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Archive for June 2007

Where were you when the iPhone was released?

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Apple, Perimeter MallJune 29th has come and gone now and no matter what type of phone you use, if you’re into cell phones, you probably heard about the iphone. If you weren’t in line to buy one, you were near a store to watch people buy one and hopefully get your hands on it, and if you weren’t there, you were at home clicking refresh on some popular mobile news websites, such as EngadgetMobile or IntoMobile. Where was I on this memorable occasion? Downstairs, and around the bend, I was hanging out with the guys at the Nokia Experience Center. 🙂

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Written by Jonathan

June 30, 2007 at 7:28 am

Posted in Mobile Events

How to Maximize the Browsing Experience on 3rd Edition

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If you have an
S60 device, chances are you’re very fas60 Applicationsmiliar with the lack of RAM on the device, specifically when trying to use the full HTML
Web browser. For the most part, the browser doesn’t have too many problems opening web pages right out of the box, but it’s when you want to open other applications that the experience starts to deteriorate. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve tried to open a text message or opened something as simple as the calendar to reference a piece of information and discovered that the Web browser had closed on me due to a lack of RAM. Sometimes all it took was a simple press of the Menu key for the Web browser to crash.

Luckily, there are a few tips I’ve found to greatly improve the performance of the built-in browser which do not sacrifice too many of its features to make browsing any less enjoyable.

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Written by Jonathan

June 15, 2007 at 2:21 am

Posted in s60 Suggestions

Mobile Codes and Barcode Reader-A Step in the Right Direction

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Barcode CreatonWhen the barcode reader came preinstalled on some
S60 3rd Edition devices like the
N80, it didn’t seem to have a practical use whatsoever. Both myself and some of my peers made attempts to use it on random UPC’s only to be disappointed when it would not do anything. I even asked a sales rep at the Nokia store in Chicago about the app and I was told it was intended for businesses to log their own scan codes for merchandise or to manage databases. While I’m almost positive he was just making all that up, you could use it for that purpose, the realistic use of it is much more interesting in regards to how mobile technology can change the way we operate.

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Written by Jonathan

June 7, 2007 at 5:18 am

Posted in Applications

Nokia Fan Merch!

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I got my package in the mail this past Friday, but got so caught up with work and family events that I didn’t have time to post pictures of all the cool things I got.

Box o' Nokia

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Written by Jonathan

June 4, 2007 at 1:15 am

Posted in s60 Suggestions

NoRedClose for S60 3rd Edition

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NoRedClose HowardForums member djsphynx sheds light on a very useful application that’s apparently been around for several months now. The application is called NoRedClose and does exactly what the name implies: it prevents the red End button from closing the current application if it is accidentally pressed.

Since the beginning of using any S60 device, the red key had always been the default button to push when I wanted to get back to the main menu to open a new application or just leave current app running while I work on something else. The N70 was the first S60 device I used that actually closed applications when the red key was pushed. The workaround is to simply press the Menu key twice, though I’ve read a lot of complaints from several S60 users who miss the simple functionality of just pressing the red key. This application is the answer. Click ahead to read my impressions. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan

June 1, 2007 at 6:06 am

Posted in Applications

Some thoughts on convergence, in light of Palm’s Foleo

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I love using my N95 in the car because it’s where I get the most functionality out of it. Using a car charger, 3.5mm audio cable, and a vent mount, my N95 doubles as both my GPS navigation system and my MP3 player. The whole system works really well with the N95’s huge buttons for fast-swapping between applications as I use them, and for answering phone calls using my car’s speaker system. The problems come in when I need to use my phone for more than typing in a quick address or switching songs. Getting a text message and even worse, responding to that text message disrupts the entire system. I have to take release the springs on the vent mount, grab the phone from its position, and try to work my fingers around it without getting in the way of the two cords connected to it. Granted, this isn’t all TOO complicated, and I probably should be concerned with texting while operating a vehicle anyway, but I think it says something really important about the “Convergence” idea Nokia is pushing so hard. Read the rest of this entry »

Written by Jonathan

June 1, 2007 at 4:45 am

Posted in s60 Suggestions