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Samsung Galaxy S2 vs. Nokia N8

by - on Aug 31st 2011 - 1 Comment

Some or many, you and may be myself as well, just people around claim the Samsung Galaxy S2 is the best Android-based smartphone in the world at the moment. Samsung’s device heads many lists of top Android smartphones and plays a draw with high-end smartphones like the HTC Sensation.

After reading some reviews about the Samsung Galaxy S2 and after holding it in my hand and enjoying its good-quality build and stylish design, I thought if Nokia has a smartphone powerful and cool enough to compete with it. The first candidate that came to my mind was the Nokia N8. And now I will try to compare it with Samsung’s latest smartphone to find out which one is cooler or hotter – whichever you like! :) Samsung Galaxy S2 deals (and its white version as well) are long available by most of the carriers worldwide, so of course, not only technical aspects matter but as well pricing of the phone. So stay with us after the cut to know more.

Design

The Samsung Galaxy S2 and the Nokia N8 are both well-made touchscreen-only smartphones, but I guess that’s the only thing they have in common. Nokia’s device has a metal body made of a single sheet of anodized aluminum, but it’s not as heavy as you could think – only 135g. The Galaxy S2 – one of the best Samsung Phones ever – is plastic, very thin and very light (116g). Both smartphones have well-crafted and responsive physical buttons around.

As for overall design, the Nokia N8 is kind of more “edgy,” while the Galaxy S2 is sleek and elegant. I guess both will find their fans, but I personally like the Galaxy’s sleekness more. On the other hand, Samsung’s device is available in one color only, and those who don’t like dull black phones will surely pay more attention to the bright colors of the N8, which is available in Dark Grey, Silver White, Green, Blue, Orange and Pink (I guess this pink version is the most popular one now, especially among girls).

Display

The Samsung Galaxy S2 features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display (480 x 800 pixels) and the Nokia N8’s display is a 3.5-inch (360 x 640 pixels) AMOLED touchscreen. Which one is better? Of course the Super AMOLED Plus one, this goes without saying… It’s clearer, it’s thin and it consumes less energy than a regular AMOLED screen.

Of course, I can’t say the N8’s touchscreen is bad, no. It’s really good, it shows clear and bright colors, but the Galaxy S2’s Super AMOLED Plus is cooler anyway. Period.

By the way, both displays are protected by the Gorilla Glass technology, so both are rather durable and scratch-resistant.

Processor

Many people wonder why Nokia has decided to equip one of its best smartphones with a not that powerful 680MHz processor if its next phones (not that powerful ones) are going to come with better CPU. Well, anyway, Nokia’s 680MHz ARM 11 can’t compete with the dual-core 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A9 processor Samsung has used in its flagship, but it provides steady performance and it’s still much faster than many 1GHz processors, even dual-core ones. I remember once we compared the single-core 680MHz processor of the Nokia N8 and the dual-core 1GHz processor of the Motorola Atrix 4G. Nokia was the winner. I don’t think Nokia’s CPU will still win in a fight against Samsung’s one, but still no one can say it’s to weak, it’s too slow or something.

Besides, Samsung’s device is faster not only because of the more powerful CPU, but thanks to its RAM amount (which is much more than the N8’s –1024MB against 256MB) as well.

Platform

I’m not in the mood for comparing the Nokia N8’s Symbian^3 OS (recently upgraded to Symbian Anna) and the Samsung Galaxy S2’s Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Both have their stronger and weaker sides, and this topic has been discussed for many, many times. It’s not that Android has many fair advantages over Symbian OS, just many people prefer Google’s OS, and it’s just a matter of taste. If you’re one of those people, the Samsung Galaxy S2 should be your smartphone of choice. If you like Symbian, too, maybe you should pay attention to the Nokia N8, I’m sure it’s worth it.

However, I can’t help mentioning that Android Market has much more apps (about 300,000) than Nokia’s Ovi Store (less than 50,000, if I’m not mistaken). So if you’re an app fun, Android with its Android Market will seem more attractive to you.

Camera

Here is where the Nokia N8 is the confident winner. Right now Nokia’s smartphone has the most powerful camera in the market, able to take huge 4000×3000 pics, highly detailed and beautiful as if taken with a professional camera. Well, a 12MP camera with Carl Zeiss optics, Xenon flash and auto-focus isn’t a joke! :)

The camera of the Samsung Galaxy S2 is much weaker – it’s only an 8MP camera usual for all high-end devices found in the market. It has LED flash and auto-focus and takes 3264×2448 pics that are maybe a bit worse than those taken by the N8, but look very good anyway.

As for videos, the N8’s camera shoots 720p videos at 30fps (upgraded from 25fps with a camera update). Maybe it’s a bit strange, but the videos shot by the Galaxy S2 are 1080p at 30fps.

Battery

So the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a great smartphone that needs a powerful battery. The manufacturer has equipped it with a standard Li-Ion 1650mAh battery that provides about 18.3 hours of talk time and 29.6 days of standby time.

The battery of the Nokia N8 is weaker, only 1200 mAh (standard Li-Ion again). It provides up to 12 hours of talk time (more than 50 percent less than Samsung’s battery) and 16.2 days in standby (about 80 percent less). It’s enough for many people, so I can’t say a weaker battery is a terrible shortcoming. But the fact that the battery of the N8 is not removable is a serious shortcoming, I think  – you won’t be able to replace it if you want a more powerful one.

Price

So we see the Samsung Galaxy S2 is a great smartphone, and it’s more powerful than the Nokia N8 in many aspects. That’s why it’s much more expensive, too. If the Nokia N8 can be bought for about 260 Euros (about $376), you’ll have to pay about 550 Euros ($795) for the Galaxy S2 – it’s almost twice more.

So if you want a really powerful smartphone – the best Android smartphone in the market – and can pay about $800 for it, go for the Samsung Galaxy S2. And if you want to pay less and get a weaker, but still a very good device with a powerful camera, the N8 is your choice.

One more thing – it’s not really easy to find the N8 in the U.S., especially if you want it with a contract with a carrier. But you won’t face the same problem with the Galaxy S2, which is available in all corners of the world – you can easily find many affordable Samsung Galaxy S2 deals both in Europe and in the U.S.

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Photos by Nokia 700 Zeta Leaked in Flickr

by Ani - on Aug 21st 2011 - No Comments

Not much is known about the Nokia 700 yet. Less than a month ago we learned about four upcoming Nokia smartphones with Symbian Belle and 1GHz processors, and the Nokia 700, also known as the Nokia Zeta, was one of them. Then some specs and pics of the smartphone leaked.

Now we have news about this upcoming smartphone again! A couple of photos taken by the Nokia 700 have leaked in Flickr. Have a look at them:

And the second one:

There pics seem to have been taken in Padstow, England. Their size is 1024×768 pixels (pic 1, pic 2), but obviously it’s not their original size, since the Nokia 700 is rumored to come with a 5MP camera, and the photos taken by such a camera are usually larger… at least twice larger! So these pics were most likely resized and made smaller, perhaps to fit the restrictions of Flickr (original high-resolution photos can be downloaded only to a Pro account).

What else do we know about the specs of this Nokia 700 Zeta?

The smartphone will be equipped with a 3.2-inch AMOLED touchscreen display with 640×360 resolution. It also has NFC connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n and HSPA. The battery is rather weak – 1080mAh only, but there is a chance that Nokia will replace it with a more powerful one before announcing the smartphone officially.

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Upcoming Nokia N9 vs. iPhone 4

by Ani - on Aug 19th 2011 - No Comments

Several days ago I read a post comparing the HTC Thunderbolt and Apple’s iPhone 4 and thought it would be interesting to try to compare the iPhone 4 with the upcoming Nokia N9.

Display

The Nokia N9 has a 3.9-inch Amoled capacitive touchscreen the resolution of which is 480 x 854 pixels (238 pixels-per-inch (ppi)). The iPhone 4’s display is smaller – 3.5-inch (LED-backlit IPS TFT capacitive touchscreen) – but it has a higher resolution – 640×960 (with 326ppi pixel density), so it should be cleared and probably brighter.

Both displays support the multi-touch input method, have accelerometer sensors for UI auto-rotate and proximity sensors for auto turn-off. The Nokia N9, however, used the Gorilla Glass technology to protect its touchscreen from scratches and has an anti-glare polarizer. The iPhone 4 has a scratch-resistant oleophobic surface on its screen.

Gorilla Glass is great, of course, but iPhone’s screen is not too vulnerable, too. Besides, it has a higher resolution, as I mentioned above, so it seems to be even a bit better than the display of the Nokia N9. But let’s not hurry to jump to conclusions and have a look at the other features of these two smartphones.

Hardware

Both devices have single-core 1GHz processors (Cortex A8 CPU with PowerVR SGX530 GPU and TI OMAP 3630 chipset will be found in the Nokia N9, and ARM Cortex-A8 processor with PowerVR SGX535 GPU and Apple A4 chipset make Apple’s iPhone 4 work).

The hardware features of the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4 are equal overall, with only a few differences: Nokia’s chipset is slightly better, but the iPhone’s PowerVR SGX535GPU seems to be a bit more powerful.

So none of these smartphones is a winner in the hardware aspect – both are equal.

Storage

The Nokia N9 comes in two versions with different storage capacities — 16GB and 64GB. The iPhone also comes in two versions, but while the lower-end version is 16GB, as its rival phone, the version with the biggest storage is only 32GB – twice less than Nokia’s 64GB version.

Both versions of the Nokia N9 have 1GB of RAM and 512MP of ROM. Apple’s iPhone 4 comes with 512MB of RAM. Well, it’s not that bad, too, but still it’s behind the N9.

The N9 and the iPhone 4 don’t have microSD (or any other) card slots, which is very bad for both. But since the Nokia N9 has a higher maximum storage capacity and twice a bigger RAM, its advantage in relation to the iPhone 4 is obvious.

Platform

The iPhone 4 runs iOS 4.3, and the Nokia N9 runs a very “original,” if I can say so, operating system known as MeeGo. Let’s try to understand the main differences between them and find out which is better.

First of all, I have to mention what everyone first says when hearing about the iOS – it’s easy to learn, you can understand how it works without reading the User Manual even if the iPhone 4 is your first smartphone ever. It has many useful apps and features that are also easy to use.

Several changes were made in the new version of iOS, including the following: the Safari browser has become much faster, some multimedia utilities were upgraded and improved (Airplay and iTunes, for example) and much more.

As for apps, you can find many of them (more than 350,000) in the App Store. All those apps are verified by Apple, so you can download them without being afraid of infecting your smartphone with viruses or malware that usually come with downloadable apps.

As I said above, the Nokia N9 runs the MeeGo 1.2 ‘Harmattan’ build, thanks to which the device doesn’t have any hardware buttons – you’ll use the special gesture-based control and input method to go to Home, Menu or Back.

There are three homescreens in this OS – “Events,” “Applications” and “Open Apps.” The first one shows you different system notifications and social networking alerts. Maybe SMSs and mails will also find a corner on this screen, but I’m not sure about this yet. The “Applications” screen will give you the chance to organize your apps. There is a separate homescreen for open apps, but I can’t understand why they didn’t place the functions from this screen in “Applications.”

By the way, several social networking apps (Facebook, Skype, GoogleTalk, Gmail and Twitter apps) are coming pre-installed in MeeGo.

I don’t want to write too much about the differences between these platforms – or it will take the whole post. Soon I’ll try to write another post only about these two operating systems.

And from what I said above we can make the following conclusions. MeeGo seems to be rather good, but we must admit we don’t know much about it yet. Will it function well? Will it be easy to use? Will it have many bugs or problems? We’ll be able to find the answers to all these questions only after the N9 with its MeeGo is released. And before then, Apple’s iOS seems to be the winner, since it’s more “complete,” it’s tested and proven.

Camera

Nokia has always been famous with its good smartphone cameras (remember the Nokia N8!). The Nokia N9 is no exception – it’s going to get a cool 8MP camera with auto-focus, dual LED flash and Carl Zeiss optics. The camera of Apple’s iPhone 4 is much more modest – it’s only 5MP, with auto-focus and LED flash. Of course, the pictures it takes are smaller – 2592 x 1944 pixels against the N9’s 3264×2448 pixels.

Both cameras can capture video at 720p. As for the rest of the features, both cameras have geo-tagging and the option of choosing touch-focus. Nokia’s camera has face detection as well.

Both smartphone have secondary VGA cameras supporting video-calling (the iPhone 4 supports video-calling only via Wi-Fi, and nothing is known for sure about the N9).

The camera of Apple’s iPhone 4 is good. It takes good bright pics and decent videos. But the camera of the Nokia N9 is way better anyway.

Design

The design isn’t the most important feature in a smartphone, of course, but many people pay much attention to it when choosing one. So let’s try to compare the designs of the Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4, too.

The iPhone 4 is designed in the same style as all the older versions of Apple’s smartphones. It has rounded edges, and it’s slightly more compact than the Nokia N9, which comes in different colors, has a nice curved glass screen and is more “edgy.”

Design is a matter of taste anyway, so no comparison in this area can be objective. I personally like the appearance of none of them. However, there are many people who like how the iPhone 4 looks. And the Nokia N9 has its fans, too.

Prices

The retail price of iPhone 4’s 16GB version is $649.99 from Verizon, but you can also pay $199.99 to get it with a two-year contract. The 32GB version of the iPhone 4 costs $749.99 without a contract and $299.99 with a two-year one.

As for the Nokia N9, no exact prices are yet known. But there are several guesses: it can cost $869 (16GB) and $941 (64GB) in Russia and $686 in Khazakstan. But remember that these are just guesses – we’ll find out the real retail price of the smartphone only after it’s released, and I don’t think it will cost that much.

Conclusion

So what do we have here…

The Nokia N9 and the iPhone 4 have much in common, however, each of them has its own advantages and disadvantages.

The iPhone 4 has a better (though smaller) display with a higher resolution and a better-developed, a more “complete” platform – iOS. The Nokia N9 has more storage space, more RAM and a stronger camera. And it comes in different colors, which is very good for those who are tired of dull black smartphones.

Apple’s iPhone 4 seems to be more reliable, since it was released long ago and it’s tested. However, the Nokia N9 is also a great choice, especially for those who like testing new devices. The only minus of the N9 seems to be its OS, but if Nokia supports it the way it has promised, the N9 will turn into a great phone.

Nokia E6 Review

by Argam - on Aug 12th 2011 - 2 Comments

I have heard this smartphone is called a “BlackBerry” killer, and taking into account all the facts I can say it really is. Of course, you can guess I am speaking about the Nokia E6 — the worthy successor of the Nokia E5 with improved features. Moreover, it sports the best camera among the Nokia’s E-series handsets.

The Nokia E6 introduces a perfect pairing of a QWERTY keyboard and a touchscreen that is smaller but brighter than we used to see. It’s clear such handsets are designed for business persons, since it is very comfortable to use on-the-go. Moreover, the Nokia E6 costs cheaper than BlackBerry phones — it is priced about £320 with monthly contracts expected to start at £15. This is an affordable price, as BlackBerry’s similar handsets come at a higher price tag, say, the non-touch BlackBerry Bold 9780 is available for £340.

Design

The developers have made a great work creating a perfect phone that looks rather attractive. The Nokia E6’s design is one of the key features of the phone. If we compare it with other similar handsets, we’ll see the E6 differs with its compact form-factor.

The phone’s dimensions talk for themselves and I guess everyone will agree 115.5x59x10.5mm is surprising, because there are many smartphones with this form-factor in the market, but most of them are bulky.


Generally, the Nokia E6 is the best smartphone from the E-series handsets, and if we compare it with other smartphones like the Nokia C3, we can surely say the difference is obvious in favor of the E6.

The device is armed well, it has all the needed features for us to feel confidence when we hold it in our hands. The volume buttons are located on the right side of the phone with the lock slider. On the left side we can find the micsroUSB port. The charging port is on the bottom, while the top of the handset has a number of ports and buttons — the power button, the 3.5mm headphone jack and the microSD card slot are located there.

The Nokia E6’s back is even more attractive as the 8MP camera with dual-LED flash and the loadspeaker are located there.

Hardware

This smartphone is classified as a mid-range handset, but it sports many features other devices don’t have. Just imagine — 1GB of ROM, 256MB of RAM, 8GB internal memory that can be expanded up to 32GB, a 680MHz processor with 2D/3D Graphics HW. If you think 680MHz is not enough for a handset that wants to conquer the world, I’ll recommend you to have a look at other handset with such a processor (like the Nokia N8), and you’ll understand the number of “MHzs” doesn’t mean anything. Moreover, the phone uses OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 technologies, so you’ll have no trouble with it, I assure you.

The phone is equipped with a powerful battery, Li-Ion 1500 mAh (BP-4L), which means it provides up to 14 hours and 48 minutes (2G) and up to 7 hours and 30 minutes (3G) of talk time, up to 681 hours (2G) and up to 744 hours (3G) of stand-by mode.

The Nokia E6 has an additional microphone to suppress noise, which is a plus, undoubtedly. And this handset is a hard nut to crack.

Display

The phone boasts only a 2.46-inch VGA touchscreen with resolution of 640×480 pixels, which means we are dealing with a rather sharp screen. If you are interested in such things you must know it is almost the same screen as the iPhone 4 Retina Display. Though Nokia has other handsets with more impressive screens (like the Nokia X7’s TFT LCD 16.7m color panel with a Clear Black technology), this one is quite attractive, too. So we can say its screen is almost perfect, and it “cooperates” well with its QWERTY keyboard.

QWERTY keyboard

Though we can’t say the developers have made something new here as it features almost the same keyboard we have seen in the Nokia E5, it is perfect and easy for use. But let’s talk about everything in order. Below the screen we can find Call and End buttons. The keyboard has a five-way d-pad and four shortcuts to home, calendar, messaging and contacts.

When we type a text on this smartphone it becomes clear how a phone designed especially for messaging must work. The only worrying thing is related with the narrow keyboard, which can become a problem for a user with larger hands.

Cameras

As I have already mentioned, this smartphone sports the best camera in its line — 8MP is not a joke. It takes pics with a resolution of 3264×2448 pixels, has fixed focus, dual-LED flash, and if the last one is an advantage, the lack of auto-focus is a real issue for those who prefer to do everything (well, almost everything) with their phones, even capturing HQ photos and recording HD videos. Anyway, you have nothing to worry about, since the Nokia E6′s camera is capable of shooting videos at 720p and 25fps.

The Nokia E6 is packed with a secondary camera, too, as it was expected, since the phone is dedicated to social networking where video calling is necessary.

Here is a Nokia E6 camera video sample:

Connectivity

This is the area where the Nokia E6 feels free, because it supports GSM 850/900/1800/1900 bands and the 3G network. But this is not all, as I have said earlier, it has everything the users need, so it comes with a GPS receiver, Bluetooth 3.0 ith A2DP and Wi-Fi b/g/n.

Software

This handset is one from those smartphones that come with Symbian Anna, and as you are aware it is welcomed by users, because unlike Symbian^3 it has many improvements and provides better performance. While other devices are waiting for their turn to get Anna on their board, the E6 owners are already enjoying it. To understand what I am talking about let’s see what provides Symbian Anna.

Symbian Anna

At first it adds some curved corners to icons. But this is not the main improvement, as it became easier to add and change widgets and swipe between the homescreens. Generally, the whole view of Symbian^3 was overhauled with Anna, and now all the handsets that have this update look different. The browser is changed in a god way, too.

But I don’t want to spend much time on introducing Symbian Anna, as we have talked about it for many times, and it’ll be more productive if you check out our older posts. I’ll only add that the Symbian Anna update is not perfect, and there are many shortcomings that will probably be fixed with Bell.

Pros

  • Stylish design
  • Sharp display
  • Physical QWERTY keyboard
  • Cheap price tag
  • Symbian Anna

Cons

  • Lack of auto-focus
  • Small RAM
  • Processor

Conclusion

So what can we say about this handset… It is almost lonely in its type because other handsets are either expensive or sport weaker features. Not in vain geeks called it “BlackBerry killer,” and taking into account the fact it is launched in the U.S., too, I think RIM has lost a huge number of consumers regardless the fact Nokia is refused by the U.S. smartphone users.

As I mentioned at the beginning, Symbian Anna defeated the attitude the U.S. smartphone users had. The design of this device is really cool and if you don’t look at the brand when buying a phone but look at its features, I guess the Nokia E6 will attract you with its specs. Personally, I wish the Nokia E6 to succeed.

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Nokia Still Has Biggest Mobile Device Market Share

by Ani - on Aug 11th 2011 - No Comments

According to Gartner’s new Q2 2011 statistics, Nokia still has the biggest share in the mobile device market, even if they’re changing their strategies and continue losing market share.

Now Nokia owns 22.8 percent of the mobile device market – it’s 8 percent less than in the same quarter of the last year. Samsung is on the second place with 16.3 percent of market share, which, by the way, is also 1.5 percent less than in 2010. LG, Apple, RIM, Motorola, Sony Ericsson and other major handset manufacturers come next with really tiny market shares, but the “others” category owns 35.8 percent of the market, which is 7.7 percent more than in last year’s second quarter.

Overall, 428.7 million mobile devices were sold in Q2 2011, which is 16.5 percent more than in Q2 2010. According to Gartner, about the quarter of all sold mobile devices are smartphones, and it’s 8 percent more than in 2010.

The situation in the smartphone market is different, of course. Android has 43.4 percent of the smartphone OS market (it had only 17.2 percent last year, so it’s a huge progress). Apple’s iOS is also in a good position with its 18.2 percent of market share (against last year’s 14.1 percent). Symbian has 22.1 percent of the market now, but this number is decreasing from quarter to quarter. Microsoft’s sales have also decreased from 4.9 percent to 1.6 percent.

Nokia Sea Ray Noticed in Mobile Speed Test

by Ani - on Aug 10th 2011 - No Comments

The Nokia Sea Ray is Nokia’s first Windows Phone-based smartphone, demonstrated by Stephen Elop himself. Not so long ago it was noticed in dslreport’s mobile speed test and clocked 1211kbps.

Let’s see what else the screenshot above can tell us about this smartphone… The Nokia Sea Ray is most likely working on AT&T’s networks and has Mozilla/5.0 (compatible; MSIE 9.0; Windows Phone OS 7.5; Trident/5.0; IEMobile/9.0; Nokia; SeaRay). I guess this is it. Not much, but at least something is revealed about this new mysterious device.

We also know that the Nokia Sea Ray is going to have a few physical keys typical for all WP7-based devices and Carl Zeiss lens (not sure about this one though). Nothing else is known about this smartphone’s specs for now. We don’t even know if it will really be called “Sea Ray” or will adopt Nokia’s new naming system. I personally think the “Nokia Sea Ray” sounds much better and is much more recognizable than some “Nokia 687” or “Nokia 901,” for example. If Nokia asks my opinion one day, I’ll tell them :)

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Nokia E6 Symbian Anna Firmware Update Released

by Ani - on Aug 9th 2011 - 1 Comment

A little firmware update for the Nokia E6 is released. The update will bring the OS to version 22.014, add some new features and fix some bugs that were discovered in Symbian Anna.

The update is expected to make the Nokia E6 more stable and to reduce the problems with the Application Manager. They say it will also update the USB connectivity, Web (the browser is updated to version 7.3.1.37, and it’s faster now) and Social apps.

The update isn’t available OTA (yet?), so if you want it, you can get it from the Ovi Suite. And if you’ve already received it, please let us know what other new things it contains! :)

The Nokia E6 and the Nokia X7 are the first smartphones to get the famous Symbian Anna update, so they are the first phones to get the 22.014 update.

The Nokia E6 isn’t a new smartphone, but it’s very popular now. It has a 2.46-inch touchscreen, a physical QWERTY keyboard, an 8MP camera (can record 720p videos, too) and 8GB of internal memory. It also has Wi-Fi (802.11b/g/n), Bluetooth 3.0 connectivity. Together with Symbian Anna it’s a great choice for those who love social networking and messaging.

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Asphalt 6 HD on Symbian^3 and Android

by Ani - on Aug 3rd 2011 - No Comments

What is the first thing most of us do after buying a new smartphone? Right, we try playing games!

A friend of mine bought a new Nokia N8 several days ago, and, as a big fan of racing games, he started to play Asphalt 6 HD almost immediately. He also tried to compare the game graphics of his Symbian^3-based N8 and my Android-based smartphone (I had to download and install it even though I don’t like racing games…).

The results were very… interesting, if I can say so. We didn’t make our own video since we found a similar one in Youtube. Here it is, have a look:

The video is only 480p, but despite that it’s clear that the graphics quality of the N8 is much worse, and the Symbian^3-based smartphone really loses to its Android-based competitor… It also seems the game is a bit slower on the Nokia smartphone.

We had the same result – the game looked much better on my old Android smartphone than on my friend’s new N8. But I guess, it’s not the fault of the phone, anyway, most likely the developers didn’t optimize the game when transferring it from Android to Symbian^3.

So I hope a new version of Asphalt 6 HD will be released by the developers, and this new version will be adequately optimized for Nokia’s Symbian^3-based smartphones. I guess all Nokia fans will be very glad to meet it.

Other Accessories Necessary during Trips

by Ani - on Aug 2nd 2011 - No Comments

In my previous post I wrote about accessories that are necessary during any trip and mentioned the importance of having an extra battery – the more powerful the better.

Now let’s see what other phone or smartphone accessories can be useful during a trip.

Hands free headset

A hands free headset is another mandatory accessory during any journey, since it’s good when your hands are free when you’re raising on the mountain tops or riding a bicycle or driving a car.

There are two types of hands free headsets – wired and wireless (with Bluetooth). Of course, it’s much easier to use a wireless headset on the road, since the wires limit your movements. Besides, there are situations when wires can be damaged thus affecting the functionality of your phone.

Before buying a Bluetooth headset, try it on, shake your head, make sure it doesn’t interfere with your movements and doesn’t drop.

Durable Case

A thick and durable case is the next accessory you’ll need during your trip. Active rest is good for health, but it’s not always good for your smartphone or feature phone. For example, you can fall down and damage your phone if it’s in your pocket or even in your handbag – I’ve had this problem once. A good case will protect your phone, so don’t hesitate to spend some money on a new durable case before going to a trip.

What Phone Accessories are Necessary during Trips?

by Ani - on Aug 1st 2011 - No Comments

Have you ever thought that during preparations for a trip you need to consider not only the set of necessary clothes and hygiene products, but also a set of accessories for your smartphone that will be necessary during any trip?

Let’s try to find out what accessories will bring comfort to any kind of trips.

Battery

First of all, if you’re planning a trip, you’ll need a new battery. I guess you have heard many heartbreaking stories about how a discharged phone battery became the reason of serious problems, since people couldn’t call for help and get timely assistance. To save yourself from repeating someone else’s mistakes, it’s better to buy a new battery — a more powerful one.

We all know that phone and smartphone manufacturers don’t usually equip their devices with the most powerful batteries possible. So it’s a good idea to buy a new battery that could maximize the talk time of the phone without needing to be recharged (it’s also a good idea not to waste your battery life on playing games on your phone or doing something like that). It’s best to buy a battery made by the same company that had manufactured your phone, since the batteries from other companies can overheat and even explode.

So I think it’s a good idea to have two batteries when going to trip. Just in case.

My next post will tell about other accessories you’ll need during a trip, so don’t miss it!