Several Lumia models running WP Mango are not released yet, but Nokia’s upcoming WP 8 models are believed to be way advanced. Even Nokia officials, CEO Stephen Elop and Niklas Savander say so.
We are not sure whether Nokia will be ready to introduce a tablet, but at least we have no doubts regarding the smartphones, among them a...
Four days ago Australian Optus got a chance to offer the Lumia 710, the second Lumia device offered in the territory after the Lumia 800. And now we have the “Out of Stock” status for the smartphone. Most likely there are still a few devices left in the stores of the carrier, while the online stores offer none at the moment.
Finally the only MeeGo based Nokia N9 will get a chance to receive an OS update. The new version of MeeGo known as PR 1.2 will add a list of enhancements to the handset. The update takes 284 MB of space, so be prepared for that. It’s an OTA update and you can always check its availability in the notification bar of your unit.
The main charm of the update is the fact it enables the video chat, cut and paste features on the N9. In addition, you will see a folder design and content shift, which will make the handset folders more similar to those on iOS handsets.
Overall the update brings in everything required to make the N9 use more updated. That’s why the lucky owners of this handset should not be worried about having a unique OS based device with no future. Still I should remind you there’s a chance Nokia N9 will turn into a double-OS device also featuring Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
This is just another reason why customers might purchase a new unit of the N9.
The Nokia N9 is a unique device not only due to the buttonless design but also the original MeeGo OS, which is not used for any other smartphone. But the enthusiasts are able to turn even such a device into a high-end Android device porting an early build of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich on it.
Alexey Roslyakov of NITDroid team got the chance to port Android to the handset calling his project a “Progress”. There are lots of bugs coming with the OS but still the device functions with a limited number of features just great.
The same team is currently working upon porting Android 4.0 ICS to the old Maemo-based Nokia N900. I bet this project will be no less interesting, considering the latest trial was pretty impressive.
The best thing about the Nokia N9 and the Android 4.0 is that the device doesn’t have any physical buttons, while this OS doesn’t require any. Another good point is the presence of a large 3.9 inch display which allows to have a comfy navigation among the apps and while web browsing.
And finally the enthusiasts mentions that soon he will be able to provide the functionality of both MeeGo and Android on the Nokia N9. The users will just require to reboot their handsets to change the OS.
The main expectation from Symbian-based devices was to have 150 million sales. Nevertheless, the expectations were not fulfilled as the manufacturer’s Symbian smartphones didn’t get appropriate attention from the customers. This was one of the biggest fails of the company, that’s why the manufacturer shifted its production towards the Windows Phone handsets.
According to the British The Register Nokia will no longer continue the production of Symbian handsets except for one model.
Which will be that model? Well, it will be the successor of the Nokia N8. Similar to the Nokia N9, which is based on MeeGo OS, this model will get lots of updates and enhancements after its launch and after the suspension of the platform’s production. Still the rest of the devices will get Nokia Belle update this year, which will be the final update for all of those models.
The main difference between the Nokia N8 successor and the rest of Nokia devices is the powerful camera. Perhaps it’ll come with a 12 megapixel camera, though the 13 megapixel one is not excluded either. I believe we’ll have more detailed info at MWC 2012 in Barcelona.
The Nokia Lumia 800 is expected to be available also in white option. This will already be the forth color option of the device after magenta, cyan and black versions. The availability of this option is confirmed while we are not sure about the dates. Finally Swiss phone retailer MobileZone is annoucing about its plans to launch this device mid-February.
In contrast to the mobile retailer, the most popular Swiss carrier Swisscom is going to offer only the three original color options of the device.
The White Lumia 800 is going to have the same specs as the original black version. The only difference between this and other versions in terms of the design is that the white Lumia 800 will have a glossy case. Thus we can state that Nokia used the same technique as for the Nokia N9 while creating this color option.
In addition to Switzerland, Portugal is also going to get the white option of the WP smartphone. As for the other major countries, such as the U.K., France or Germany there are neither official statements from carriers nor from the retailer stores.
Nokia decided to have another cool update for the Nokia N9, though not much time has passed since the last update. The PR 1.2 update will enable the front-facing camera allowing to make video calls. The update will also include various enhancements and a chance to organize the folders just like in case of the iPhone. Though not listed in the enhancement features the copy/paste option is also enabled.
MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan is more user-friendly. It allows to have an easier use of the Swipe UI. To some, the newer version of the folder management is more convenient and does not require additional efforts and good knowledge of MeeGo OS.
The camera app and gallery are also in the list of updated features.
The PR 1.2 update is expected to get official at the end of January. The info states a date of January 30, but the number of shots of MeeGo 1.2 Harmattan on the Nokia N9 makes us assume it will take place even earlier.
Check out the shots to see what you should expect from the update.
Expansys UK is finally offering its customers a more affordable version of the Nokia N9. The online retailer is asking 349.99 GBP (around $540) for this exclusive MeeGo device in its 16GB magenta model. This option is 15 GBP less than the device’s original black version.
The smartphone comes with a 3.9 inch WVGA display, a 1 GHz single-core processor, an 8 megapixel camera with Carl Zeiss optics and Wi-Fi, HSPA and NFC capabilities. Well, in contrast we have a unique operating system and a chance of using a buttonless handset. The OS makes the device appearance much more appealing than that of the WP devices, such as the Lumia 710.
The only problem of the MeeGo OS is it doesn’t support a list of apps, which can be used on WP handsets. Still even here Nokia promises to make updates (as such we already have Nokia Pulse on the Nokia N9), so that the users of this device don’t get a feeling of being taken no heed of. The manufacturer also promises to offer various software and hardware updates for the device, regardless of its being the only device running MeeGo.
Nokia is boasting of its N8 handset packed with a 12MP camera. Seemed for a rather long period of time there wouldn’t appear another handset able to compete with it. Of course, Motorola and Samsung are rumored to be preparing their own cameraphones, but the latest reports don’t say anything about their launch date. However, the Nokia N8 is not the Finnish company’s only smartphone offering a powerful camera, as there comes the Lumia 800. This device is not powered with many megapixels, but what it owns is enough to make a rough competition with the best cameras.
The Nokia Lumia 800 and the Nokia N9 both have the same attractive look and are packed with many amazing features. One of such specs is the 8MP camera, but it deserves a more detailed view.
Nokia Lumia 800 camera specs
Main camera sensor size —8MP
Camera resolution –3264×2448 pixels
Camera F number/aperture — 2.2
Camera digital zoom — 3x
Camera minimum focus range — 10 cm
Camera focal length — 28 mm
Dual LED flash
Carl Zeiss Optics
Fast one-click photo sharing
Auto and Manual White Balance settings
Touch to Focus and capture in a single tap
Camera image format
Nokia N9 camera specs
Main camera sensor size – 8MP with Carl Zeiss optics
Wide-angle lens — True 16:9 imaging
Large lens aperture F2.2 for better and faster photos in low light conditions
Dual LED flash
Touch-to-focus and exposure lock
Focal length — 3.77mm/28mm
F number/Aperture — F2.2
Still images file format — JPEG/EXIF/XMP
Digital zoom up to 4x for still images and video
Camera settings –flash, scene mode, exposure, white balance, ISO, face tracking, aspect ratio and resolution
Automatic location tagging (geotagging) of images and videos
Images automatically taken in the correct orientation
Pinch zoom in Photos image viewer
View photos by tag, favorites, collection and slide show
Photo editor with fast non-destructive editing, one-touch autofix, red-eye removal, straighten
Automatic Motion Blur Reduction
High-speed USB 2.0 with micro USB connector for transferring photos to PC or Mac
Share photos online through Facebook, Flickr and Picassa
Photo sharing through NFC
Well, now that we know all about the cameras of these smartphones let’s see how they show off themselves in work. But to make the competition rougher let’s add the Panasonic Lumix digital camera too.
This comparison was made by an enthusiast carman58 from hubpages. So to learn about the whole comparison we advise you to follow the source link.
Finally Nokia Pulse is available for the Nokia N9 due to the efforts of the Nokia Lab guys. The application is designed to promote the life event social sharing with the help of photos and locations. This is the second most popular feature, after Angry Birds, which was made available for the device only a few weeks ago.
It allows an automatic tagging of photos and has possibilities of sharing photos in a private mode. The application allows creating a group and share pics, notes and locations.
The application is fully integrated with Nokia Maps. This means you will always have a chance of getting checked in for a specific location (similar to foursquare) and also finding you friends nearby. Other than that, it allows finding a concrete direction (for example, a cafeteria nearby) and how to get there.
Group Conversations: Keep it Private. Keep it Personal. Keep it Real.
Private check in – All your conversations stay private and safe.
Photo check in – Automatically tag your location to all your photo updates.
Private by Default – No complicated privacy settings needed.
Live Places: One tap and they know where you are. Two taps to get you there.
Bring your favorite places to life – Post a favorite place to a conversation.
Discover what’s nearby – Make and view recommendations of nearby places of interest.
Getting there is a snap – Get directions directly from the recommended place.
Your People: Your Family. Your People. You Decide.
Instant: Receive instant on-device notifications of all new updates.
Open: Everyone with an email address can participate.
Easy: Sending and receiving messages with Nokia Pulse is as easy as SMS.
Powered by the cloud: Your conversations are saved in the cloud for as long as you need them.
Accessible from anywhere: Nokia Pulse is available on multiple touch-points – desktop web, mobile web, Windows Phone and Symbian devices.
If you want to learn more about the application, have a look at the video below, where Hans-Peter Brondmo, Nokia Product Social Services Director explains how to use Nokia Pulse.