All About Symbian - Nokia (S60) and Sony Ericsson (UIQ) smartphones unwrapped

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Go:Play:Reloaded

Steve Litchfield went along to the informal Go:Play:Reloaded event (ok, ok, a boat trip and lots of chatting) held the day after the main launch, to get some quality hands on time with Nokia's new devices and interface. Longer analysis to follow, but here are some of the most interesting images from today....

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Can you comment on the navi wheel? How does it work, does it work well etc?

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Old 30-08-2007, 04:13 PM
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"Can you comment on the navi wheel? How does it work, does it work well etc?"

Ooops, my mistake, ignore what I posted before! :-)

The N81 does indeed have a naviwheel.
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It works, but it's not that responsive. Yet. Remember we were dealing with prototypes here. So we're cutting the devices some slack until we see something near production.

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How exactly does it work? I saw "navi wheel" on the specs but I can't really tell how it functions from the photos.
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is not possible to have the nokia ngage demo application?

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with this video you can see the navi wheel in action

youtube.com/watch?v=2dZ5krLWcq4

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Ahem. Sorry, I forgot to try the demo games. Oops. In my defense, while I was taking the screens you did see, I was on a rocking river boat, juggling 3 devices and a mobile charger and knowing I didn't have long with either device.....

Doubtless Krisse will cover the demo games fairly soon over on AAN.

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Have you noticed that the interface in the N95 8Gb is slightly different?

Watch the "menu" part in the photo with the other N85 and N81. Since the screen is bigger, there's more space. I wonder if they could put in more lines at the same time....
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Screen Size and Resolution

There has been some debate over the sceen size and resolution with the N95 8GB and the N95 both being QVGA.

What are your thoughts on that and do you really notice a difference between the 2 or the Nokia N80?

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It would be great if the navi wheel could scroll any menu or list in the phone, not just limited to the music and multimedia apps. Also those motions could have been mapped to the s60 browser's cursor for smoother navigation, thus mimicking a real mouse cursor.
In fact, every where you can use "left, right, up, down" presses to navigate, the navi wheel function should also be an available option aswell. Its the nearest thing to a touch interface right now.


Great reporting Steve, Rafe and co. You have earned a well deserved rest.
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There has been some debate over the sceen size and resolution with the N95 8GB and the N95 both being QVGA.

What are your thoughts on that and do you really notice a difference between the 2 or the Nokia N80?
You will notice a difference from the N80. Between the two N95's it is much harder to see.

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It would be great if the navi wheel could scroll any menu or list in the phone, not just limited to the music and multimedia apps. Also those motions could have been mapped to the s60 browser's cursor for smoother navigation, thus mimicking a real mouse cursor.
In fact, every where you can use "left, right, up, down" presses to navigate, the navi wheel function should also be an available option aswell. Its the nearest thing to a touch interface right now.


Great reporting Steve, Rafe and co. You have earned a well deserved rest.
A lot more to come after the weekend.
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Thanks for the screenshots Steve,but I still cant belive it ~90mb free RAM for the N95 8GB,its just unheard of and also ~44mb free RAM out of the total 96mb RAM for the N81.Seems like Nokia is finally waking up with the low RAM issue,first the E90,then N76 and now these 2 new beauties...

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Right... I've seen the naviwheel in action on a video, but I still don't quite get it... how does a square d-pad rotate without rotating? (You have to see the video to get what I mean.)
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Its touch sensitive. As you move your finger around the metal rim it scrolls. There is no moving mechanism. I imagine it detects conductivity or something like that.

One device I tried worked very well, the other one (I think Steve used) was not so good. Its handy when scrolling through long lists (e.g. music).
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