Thoughts on S60

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Archive for January 2009

5800 XpressMusic Mini Review Part 1: Calling

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Given how much my opinion of the 5800XM has fluctuated so much since I first received it, I think the only effective way I’ll be able to review it is in parts, similar to how the Guru is reviewing it. I would, however, like to review some of the lesser noticed features that people may be interested in rather than the main features that have been reviewed to death as it is already.

Click ahead to read how well I feel the 5800XM performs as a phone first.

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Written by Jonathan

January 9, 2009 at 7:37 am

Updating the 5800XM (or any S60 phone) with Phoenix

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Before I did too deeply into any review of the 5800XM I received several weeks ago now, I think it’s necessary for anyone who has the means to update their device to the next firmware, whether it’s officially available or not. The update changes enough things that I feel it’s worth it to take the risk, and if you happen to be running an APAC firmware, the update allows you to switch product codes to get a much nicer looking set of fonts.

Some things to keep in mind before continuing…

  • As with most firmware updates, flashing will erase all of your information. Be sure to backup anything important.
  • Using this method to flash could potentially damage your device. I assume no liability should you damage or brick your phone.
  • Changing your product code will void your devices manufacturer warranty. It is always possible to use this same method to revert back to the original product code, though again, I assume no liability if your warranty is void from this update process.

If the desire for a stable firmware and nicer looking fonts is more important than these things for you, click through for the walkthrough.

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Written by Jonathan

January 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

The Final Challenge and some more updates

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Where have I been?!

Well, I can tell you. To make a long story short, a returning customer of mine from Circuit City decided he would rather hire me for his business rather than try to distribute my resume and help me out. I’ve been working a steady 9-5 with him for the past month, including a weeklong business trip to Chicago and tons of different types of work I’ve never had an opportunity to do before. I’m very excited and grateful for this opportunity and I can’t wait to see what else develops from it. Thanks again to all of the people who supported me and showed their concern during my difficult time. I hope everyone had a merry Christmas, a happy New Year, and an excellent time observing any other holiday I missed. 🙂

Several weeks ago I received my final challenge on this piece of parchment. Although I would have liked more time, I have been notified that the N96 will have to go back overseas after this weekend. Read ahead for the final challenge and the details on how to become one of the 5 people to trial the device if I win!

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Written by Jonathan

January 2, 2009 at 8:19 am