I’m going to try something new. Instead of reviewing phones with multiple paragraphs, I’ll be more visual and now do it through videos. The first phone to get that treatment is the T-Mobile Nokia Astound. The Astound is basically the Nokia C7 with newer firmware, portrait Qwerty, updated browser, and a few other extras. Priced at only $79.99 with a 2-year contract, will it be a hit at T-Mobile? We’ll find out.
Nokia introduced the Nokia C7 as the Nokia Astound for T-mobile tonight at a press dinner event. It’s the same hardware, but with the updated firmware that features portrait QWERTY keyboard and a new browser. I’m sure a lot of current Symbian^3 owners are mad about this. The Astound will be available on April 6th for $79.99. Go watch the video.
Audioboo is now available at the Ovi Store. The app allows you to record and upload audio for your friends or family. After recording, you have options to share it on Twitter, Facebook, Posterous, Friendfeed, or Tumblr. Best of all, it’s free! Check out my demo video on the Nokia N8.
I’m happy to see my byline under an official Nokia blog today! My review for Ultimate Spider-Man: Total Mayhem was just published over at the Ovi Daily App. It’s a typical mash-buttons-until-you-beat-em-up game, but the developers at Gameloft added great visuals, sound, and extras that make it a really fun game.
The Mobbler team tweeted that a new version (2.10) was released today, so I made a video to show you how it looks like. Here’s a quick look at Mobbler, a Last.fm radio player for Symbian. You can listen to music depending on tags, artists, recommendations, and more. If you’re familiar with Pandora on other platforms, this app is like that but with more options.
Here’s a quick look at a Symbian app that helps me out a lot on this blog. It’s called the Best Screen Snap by Smartphoneware. Once installed, the icon just says ScreenSnap. The app lets you capture screenshots on your smartphone and save them to the phone gallery. You can then transfer it to the desktop or upload it to your imaging hosts.
The Nokia N8 is the first Symbian^3 smartphone released globally and big emphasis is placed on its imaging capabilities. With 12 megapixel sensor, Carl Zeiss optics, and Xenon flash, the N8 takes amazing photos. However, we’re talking about a phone here. Is the Nokia N8 with the latest Symbian OS good enough to be your daily device? Read on for The Nokia Blog review.