The Nokia Vine application, if you recall, was announced at the same time as the N85 and the N79 and was called ‘Life Vine’. A few months later the application has finally gone live and is available for all of you to have a play with. I have been using it on my E71 as well as the N96 for the past few days and have found it to be a much better alternative to the Sportstracker application when all you want to do is save the path you traveled along with the photos and video you took there. If you want it can also keep track of the music you played while creating the vine.
The interface is clean and simple, and unlike Sportstracker new users won’t get lost in the myraid of functionality and options. The officially supported phones include the E71, N78, N79, N82, N85, N95 8GB, and N96. Head over to the Nseries Vine website to try the application out.
Meanwhile there has been some development on the 5800 Xpress Music front in India. Instead of coming in December as was previously thought, the phone will hit India in January 2009 at an approximate price of Rs 21, 839.
Another thing worth looking forward to is the upcoming Nokia India Music Store. The store which is part of the Ovi umbrella, promises to deliver over a million tracks from global hits to local artists. Nokia has tied up with international music companies like Universal Music Group, Sony BMG, EMI and Warner along with Indian labels such as T-series, Big Music, Yashraj. This should make for a interesting combo, specially with ‘Comes With Music’ handsets coming.
Sadly, the Nokia Virtual event failed to take off, but here is some compensation in the form of a video demo of Nokia’s latest touch device – the 5800 Express Music. Also, following are a few official photos of what now seems to be a very good looking device. What is nice to see is that it is roughly the size of an N78 and weighs just 109g.
The 5800 sales box will contain, a Nokia 5800 with stylus pen, an extra stylus, Nokia Connectivity Cable, stylus plectrum in wrist strap (CP-306), Nokia Music Headset (AD-54, HS-45), Nokia 8GB microSD card (MU-43), Nokia Carrying Case (CP-305), Nokia Portable Stand (DT-29), and Nokia Video-out Cable (CA-75U).
The following picture (via AAS) demonstrates various aspects of the 5800’s UI.
Meanwhile, Symbian-Guru has the following specifications table up:
To top it all, the 5800 is going to be relatively cheap. The price before taxes or subsidies is 279 EUR, which is much cheaper than any similar product from any other manufacturer. I seriously did not expect this sort of pricing, but if this is what anyone will need to pay to get one – this is going to be quite a run away product. Initial impressions coming tomorrow, for now it’ll suffice to say that the phone has a all touch device skeptic pretty excited.
The Nokia 5800 express music phone will be officially announced in a few minutes from now, but Jason from Symbian SmashPop has already published a preview of Nokia’s first S60 touchscreen device. From what we had seen until now, the device looked thick and ugly, but these latest reports tell a different story. According to him, the screen will support a resolution of 640x360px and will also pack Haptic Feedback. Yes, you read that correctly. In his words, “It feels very different from the other touchscreens I’ve tried. This one doesn’t feel like vibration. It feels more like erm… a 0.5mm nudge.. which feels a lot more solid than the rest.”
[Update: This is provided via general vibra feedback, it is not specific to the area of the screen you touch.]
Another innovation on the phone is the Xpress Music touch sensitive key which when once touched, will make the quick access media bar appear, which gives access to Music, Photos, Share Online, Videos and Internet.
The expected set of specifications including Symbian OS 5.0, 3.2mpx Carl Zeiss Optics camera, 30fps DVD-like video recording, dual LED flash and GPS are all there. A micro USB port and a 3.5mm jack are also present.
In my book, the 5800 suddenly looks much more tempting – haptic feedback, a killer screen, great music capabilities. Through out the evening I will keep you posted on the absolute latest. Meanwhile Jason has also shared two videos of the 5800 in action, have a look and jump over for more live pictures.
Nokia is holding another virtual launch which comes to us this time in the form of Nokia Remix London. The tagline of the programme is “join us to hear big news that looks set to mash up the world of mobile music”. Its been a long time since Nokia’s touchscreen ‘Tube’ leaked out and since this is a music event and that’s a Xpress Music device, its safe to assume we’ll witness the first S60 touch device get official today. There may be other surprises along the way too or so I hope!
At the virtual event you can follow all the announcements, releases and chat. After, missing a lot of these, I hope to be present and make sure you are there too. In case you want to take part in the discussion, make sure you sign up with Tangler if you already haven’t.
It seems like someone is really in a mood to draw the spotlight away from the iPhone announcement by releasing unannounced Nokia/Nseries devices’ pictures. Hot on the heels of the possible N85 comes the 5800 that is code named the ‘Tube’, that is the first S60 Touch device from Nokia. It features a 3.2 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and a 3.5mm plug. What bothers me is the stylus, I don’t really like devices that need me to use them as there’s the fear of losing them plus is more cumbersome. I am hoping to be surprised! More pictures below.
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