The advantage of using a smartphone is that you can publish content while you're on the move - as long as you have a strong enough signal. Whether you want to produce visual or written content, a smartphone can do it all, provided that you have the right software. Fortunately, Symbian has several options for getting your content to your audience. Here is our summary of the best applications out there to get you blogging - in all of its forms.
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Of all the camera-toting smartphones that the all-conquering Nokia N8 has had to face up to, the Sony Xperia S has been the one that many have reckoned might challenge it. The full 12 megapixels, back illuminated sensor and Sony's imaging knowhow should all make the Xperia S a contender. And, in terms of speed and user experience, its camera really is a joy. But the N8 walks all over the Xperia S when it comes to the test that counts: photo quality. Sorry, Sony.
The humble SIM card is changing – more devices are beginning to require Micro SIM instead of the usual “Mini” size we all use. Cutting a Mini SIM down to the Micro size isn’t too difficult, but returning a one to Mini size requires the use of adapters. If you’re not careful, these can damage your phone’s delicate connectors. What follows is an account of my adventures (and misadventures) using Micro SIM adapters.
One fairly unique feature of the Symbian scene over the last decade has been the willingness of manufacturers to experiment with different form factors. And, usually, this means the introduction of physical QWERTY keyboards, perennially loved by geeks and messaging-centric users across the world.
If you prefer your games to have a cerebral focus rather than intense action, chances are you're a puzzle fan. As such, you need a game that will keep exercising your mind; so we're here to help. All About Symbian has reviewed more than its fair share of puzzle games over the years, so grab a cup of tea, load up your Nokia Store client, and read through our top five puzzle games list. We have something for everyone - physics puzzles, numeric puzzles, logic puzzles, and more.
... 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...
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.