Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Dopod pops out music-centric smart phone

Asian smart-phone supplier Dopod has unveiled its latest HTC-made handsets, among them version of the manufacturer's familiar BlackBerry-like S620, the 3G-friendly P3600 and the GPS-enabled P3300. But a couple of other, unexpected models stood out from the rest.
Top of the list is Dopod's C800, a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE device based on HTC's slide-out keyboard design. Unlike the manufacturer's other such devices, the C800 isn't a 3G phone. It's othere specs are pretty standard: two megapixel camera, Bluetooth 2.0 with stereo audio, 2.8in 240 x 320 display, 802.11b Wi-Fi, 64MB of RAM, 128MB of Flash and a MicroSD card slot.

The M700 looks rather like the HTC P3300 - which Dopod's offering as the P800W - but drops the latter's GPS receiver in favour of an FM radio. Again, it has a two megapixel camera, 2.8in 240 x 320 display, Bluetooth 2.0 with A2DP for wireless stereo audio, and 802.11g Wi-Fi. The phone's a quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE job.
Pitching the music playback angle, Dopod will bundle a 512MB MicroSD card with the M700, while HTC has equipped the handset with double the usual Flash complement: 256MB.
Both devices - and, indeed, the others - are due to ship later this month in Dopod's Asian markets. HTC owns a majority stake in Dopod.


Nokia N85 Cellular Phone

It's hard to knock a phone that has all the current popular technologies, but it would have still been great for Nokia to consider new technologies for this latest N-Series range, particularly a media sharing networking protocol.

Buying choices:

  • Nokia N85 Cellular Phone | $0 - $0

Users' rating:


First Look:-

It's hard to knock a phone that has everything, and as with the Nokia N-Series announcements from the beginning of 2008, the N85 has all bases covered, especially in regards to connectivity technology. Combining HSDPA data downloads, WLAN for local networking and A-GPS for navigation makes the N85 another powerful mobile from the world's leading phone manufacturer.
As a multimedia player, the N85 will support the same raft of music and video files we see in N-Series devices including the DRM protected WMA music files purchased from the Nokia Music store and will play back video on its 2.6-inch OLED colour screen. While the N85 doesn't have substantial internal storage, Nokia does plan to bundle an 8GB microSD card with the phone.
To set it apart from the other N-Series handsets, specifically the N96, Nokia is pitching the N85 as an N-Gage gaming phone with dedicated gaming controls. To emphasise this association, the N85 will come bundled with 10 pre-installed N-Gage game demos and a voucher to fully activate one of these titles. In our experience the N-Gage platform and the available games are slowly improving, so this could actually be quite an attractive offer by the time the N85 is released.
As with all of Nokia's previously released N-Series phones we'll be watching the battery closely. The N85 will employ a 1200mAh battery pack, similar to last year's N95 8GB. Nokia does seem to be refining the way its high-power handsets conserve battery life — we saw the 8GB model maintain better battery cycles than the originally released N95 — but this could still be an area for concern.
It's a shame not to see Nokia implementing new technology in the features list of the N85. One particular area of technology we'd be interested in seeing in an N-Series device is networked media sharing. Other mobile manufacturers including Samsung and Sony Ericsson are experimenting with including DLNA media sharing in upcoming phone releases. This sort of technology would be an excellent inclusion for a media-centric phone like the N85.
The N85 is a fairly uninspiring announcement from Nokia, even though we don't doubt that it will perform in line with Nokia's other high quality N-Series devices. Except for a marginal difference in size, the difference between the N85 and the N96 on paper is so small that it seems unlikely that people will hold off buying the N96 in the fourth quarter of 2008 and instead wait for the N85 which is set for release in the first quarter of 2009.



  • Talk time
  • 6.5 hours
  • Standby time
  • 363 hours


  • Camera resolution
  • 5-megapixel
  • Camera flash
  • LED
  • Video capture
  • Yes


  • Networks
  • GSM 850, GSM 900, GSM 1800, GSM 1900, UMTS 2100
  • Connectivity
  • Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, HSDPA
  • Data services
  • USB connectivity
  • Yes


  • Main display: Screen resolution
  • 240 x 320 pixels
  • Main display: Number of colours
  • 16 million


  • Video player
  • Yes
  • Games
  • Yes
  • FM radio
  • Yes
  • Music player
  • Yes


  • Input method
  • Numerical keypad
  • Voice recorder
  • Yes
  • Ringtone options
  • Polyphonic, MP3
  • Java
  • Yes
  • Operating system
  • Series 60
  • Supported audio file formats
  • AAC, AAC+, MP3, WMA
  • Supported video file formats
  • MPEG-4
  • Supported picture file formats
  • JPG
  • Other supported file formats
  • JPG
  • Video calls
  • Yes
  • Web browser
  • Yes


  • Phone type
  • 3G, Multimedia, Smartphone, GPS
  • Form factor
  • Slider
  • Dimensions (W x D x H)
  • 50 x 16 x 103 mm
  • Weight
  • 128 g


  • Internal memory
  • 74 MB
  • Memory card included
  • 8GB
  • Expansion slot
  • microSD


  • Messaging options
  • SMS, MMS

Physical features

  • Available colours
  • Black
  • Included accessories
  • Manual, Software (Windows), Charger, Stereo headset, USB cable, Memory card

N93i Ultimate One.......

I should stress right at the outset that the Nokia N93i isn't strictly an upgrade to the N93. The N93i is an evolution of the original design, to be sure, and the main point is that it's much slimmer and more visually appealing, thus attracting people who would have dismissed the original bulk of the N93. It remains to be seen how long the N93 stays available for, but I'd guess that the two can coexist happily for a while. The N93i is the one most newcomers will buy, but there are quite a few compromises made in the N93i design that might annoy anyone determined to buy the 'flagship' S60 smartphone. For more on the pros and cons, read on....

First impressions of the N93i are excellent, with the large mirror-backed screen prominent and attractive, with a silver surround that's unfortunately not carried down into the base unit, which remains black(ish) - the two-tone silver/black looks a little odd. The camera housing still dominates the top of the N93i, but it's been restyled since the N93 and is slightly thinner.

Using a combination of newer screen technology (the small exterior display is now OLED) and clever concave sculpting (see the diagram, right) the majority of the N93i is a good 5mm thinner than the N93. This is a huge difference and obviously THE main selling point of the newer model when picking it from a line-up. With the slimmer form comes lower weight too, 17g less than the N93, at 163g. Holding and opening up the N93i doesn't overwhelm you with its bulk, unlike the original N93. The combination of mirror top and svelte form factor transforms the device into something more instantly desirable.
Other physical improvements made in the N93i include:
  • a joystick rather than d-pad for the side (camera mode) controller - this is significantly less fiddly
  • a recessed lanyard mount on the bottom of the device - saving a couple of millimetres in length in one go
  • a flush-fitting and more secure miniSD slot cover
  • a tethered cover for the Pop-port connector - no chance of this one getting lost(!), although leaving it hanging there while you listen to music on the Pop-port stereo headset looks and feels somewhat messy
  • relocation of the main speaker to the base unit - again, to help save space in the lid assembly
  • a redesigned battery cover that's a lot easier to remove and reattach
  • a proper SIM card recess (rather than the flimsy and fiddly clasp on the N93)
  • a charging LED set underneath the mirror top
The redesigned miniSD slot
The tethered Pop port cover
Opening up the Nokia N93i reveals changes too, both positive and negative. Most obvious is the flush, metallic keypad, probably a necessity given the new slimmer lines of the base unit. There are spidery rubber inlays to improve grip and give you a better sense of where the key boundaries are in the dark. Although this largely works well and there's a definite 'click', the amount of force needed to effect each keypress is fairly high and the N93i isn't as useable as its predecessor when it comes to text entry. I also didn't like the way there were no dividers between the Green/Edit and (more vitally) C/Red 'keys', it's going to be quite easy to go for 'C' and hit the hangup button by mistake, thus ending the application you're in.
The flush metallic keypad
Having reckoned the N93 had just about the best display of any smartphone I'd seen (in all light conditions), the N93i blew me away, indoors at least, with its colour rendition of my photos. The N93i has 16 million colours rather than the N93's (paltry!!!) 262,000 available. What this means is that colours are more vibrant and more accurate, which is good. Not so good is that the change in screen technology has meant undistinguished performance outdoors, especially in sunlight, as shown below. The outer layer of the screen proved too reflective and consequently ruined the contrast, whereas the original N93 screen reflected nicely off the back of the display, giving excellent contrast in the brightest of light.
Contrast in bright sunlight isn't so good....
The main reason why outdoor screen contrast is important, of course, is because it's the viewfinder for all still and video camera functions, the main raison d'etre for the N93 and N93i. Although restyled, the camera seems to be identical, in terms of hardware, to that in the N93, though once you examine photos you'll realise that there is a significant difference.
In camera mode
As you know, the raw CMOS sensor data from a smartphone camera gets processed by various hardware and software in order to improve contrast while reducing digital 'noise' and artificial constructs ('artefacts') brought about because of the physical layout of the sensor and optics, and because of the compression schemes used to keep the amount of data manageable. In the Nokia N93, the noise reduction seemed to be largely turned off, with the result that images were very crisp but horribly full of artefacts if you zoomed in very closely. For the N93i, there's far more noise reduction applied, with the result that artefacts (i.e. detail that isn't really there in the first place) get blurred out, to hopefully result in a more pleasing picture, even if the photo isn't apparently quite as crisp as the same image taken on the original N93. A nice side benefit of the reduced level of artefacts is that JPG file sizes are considerably (up to 50%) smaller.
N93 vs N93i - extreme zoom on low light photo
Which noise reduction setup you prefer is down to personal preference - but for most people it won't matter as there's nothing you can do to adjust it on each device - and in any case, the photos are more than good enough on both devices for semi-professional use. There are the usual range of focus presets and lighting modes (e.g.'Incandescent'), plus of course the tremendous 3x optical zoom, making the N93i as good as many standalone digital cameras. Focussing is done by the usual gentle pressing of the main shutter button and, impressively, I found the speed of auto-focus to be far quicker on the N93i than on the N93, a real boon as speed of focus has always been an N93 gripe.
N93 vs N93i - shooting each other, and in better light
Although in theory, N93i video recording should be the same as on the N93, with the familiar VGA (640 by 480) capture at 30 frames per second, better than anything else currently available, there are several significant differences. On the plus side, there's now the option for 'Continuous auto-focus', with the usual tick-tick-ticking of the focussing mechanism activating as your subject matter changes. Being able to film items really close up is a huge advantage, probably offsetting the fact that the mechanism noises make their way onto the video soundtrack.
Talking of soundtracks, one big minus point is that the move of the stereo microphones from either side of the camera housing (on the N93) to beside the power button (on the N93i) has meant lower sound levels overall and a reduction in the stereo separation.
I've had a few minor issues with handling the MP4 files produced by the two N93 variants, but digital video is such a complicated area that I'm not prepared to lay the blame with the smartphones at this time. I can suggest you steer clear of the supplied Adobe Premiere Elements as your editing software unless you have an absolute monster dual-core PC.
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Away from multimedia, the Nokia N93i is familiar on all fronts, it's standard S60 3rd Edition all the way, though with the extra tweak that you can run any application in 'landscape' mode by twisting the screen round in the other direction. And, as with the N93, you can echo your display out to a widescreen TV using the supplied TV-out lead and extra graphics chips in the smartphone. Being able to shoot video and then play it back straight away on any TV... and then upload it directly to the web to a video blog via a Wi-Fi connection is just cool, cool, cool. And blogging got even easier too, at least in theory, with the addition of Vox to the 'Open online service' option in Gallery (Flikr is already there). Just don't try this at home on a typical European data tariff...
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The N93i comes with a handful of dark and moody themes, as shown below, although I preferred to use it with a much lighter theme, giving more screen clarity in daily use.
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There's also the WLAN wizard, as featured in the very latest N93 firmware, helping you to define an access point directly from an initial scan of the airwaves. As with other S60 3rd Edition smartphones, the Wi-Fi reception isn't spectacular and you'll need to be close to a router for perfect operation. As with the N93, there's support for UPnP (over Wi-Fi), should your home a-v equipment support this for streaming media. Quickoffice is supplied for business use, in viewer form but with the latest Quickmanager module for over-the-air upgrading to full edit mode.
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Another casualty of the slimmer form is the battery, which is now a 950mAh BL-5F rather than the 1100mAh battery in the N93. This is a little worrying to be honest - when using the N93 day to day with a reasonable amount of photography or filming, I was often out of power by nightfall. To have battery capacity reduced is definitely cause for concern.
S60 itself shows the same maturity as in the N93, with almost 22MB of RAM free after booting, ensuring that memory problems in use are few and far between, even when starting up a Java program or a satellite navigation app.
In summary, here are the pros of each of the N93 models, based on my experience:
Nokia N93 Nokia N93i
Longer battery life
Clearer sound on video recordings
Better stereo separation on video recordings
More legible and tactile numeric keypad
Much clearer display in sunlight
Slimmer, sleeker, shorter
Better on-board optical noise reduction on still images
Faster auto-focus
Option of continuous focus in video recordings

16 million colour display
Better Pop port and card covers
Better side joystick
By necessity, I've been concentrating on technical differences from the N93, but most new users will be coming to the N93i fresh and will be blown away by its features and capabilities. N93 purists may want to hang onto their black (or silver) monsters, with better screen contrast, better video sound, proper keys and longer battery life, but for everyone else the new slimline member of the N93 family is a very welcome addition.
The N93i looks and feels like a second generation design and will doubtless delight many a new Nseries customer as well as make jaws drop around the world, in homes and offices, both at its looks and at the sheer number of things such a relatively small device can do.


N78 The Vehcile Gadget Mobility

One of Nokia's new N-series multimedia computers - the N78. It runs S60 3.2 / Symbian 9.3 has all the usual features - 3.2MP camera, WiFi, HSDPA, GPS... yawn - plus something new: An integrated FM transmitter. That means you can play music off your phone over any bog-standard FM radio with no cables. Quite useful for long car rides, I'm sure. James Nash (aka Cirrus) James Nash (aka Cirrus) -->
One of Nokia's new N-series "multimedia computers" - the N78. It runs S60 3.2 / Symbian 9.3 has all the usual features - 3.2MP camera, WiFi, HSDPA, GPS... yawn - plus something new: An integrated FM transmitter. That means you can play music off your phone over any bog-standard FM radio with no cables. Quite useful for long car rides, I'm sure.

Technical specifications:-


Sleek design; Capable multimedia computer
  • Search and find places and know how to get there, with integrated A-GPS
  • Tag images automatically with capture location and upload directly to the web
  • Browse the internet with large 2.4” display, access the web over Wireless LAN (WLAN) with automatic hotspot authentication
  • Up to 24-hour music playback time, scroll to your favorite tracks using Navi™ wheel
  • Access images, music, podcasts, video with high speed WLAN, or 3.5G connection

Operating Frequency
  • Dual mode WCDMA 900/2100 (HSDPA), GSM/GPRS/EGPRS 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • Automatic switching between bands and modes

  • Volume: 76.5 cc
  • Weight: 101.8 g
  • Length: 113 mm
  • Width: 49 mm
  • Thickness (max): 15.1 mm

Memory Functions
  • Up to 70MB internal memory
  • MicroSD memory card support (hot swappable)
  • Approx. memory capacity indication with included 2GB microSD card:
    -Video (VGA @ 15fps): up to 120 min
    -Photos (3.2 megapixel): up to 3,400 photos
    -Music (eAAC+): up to 1,500 tracks*

* Capacity based on 3:45 per song with 48 kbps eAAC+ (M4A) encoding on the Nokia Audio Manager. Capacity with 128 kbps AAC encoding is up to [550] songs.

Power Management*
  • Battery: Nokia Battery BL-6F 1200mAh
  • Talk time: up to 190 minutes (WCDMA); 260 minutes (GSM)
  • Stand-by time: up to 320 hours (WCDMA); 320 hours (GSM)
  • Still images: up to 375 pictures (3.2 megapixel)
  • Video capture: up to 215 minutes (VGA @ 15fps)
  • Video call: up to 125 minutes
  • Video playback: up to 280 minutes (VGA @ 15fps)
  • Music playback: up to 24 hours (offline mode)
  • Web browsing: up to 3 hours (3.5G)
  • FM radio: up to 14 hours

*Operation times may vary depending on radio access technology used, operator network configuration and usage.

Display and User Interface
  • 2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT color display with up to 16 million colors and wide 160° viewing angle. Ambient light detector - to optimize display brightness and power consumption
  • Operating system: Symbian OS
  • User Interface: S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2
  • Java™: MIDP2.0
  • C++ and Java SDKs

Call Management
  • Call logs, speed dial, voice dialing, voice commands, and talking ringtone

  • E-mail (SMTP, IMAP4, POP3), MMS, SMS

Data Transfer*
  • Dual mode WCDMA 900/2100 (HSDPA) with simultaneous voice and packet data (PS max speed UL/DL= 384/3.6MB, CS max speed 64kbps)
  • Dual Transfer Mode (DTM) support for simultaneous voice and packet data connection in GSM/EDGE networks. Simple class A, multi slot class 11, max speed DL/UL: 118.4/118.4 kbits/s
  • EGPRS class B, multi slot class 32, max speed DL/UL= 296 / 177.6 kbits/s
*Actual achieved speeds may vary depending on network support.
Imaging :-

Imaging and video
  • 3.2 megapixel (2048x1536 pixels) camera, Carl Zeiss Optics, Tessar™ lens, 20x digital zoom, MPEG-4 VGA video capture of at 15 fps
  • Secondary camera, CIF (352x288 pixels) sensor
  • On device photo editor (manual & automatic) and video editor (manual).
  • 2.4” QVGA (240 x 320 pixels) TFT color display with up to 16 million colors and wide 160° viewing angle. Ambient light detector - to optimize display brightness and power consumption
  • Nokia XpressShare solution - share easily from Photos application or after capture via email, by using Bluetooth connectivity or MMS.
  • Video call and video sharing support (WCDMA network services)
  • Online album/blog: one click image/video uploading from Photos application or camera post-capture view
  • Tag images automatically with capture location and show on a map where they were captured.
  • Transfer and organize photos and video between your device and compatible PC with Home Media solution.
  • Nokia XpressPrint solution – online printing service or direct printing via USB, Bluetooth connectivity (BPP), WLAN (UPnP), from compatible memory card.

Mobile Video
  • Video resolutions: up to VGA @ 15 fps
  • Audio recording: AAC stereo, 48kHz
  • Digital video stabilization
  • Video clip length: max 60 min per clip
  • Video file format: .mp4 (default), .3gp (for MMS)
  • White balance: automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
  • Scene: automatic, night
  • Color tone: normal, sepia, B&W, negative
  • Zoom: Digital up to 8x

Mobile Photography
  • Still image resolutions: 3.2 megapixel (2048x1536)
  • Still image file format: JPEG/EXIF
  • Auto focus
  • Auto exposure - center weighted AE
  • Exposure compensation: +2 ~ -2EV at 1/3EV step
  • White balance : automatic, sunny, cloudy, incandescent, fluorescent
  • Scene: automatic, user, close-up, landscape, night, night portrait
  • Colour tone: normal, sepia, B&W, negative
  • Zoom: Digital up to 20x
  • LED flash
  • Secondary camera, CIF (352 x 288) sensor

Camera Specifications
  • CMOS, 3.2 megapixel (2048x1536)
  • Carl Zeiss optics: Tessar™ lens
  • Focal length: 4.6 mm
  • Focus range: 10 cm ~ infinity
  • Macro focus distance: 10 cm - 30 cm
Music :-

Music Features
  • OMA DRM 2.0 support for music.
  • Integrated FM transmitter* (88.1 – 107.9 MHz)
  • Nokia Internet Radio
  • Stereo speakers
  • Nokia Stereo Headset HS-45/AD-54
  • Digital music player: supports MP3/ AAC/ AAC+/ eAAC+/ WMA with playlists, equalizer and album art.
  • Synchronize music with Windows Media Player 10 & 11.
  • Rip your CDs with one click, converting and transferring music to your device using Nokia Music Manager
  • Stereo FM radio (87.5-108MHz /76-90MHz) with Visual Radio™ support
Explore :-

  • Integrated Assisted Global Positioning System (A-GPS)
  • Pre-installed Nokia Maps application and downloadable maps*
  • Comes with a selection of the regional maps

  • Easy-to-use email client with attachment support for images, videos, music and documents
  • Compatible with Nokia Wireless Keyboard SU-8W (sold separately)

  • Nokia Web Browser with Mini Map
  • Web feeds support (RSS)
  • xSP framework support

Digital home
  • Access multimedia content on your compatible home media network over UPnP.
  • Automatically synchronize your mobile and home content with Home Media solution

Java Applications
  • Java™: MIDP2.0
  • Over-the-air download of Java-based applications and games

Other Applications
  • Personal Information Management (PIM)
  • Advanced S60 PIM features including contacts, calendar, to-do list, notes, recorder, calculator, clock, converter
  • Office applications: Quickoffice supports viewing of common e-mail attachments and Adobe PDF Reader
  • Setting wizard for easy configuration of e-mail, push to talk and video sharing
  • Data transfer application for transfer of PIM information from other compatible Nokia devices
  • WLAN wizard

  • WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g with UPnP support
  • USB 2.0 high-speed through micro USB connector
  • Bluetooth wireless technology 2.0 + EDR
  • Nokia AV connector 3.5mm
  • Nokia Nseries PC Suite connectivity with USB, and Bluetooth wireless technology
  • Local synchronization of contacts and calendar to a compatible PC using connection
  • Remote over-the-air access to your home content with ORB
  • Automatic synchronization with Home Media Solution
  • Send and receive images, video clips, graphics, and business cards via Bluetooth wireless technology

* The service is available free of charge, although any data transferred over the network will incur charges from your network operator. To check the availability and cost of the service, contact your network operator or service provider.
Video :-

RealPlayer media player
  • Full-screen video playback to view downloaded, streamed or recorded video clips
  • Supported video formats: MPEG-4, H.264/AVC, H.263/3GPP, RealVideo 8/9/10, Flash 3.0
  • Up to 30 fps (frames per second) playback
Sales Package Contents :-

Standard Sales Package Contents
  • Nokia N78 (including Nokia 2GB microSD Card MU-37)
  • Nokia Battery BL-6F
  • Nokia Travel Charger AC-5
  • Nokia Music Headset HS-45/AD-54
  • Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-101
  • User guide
  • Quick Start guide
  • DVD