Once again another way cool Nokia S60 smartphone is now available in the USA, this time it’s the N96. At first you might think that this one is a follow-up to the fabulous N95 or N95 8GB but don’t even think it – the N95 has been such a hit that it’s gonna be impossible to improve upon it let alone replace it! I wouldn’t even speak the names of these devices in the same breath as the N95 (8GB) outclasses this device hands-down (in my opinion). I guess what’s odd once again is that Nokia and their PR arms have promoted the crap out of this device for a few weeks now and yet you have to wonder, does anyone really care??
I’ve been a long-time fan and user of Nokia Sports Tracker. Infact, I’ve considered it to be one of the best location-aware mobile apps anywhere… hands-down! To date the app has been fun, simple to use, and useful, however, it lacked in the “sharing” capabilities… ie. it’s been tough to share my tracks with others and to tell my contacts about new sports tracks. No more though thanks to a clever little widget that the team has developed. The Nseries widget enables users of Sports Tracker to embed sports tracks within several popular social networking resources, including: blogger, facebook, igoogle and a couple of others.
Got documents on your PC that are ticking you off?? Here’s a fun way to unload those old documents from your PC or mobile… the Nokia Unloader. Unloader is a very clever app where you can actually unload your documents (word Doc, spreadsheet, txt files etc…) they get uploaded to the server and then recycled, shredded, or even burned! For every 100 documents that get unloaded Nokia will plant a tree in Brazil.
Check it out for yourself and watch as your document actually gets unloaded before your eyes… quite clever… useful??? you tell me! See http://the-unloader.com
Trust Nokia to get the product placements… perhaps you’ve heard of the Nokia Express Music 5800 (S60 touch UI) which was recently announced. Well, if you happen to be one of the millions of viewers of the latest Britney Spears video you’ll get a glimpse of this cool device – how did she get one of these already??? Guess you have to dance naked!
Ok, I need to get the LBS newsletter out so this will be short… this morning my trial N82 smartphone showed up from the UK. I’ll be using this to not only investigate the latest functionality in this cool device but I’ll also (hopefully) take part in the Nokia viNE experiment.. more on that later! Below is a first sneak peek at the N82 as I unwrap it.
Today I was offered an invitation to sit in on an informal Q&A with the Nokia Email Service (Beta) Management Team. Via Tangler, we bombarded the team with questions for an hour. the following are some of the items of interest I picked up on during the conversations. This feedback is valuable in helping us to get a vision of what we can expect from this service down the road – thanks Nokia for taking part in this.
At Nokia we believe, even though mobile email has been available for years, the amount of users who use mobile email has been dissapointgly low
– When a consumer walks into a phone store, and asks to see all the email phones, the clerk pulls out seven qwerty keyboard devices… three blackberries, two nokias, two other phones. today, chances are, the blackberry gets picked quite often… they have a nice email solution with nice phones.
but, most people come into a phone and say “show me your best camera phone”
or your best music phone
or the phone with the longest battery life
or phones for active lifestyle
or phones with GPS navigation
or phones under $100
Chances are for those categories, there’s more Nokia’s in those categories than any of our competitors.
Nokia will win its generous share of these phones… and once they choose the Nokia, the operator has the opportunity to sell the consumer email on their phone.
“Through our research, we have found that there are three main obstacles to the adoption of mobile email”
2. those who discover email on the phone have a very difficult time getting it setup and functioning.
3. Unpredictability of cost – users don’t have control over how many emails they receive, worry about receiving large bill at the end of the month”.