better accquainted with the idea behind the N97.
We told you it was coming and its finally here, the N97 Widget Design competition has just gone live. My initial impression had been that the widget would be designed by Nokia and all the user needed to submit was an idea. However, I was off the mark and you will need to design it yourself with the tools provided by Nokia. But, I was right in my prediction about the prize. The winning widget will go into production, and the winning widget designer will receive a production-mode Nokia N97 ahead of the public release, pre-installed with their homescreen widget. That’s some incentive.
In order to participate, you will need to download the design package below, design your widget and upload it for others to rate. Next, people will log their opinions about the various entries and the ten highest-rated designs will go in front of a panel of judges selected from the Nokia Nseries team. The panel will then choose the best home screen widget based on creativity, usability and quality of design.
The competition ends on the February 27, 2009 so you have enough time, the winners be announced on the March 13, 2009.
Nokia sure seems to have big plans for the Nseries come 2009. Almost coincindental with the launch of the new Nseries flagship, a new Nokia resource popped up – 2009.nseries.com
It the coming months it will be the place to come for all breaking information about the new Nokia Nseries, especially the Nokia N97. The site also promises to deliver ‘first-look information and content that will allow you to be the first one to know about Nokia Nseries developments’. Interesting, a Nokia operated Nseries blog?
When we first saw the N97 demo that showed off its desk widgets, we were all left wondering as to how customisable it will be and would we have a say in what to put there? We’ll that’s been sorted out – The new site brings news that the ‘Widget Design Competition‘ is coming soon and we should start planning. The best widgets will be incorporated on the N97 and who knows, may be the one with the idea gets rewarded with a N97 itself!
The much awaited N97 is finally upon us, the next Nseries flagship that boasts of being not only the first Nseries Touch device, but also the first QWERTY. The N97 packs all of this in a side slideout QWERTY form factor which also houses a 1500 mAh battery. The N97 is packed with great specifications like a 3.5″ nHD Screen, a 5MP Camera with Dual Led Flash, Compass and the usual Nseries kit. Read on for full specifications and pictures. Initial Impressions in another post will follow very soonare here.
S60 Touch 9.5 OS
3.5″ nHD Screen (640×360) (!)
Slideout QWERTY (!)
Dimensions – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9
5MP Camera with Dual Led Flash – with sliding lens cover