Nokia India has been busy recently and they’ve come up with some really helpful videos in the form of tips and tricks to keep in mind while using Nokia Messaging or Mail For Exchange on QWERTY devices like the E72 and non QWERTY ones like the E52. There are a bunch of shortcuts shown off and if you are new to Mail for Exchange or Nokia Messaging, there are even videos to helpful you set them up on your very own devices.
Tips & Tricks For Nokia Messaging On The E72 & E52
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.
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.
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.
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.
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?
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.
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.