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.
I will never cease to be surprised at how Nokia CEO Stephen Elop does his work. I think Nokia made a smartest move by inviting Elop to head the company. Anyway, we’ll talk about him another time. Now let’s concentrate on the strategic step he made. Symbian is not that loved in the US, right? Well, there is no problem as it can always be renamed!
The Finnish company officially announced it drops the Symbian moniker and starting from Belle version its native OS won’t come with this name — the well-known Symbian Belle will be rolled out with a name Nokia Belle. Evidently, the next versions will be called Nokia Carla and Nokia Donna.
Nokia has already launched three handsets running Nokia Belle, the 701, 700 and 603. Moreover, currently the company is shipping the N8, C7 and C6-01 with the updated OS pre-installed. The first country they are traveling to is China. Later the rest of the countries will as well get these smartphones with Nokia Belle onboard.
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 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.
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.
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.
We have a brand new leaked user’s manual of a Nokia device running Symbian Belle. Unfortunately the shot doesn’t have any feature description except for the name. The handset is called the Nokia 803. The only specs allowing to make assumptions is the huge space taken by the camera. Yes, I assume it to be the successor of the Nokia N8 and the camera spot is huge due to the dimensions of the lens.
The manual is not final, which is a sign of possible changes to the image or the specs. The only confirmed features so far are the NFC functionality, HDMI and DLNA.
Still the expectations from the upcoming device are pretty high. We expect to see a 1GHz dual-core processor, not that large 3.5 inch display with ClearBlack and Gorilla Glass protection, 512MB RAM and finally a camera more advanced than the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8.
The release date and the price of the handset are not announced. But we do not worry about this as we know the codename of the device and can follow the device while getting to FCC or other certification bodies.
Long, long ago Nokia announced about its switching to Windows Phone and discontinuing to develop its native Symbian OS after 2016. On the one hand, many people who related Nokia’s troubles with Symbian, welcomed this decision. On the other hand, there were people thinking Nokia must not refuse its platform and must put more efforts into developing it regardless of its failure. Now that Symbian Anna is running on many devices including the N8, E7 and others, and taking into account the Belle-powered Nokia 603, 701 and 700, plus the fact the Symbian Belle update is on its way for Symbian^3 smartphones, let’s take a quick look at the main improvements the latest version offers the consumers.
It firstly refers to homescreens, which have been doubled compared with those of Anna. Now users can customize the amount of homescreens on their Nokia handset to a maximum of six. These homescreens offer a more convenient way of enjoying easy access to your favorite apps and features. In this sense, Symbian Belle is the most intuitive version. Secondly, it refers to widgets. Now users can place widgets wherever they want and in any size they want. The next improvement concerns the status bar, which is now similar to that of Android, that is it runs across the top of the screen. Tapping on it will let you be notified about missed calls, text messages and reminders. Fourthly, Symbian Belle’s Lock Screen is now more informative and users can see details of missed calls and text messages, among others without having to access the main Symbian OS. It’s more comfortable to check the phone on the move. And finally, the new Live Multitasking feature is added to help users preview what’s going on in the app, without having to open the app itself.
We are waiting for Symbian Belle to be launched at the beginning of 2012, and if you currently enjoy the pleasure coming from Anna, I assure you Belle will be cuter.
Symbian Anna, Belle, Carla, Donna… Now it’s Belle’s turn as Anna is already running on many devices, and has got back the reputation of Symbian OS. Belle has another goal; it must strengthen its positions for Carla and Donna. There are not that many high-end Symbian-powered smartphones, and it wouldn’t be easy. Anyway, Nokia has proved it reaches what it wants. Now we know Symbian Belle update will be launched for special models; they are the Nokia N8, E7, X7, C6-01, C7, Oro, E6 and the Nokia 500.
Symbian Belle is already available on the Nokia 701, 700 and 603, but all these smartphones are mid-range and low-end, so Nokia wouldn’t benefit from basing on them. However, the aforementioned more popular devices will help Nokia promote Symbian and who knows maybe until 2016 Nokia will change its mind and this platform won’t appear out of the game.
Belle comes with many improvements including 5 different sizes of widgets, which can be used on 6 homescreens. Now it has a new pull-down notification bar like Android. Plus Belle comes with a complete NFC support and users will have a chance to enjoy all the joy it brings. We already heard Nokia is working on the sequel of the N8, which will be packed with a more powerful camera and probably run Symbian Belle. I even can’t imagine the beast the new N8 will be when launched.
Symbian OS is still one of the most discussed platforms, and we shouldn’t be surprised at this, because the company has designed a number of high-end smartphones with this software on board. So it’d be unreasonable to think Nokia will leave them. As expected Nokia is serious about the Fab Four — the Nokia N8, E7, E6 and X7. Recently we got convinced the company would roll out Symbian Belle update for these phones. It even made us hope Belle will come this year. Unfortunately, now we have to say the update is delayed until 2012.
The information is not official, but this is what it says — a Nokia user asked Nokia’s UK branch when the update would be available for his Nokia N8, and the company responded “Symbian Belle will be out early next year.”
We think the corresponding update will be available for them all at the same time. So we have to sit quiet because this information seems quite reasonable taking into account the huge job Nokia is currently doing.
The Nokia C7 (aka Astound) is one of the company’s flagships and one of those few smartphones launched in the US. As you know the C7 was released via T-Mobile with the name Astound and has become very popular in spite of common attitude against Nokia. The phone is packed with many awesome features with which we’ll get acquainted later. Right now I want to inform C7 owners they can update their device to Symbian Belle unofficially, of course.
Moreover, the phone became so beloved that its luxury version was launched too. It was called the Nokia Oro. The developers do their best to bring all favorite apps to this handset. I mean Angry Birds and Swype (in portrait mode).
Plus, the phone is very reliable in terms of resistance, and it won in a drop test over the iPhone 4.
I am introducing all its advantages, because after Symbian Belle update the Nokia C7 will become even more powerful. Taking into account its affordable price Nokia can benefit from this deal, though I don’t get why Nokia left this handset out of its “to get Belle update officially” list. Anyway, below we have a video introducing the process of updating for which you must have Symbian Anna on the phone and use Phoenix tool. Good Luck!
The Nokia C7 is the second device from Nokia coming with Symbian^3 operating system. The original name of the model used to be the Nokia C7-00, which was then officially cut to the Nokia C7. The handset is also known as the Nokia Astound. This device and the Nokia N8 simply have almost the same software package. The basic difference here is the camera and the design. In both cases the winner is the Nokia N8, coming with a 12 megapixel camera and a buttonless touch display. The customers will be required to pay way less for the Nokia C7 and this is where the situation will shift in favor of the Nokia C7.
For the first time Nokia is trying to show the camera emphasize is not the most important criterion for a smartphone. Interestingly, with the introduction of the Nokia Astound the manufacturer also decided to introduce its luxury version called the Nokia Oro. This handset comes at the price of $1635. It’s made of 18 carat gold, sapphire crystals and hand wrapped leather featuring the same specs as the original device.
The Specs of the Nokia C7 include:
Network: GSM 850/900/1800/1900, HSDPA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 MHz
Operating system: Symbian^3, upgradable to Symbian Anna OS
CPU: 680 MHz ARM 11 processor, Broadcom BCM2727 GPU
Screen: 3.5 inch, 640 x 360 pixel, AMOLED, capacitive
Camera: 8 megapixels, dual LED flash, face detection and geo-tagging features
Memory: 8 GB storage, 256 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable through memory card Micro SD
Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, A-GPS, NFC, compass
Battery: 1200 mAh, BL-5K
Size: 117.3 x 56.8 x 10.5 mm
Weight: 130 gram
Externally, the model looks like a typical Nokia device, but with some sort of innovative touch. The handset comes with a plastic casing similar to those of the Nokia C6 and the Nokia N97. But luckily the back cover of the battery is made of metal. But to call the sense of the device the same as those of metal bars will not be true. It’s mostly plastic, and it’s obvious when you hold the phone.
The handset turns out to be slightly sleeker than the rest of smartphones using 3.5 inch displays. While still an older model the handset comes with 10.1 mm thickness, which is pretty slim for the devices of its kind.
The screen is similar to other models from Nokia, e.g. the Nokia X6. Its resolution is 640×360 pixels and 3.5 inches. It’s covered with special plastic glass, displaying up to 16 million colors. The screen Type is AMOLED, but it cannot be compared with the Super AMOLED from Samsung, this technology is of a different generation. The screen is comparable to the Nokia N8 and the Nexus One. Under direct sunlight it comes with a good picture quality, and it’s here that it triumphs over other handsets.
The display accommodates up to 16 lines of text (not in all modes), supports three font sizes chosen by your phone. It somewhat fades in the sun, but it is typical of this type of screens (exception — all the same Super AMOLED).
This is one of the first products from Nokia, supporting multitouch, you just have to make moves with your fingers (pinch-to-zoom), so that the image gets separated. The screen is capacitive, similar in execution to that of the Nokia X6 and behaves exactly the same way. Sensitivity of the display in most cases is satisfactory, but sometimes it does not react to clicks (software flaw, just like that of the X6).
This is the second version of the Nokia with Bluetooth 3.0, which is also called High Speed. When transferring files to other devices with this technology it activates Wi-Fi 802.11 n, a theoretical transfer rate is about 24 Mbit/sec.
The model supports various profiles, particularly, Headset, Hands free, Serial Port, Dial Up Networking, File Transfer, Object Push, Basic Printing, SIM Access and A2DP. Working with the headset does not cause any difficulties. It also supports standard Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g n. It’s not the first device on the market with such a set of connectivity, still it’s kind of nice to see all of the features available on a single device. And everything works like a clock, without causing any problems.
The Nokia C7 comes with an awesome 8 megapixel camera with an autofocus, which is great. It just walks behind the 12 megapixel camera of the Nokia N8, but I don’t think it’s a big deal. Originally these two cameras cannot be compared due to the difference in megapixels, still both of them are capable of using f/2.8 aperture rating for low-light shooting. The Nokia C7’s camera is using a dual-LED flash and an EDoF focusing system, but the Nokia N8’s camera is using Carl Zeiss optics, autofocus and Xenon flash.
The device comes with 8GB of built-in memory, plus there’s a chance of microSD expansion for up to 32GB. The RAM of the device is 256 MB (in contrast, the Nokia N97 Mini has only 128 MB of RAM). For Nokia this is a giant leap forward, which means an increase in the stability of the system and speed.
The capacity of the device battery is 1200 mAh. The phone can work up to 390 hours in standby mode and from 5.5 to 12 hours in talk time mode (UMTS/GSM).
On the downside is that the battery will require charging in two days. Against the background of many competitors, who do not live more than one day, this is a good indicator. The main energy eater is the desktop with widgets. The total time for recharging is about 2 hours.
Unfortunately, in all its glory this model shows that Nokia’s efforts to create social applications for its Symbian^3 smartphones were futile. In contrast to previous trend of different apps for different series, Nokia’s now decided to have identical apps for all Symbian^3 devices.
The manufacturer has created a separate application, which brings together all the accounts of social networking websites, while the authentication occurs via Ovi. This is an attempt to artificially increase the number of Ovi users.
The handset comes with three different homescreens. The shift to another homescreen can be obtained with the use of Swype technology. This time the homescreens are more widgetized, thus you get a chance to optimize widgets for each of the homescreens.
The handset comes with Ovi Store allowing to have a large list of free applications and games for download. Due to the fact that at the moment Angry Birds is also available for Symbian^3 devices, the Nokia C7 gives you the chance to experience this Apple-designed game on your device.
The Nokia C7 comes with pre-installed Adobe Reader and QuickOffice, but for the editing of the documents you will be required to get a paid update from Ovi Stores. The smartphone also supports Flash Lite 4.0 allowing to watch videos with the YouTube app (also coming as one of the pre-installed apps).
Describing my impressions of the Nokia C7 I should mention it’s among the top smartphones on Symbian^3. Judge yourself, it does not support HDMI-output, and a 12-megapixel camera, but there are other features of the Nokia N8 available on this device.
At this point in the C line there is the Nokia C6, which has a QWERTY-keyboard, is expensive and is not very attractive. Thus this model comes to fill the gap. It’s a nice device for those accustomed to Symbian. Coming with a small number of interesting games and an old interface, the device features several high-end specs. It can be called a great device running Symbian S^3 in terms of price/quality ratio.