Steve Litchfield reports on two months (off and on) with the Nokia E90, now kitted out with near-production firmware, delivers his verdict on this latest Communicator and looks at exactly who might (or might not) buy it. Steve also includes application screenshots and sample photos in this definitive overview at the E90 and how it measures up.
Attila reviews Handy Converter, perhaps the perfect currency conversion utility for smartphones. He was looking at the S60 3rd Edition version, but it's also available for Series 60 and all UIQ platforms...
In How To Build Your Own Web Home Page Ewan describes how you can create a custom start page for your phone's web browser. Intended for novices this feature explains the basics of page construction and how to get the page set up on your phone.
Google has rolled out a new version of its mobile optimized search site, including a simpler interface, new result page layouts, location awareness, quick links to build a mobile customized homepage and easy access to Gmail mobile. In your smartphone's web browser, type google.com/m
Ewan's been in the USA, as you may have gathered, but he's been keeping up with stories from around the world on his Nokia N91. Here he reviews NewsCopier, a Java applet for any smartphone, presenting you with RSS-fed news simply and effectively.
Forum Nokia has announced the launch of the Forum Nokia Wiki which aims to create a useful resource for developers for sharing knowledge, how to's, code snippets and more. Any Forum Nokia member (free registration) can and is encouraged to contribute to the content and evolution of the Wiki.
This Saturday the Benelux PDAtotaal usergroup is holidng an open-day in Utrecht at the Vechtsebanen congress centrum. The PDAtotaal usergroup supports Epoc, Symbian, and Windows Mobile users. The open day includes a presentation of the latest devices including the E61i, E65, N95 and the E90. There's also a prize draw and of course the chance to meet like minded enthusiasts. The event is supported by Nokia, HP, Epocware, mBrainsoftware and Pdashop.nl.
There's a new version of Nokia's PC Suite on the streets (thanks Darla). PC Suite v6.82 includes more network operator support, bug fixes, an improved Nokia Music Manager and Nokia Software Updater integration.
My Opera, one of the first proto-blogging systems, has now been extended to work well with both Opera Mini and Opera Mobile, enabling text and photo blogging directly from your mobile browser. Extra support includes chat groups and widget management. Opera's press release is below.
So... I had one last fling with the prototype Nokia E90 before it was sent away to be updated - and I'd had numerous requests to try using it to browse various web sites. Here's my account of my final hour with the big-screened E90.... online (via Wi-Fi). Make sure you read to the end for some important talking points and technical notes.
Just a heads-up that Smartphones Show programme 25 is now live and features a video preview of the Nokia E90. Includes shots of four-finger typing on the E90 keyboard and video playback. Or subscribe to the show using its RSS feed.
Mash ups (mixing two services together) has been one of the keystones of the Web 2.0 toolset and we are starting to see this trend move into mobile. In AAS Podcast 13 Ewan talks to Tom Morris about his mash up of Twitter (a SMS social networking tool) and the London Underground.