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Nokia Lumia 900 (Windows Phone): First Lumia with a front-facing camera. Still missing a few features

The first two Windows Phone devices Nokia announced late last year, the Lumia 710 and 800, looked like decent but unexciting phones. The phones were also missing a couple of feature checkboxes including a front-facing camera, NFC and LTE. The first 2012 Lumia model is the 900. How does it fare spec checkbox-wise?

+ 1 megapixel front facing camera
+ LTE (AT&T)
+ 4.3-inch display
+ Gyroscope
+ Two microphones (one presumably for noise cancellation)

It is still missing a couple of features, however.

- No microSIM slot
- No NFC (something Nokia is pushing on its legacy platforms)

It remains to be seen if the 900′s camera matches the spectacular quality of past Nokia (non-Windows Phone based) smartphones or is the so-so quality seen produced by the 710 and 800.

You can find the full Lumia 900 specifications at:

Nokia Lumia 900 specifications

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Symbian.org shutting down

http://www.electronista.com
/articles/10/11/27/symbian.website.online.distros.shutting.down/

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Nokia N97 + Neurosky Bio-sensor + Maze Game = ?


Video courtesy of Webseed

Found this item over on Engadget…

Nokia N97′s Brain Maze requires steady hand, typical mind-control equipment

But, I can’t see I see any “mind control” involved after watching the video demo. All the navigation is done through hand motion. The mind control part is supposed to be “thinking in advance” of the course. But, that is not something readily apparent just by watching a video.

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Nokia N96 30.033 Firmware Restabilized My Phone

I’ve noticed small quirky annoying problems with the Nokia N96 since I updated its firmware around May (if memory serves me correctly). The N96 couldn’t “remember” my voice mail number (123) after repeatedly entering it and seeing a message saying it was stored. Camera would not attach GPS geotags to photos even though I repeatedly set it to on in the camera app’s settings. The N96 also seemed to lose its Bluetooth connection to devices that had worked spectacularly well with it for months.

On a whim I checked to see if a new firmware release was available for it today and installed version 30.033 dated June 18, 2009. So far it looks like the voicemail number setting is sticking. I thought the camera’s GPS setting was too. But, a quick just a moment ago showed it had reverted back to off in the past hour. I didn’t notice any Bluetooth drop to a BT car speaker. But, that problem only showed up a couple of times a week (not daily).

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Podcast 24: Conversation w/Nokia’s Ira Frimere and Joseph Gallo

I spoke with Nokia’s Ira Frimere (Portfolio Manager for North America) and Joseph Gallo (Communications Specialist) about Nokia smartphones (what else?) in this podcast. ZDNet/NokiaExpert.com’s Matt Miller was scheduled to join us but was unable to because of technical issues.

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Nokia E75 Slide-out QWERTY Keyboard Looks Good – But, No US Carrier Means a High Price

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Nokia announced…

Email the way you want it – Nokia E75 begins shipping

However, the Nokia USA site says it is only available for pre-order and not actually shipping. Since it does not appear to have a US Carrier associated with it, it currently only available at its full $529 price.

The E75 is based on Symbian S60 3rd Edition Feature Pack 2. Its slide-out keyboard looks like a good one. It also includes a 3.2 megapixel camera (with zoom and flash) as well as Assisted-GPS (A-GPS). It has Bluetooth and WiFi (802.11b/g) and provides the ability to serve as a wireless data modem to a tethered device (Nokia PC Internet Access).

You can find its product page here: Nokia E75

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Nokia Photo Browser experimental prototype app from Nokia Beta Labs

Interesting looking prototype photo browser from Nokia Beta Labs. It only works on Nokia touchscreen phones like the XpressMusic 5800 though.

Introducing Nokia Photo Browser – browse your photos with stunning 3D effects

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Nokia Video Tutorial: Ovi Store 101 for Developers


YouTube video courtesy of Nokia

Interesting video from Nokia giving potential smartphone app developers a sub-4-minute video tutorial on how the Ovi Store app submission process works. Registering as a publisher is free right now. More information can be found at…

publish.ovi.com

Nokia is using the same 70/30 (developer/Nokia) split that Apple user has with their developers. Nokia will not support subscription type apps. But, they do permit both free and paid app types (naturally). I found it interesting that they allow a large number of app and content types including Flash Lite, Java, Symbian S60, WRT widgets as well as themes and wallpapers.

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AT&T Selling Nokia E71 for $99.99 After Rebate w/2-Year Contract

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ZDNet & Nokia Expert’s Matt Miller and I discussed the unavailability of Nokia S60 smartphones by U.S. carriers in MobileViews Podcast 20 last week. Now, Engadget tells us that…

AT&T pulls trigger on Nokia E71x and Samsung Propel Pro

The E71 will be available for $99.99 if you agree to a two year AT&T contract and send in the rebate form. The E71 looks like it has an excellent QWERTY thumb keyboard and should be just the thing for heavy email, texting, and Twitter users.

BTW: I’m @toddogasawara on Twitter.

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Podcast 20: Conversation with ZDNet/NokiaExpert Blogger Matthew Miller About Nokia Smartphones

Matthew Miller is a prolific mobile technology blogger. You’ve probably read his blog/articles on ZDNet in two blogging venues:

ZDNet The Mobile Gadgeteer
ZDNet Smartphones and Cell Phones

More recently, he has been writing a Nokia-focused blog on NokiaExperts.com.

Matt and I focused our discussion on Nokia S60 smartphones in this 35 minute podcast #20.

- You can listen to the podcast right now from your web browser by using the embedded player above.
- You can also subscribe to the podcast in iTunes or this RSS feed.
- You can also point your smartphone’s browser at mobiletoday.podbean.com to listen to or download the MP3 file over the air to your phone.

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