Monday, August 22, 2011

Mobile Wars - Return of the Nokia?

I remember about 2 years back when any big mobile announcement used to happen it was either by Nokia about their N series devices which were *awesome* or by Apple about their iPhone. Now it’s all about Android, and the iPhone, No one really cares about what's happening to other brands, devices etc. and you can’t blame anyone. Nokia hasn’t been doing anything good. Since the N95, N95 8GB there haven’t been any brilliant devices by them, even the N97 had its flaws  image courtesy: , Especially with the touchscreen devices, Nokia hasn’t been there. Symbian was renamed to ^3 and what not but I did not see any improvements that other devices had – namely the iPhone and Android. The changes were all minor and didn’t help much.

Today in this age of apps and appstores Nokia hasn’t made any changes to their ‘OVI Store’ . I remember using it on my Nokia N95 8GB when it newly released. It was full of bugs, I had to sign in EVERYTIME I opened it and browsed a few pages… The app sucked big time. But then the device also was getting old. N-gage gaming had failed,ngage although it was a good start at a time when others didn’t have anything similar. My first Android device – the Samsung Galaxy i7500 was one brilliant device, although it ran Android 1.5 out of the box and Samsung almost disowned it once the newer devices were launched it did pretty well. Thanks to some awesome independent developers like ‘Drakaz’ the device can now have a Gingerbread ROM. Android being opensource you can do all sorts of things to it, Custom ROMS, kernels, CPU mods, etc. Even availability of apps is amazing. The appstore or ‘Market’ is brilliant, has a huge collection (Yea I know not as much as Apple) and slowly gets all those apps that Apple’s got. It’s pretty good and no wonder today it’s up there alongside Apple in the mobile OS wars. About Apple, I don’t need to write anything more, You ask almost anyone and there’s this craze to own an iPhone. And they do have their reasons. The iPhone 4 has BRILLIANT hardware. Although I’m not a fan of ‘iOS’ it does everything and you can’t really point out any flaws.

To come to think about it had Nokia adopted the Android OS it would probably be the BEST today. Nokia makes great hardware, great camera sensors. Thanks to Android many manufacturers have got a ‘New Life’ like Motorola, LG. Among all mobile phone manufactures I personally feel Apple, HTC, Nokia and Motorola have great hardware. Samsung still makes their phones plastic-ky, even the High-end ones.
Nokia especially in India is super popular, Android or not, Nokia is still doing very well in India. People here in India have this feeling of Nokia being ‘the best’ even today. These are the people who hardly care about the OS and apps etc. They’re very happy to have a nicely built Nokia phone that has a great camera. Now just imagine these devices having Android on it. I guess most of the youth and others would opt for Nokia and with Android on it the demand would be even more! Obviously making it No.1 in the business. And that is why Samsung, which you could say is No. 2 on the popularity list in a country like India could soon be the No. 1 mobile phone manufacturer, with their ‘Galaxy’ line up powered by android, I won’t be surprised.

So those were my predictions with Nokia and Android OS. Back to reality Nokia joining forces with Microsoft, to make Windows Phone 7 devices, I

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really don’t know how far they can go with that. Windows phone 7 still being the immature one, even though its GORGEOUS and has a modern UI. You can say Nokia will then be like Samsung was during the years 2007-09 with Windows Mobile phones like Omnia etc.. They could still make some differences if Windows Phone 7 gets frequent updates like ‘Mango’ which bring in cool stuff to the OS as they are lagging behind iOS and Android.

Nokia with their current line-up isn’t really going anywhere. The only Devices I would pick to be good are – The Nokia N8, E7 and C7. Also the C6-01 makes a great budget device

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These phones have a great build quality and other hardware specs like power packed cameras 8MP, 12MP etc.
Also the ‘Anna’ update is now making them on par with the other devices out there. annaIf I had to pick a Nokia device today, it would be among these 4. They are great devices and the pricing is pretty good too. So for a normal user these devices would be almost perfect, especially in India etc.
The more recent one like the X7 really looks hideous and that is not what is needed.

So for Nokia to comeback, according to me they basically need devices with specs like the fantastic four of their lineup – The N8, E7, C7 and C6-01 or better. Good designs. And most importantly – Windows Phone 7 or Meego whatever, but it should really do well with the basic stuff i.e.  - the apps and appstore. The N9 preview was good but we don’t know how its gonna work outcaptured n9. I still believe Nokia  can still make a comeback, meego-021whether they go ahead of Apple and others is still a question which most won’t be able to answer. So only the future can tell us what’s going to happen!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

Nokia PC Suite Update


Nokia PC Suite has an update. Version i.e. Nokia PC Suite 7.1 now has Windows 7 support and some Stability Fixes.
To update the software on your computer, Goto Nokia PC suite >  Web >  Check for updates. After checking for the updates you will be asked to Download and Install the new version.Or if you do not have Nokia PC Suite installed on your computer download it from here
Do you Still Use Nokia PC Suite? or have you Moved to OVI Suite?

Monday, November 23, 2009

Need your Help and support people!!

Hello all! well I am going to keep this short. People I ask you for your support! I have taken part in a contest where my friends have to vote for me! So if you are on twitter and would like to vote for me pls follow the instructions below:

1. Just copy paste “ @tatadocomo @steph1985 #isageek “ and tweet it without the commas!

yea thats it! simple right? I guess you can do that much for me :) Well hoping to see your love and support in the votes!!

Thanks evryone!

- Stephen

Monday, November 9, 2009

Share your Telerik Story and Win!

tempe has a competition going on where one lucky winner can win a Telerik Premium Collection DVD whos retail value is $1299!! also If you aren’t so lucky other five winners get themselves  Telerik .Net Ninja Tshirt!

This competition will end on 31st December 2009. So hit this link and get more details about this competiton and how you can participate.

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Get 100 Tracks FREE from Nokia Music Store India

musictemp[7] The Nokia Music Store India is giving away a 100 Free Music tracks as a Diwali bonus :D So all you registered users click here to download your 100 tracks for no price at all!

You can choose from Bollywood, Devotional, South and other categories in the store to download the tracks.

So click here and download your songs for free!

Happy Diwali everyone!

Thursday, September 3, 2009

Nokia X series launched

Nokia has unveiled two devices of the new X series line up at Nokia World 2009 at Stuttgart Germany.

The Nokia X6 and X3 are the two phones of the X series.

Nokia X6:
The Nokia X6 is a device that runs the S60 5th edition software. It has a 5 megapixel camera, Powerful battery that provides upto 35 hours of music playback time, 3.2” screen (touch screen), 32 GB internal memory, GPS, FM radio, WLAN etc.
This touch screen operated device is really cool and looks really really good and design is sleek. Price about EUR459 which is about INR 32,000

CHECK full Specifications here

Nokia X3:

The Nokia X3 is a device that runs the S40 6th edition software. This device has a slide form factor and has a 3.2 megapixel camera, microSD slot that supports upto 16GB (2GB in sales package), this device can play FM radio WITHOUT any headset attached, (cool right?).

This device is priced at around 115EUR that's around 8,000 INR.

CHECK full Specifications here So what are your views and comments about the new X series? will one of the above phones be your next phone? Well the Nokia X6 is on my wishlist :D hopefully should be my next phone!

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Nokia enters Netbook market

Nokia has unveiled its first Netbook – Nokia Booklet 3G. The Nokia Booklet 3G runs Windows 7. This mini laptop from Nokia has 3G, A- GPS, Bluetooth, Slots for SIM card, HDMI, Really good battery life of about 12 hours, HD quality, Mac book like looks and all this packed into a 10 inch netbook which is just 2 cm thick.

Check out the video:

So what are your comments on this step by Nokia, and the Booklet 3G ? do let me know!

Friday, August 14, 2009

Media Sharing on Nokia devices

Media sharing is a really cool way of sharing stuff to devices on a wireless home network.the best part is that some Nokia Nseries devices that are DLNA enabled (nokia n95,n95 8gb, n85 etc ) are also able to do the same! If you don’t know whether your nseries device is DLNA enabled, just check for the Home media app on your phone. if its there its all cool for you! (you can also check the user manual )

(if you find any errors etc please let me know by email, mailto: )

PART 1. Sharing media stored on pc to Nokia device

This will help you make really good use of your DLNA enabled nokia devices. You can play music, view images and watch videos (stored on your pc,) on your nokia device via a wireless home network

All you need to do is the following steps:

  1. Set up the Home media app on your DLNA enabled nokia device. You can find the app in the connectivity folder on your phone.  Screenshot0003
  2. Once in the app “run the wizard” from options to set up everything selecting access point etc.Screenshot0004
  3. Once that is done. you should set the phone to be visible in the network from “Home media > share content > visibility in network > show phone” 


Now that the phone has been set up, we need to enable media sharing on your computer.

In Windows Media player (Windows media player 11)for windows media player 12 jump to part 2 below.  do the following:

  1. From the library tab select “Media sharing..”1 
  2. Then a new window opens up that looks like the one below. select the check boxes for “share my media to” you should be able to see your Nokia device by its name or as “unknown device” 2

Once that is done all you have to do now is Browse for media on your Nokia Phone in Home Media by selecting “Browse Home”  from “home media > browse home”

Screenshot0005You should be able to see your pc name on which you enabled the media sharing.

Screenshot0006 Select it and then you can browse for the music, images and videos on stored on the pc right on your Nokia device!


There now you can play all the new songs, view images and videos on your nokia device! to play just hit options and “play >on device”


PART 2. : Sharing Media from Nokia Device to PC/ WLAN enabled devices etc. or other devices on Home Network

As far as I know It is NOT possible to share media from your Nokia device to a Windows computer running Windows media player 11 (if you know how please post in comments!). you will need the Simple Center Software ( Simple Center is also on the CD included on the sales package of your Nokia device)

Incase you are having the Windows 7 RC version (or other versions) installed you can still have much more fun with your Nokia device and media sharing. With Windows Media Player 12, sharing is even more better, So good that you can even use your Nokia device as a remote control to play music :D

Setting up media sharing on windows media player 12

  1. From windows media player (windows media player 12) click on the stream tab and then select “allow remote control of my player…” and also “more media sharing options”

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As you can see after clicking the “more streaming options” a new window opens up which looks like this

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Allow the Nokia Device (or Unknown if the name is not displayed) to receive content.

Now on your Nokia device set up home media from the steps given in part 1. then select the content you would like to share from “home media > share content” and select the content you want to share. Screenshot0010

Now you can browse home for songs on the pc or just go to the music player on your phone and in the tracks list select “options > play > on device (to play on your phone) OR via home network ( to play it on the pc) cool right? :P

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As you can see in the above screenshots I am now playing (streaming the music to my pc) on my pc via my phone. and it works super fine! My nokia n95 8gb is now like a remote control.

In gallery if you wish to share an image perhaps browse to an image select options > show via home networkScreenshot0008

Similarly you can just browse the content of your pc via home media and select “via home network” to view it on the pc or other device available on the home network.


If any error occurs like the device is not visible etc. please check your windows firewall and anti-virus firewall so that its not blocking any known IP’s of your home network, or any media related processes.

(if you come across any errors, problems etc or even have better methods to do it  please let me know by email, mailto: and I will post it here!! thanks )

Friday, July 24, 2009

YouTube App UPDATE

YouTube App for Nokia S60 devices gets yet another update.


YouTube updated to version 2.2.9 now supports Nokia 5800 as well. You can download the app by directing your Phone browser to and select youtube.