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Nokia’s first 1 Ghz model
Aug 1st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The Finnish mobile giant Nokia has unveiled its foray into the 1 GHz mobile handsets with Nokia 500. The handset powered by Symbian Anna is touted to lift Nokia.

The handset features a 3.2 inch nHD capacitive touch screen and a resolution of 640 X 360p. The handset which comes equipped with 2 GB internal storage and a 1 GHz processor comes up at just 14.1 mm thickness. This processor is the fastest that any handset from Nokia has ever been part of!

Touted to be focused at the entry-level smart phone market, the Nokia 500 handset has been priced at a pre-tax €150 (£130) price tag. The release date of the model has not been announced yet but it has been earmarked for an August or September UK release date.

The latest offerings from Nokia may have sparked a debate as to whether the manufacturer is planning to move away from the Symbian OS. The recently unveiled Nokia N9 is powered by MeeGo and the company’s first Windows Phone 7 handset may have stepped up the doubters. However, the unveiling of 500 shows that the Symbian OS hasn’t yet left the stable of Nokia.

Will 500 be the saving grace for the Symbian? Will there be a change in the fortunes of Nokia? Tweet your views and stay tuned to know more!

Windows Phone Mango Handset from Nokia ?
Jul 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The first Windows handset from Nokia, Sea Ray is creating quite a ruffle out there as another set of images and a video of the upcoming handset got splashed over the web.

WPCentral reports that the Nokia handset will sport a 7” logo screen which complements the refurbished Metro look of Windows Phone Mango.

The build 7710 which has been shown from a development factory is said to be the RTM build of Sea Ray which means that it is the final touch unless some issues crop up.

The Sea Ray looks like a reworked model  of the N9 and does not have a front facing camera. It however seems to stick the specs issued by Microsoft to the WP maker s’ community.

Sooner or later, there is going to be an array of handsets, courtesy Fujitsu, Dell, Acer, LG, Samsung, ZTE, and Huawei. Microsoft is betting high on the WP Mango platform which brings tight coupling with Bing, Xbox, Windows Live and Office Mobile among other things.

Nokia partnered with Three on the Ovi Store
Jul 7th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Finnish mobile phone manufacturer Nokia has joined hands with the UK network operator Three to make the Ovi Store experience a lot more easier for Three Nokia users. Through this partnership, the Nokia’s Ovi Store customers will be able to pay for apps on their monthly bill itself.

With this service, customers will be able to escape from the SMS service charging high rates as well as fees being paid to third party financial service for the apps. Three users who download the paid apps by visiting the Ovi Store can make the payment along with their monthly mobile bill.

Moreover, Three customers will be offered with a choice of 40 recommended Nokia apps from the Ovi Store on its branded ‘Three Likes’ page. Different apps would be suggested by Three every week depending on their offering like latest entertainment or navigation aids.

Nokia X7 which has been launched this week is going to be the first device to experience the new Ovi Store service. The service will also be available on other Nokia handsets such as the C7, E7 and N8. However, the availability date is yet to be known from Three.

Unfortunately, all Nokia handsets will not be able to enjoy the service as the latest version of Symbian is needed for the service to work. You can avail the service on Pay As You Go plans as well as monthly deals.

Three Mobile sells Nokia X7 for £35
Jul 5th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia X7 has been launched in the UK, courtesy Three UK. X7 is the second Symbian Anna platform driven Smartphone and is not a cheap as expected.

Similar to Samsung Galaxy S II, the Nokia X7 can be picked on “The One” plan from Three UK for £35 per month. You get unlimited data, 2000 minutes, 5000 texts and 5000 Three to Three minutes.

The Nokia X7 can be picked for £380 on PAYG while the HTC Desire S and the Samsung Galaxy S II cost £360 and £500 respectively. The handset has a 4-inch OLED display with a resolution of 640 x 360.

Powered by a 680MHz Broadcom BCM7227 ARM11 SoC, it comes with 256MB RAM and 1GB ROM plus 8GB MicroSD card storage and a 1200mAh Li-Ion battery. Wi-Fi, USB on-the-go capability, AGPS, MicroUSB, an 8 megapixel snapper with dual LED and HD Video recording option are all available too.

X7 is stunning; however it sounds too expensive for the entry level hardware capabilities that it sports. Nokia N8, Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc can all be grabbed for the same monthly tariffs and the Apple iPhone 4 can be grabbed by an additional upfront payment of just £69.

Unveiling the N9, Nokia gets microSIM
Jun 23rd, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia seems to be striking back the right notes just when it was being written off thanks to its ability to deliver great handsets time and again. N9, the latest device from the Finnish mobile major looks like a very good Smartphone on paper.

Powered by the MeeGo OS, it has the biggest display and highest resolution so far for any Nokia phone ( 3.9 inch, 854 x 480 pixels ). N9 is going to be the first Meego powered phone and looks like the Apple iPod Touch in its rectangular form. The handset will sport cyan, pink and black colours.

It comes with 1GB RAM, 16GB in-built storage capacity and it can support four-band GSM support as well as five-band CDMA support. NFC, Bluetooth, microUSB port, Wi-Fi network, and AV connector are all available for connectivity.

There is not HDMO port or microSD card reader though. The handset has microSIM card slot just like the Apple iPhone. N9 has an 8 MP camera with double LED flash, and Carl Zeiss optics.

N9 will have 11 hours talk time on GSM, abd 7 hours on 3G while the standby time will be 380 and 450 hours respectively.

Nokia X7 on pre-order in the UK, shipping by June
Jun 6th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Who said Symbian is dead? But on the other side of the coin, where do we see it alive? I don’t want to debate too much on this but here comes Nokia X7, another Smartphone powered by Symbian. There are only two such Symbian Anna powered Smartphones E6 being the other one which are coming up.

Nokia seems to have many devices under the hood and the launches are happening now and then. It is just that not too many Symbian handsets are being released these days.

Nokia’s online store in the UK has put the X7 on pre-order with promised shipping before end of June. We can however not expect Nokia to deliver it before June 30 if it keeps up with its history though.

However, place an order now and you can be one of the proud owners to lay your hands on the first Smartphone powered by Symbian Anna within one month.

The Smartphone is built over 680 MHz processor based on updated version of Symbian (which is popularly known as Anna). Interfaced through a 4-inch AMOLED touch screen, the Smartphone is equipped with 8 mega pixel Camera with dual LED flash, which can capture HD Video of 720p quality. It has all networking features expected out of a Smartphone like WiFi, GPS and 3G. The updated version of Symbian OS comes with a portrait QWERTY keypad, updated OVi Maps, better interface and some updated Social media integrations.

The X7 Sim-Free is priced at £399 by Nokia and whether it is worth it or not is a personal choice. If you intend to pick it on PayG, it will burn a £369 hole in your wallet. There are an array of operators who will provide it for £25 per month wherein the handset will come for free.

Nokia E6 up for grabs
May 27th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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The much awaited upgraded smart phone from Nokia’s stable – E6 has just gone up for pre-order in the U.K. To get your hands on this acclaimed smart phone, get over to Nokia Online for a pre-order.

The Nokia E6 boasts of being a Symbian Anna smart phone with full QWERTY keyboard. It also happens to be the first full 2.46 inch screen in a combination of touch screen display and keyboard. This would mean that you can now have absolute mastery of input and content on your device.

This device is being touted as the natural choice for the users of Nokia E71 or Nokia E72 and looking for an upgrade. The display gives 4 times the clarity of that of Nokia E72 meaning that the images would be crystal sharp. This would also mean that E6 would be the sharpest and the most powerful business class device in the market.

Weighing 133g and measuring 115.5 x 59 x 10.5mm, this smart phone is smaller and more compact than E7. Also, its all-in-one design would mean that it would be perfect for those upgrading from the Nokia E72. The other salient features of the device include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G in addition to 8GB internal and a micro SD card that can be extended to 32 GB.

This sleek yet powerful smart phone has gone live for pre order on Nokia Online for £349 (inc. VAT) SIM free.  There is an option to get this device via contract for as little as £25 a month.

The Nokia E6 would go on sale at the end of June 2011. Will the pre-order begin the rush for E6 and give it headway over its competitors? Only time and mobile hub can tell! Stay tuned.

Nokia tops the list in eco ranking
May 26th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Finnish makers Nokia took the top spots for sustainable living, environmental impact and ethical record.

Nokia has taken the top two spots in the leading mobile provider O2’s Eco ranking of sustainable handsets. Nokia’s models C6-01 and E7-00 both scored 4.1 out of 5 for a combination of their environmental impact, contribution to sustainable living and the ethical record of the manufacturer. Surely, Nokia has scored in all aspects to take the cake.

Not too far behind, Samsung’s Galaxy Mini and Galaxy Ace, Sony Ericcsson’s X8 and Nokia’s C7-02, shared the next place in the rankings with a score of 4 out of 5. These rankings cover 90% of the handsets that O2 sells and also included Blackberry models manufactured by Research In Motion, for the first time. These  aspects made the rankings comprehensive covering all the manufacturers.

The inputs for the rankings are gathered from the handset manufacturers – materials used in manufacturing, features that reduce the need for other devices like music players, labor conditions in the supply chain etc.

However, iPhone isn’t included in the rankings. Apple has always been heavily criticized over the environmental impact of iPhone and for working conditions at factories in China run by Foxconn.

O2 believes that this level of product transparency is required by the customers and this is just the first step towards bringing more transparency in the whole system. Let’s see what spans out in the future out of this initiative!

Windows phones from Nokia to sport ST-Ericsson chips
May 21st, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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As per a senior executive, Nokia’s much awaited Windows phones could well sport ST-Ericsson chips. Nokia is to use ST-Ericsson as one of its two chip suppliers if we can believe what a board member of ST-Ericsson told Forbes. Nokia seems to maintain a good relationship with ST-Ericsson.

The Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm has been the most dominant chip in Windows Mobile handsets thanks to Microsoft’s desire to offer consistency on new handsets. The software giant however declared sometime earlier that it will become a bit more lenient as to which chipset it is going to use/support in future.

The deal with Nokia and the huge investment to make a mobile phone platform base clearly indicate how vital mobile phone market is for the software giant. Moreover, given the fact that Google’s Android OS is going great guns and Apple is making newer strides, MS had to get serious with its Windows phone OS.

And the partnership with Nokia will surely help Microsoft’s cause. Let’s see how far things go and how it helps them both.

No more free music downloads from Nokia in UK
Jan 18th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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As per news in the Market, Nokia has set all its cards ready to terminate its most popular plan, which allows its users to download music for free, across UK along with 26 other countries on the globe.

For many years now, Nokia has allowed its Mobile Phone users to download music with no limit for free through its Ovi Stores. This plan has not only increased sales of its musicexpress series of mobile handsets, it has also increased the popularity of its online Ovid Stores. As per the current plan, Nokia will discontinue this plan by the end of this year. This plan will be terminated across all countries except six countries.

Across South Africa, Brazil and Turkey countries, Nokia has made this service available with six month subscription plans. In countries like Indonesia, China and India, this will be available on 12 month subscription plans.

While a section of market analysts, foresee reduction in popularity of Ovi Stores with termination of this plan, Nokia sources are confident that will not happen, while they were actively looking out for more options through vendors and partners to offer other forms of music downloads.

Nokia prices heading southwards in New Year
Jan 10th, 2011 by Dipak Sarda

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Usually January is supposed to be a quiet month for Mobile Handset market. Some time sales slow down for a while during this period and sometimes prices of handsets will be subjected to gravity and comes down. Same is happening with Nokia’s Symbian based handsets.

Prices of most of the mid tier Symbian based handsets from Nokia are being headed southwards. With this pressure, now Nokia C6-01 is available at £210 on Pay As You Go in UK and low end Symbian piece Nokia 5228 is made available at just £50 on Pay As You Go basis.

Apart from PAYG plans, Carphone Warehouse has brought down the ownership of these Symbian based handsets on contract model too. Now through Carphone Warehouse one can own C7-00 and N8-00 for free with £20.42 and £25.53 per month contracts respectively.

These price slashes has broken the record of previous years. While last year £100 was the benchmark for the cheapest, this year brought the benchmark even down. This year Nokia 5228 is made available £49.55 through Orange, Virgin and Vodafone, which is the lowest till now.

Nokia going soft?
Dec 21st, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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If reports are to be believed, yes! Nokia is reportedly in talks with Microsoft about deploying Windows 7 on Nokia smart phones. Nokia’s new CEO is a former head of Microsoft’s business division – some say, this brought a relative ease for all the talks.

However, it must be pointed that the Finnish giant has unequivocally rubbished such claims when they initially emerged in September. Nokia tried to tone down those rumors by pressing its commitment to Series 40, Symbian and MeeGo.

With a race that is turning out to be tougher than expected, Nokia is looking for a foothold in the smart phone market against the Android-running devices. With Apple iphone turning up as well, analysts believe Nokia might be well served having Android in its stable.

Nokia, however, strongly insists in the future being of MeeGo as well as Symbian – irrespective of the fact that Samsung and Sony Ericsson have recently dropped support for the OS. Even the Symbian Foundation scaled back its support for the OS but Nokia responded with renewed support.

The battle lines are drawn. It remains to be seen whether Nokia would call bluff and support Symbian or would enroll a new platform. Whatever it may turn out to be, Mobile hub would be your hub to know all the latest!

Nokia filed legal suits against Apple in UK, Germany and Netherlands
Dec 20th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Today Nokia has announced that it has filed legal suits across European regions including UK against Apple, alleging that later has infringed its patents in Apple’s products which are sold in these countries. This adds count of legal suites filed by Nokia against Apple by 13 to current 24, which are already being heard in various courts.

As per sources from Nokia certain inventions related to user experiences like wiping on touch screen to navigate content or using an app store on device for providing access to constantly changing services and upgrades, are patent protected and sources also confirmed that these patents were filed almost a decade before launch of iPhone. Nokia sources feel that these are clear infringement of their intellectual property rights.

In UK alone Nokia has filed four new legal suites relating to touch user based interface, Modular Structures, signal noise suppression and on-device based app stores. Other countries where Nokia has filed legal suits are Germany and Netherlands. Apart from Nokia, Apple is already facing Patent Infringement allegations from other mobile manufacturers like Motorola. Motorola also has already filed legal suits against Apple.

Number of Nokia Care Service centers going to be reduced
Dec 7th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia has announced that it is planning to reduce number of Nokia Care Service centre across UK to one third by March next year. Number of centers to handle handset repairs will be reduced from 78 to 50.

Nokia has already served notice to nearly third of its Nokia Care agents that is planning to reduce number of service and repair points across UK. The notice will be followed by a three month review period. One of the reasons for this move would be, Nokia may be planning to start its own exclusive service centers.

Nokia is the only mobile handset manufacturer who follows third party service centers model to handle warranty faults for customers. This model has been launched by the manufacturer more than a decade ago and at one point of time across UK, numbers of service centers were near to 100.

Though Nokia sources are trying to maintain this move as part of its ongoing renewal program to improve its customer care experience, existing Nokia Care agents consider this to be the biggest error Nokia is doing.

Nokia C6-01 Smartphone deals available in the UK
Nov 29th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia C6-01 has got launched in the UK on contract, SIM-Free and Pay-As-You-Go. O2, T-Mobile, Vodafone, and Orange have all got Nokia C6-01 deals starting at £20 per month. On PayG, the handset is offered by T-Mobile, Vodafone and O2 for £219. You can otherwise lay hands on the Smartphone SIM-free for £295.

The C6-01 has a 3.2-inch AMOLED capacitive TouchScreen, a metal casing, and a no slide-out QWERTY keypad. Facebook and Twitter have support on this handset with option to customize home screen, and support for multiple accounts.

New features like 3.2 inches display with 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 103.8 mm X 13.9 x 52.5 mm dimensions (length X Thickness X Width), Bluetooth 3.0 inside, WiFi b/g/n, multiple bands (Quadband GSM/EDGE), Pentaband 3G and finally weighing 131. In addition to above, Nokia C6-01 is equipped with an 8-Megapixel camera, a dual LED flash, and HD video ability.

Unlike Nokia N8, which took almost 5 months to hit shelves after launch announcement, Nokia C6-01 hit the shelves swiftly, within a month of their announcement. Nokia made announcement about launch of Nokia N8 back in April and the handset hit the market at the end of September.

However Nokia C6-01 was announced in mid September and got ready to ship within a month of that announcement. Based on the improvised Symbian^3 platform, Nokia C6-01 is a good handset. Though the new Symbian^3 is definitely better than the old one, but still retains the same ancient look.

Nokia C7 available on UK store shelves
Nov 11th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Nokia has made its latest Symbian^3 based smartphone, Nokia C7, available to UK customers via direct channel, Nokia Online Shop. Orders started shipping from ending of October onwards, weeks before it is available with UK network providers.

Nokia made it available in both Locked and unlocked version. Unlocked (SIM Free) variant will be costing approximately £ 389, while same will be available at approximately £ 25 per month on a contract basis with UK networks that have agreed to stack up C7 on their store racks. Networks, that have confirmed are Three Mobile, O2, Virgin Mobile, Phone4U, Carphone Warehouse, T-Mobile and Vodafone.

C7 interfacing over a full touch screen, enclosed in a stainless steel case has the style quotient embedded into it. Equipped with HD Video feature through 8 megapixel camera and webTV, Nokia C7 is also equipped with Social Networking features like access Facebook and Twitter feeds. It also provides one button access to all popular mail services like Yahoo Mails, Ovi Mail and Hotmail.

There is no doubt in saying that one of the most awaited Symbian^3 based phone has arrived in the market.

Nokia’s DAB accessory for Symbian^3 devices
Nov 10th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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For many years AM had remained the most popular radio, gone are the days when FM has taken its place and it’s a newer technology DAB, going to replace it. DAB is the latest technology, which allows you to listen to sweet new music. DAB technology allows higher quality of audio with less interference of external noise and also provides additional information regarding the track being played.

Nokia has come up with an accessory, called ‘DAB digital radio headsets’, which will act as receiver. This actually results in lot of cost reduction for Nokia, as the other option left is to embed this technology in each and every device.

The device measures 55 X 23 X 14.5 mm and weighs 30.5 grams. This comes with micro USB interface and comes with a pair of jazzy headphones, which uses standard 3.5 mm headphone jack.

This is supposed to release in UK, somewhere in next quarter and after that in all other countries.

Nokia C7 and C6-01 stacked up on shelves
Nov 8th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Unlike Nokia N8, which took almost 5 months to hit shelves after launch announcement, Nokia C7 and C6-01 did hit the shelves swiftly, within a month of their announcement. Nokia has made announcement about launch of Nokia N8 back in April and has hit the market at the end of September, almost made a delay of 5 months.

But Nokia C7 and C6-01 were announced in mid September and ready to ship within a month of that announcement. All these phone Nokia N8, C7, C6-01 are based on new improvised Symbian^3.   Though the new Symbian^3 is definitely better than the old one, but still retains the same ancient look.

These new pieces are fit with all new features like 3.2 inches display with 640 x 360 pixel resolution, 103.8 mm X 13.9 x 52.5 mm dimensions (length X Thickness X Width), Bluetooth 3.0 inside, WiFi b/g/n, multiple bands (Quadband GSM/EDGE), Pentaband 3G and finally weighing 131.

These powerful and yet slim Nokia new launches will be available with high speed internet access all around the world. In addition to above, these new launches are equipped with 8 megapixel camera.

Nokia Beta Labs kicks off Ovi Calendar 2.0
Oct 20th, 2010 by Andy Miles

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Nokia has turned lights on to Ovi Calendar service and the result id the Ovi Calendar 2.0 beta which is being tried its Beta Labs. Let’s have a closer look at Ovi Calendar 2.0 beta to see what’s new and interesting.

The Ovi Calendar service is a good one to keep track of events and it can help you sync the same between your PC and phone. An array of changes is bundled with Ovi Calendar 2.0, the latest version being tested by Nokia Beta Labs.

Ovi Calendar 2.0 lets you share events and invite people from your address book straight away. Event reminders can be set using the service apart from accepting requests from others who use Ovi. You can also check the attendance status, thanks to an event dashboard.

You can subscribe to any of your favourite public calendars like sports or business holidays and get everything in a common location using Ovi Calendar 2.0. More about the service can be known in a couple of weeks as reviews and comments pour in.

Unlocked Nokia C7 from Play.com
Oct 19th, 2010 by Dipak Sarda

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Play.com is offering the unlocked Nokia C7 at a good bargain of £319.99. The recommended price is £359.99 as per Play.com for the Symbian^3 handset and it promises early November as the release date.

Though Play.com is accepting orders for the SIM-Free handset, the online retailer claimed them to be pre-orders and nothing more. The handset is due for release on 9th November 2010 as per Play.com.

The Nokia C7 might not be able to match up its peers like Apple iPhone4 or the Samsung Galaxy S that have been launched during the recent past; however the C7 can still prove to be a popular handset. The C7 has a TouchScreen, a decent 8GB memory, an 8MP camera, and links to Social networking sites. It also has an accelerometer sensor, multi-touch controls with pinch and flick and then access to Nokia’s illustrious app store – the Ovi store.

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