Symbian not in the future plans of Nokia

With the alliance of Nokia and Microsoft to bring Windows Phone 7 to Nokia handsets, we initially thought that it will be developed in conjunction with their own Symbian OS. It seems that Symbian support and updates won’t be for the long haul. Nokia CEO Stephen Elop presented this slide at Nokia’s Capital Markets Day. It clearly shows that in the long run, Nokia Windows Phone would eventually replace Symbian handsets. It makes sense for the company really. Symbian is their “burning platform” and the only reason they will keep on developing it in the immediate future is because they can’t capture the mid-range market with Windows Phone 7. WP7 handsets have a strict hardware requirement and that doesn’t come cheap. Eventually though, as technology gets better and materials get cheaper, we’ll see WP7 mid-range phones out in the market and this will force Nokia to let Symbian die a slow death. I wonder how this announcement will affect future sales of Nokia phones especially the fairly new Nokia E7. We can’t blame Nokia for this move. There was a good reason that Motorola and Sony Ericsson ditched Symbian in favor of Android. Related posts: Smart’s mystery exclusive WP7 phone HTC HD7 released and priced Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01 Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k Nokia C1-00 dual sim goodness now available 7 things to consider before getting a Windows Phone 7...

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Nokia updates Symbian OS on N8, C7 and C6-01

Nokia handsets running on Symbian^3 OS or which is now plainly called Symbian, got a software update recently. Affected devices are the N8, C7 and C6-01 and Nokia says that the software update 1.1 will offer better and smoother performance which is the one of the common complaints of these handsets, as well as new features. Tweaks and fixes has been made to enhance user experience so expect enhanced stability on your Symbian-powered Nokia handsets. As for some new features, they’re as follows: Meeting requests can be accepted directly from email invitations; Maps integration in email, which means people can view the meeting location on the map when the address is mentioned in the location field in the invite. For Nokia N8 users: New Quick Office 6.4 editor version, which offers editing possibilities and allows zooming in & out in Word documents. Three high quality games will also be preloaded on new devices – Need for Speed Shift, Real Golf and Galaxy on Fire. (In some countries, Need for Speed is replaced with Asphalt 5). For current N8 users, these are available for free from Ovi Suite & Ovi Store. What’s missing? How about the QWERTY keyboard on portrait mode? Or a way to show the text message when composing your own message? Not quite sure if they improved the web browser too. Nokia, however, assures us that more goodies are on the way. Get the update through Software Update on your device or through Ovi Suite. Related posts: Nokia C7: First Impressions Nokia C6-01 makes you wish you haven’t bought the C6 A glimpse of the Nokia N8 at the Nokia Connections 2010 PTB’s Top 5 Mobile Phones of 2010 Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k Nokia E7 merges business with...

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Nokia C7: First Impressions

Oct 18, 10 Nokia C7: First Impressions

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During the launch of the Nokia N8 last week, one phone caught my eye aside from the N8, the Nokia C7. I was able to briefly play around with this Symbian^3 powered smartphone and here are some of my initial thoughts. The Nokia C7 is one sleek-looking phone. Slimmer and sleeker than the Nokia C6-01 in my opinion. It belongs to Nokia’s C-series of phones which are focused on social networking. It has a gorgeous 3.5” AMOLED display with Nokia’s ClearBlack technology and has a combination of stainless steel, glass and soft edges. It runs on Nokia’s latest Symbian^3 OS which is quite easy and simple to use yet offers a lot of customization. Pretty powerful if you need to keep in touch not only with your e-mail and social network but other smartphone apps as well like feeds, calendar, maps, etc. It also supports multitasking and multiple customizable homescreens too. I don’t know of it’s the 680MHz processor or the Symbian^3 but there are times when switching applications or running apps isn’t as smooth as I want it to. The Nokia C7 makes a pretty decent entertainment phone as well. It has an 8GB internal storage which can be expanded to 32GB via microSD and can do 720p HD video recording on its 8 megapixel camera. One glaring drawback for me would be the fixed-focus camera. I don’t see the reason why an 8mp camera should be limited to a fixed-focus one but I guess it’s a sacrifice they made to achieve the 10.55mm slim profile. If you would consider getting the Nokia C7, be sure to try out the camera first if taking photos on your phone is important to you. Expect the Nokia C7 to be available early November. No word on SRP yet but our estimate is around Php20k. Stay tuned. Nokia C7 Specs: 3.5 AMOLED display @ 640×360 pixels Symbian^3 OS 350MB internal memory 8GB mass storage, up to 32GB via microSD 680MHz CPU 256MB RAM 8MP fixed-focus camera...

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Nokia C6-01 makes you wish you haven’t bought the C6

Sep 15, 10 Nokia C6-01 makes you wish you haven’t bought the C6

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One of the new Nokia smartphones announced at Nokia World yesterday, the Nokia C6-01, will probably make current Nokia C6 owners wished they should have waited  for this upgraded and in my opinion, better version. It doesn’t have a sliding QWERTY keyboard but it may not matter to some people. The Nokia C6-01 is still geared toward social networking and mobile entertainment. But instead of the S60 OS, this version runs on the newer Symbian ^3. And who needs a physical keyboard if the 3.2” display is now capacitive instead of resistive? Not to mention that it has the Nokia ClearBlack technology for improved outdoor visibility. According to Nokia World, the Nokia C6-01 will be available late this year. No word yet on the local price and release date but at 260 Euros excluding tax, we could expect it to be around the Php17,000 price range. Specs: Symbian^3 OS 3.2 inch AMOLED, capacitive touch, polarized, widescreen (640×360 pixels) 340 MB internal memory, up to 32GB external via microSD 8 mp full focus camera, 2x digital zoom and dual led flash Secondary camera for video calling HD 720p video capture WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g/n HSDPA cat 9 10.2 Mbps, HSUPA cat 5 2.0 Mbps Bluetooth 3.0 A-GPS Comes in Silver Grey, Black Related posts: Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k Nokia C6: The Home Screen...

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Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k

Aug 12, 10 Nokia C6, 3.2″ touchscreen and QWERTY slider for just above Php15k

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Nokia has announced the availability of its latest Symbian-based smartphone – the Nokia C6. It has a large 3.2” HD touch screen which is great for internet browsing, media playback or using Ovi maps and also a full QWERTY keyboard for easy message composing. The Nokia C6 is also an apt device for social networking experience thanks to its full suite of email and social capabilities. In fact, users can have access to their Facebook news feeds directly from their Homescreen. Another notable feature of the Nokia C6 is its 5-megapixel camera with autofocus and built-in flash which can also do 30fps video recording. A staple of new Nokia phones is the Ovi Maps for navigating while driving or walking as well as app downloads from its Ovi Store. This Nokia C6 comes in black or white and has an SRP of Php15,100. Specs: Quad band EGSM 850/900/1800/1900 3.2” resistive touchscreen (640 x 360) Symbian OS 9.4 S60 5th Edition 200 MB internal memory with microSD support of up to 16GB 5mp camera with autofocus and LED flash High-quality 16:9 video recording (30fps) Secondary camera for video calls Stereo FM Radio with RDS Integrated GPS / A-GPS HSDPA 3.6 Mbps, WiFi b/g, Bluetooth 2.0 SRP: Php15,100 Official Site Related posts: Nokia C5, another smartphone announced by Nokia A glimpse of the Nokia N8 at the Nokia Connections 2010 Get Php1000 off on the Nokia C3 this July 31 Nokia C3: First...

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A glimpse of the Nokia N8 at the Nokia Connections 2010

Jun 14, 10 A glimpse of the Nokia N8 at the Nokia Connections 2010

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Our good friend Abe of Yugatech is in Singapore attending Nokia Connections 2010. He got a first-hand glimpse of the much-awaited Nokia N8. It is the first Nokia phone to every hit the 12mp-mark for the camera. I don’t know why they’re aiming for higher megapixels on such a small device but maybe there are still lots of people thinking that the more mp the better. Anyhow, here are the specs of the Nokia N8: ARM 11 680MHz processor 3.5 inches AMOLED screen @ 360×640 pixels 16 GB storage (expandable up to 32GB microsSD) 256MB RAM, 512MB ROM HSDPA 10.2Mbps, HSUPA 2Mbps Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 w/ A2DP 12MP autofocus camera w/ Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash Symbian ^3 OS 3D Graphics HW accelerator FM Radio with RDS, FM transmitter GPS w/ aGPS support The Nokia N8 looks more like a portable media player than a phone and it’s a little on the thick side for a touch phone.  The processor is not that fast (most flagship phones now feature 1GHz proc) but the graphics accelerator is a huge advantage for playing movies and videos. There’s a lot of high expectation with the Symbian ^3 OS as well. Do check out Yugatech for more photos and a video of the Nokia N8. Related posts: No related...

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