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An Update On Nokia World ’09

Nokia is quickly turning Nokia World into an event to watch out for, specially after it broke tradition and announced the N97 last year. This year Nokia World is happening in Stuttgart, Germany from September 2-3 and additional information about it has just gone live on the Nokia Events page.

Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo, President and CEO, Nokia and Anssi Vanjoki, Executive Vice President, Markets, Nokia, will deliver a Nokia World 09 opening keynote address titled “The future of consumer driven mobile solutions” and this is where you can expect the real action to be. This will be followed by numerous others the details of which you can get from the links below.

Nokia World 2009

Nokia also has a special developer agenda planned and one of the topics from which is “Technology Update: Evolution in Nokia Software – Cross Platform Development” or how developers can develop for Symbian and Maemo in one go. This could be the beginning of the change we have been expecting. More here:

I would love to make it this year, and if you are interested as well, the conference fee is EUR 700 + 19% VAT. This includes conference sessions, entrance to the Nokia World experience lounge, lunch and refreshments across the two days, as well as the Nokia World party on the evening of 2 September.

Initial Impressions Of The N97

Imitial Impressions Of The N97

I left you with the following as the last part of my last post, ‘this is the week that Nokia either shines or moves to the B list of the cell phone market’. From the launch of the N97 today, all indications are that the only place Nokia is going with this is upwards. The device packs specifications equalling a fanboy’s dream, we had been waiting for Nokia’s QWERTY Nseries for long, but when they gave it to us they didn’t forget to include touch too. S60 Touch, Nseries and QWERTY make for a killer combo. Specifications to make you drool below.

N97

  • S60 Touch 9.5 OS S60 5th Edition, running Symbian 9.4 OS
  • 3.5″ nHD Screen (640×360) (!)
  • Haptic Feedback
  • Slideout QWERTY (!)
  • Dimensions – 117.2 x 55.3 x 15.9
  • Weight 150g
  • 5MP Camera with Dual Led Flash – with sliding lens cover
  • 32 GB Onboard Memory with microSD slot = 48GB currently. (!)
  • N-Gage (!)
  • 1500mah Battery (!)
  • COMPASS (!)
  • Customizable Home Screen with Widgets (RSS, Weather, Facebook, Ovi)
  • 400 hours of standby time
  • 320-400 (3G/GSM) hours of talk time
  • 4.5 hours of video playback and over 37 hours of audio playback
  • The Nokia N97 is expected to begin shipping in the first half of 2009 at an estimated retail price of EUR 550 before taxes or subsidies.
  • Photos here.
  • Official Spec Sheet Here

AND THE USUAL NSERIES FEATURE SET:

  • AGPS
  • HSDPA
  • WIFI
  • 3.5mm Jack
  • TV-out
  • No stylus built into the phone, but one will be included in the box.

THE N95 OF 2009

There you have it folks. A lot to take in. The ‘N9x’ series usually bring in the absolute cutting edge in technology, if you think Nokia missed a trick with the N96, you will agree that they more than made up here. The N97 is the first Nseries touch device, the first to feature a QWERTY, the first S60 5th Edition device with N-Gage, the first with a killer battery, the first to have a compass, the first with 32GB of internal storage and I hope I’ve not missed something. That’s a lot of firsts. Although we’ve heard about N-Gage Touch before, we’ve seen a non Nseries with a compass too, the Eseries has QWERTY but what we’ve not seen is one device that does it all. The N95 of 2009.

SCREEN & DIMENSIONS

For a full QWERTY 3.5″ touchscreen device, the N97 has pretty pleasing dimensions too, its longer and wider than the N82, but thinner. (117x55x16 v. 112×50.2×17.3 mm of the N82) When you slide the keyboard out, the screen tilts, so you can let it lie on the table as you watch video or even type.

CAMERA

This is the only place the N97 can be asked to take some flak. In my opinion what is bad is not the 5MP lens, but the dual LED. I am perfectly happy with the 5 Megapixel camera of the N82 or the N95, 8 MP is welcome but not a requirement. The dual LED experience for me hasn’t seen that great. It hardly compares to a Xenon and I’ve hardly found it to be useful as a tool in the video mode as my subjects are usually further away. But looking at the complete package the camera is no where close to being a deal breaker.

QWERTY & HAPTIC FEEDBACK

I guess I will be able to say something concrete about it once I play with it, however from the pictures the keys seem very usable for even those with large fingers. Haptic feedback for screen touches provided via general vibra feedback, as on the Nokia 5800 is also there.

GENERAL NSERIES PACKAGE

The multimedia package of the Nseries is well known by now and good enough for being a dedicated player replacement. The one thing that will stand out here is TV out. Currently, our Nseries devices project 320×240 pixel images on the much larger TV which makes the image look stretched (in the non Image/Video mode) while playing a game or something of the sort. With the Much better inherent resolution the N97 will become a killer portable gaming console/video player/web machine that can be hooked onto the TV.

INITIAL IMPRESSIONS

I can’t say I am surprised by this announcement, what I am surprised by is, is its coming at Nokia World. I was expecting a Nseries Touch with a physical keyboard from Nokia soon, the QWERTY was an added bonus. We have just witnessed a true flagship being announced, one with which no one can find too many faults. The success of this device is also certain, even Nseries + QWERTY would have been enough, but since the world is raving about touch Nokia had to follow suit.

The real measure for its actual success will be how much time Nokia takes to make it available for people to buy, we’ve seen consumers having been made to wait, yet devices selling like anything, but that time is long gone. If it becomes available in early March or around that time, great. Else, the adjectives quantifying its success will keep becoming smaller. Nokia are you upto it?

Nokia Messaging Gets Introduced & Maps Get A Overhaul At Nokia World

Nokia today announced the launch of Nokia Messaging, which mobilizes consumer email and consumer instant messaging (IM) solutions on Nokia devices. Nokia Messaging will give millions of consumers access to email and IM accounts from Yahoo! Mail and Yahoo! Messenger, Windows Live Hotmail, Gmail and Google Talk, and AOL Mail as well as email solutions from thousands of ISPs around the world on the majority of Nokia devices. Nokia also introduced the online portal for Mail on Ovi, which will enable PC users to create and access Ovi email accounts as well as gain cross access to other Ovi services with just a single sign-on account.

Nokia has just announced the latest version of its mobile mapping and navigation service, Nokia Maps, as well as its personalized online mapping experience on Ovi by Nokia. This combination of Nokia Maps plus Ovi is the first free service that allows people to pre-plan their journey at home on their PC and synchronize with their mobile, giving access to pre-planned routes and favorite destinations while on the move. In addition, Nokia Maps has been updated to include a number of new features such as high-resolution aerial images, 3D landmarks for 216 cities and terrain maps, as well as a new route overview during routing and during Drive, the purchasable turn-by-turn car navigation guidance.

Big Day For Nokia Tomorrow, New Flagship Device Announcement Almost Certain

Big Day For Nokia Tomorrow, New Flagship Device Announcement Almost Certain

This mysterious counter had popped up on quite a few Nokia websites around the world two days ago. Clicking on the timer takes us to events.nokia.com/countdown, which again doesn’t say much. There are options to add the event reminder to your calendar, be notified via an email, or spread the word about it but that’s it.

On the same page is also a line that says, ‘looks like Nokia is planning something big’. Interesting. The countdown ends on the first day of Nokia World during, the Keynote – Transforming The Way We Connect which would be delivered by none other than Nokia’s top two men, OPK himself and Anssi Vanjoki.

Keynote

Now, Nokia World isn’t really known for device announcements, so the expectations were low. As much as the inner geek in me wanted a handset, the sane part said it would most likely be a new service in line with Nokia’s vision of becoming an internet company.

However, then I came across this by Robert Scoble who is in Barcelona for Nokia World:

When we got here a Nokia executive met me and bragged that the Internet has no clue what they will announce this week. I asked “what about the touch screen cell phone that I’ve seen rumors about?” He said that no one had gotten it right yet. The announcements are on Wednesday morning (it’s early Monday morning as I post this) so we’ll have to wait to see what they announce. He told me this is one of the only times he can remember when a big announcement has not leaked. He said that even internally only a handful of people have seen the new device they’ll be announcing on Wednesday.

(Note: The announcement is on Tuesday).

Now this piece almost guarantees a handset launch tomorrow, which is in line with the fact that we don’t have an announced S60 device that hasn’t hit the market yet. My guess is an Nseries, touch, but with some sort of a physical keyboard. What do you think?

What they announce tomorrow is going to play a huge role in determining whether Nokia remains the market leader in 2009. The year 2008 was by and large a year which went to Apple as it was able to make serious dents in the smartphone market, will Nokia be able to claw back? The utmost secrecy and hype with which tomorrow’s announcement is being handled sure make me thing Nokia is serious about getting it right this time.

I leave you with these lines from Scoble, “this is the week that Nokia either shines or moves to the B list of the cell phone market. Yeah, you won’t know how this week turned out for a year or two, but there is no bigger week for Nokia.” Couldn’t agree more.