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E63 comparison photos

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I had completely forgotten to put up these photos I had clicked of the E63 alongside the E61 and later the iPhone. Luckily for me, the Ninja from www.ninjatales.wordpress.com asked me just the right questions to remind me that I had these photos.

He also asked me about the audio quality of E63 from the speakers when compared to either of the iPhones. Well, I haven’t had the chance to play with the iPhone 3G yet, but I have had a chance to check out the iPhone. In my opinion, the E63 is louder than the iPhone. I distinctly remember not being able to clearly hear anything on the speakers of the iPhone. The E63 is relatively better, though in a crowded place, you can’t hear anything from either of the two.

All thanks to you “ninjatales“, that I am putting up this post. Without further ado, the comparison photos of the E63 with the E61 and then the iPhone.

5800 shipping now!

The 5800 Xpressmusic

The 5800 Xpressmusic

Good news for all the people in Russia, Spain, India, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Finland, and other places. The Nokia 5800 Xpressmusic has started to ship to these countries!

S60 blog on living reports that the Nokia 5800 has started shipping to these countries. This is great news for all the people looking to buy a phone on Christmas. Now you can pick up a ultra new Nokia 5800. I

I have no idea about the prices, as it is going to vary a bit. But rest assured, don’t worry, it won’t be expensive.
Finally a credible iPhone competitor comes to town!

1. The 5800 as you know will have 3.2 MP camera with dual LED flash.
2. WVGA screen.
3. Resistive touchscreen
4. 8GB Micro SDHC (in the box)
5. 3.5 mm headset jack.
6. S60 5th Edition.
7. Stereo Surround speakers.
8. Etc.

You can read Nokia’s full press release regarding the same.

(Not) Connecting (with) people!

Don’t we all remember the famous tag line of Nokia “Connecting People”. Those were the good ol’ days. Back then Nokia was really developing the Symbian S60 (as it was know back then). So many apps were being developed and functionalities being added that S60 became the OS to use when one was buying a phone. I remember when I was in college if you had a expensive Nokia (S60 version) you were considered cool and all those things that go along with it.

Then came the time when Nokia started stressing on “Its what computers have become”. That in many ways signaled the beginning of the downfall of S60. From then on its seems as though development of the OS slowed down tremendously. Very little came out from S60 people in terms of development. In fact, I think these have been the highlights…
1. S60 3rd edition: Almost like moving from Windows 98 to Windows 2000.
2. FP1: Bug fixes and security concerns being addressed.
3. E90 (phone): The E90 gets the S60.
4. FP2: Transitions and perhaps more???

In between these 4 milestones there were few smaller ones like the Active Standby screen, Search, the Shortcut button.

Apart from this nothing really has come out of S60. And with Nokia shifting to become an “Internet Company” I don’t see any further innovation and development of the S60. The other OS developers have clearly caught up with S60 in terms of features and capabilities. When in-house ‘dumb phone’ OSes can do what S60 does, its time to start worrying. It is surprising to see that S60 and even Nokia have not woken up to the fact that the definition of a ‘smart-phone’ has drastically changed. Today just because S60 can open an Office document and because it can run multiple applications does not mean it is a ‘smart’ OS. No, the rules have changed! You need to be able to do more than what you were able to do a couple of years ago.

Phones have moved ahead in terms of hardware, wifi chips, graphic chips, audio chips and what not.
By developing software to handle the hardware does not mean the OS has moved ahead. How much have you been able to simplify the way it(hardware) operates? Let me give you an instance, whenever I use the WLAN wizard to search for a ‘hotspot’ to connect to the net, it seems as if I am pulling so many levers and it really pisses me off, so much so, that I prefer not use it even when I can. my friend who has the iPhone, on the other hand does it so effortlessly that it makes me jealous! By the time I am connected to the wifi network, he has already opened his browser and is surfing.
This is just one of the many instances. There are many more. I am sure they know it too.If phones have really become computers why do I feel like I am better off carrying a laptop??? Why do I feel like carrying a huge burden on my shoulder when I know that my phone could do most of those things? Simple because the time it takes to do it those tasks on a phone defies the purpose of having that feature!

Lets also look at the biggest chink in the S60’s armor, its interface. The user interface has really not moved ahead. I used to disagree with people when they said it because I thought that by adding a few new icons you could make things more refreshing. Today when I look at my phone I wish I could do something more with the way it looked. I want an interface that is lively and customizable and also simple to use. Just by allowing people to change the appearance by changing the menu view, installing themes is not enough any more. I must honestly say this that I am thoroughly bored of S60, simply because there isn’t enough to do on it. Why can’t anybody customize their phone visually beyond a theme and font size? Oh and now we have transitions, which are existent in only FP2 devices and in one FP1 device- N81. If this is what computers have become, then let me tell you S60 and Nokia that you guys are thoroughly mistaken!

What Nokia and S60 have failed to see is how iPhone has changed the game when it comes to browsers.I agree that iPhone does not offer Flash support and what not. But it is so much simpler and more flexible, and so friendly to use. With the Android also hitting the stores soon with the Chrome in some avataar, I wonder what Nokia will do to stay ahead in the game!

One more threat that they seem to have not guaged properly is the MiniPC segment. With almost every manufacturer jumping onto the bandwagon offering smaller laptops to do ones daily computing, its a matter of time when they cannibalize the smart-phone segment. With XP being bundled and even variants of Linux on these MiniPCs, it is merely a matter of time before Microsoft and LiMo start offering similar experiences on phones. How ready is S60 and Nokia for that possibility?

Its high time Nokia and S60 realize their folly and start “Connecting (with) people”. On a personal note, I would like to make it clear that I have faith in the OS despite the fact I am bored of it. It is a strong and robust system. I am confident that Nokia and S60 will realize the situation they are currently in and correct it. With Samsung and to an extent LG also releasing S60 enabled handsets, there is bound to be some sort of jumpstart in development activities. I hope that S60 is also open to suggestions as it is to features.

iPhone 3G: The India story.

They say India is a weird country and that most of the marketing theories which work everywhere else don’t necessarily work here. Well ‘they’ are right!

On the 22nd of August, India saw Apple entering the mobile phone market with its latest offering; iPhone 3G. So why are talking about it here, you ask. Since two weeks the iPhone which sold millions of pieces throughout the world managed to sell only (wait hold your breath!) 5000, yes 5000 pieces. This figure is the countrywide sales of the iPhone 3G.

So what went wrong? How come a product which generated blockbuster sales around the world muster only 5000 thousand units?

There are many reasons…
1. When most of the countries were selling the iPhone between INR 8000 to 15000, Indian operators came out with the price of INR 31600 (8GB) and INR 33600 (16GB). Automatically alienating most of the populace.
2. India does not have 3G and the target customers for this phone know that. (Airtel and Vodafone think they are clever… they are plain stupid if you ask me.) What were the service providers thinking?
3. Advance booking does not mean sales. The service providers know that. Again what was the purpose of having advance booking, especially when anyone could do it for free.
4. The iPhone (older one) in 16GB iteration sells for about INR 25000 in the grey market. That should have been a good enough barometer for pricing.
5. I asked a couple of people who are using the iPhone, whether they would have bought the new iPhone. They said that there is nothing ‘new’ as such in the new version. They also said its priced as a luxury device, which it is not!
6. I also asked a lot of people, if they would consider the iPhone or no over their existing phones. Almost all of them said that it is a great phone but not at all worth the price. The camera is just 2 mega pixel, there is no keypad, (A majority of India’s population travels by two wheelers and buses, making it very inconvenient to sms or type anything). Also they were aware of the battery woes of the iPhone (this is something I really did not expect), The post-paid plans also were an impediment for most as they preferred the cheaper pricing structure of prepaid (pay as you go) plans.

I was also talking to a friend of mine, she had recently purchase the iPod nano 8GB. I asked what her views on the iPhone were. She said that the iPhone was great but she preferred her phone to be separate from her iPod. The reason, all the functions use one battery, which is a pain when u need the phone to work for the entire day. I have to agree on that, the more the features, the more battery life a phone eats up. She also put a forward a very pertinent question- “What if my phone gets spoilt, won’t I lose my iPod too?” Again I have to agree.

Apple has indeed come out with a wonderful device, but in India they just haven’t done their homework. Every western company that comes to India and refuses to learn, have to face this kind of a situation. There are many instances of something of this sort happening. When will these companies learn?

Airtel and Vodafone have decided to lower the prices by INR 5000 on the iPhone. Seriously what will you achieve by this? When your target customer knows that it will be cheaper to buy it in US and have it shipped here. Wake up Airtel and Vodafone! India has changed!

iPhone 3G

iPhone 3G

What’s inside the Apple iPhone 3G?

Now we know that the iPhone 3G exists and it has sold 1 million pieces in 3 days. But do you know what is inside the iPhone. I was just sifting through a ton of websites talking about everything related to the iPhone, when I came across this interesting article.

How would you like to see what is inside you iPhone? Well now you can. This is probably the only way you can see the innards of your phone without voiding your warranty. click here.