Nokia Lumia 800: Hands on and Comparison

At the Nokia Dev Con a couple of weeks ago, the emphasis was on Windows Phone. There was a lot of talk around Symbian and S40, but Windows Phone was what it was all about. And the current flagship Nokia Windows Phone is the Lumia 800. Of course, there’s also the Lumia 710, but I haven’t seen it or had a chance to play with it just yet, but that falls further down the rung.

While there is very little scope for differentiation in the Windows Phone platform (yeah, there’s hardware differentiation, and some software features as well), the Lumia 800 does stand out. A bit. I say that because of the design that it’s based on, which is the N9. Vinu had the phone to use while at Nokia World, and you can read his impressions over here. What we have here is more a comparison, in photos, of the Lumia 800 against a few other devices.

 What’s it based on?

 As mentioned above, the Lumia 800 is based on the same design as the Nokia N9, which was Nokia’s first (and last) consumer phone running Meego. The N9 had a 3.9″ display, which has been cut down to a 3.7″ display on the Lumia 800, probably to accomodate the 3 keys for the Windows Phone operating system (Back, Home and Search). The display itself is based on the same technology; Amoled Clear Black, WVGA (800×480) or FWGA on the N9 (854×480). It is Pentile, and that seems to be everyone’s favourite discussion nowadays. Pentile or standard RGB. Honestly, I can’t make out the difference unless you held two devices side-by-side, and even then it would probably be because of the greenish tinge that is prevalent on Pentile displays because of the extra green pixel. You don’t notice pixellation on the Lumia 800 because of the UI. Windows Phone is Simple, minimal, and has no curves. Besides that, the pixel density is adequate on the Lumia 800 because of the size of the display.

 How does it stack up against other Windows Phones?

Next up, here’s the Lumia 800 with the HTC Radar, which was their first device to come with Windows Phone Mango, and the Samsung Focus, which was a first gen device, but is now running Mango. Both the Radar and the Focus use a 1GHz processor (Qualcomm QSD 8250 and an Adreno 200 GPU on the Focus, QSD 8255 and Adreno 205 GPU on the Radar). The Focus has a 4″ Super Amoled Display, which also uses a Pentile Matrix, while the Radar has a 3.8″ S-LCD display. The Radar feels like a premium device in hand, while the Focus does not. However, being plasticy isn’t all bad; the extra weight on a metal device is a downfall if you drop your phone. The Lumia 800 on the other hand, is made of a Single Piece of Polycarbonate that has been milled, including the speaker grill, the cut outs for the camera and the flash, etc. It’s plastic, but it feels solid. Both the Radar and the Lumia 800 have a non-removable battery, and therefore can maintain their truly unibody design. The Lumia 800 does have a curved display, and this makes swiping across screens so much smoother. Also, I was apprehensive about typing on the smaller display on the Lumia 800, coming from the Focus, but thanks to the curved screen and the brilliant Windows Phone Keyboard, I had no problems whatsoever. The keyboard is quite brilliant; so much so that even on the Radar with it’s flat display, typing is easy. The Radar has a Front Facing Camera, which neither the Lumia 800 nor the Focus have. It isn’t all that bad right now, as the only Video Calling application that’s available on Windows Phone is Tango, but Microsoft should be completing their Skype aquisition soon, and I don’t see why Skype won’t come in an app form right now (with deeper integration later, for sure) to Windows Phone. It’s a bit of a let down, but most people do not use the Front Facing camera anyway (at least they don’t use it right now).

You have to hold the Lumia 800 to understand what I meant about the build. It’s just brilliant. 

How is it different?

 The Lumia 800 will be available in Blue, Red and Black. I mentioned the software differentiation in the first paragraph, and on the Lumia 800 and other Lumia Devices it will come in the form of Nokia Drive (Turn-by-turn navigation), Nokia Mix Radio (streaming radio mixes, with offline use), an ESPN suite (in certain markets) and a WRC application. Is that enough? Nokia Drive in itself, is enough. Nokia Maps is pretty much the best mapping software available. If you’re in a city that is. Besides just the Navigation bit, it has tie-ups with various partners, and that helps (think about finding a new restaurant or pub, it’s there. Want to find a new place to visit in a new city, it’s there. You get the picture). I haven’t had a chance to play with Mix Radio, so I cannot really comment on that. I hope it includes Nokia Music access, as Zune Music is available in a few countries (I believe it’s 7) , and Nokia Music is available in a lot more (around 30 markets).

Now onto the Hardware part. The Lumia 800 has a 8MP f 2.2 camera with Carl Zeiss Optics. Which is pretty much the same as the Nokia N9. I haven’t had a chance to play with that either, yet (Hint to Nokia, Where’s my Review unit?) but I did notice that it had a greenish tint to pictures that were taken. Thankfully, Nokia did acknowledge that and Damian Dinning, the camera wizard behind this and other cameras, including the one on the N8 did mention that there would be a software update to fix this coming out soon.

Oh, and if you haven’t seen it just yet, here’s a video of the Lumia 800’s camera in 60 seconds; starring Vinu .

Here’re a few more pictures of the Lumia 800 with the N9, the Radar, the Focus and more Lumia 800s. A big thanks to Dhruv Bhutani for the photos! Click through the images to view them.

The Nokia N9 countdown begins

Can’t stand buttons? Looking to buy a new smartphone? If you are willing to wait another 49 days, you can snap up the much awaited Nokia N9, according to Nokia’s landing page. The N9 is Nokia’s first and last Meego device that will see the light of day and it sure is a beauty. The phone has the brains to go with its stunning looks, sort of like a supermodel on steroids. Poor analogies apart, Nokia have setup a countdown clock to aid those with short term memory loss. Long story short, the N9 is coming and coming soon. Is the N9 going to make you part with your money, or are you waiting for Nokia’s Mango phones?

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Nokia N9: Meego Awesomeness!

Nokia Connections was held in Singapore today, and the biggest news was the new N9.

Here’re some specs:

Networks: Pentaband WCDMA 850, 900, 1900, 1700, 2100, Quad band GSM/EDGE 850, 900, 1800, 1900
Speed: HSDPA Cat10: 14.4Mbps, HSUPA: Cat6 5.76Mbps
Display: 3.9” WVGA (854×480) AMOLED display with curved Gorilla glass, no air gap, anti-glare polarizer
OS: MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan
Memory: 1024MB RAM, 16GB/64GB storage
Camera: 8Mpix auto-focus Carl Zeiss, wide-angle lens, 2x LED flash, Video capturing MPEG-4 SP 720p @ 30fps, 2nd camera for video calls
Size / Weight: 116.45 mm x 61.2 mm x 7.6–12.1 mm (L x W x T) / 76 cm3/ 135 g
Connectivity: BT 2.1, GPS, A-GPS, WLAN 802.11abgn, NFC, 3.5mm AV connector,  micro USB connector, USB charging
Processor: ARM Cortex-A8 OMAP3630 1 Ghz, PowerVR SGX530
Audio: MP3 player, Audio jack: 3.5mm, Supported codecs: mp3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, WMA, FLAC.
Battery: 1450 mAh

Operating Times
Talk time: (GSM/WCDMA) up to 11 h / up to 7 hours
Standby time: Up to 450 hours (WCDMA), up to 380 hours (GSM)
Video playback (720P): up to 4.5 hours
Music playback: up to 50 hours

 

Now that’s a LOT! Besides which, it looks awesome! I can’t wait to get my hands on it.

Here’s a video of Marko Ahtisaari, SVP of Nokia Designs explaining the N9, and the new UI

And here’s another of the UI:

And last but definitely not the least, here’s a hands on video:

Find out more about the N9 at swipe.nokia.com. After all, all it takes is a swipe!

Source: Nokia Conversations

Nokia N9 surfaces, complete with a 12MP snapper and MeeGo

Well hello there beautiful! Nokia’s upcoming smartphone, the N9, has been a bit of an enigma. Murmurs of its existence have rippled through the blogosphere for months, and last week some FCC filings did a little more to confirm its existence. Today, courtesy of Pocketnow, we have a teaser video from Nokia, providing us with glimpses of the high-end smartphone that is confirmed to be running Intel and Nokia’s brainchild — MeeGo. The teaser video showcases the phones 12 MP camera featuring Carl Zeiss optics (no surprise there) and also gives us a glimpse of the phones chiclet keyboard and sliding screen mechanism. Mum is the word on pricing and availability. For now, just head past the break and we have the video lined up for you.

 

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Nokia Moves 3000 Devs to Accenture, Firing 4000 more soon

Yesterday,there were three quick announcements from Nokia. First up, they announced that they would be moving around 3000 Symbian Developers to Accenture, to “support the continued delivery of Symbian software development and support services. The collaboration also includes plans for Accenture to provide mobility software, business and operational services around the Windows Phone platform to Nokia and other ecosystem participants.”

That was pretty straight forward, and it at least answers the question of whether Symbian will be supported in the near future. The way I read it, it’s a “Yes, but not exactly by Nokia” kinda answer. It’s good to know that they’ll continue developing though.  Read the post over at Nokia Conversations here.

Right after that, Nokia Announced their “next steps in transformation”. This is what they called, the third and fourth steps. The third is of course, the news that 4000 devs would be laid off, including 1400 in Finland alone.

“Reductions are expected to take place in phases until the end of 2012, linked to the rollout of Nokia’s planned product and services portfolio. The planned reductions will have the greatest impact on the Symbian and MeeGo R&D. “

“At Nokia, we have new clarity around our path forward, which is focused on our leadership across smart devices, mobile phones and future disruptions,” said Stephen Elop, Nokia president and CEO. “However, with this new focus, we also will face reductions in our workforce. This is a difficult reality, and we are working closely with our employees and partners to identify long-term re-employment programs for the talented people of Nokia.”

The fourth step would be ramping up development, mainly for the Windows Phone 7 platform. They also plan to increase it’s investment in mobile products and building a team to focus on “Future Disruptions” (wasn’t Meego supposed to be part of those future disruptions?).

Right after that, they announced a “Comprehensive Social Responsibility program for Employees and Communities”. I’m just going to quote the post on this:

“The new situation is of course challenging for the individuals, but also full of possibilities,” said Esko Aho, former prime minster of Finland and current EVP of Corporate Relations and Responsibility at Nokia. “The employees who are at risk of losing their jobs have a good education and excellent skills, which have a high demand in the job market. Nokia’s role is to use its expertise, financial support and brand to support people’s quick re-employment. For this purpose we are starting a new program that helps people to find new job opportunities or even start their own businesses.”

There are four support paths for those employees affected by the transformation:

  • A new job within the company – Nokia will seek to retain talent to the extent possible, by providing career counseling and helping employees identify job opportunities in Nokia.
  • A new job outside the company – Nokia will offer career counseling, help identify job opportunities and work with our extensive network to create a dedicated job portal, linking employees directly with local companies and their resourcing needs. All employees can remain with the company throughout 2011, while employees affected in 2012 will be given a two-month grace period. In addition, employees will receive a financial package in accordance with local practices should they leave Nokia.
  • Entrepreneurship – Nokia will offer training, funding, and help identify business opportunities and partnerships for those interested in starting a new business or a company on their own, which can fuel new growth for impacted communities.
  • Career renewal – Nokia will work with local partners to create new opportunities through co-funded research programs, scholarships, supported employment in local not-for-profit organizations and other growth companies.

So there it is. Quite a bit of work still left for Nokia to do though, if they hope to get back to the top.

Opera releases new Mobile Browsers, showcases Hbbtv compatible browser

Opera’s announced the release of their new Opera Mini 6 and the Opera Mobile 11 browsers today. This update brings a whole lotta goodies with it,such as Pinch to Zoom (whereever applicable), Flash Support (again, whereever applicable), new sharing options, better scrolling and optimizations for tablet viewing. The update (for Opera Mobile 11) also covers pretty much EVERY smartphone OS out there, such as Maemo, Meego, Android, Symbian and even Windows Phone 7 (sorry, no iOS as of now). The Opera Mini 6 meanwhile, is a J2ME browser, and is compatible with most phones that support Java, including Blackberry devices.

Head over to m.opera.com from your device and download right away. Or head over to your respective applications stores/markets/app worlds and download away. It’d definitely worth it!

Here’s a video of the new Opera Mobile set in action:

Next up, is the sneak peak into their Solution for Hbbtv (Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV), which is basically an industry standard and promotional initiative for “harmonising the broadcast and broadband delivery of entertainment to the end consumer through connected TVs and set-top boxes“.

Here’s the full Press Release:
Debuting all new Opera Mini 6 and Opera Mobile 11
Oslo, Norway – March 22, 2011

Can’t get no satisfaction from the mobile Web? Then you will fall head over heels for the new Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers launched today, now also available to cherish on tablets. Opera’s mobile browsers are the world’s most popular, the weapon of choice for 100 million people worldwide, used on more than 3000 devices. If you still haven’t found what you are looking for, there is an Opera out there available for you. Download to your phone from: m.opera.com and don’t stop til you get enough.
What’s new, pussycat?
Smooth operator

Improved scrolling, panning and zooming make the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers the sweetest thing to hit mobile devices since the Opera Mini 5 browser.
Pinch-to-zoom

Feel free to twist and shout now that Opera’s features include true pinch-to-zoom on devices that support pinch.
Sharing

When you find something, let it be … shared. The new versions feature a share button, so you can easily post, Tweet (twiddly-diddly-deet), or just shout it out loud on Facebook, vKontakte or My Opera.
Now also optimized for tablets

Is it any wonder? Opera for tablets brings smooth browsing to your tablet PC with a brand new interface that is sure to rock you like a hurricane.
What we say

“If you’ve lost that loving feeling for the Web on your phone or tablet, don’t let it bring you down. Just try one of our browsers,” said Lars Boilesen, CEO, Opera Software. “The sun always shines on TV, but the Opera browser shines on more than 3000 devices.”
Who are you? The difference between the Opera Mini and Opera Mobile browsers

* The Opera Mini browser uses Opera’s servers to shake, rattle and roll webpages down to a tenth of their original size before sending them to your phone. Because the data transferred is smaller, pages arrive faster than the speed of sound. On a pay-as-you-go plan, the Opera Mini browser dramatically cuts the price you pay, because the data you use is greatly reduced. The Opera Mini browser makes any device Internet savvy.
* The Opera Mobile browser gives you the whole of the moon on smartphones and tablets. The strange magic of HTML5? Check. Full, high fidelity web browsing? Check. Sharing the same Opera Presto browser engine found in Opera’s desktop browser, the Opera Mobile browser is the premier option for fast, powerful browsing when on unlimited Internet data plans or Wi-Fi.

Availability

* The Opera Mini 6 browser brings the fireworks to J2ME, Android, BlackBerry and Symbian/S60 phones.
* The Opera Mobile 11 browser sings hallelujah on the Android, Symbian, Windows 7 desktop (labs release), MeeGo (labs release) and Maemo (labs release) platforms.

What you waiting for? Walk this way with your mobile device: m.opera.com.
Press kit

You can download a press kit by following this link.
About Opera Software ASA

Opera Software ASA has redefined web browsing for PCs, mobile phones and other networked devices. Opera’s cross-platform web-browser technology is renowned for its performance, standards compliance and small size, while giving users a faster, safer and more dynamic online experience. Opera Software is headquartered in Oslo, Norway, with offices around the world. The company is listed on the Oslo Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol OPERA. Learn more about Opera at http://www.opera.com/.

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HbbTV solution ready to electrify market
Opera Software and TARA Systems technology bring manufacturers more flexibility and cost savings
London, UK – March 22, 2011

Today at the IP&TV World Forum, Opera Software and TARA Systems, the independent provider of flexible software solutions for TVs and other devices, announced the availability of a fully-integrated HbbTV solution for connected TVs and set-top boxes (STBs). The released solution gives manufacturers improved flexibility and planning reliability.

Hybrid Broadcast Broadband TV (HbbTV) brings viewers the richness of broadcast interactive services combined with broadband content, available for connected TVs and STBs. HbbTV opens the door for a new interactive TV experience, including video-on-demand, catch-up TV, interactive advertising, personalization, digital text, games and social networking. The HbbTV technology is already implemented by major players in the European TV market, such as RTL, ARD, ZDF and ARTE.

The newly available combined product will integrate the latest Opera browser rendering engine with TARA’s HbbTV framework and advanced Digital Video Broadcasting middleware. The result is a ready-to-market HbbTV solution that gives OEMs maximum flexibility and brings to users a feature-rich experience with full support for next-generation broadcast portals and services. The highly modular approach enables device manufacturers to deploy the HbbTV software in almost any possible scenario, independent of DVB stack and chipset.

“Opera is the leader in innovative web-technology based solutions for TVs and set-top boxes,” said Frode Hernes, VP of Products, TV and Connected Devices, Opera Software. “Our partnership with TARA Systems broadens our customers’ choices for fully integrated HbbTV solutions, making it possible for TV and STB manufacturers to rapidly implement HbbTV functionality on their devices. This can help manufacturers to get products to market faster while saving money on development costs.”

“For TARA Systems, HbbTV is of strategic importance,” said Managing Director Alexander Wass. “Currently, we see more and more manufacturers which want to add the HbbTV feature to their existing software. For these customers, we offer together with Opera an independent and reliable solution with well designed interfaces, which has been implemented exactly along the specifications.”

The public demonstration of the Opera and Tara Systems HbbTV solution will be at the IP&TV World Forum 2011, March 22 – 24 2011. The demo will be hosted at Opera Software’s booth at position 47.
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Nokia’s New Meego Device

Nokia will definitely ship out a Meego device this year.  Nokia’s CTO Rich Green announced at this year MWC that the N950 will be the successor to the N900.

The N950 seems to be targeted more at a developer base, much like the N900.  Though eventually it may turn into a mass market phone. No specs of the device have been released as yet, but i do hope Nokia pulls out all the stops on this one.

You can check out the first part of the video below to see the Keynote speech given at the MWC in Bacelona.

I can’t say i have much confidence in Nokia’s long term strategy with respect to OS selection, jumping off a burning platform into a jagged rockface never seems to be a good decision. Obviously I’m still hurting from Nokia’s announcement that WP7 will be the preferred OS for their flagship phones. personally I thought Maemo was brilliant and I hope Meego will be even better.

So here’s to keeping my fingers crossed and hope that the N950 is a great package overall.

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Meego UI for Handsets unveiled!

Intel & Nokia have officially unveiled Meego for mobile, and it looks really good.

The current release, which is actually available here, is still pre-alpha, and comes with it’s share of bugs. The Meego team says that this is a release targeted at developers and is not meant for the end user, but if you’re brave enough/have a few N900’s lying around, go ahead and check it out. In case you do, let us know what you think about it by commenting below!

You can learn more about Meego here.

Check out this video of how the UI looks and behaves:

Here are some of the UI screen shots:

Meego to take on Android, IOS

I was just going through an interview with Vallteri Halla, Nokia’s Director of Meego on FierceDeveloper, where he mentions what he thinks of Nokia’s new Meego platform (at least on the mobile space).   

He has some pretty bold statements including this: “.. I think really we see three platforms that are viable for the mobile operators going toward the future: That’s [the] Apple platform, Android and MeeGo.”

Read the whole interview over here.

Nokia loading up MeeGo in future N Series Devices

There’s more news of the possibility that Nokia’s ditching the Symbian platform on their N-Series phones. Endgadget and CNET have heard from their sources in Nokia that they will be loading future N-series devices after the N8 with MeeGo instead. It looks like Symbian will have to settle with being loaded on the lower-cost phone segment in the Nokia Range.

I for one am quite happy with this piece news, given the slow progress Symbian has shown of late with the advancement of the OS for newer range of phones. The current Symbian platform just doesn’t cut it for the functionality demanded of the current day smartphones. We’re expecting quite a lot from the Symbian^4 platform which should be out in a few months. But I’m quite sceptical if Symbian^4 will actually deliver given the pre-release videos which has been circulating around the internet. It’s not that Meego has the upper hand here. The OS still had to prove itself in the Nokia range of smartphones, and the number of applications on that platform will also play a deciding factor while battling with iPhone and Android in the same segment.

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via Endgadget