Amazon offers one-day Gold Box deal on the Nokia E71 NAM

By on February 28, 2009 at 10:53 AM.

Amazon offers one-day Gold Box deal on the Nokia E71 NAM

Now that the E63 is a reality it’s tough to get excited about a crazy deal on a new E71 but… No, wait, we forgot. The E63 is is like the Star Wars prequels — a mistake that never should have seen the light of day. The E71 is still far and away one of the sexiest handsets Nokia has ever produced and those who haven’t had a taste can finally get one today for the more than respectable price of $289.99. The reduced price is part of Amazon’s Gold Box deal offers where a new item is offered at a steep discount every day. Think Woot without the snarky commentary. Today’s price is $37 lower than Amazon’s regular price and $60 lower than Nokia’s direct price but like we said, it’s only available today. Actually, at $290 we might just snag a handful of them to throw in a drawer until BAS for S60 is finally released. BAS on the Touch Pro is awesome but BAS on an E71 would be… Wow.

[Via The Nokia Blog]

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Alright already, we want it; Nokia E75 gets spied again

By on February 5, 2009 at 7:40 AM.

Alright already, we want it; Nokia E75 gets spied again

Symbian fans around the globe have been eagerly anticipating this puppy since it was first spied in a leaked product video back in September. A complete departure from currently available Nokia handsets, the E75 is an ultra-slim dual-keypad slider with a standard 0-9 pad beneath the display and a landscape QWERTY exposed by the slide. Chrome accents, sleek rounded lines, a nice wide full keyboard – it’s all good. A quick recap of the confirmed specs:

  • 2.4″ 240 x 320 pixel display
  • 3.2 megapixel camera
  • HSDPA
  • Wi-Fi
  • microSDHC support
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • aGPS
  • S60 3rd Edition FP2

Pending battery performance reports, the E75 is most definitely shaping up to be a winner. As is often the case leading up to an official Nokia announcement, we can expect to see plenty more of the E75 in the coming two weeks. That’s right folks, all signs continue to point to an MWC announcement and word is we might have an uncharacteristically swift release and a very attractive price point to look forward to. Hit the jump for more shots.

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E71 appears on Nokia site in both red and black

By on January 29, 2009 at 2:56 PM.

E71 appears on Nokia site in both red and black

While S60 fans here in the US anxiously await the arrival of AT&T’s E71x, provided they haven’t already bought and sold their E71 months ago, Nokia is getting ready to push out the color refresh we caught wind of last month. The E71 page on Nokia’s site now includes a fresh Flash banner front and center that proudly showcases the new red / silver and black color choices. The online shop still limits purchase options to silver or white, though we imagine that will soon change once stock is received. Lack of any indication on Nokia’s US site leads us to believe the new colors will apply to the European variant only, but you never know. While the red / silver version is a tad too, umm, spicy for our taste, the black version definitely has some appeal. AT&T seems to agree, as its E71x looks to have opted for the darker garb. Hopefully we see some movement from AT&T soon because new details on the E71x’s arrival has been scarce since the user manual made a brief appearance on Nokia’s site earlier this month.

Thanks, Justin!

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Symbian developer plans to bring iPhone’s sexy to Symbian’s back

By on January 24, 2009 at 1:27 PM.

Symbian developer plans to bring iPhone’s sexy to Symbian’s back

Despite the fact that Symbian has gotten pretty gray up top over the past few years, it is still the world’s most popular smartphone operating system by a huge margin. S60 is incredibly capable and versatile, and Nokia has consistently pumped out solid hardware to carry it. That being said, it is hardly the most exciting mobile OS on the block these days and there are plenty of areas where S60 could use a solid adrenaline shot. Chris Woods of Mind-Flip, creator of the popular TextQuick app for S60 handsets, has targeted one such area and plans to use a bit of iPhone trickery in an effort to create a better user experience. We all know Apple can be a bit sneaky at times and one such example is the manner in which apps are launched. Mobile processors can only do so much in the age of the app, and finding a way to fill the time gap between launching an application and being able to use an application is something that Apple addressed well with the iPhone.

When the user taps an icon, the iPhone immediately zooms in to a JPEG that resembles the running application. While the handset is zooming in it is also launching the actual application in the background, the theory being that the app will be alive and ready to rock by the time the JPEG zoom animation is complete. Sure some apps take longer to load than others but by using this system, Apple is able to minimize the amount of time the user is staring at a screen while nothing is happening. S60 users are very familiar with this ‘empty’ time – click on an app to launch it and more often than not you’ll be staring at a motionless display for 1-3+ seconds before anything at all happens. It will be interesting to follow Woods’ efforts as he attempts to apply this concept to S60 in a project dubbed Venus, as the Symbian OS is certainly not going to make this an easy task for him.

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New pics and more specs for Nokia E75; MWC announcement?

By on January 23, 2009 at 9:08 AM.

New pics and more specs for Nokia E75; MWC announcement?

Hot on the heels of a thoroughly-previewed 5730 XpressMusic, new images of the luscious upcoming Nokia E75 have surfaced along with some new details on its guts. It looks like Nokia might have found a new form factor du jour – the E75 is one of three unreleased handsets that feature the new slim side-sliding QWERTY design. We’re not complaining, mind you, but so far the N97 is our favorite of the bunch in terms of design. Having the 0-9 keypad is nice but we prefer more screen real estate on a side slider rather than a tinier display that sits way off center while typing. Moving along; the E75 pictured above is the Germanized version featuring a QWERTZ keyboard but the core specs that have been confirmed will apply to all versions. Confirmed items: 2.4 inch screen, 3.2 megapixel camera, HSDPA and Wi-Fi. It’s not much but it’s enough to whet your appetite for now. The timing of this leak makes us wonder if the E75 is destined for an official announcement at Mobile World Congress – Nokia would surely want to steer clear of any big Nseries news that may detract from its coming flagship N97 so it makes sense. Whether or not MWC is the target, expect more E75 news to come around well before the show kicks off. Hit the jump for more pics.

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AT&T-branded E71x user manual now available on Nokia site; release imminent

By on January 10, 2009 at 6:14 PM.

AT&T-branded E71x user manual now available on Nokia site; release imminent

We have to admit, we got a little worried when a couple of E71x handsets went up on eBay yesterday. As we mentioned, it certainly could have meant that the handset was scrapped and testers were ridding themselves of old stock. We kept our fingers crossed that it was a positive sign however; an indication that the handset would soon become available via AT&T. As it happens, a little mix up at Nokia is a very good sign that we may be just a few short days away from an official launch. The user manual for AT&T’s branded version of the E71 is now available on the Nokia USA site, dated tomorrow, and it’s chocked full of E71x images bearing the AT&T logo. There you have it S60 fans – if you’ve somehow managed to hold off on purchasing this sexy Eseries handset, a very attractive subsidized price is undoubtedly coming your way. Congrats are in order for Nokia as well as the placement of yet another S60 handset with AT&T is indeed a big deal. While the E71x certainly would have sold much better if it had found its way to AT&T a bit closer to the initial E71 release, a subsidized price between $99 – $149 or even less (speculation) should definitely help this puppy move.

Thanks, Justin!

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AT&T-branded E71x makes its eBay debut

By on January 9, 2009 at 2:54 PM.

AT&T-branded E71x makes its eBay debut

Remember the Nokia E71x we scooped like soft serve back in November? You know, the AT&T-branded version of what is arguably the sexiest Finnish handset to ever have been assembled. Well guess what folks, the E71x can now be yours! That’s the good news, unfortunately the bad news is that AT&T has nothing to do with it – oh, and only one person will be able to get his or her grubby little mitts on this rare specimen. That’s right people, the E71x is getting a healthy dose of eBay treatment and now is your chance to get this slim QWERTY before anyone else does. Actually, the fact that it’s up on eBay right now most likely means that we’re very close to an official release, or the handset was scrapped and testers no longer have any use for it. We’re hoping the former is the case of course as the E71x would be an awesome addition to any carrier lineup and S60 needs all of the US carrier love it can get. The seller’s location is listed as Grand Prairie, TX which is just a stone’s throw from Nokia’s offices in Irving. We’ll give you three guesses as to where the seller got it. The auction ends in just over three and a half hours and the current bid is $275… Who’s up for a swoop-fest?

[Via E71blog]

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Black and silver / red versions of E71 caught on camera

By on December 11, 2008 at 11:43 AM.

Black and silver / red versions of E71 caught on camera

Well lookie here. Taking a page out of its own N95 book, Nokia appears to be mixing things up a bit by issuing some color refreshes for the E71. In comparing this to the N95, we mean users should get ready for things to get confusing. There’s no question the E71 is one of the sexiest and most desirable handsets to come out of Finland to date and as was the case with the uber-successful N95, Nokia looks to be going a bit overboard in terms of milking it for all it’s worth. In fact, our favorite Finns have gone above and beyond the call of duty this time. Two new color variants of the E71 made it into the wild recently at Nokia World and considering the E63 is basically an E71-lite (no HSDPA, no GPS, no volume keys / dedicated power button, 2 megapixel camera, plastic body, slightly modified keyboard), we’re now looking at no fewer than 12 different versions of the same phone:

  • Silver E71-1
  • Silver E71-2
  • Silver E71-3
  • Silver / Red E71 (unknown number of variants)
  • Black E71 (unknown number of variants)
  • Black E71x
  • Red E63-1
  • Red E63-2
  • Red E63-3
  • Blue E63-1
  • Blue E63-2
  • Blue E63-3

Did we miss anything? Hit the jump for a shot of the black E71.

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Nokia has something cooking for Nokia World

By on November 29, 2008 at 12:41 PM.

Nokia has something cooking for Nokia World

Nokia’s annual conference covering, well, all things Nokia, is set to kick off this coming Tuesday and apparently the Finnish giant has something special in store for us. There is a mysterious countdown timer front and center on Nokia’s dedicated events page, and the clock is ticking down to 9:15 am CET when Nokia CEO Olli-Pekka Kallasvuo and Executive VP Anssi Vanjoki are scheduled to begin their keynote speech entitled transforming the way we connect. That title leads us to believe this Nokia World announcement will be service-oriented rather than device oriented, but there is no way to know with any certainty for the time being. The countdown page however, also includes a sharing widget with the text, “it looks like Nokia is planning something big,” to be delivered to any recipient with whom the page is shared. “Big” of course is a relative term, especially where marketing is involved, so we’re not getting overly excited just yet. We do know that Nokia has some departures from its normal offerings coming up in the future – an Nseries touch device, the QWERTY sliding E75, its first SureType-style half-QWERTY “Wahoo” – but Nokia World historically has not been the venue for Nokia’s big handset announcements. Regardless, Nokia fans will certainly be sitting on the edges of their seats wondering what Tuesday has in store and as always, we’ll keep you posted.

[Via Symbian-Guru]

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Nokia E71 in stock at Rogers

By on November 28, 2008 at 2:45 PM.

Nokia E71 in stock at Rogers

It’s pretty clear someone forgot to tell Rogers that this weekend was a huge retail event in the US, not up in Canada. First we get word that Rogers quietly released the BlackBerry Curve 8900 and now we learn that the carrier has also made the Nokia E71 available for order via telelsales. What’s more, it is available for a very reasonable $99.99 CAD with a less than reasonable 3-year contract and a combined voice / data plan of $45 or more. Sure we knew it was coming but we had no idea today would turn out to be such a huge day for the Canadian carrier. We can only hope AT&T’s E71x will be priced similarly. So while people here in the US are rushing around and fighting over the last discounted toilet scrubber over at Wal-Mart, our pals up north are trying to decide between two of the sexiest QWERTY handsets to be released this year.

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Nokia announces Lotus Notes support for S60 smartphones

By on November 20, 2008 at 3:36 PM.

Nokia announces Lotus Notes support for S60 smartphones

So much for mSuite5. Nokia announced today that it will launch a new software application next month with IBM to bring OEM Lotus Notes support to select S60 phones. The Lotus Notes Traveler solution will become available initially for 44 different handset models and will make S60 accessible to “140 million licensed [Lotus Notes] users”. 140 million, eh? It’s pretty safe to say that while there might be 140 million Lotus Notes licenses out there, the number of active users is likely a bit lower. According to research conducted earlier this year by Ferris Research, the enterprise email / PIM solution market in the US and Europe breaks down like this:

  • Exchange: 65%
  • Internal POP/IMAP: 15%
  • Lotus Notes: 10%

Curious. While 10% is unaccounted for (or error margin perhaps), Lotus Notes still has the overwhelming minority of the enterprise market. As such, we have to ask: Why? S60 handsets still have fantastically inadequate Exchange support and yet Nokia is dumping resources into supporting the least-commonly used enterprise solution on the market. We hope the answer lies in a handful of major contracts Nokia will be awarded as a result of this new announcement, but don’t expect today’s news to have any significant impact on Nokia’s enterprise market share outside of said possible pending contracts.

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Strands mobile comes to Nokia, BGR has invites

By on November 20, 2008 at 7:22 AM.

Strands mobile comes to Nokia, BGR has invites

It looks like Strands on the go isn’t just for iPhones anymore. We’ve covered the Strands team’s work before – you know, the guys behind MyStrands Social Player and a variety of recommendation-based services. Strands has not-so-secretly been working on a social networking showcase of its recommendation technology for a while now and not too long ago, access to its closed-beta service went mobile with the announcement of the Strands iPhone app. Strands had been known for some time as being a very Nokia-friendly company so naturally, Nokia users wondered what was up. No worries people, Strands has you covered. The company announced yesterday that it’s site is now available to any and all S60 handsets by way of a shiny new mobile site – you guessed it, m.strands.com. For those unfamiliar with the Strands.com network, it combines messaging features a la Twitter with content aggregation the likes of which you can’t begin to fathom without setting eyes on the laundry list of supported services. Toss some award-winning recommendation technology into the mix, and there you have it. If you’re not already in the closed beta, don’t worry. Just hit the log in page, click the “request an invite” button and enter BGR as your promo code. You’ll be good to go from your computer, iPhone or S60 handset before you know it.

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Nokia E63 trials shipping before formal announcement

By on November 11, 2008 at 10:32 AM.

Nokia E63 trials shipping before formal announcement

One thing we can give the folks over at Nokia – they never cease to surprise us. In a very uncharacteristic and peculiar move, Nokia has begun shipping trials of the upcoming E63 even before the handset is formally announced. In fact, the devices being shipped aren’t even being delivered in retail packaging. We first learned of the E63 a few months ago and since then spy shots have emerged and it even popped up for a little preview at this year’s Symbian Smartphone Show. We already know the specs – it’s basically a dressed up E71 with a slightly modified keyboard (good luck with that space button). The reviewer does note however, that the case on the E63 is a bit thicker than the E71 and there are a handful of the new themes on the device as well. Nokia’s intentions with this handset are a bit unclear at this point; usually when it releases the same phone more than once with slight modifications, it keeps the same name – a la N95. All should be made clear soon enough. Hit the jump for two more shots.

[Via adonismobile]

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