not really mobile app available, but close!

I did try logging in with my mobile browser, but encountered a little problem. I had signed up through the “Connect with Facebook option, hence I had not given any password nor email when registering. When I was looknig at the sign in page on my phone browser there was NOT Connect with Facebook option available after all.. So, I tried to reset my password etc, but obviously that was not possible.

Now that I finally got to log in with a computer, I cannot change my “credentials”, meaning there is no way to change email or password. Which is logical since I registered through Facebook..

Next there is NOT an app, but mobile optimized page available. Not exactly what I posted about earlier when I was hoping for an app for S60 phones. But if/when I get to using the mobile page, it will have to do.

Well, I just have to keep using Moozement through copmuter and wait for brighter future. I still think it’s pretty nice service, definately worth checking out!



Social Media and Networks, Mobile Applications: Future?

One of the hit apps in Nokia N97 is definitely the Facebook app that comes with the phone. When looking at the most popular phone apps of any OS or platform, the social media apps are there in the tops. It is safe to say that social media, news and utility apps are the three most popular app types for phones these days. And if we look deeper into these categories, the news and utilities include variety of different apps offering different content and functions. Social media apps usually give users access to their favorite social network or way to communicate and send messages to their networks.

Lot of companies are offering their own services: Nokia Beta Labs has FriendView and Google has Latitude. These two are very similar, but still different services. Essentially both of them show you and your friends’ location on a map. There are multiple Twitter apps available for all phone platforms, each offering slightly different features and specialties. I assume that Twitter apps are in fact the largest group of the social networking apps available for phones today.

The social networking is relatively new phenomenon; it is safe to say that it has really been a mainstream thing for less than five years. Sure the services have been available longer, but the average citized has jumped in the wagon only during the few past years.

In the same time the mobile phones have developed as well as the data packages’ pricing has gone down. This has made it easier for the not so tech savvy average person to use these services and not to worry about the costs. We have to remember that sms and mms have been around for a while and using email with mobile phone is also quite new thing for most of the people.

Today the combination of the two have changed the direction of what people want, what is possible and what we never thought about before. Lot of today’s technology is something that we never thought of 10 or 15 years ago. Who would’ve needed internet on a phone or even have the guts to ask for a web pages designed specifically for a mobile devices?! These days the services that do not have mobile pages are the ones who fell off a while ago.

Let’s think about news. I do still watch evening news from TV, but I think it is more of a re-cap or addition to what I have learned during the day via internet and mobile news services. If a news service does not have mobile site or mobile service, I am not following them. Not because I don’t like them, just because they are not offering the news in the form that is suitable for my needs. To simplify it, why would I read a sheet size newspaper in bus when there’s smaller, easier to read newspaper available?

Today the quality of the content is even more important, but since there are so many providers available, also the medium and form of the medium can make or break the service. If I can read the news comfortably with my mobile phone, I will spend the time sitting in public transportation by reading the news. If I can’t, I will find a service that can offer me their services in mobile phone friendly form. Simple.

But let’s get back to social media. Few years back when social networking sites started to gain momentum, some people were wondering who the F**k cares what you did or ate in the morning. When some of the visionaries started talking about adding your location with gps enabled devices, these same people could not understand why someone would care what you ate, when and WHERE! It’s insane, now everyone knows where you go, no privacy at all!

The thing is that it is not interesting what you ate for breakfast, not for everyone. Not ever for most of your friends. The thing is that you don’t have to react to everything. The status updates like that are usually there to simply inform this person is up and running for the day. What the status updates are for? Well, it depends. It is up to the person who posts them. In my opinion it is about quick shouts about interesting things I notice, what I have done, if something sucks. It’s something even less formal and more public than a text message to your friends. It is just a comment one could say while hanging out with friends and you would not specifically expect a reaction. It can also be a conversation starter.

But what about the location sharing? Well, it is up to you if you want to show your whereabouts 24/7 to whole world. You can switch the feature off! Amazing! How smart! 😉 There are lots of uses for this thing. You go out on the beach, post about it and leave your location available for your friends to see. So if they’re around, they can find you or message/email/call you “Hi!”. You can spice up your vacation trip blogging by adding your whereabouts ie as GoogleMaps points for whole world to see.

Social networking is gaining popularity even more now that there are applications and services available for everyone to customize their web presence. The genius about this all is that everyone can decide exactly how they utilize the services; same service can do different things for different things. When the experience is personal and the user feels they can contribute the way they want, you have a killer service/application.

But where is this all going to lead us? What is the next big thing? Who knows. There are lot of interesting services and startups coming out all the time. Some of them look silly, but somehow really cool. Some are instantly cool. Which of these will survive? Which ones will blossom? It’s not easy to predict how the masse will take and find new things. On paper or in brief description Twitter doesn’t sound much, but right now it is the hottest thing in the field. Who would’ve known that “microblogging service where you can post messages containing 140 characters or less” would become so popular?

ICQ was the hottest IM available back in the day and how things look right now? It is still around, but people are referring IMs in general as “Messenger”. Like Xeroxing, ripping Velcro or using Teflon pan? I hope the ICQ guys got a good price from AOL.. 🙂


OviMaps problem solved, and Nokia Care answered a question I had!

The problem about uploading maps to my phone with Nokia Map Loader is gone. Literally, it just went away somehow. I yet again connected my phone to the computer with USB cable and thought why not try yet again and it did work. I don’t know what caused the problem since I don’t recall doing anything to it that would make the difference.

Now I have the full Europe coverage and few different voices in my phone! Let’s see how much I really need them.

I had also sent email about the navigating licences in the phone. I have about 3 months of licence left from my N96 and the N97 came with free one year licence. I was not sure if things would work out fine with these wto. I was afraid that I would lose the 3 months left or in worst case that would somehow override the one year licence with the N97. Trust me, I am skeptical about this kind of things for a reason. ..or few.

Well, the Nokia care emailed back to me on monday, bit over the 48h they promised, but I can forgive it since there was a weekend in between and the problem was not urgent. The answer was simply that they should add up so I would have the one year plus the remaining three months. If I had any problems, they would help me if I just provided them with the IMEIs to both of the phones. Needless to say, everything went well after launching the OviMaps and the licence was infact that 3mo.+12mo.

So no worries! And if something happens you will get help from the Customer Care. :


Nokia N97 and others; photos included

I have been postponing my longer post about the Nokia n97 for too long, so now it’s time to try to get something useful written out. I will not write un-boxing story or post photos of the box and what is in there, you can find tons of those posts from internet. I don’t feel like I should post yet another of those, especially this late after the sales launch..

Nokia N96 and Nokia N97
I posted some thoughts about moving to Nokia N97 from Nokia n97, but I will quickly recap and add some right here.

The size of the Nokia n96 is quite optimal in my opinion. It is small enough to fit in a pocket, even though I’d like see it not as thick as it is. In retrospect it would be quite cool handset if it had touch screen large enough to fill the whole front of the phone; with the slider keyboard of course. 😉 When handling the Nokia n97 I was surprised how it felt lighter than the N96 and despite being taller and wider it felt comfortable even in my jeans pockets. This is due to it not being as thick as the N96.

N96 had the annoying tendency to slide open in pocket and since N97 is touch screen and flip-up model, I have not seen this problem again. I am curious to see if the flip-up will loosen in use so much that it will not hold closed, but right now it feels firm and sturdy enough.

The front “glass” of the N97 feels similar to the N96, even though I assume it will be more durable just due to the nature of touch screen: it will be handled more and though will more likely be scratched. I still think getting a pouch for my N97 is a top priority. Now I just need to find a good one. Yes, some of the early-birds did get a similar cover/pouch as E71 is shipped with, but I got mine through channels where only what’s in the box will be shipped..

Nokia N97 in hands
I have used the Nokia N97 for my primary phone now for just over 3 weeks and I think I have gotten used to it and found out what I like about it and what I hate about it.

First of all I feel that touch screen is the right direction! Using touch screen in a mobile phone is exactly where the future of mobile devices is. No matter which manufacturer and which mobile OS, the touch screen is so much more intuitive and natural to use. For example checking your calendar by simply clicking the date on your phone’s screen and the kinetic scrolling of a web page or a menu are things that make using phones with more and more features and apps easier.

I had been using Nokia N810 as my email and web browsing device and had gotten used to having a touch screen and a qwerty keyboard both in use simultaneously. This, I assume, made it easier for me to start using the touch screen in N97. I still don’t think it is difficult to get used to the touch screen even without previous experience. My wife had S40 phone for a long time and had been using S60 phone for only couple months before getting the 5800 XM. She has gotten used to the touch screen quite quickly, even though she is not 100% sure if she likes it or not. But for power users I can recommend phones with touch screens.

Comparing N97 to few other Nokia products

I can compare Nokia N97 only to what I have used extensively, so I will not compare it to any mobile devices I have only used for a week or tried briefly. I feel the comparison would be unfair to both devices in such scenario. I have earlier compared N96 and N97, so nothing more about them right now.

First of all, I will write own post about E71 and N97 since I feel like N97 could be seen as a worthy replacement even for the E71.

I use my N97 as a replacement to both, N96 and the N810 Internet Tablet. For the tablet part, I think the N97 has performed well. The screen in N810 is larger, but I feel that the touch screen responsiveness is not as good as in N97. The edges of N810 screen do not register the touch nearly as well as the edges in N97. The N810 keyboard felt bit better and it had REAL Scandinavian qwerty, not ÄÖÅ behind the function/fn key. This is the most annoying thing in N97. In Finnish these letters are used quite extensively, and the symbol key is right next to this function/fn key causing quite often mis-strokes. Other than that I am very pleased at the keyboard, even though it is not the best Nokia has produced. I would’ve loved to see something that is between E90 and E71 keyboard: E90 keyboard with E71-ish little “bumps” on the keys. This way they would’ve managed to squeeze in the scandic letters too. Or the N810 kind of keyboard..

As you can see from the comparison picture of N810 and N97, there would’ve been enough surface to have N810 type of keyboard. I cannot say if it would’ve been possible in means of insides and other components though.

For a size comparison, I have also included a photo of N97 next to Nokia 6300. Despite the evident size difference, the N97 is slim enough to fit quite comfortably in a trouser pocket. In feature-wise there really isn’t comparison between these two handsets, since they are meant for different type of use from the design board on..

I do not have much experience using Nokia 5800 XpressMusic. We have one of them in our family, and the user has not been complaining about it. Anyway, I still thought it would be nice to include comparison photos of the two. They both run S60 5.0 and have touch screens. Despite this, in my opinion, they feel as different to use as you might think S40 and S60 feel.

On a note, the baby photos I have posted in the blog since early July are taken with the Nokia N97. The photo quality is quite nice especially in outdoor photos, but as you can see from the “peek-a-boo” photo, some indoor conditions prove to be challenging to the camera. Still not up to par with most of the compact digital cameras, but still one of the better cameras in phones.

Note: all of the photos in this post have been taken with the Nokia e71 phone. I will include camera/photo comparison of the E71 and N97 cameras in the own post about the two phones.


Facebook app errors on Nokia N97

I posted earlier about the problem with Facebook app on N0kia N97 . Especially the connection problems involving WLAN. This change of network connection is in most cases, at least for me it has been, the cause of all of the Facebook app errors. At first my solution was to simply switch off the handset.

Now I have been doing something bit more time consuming, but it is nicer than to have to turn off the phone completely and wait it to restart. I simply remove the Facebook app from the start screen. Just turning it off and on again through task manager does not help. And if this does not help either, close Accuweather or any other “always online” app you have on at the time or on your start page/screen. Then wait a sec and restrat all you need to have on and re-attach the apps you need on your start screen. Microsoft Exchange does NOT have to be shut down even if it’s on real time settings! Weird but true.

For me this has helped and even though it is still a pain in the ass, it is way lesser pain to do this than restart the whole device. I have only Accuweather and Facebook app runnign all the time, I just occasionally start my Twitter app and shut it down again. I do have Exchange mailbox running on all the time for the better part of the day.

I hope this helps. If not, let me know what did the trick for you, if you find out!


Alexandra approves

Klementina was running around, Alexandra approved the speed and style..; something quite interesting

I found this new social network related site through a friend of mine. I say social network related since the main idea is that you will have your exercising diary in a simple for in the site. You can then network inside the service with the friend signed in.

I have not really had the time to browse through the service, but there are “gazillion” different activities you can choose from. You choose the activity and time spent, add heart rate if you wish and even additional notes (” went well, will do harder next time” or “sucked big time, I will stop exercising and fatten up again. Not worth it..”). The exercises are visible to your buddies and/or all users, depending on your privacy settings, I assume.

What is the thing today, is the posibility to send your exercises for example to Twitter and Facebook. You need to authorize Moozement to Twitter and then you’ll have simple “Gym 1h 15min @” message in your feed. I do not know if  the heart rate and notes will show up there when added. In Facebook Moozement will add an app. It then shows a list of your exercises and the time, heart rate and possible additional notes.

I like the idea of this service and I am excited about it since it’s a start-up which is developing all the time. New features are added, etc. Now, I have a wishlist already:

– I am using Nokia Sports Tracker. A possibility to somehow integrate kml files and reports generated with ST. I know ST has its own site and service, but it would be nice to have that stuff there too. If not in form of a map, but at least a link. Is there this already? I did not find it.

Mobile phone app! Something I could use to instantly post my exercises from gym or immeaditely after I have hopped off my bicycle. Also the possibility to browse my exercise history and mayne friends’ too? Similar to the Nokia N97 Facebook app? EDIT: I was kindly enough informed tha there is infact an app for S60 and iPhone mobiles!! 😉

All in all I am excited to see if I will be active enough to post all my exercises over there and if it will give me the extra boost to get up and go sweating when I don’t feel like it. Will it make me do more? Let’s see. I have to get up and hit the gym by my bicycle as soon as this summer flu is done deal. 😉