Date archive for December, 2011

Nokia Lumia 710 Coming to Three UK

by GULLIVER - on Dec 20th 2011 - No Comments

The last year was pretty tough for Three UK: the mobile operator decided to launch the Samsung Omnia 7 sporting Windows Phone and faced a total failure. Afterwards the operator was pretty bothered and was not offering a large lineup of WP handsets. The only novelty for this year was the Nokia Lumia 800. In contrast to the Samsung Omnia 7, this handset faced unbelievably high sales rates. This served as one of the reasons why Three UK reps decided to bring back the Nokia Lumia 710 offer, which was recalled a few months ago.

Now the operator is offering the device but without mentioning the release date or the pricing. The device is included in the coming soon list, so you have to develop some patience in you.

The Nokia Lumia 710 might not be as impressive as the Nokia Lumia 800, but still it has a few impressive features. It sports a 3.7-inch ClearBlack display, a 5 megapixel camera with HD video recording capabilities and a single-core 1.4GHz processor, 8GB of internal storage and 512MB of RAM. The Nokia Lumia 710 design review also states the device is not less attractive in terms of appearance.


Nokia Reveals New Info on Lumia 800 Battery Issue

by GULLIVER - on Dec 20th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia Lumia 800 is being sold in huge numbers and it’s clear why some of these handsets have battery issues. But this smartphone ensures Nokia’s further progress, so it was expected they would pay much attention to every detail. Though the manufacturer always cares about its consumers, this is another case and importantly, Nokia doesn’t keep anything in secret. Recently Nokia announced it is testing several Nokia Lumia 800 smartphones with battery issues and the fix will be made soon.

Once the problem came forth, Nokia stated it’s aware of the problem and will do its best to come up with a corresponding update soon. Then Microsoft pushed out the much awaited 7740 OS update, but there were no improvements concerning the bug. Now Nokia’s announcement makes us hope everything is under control and in the near future issues will be resolved.

The company says it is testing the Lumia 800 devices due to a pre-loaded diagnostic tool, which shows the battery is fine itself, thus we are dealing with a software problem, which can be fixed easily. The corresponding update will be rolled out early next year, but there is another method for the impatient to check out whether their handsets experience this problem or not. If it does, replace the smartphone with the problem-free one. So for this deal dial ##634#, then accept the disclaimer. As a second step, select the battery status from the list of options, which will then show you the battery capacity. Afterwards, you will be shown the full charge capacity of the battery, and if it is less than 1000mAh, it will mean your handset’s battery is affected by this issue.

The replaced units will be shipped for free, but if you have similar problems with the new Lumia 800, the company recommends that you contact the customer care for additional support. Moreover, Nokia calms down all consumers claiming the upcoming Lumia 710 will lack this bug.

Nokia Lumia 800 Three UK Bestseller

by GULLIVER - on Dec 19th 2011 - No Comments

Do you still doubt the Nokia Lumia 800 is a top-seller in European countries? Well, the stats coming from Three UK are there to dispel all the doubts. Three UK has named the device as one of its bestsellers of the last quarter. The device is even ahead of such devices as the HTC Wildfire S and the iPhone 4. These both handsets are cheaper than the Nokia device, and it has earned more attention. It’s even a rank higher than the newly released iPhone 4S and the HTC Sensation XE with Beats Audio.

The statistics of the sales are not available, thus we cannot compare the rates with any other data, which is not honest towards the analysts, who are doing their best to reveal the number of the sales of this device.

Moreover, the Nokia Lumia 800 is finally available in magenta in France, while in Sweden, the customers are still waiting, though analysts claim the pre-orders of the device in are also impressive, making it a best “pre-sold” device.


Magenta Nokia Lumia 800 Available in France

by GULLIVER - on Dec 19th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia Lumia 800 was announced to be available in three colors — black, cyan and magenta (pink). Unfortunately the customers didn’t get the chance to have a choice among the three colors straight from the beginning. The manufacturer decided to firstly release the black version of the smartphone and only a few days ago the first units of cyan devices hit Europe.

And finally the pink/magenta version of the Lumia 800 is already available in France. The main mobile operator SFR is now offering the pink option of the first “real Windows Phone.”

The contract with the operator will allow to purchase the device for 299.90 EUR (around $390), while the non-contract option will cost the customers 489.90 EUR (around $638).

The device sports a 3.7 inch display, an 8 megapixel rear camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango and XBox gaming capabilities.

Sadly though, the handset will not be offered with any kind of female apps, which often come with the female oriented devices. Anyway Nokia never mentioned this handset is specially designed for female users, so no complaints!


Angry Birds Available for Nokia N9

by GULLIVER - on Dec 19th 2011 - No Comments

Apparently there are still smartphone users, who have no idea about a game, which became a legend, a symbol every good self-respecting smartphone should have. Yes, we are speaking of famous pigs and birds game – the Angry Birds. The game was made by a Finnish computer game company Rovio Mobile. Since its release on December 2009 for Apple iOS, more than 12 million copies of Angry Birds were bought from the Apple Store.

The game itself does not require much knowledge or strain; it’s all about destroying some pigs in various buildings, using birds of various calibers as catapult balls. There are thousands of similar games out there, but something in this particular game has granted the game millions of fans throughout the world. This is the perfect game for killing your time, relaxing, calming your nerves (can be dangerous if you are a bad player) if you love birds, or if you hate pigs.

The list of smartphones, which can incorporate Angry Birds is growing, and now the turn came to the Nokia N9, which runs on MeeGo OS. The full version (all 288 levels) for the Nokia N9 will cost you traditional 2 pounds (the game is free for Symbian OS) and can be downloaded from Nokia Store.


Nokia E7 Running Symbian Belle: Instrucions by Video

by GULLIVER - on Dec 19th 2011 - No Comments

As expected all news firstly go to the most popular high-end smartphones, like the Nokia E7 and the N8. While we are all waiting for the 2012 to get Symbian Belle update, some enthusiasts have already ported it to the Nokia E7.

The Nokia E7 was included in the list of smartphones to get Bell update early next year. While many other-platform-devoted users might not be aware of what this upgrade will change in the E7 and other Symbian^3 smartphones, Symbian users already know what improvements will come with it and which the main differences between Anna and Belle are.

The Nokia E7 is a business style smartphone with many corresponding apps. It is in a rough competition with other similar handsets. So Symbian Belle update can give it an additional force to rank higher than the main competitors. Those who know the Symbian Belle-powered handsets, the Nokia 603, 700 and 701, must know this version of Symbian OS comes with many enhancements and is a real competitor to other popular platforms.

Watch the videos below showing how the Nokia E7 runs Symbian Belle with firmware 111.030.0607.48.01.


Sport Tracker Now in Nokia Lumia 800

by GULLIVER - on Dec 16th 2011 - No Comments

Nokia Beta Labs is a very good place to “fish” for your consecutive useful application findings. There are plenty of free apps for all situations of life and for all sorts of people and they are free to try. This makes you feel a part of Nokia’s technical embryonic ideas, which can in future become full-fledged business applications. So it’s definitely worth a try.

If you are a sport man, then one of such applications should of course be the Nokia Sport Tracker, which is already available for the Nokia Lumia 800 and the Lumia 710. The app started to get testing as a beta version back in 2004 and allows the user to track his/her rout, speed, and energy expenditure during jogging or cycling.

After so many years, the app is still there and now in the process of being fully adapted to Windows Phone format. It should be noted the app was boosted in 2007, as it became Nokia’s most favorite app among millions of testers. Now Sport Tracker’s developers are excited about the app being available also for Windows Phones and they tell the way Windows OS is developed makes it easier to operate by one hand the handset running the Sports Tracker.


Nokia Performs “Operation Rolling Thunder” in US

by GULLIVER - on Dec 16th 2011 - No Comments

The fact the US starts loving Nokia can’t be swept under the carpet anymore, and it needn’t be. Nokia was smarter than many analysts used to think and it is obvious. As a result its first Windows Phone Mango-powered device is one of the most popular smartphones in Europe. And though this wonder is not available statewide (probably, it won’t be released there at all) we have a chance to meet its junior brother, the Lumia 710, which is not less attractive. It seems the Finnish company is able to bring back its former glory, and its heads do not miss the opportunity to note this fact.

The Nokia Lumia 710 has been announced by T-Mobile and will be actually launched on January 11, 2012. It comes with a quite attractive offer. Though we can’t call it a high-end device, it has made a huge stir around it. While many incredulous people will say Nokia can’t ensure resounding reentrance in the US market, the guys at Nokia do not think so. “Operation Rolling Thunder” is what the company called its current moves. We just have no reason not to agree with them.

Chris Weber, head of Nokia USA, said the Lumia 710 is “just the beginning of Nokia’s effort in the U.S.” It’s really the beginning, because if rumors prove to be true then next year Nokia will launch an LTE-enabled device (most likely, the Lumia 900) via AT&T.

I won’t stop praising Nokia for its smart strategy, “We don’t want everything at once, but let’s raise gradually — T-Mobile, then AT&T and…Verizon?”


Nokia Live View App Now for Nokia N9

by GULLIVER - on Dec 16th 2011 - No Comments

Live View app browser, which was created by Augmented Reality became pretty popular, thus Nokia reps decided to shrink the borders of its availability. Originally the browser app was designed to work only with Nokia’s Symbian handsets, but now the browser will also be available on the MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan Nokia N9.

The post in Nokia Beta Labs states the following:

“Following on the success of the Live View app for Symbian, we have developed another Qt version specifically for the Nokia N9.”

I think there’s another reason why Nokia Lab guys decided to get Live View app to the Nokia N9: it’s the only buttonless device from Nokia, thus the colorful icons of the app look amazingly beautiful with the large display and do not cause any design contradictions.

You can download the app from Softpedia. The users who have Symbian^3, Symbian Anna and Symbian Belle handsets can also use the same source to get the application.

Experts claim the application causes no trouble while working on the Nokia N9. This is something unbelievable as whenever we get something new on the handset it affects at least the connectivity or the battery.

Anyway, we hope to get some feedback from Nokia users who already got the application downloaded on their Nokia N9.

Nokia Lumia 800 Dark Knight Rises Limited Edition Device Unboxing

by GULLIVER - on Dec 16th 2011 - 1 Comment

We have already mentioned about the Nokia 800 Dark Knight Rises (and not Returns as it was assumed earlier) Limited Edition device. The novelty will be available most likely together with the launch of the movie itself. The device is produced by Nokia in conjunction with Warner Bros.

The number of units will be limited to 40, which brings forth the question, “who the devices will be targeted at.”

The Batman logo, which comes lasered on the back panel of the device, will also be visible on the package box coming with the same black color. The devices are expected to be be sold via eBay.

The unboxing video shows the device is packed in a package similar to that of the Nokia Lumia 800. The handset uses a special version of Live Tiles. The tiles are of the same blue color, while on the background we see white bats, which look pretty cool.

The video is too short to learn what else we have in the box, nevertheless it’s too big to include only the handset, most likely it will contain connectivity accessories as well.