Nokia E71, E66 get Free Navigation (aka “OK, I take that back blogpost”)

A while back I wrote about reasons that Nokia wouldn’t come with a free version of their Ovi Maps navigation software for older models. Now, as it turns out, Nokia has proven me at least 95% wrong by coming out with Ovi Maps navigation for the E71 and E66.

Of older devices the N86 and now the E71 and E66 will have free Ovi Maps navigation. All other feature pack 1 or older devices will not have Ovi Maps with free navigation. In addition the E71 and E66 will not have the Lonely Planet and Michelin guide premium content. While some may whine at this, I consider it to be of little significance that the premium content only goes with newer phones and if the navigation software works with E71 and E66 it increases the life of those devices – good job Nokia.

Find the download for your E66 or E71 by clicking here!

Free Ovi Maps Navigation on Nokia E72 unlikely to show on E71

A few days ago @_bjorn send over an alert about this blog post, which essentially underlines my thoughts on what Nokia is doing with Ovi Maps.

There’s been speculation among users of legacy phones like the Nokia whether the recent release of Free Navigation for Nokia E72, E55, E52, N97 and mini, X6, 6730, 6710, 5800, and 5230 would also be released for other phones – like the E71.

Now, I don’t KNOW any of this, but here’s why that won’t happen:

Nokia presumably likes when their new phones get good traction. As mentioned in the blog post I link to above, Nokia is getting traction by offering a service on new devices for free, which would otherwise cost quite a bit. In this case Nokia has chosen to offer free navigation to the Nokia devices mentioned above and (currently) not on any other devices.
That will move customers in direction of a move from their current device to a new device. Some would argue that Nokia is playing a risky game as disgruntled users might choose other smartphones like the iPhone, Android, BlackBerry or even Windows Mobile devices in the market currently.

So, from Nokia’s point of view: They already sold the phones that currently can’t do free navigation  – not with Ovi Maps, anyway. They made that money already. To now risk that users move from their Nokia E71 to another platform other than Nokia’s own is (almost) as bad as that users keep their current Nokia devices without making any change at all. No change at all equals no extra revenue for Nokia, so it’s better and more profitable for Nokia to risk alienating users through not offering free Ovi Maps for older devices than to put efforts in supporting users of phones that already got sold.

Or anyway, that’s one way to see it. What are your thoughts?

My Favourite Nokia E71 Apps – 27/6 update

Here a quick list of installed worthwhile apps which I need to reinstall upon E7¹reinstall:

– shozu (social networks): http://www.shozu.com
– gravity (twitter): http://mobileways.de/products/gravity/gravity/
– google maps: http://m.google.com
– nokia sportstracker: http://sportstracker.nokia.com/nts/main/download.do
– nimbuzz (im): http://nimbuzz.com/
– mail for exchange: http://www.businesssoftware.nokia.com/mail_for_exchange_downloads.php
– totalrecall: http://www.killermobile.com/newsite/content/view/40/82/
– sms preview: http://get.smspreview.mobi
– flixwagon: http://www.flixwagon.com/
– qik
– Enterprise One (Seven) theme for E71
– mobbler
– coreplayer
– google translator
– wordmobi + python
– screenshot
– accuweather
– google app: http://m.google.com
– pathe cinemas

In addition:
– update share online

Maybe:
– Youtube app
– Nokia maps

Part 2: Tweeting E71 – Enter the Challenger: Twittix

Twittix Followers In the series on Best Tweeting Experiences for Nokia E71 we’ve been having a look at Gravity from Mobileways.de so far. Gravity seems by many to be the king of twittering on S60-based mobile devices including the Nokia E71.

As in all stories involving a king you usually also have someone out to get the king’s crown and the kingdom of S60-Twitterers. In our story, the most likely contender at the moment among paid Twitter clients seems to be Twittix from Viking Informatics, sold and marketed by Mojosmobile.com.

Now, Twittix is a native S60 client for Twitter. It costs about €5 and brings you all the things you’d expect from one of the top two applications in the market: timeline, tweeting, replying, direct messages, My Tweets, people you follow, followers, etc. In my last post on this topic I said that Gravity has set the bar, so naturally we will be comparing Twittix to Gravity. In the following I will focus less on what these two great applications have in common and a lot on what makes them different from eachother.

Twittix packs a few features that Gravity doesn’t which changes the user experience a bit. You can forward tweets via sms, which means that you can share interesting tweets or just your own tweets with anyone with a mobile phone – you’re no longer bound by who’s on Twitter. Personally I’m a big fan of breaking down barriers like that so this is a definite plus for Twittix and something Mobileways should seriously consider implementing in Gravity.

With Gravity you can see how many followers and how many following a profile has. Twittix takes it further and lets you view profile and even browse who is followed and who is following. Smart feature which makes Twittix a stronger tool for finding new connections.

Twittix Profile In addition you can pick any profile and introduce that person to anyone currently following you. This too is a plus point for Twittix.

Twittix has other features which Gravity is missing, but the above features are the ones that in my mind makes Twittix more than just a “wannabe Gravity”.

Twittix is missing some features too, though.

One major missing feature is the ability to create and store multiple Twitter searches. That feature makes it possible for you to not just use Twitter as a social engine, but also as a knowledge engine. Twittix is missing literally endless searches and Twitter trends – two features which are much more about what is going on than who it is going on with. Twittix does have one search and more on this front is coming in version 1.01, but at this point it’s just not enough for content focused users.

Essentially this is what it’s going to come down to for many users: What kind of Twitter user am I? Am I a user-focused Twitterer or am I a content focused Twitterer. Many user focused and social twitterers will choose Twittix for its ability to stay in touch with people and connect people to other people – including connecting themselves to all of those people. Content focused users should stick to Gravity for its access to a wealth of information about things that interest you regardless of who it’s coming from. If I were to come up with a tagline for Twittix it would be “The Social Twitter client”.

With both clients it’s a bit of a give and take and both are excellent software products. You have to make up your own mind, but for me the graphics of Gravity, the many searches you can make along with the ability you do have to stay up to date with people still makes Gravity my Twitter tool of choice – even at €5 more than Twittix. The look and feel of Twittix is not polished enough for me – very subjective, I know, but that’s my opinion.

All that said, it looks like Twittix is carving a niche for itself and judging from some of the activity in the blogosphere the kingdom might not be entirely safe for Gravity just yet.

Have a look at the feature by feature comparison on this Google Doc.

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IT Industry Podcasts

Official Podcast Logo Podcasts seem to have become the next big thing for people on the go (meaning anyone), for large organisations who want to market themselves externally or internally, for educational institutions and for radio stations and others who are stakeholders in some form of media.

For a while now I’ve using podcasts to stay updated with what happens in the industry I work in – Computer Networking – and instead of sending e-mails out, I thought I’d list the podcasts below. These are not only my favorite podcasts on networking and technology – they’re also the only ones. I generally use these for additional information on the IT and Computer Networking industries and to get to hear views that are slightly ahead of the curve or provide different perspective on some of the issues that I spend a lot of my time working with.

Cisco Executive Thought Leadership Podcast Feed – http://newsroom.cisco.com/data/syndication/rss2/etl_podcast_20.xml
Comment: This is Cisco executives’ channel for their piece of input on various issues – usually focused on how networking can help both business and individuals develop and grow. Insightful and educative.

News@Cisco – http://newsroom.cisco.com/data/syndication/rss2/News_Podcast_20.xml

The World: Technology from BBC/PRI/WGBH – http://www.theworld.org/rss/tech.xml

Gartner Voice – http://www.gartner.com/it/products/podcasting/rss/asset_137461_2635.xml

Computerworld TechCast – http://www.computerworld.com/blogs/blog/62/feed

IT Newscast – http://www.networkworld.com/podcasts/newscast.xml

Network World Radio – http://www.networkworld.com/podcasts/radio.xml

networking – http://news.rss2podcast.com/networkingnews_it/podcast.xml

VoIP Magazine Online (Podcasts) – http://www.voip-magazine.com/rss/podcasts

CIO Podcasts – http://www.cio.com/podcasts/podcasts.xml
Comments: Jim Baldoni’s CIO coaching podcasts.

This last one is for whenever I’m tired of all of the above and just want to relax a bit!:
Dance Department – http://radio538.nl/538/xml/rss/dancedepartment.jsp

More about specific players in a future post. Feel free to post comments with your own favourite networking and IT industry podcasts.


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Skype for Smartphone

Skype LogoAs mentioned in my brief review of the Qtek 8310 in November the phone comes with Wifi. In the mean time I have had the time to test it out and some of the things that I particularly like about this phone is the ability to check e-mail and websites, which works really well.

Last time I mentioned that I was missing applications like Skype on my Smartphone. It seems now according to CoolSmartPhone.com that that anyway is possible. Check out the workaround here.

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Introducing Qtek 8310 !

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Finally I’m approaching the end of my Vodafone subscription and I could go out and choose a new telephone and after heavy studies of all pros and cons I finally went for the Qtek 8310.

The Qtek 8310 is really designed and manufactured by Taiwanese HTC and is also known as T-mobile SDAII and i-mate SP5.

Using the 8310 is similar to using any other smartphone or Windows device. There are a few tweaks with Qtek 8310 and Windows Mobile 5, which make the experience nicer: You can upload pictures of your contacts in sync and the screen is larger than on previous models.

But obviously the REAL added value comes from the built-in Wireless LAN (802.11b), which can be switched on or off on the fly. It works easily with most networks and it’s easy to pick up network signals and set up an Internet connection.

Windows Mobile 5 and HTC’s move to a faster processor has dramatically increased the speed compared to past models like the Hurricane. That change makes the experience more like working with a PDA than sitting with a telephone.

With the introduction of Windows Mobile 5 Microsoft has chosen to change the way that devices communicate with ActiveSync – the software used for synchronisation. The problem is that Microsoft has chosen to treat Smartphones and PDAs running Windows Mobile 5 as network devices. If you have a firewall installed on your desktop – and you most likely do – it will block what the traffic from the device as traffic through the ports required by ActiveSync is normally blocked by default. Even if ActiveSync works is a trusted program you need to open the ports yourself.

Microsoft has provided a troubleshooting guide, which should help you solve the problem. Still, a certain level of confidence in dealing with network security and general PC settings are valuable assets in this process. That makes the Qtek 8310 (a.k.a. HTC Tornado/T-Mobile SDA-II/i-Mate SP5) a smartphone unsuitable (and probably anyway undesirable) for anyone without those skills.

Finally make sure that your telephone has the T9 dictionaries of your choice. Mine did not come with the Danish dictionary, and now I have to start tweaking the registry and find the right dictionary file online to make Danish work, which is quite a hazzle.

Note btw. that I do not mention the new Orange SPV C600, which is essentially the same telephone, but without WLAN support.

In summary the new things are the WLAN-support, Windows Mobile 5 and the new processor. Those three make this telephone worth a look, if you’re in the market for a telephone with WLAN support.

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