Situations App now gets a new Company and Symbian Belle Support

In the hey days of my Symbian usage, I used to use an app called Situations, which used to automate my phone’s profile based on various “Situations”, be it time based, location based or calendar based triggers. At that point of time used to be available on Nokia Beta Labs, and then dropped off the radar till this week. We received an email from the folks at Pastilli Labs, that they’re released a new version of the app on Nokia Store. Before we get to that, here’s some interesting facts.

According to their email two of the core members who had developed the original Nokia Situations app, have founded a new company, Pastilli Labs avoin yhtiö. Pastilli Labs as part of a spin-off negotiation with Nokia have released the  latest version of their app under the new company now.

Here are the new improvements to the Situations app:

  • UI is totally new and intuitive for easy definition of your situations
  • Location can be set using maps based UI
  • Time condition allows now multiple schedules with selection of weekdays
  • Improved calendar condition includes filters based on keyword, only alarmed events or only recurring events
  • Bluetooth and WiFi conditions are redesigned to be more reliable
  • Profile can be used in multiple situations and the use of Power Save mode and SMS reply are improved and more reliable

Pastilli Labs have also put up a page explaning how the new app works, and how to set up the various situations. You can check it out here. If you’re looking for the download link to the app, you can download Situation on Nokia Store.

You an follow Pastelli Labs on Facebook and Twitter for the latest updates on this app.

Download Link

Situation on Nokia Store

Batik Indonesian Theme for Symbian Phones


Looking around for a cool theme for the N8, I came across this nice looking theme on IND190. Give you Symbian Phone an Indoensian twist with the Batik Theme. The theme is available on OVI Store for Symbian^3, Symbian ^1 and S40 phones. Here are the links to get the theme for you phone:

Batik Indonesia for Symbian^1 & Symbian^3
Batik Indonesia for S40 C3-00

Nokia C6- Slide and Touch – Specs & Pics

The Nokia C6
The Nokia C6

The big news from Nokia is of course the launch of the much awaited N8. But Nokia has the C6 up its sleeve, scheduled for launch sometime during September this year. We expect the price in India to be around 12000-13000 INR, pretty close to Nokia’s own E52, so that’ll be quite an interesting face-off.

The last phone which had a touch screen  and  a slide out keyboard was the N97. Unfortunately that phone had its own niggling issues, some of which were sorted by the time the N97 Mini was released. The D-pad was a notable omission from the N97 Mini, but finds its way back on this model.

Hopefully the C6 will be trouble-free, and if it is we’re looking at an ideal business phone with excellent browsing capabilities.

Nokia C6 Front WhiteDimensions

  • Size: 113.4 x 53 x 16.8 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 150 g

Nokia C6 Display and user interface

  • Screen size: 3.2″
  • Resolution: 640 x 360 (nHD)
  • Up to 16.7 million colours
  • Sliding Resistive touch-screen display
  • S60 5th edition

Camera

  • 5 megapixel camera (2584 x 1938 pixels)
  • Autofocus and integrated LED flash
  • Zoom up to 4x (digital)
  • Secondary camera for video calls (QVGA)

Video camera

  • 5 megapixel
  • Take high-quality 16:9 videos
  • Video capture in MPEG-4 up to VGA at 30 fps
  • Video clip length: up to 90 minutes

Music featuresNokia C6 Front Open Black

  • Nokia Music Player
  • Ovi Music
  • Music codecs: .MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+, eAAC, eAAC+
  • DRM support WM DRM, OMA DRM 2.0/1.0
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108 MHz/76-90 MHz), RDS

Connectivity on the C6

  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • 3.5 mm AV connector

Power Management

  • BL-4J 1200 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time:
    • GSM up to 11 h
    • WCDMA up to 5 h
  • Standby time:
    • GSM up to 400 h
    • WCDMA up to 400 h
  • Video playback time (Mpeg4/nHD): 246 mins
  • Video call time (maximum): 144 mins
  • Music playback time: 30 h

Data network

  • CSD
  • HSCSD, maximum speed 43.2 kbps
  • GPRS class A, multislot class 32
  • WCDMA &  HSDPA for a maximum speed up to 3.6 Mbps with simultaneous voice & packet data
  • WiFi WLAN
  • Dual Transfer Mode (DTM), simultaneous voice & packet data connection, class A, multislot class 11

GPS and navigation

  • Ovi Maps with free lifetime navigation license
  • Integrated GPS, A-GPS receivers
  • Accelerometer for correct orientation of display

Memory

  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 16 GB
  • Internal memory: 200 MB

Lets hope we get ours hands on a C6 soon. It will definitely be an interesting phone to review. Stay tuned for more updates.

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Nokia C5 – Final Roundup

We’ve had the C5 for well over ten days now, and its been put through its paces. The moment you open up the box the phone has promise, the screen is very clear, it feels solid and it’s incredibly sleek and slim.

Build Quality: The C5 has a solid feel to it, the keys on the keypad offer good feedback and are large enough for easy typing. The numpad keys are also slightly raised individually, making it easier to type/dial on the go. Finally, the Memory card slot has a hinge which doesn’t threaten to fall off every time you open it.

The buttons are tactile and well spread out.

The battery case is a beautiful stainless steel cover with a brushed finish. i was really impressed by the battery cover, but after a weeks worth of usage i noticed a lot of  tiny scuff and scratches on it even though the phone hadn’t been dropped even once. Guess The battery cover isn’t all it’s cracked up to be. :P

Brushed Stainless Steel Finish
Brushed Stainless Steel Finish

I also noticed that volume rockers aren’t the most comfortable to use – they seem to be positioned too low and are quite recessed. The D-pad is a dust collector and is quite a pain to clean.

Small pin charging point, Micro Usb port, 3.5mm jack
Small pin charging point, Micro Usb port, 3.5mm jack

The C-5 has two charging points both located on the top of the phone along side the 3.5mm jack. This is a good idea because the wires never interfere with your hands while charging or if the headphone jack is in.

Menu: We have the standard fare S60 menu, with List, Grid Horseshoe and V-shaped menu options. The Grid option seems the most practical layout, its unlikely you’d use the others too often.


Music Player: Once again the standard music player as on all S60 devices, the C5 isn’t classified as an XpressMusic phone but the speaker quality is sufficient, though it does get tinny at higher volumes. One good thing is that even though the speaker is on the back of the phone it doesn’t gets muffled even if its laid on its back.

General Usage: I had no issues with the call quality of the Nokia C-5, the standard headphones are quite useful and comfortable. The Battery lasted 3-4 days while on roaming, and I think even with GPRS being used constantly the phone will easily last 2 days.

One major grouse i had with the C5 is the poor visibility it had in sunlight, with darker themes it’s virtually impossible to see anything on the screen. The only option is to switch to a lighter theme and squint.

Thank God for real GPS!
Thank God for real GPS!

The Nokia C-5 DOES come with integrated GPS, making it the cheapest Nokia with true GPS capabilities. which really is a selling point for the phone.

Pros:

  • Price-  At around  8000 INR this is definitely a good buy, looks classy as well
  • Decent camera, with a good LED flash
  • Solid build
  • Easy to use
  • Good battery life (2-3 days)
  • slim and compact

Cons:

  • Screen visibility is abysmal in sunlight, couple that with a darker theme and its pretty much useless
  • No WiFi
  • No auto focus
  • The cool stainless steel battery cover is prone to scratches even with careful use

For a little more you could get the E63 with similar capabilities with WiFi ,a qwerty keyboard but no GPS. For slightly less you’d get the Touch based 5233 and 5230 phones.

All said and done the Nokia C5 is a good phone, for the price it is excellent and if it’s in your budget, buy it.

That’s all for now, please do let us know if we missed anything out.

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Nokia C5 – Camera

The Nokia  C5 comes with a 3.2 megapixel camera along with a single LED flash, unfortunately there isn’t any auto focus, so you will struggle to get ant macro shots.Even with the LED flash the camera does suffer in low light conditions, So its best to stick to daylight shots which are more than 30cm away. The secondary camera can be used for for images as well as video.

The Primary camera has no lens cover, but is recessed so you won’t have to worry about scratches. The LED flash is a decent distance from the lens so there isn’t any  fear of the flash blurring the photographs.

The lack of a dedicated camera key is rather annoying ,especially since all the main camera functions are controlled by the same key that is used to capture images. But this is more a matter of getting used to that particular function.

Image Mode: The camera on the Nokia C5 is quite basic, you can choose between 3 different resolutions for images, (3M,2M and 0.3M).  The scene modes are your standard fare, with one customizable setting in which you can preset colour tone, white balance, flash and exposure.

One of the cooler features of the C5’s camera is the sequence mode, in which you have the standard multishot ability where you can keep taking shots in a sequence until the memory runs out. The feature of sequence mode is that you can configure the camera to take a shot every 10 seconds, or 30 seconds upto time increments of half an hour, perfect for  capturing sunsets or long drives. You’d have to figure out the image compilation after you transfer the pictures onto the computer, but nevertheless this definitely is a good addition to the list of functions the C5’s camera has.

I’ve just added a few shots i took under varying light conditions.

Daylight, Automatic mode
Daylight, Bright Light, Automatic mode
Indoor, Low light ,Flash
Indoor, Low light ,Flash
Outdoor , Low Light , No Flash
Outdoor , Low Light , No Flash
Low Light, Adjusted White balance
Low Light, Adjusted White balance


Panorama Mode: The panorama mode on the C5 is quite effective, Nokia seems to have upgraded the software. The mode is quite useful you, but you’ll have to keep a steady hand. Though i have to add trying to use this feature while on the move  renders it pretty much useless.

Panorama Horizontal
Panorama Vertical

One thing missing is the inability to adjust the image size or quality. Though honestly you won’t need to figure out how to use the panorama mode, the phone handles almost everything by itself.

Panorama Horizontal
Panorama Horizontal
Video Mode: The video Function on the C5 is pretty straight forward. The scene modes are limited to just Automatic and Night. For colour tones you have options of Normal, Sepia, Black & white ,Vivid and Negative, each comes with a preview option.The LED flash can be configure to be switched on permanently while a video is being shot. The setting for white balance can also be configured. There are 3 video quality sizes so the only thing limiting you is the size of your memory card.
All in all the C5 has a sufficient camera, The flash is a welcome addition for a phone of this price. The missing auto focus turns out to be quite a pain, but once again given the price it can be justified. The panorama mode works like a charm, as does the time lapse option.
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Nokia C5 – Size Comparisions

The Nokia C5 weighs in at a comfortable 89.3 gms (along with its battery)and has the dimensions 112 x 46 x 12.3 mm. But to give you a better feel of its size we’ve put it up a gainst few of our old favorites.

We have the massive flagship Nokia N900 along with the sleek (but now unavailable) Nokia 5310 XpressMusic and my very own ancient artifact, the Nokia 8310.

The Nokia C-5 is definitely a Sleek phone with a good solid feel the it, the stainless steel battery case adds a touch of class and it completely resistant to fingerprints.

Nokia C5 Unboxing

A few days ago we were finally able to get our hands on a Nokia C5. The first of the C-series devices available in India. For those still confused by the Nokia Naming conventions you could check out their Blog over at Nokia Conversations. So the C5 represents the Core Product range and is priced Bang in the middle of the C-range, if we go by the naming convention.  For the rest of us the Nokia C5 is a low-end, monoblock Symbian 60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2.

Some of the specifications of the  C5:

  • Dimensions: 112 x 46 x 12.3 mm
  • Weight (with battery): 89.3 g
  • Volume: 56 cc
  • Screen size : 2.2″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
  • Up to 16.7 million colours (TFT)
  • BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • GSM 12 h
    • WCDMA 4.9 h
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM 630 h
    • WCDMA 670 h
  • Quad band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • GPRS/EGPRS MSC32 class B, maximum speed up to 298/178.8 kbps (UL/DL)
  • HSDPA cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA cat5, maximum speed up to 2 Mbps

What do we have in the box?

First off we have the  C5-00, with a  2 GB microSD Card , a BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery, a Connectivity Cable CA-101D. The headset for the C5 is the Nokia Stereo Headset WH-102 (3.5mm jack– very important), and the charger is the tiny pin Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-8. The box also contains a couple of “Thank you” notes from Nokia along with the user guide.

The Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-8 is pretty cool, but what confuses me is why they haven’t provided a micro usb charger, especially since the C5 supports usb charging.

We’ll have our First Impressions of the C-5 out soon, so stay tuned for more!

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Nokia C5 Available in India

The Nokia C5, a feature rich smartphone for the budget concious, is available in India now. The phone should be available from tomorrow at Nokia retail stores, with a Retail Price of Rs.8500.

The phone comes preinstalled with   Nokia Messaging, Ovi Maps 3.0 with free navigation,  and Social Networking apps like Facebook.

Here are the specifications of the phone:

Display and user interface
  • Size: 2.2″
  • Resolution: 320 x 240 pixels (QVGA)
  • Up to 16.7 million colours (TFT)
Data network
  • GPRS/EGPRS MSC32 class B, maximum speed up to 298/178.8 kbps (UL/DL)
  • HSDPA cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA cat5, maximum speed up to 2 Mbps
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes
  • Dual transfer mode
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Power Management
  • BL-5CT 1050 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • Talk time (maximum):
    • GSM 12 h
    • WCDMA 4.9 h
  • Standby time (maximum):
    • GSM 630 h
    • WCDMA 670 h
  • Video playback time (3GPP, 8 fps, maximum): 11 h
  • Video recording time (QCIF, 8 fps, maximum): 5.4 h
  • Video call time (maximum): 3.5 h
  • Music playback time (offline mode, maximum): 34 h
Data network
  • GPRS/EGPRS MSC32 class B, maximum speed up to 298/178.8 kbps (UL/DL)
  • HSDPA cat9, maximum speed up to 10.2 Mbps
  • HSUPA cat5, maximum speed up to 2 Mbps
  • Support for MS Outlook synchronisation of contacts, calendar and notes
  • Dual transfer mode
  • TCP/IP support
  • Capability to serve as data modem
Memory
  • MicroSD memory card slot, hot swappable, up to 16 GB
  • Internal memory: up to 50 MB
Connectivity
  • Bluetooth version 2.0 with Enhanced Data Rate
  • Support for local and remote SyncML synchronisation
  • High-Speed USB 2.0 (micro USB connector)
  • Charging via USB supported
  • 3.5 mm AV connector
Operating frequency
  • Quad band GSM EDGE 850/900/1800/1900
  • WCDMA 900/2100
  • Automatic switching between GSM bands
  • Flight mode
GPS and navigation
  • Integrated A-GPS receiver
  • Ovi Maps 3.0 pre-installed
  • Ovi Maps Loader application via PC
  • Free lifetime navigation included*
Camera
  • 3.2 megapixel camera (1536 x 2048 pixels)
  • Full Focus EDOF (extended depth of field) technology
  • Up to 4x digital zoom
  • LED flash
  • Still image formats: JPEG
  • Secondary camera for video calls (VGA, 640 x 480 pixels)
Video codecs & formats
  • Video capture at up to 640 x 480 pixels (VGA) and up to 15 fps (main camera) and 176 x 144 pixels (QCIF) at 15 fps (secondary camera)
  • Video recording format: 3GPP; codecs: H.263, MPEG-4
  • Audio recording codec: AMR-NB
  • Video playback formats: MP4, 3GPP, AVI; codecs: H.263, H.264 and MPEG-4
  • DRM support: OMA DRM 2, Windows DRM-10
Check out the full specs over on the Nokia Product Page.
Head over to Fonerena for more hands on pictures with the C5, over here.

Ovi Store Updates to v1.6

I recently got a mail (and it turns out quite a few people have got the same mail) from Ovi Store, which said that Ovi Store had been updated to version 1.6.

It mentioned ta bunch of changes, including:

  • New mobile payment system where you can charge apps to your phone bill rather than using your credit card
  • New rating and comments system

AND

  • More product info, including screenshots.

The new ovi store is available for download from here, or you can just search for it from your current version installed on the phone.

The thing is, it turned out I was already on the *newest* version of the store, and I couldn’t make out any differences! So if you guys have noticed any changes, do let us know!

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*The Ovi Store App is currently available for the following devices: 5230, 5233, 5235, 5320 XpressMusic, 5530 XpressMusic, 5630 XpressMusic, 5730 XpressMusic, 5800 XpressMusic, 6210 Navigator, 6220 Classic, 6650, 6700 Slide, 6710 Navigator, 6720 Classic, 6730 Classic, 6760 Slide, 6790 Slide, 6790 Surge, C5-00, C6-00, E5-00, E52, E55, E63, E66, E71, E71x, E72, E75, E90, N78, N79, N82, N85, N86 8MP, N95, N95 8GB, N96, N97, N97 mini, X6-00, 2700 Classic, 2710 Classic, 2730 Classic, 3120 Classic, 3208 Classic, 3600 Slide, 3710 Fold, 3720 Classic, 5130 XpressMusic, 5220 XpressMusic, 5330 Mobile TV Edition, 6208 Classic, 6216 Classic, 6260 Slide, 6263, 6300i, 6301, 6303 Classic, 6303i Classic, 6350, 6555, 6600 Fold, 6600 Slide, 6600i Slide, 6700 Classic, 6750 Mural, 7020, 7210 Supernova, 7230, 7510 Supernova, 7610 Supernova, C3-00, X3-00