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E71 NAM Review – Testing Nokia’s Mettle

September 29, 2008 3 comments

E71 NAM Review – Testing Nokia’s Mettle.

Oh yes, another review of the E71. Like others I’ll try to make it a little different.

Reasons why I chose an S60 device, choosing one with a full qwerty keypad, and why I chose the E71 specifically. Previously I’ve used the 6620 for almost 7mths back in 2005 and it was a workhorse and bulky. But it left a feeling of nastalgia in me.

The principles of choosing another S60 device instead of another “feature-phone” were mostly the same this time around. I wanted the familiarity of using the OS with enough of a challenge – more on why later – yet the simplicity of being able to quickly use the core features quickly and intuitively. Furthermore, that old 6620 was ROCK solid & took a beating & still kept on ticking, however I left it because its bulk not only was too obvious but uncomfortable in dress pants.

Most people argue the reason for a smartphone is the choice of applications – and its true, for the most part. However there is much more at the core of a smartphone that surpasses a feature phone. Calendar – the ability to create complex (more than a title, start/end time, alarm) Meetings (not simple appointments), Anniversary, To Do, or Memo’s, all with alarms. Phone Book is pretty much equal but its prowess favors the smartphones when it comes to using it in a corporate server synchronization situation. Email – feature phones can pretend all they want but in day to day use they pale by comparison: especially with attachment handing. Finally there is the ease of using these core features and speed in accessing them trumps feature phones.

Many will say why not choose a solution based on java which corporations & consumers in North America choose in abundance and is the current leader. I work to support such a model, but for my needs as a consumer I didn’t wish to be held back on a closed ended smartphone that didn’t give me much of a selection of software focused for consumers. Furthermore, the only reasons for such a dominance is that they quickly established a name for themselves for push email early in the game. Put on top of that the familiarity & likeness that consumers buy what they use at work or to purchase what their peers advise, still holds true (ie Windows vs Mac).

I chose the E71 for the following reasons. S60 – a smartphone platform with great choice of both consumer & corporate focused software. Stability of a proven OS in the majority of all the companies product line, but also licensed to others – showing no fear of competition. Early reviews said this device was beautiful (that it STILL is), the smallest, and still maintained WiFi, dual band 3G/HSDPA radio, and GPS with quadband EDGE radio. Lastly was the overwhelming early accounts of stability, speed of the OS compared to its counterparts and build-quality! This is what I want to focus on.

For the past 40days that I’ve owned my E71 I’ve LOVED it and it was my primary device day in & out. Actually I requested a tester model from Nokia WOM world just days prior to buying it and couldn’t wait to setting the shipping/customs’ delays more than a week and just purchased my own. Should the customs issues get fixed the WOM model will be my wife’s for 2wks and she’ll be a true review coming from a newb to any smartphone.

Quality. Something many company’s are known for that lately have lacked in their products. RIM on the BlackBerry (Pearl, Curve & now Bold: suffer from Trackball dirt) and SonyEricsson (K850i – huge firmware bugs beyond repair, Touch-capacitance keys) both no longer making robust products because service for new parts also helps their revenue stream if in the hundred thousands sent in every quarter. Choice of cheap and shiny plastics is becoming a horrible trend. This E71 uses metal in most of its shell and its sheik.

Build-quality is something you really cannot ascertain if you baby your phone or only have a tester for 2wks. 5 days a week this thing was in my pants pocket resisting dust under the screen, jacket zipper slapping across the metal as I walked with it in my hand. But the real test was the 2 days straight that I accidentally dropped it. First day it dropped was getting out of a cab on my way to work. The drop was from knee height as it slipted while I was getting out; and although the weight is nice on the E71 its surprisingly balanced. The metal case is from stainless steel so when it dropped I hardly heard it at all. I looked back behind me after taking two steps away from the cab – just by habit – and there it was screen up smiling for some bloke already running to grab it. Sorry sucker I’m more alert than that and quicker than him to retrieve it. Suffice to say it had two small scratches/scuff marks on the top & bottom edges of the device. Whew I thought.The real test to the E71’s mettle (pun intended) was the next night – a Friday. You know what that means … heavy partying and carelessness. Either I was jinxed by a friend warning that I’ll drop it because I kept checking for emails, or it was me being too tipsy and unbalanced when I was walking I don’t know. But when it dropped from chest height (I’m 5’11”) I paused in mid stride. I picked up the injured E71 and it was completely fine, pressed the buttom and screen came on. I laughed out loud and said its ok! 2hrs later after sobering up on the walk home I noticed the fear of all cellphone owners … the cracked screen! GASP!

Now what you are about to see next may not be suitable for new cellphone owners. It may cause increased blood pressure, affixed stairs, and unsettling shaking in the more experience cellphone owners amongst you. Be prepared for I’m about to show you the E71 cracked screen & sidwalk damaged!

Well as you can see the screen is cracked almost all the way through, but there is no LCD bleeding (like calculators are famed for). The screen shots show no internal screen resolution damage. Whats even more surprising is that my E71 is STILL exquisite! There are no issues in operation of this device and its lasted all weekend, no battery issues, no moving or loose parts within it when shaken vigorously.

After 3wks of excruitiating waiting for another shell, I’ve replaced the screen of my precious E71; however I suggest against doing it yourself like I did, as you may chip off another piece of the phone in the process without professional tools. Pay the cost to have it done right by Nokia as you E71 will look brand spanking new. This will be my next step. And yes I LOVE my E71 & S60!

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Nokia & Unified Communications – WBF 2008 p2.

September 24, 2008 1 comment

Unified Communications

David Petts, Snr. V.P. Business Mobility, Markets for Nokia

How does Nokia define UC ?

On the voice side, it’s about fixed/mobile convergence and unifying PBX connectivity with mobile conversations, so you can have a single device that can seamlessly go back and forth across a cellular network and a wireless LAN/IP network. The wireless device becomes an extension or end point on your PBX, so it supports all the traditional PBX features.The other element is more data-centric, using email as a starting point, but adding other communication methods such as instant messaging, SMS/MMS text messaging, video messaging, and videoconferencing.

Why is Nokia well-positioned to deliver on the promise of UC ?

First, we have the largest installed base, with roughly 40 percent market share globally and nearly 1 billion people carrying a Nokia device, many of them 24 x 7. Increasingly those are smart devices capable of much more than just making cellular calls. Beyond that we have Nokia Intellisync Mobile Suite, which is a modular middleware platform that provides email, device management, and security elements that include device locking, authentication, encryption, and secure VPN connections. This is the foundation upon which the UC capability will be added. In addition to the middleware approach we also deliver direct connection from the device. For example we already provide Mail for Exchange, using the Microsoft Active-Sync protocol as a way of getting your email, personal information,calendar and contacts pushed and synchronized back and forth with your mobile device in near real time without the need of a middleware service. We are also evolving this approach to go beyond email to a broad UC capability.

Finally we recognize that unified communications is not unique to business people during their professional life. It’s also something individuals want to use more broadly. In two devices we recently launched – the E71 and E66 – we have the ability to switch between business and personal modes. For each mode, you can bring six different application icons to the home screen.

This is how you organize the future of a mobile business device & enterprise solution. You don’t overdue the techno-babble, but you highlight your direction, your prized products, and how you direction can come to fruition with current implementations. MFE and MS Active-Sync – recently licensed – gives many users across the N-Series, and E-Series devices a unified way (1 solution) in getting their work email or their multiple email accounts pushed to their devices (Gmail, YMail/Yahoo Mail, AOL Email, etc) from hosted MS Exchange Services.

The Nokia E71 is a perfect devices with incredible quality design best suited for mobile unified collaboration. I’m among the few that have a unique insight to mobile push messaging – having certification & experience in troubleshooting that solution, remote device management, handheld troubleshooting and firmware reinstalls, and even on 1 occassion in 2.5yrs seeing how a simple licensing issue can bring down use of a server; crippling 500+ users in the process. Many of you have read just how crippling it is to corporate users and consumers of the BlackBerry platform when the NOC is down for expected or non-expected periods of time, sometimes for an entire coverage area. You begin to realize the fallacy of such a setup. Thankfully Nokia IntelliSync Suite and the S60, MS Windows Mobile (Professional & Smartphone Editions), and Palm platforms is able to offer corporate security, device management, corporate intranet, and corporate application access directly & solely administered from your company itself, not relying on a backend network solution out of your IT staff’s control. Currently, the Nokia E71 & E66 due to their improvements and S60 specific customizations for enhancements on these 2 models IntelliSync needs to be upgraded to fully offer all solutions that it currently can to other current E-Series devices (ie E90, 9300, 9500).

So what does Unified Communications mean to you & mean in or outside of the corporate office.

How does Nokia extend presence capabilities to the wireless world?

At Nokia, we envision a world where my wireless device knows my calendar and automatically changes the presence of my device so I don’t get an embarrassing phone call in the middle of a presentation. When I’m between meetings, it should say, “Ah, you’re in Italy. I can see from your calendar which Italian customers you’re visiting. I’ll quiz your sales force automation system and find the largest customers you’re not visiting, and suggest you call one while you’re in the car.” That’s about knowing location as well as availability, and the interconnection of the different applications and capabilities.“It’s about providing access to many collaboration and communication elements with a unified look and feel, on a single mobile device.

Thats all I can research, source, and comment on for now regarding the WBF 2008 Forum. But be sure there is more going on at Nokia E-Series & Business Mobility than just a cosmetic refresh. I truely believe Nokia is in it to win this over the long haul and their determination is renewed because of competition and their hunger for solid business solutions end to end runs deep into their entire business model. I hope to bring you more in the near future.

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World Business Forum 2008 – Influence.

September 22, 2008 Comments off

For those that didn’t find this important or lacking when posted…. read on …

World Business Forum 2008 highlights:

Tony Blair “Challenge of Change”
Collin Powell
Madeleine Albright “Dialogue: US & The World”
Jim Collins “Good To Great”
Jack Welch “Leading Successful Business
David Rubenstien “Private Equity & Value Creation”
Bill George “Leadership”
Micheal Porter “Strategy”
Marcus Buckingham “High Performance”
Muhammad Yunus “Global Development
John Chambers “CEO of Cisco”
note: notice today’s news that Cisco just announced an agreement to purchase Jabber http://www.theglobeandmail.com/servlet/story/RTGAM.20080919.wgtcisco0919/BNStory/Technology/ – This could be a BIG move against Lotus’ SameTime Server core business on Mobile – Yes thats right … Lotus SameTime is available for Nokia E-Series! I didn’t even KNOW this!

http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/sametime/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.help.sametime.mobile.doc/stm_getting_started.html

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http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/sametime/v8r0/index.jsp?topic=/com.ibm.help.sametime.standard.doc/st_adm_port_cfg_stmobile_nokia_r.html

ok there is MORE ….

Sir Terry Leahy “CEO of Tesco”

Emerging Multinationals[/b] [i]“& Business Leaders from Brazil, Russia, India, and China”

Footnotes:
Muhammad Yunus – Yunus is also the founder of Grameen Bank. In 2006, Yunus and the bank were jointly awarded the Nobel Peace Prize, “for their efforts to create economic and social development from below.”

Micheal Porter – Michael Eugene Porter (born 1947) is a University Professor at Harvard Business School, with academic interests in management and economics. He is one of the founders of The Monitor Group. Porter’s main academic objectives focus on how a firm or a region can build a competitive advantage and develop competitive strategy. He is also a Fellow Member of the Strategic Management Society.

David Rubenstein – In the 2007 Forbes 400 ranking of the wealthiest Americans, Rubenstein was ranked 165th with a net worth of $2.5 billion. On December 18, 2007, David Rubinstein purchased the last privately owned copy of the Magna Carta at Sotheby’s auction house in New York for 21.3 million dollars. He announced that it would be housed at the National Archives in Washington D.C. Magna Carta (Latin for Great Charter, literally “Great Paper”), also called Magna Carta Libertatum (Great Charter of Freedoms), is an English legal charter, originallly issued in the year 1215. It was written in Latin. The Magna Carta required the King to proclaim certain rights, respect certain legal procedures and accept that his will could be bound by the law. It explicitly protected certain rights of the King’s subjects, whether free or fettered — most notably the writ of habeas corpus, allowing appeal against unlawful imprisonment. Magna Carta was the most significant early influence on the extensive historical process that led to the rule of constitutional law today (some no longer intact).

[b]Bill George[/b]. George received his Master’s in Business Administration from Harvard University in 1966, where he was a Baker Scholar (highest honors). He joined Medtronic, a medical technology company, in 1989 as President and Chief Operating Officer; he was elected Chief Executive Officer in 1991 and Chairman of the Board in 1996. Under his leadership, Medtronic’s market capitalization grew from $1.1 billion to $60 billion!!

Now you all have an Idea just how important this 2 day conference really is and how much influence Nokia will have just by hosting this event – Nokia E-Business.

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Nokia at the World Business Forum

September 21, 2008 Comments off

Nokia at the World Business Forum coming September 23rd!

Next week, Nokia will be sponsoring the 2008 World Business Forum (WBF). The WBF is a big-time symposium for top-level executives with a speakers list packed with world business leaders.

Over at Nokia Conversations, a small interview with Sandra Carvalho “Director of Global Marketing for Business Mobility at Nokia” and info about her background before joining Nokia may shed some light on Nokia’s E-Series platform and the direction Nokia plans to go with their IntelliSync, Nokia Email and hopefully more marketing of these business models to the mainstream.

Prior experience working with IBM with their eBusiness campaign some time ago and marketing division at Bearing Point may give Nokia Business Mobility an upper hand.

She (Sandra Carvalho) joined Nokia before the last reorganization, which saw her division (the previously independent Nokia Enterprise Solutions) become part of a larger group closer to the core of what Nokia is. This unification of device and marketing to consumers, prosumer, and enterprise users reflects the reality that these types of users are no longer separate, but collide in the same customer and hence should be mixed in the same devices. Being part of the Greater Nokia allows the enterprise-focused device and services teams to draw more on Nokia’s user experience, interoperability, and consumer-focused product strengths.

The challenge
She points out that Nokia has all the components there for success in the enterprise, it’s just that people don’t know much about it.

And then there’s the USA
One other reason to sponsor this big event is to let business leaders in the US know what Nokia is up to. While the market is competitive in the US, and Nokia is not really known in the US for enterprise solutions, there is plenty of room to grow. Sandra is excited with the Nokia E71 coming out in the US in January. And there will be many on show at the WBF. But, she’s also careful to keep the message balanced and show what’s real and coming. The US is a key market and she wants to make sure she shows the value of our solutions and that there are alternatives to what’s dominating the market today.

FINALLY! Nokia is starting to take notice that there is not just customers, or sales, but a chance at great marketshare for corporate, medium business, and even SOHO business’ in the USA, but lets not forget the rest of North America; especially Canada since NOkia is making great strides with Rogers Wireless (N95 on subsidy, Nokia Maps, and NGage to the masses).

Nokia for Business activity at WBF

In addition to our sponsorship, Nokia will be active at the conference

* Nokia Senior Vice-President, Business Mobility Sales David Petts will introduce Cisco CEO John Chambers, who will deliver the keynote address on “Innovation, Vision, & Growth.”
* Nokia will host an exclusive networking lunch and interactive dialog with John Chambers, for a select group of their customers, and channel partners. These VIPs will also attend a cocktail reception at Nokia’s flagship store in New York City.
* All WBF conference attendees can participate in a highly interactive, engaging and creative “experience” at Nokia’s “Endangered Spaces” booth, where they can interact with and demo Nokia devices and applications to gain a tangible understanding of Nokia business mobility solutions.
* Nokia will be blogging from WBF – providing recaps and insights on the conference proceedings. Blog posts will begin on September 23 and can be accessed at Nokia’s blog site Nokia Conversations.
* As the exclusive mobility sponsor, Nokia is hosting the conference mobile website http://wbf.nokia.mobi to keep all conference attendees up-to-date on the latest event information and to facilitate live opinion polling onsite with speakers.

Let us all hope that Nokia is serious about getting more awareness, presence, and push for competitive business in North America and worldwide & give their E-Series devices just as much marketing as the N-Series have in Europe. Furthermore, this push for awareness and business must be continuous not just an event timed initiative.

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Joiku Spot Light

September 16, 2008 Comments off

Analysts say that by the year 2010 key components (Searching, various ways to access, and applications that need acees) to the internet will be part of acedemic literacy. As bandwidth increases and applications or websites depend upon a cloud service the need to get and stay connected to the internet increases, significantly. Although 56K modems are the basic type of connection its almost obsolute within the western world, save for a few holdouts not ready to rely on internet for information, entertainment, or sharing. Google has made the vast internet all but easy and is beginning to transend search to various devices that need internet connection. Finally, many applications are now dependant on an internet connection; moreso as we become more and more mobile.

Many of you are aware of tethering or using aircards. The pitfall of tethering is either slow speeds over InfraRed (IrDA) or Bluetooth, or remaining wired with a USB data cable to your laptop. Aircards, present another caveat emptor: pay extra for a seperate data line to use the aircard and not be able to make calls. Enter Joiku Spot Light & Premium as a final solution.

Joiku Spot Light allows you to use your S60 smartphone to be an access point, using its own WiFi chipset as a wireless medium to connect to the internet. No more slow 2Mbps data connection over Bluetooth or having to carry & use that USB data cable. This software is MUCHO stable and I was VERY impressed with the data connection speeds over my Nokia E71’s WiFi connection for my laptop. Business users would LOVE to have this solution because this still allows for a phone call without interrupting the data connection. Some S60 phones with WiFi may not be able to support a maintained connection due to battery power limitations, however with my E71 I was able to keep connected with solid db access data upload/download & video/audio streaming for over 3hrs on a 3/4 battery charge. Most impressive. Joiku Spot Light is free and upon each launch, your initial connection will take you to a localhost page stored on the phone via the application. Once loaded you’re free to browse the full internet on your PC/Mac/Linux box.

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So if you have an S60 phone with WiFi, and a laptop you’ll definately want to check this combo out!

JoikuSpot Light Features

* HTTP(S) protocol support
* WLAN access to internet with laptops, iPods and internet tablets
* Secured access and user control
* Multiple parallel connections
* User definable access point and settings
* Supports 8 languages
* Supports S60 3rd Ed mobile phones
* Free download at http://www.joiku.com

JoikuSpot Premium Features

* All the JoikuSpot Light functionality +
* Secured access to corporate intrawebs (VPN)
* Email support
* Full support for all network access protocols such as Outlook, Skype, Gmail, YouTube, Messengers…
* No forced default landing page
* 100% customizable for operator and corporate whitelabeling and licencing
* Supports S60 3rd Ed mobile phones
* Purchase at http://www.joikushop.com

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Nokia launches groundbreaking N-Gage and Nokia Maps services on Rogers Wireless’ High-Speed Network

September 11, 2008 Comments off

It’s been a long while since I’ve been back & I’m sorry for that.

The GOOD thing though is that neither Rogers Wireless nor Nokia Canada have been slacking or had their hands busy with other things to forget us Canadians.

Today during work I went over to my favorite Forums & S60 Freak/Fan site and found this WONDERFUL piece of news!

Nokia launches groundbreaking N-Gage and Nokia Maps services on Rogers Wireless’ High-Speed Network

Rogers (source: http://your.rogers.com/investorrelations/news_wireless.asp )

TORONTO and SAN FRANCISCO, Sept. 9 /CNW/ – Rogers Wireless and Nokia
today announced the Canadian availability of exciting new wireless services
that allow Rogers consumers to experience the latest in mobile gaming and
navigation on Nokia devices. This services agreement between Nokia and Rogers
is the first such agreement with a wireless carrier in North America, further
establishing Rogers Wireless’ leadership in delivering Canadian consumers
leading-edge wireless data experiences.

“The Canadian telecom market is going through tremendous change and
consumers are increasingly demanding advanced multimedia devices and
services,” said Richard White, general manager and head of country operations
for Nokia Canada. “Through this agreement with Rogers we are excited to
deliver on that need, offering consumers compelling experiences on Nokia’s
devices delivered over Rogers’ wireless high-speed network.”
“This agreement with Nokia gives Rogers customers a rich mobile gaming
experience that is unique in the marketplace and an unparalleled mobile
mapping application,” said John Boynton, SVP and Chief Marketing Officer,
Rogers Wireless. “It makes tremendous business sense for Rogers because these
are two of the most in-demand applications for mobile devices.”

About Nokia

Nokia is the world leader in mobility, driving the transformation and
growth of the converging Internet and communications industries. We make a
wide range of mobile devices with services and software that enable people to
experience music, navigation, video, television, imaging, games, business
mobility and more. Developing and growing our offering of consumer Internet
services, as well as our enterprise solutions and software, is a key area of
focus. We also provide equipment, solutions and services for communications
networks through Nokia Siemens Networks. http://www.nokia.ca

About Rogers Wireless

Rogers Wireless provides wireless voice and data communications services
across Canada to more than 7.5 million customers under both the Rogers
Wireless and Fido brands. Proven to operate Canada’s most reliable wireless
voice and data communications network, Rogers Wireless is Canada’s largest
wireless provider and the only national carrier operating on the global
standard GSM and highly advanced HSPA technology platforms. In addition to
providing seamless roaming in more than 200 countries with its GSM based
services, Rogers Wireless also provides wireless broadband services across
Canada utilizing its 2.5GHz fixed wireless spectrum. Rogers Wireless is a
subsidiary of Rogers Communications Inc. (TSX: RCI; NYSE: RCI), a diversified
Canadian communications and media company. For further information, please
visit: http://www.rogers.com

Now that you have the excerpts from both the press releases above there are some KEY POINTS that providers in North America are slow to realize how THIS will help them (namely AT&T and T-Mobile – needs cost sharing though via chipsets)

* Rogers Wireless is the largest Canadian wireless communications service provider, serving 7.3 million retail voice and data subscribers at December 31, 2007, representing approximately 37% of Canadian wireless subscribers.

* Rogers Wireless is Canada’s only national carrier operating on the world standard GSM technology platform. The GSM network provides coverage to approximately 94% of Canada’s population. Rogers Wireless has also deployed a next generation wireless data technology called UMTS/HSPA (“Universal Mobile Telephone System/High-Speed Packet Access”) across most of the major markets in Canada and have UMTS/HSPA roaming in 50 countries as well as access to these services across the U.S. through roaming agreements with various wireless operators.
– NAMELY AT&T as North American largest roaming partner for Rogers.

* Country size land: 9,976,140 sq. km./3,850,790 sq. mi.
Population: 32 million
Cellular penetration: 45% (13.5 million subscribers)
Technologies available: CDMA800, CDMA1900, GSM1900, GSM 850, TDMA800, TDMA1900, AMPS, IDEN, GPRS, 1XRTT.

Spectrum Watch 1

Spectrum Watch 2

NOW this is the KEY point! 15+ other providers (new outside entrants that recently acquired spectrum from the CRTC; FCC Canadian equivalent)have participated and received licensing for new spectrum. Telus, Rogers & Bell are the LARGEST spending entrants and ALL have AWS licenses; but Telus & Rogers have the LARGEST amount of the prime-rib 20Mhz of that spectrum!

Looks like it’s going to be a NICE time for Canadians. More details tomorrow everyone; and also Nokia should take the initiative to improve the E71-2 and E66-2 for retail sale & contract sale for Rogers Wireless & Fido users NOW since they HAVE a WORKING SOLUTION (N-Gage for N95/96, Maps for E71 & possibly push IntelliSync for Rogers Wireless Mail solution & added security never before on Rogers) to compete against Rogers’ RIM stronghold; which incidently Rogers has been trying to break!

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