Did you see it? The secret weapon unveiled at Nokia World? The phone to not rule them all but at least provide a strong army? No, behind the E7! And behind the C7! I mean the Nokia C6 (or the C6-01 to give its full name). This little phone packs a huge punch and could well have been the most important phone announced at the ExCeL center. And I wonder if its unique qualities are being lost in the shiny rush to discover the E7?
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For those who don't know, I only started out on my writing career late last year. So, not only was Nokia World 2010 the first Nokia event I'd attended, but it was the first event I'd attended as a member of the press. It was also the first time I'd met other members of the All About Symbian team in person, having previously only spoken via Skype. One thing is for sure, those two days at the ExCeL Centre were certainly a learning experience for me. I hope what follows will be of particular use and interest for anyone who is hoping to follow the same path as I'm currently forging - i.e. technology journalism. To those of you with more experience and for whom this sort of event holds no novelty, I at least hope to inspire a little nostalgia :-)
How do you let everyone know you have an App Store? That's a question that Nokia are still answering over the Ovi Store (and to be fair even Apple continue to think about this question), as the availability of Apps has become one of the key marketing lines in 2010 for the smartphone. Someone in Nokia has been smart though, and they've not only lined up as the 'brand sponsor' for The X-Factor this year, but put together a Qt application to feed the fans of the show.
Sir Tim Berners-Lee's keynote speech started day two of Nokia World 2010 and I was there for All About Symbian to try and bring you his key points, summarised below. Sir Tim talked about the underlying principles that effect every member of the information society, not just Nokia users. As ever, he championed and promoted an open Internet and stands by the need for Net Neutrality. He currently holds a position at MIT, where the World Wide Web Consotium (WC3), of which Nokia are a member, is currently hosted.
As the dust settles on Nokia World for another year, what have we learned from the annual smartphone event? Quite a bit actually, and I wonder if Nokia have learned a few things as well? Just to keep everyone on their toes, here’s some lessons that I hope various people have learned after their time at the ExCeL Centre.
And so the E7 has been announced and shown off, at Nokia World 2010. And you've already had your say, in our big launch news article and the hundreds of comments. Anssi Vanjoki made a big deal about how the E7 is being pitched as the new 'Communicator', the replacement for the venerable E90. With that in mind, I thought it might be helpful to produce a blow by blow comparison of the two. Can the E7 really replace the E90?
David Gilson sat in on Vodafone's Vitorri Colao's keynote yesterday, at Nokia World 2010. He spoke about real world mobile usage and what needs to be done to increase this, in both existing and developing markets, breaking down what mobile consumers currently do and where Vodafone would like to see the market move. Overall, it's a useful snapshot of the 2010 mobile world across the globe - at least, as seen by Big Red.
With the first Symbian^3 device now imminent - the Nokia N8 - and with other Symbian^3 phones about to be announced, it's worth taking a look at what's new. Is it a case of a tarted up S60 5th Edition rehash, or is there in fact plenty that's worthy of serious note? Will Symbian^3 convince the tech doubters? Starting with a genuine user 'first impressions' that had been sent in, I attempt a rebuttal and an exploration of the underlying changelog.
We're used to Symbian, iOS and Android being the big players in the mobile wars, but Microsoft are ready to return to the fray. Mind you, they never really left, and the Windows Mobile 7 UI is already out there with consumers. In this feature, I take a look at the Zune HD and how it interacts with its audience. Is there a lesson in here for the Symbian Foundation for Symbian ^3, ^4 and beyond? You bet! Read on...
You'll remember that, exactly a year ago, I published a piece here, 'Three apps on my smartphone...', looking at what I reckoned was a common fallacy when looking at smartphone app stores and the numbers quoted? Presenting a 2010 take on the matter, with a slight upgrade from three to (ahem) five, with a semi-serious suggestion for a premium download store or area, and, yes, with an even sharper tone of ridicule at some of the stats and opinions being quoted in the popular press.