The N81 has just got a new firmware for itself and the improvements this time are huge. First up demand paging and Flash Lite 3 support has been added, bringing it on par with the newer Nseries devices. But what is both a surprise and a pleasure is that it has also gotten itself new Feature Pack 2 like transitions, check out the youtube video above.
Continue reading New N81 Firmware 20.0.056 – Brings FP2 Like Transitions
A lot of the times when we think of getting a new handset, the top tier of the Nseries pops into mind; my phone of choice the N95-8GB, the superb N82 or the venerable N95 Classic. However these are what you call high end and phones. What if somebody is looking for a nice mid tier S60 about 350$, nothing really fancy but something that ‘does the job’. With this in mind what options do we have?
The 6120, the E51, the N81 and perhaps the N73. In today’s time WiFi is a must, so is the camera, music playing ability and decent battery life never hurt anyone. With that in mind, if we narrow down, that only leaves the N81 and the E51 in contention. This post pits the E51 against the N81 in the search for the best mid tier S60.
Continue reading N81 v/s E51: The Hunt For A Mid Tier S60
Ladies and Gentelman its time. The N-Gage platform has just gone live, the rebirth is complete. The application is now officially available for the N81, N81 8GB, N82, N95 and N95 8GB models.
Here is the (un)official announcement from the N-Gage Blog.
“We are live! The games, the devices, and the community are all here for you to finally get your teeth into. The Forums are back up and the new N-Gage application is here. There will be an official announcement on Monday, but for you, the N-Gage faithful we wanted to let you know we’re up and running! So come join our moderators in the Forums for our launch party, and start enjoying the next generation of mobile gaming.”
Meanwhile Ricky Cadden reports that the installation takes a long time and does not include any games and that the application works on the US N95-3 also. The showroom menu has the following games up for download. I personally am looking forward to Asphalt 3. What were you waiting for?
System Rush Evolution
Asphalt 3: Street Rules
World Series Poker
Continue reading Its Time To N-Gage – The Platform Goes Live
The N-Gage brand has finally woken up from the big slumber that Nokia had put it into following the not so sucessful N-Gage devices. The new gaming platform which is compatible with devices such as the N81, N95 Lineup, N73, N82 etc has now been made available for the N81 only.
The probable reason behind this move is to keep the numbers manageable and make bug rectification easier but I as a user would have liked to be a uniform launch; although the internet modded file that enables usage on other compatible handsets is available in the across the internet. (Thanks Ricky)
The default ‘get started’ pack includes:
– N-Gage application (required) (6.3MB)
– Space Impact: Kappa Base (11.7MB)
– System Rush: Evolution (13.2MB)
– Hooked On: Creatures of the Deep (28MB)
Download! the client here. From the looks from things the application looks nice and intutive but how sucessful it will be depends on how it will be received when v1.0 goes live across all phones as that will be the time the user base will grow and the community features such as IM etc would come into play more.
For a detailed coverage and screenshots look up this post by Ewan and this one by Rafe.
I have been out of town for the last few days and have had very little access to decent speed internet, not to mention scarcity of free time. However now all of that has changed, well apart from the internet! What this period of travel allowed me to do was explore the possibilities of the N81 as a travelling companion.
Am I happy? Yes, but it would be a qualified yes and here is why:
Continue reading N81 Reflections: Part II (Travelling With The N81!)
I have been using the N95 as my primary device for well over six months now. Needless to say I am used to it and also to the new v20 firmware which has made it an almost different phone. Two weeks ago I shifted to the N81 with mixed results. While there were a lot of things that I missed at first, but gradually the gap is getting smaller as I get used to it.
Both devices are based on the same S60 v3 platform and share the same Feature Pack 1. Therefore in essence they are almost identical as far as the software part of it is concerned and the switch application about which I had written earlier takes care of my data very efficiently and takes it out of the equation. In this series of posts I will talk about what did I gain/loose in my journey from the N95 to the N81 and in the process try and bring out what the N81 stands for!
Continue reading N81 Reflections – Part I (Physical Aspects)