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Thursday, March 11, 2010

My Nokia Backup shutting down!

I got this message from Nokia today.

My Nokia Backup will not be available after 30.04.2010. Keep your personal data secure with Ovi. For more info visit http://my.nokia.com/mn_inen

My Nokia Backup is moving to Ovi

My Nokia Backup allowed to sync your PIM data from your phone to the online service. You could sync

    • contacts
    • calendar
    • notes

You could sync more than one device.

Now Nokia Backup would be shutting shop by the end of next month. The users will have to move to Ovi. The Nokia Backup service was very good and easy to use. I hope that is the case when the service moves to Ovi.

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Sunday, March 7, 2010

Default apps for Nokia E71

I hope the need never arises to do a hard reset of your Nokia E71. In case you need to do a hardDownload the Nokia default apps and software reset you would realize that some of the applications or software is missing from the phone.

I have received a lot of queries about where one can get all the default software for download. The applications are available for download on the Nokia website.

Full package of default applications for Nokia E71

For the convenience of my blog readers I have created a package which contains all the default applications, software and drivers that you would need in case you do a hard reset. You can download the package here which is a zipped file.

The package contains the following

    • Advanced Call Manager
    • Global Race
    • Psiloc Wireless Presenter
    • Top Hits Solitaire
    • WorldMate
    • Modem driver for Microsoft Bluetooth
    • Bluetooth Modem driver for Windows XP and Vista Users
    • Infrared Modem driver for Windows XP and Vista Users

With all these apps and software you should be up and running pretty fast after you do a hard reset of the Nokia E71.

Please share any feedback you have which can help improve the package.

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Beware of Chinese imitations of Nokia E71 phones

I came across a Chinese Phone manufacturers website which was selling Nokia E71 phones amongst other popular phones. 

The imitation of Nokia E71 by a Chinese manufacturer The Nokia E71 phone being sold is very similar to the original Nokia E71. I must say that the imitation looks very good at least in the pictures. Since I have never seen a imitation live I do not know if it feels like a original Nokia E71. However if you look closely and read the description there are some features which the original Nokia e71 does not have which is ironic as far as owners of original Nokia E71.

Extra features of imitation of Nokia E71
  • MTK6225 Dual cards dual standby
  • 2.0M Camera (this is a downgrade from the original Nokia E71 which has a 3.1 megapixels)
  • Shake control :swing to change music,pictures,interface menu (I wish my original Nokia E71 had the same feature :-) )
  • 3D menu, built in Motion sensor (I’m now thinking I made a mistake by buying the original Nokia E71!)

Some of the imitation phones (not Nokia E71) have electric shavers and cigarette lighters integrated into them!

How are the imitation phones madeA Nokia E71 imitation

Most of the imitation phones are made using the Mediatek (MTK) chips according to iSuppli (a research firm for the electronics industry). It is believed that subcontractors of top mobile brands also provide components to imitation phone makers which makes the imitation phones to have nearly the same hardware as those of the originals.

Price of the imitation of Nokia E71

The price of the phone is not mentioned on the manufacturers site. On further investigation (searching the internet) I found on the alibaba site (Alibaba is a popular B2B portal) which said the price of the imitation of Nokia E71 was $70. The original Nokia E71 is available for $270.

Disadvantages of the imitation Nokia E71 – Poor user experience

When the users bought the Nokia E71 imitation they were happy as it was good deal but after one year of usage most of them believed they made an error as they had experienced trouble with their phone. Some of the problems they faced were

    • Not Symbian based which is a big one for power users as the Symbian enviornment allows the users to experience the latest apps built in Symbian (imagine no Gravity or Facebook app)
    • Certain keys of the keyboard were not working
    • Another user’s phone receiver broke off
    • Problems with accessing the Internet.

Whatever said and done companies like Nokia will have to step it up in terms of developing better products which are well supported and also ensure that the imitators do not manage to create a exact duplicate of their phones. The imitators are trying their best and latest being after sales service for the first 12 months.

I would not recommend anyone to buy an imitation because it is likely to develop problems and the experience would never be the same as that of the original (specially if you like to tweak phone).

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