The long anticipating Swype input is now available for Nokia Phones, thanks for the collaboration between Swype Inc and Nokia Lab. I’m a long time fan of Swype since my first experience of using it on Samsung Galaxy S. Now I’m glad that I can use it on my Nokia N97 even though it’s still under beta testing.
Currently, Swype for Nokia supports the following Nokia S60 5th Edition touch screen phones :-
- Nokia 5800
- Nokia 5230
- Nokia X6
- Nokia N97
- Nokia N97mini
I recorded my first swype on Nokia N97, check it out :-
I’ve been using Ovi Maps on my Nokia N97 since 2009 when I went to Taiwan in August last year. The turn by turn navigation was not free that time but I won a 1 year license through a Nokia contest. Since then I fell in love with Ovi Maps. Recently the turn by turn navigation has gone free for life, which is definitely a good news to all Ovi Maps compatible Nokia phone users. On top of that, Ovi Maps can also be used in offline mode so that no data charges will be incurred!
I’ve made a video of how to plan a road trip using Ovi Maps to some of the interesting places in Georgetown, Penang, a UNESCO World Heritage site.
A new firmware version 21.0.102 update is available for Nokia N97 right now. I just downloaded the firmware (size is only 4,334KB) via Over-The-Air (OTA) update and installed it.
Steps to check whether the firmware is available for your N97 :-
- 1. Type *#0000# using your N97 dial keypad.
- 2. Select Option > Check for updates (WiFi connection is recommended)
- 3. Start installing the firmware.
When I was in KL for PayPal Power Up party 2 weeks ago, I went to Low Yat Plaza and bought myself a Energizer XPAL Power XP2000. It’s a compact rechargeable backup battery for mobile devices, such as mp3 player, mobile phone, digital camera, PSP or even bluetooth headset.
Energizer XPAL Power XP2000
I like the idea of having multiple tips provided free in the package as I’m now having one backup battery solution for all my mobile devices. No more frustration whenever my mobile phone or camera is running out of battery power.
XP2000 has a battery capacity of 2000mAh, so it’s the right model for me because my Nokia N97 is having a 1500mAh battery, which usually will last me 3-4 days for normal usage without recharging it. When I’m on the go I use the mobile phone very often, to online, check emails, view maps on GPS, listen to songs/radio, taking photos, etc. The battery drains pretty fast especially when I’m using its A-GPS, 3G or Wi-Fi, so I can’t really enjoy taking photos with flash or listening to songs as I always have to worry how long the battery will last. In order not to limit myself in this use-this-or-that situation due to the battery constraint I suppose XPAL Power backup battery is the best solution.
This is the 3rd part of Nokia N97 Sneak Preview series, it’s about the main applications in the phone such as the A-GPS (with Nokia Maps), Web Browser, 5 Megapixel Carl Zeiss Camera and the Music Player.
5 Megapixel Carl Zeiss auto-focus Camera
The first thing I tried when I got the phone in my hands was the camera.
The auto-focus is amazing as it smartly detects your shooting object automatically and it’s fast! The white balance is good too. No obvious bluish/greenish/reddish effect which some camera phones may have. I don’t expect the flash of a camera phone to be as powerful as a Xenon, so N97’s doesn’t disappoint me as it does its job just fine.
As for Video Recording, one noticeable thing I need to mention is that the voice captured is quite clear even if the voice is coming from about a meter away.
Here comes the part 2 of Nokia N97 sneak preview, it’s all about the software the phone uses.
Let’s have a look what we have on the main screen of the phone :-
You will be able to add up to 6 favourite widgets on the main screen and you can even arrange them according to your preference (see screen shot below). All widgets will load automatically if you have an active data plan or you are hocked up with a wireless (WiFi) network.
Some of the applications in N97 are specially developed with the collaborations between Nokia and 3rd parties such as Facebook, Bloomberg, Reuters, etc. How thoughtful that is!