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All Things Symbian & ‘Then Some More’

Right from the first day when I started TheSymbianBlog, our tagline has been ‘All things Symbian and then some more!’ and today more than ever it is seems most appropriate. Back when I started this blog, Symbian was the only mobile OS that I was truly interested in, however things are changing and I find myself attracted to the likes of Android and virtually smitten by what little I have seen of Maemo 5.

All Things Symbian & 'Then Some More'

It is in this light that I find myself wondering whether or not taking about things such as the Booklet 3G, the N900 or other ancillary topics would be appropriate on TheSymbianBlog. Therefore, I need your feedback.

Should I continue to cover all these things that are of obvious interest to both you and me or launch another website which is a little more generic? We have in the past covered devices such as the N800, N810, talked about Andriod as well but those topics have never been the center of focus. That might change depending on how the N900 shapes up.

So please tell me, what would you like to see? A new website or this website turning into a one stop shop for ‘All things Symbian and then some more!‘?

PS: I still continue to love Symbian and anxiously wait for what the later releases of Symbian have in store for us, I also believe that it is *still* the best OS for non touch devices.

Pictures & Complete Technical Specs Of The N900

For those of you who are spec hungry. Make sure you also check out http://maemo.nokia.com/ for a complete lowdown on the OS and of course the N900.

Nokia N900

Display

  • 3.5 inch touch-sensitive widescreen display
  • 800 × 480 pixel resolution

Language support

British English, American English, Canadian French, Czech, Danish, Dutch, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Norwegian, Polish, Portuguese, Spanish, Latin American Spanish, Swedish, Russian

Connectivity

  • 3.5mm AV connector
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable
  • Micro-USB connector, High-Speed USB 2.0
  • Bluetooth v2.1 including support for stereo headsets
  • Integrated FM transmitter
  • Integrated GPS with A-GPS

Battery

  • BL-5J 1320mAh

Processor and 3D accelerator

  • TI OMAP 3430: ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz, PowerVR SGX with OpenGL ES 2.0 support

Memory

  • Up to 1GB of application memory (256 MB RAM, 768 MB virtual memory)

Size and weight

  • Volume: Approx 113cc

Dimensions:

  • 110.9 × 59.8 × 18 (19.55 at thickest part) mm

Weight:

  • Approx 181g

Mass memory

  • 32 GB internal storage
  • Store up to 7000 MP3 songs or 40 hours of high-quality video
  • Up to 16 GB of additional storage with an external microSD card

Keys and input method

  • Full QWERTY tactile keyboard
  • Full QWERTY onscreen keyboard

Colour

  • Black

Operating frequency

  • Quad-band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100 MHz

Data network

  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 107/64.2 kbps (DL/UL)
  • EDGE class A, multislot class 32, maximum speed 296/177.6 kbps (DL/UL)
  • WCDMA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 384/384 kbps (DL/UL)
  • HSPA 900/1700/2100. Maximum speed PS 10/2 Mbps (DL/UL)
  • WLAN IEEE 802.11b/g

Call features

  • Integrated hands-free stereo speakers
  • Call waiting, call hold, call divert
  • Call timer
  • Logging of dialed, received and missed calls
  • Speed dialing via contact widget
  • Virbrating alert (internal)
  • Side volume keys
  • Mute/unmute
  • Contacts with images
  • Conference calling with up to 3 participants
  • Internet calling

Email & Messaging

  • Supported protocols: Mail for Exchange, IMAP, POP3, SMTP
  • Support for email attachments
  • Support for rich HTML
  • SMS and Instant Messages as conversations
  • Support for Nokia Messaging service
  • Instant messaging and presence enhanced contacts
  • Multiple number, email and Instant Messaging details per contact, contacts with images
  • Support for assigning images to contacts

Web browsing

  • Maemo browser powered by Mozilla technology
  • Adobe Flash™ 9.4 support
  • Full screen browsing

GPS and navigation

  • Integrated GPS, Assisted-GPS, and Cell-based receivers
  • Pre-loaded Ovi Maps application
  • Automatic geotagging

Camera

  • 5 megapixel camera (2584 × 1938 pixels)
  • Image formats: JPEG
  • CMOS sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, Tessar lens
  • 3 × digital zoom
  • Autofocus with assist light and two-stage capture key
  • Dual LED flash
  • Full-screen viewfinder
  • Photo editor on device
  • TV out (PAL/NTSC) with Nokia Video Connectivity Cable (CA-75U, included in box) or WLAN/UPnP
  • Landscape (horizontal) orientation
  • Capture modes: Automatic, portrait, video, macro, landscape, action

Video

  • Wide aspect ratio 16:9 (WVGA)
  • Video recording file format: .mp4; codec: MPEG-4
  • Video recording at up to 848 × 480 pixels (WVGA) and up to 25fps
  • Video playback file formats: .mp4, .avi, .wmv, .3gp; codecs: H.264, MPEG-4, Xvid, WMV, H.263

Music and audio playback

  • Maemo media player
  • Music playback file formats: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • Built-in FM transmitter
  • Ring tones: .wav, .mp3, .AAC, .eAAC, .wma, .m4a
  • FR, EFR, WCDMA, and GSM AMR
  • Digital stereo microphone
  • DLNA

Personalisation

  • Background pictures
  • Widgets on your desktops
  • Intelligent contact shortcuts
  • Shortcuts to your favourite websites
  • Shortcuts to applications
  • Themes

Operating system

  • Maemo 5 software on Linux

Applications

  • Maemo Browser
  • Phone
  • Conversations
  • Contacts
  • Camera
  • Photos
  • Media player
  • Email
  • Calendar
  • Ovi Maps
  • Clock
  • Notes
  • Calculator
  • PDF reader
  • File manager
  • RSS reader
  • Sketch
  • Games
  • Widgets
  • Application manager for downloads

Gaming

  • Bounce
  • Chess
  • Mahjong

What´s in the box

  • Nokia N900
  • Nokia Battery (BL-5J)
  • Nokia High Efficiency Charger (AC-10)
  • Nokia Stereo Headset (WH-205)
  • Video out cable (CA-75U)
  • Nokia charger adaptor (CA-146C)
  • Cleaning cloth

PICTURES

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The N900 Becomes Official With An Awesome Video Promo

With one announcement after the other in the last four days, Nokia is realy turning it on. Despite the Booklet 3G, the N900 is the device that I am looking forward to the most.

Today, Nokia made the N900 official with one great looking promo video. My advice is leave the reading for now and have a look at it first.

Now that you are already awestruck and desperately wanting the device, have a look at these N900 highlights:

  • Maemo 5-powered
  • Features a horizontal slider design with a three line QWERTY keyboard.
  • 3.5 inch WVGA (800 x 600) resistive touch screen
  • An ARM Cortex-A8 600 MHz processor
  • 1 GB of Application Memory – 256MB of RAM (and 768MB of virtual memory)
  • Nokia BL-5J 1320 mAh battery.
  • FM Transmitter, USB Charging.
  • Dimensions of 110.9 x 59.8 x 18mm, weighs of 181g.
  • 5.0 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics, video capture at WVGA (800 x 480), upto 25 frames per second.
  • Tri-band WCDMA and WiFi connectivity.
  • Integrated A-GPS, 3.5 mm AV jack – doubles at TV-Out port.
  • 32GB of flash storage with a microSD card slot.
  • Fennec web browser powered by Mozilla technology, supports full Flash 9.4 and AJAX.
  • Unified Messaging and Address book.
  • Video playback support for H.264, MPEG-4, XviD,  WMV and Flash.
  • Panorama desktop with a multi-window task switcher.
  • Available in select markets from October 2009 at a cost of €500 before taxes and subsidies.

If you want more details, here is a link to the press release. The device will be demoed at Nokia World but here is a small teaser from Nokia. Stay tuned for more.

Rumours Of A Nokia Android Device Abound – More Hype Than Substance

Since S60/Symbian bashing has become the new thing lately, a lot of rumours proclaiming that Nokia will ditch Symbian were expected. However, one piece of ‘news’ that has really sent the rumour mills into a tizzy is this piece published in UK’s Guardian newspaper, ‘quoting industry insiders’, claiming that Nokia will embrace Android to keep afloat in the smartphone wars and that the announcement of a Android running Nokia smartphone was expected this Nokia World, September 2-3.

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What is my reaction? Hype and very/no little substance. If you think about it camly, I’m sure you will see through it as well. Nokia is the world’s biggest handset manufacturer, it already runs Symbian on its smartphones and Maemo, its homegrown flavour of Linux, on its Internet Tablets and if it were to make an Android device now, it would be equivalent of saying ‘we couldn’t make a decent OS on our own and now we will compete with other manufacturers on the strength on our hardware alone’. Like I said, virtually impossible.

That being said, will there be a new Linux running device announced at Nokia World? Quite possibly. It will be the long rumoured successor to the N810 that runs Maemo and has the capability of making calls. The N900 perhaps.

[Update – As expected, Nokia has officially gone on record to deny this.]

If you really want to dig into it, here’s the rumour courtesy Mobile Crunch:

Hardware Specs:

  • GPS, along with an accelerometer.
  • Dimensions: 59.7mm x 111mm x 18.2mm
  • Weight: 180g
  • 3.5″ 800×480 (WVGA) touchscreen
  • OMAP3430 500/600 Mhz processor (Fun Trivia: Same CPU as the Palm Pre)
  • Bands: GSM Quad-Band 850, 900, 1800, 1900. WCDMA 900, 1700/2100, 2100
  • 5 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera with dual-LED flash, autofocus, and sliding cover
  • Though the renders we’ve seen show two lens-like circles near the screen, we’ve got no word on what’s behind them. However, we feel safe in assuming that its a proximity sensor and a front-facing camera.
  • 1GB total virtual runtime memory (256MB physical RAM, 768MB virtual memory)
  • Wi-Fi, HSPA
  • 32GB internal storage, expandable up to 48GB via external memory
  • Keyboard variants: English, Scandinavian, French, German, South European, Italian, Russia
  • In the box: Connectivity cable, headset, charger, battery (1320 mAh), Video-out cable, microUSB adaptor, cleaning cloth

Some of the mentioned software features:

  • In all of the renders we’ve seen, it appears to be running Maemo 5.
  • Multitasking: “Run all of your favorite applications simultaneously”
  • Live Dashboard allows all open tasks and unread messages to be displayed in one view
  • Browser: Firefox 3 with support for Flash 9.4
  • Built-in automatic update software
  • Contacts has some sort of status sharing built in, allowing you to share your status, location, and mood. Support for Contacts on Ovi and Google Talk.
  • All SMS and IMs accessible from one view
  • Cellular voice or VOIP both supported
  • Captures video at 800×480 in AVC/H.264
  • Image tagging and geo-tagging support
  • Nokia intends to have at least a dozen add-on apps available at launch, including a game called “Bounce”, a Jaiku/Twitter app called “Mauku”, and a few widgets.