... or so sang The Beatles. We live such frantic lives, yet we all recognise that our relationships with our family members, whichever generation, is possibly the most important thing in life itself. What has this got to do with the Nokia N8 (and, to some extent, other Symbian smartphones)? Because I was struck by how the device, sometimes uniquely, is actively affecting these relationships. Read on...
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Whether you call it fragmentation or choice, having multiple versions of an operating system across a product line probably does more harm than good. While the issue rarely affects the average user, power users/developers/reviewers are all well aware of how fatiguing it can be to track a platform in parallel. Symbian is no stranger to this type of multiplicity either, and here we review the history of all its various guises over the years.
These days, social networking apps are the hub of our online life. They entertain us, bring us together, let us communicate, and explore. Therefore it's imperative that any mobile platform provides a great experience for working with networks, such as Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, etc. Symbian has long enjoyed the powerhouse of Gravity for Twitter, Facebook, and others; but in the last 12 months it has been joined by a set of impressive Qt-based applications. Here we gather together the reviews of our favourite applications to cover all of your needs.
The debate started on Phones Show Chat last week, with Myriam arguing passionately for sealed batteries and me being equally sure that I wanted the flexibility of getting access to the battery in my phone. Why the argument, you may wonder? What's the big deal and what are the pros and cons of each approach? I'm glad you asked, read on. [Summary: your phones are all doomed, I'm right and Myriam's wrong....!]
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.
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.
The announcement of the Nokia 808 PureView certainly seemed to attract attention from all quarters. Along with a number of common questions. I tried to answer them with my ever-growing news story and in the comments, but I thought it might be useful to bring the questions together in one FAQ that you can enjoy and point others to?
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.
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.
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.