This is still somewhat of a work in progress. So far everything works except audio and hardware GPU acceleration. I can’t get audio to work reliably and since Apple never made a GMA500 based notebook we will likely never have accelerated graphics on this hankintosh.
Special Thanks to Rene and Mark from Rene Rebe‘s blog
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Happy post holidays everyone. It’s time to get back together at our favorite mobile venue, the Nokia Flagship Store. (map) We will be meeting on January 15th at 6:30pm and will stay until closing (approx 8:30pm). Afterward we will head out in search of food and drink.
Sorry for the short notice. October S60 Meetup will be held on the 14th at 6:30pm. You can RSVP on twitter and join the conversation over at HowardForums. This will be our one year anniversary and we will be going back to where it all began Brother Jimmy’s after we talk shop at the Nokia Store. See everyone there!
Quick post. The official S60 Meetup will be this tuesday evening @ 6:30pm. Meet at the Nokia Store NYC. Come play with all the cools phone you read about over the past 2 weeks. We will have some special guests, James Whatley of The Really Mobile Project. So come on out and show us your mobile chops!
My sister, Damara, was home from grad school (architecture) and we were talking about how she needed a new phone and was thinking about a smart phone. I told her i had an 5800 that hadn’t been getting enough use in my closet and would sell it to her on the cheap. So far she has had the phone for just over two weeks and here are her first thoughts on the handset and the software.
So I recently purchased a Nokia 5800 and was intimidated at first.I was originally rocking a LG Shine; a very simple, solid, and pretty basic cellular device.The touch screen, various apps, and data plan on the 5800 was a big jump for me but in a few short hours I was comfortable with the phone and the interface.I like the Nokia 5800 mainly because it has my email13141314, twitter, facebook, txt, and gps on it. I will never again be without that important email13141314 or wandering around lost in the middle of nowhere.The only thing I am having trouble with is uninstalling applications that I download and decide I don’t want/like anymore.Also, the selection of apps for s60 is minimal compared to those available for the iPhone. My school uses BlackBoard and while there is an app for your iPhone, sadly there is no s60 app.Overall, I am very pleased with my purchase and feel very comfortable with the Nokia 5800 and find the organization of apps/menus intuitive.
It was interesting watching her the first few days get aquatinted with the phone. I helped her when she asked for it, but for the most part she figured most of it out by herself. She even got Google Sync working (via Mail4Exchange) which allowed her to sync her google calendars. You can find out more about Damara @ www.dsisti.net
I decided to skip August for a meetup. My day job is a little crazy during August getting all the school computers ready for September and lots of people take vacations. September 18th is the next NYC S60 Users meetup. Come on out to the Nokia Flagship Store and bring whatever shiny new mobile phone you have been playing with and show it off to the group.
James Whatley of The Really Mobile Project and The Mobile Geeks of London will be in town the week after our event so we will be merging to two! We are not sure of the date yet but it will be sometime during the week of September 21st. As for this week’s event, consider it “canceled”. I know many of you might of made special plans for this event so we will still have an unofficial meet up at the same time (and the same place as soon as I confirm with Nokia). I will post more details about next week’s joint event once I get them.
I wrote two months ago about my issues with the iPhone and it came down to the lack of a good camera as my major gripe. My usage type falls right between content creator and content consumer. Before the 3G and arguably still with the 3GS, the iPhone was positioned as a media consumption device. Anyone who wanted to create real media on a mobile looked to the venerable s60 platform and the N Series. That line began to blur as I sat and listened to the WWDC keynote in Moscone West. Perhaps it was the reality distortion field in full effect or maybe it was the promise of a 3mp camera in the iPhone. Either way I had two weeks to wait for the release of the iPhone. Surely that was enough time to find the iPhone’s faults and stick with my 5800. Two weeks came and I was still tempted by the iPhone, more so by its presence as a platform than as a phone. I decided to pick one up and for the past two months I have barely touched my 5800 or any S60 phone for that matter.
That changed when I got an email13141314 from WOMworld offering me an E75 to demo for three weeks. The E75 is a business oriented smart phone with a slide out horizontal QWERTY. I won’t bother giving you a full review because you can read those here, here and here. Here are the major points I found with the E75 over the past 3 weeks.
The Nokia E75 and its QWERTY Keyboard - Flickr
Software: It has been a while since I used a non-touch version of S60. This phone comes with S60v3 FP2 which is very well polished. Despite S60 catching a lot a flack lately for looking outdated, this mature platform knows how to get things done. The menu received a new icon set and minor organizational changes with the addition of a “Control Panel” for phone settings.
Email13141314: One of the biggest draws to this phone is the integration of Nokia’s messaging service which allows multiple email13141314 accounts to be checked via the messaging application. This replaces the aging email13141314 client that used to ship with S60 phones. You are also able to quickly switch between multiple mail13141314boxes. The iPhone requires about 5 “clicks” to switch. On the e75 a quick pulldown menu from any inbox allows you to switch to another. The addition of Nokia Messaging into the messaging app allows for home screen notifications of all your email13141314 accounts.
Home screen: The home screen now sports new message counts for your email13141314 accounts, and missed call, voicemail13141314 and SMS counts. It is a nice addition to the non-touch version of S60 making the home screen a very powerful place. This is one of the big things I miss on the iPhone.
Keyboard: Coming from the iPhone and the 5800 I found the keyboard difficult to get used to. The keys are very flat and it is difficult to know where you are about to click.
Shortcut Buttons. The Buttons that surround the 4 way are all double function. The right and left side do different things but occupy the same button. This caused me to miss click so many times it nearly drove me mad.
Camera: This is a very minor gripe. The camera’s quality is pretty sub par. Both the 5800 and the iPhone take much better images. The phone is marketed as a business phone and its focus is messaging so a nice camera isn’t a deal breaker.
HTML Email13141314: This Nokia phone features a built in email13141314 client that supports HTML email13141314, but I feel it fails in implementation. When you click a message you will need to click a second time to load the HTML version of the message. Why? I had already set it to download the HTML version automatically, just show it to me. The iPhone does this beautifully.
Web Browser: The built-in S60 browsers is ok. It supports flash and will render most websites. It is a bit slow to render and you can’t navigate pages during the process. The good thing about S60 is that you have a bunch of choices in third party browsers such as Opera or SkyFire.
When in QWERTY mode you can copy and paste using desktop keyboard commands crtl + C and V to copy and paste.
Mark your calendars, the next S60 Users meetup will be on Wednesday July 29th at 6:30pm. Come out and discuss how the mobile landscape has changed since June, the introduction of the N97, and the other mobile platforms. Think HTC’s new phone is way cooler than Nokia’s? Think the iPhone is the only phone? Let’s hear the different options!
Details: The Nokia Flagship Store (Google Maps Link) – NYC
5 E 57th St, New York, NY
6:30pm – 8:00pm
Out to dinner/drinks afterwards