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The Nokia N8 Supports Bluetooth Mice – But Nokia Won’t Highlight It

The N8 keeps on pulling off awesome stuff that I have wanted for ages, but Nokia seems intent on not showing the world just how cool the N8 actually is! Case in point, support for USB on the Go was a small entry on the spec sheet and now in the latest video demoing the N8, support for bluetooth hardware is mentioned but only bluetooth keyboards are shown. That is something even old devices could do.

The Nokia N8 Supports Bluetooth Mice - But Nokia Won't Highlight It

But just at the end you see a mouse pointer in the video and it actually works! Symbian^3 brings bluetooth mouse support and the N8 actually supports it! But instead of shouting from the rooftops they don’t even mention it aloud. Give something like this to Apple and they would make the world go crazy.

Anyway, back in June 2007 I had asked for exactly this:

Senario: I own an N95 and a bluetooth keyboard. While going on a vacation, I just throw the Laptop’s bluetooth mouse in and leave. In my hotel room I setup my BT keyboard and the BT mouse, plug the TV out cable in leave the phone there and go sit on the couch a few meters away. Now, just image what my web browsing experience would be like! Not only web browsing, but if this could be implemented with Office Editors or even viewers, the combo would really rock! The possibilities are endless, even a few games could make do with this functionality. Playing something even as basic as Solitaire would become a breeze!

Come 2010 and we have HDMI and high resolution screens. The developers can have a ball with this.

The other parts of the video show off the music player, coverflow and HDMI in general. The N8 is one impressive device. But I still can’t get over how they waste such game changing features. In a time when Symbian is taking a hit, its all about marketing, ask Apple.

Video Editor On The N8 Shown Off – Rivals The Upcoming iMovie App For iPhone 4

Part two of the N8 demo that Nokia Conversations promised has landed and it sees Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia show off pinch and zoom for 12 MP stills, the photo editor, the video editor and USB on the go. What really caught my eye was the video editor which is pretty impressive considering we are editing 720P HD video that even my Mac treats with respect.

The video editor lets you add both photos and videos to the timeline, trim videos within the timeline, add captions as well as a bunch of transitions in a very intuitive manner. The kind of stuff that Steve Jobs showed off in yesterday’s iPhone 4 keynote and got people gasping. No wonder Apple catches everyone’s eye, they don’t keep gems like these for non occasions.

On a related note, Engadget published faceoff between the iPhone 4, Evo 4G, Palm Pre Plus, HD 2 and the N8 and it may surprise you to find out that the N8 did exceedingly well. One more thing, the N8’s video editor comes for free while you pay $4.99 for the iPhone’s iMovie.

Hat tip to My Nokia Blog for the video.

Sunday Watch: The N8 Stars In A Bunch Of Videos

A pretty large bunch of videos showing off the N8 has popped up over the last one week. Some demoing it in general, some not demoing it but showing what you could do with it and so on. The first on the list is the viral video that Nokia’s itself released, they ask if this is the greatest foosball match ever played and if you watch the video, you will have to agree.

The next is a much more general overview of the N8, the browser, multitouch, music player, camera and so on. While its in a language most of us do not understand, you should still be able to easily make out what is happening.

Following on we have a teaser of the Asphalt 5 game that Gameloft’s been developing for the N8. It supports both multitouch control and accelerometer navigation. Impressive.

The last is a small Ovi Store and Wikitude demo, the reason I’ve put it here because it might just be showing off the reboot of the Ovi Store that was promised a while back.

Do keep in mind that these videos have been shot on prototype hardware and software and the final product should be even better. Any thoughts?

Multitasking: The N8 Can Handle 15 Apps Without A Lag

We’ve lately been getting our N8 fix pretty regularly and the latest video to show up is that of the N8’s multitasking abilities. The device features a completely new visual task manager which gives you an actual preview of the current state of the application right from the task manager’s thumbnails.

If you have a number of apps open, it may be a little more time consuming to switch between applications because you might have to scroll a little to find the app you are looking for, but I have got to say it looks much nicer this way.

The above video shows 15 apps open at the same time on the N8 and it handles that pretty well. The panning and zoom in Ovi Maps is fast, images in the photos app load quickly (although they don’t like 12MP shots from the camera), the app switching is painless and the kinetic scrolling in the task manager is smooth. In the real world you hardly have more than 5 apps open, so the N8’s RAM should prove be enough.

All these demoes/videos of the N8 make me want it even more, from the looks of things the N8 is shaping up to be quite the device to look out for. Now if Nokia can just get it out soon.

[via: Daily Mobile]

Video: An In-Depth Look At The Nokia N8

In what is the most comprehensive look at the N8 so far, Nokia Conversations has published a video in which Chris Bennetts, Senior Project Manager at Nokia sits down with the Nokia N8 and shows off its smarts.

“Nokia N8’s homescreen, demonstrating the customisable abilities of the handset, true multitasking that makes running multiple apps a breeze, the lighting-fast onscreen keyboard, email and messaging, internet and browser capabilities and finally maps and navigation.

Some aspects of the device look pretty different from S^1, so I think that should make a lot of people happy. Plus the homescreens look great and I am pretty happy with the nifty speed with which the N8  seems to work. Coverflow also looked nice. They have promised a part 2 and 3 of this video next week and I can’t wait for it.

Nokia, BlackBerry, N8, Success.

Nokia is evolving, or so they say. If you look at the facts, you’d have to agree, their services finally look like taking shape. Nokia Messaging has been pretty solid for the past few months, Ovi Maps is great and the others I don’t care much for right now. I loved Share on Ovi, but then they revamped (small resolution embeds, small display size)  it and since then, me and a lot of other people have been forced to looked away. But on the whole their services portfolio is much better than the state it was in last year and the deal with Yahoo! should help even more.

Nokia, Blackberry, N8, Success

Back to their devices. In my book Nokia launched two or three really nice devices last year – the N900, The E72 and the E52. Unfortunately, both the N900 and E52 have been late in coming to India. So that left people here with just the E72 as the Eseries flagship and the N97 Mini. They probably understood that people were looking for more, so they started pushing their GPS based Ovi Maps devices by bundling a free car charger an an in-car dock, another awesome move.

So despite doing some really nice things why did I see Nokia slide this past year? Lets come back to the E72. I have it and I love it to bits. Its a really nice device that packs a good camera, has a great keyboard, fast OS, music capabilities and pretty much beats any business smartphone by a mile. Plus at about 400$ or less, it is priced well.

Yet, when I look around I see more and more people getting a Blackberry, low end, high end it doesn’t matter as long as its a Blackberry, its almost become a flaunt symbol. I see people sharing their BB pins’ on Facebook as status messages and what not. But if you compare the top end Blackberry which is at least 150$ more expensive to the E72, it fails to match the E72’s feature set. The people I am talking about are not corporates who need BlackBerrys for specific email solutions but people who use Gmail. Its as if the BB brand has taken off. I am not sure why this is happening, it could be because celebrities on Twitter have ‘sent from my BB’ in their tweets, or that there is no seemingly premium device in the E72 form factor. Perhaps Nokia needs a portrait QWERTY with metal and a leather back.

Obviously this is not a good thing for Nokia. Such behavior might not affect profits in the small term but will affect brand value in the long run, something which is critical. The Nokia brand has been talking a beating lately, but in India it is still very strong and people here love Symbian. Infact you will probably find more Symbian advocates in India than anywhere else in the world. This advantage they should not let go of.

Now lets look at the Nokia N8. I am not sure if Nokia was forced to announce the N8 early or it was their plan all along, but if I had a bit of say, this is what I would do. First announce the N8 in late May, show it off to a few people around the world, let them talk about it. Push it aggressively, demo it, showcase its capabilities and then open pre-orders one week before WWDC. You want a foothold in the US? You will not get it by waiting for Apple to announce the next iPhone, see people buy it in droves and then offer your device a month later when everyone has bought the iPhone. At least give your device a fighting chance.

I would love to see Nokia come up with strong aggressive campaign to get their brand value back on track. Take the competition head on, pleasantly surprise the everyone at Nokia World.