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Transitioning from Symbian to Android, and Goodbye…for now.

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My apologies for those who have kept up with my site while I haven’t over the past year. A lot has changed for me since I last updated this site. I moved to Chicago following a job offer to work at US Cellular as a retail wireless consultant in late 2009, I sold my I8910 and bought a Nexus One from Google, and I’ve been keeping myself really busy with work and my new life in the city. Because of this, my interest in writing anything about Symbian declined to absolute zero. That said, I find it only fair to detail what the experience has been like transitioning from a hardcore Symbian fan to an avid Android user and to give this site a proper farewell. So without further ado, here is why I left Symbian, and why I will most likely never buy another Symbian device again.

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October 17, 2010 at 8:00 am

Getting the most out of your i8910HD: Manufacturer Codes

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As I mentioned in my review of the Samsung i8910HD, there are several manufacturer codes that can be used to tweak performance of all sorts of different features. While the phone is very capable out of the box, it’s a real advantage to be able to access these hidden settings to tune your device exactly to your liking. In this brief, I’ll go some of the major tweaks, how to perform the tweaks yourself, and how to not damage your phone in the process.

This list is my compilation of information found on the Samsung i8910 Omnia forums and all credit goes to Briggs and the members. If you’d like to read about more device codes to experiment with,  please feel free to give them a visit and say thanks if you do.

Before you attempt any of the codes found in this guide, I want to warn that it is not clear what implications this may have on your warranty. While this guide is safe to make minor improvements to the i8910HD, I take no liability for any damage you do to your phone if you experiment outside the parameters of this guide, nor if your warranty becomes void from performing any of these changes. You are making alterations to your device at your own risk. It is also recommended you write down the previous values for any settings you change in the event you want to change them back to default.

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N97 Tour: Day 12, the Presidents Walk/Ride and draw by number 2

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Yesterday was a day for Sports Tracker. Being the last day in Chicago, it was imperative to finish the last two challenges handed down from WOM World before we departed for New York.

The first of the challenges was to lead the group on a “Presidents Walk”, touring Chicago using only streets names after US presidents (excusing Lake Shore Dr). I spent a few hours planning the route on Friday but once we started it, we quickly realized that the “walk” would be much better suited if we had a faster form of transportation. We decided to rent bicycles from Navy Pier and it was definitely the right decision.

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N97 Tour: Day 11, Chicago Mobile Camp

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Saturday was our third and final Mobile Camp at the Illinois Institute of Technology and it was a very mixed bag. The turnout was very low with only two attendees, which was the least of the three. Despite this setback, a lot more personal discussion came out of having such a small group and it allowed everyone to expresss their opinions without anything getting lost.

The most interesting discussion to me that came up at all of the Mobile Camps was why the US market is so different from the rest of the markets where Nokia’s devices are sold. In short, the US market saw the rise of desktops before smartphones, whereas the Asian market saw just the opposite, and Europe saw the rise of both at almost the same time. With that said, it’s no surprise that the iPhone has become so successful in a market that’s trying to get a desktop to fit in their pocket efficiently and with the immense amount of control the carriers have. It emphasizes yet again that Nokia needs to market themselves completely different in the US than they do in other countries and I think efforts like this tour are certainly a step in the right direction.

We also put together a video of Matthew demonstrating the video editing software built into the N95 from years ago that hasn’t been seen on more recent offerings. After seeing the demo and becoming much more focused on mobile blogging on this trip, I’d very much like to see this feature brought back on handsets in the future.

Big thanks to Jeremiah (Pseudofinn) and Craig (SockMonkey) for making it out to the Mobile Camp! It was great to meet you guys and share so many thoughts about the mobile industry.

I personally don’t have any images from the event, but here’s a picture of a movie poster mixup seen near one of the trains we took back to the hotel.

“Right in the Mouth”
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N97 Tour: Day 10, Home Court Advantage

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Yesterday we recieved our second set of official challenges from WOM World, the first being to spread the word about the Chicago Mobile Camp. Each of us was assigned to contact the media about the event through newspapers, TV outlets, radio stations, and in person at the Nokia Flagship store. The first three were not very successful since it was the day before the event, but we did manage to print some fliers and get them out at the Flagship Store and over the course of the rest of the day.

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N97 Tour: Day 9, Flights to Chicago

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Now that I have the proper version of WordMobi installed, I can properly recall the events from yesterday and our flights to Chicago.

Bright and early Thursday morning we jumped on a plane to Minneapolis for a connecting flight to Chicago. It was a very long day and we were all pretty irritable by the time we got to the hotel.

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Word Mobi!!!!!11!!1!1!!

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Last night I faced stability issues with my main N97 that required me to switch to the backup and also required I reinstall all of my apps. Apparently I found an older version of WordMobi and only realized it after it failed to save my nearly finished (and very long) blog post about our adventures in Chicago thus far.

Rather than rewrite it this late, I only have time to post what’s important for tomorrow, and that happens to be our final Mobile Camp at the Illinois Institute of Technology in the Armour Room between 10am and 4pm. Just like our previous Mobile Camps, there will be food, drink, and everyone gets a free T-shirt. If you’re in the area and like anything mobile, swing by, hang out, and join in some of the mobile discussion. We’d love to have you! The signup link is in several of my previous posts, but you can just show up if you’d like too. You can find the signup page here .

Though my original post was lost, I will at least post that I did reach the top of the Sears (Willis) Tower today with all three of the required images, winning the city race challenge. I’ll leave you with one of the many breathtaking shots I took at the top.

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