Recent Features - Page 47

Symbian^3 devices are imminent - what's new?

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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.

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Microsoft, Zune and the radical UI design

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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...

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Five apps on my smartphone... and I'm still rolling along...

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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. 

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Battle of the Budget Smartphones: The Final Reckoning

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And so we come to what we suspect will be the most contentious piece in Ewan's quest in comparing a £100 Android smartphone (the ZTE Racer) with an £80 Symbian smartphone (the Nokia 5230). Third party applications and the final decision, rounding up conclusions from the previous comparison parts. Which will triumph? Read on for the final instalment, plus links to the other parts.

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Nokia 5250, 5230, 5800 comparison - what's been cut?

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Rafe compares the key specifications of the Nokia 5250, Nokia 5230 and Nokia 5800 to see what Nokia has cut out to get the price down. When it comes to the lower half of the smartphone market, price becomes the single most important factor in a consumer's buying decisions.

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How I tried to destroy my Nokia N97 - and how it almost came good in the end

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Heading out into the wilds of Devon a week or so ago, for my annual vacation, I wanted to try the smartphone equivalent of going 'commando' - travelling light, one device only, one SIM only, one chance to get it right for all my phone, communication and entertainment needs. No laptop, no iPad, just the smartphone. I had the choice of over 40 devices - and I ended up going with the much-maligned Nokia N97. Here's why the N97 is still almost good enough in its twilight years/months - and here's how it performed when put to the extremes of outdoor use. I wasn't trying to destroy it, per se, but it certainly survived a lot of abuse.

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Publishing to Audioboo via Nokia Share Online

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Audioboo is a popular audio clip publishing service and has mobile applications for Android and iPhone. However, there is no support for Symbian. Never fear though, David Gilson is on the case and shows us how to publish to Audioboo via Nokia Share Online and Pixelpipe's Audioboo plugin.

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