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Symbian-Guru.com Is Over

2010-07-01 12:42 UTC  by  rcadden
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As of today, I will no longer be updating Symbian-Guru.com, and will be purchasing an Android-powered smartphone – my new Nexus One should arrive tomorrow. I’ve been a Nokia fanboy since 1999, and a Symbian fanboy since I got my Nokia 6620 in summer of 2004. Since then, I’ve personally owned 10+ different Symbian-powered smartphones, and have reviewed nearly every Symbian-powered smartphone that’s been released in the past 3 years or so. I’ve tried to use all of Nokia’s various products and services to the best of my ability, and I just can’t do it anymore.

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SPB Mobile Shell Rocking More Awesome

2010-06-24 13:04 UTC  by  rcadden
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SPB Mobile Shell for Symbian-powered handset is an application that brings you a totally new look for your touch-enabled handset. With much advanced options to customize the user interface to suit your need it’s a handy partner to have. If you haven’t read our review of it yet. You should to head over to see just how awesome it is.

There’s now an update for this application bringing it up to version 3.5.5 with enhanced features and improvements on the existing ones. To much delight there is now less RAM usage when using this application and addition of new widgets as well as 4 free themes included. The restore function have also gone smarter by being automatic so you don’t have to worry about backing up your settings manually.

You can grab the new version of the application from our Symbian-Guru Store. Users of previous version can enjoy the benefit of no need for reactivation and preservation of previous settings. For new users the application have a free and fully functional trial period of 15-days so you can get a hands on experience before deciding to buy.

Do you like Mobile Shell’s user interface better or are you still old school Symbian?

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Can’t Stop Solitaire Free For A Limited Time

2010-06-24 13:04 UTC  by  rcadden
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Some games from the physical world are never dying and still remain popular until this day even when transformed into the digital form. Among them we can find Sudoku, Marble Maze and Can’t Stop Solitaire.

For those unacquainted, Can’t Stop Solitaire is a card game where the objective is to solve the different kinds of solitaires by clearing all the playing cards on the table. The game features 15 different types of solitaires that you can play, among them the more familiar ones such as Klondike, Spider, Freecell and Pyramid. Should you be blank on the rules of a particular solitaire game you can simply look it up and learn it by the help of animated moves.

A nice feature in this game is the ability to create a list of games you like as favorites and statistics for each game played. Additionally there are the usual aspects such as being able to choose different backgrounds and card decks.

The best thing however is that for a limited time this game is free from the Paragon website until July 11th . The game is compatible with handsets running S60 3rd and 5th Edition.

Have you grabbed your copy yet and how do you think it compares to other similar games?

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EyeCall – Touch-Less Phone Silencing

2010-06-23 18:05 UTC  by  rcadden
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Imagine you can silence your ringing phone just be waving a hand over it, how about sending a predefined message to the caller by just covering the phone . As farfetched it seems,  with EyeCall your Symbian phone can do it.

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EyeCall, developed by EyeSight, makes use of the front camera on your mobile phone to detect movement and perform accordingly.  Wave a hand over it, the call goes silent. Cover your phone for a couple of seconds and it will send a predefined message to the caller.

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The video below will give an idea on how the application works.

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So what do you think, does EyeCall meets your expectations or more could be done with the front cam? Do inform us in comments.

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E72 Thoughts From The Guru

2010-06-23 13:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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Nokia E72The Nokia E71 is arguably one of the most popular Symbian-powered smartphones since the N95, and many of you guys and gals are still using it, which is awesome. However, clearly there are things that the venerable E71 is missing, such as a decent camera, 3.5mm audio port, and updated version of the Symbian platform.

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Should Nokia Release A 1000$ Phone?

2010-06-16 11:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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In the last couple of years, a very visible trend has been picking up with Nokia-related hardware and devices: they’re becoming cheap, way too cheap. While this isn’t a bad thing per se, and is bringing the smartphone to the masses (think C5, 5800 XpressMusic family…), it isn’t necessarily helping Nokia’s image as the ultimate high quality mobile phone manufacturer that it once was.

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Nokia_E73_ModeAs I hinted about on our Twitter account recently, I got a new toy yesterday - the Nokia E73 Mode for T-Mobile. I like reviewing the carrier-branded phones because it’s interesting to see how much progress Nokia has made with each carrier, specifically when comparing the phone to a similar unbranded device. Nokia normally releases its Symbian-powered smartphones on AT&T in the United States, but the E73 Mode is specifically for T-Mobile, which is an interesting change.

The first thing you’ll notice about the E73 Mode is how much Nokia stuff is still here. Take a look at the unboxing video below to get an idea

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For starters, the first thing you see when you open the box is the E73, overlaid with an advertisement for Ovi Maps with voice-guided navigation. This is impressive mainly because T-Mobile already offers their own branded navigation application - one that normally costs the consumer $10/month extra - not so with the E73 Mode, and they’re apparently proud of it. Even better is the handful of free accessories that come with the phone. In the box is a leather slip-cover (typical of the Eseries in general), a USB data cable (albeit an insanely short one),  and even a car adapter, for charging your device in your car! If that wasn’t enough, there is also a special offer that lets you go to http://www.nokianavkit.com and fill out a registration form to have a windshield mount kit, including a device-specific holder, shipped out for free! There’s some paperwork required, but those car kits aren’t cheap - it’s a heck of a deal.

Even without powering the phone on at all, I’m quite impressed with the initial packaging and unboxing experience. Any consumer unboxing the Nokia E73 Mode is likely to be impressed, as well, and will quickly realize they’ve gotten themselves quite the gadget. However, first impressions can be deceiving - U.S. carriers are well-known for branding their devices into oblivion - stick to Symbian-Guru.com to find out just how badly the E73 Mode has been tickled pink by T-Mobile’s branding department.

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Nokia Slides Out Of Fashion With The X5-01

2010-06-14 12:51 UTC  by  rcadden
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Today in Singapore, at the Nokia Connections 2010 event, Nokia unveiled its latest Symbian-powered smartphone, with the horrendous name of ‘X5-01′. The Nokia X5-01 is a non-touchscreen slider with a full QWERTY keyboard and a few handy little extra features.

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Join The Nokia E73 Mode Scavenger Hunt

2010-06-14 07:00 UTC  by  rcadden
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Nokia_E73_Mode_T-Mobile_USA_03Nokia holds a junkload of competitions around their new devices and services. In fact, at any given moment, there’s probably at least 2 or 3 fun competitions you can enter to win cool Nokia devices and other stuff. One such competition that started not too long ago is centered around the recently-announced Nokia E73 Mode for T-Mobile USA.

So, how can you win your very own Nokia E73 Mode from Nokia? Over at the Ovi Blog, they’re hosting a scavenger huntwhere you must collect hints and email the answer using an Ovi Mail email account. They’re only up to number 7 out of 10, so you’ve still got time to catch up and get yourself entered.

Contest aside, the Nokia E73 Mode is actually a pretty big deal for a few reasons:

1. It’s one of few Nokia devices that support T-Mobile’s wonky 3G network

2. It’s the first Symbian-powered smartphone to support UMA. This lets the phone automatically and seamlessly transfer calls between T-Mobile’s cellular network and a WiFi hotspot, and is an awesome way you can easily increase your coverage or signal strength at home.

3. It’s loaded to the hilt with Nokia’s Ovi services, including Ovi Maps with free voice-guided turn-by-turn navigation, Ovi Store, Nokia Messaging, and more. AT&T has a habit of stripping these services out of its Symbian-powered smartphones, so I’m glad to see T-Mobile embracing it.

If you don’t live in the U.S, you’ll also have the opportunity to win a different phone, such as the Nokia E72. I wonder if you could also choose that if you live in the U.S. but don’t have T-Mobile? Guess we’ll have to find out!

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Use Darkness To Lock With PocketLock

2010-06-12 07:26 UTC  by  rcadden
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Despite our handsets having a keylock, whether manually, timed or automatically, it’s not always convenient to do things when the keys of our Symbian-powered handset is locked. Many times I’ve been frustrated over that I first have to unlock my handset to then be able to skip a track when listening to my music on the go.

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Skype And Qik Premium Hit The Ovi Store

2010-03-03 17:05 UTC  by  rcadden
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Ovi StoreNokia’s Ovi Store is growing quickly, with over 6,000 apps and more coming in every day. We already know that the average selling price of Ovi Store apps is less than Apple’s App Store, which is awesome, but now there are two new reasons to hit up the Ovi Store on your Symbian-powered smartphone.

SkypeToday, Nokia announced that the official Skype client is now available through the Ovi Store, free to download. The new Skype client for Symbian, which we covered earlier, includes tons of great features such as support for text and voice chat, file transfer, and more. It doesn’t support video chatting as of right now, but it’s likely that’ll come with a future update, since pretty much all of Nokia’s Symbian-powered smartphones come with a front-facing camera.


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qikQik also announced an awesome deal, exclusively available on the Ovi Store yesterday -- Qik Premium. This is the first offering of a premium service from Qik and it offers users more powerful abilities, with the promise for more to be added soon. Qik Premium includes the ability to download your videos from the service, so you can back them up on your local computer, edit them, or do whatever you want with them. You also get a new high-definition encoding option, to upload better videos to the service from your Symbian-powered smartphone. You’ll also be first in line for new premium features coming later this year, such as the ability to upload videos taken with your phone’s native video camera application (in case you don’t have a connection, for instance. Qik Premium is offered exclusively on the Ovi Store for $4.99/year, and this special promotional price is only available through March 31, 2010, so don’t wait to scoot on over.

Bill Perry from the Ovi Store also released some stats yesterday, to give us an idea of just how fast the Nokia Ovi Store is really growing. Apparently, they’re up to 22 downloads every second -- that’s 1.5 million downloads a day, every day. Also interesting is that, on average, each registered Ovi Store user has downloaded 12 items from the Ovi Store. More than 60 different Symbian-powered smartphones are supported by the Ovi Store, and the most popular phones are the touchscreen ones like the N97 and 5800 XpressMusic.

Have you been using the Ovi Store yourself? What’s your experience been like?

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T-Mobile Launching Nokia 5230 As The Nuron

2010-03-03 14:40 UTC  by  rcadden
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Nokia NuronWhen the Nokia 5800 XpressMusic launched, it was easy to see that the price point and feature set would have made it an awesome phone for Nokia to make some moves in the U.S. market. The full touchscreen, 3.2 megapixel camera, built-in GPS, and standard 3.5mm headphone jack all add up to trump most of the other smartphones, or at least match them. Unfortunately, Nokia wasn’t able to get either AT&T or T-Mobile to carry the phone, though that hasn’t stopped the 5800 XpressMusic from being extremely popular anyways.

Today, though, Nokia announced that T-Mobile has finally agreed to pick up the Nokia 5230, renamed to the Nuron. The Nokia 5230 is basically the 5800 XpressMusic with a 2 megapixel camera and sans WiFi, and Nokia has added support for T-Mobile’s funky 3G band, which is great news. The T-Mobile version of the Nokia 5230 passed through the FCC back in November 2009, and we’re glad to see it finally come to fruition.

Unfortunately, neither Nokia nor T-Mobile have released pricing information, and that’s going to be the key here. If the Nuron launches at $50 or less with a contract, it could stand to make huge waves. Also, I’m glad to see that T-Mobile is taking an open approach to the Nuron, choosing to launch it with Ovi Maps built-in, rather than locking the feature out. It will also have Nokia’s Ovi Store included, which gives access to thousands of apps that are, on average, cheaper than those found even on Apple’s App Store!

The Nokia Nuron is planned to be available from T-Mobile online and in their retail stores in the coming weeks.


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Even though it seems quite old, given its target market, I think the Nokia Nuron will sell well. I’m anxious to see how T-Mobile markets the phone, though. Historically, AT&T has done a horrendous job of marketing their Symbian-powered smartphones as little more than cool dumbphones, but T-Mobile has done better, in the past.

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