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Old 31-08-2010, 09:35 PM
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Good Lord Steve that's handy I think you just may get your device wish fulfilled - what a coincidence.

Had mixed experience using N97 abroad recently (Rome), good stuff was being able to pre download Rome maps that was great (however some downside mentioned later) also as was only a 5 day visit and based around a wedding where I couldn't take a proper camera to, I decided to rely on the N97's and it really wasn't too bad and quite a fun experience to have such limited choices when taking pics and although I'm not great photographer and rarely use settings other than the boot up settings (though because of the lens flood problem, not down to scratches but the plastic cover "leaking" when using the LED flash I tend to turn it off for night shots and rely on ISO) mainly because I keep turning the camera off and on and haven't found a way to store any setting changes I might make and can't be bothered to keep resetting camera every time I turn it back on - lose lot's of shots and it's really fiddly. Overall the pics turned out pretty well, not quite as good as current compacts but really not bad and giving me cause to think that my faith in convergence devices is about to be realised in the next/current generation of devices.

The bad side of it was partly Symbian and partly Nokia's fractured implementation on the N97; it's just far too difficult to turn off all the settings I thought I might need to, to avoid being charged for roaming data whilst abroad. To go through the list (if I can even remember it), I made a new access point to replace "Internet" which I set as default and which only had a wlan point as it's connection, I set this as the connection for Web, Messaging Maps etc. Because Messaging is so viral about connecting sometimes I also turned it to Offline and to never sync while roaming and to not automatically start on boot, I turned Maps to offline and as I said changed the Access point to a Wlan only one. Still after all this when I got back I'd been charged 85p every day for data use whilst roaming and this is one of my gripes with the machine you never seem to really be able to pin down what services are running nor where their settings are buried. In the end I finally figured out or presumed (I'm still not sure) that it was AGPS charges as i"d used Maps every day i think and I did forget to go into Location and turn off Maps Booster AGPS and Network based leaving only Integrated GPS on not knowing which of the others might make a call on network data. My Girlfriend on her iPhone just had to move one slider and didn't get any roaming data charges. True she didn't get any maps (apart from lonely planet guide she'd bought for 3 quid) equally she wasn't in permanent state of uncertainty. Yes Maps does warn you it's about to go online but so does every App about twice every time you fire it up even if it isn't going on to the Phone network so I end up ignoring them as can't tell what they actually are doing. It's not a lot of money but I guess it could have been because I don't really know what was using the data. Second bad point is the instability, if you're using maps it uses a lot of processing power and if I fire up another RAM/Processor hungry app like photo browser or the camera there's always a fair chance (at least twice a day it seems) that it'll crash or lock the phone up. When your trying to navigate in a foreign city it doesn't really inspire a lot of confidence in the device or from your companions who are not used to devices that fail so regularly. Oh and the accuracy is poo (and yes mine was fixed - at least nominally so but who knows after three efforts) but we know that about the N97, let's hope the new devices have this right as Nokia's staked so much on location services.

Last downside picking up on something from the last AAS podcast is that maps whilst being pretty good and useful I found is a real battery muncher (and this is going to be a real pain if Nokia are going to push all these services on top of Ovi maps without a much simpler way to disable the GPS when using them or making it / the other positioning methods consume much less power. I don't think I made it through one day of all this Navigation and Photo taking and wifi browsing in the hotel without a top up apart from the day of the wedding when I barely used Maps so it does seem to be the Navigation systems responsible.

Good to see the RAM issue finally acknowledged by a source other than regular users and actually I think it's more the RAM and processor combo personally (combined with S60V5) that grinds, still as easy as pie to get the device to crash or lock by just pointing Web at certain sites - you just shouldn't be able to do that at all, the OS should prevent it even if hardware is inadequate. and yes it's way too slow building gallery thumbs (I had c.500 pics from Italy) and the "swiping" can be a bit cumbersome as you pick up on but I think it's a much the jerkiness (intermittent lags) from the OS that are as much to blame as the screen tech, so you're never quite sure if a touch has been registered as nothing seems to ever quite move with you giving no secure sense of physicality unlike iOS.