Posts Tagged ‘s60’

The Nokia AT&T Symbian Pager (or the Surge)

Monday, July 13th, 2009

Announced today in the US by Nokia and AT&T is the Surge, an S60 phone that seems to owe more to the US fascination with pagers than a true smartphone (details on All About Symbian). beyond that, and the inevitable comments that it’s hit every branch of the ugly tree, I find myself strangely drawn to it.

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No I have no idea either. There’s no wi-fi on the phone, the number pad is part of that weird tiny keyboard, the headphone jack is only 2.5mm, it’s a 2megapixel tiny camera…

Still looks cute though. Can I review one?

A Little Bit of GTD Tech For The Weekend?

Sunday, April 12th, 2009

Over on All About Symbian, I’ve posted an article that talks about how I use GTD with the modern S60 smartphone. This was a question I was asked thanks to the 5800 video diary series that is now addressed in a full article.

The short answer is, I don’t. The S60 derived phones have an absolutely hopeless To-Do/List system in the calendaring application, and the regular calendar/agenda functions are poor at best.

As readers here (and party go-ers in SXSW) will know, I’m a big Filofax fan.

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It’s disappointing when paper and pencil outgun silicon, and it’s made even more disappointing when you realise that in the Psion Series 3’s and 5’s, Symbian OS (then labelled EPOC) had the best Agenda application in the world.

The full dissection with a lively debate in the comments, can be found here.

The Voice of S60 Podcast, from the S60 Summit

Tuesday, June 3rd, 2008

More from the Nokia organised S60 Summit, here’s the interview Rafe and I did with Saara Bergstrom, who runs Nokia’s own podcast, the Voice of S60. It’s going over the news and issues at the Barcelona event, including the shocking news that the conference pens are of a much lower quality than previous years. Bah….

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Taking All About Symbian into Top Gear

Friday, May 30th, 2008

One of the most well received projects in the demo area of the S60 Summit at Barcelona this week was Shaker Racer – a radio controlled truck using not the regular RC sticks, but the accelerometers in a Blue-tooth-connected S60 handset. I had to find out more, in a special video report for All About Symbian.

The truck has been around a number of Nokia events, including the recent “See Into S60” days and the San Francisco Web 2.0 Expo, and is a great demo of how the new sensors on smartphones can interact with the world.

(Download in MP4 Video format)

Thanks to Andreas Jakl (the man behind the code Shaker Racer) for the interview and letting the truck outside the confines of the ring, and of course for building it in the first place. More at the project home page.

The traditional music for any report with some automotive action is of course Jessica, by The Allman Brothers Band, while the rocking action as we drive around the conference is provided by Finnish based rock ban Valerian.