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PureView Lite? Play with smart zooming - right now, with your N8

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PureView, as we explained last week, on the Nokia 808, is a combination of various bits of technology. Not least the huge sensor, the 41 megapixels, the oversampling to reduce digital noise and improved audio capture. But one of the sexiest parts of PureView - being able to use digital zoom to see more detail of your far away subject without unwanted artefacts, turns out to be something you can play with (albeit in limited, more primitive and somewhat pointless form) right now on your Nokia N8. Moreover, it turns out that, surprisingly, digital zoom really isn't evil all the time - it's something you can benefit from immediately, even at full 12 megapixel resolution on your phone.

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Nokia 808 PureView pixels versus the iPhone 4S

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We've covered the Nokia 808 PureView in some depth here on All About Symbian this week, reporting on the announcement and answering the most common questions. But, on the basis that a picture is worth a thousand words, I wanted to illustrate the single biggest aspect of Nokia's breakthrough in terms of how camera phones (and indeed cameras) can now work. Never mind the zooming, never mind being able to take 38 megapixel images, here's the real reason why PureView on the 808 is special.

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Top Five Strategy Games

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If you like to spend your spare time with your mobile by plotting and managing your resources then you need strategy games before you become a Bond villain! Over the years, we've reviewed a lot of strategy games at All About Symbian, and here are the most notable strategiec game titles. Some require battlefield tactics while others demand you to relentlessly manage your resources. All of them should absorb your mind from the everyday problems of real life though.

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The Nokia E6 and Belle - a step forwards? Or backwards?

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The Nokia E6 was always going to be the odd one out of the Symbian^3/Anna stable - just as the E90 was back in the day, by virtue of having a different form factor and different screen resolution to all its sister devices. Moreover, the screen wasn't just different - it was physically much smaller, presenting Nokia/Symbian/Accenture with a unique challenge in how to implement the next big OS update - Belle. Here are some of the issues involved... for better or worse.

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How to: Pimp the Nokia Belle homescreen system

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Nokia Belle brought with it a massive change in the look of Symbian, and introduced much less constrained widgets to fill even more homescreens than before. The built-in widgets are not the limit of its flexibility though. There are many applications that can greatly add to the functionality of the Nokia Belle homescreen. In this guide, I take a look at how you can extend the widget set to make the most of your brand new Nokia Belle homescreens.

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How to: overcome or work around some common Belle update issues

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Like most of you, I upgraded my Nokia N8 to Belle as soon as it was available. And hit a number of small (and not so small) issues. I realise that this won't cover the full scope of items that others may have run across, but hopefully some of the topics below may help somebody, from working out whether you've got new email to getting a more responsive UI.

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The curse of continuous auto-focus?

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How's that for a controversial title? What I examine below is that there's more than one way to arrange focussing when shooting video on your smartphone - the rightly popular system of having continuous auto-focus does a good job a lot of the time but also manages to infuriate occasionally too. How bad is the problem, what are the alternatives and can I offer any tips for Symbian or Windows Phone users?

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Two-box solution or one? Symbian/iPad versus the Galaxy Note

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12 years ago, I remember demonstrating to a packed room of enthusiasts to delights of pairing up my Psion palmtop with the Ericsson SH888 (titanium, indestructible), which possessed an infrared modem, meaning that I could get my palmtop online at a whopping 9.6kbps via Circuit Switched Data (this was before GPRS!) It was a working two box communications solution and it's with a certain nostalgia that I remember it as I look a modern 'two box' solution. How do the pros and cons of splitting one's electronics work out in practice?

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How would you improve the Nokia N8?

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It's somewhat amazing that the Nokia N8 remains in the top tier of smartphones a full 16 months after release - it's fair to say that this is almost entirely due to its camera, with perhaps build quality and gadget-complement contributing too. But no phone can go on forever. If you were Nokia and wanted to produce an "N8 mark II", what would you add/tweak? What's practical? What's worthwhile?

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