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Monday, February 27, 2012

Nokia Announces 808 Pureview with 41 Megapixel Sensor, Attempts to Take On Nikon's D800

Posted by Lee Yuan Sheng in "Digital Home Hardware & Accessories" @ 09:30 AM

http://www.allaboutsymbian.com/news...announced_e.php

"The headline feature is the 41 megapixel oversampling system implemented on a huge 1/1.2" sensor, enabling standard resolution photos to be produced yet with dramatic zooming (24-74mm) available without loss of detail, and with lower digital noise."

Normally I do not post phone news, but I found this to be hilarious. Nokia has implemented a 41 megapixel sensor in their latest phone, with a f/2.4 lens that just covers slightly less than the sensor area to allow recording in 4:3 to 16:9 aspect ratios without losing megapixels. The final maximum file sizes appear to contain about 36 megapixels of information.

What Nokia has done is to make a sensor that is 75% the size of Nikon's CX format as used in the Nikon 1 system (the official literature pegs the size at 1/1.2") and pack it with photosites as dense as a normal phone's camera. Result? Lots of pixels. It is also quite clever in a way, because that means at normal file sizes with five to eight megapixels, the camera can perform a crop to mimic a zoom without loss of detail. This avoids a bulky optical zoom mechanism in this day of sub-10mm phones. However I do suspect Nokia knows the quality might not stand up to close scrutiny, as the samples so far minimise the camera's weaknesses. The EXIF data has the camera as low as ISO 50 in some of the samples! More details of this crazy camera phone at the link, with links to full-sized samples in the linked article's comments section.


Monday, January 17, 2011

Nokia Shuts Down "Ovi", Music Streaming Service, in 27 Countries

Posted by Jason Dunn in "Windows Phone Competition" @ 04:06 PM

http://unplugged.rcrwireless.com/in...-music-service/

"Nokia Corp. has announced it will be shutting down its Ovi Music unlimited subscription service in 27 countries. The service - similar to Microsoft Corp.'s Zune Pass - allowed people to pay a set fee to access as much music as they wanted, legally and conveniently. Originally launched with much fanfare in Britain in late 2008, and seen as a major threat to the iTunes dominated market with Nokia securing all four major music publishes [sic], it has seen a sad decline in most markets."

Subscription music is a hard sell, so it's not surprising to see Nokia giving up on it - I have to commend them on getting it all up and running in so many countries in the first place...it's something Microsoft hasn't been able to do with Zune as of yet. Hell, I can't even buy music from the Zune Marketplace in Canada, let alone have a Zune Pass subscription. A key problem with Nokia's Ovi approach was that it locked the music to the handset - I don't think there was a way to get it onto the user's computer. The concept of subscription music is also hard for people to wrap their heads around, even though it's similar to a cable TV subscription.


Thursday, October 1, 2009

Maemo 5, Reviewed In Depth

Posted by Chris Gohlke in "Digital Home Software" @ 03:00 AM

http://www.mobile-review.com/review...mo5-en.shtml#14

"This write up will focus primarily on the software department of the N900, as well as its capabilities (by the way, another phone in this line-up, set to launch during summer 2010, won't differ from the N900 in terms of hardware). And the best way to break down an OS is to run through every feature an app it has got on board."

I used an N800 with an older version of Maemo for a while prior to moving to the iPod Touch. Nokia has done a fine job with the OS and being mostly open source gives it an advantage over the some of the more popular mobile OS's. If you've never had a chance to play with a Maemo device, this review is a great starting point. If you are on a mobile device you might want to wait to take a look at this review as it has a HUGE number of screen shots.

Tags: software, nokia, maemo

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Nokia Wants a Piece of the Netbook Pie

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:30 PM

http://www.liliputing.com/2009/08/n...3g-netbook.html

"At first glance, the Booklet 3G looks like your typical netbook with an Intel Atom processor. But the machine has a few tricks up its sleeve. First, it packs an HSPA 3G modem in addition to WiFi and Bluetooth. Nokia claims that it gets up to 12 hours of battery life. And the Booklet 3G also includes an HDMI output and a 10 inch, “HD ready” display."

Nokia has announced their take the the netbook, the Booklet 3G. Most of the specifications seem pretty similar to most other netbooks, with a 10 inch display, WiFi, Bluetooth and Atom CPU. There are some notable boosts like a built in 3G modem, 12 hours of battery life and its claim of an "HD Ready" display. Still, rumours are flying around that they intend on pricing it at $799 without a contract, which definitely sets this netbook apart. Being Nokia, its likely that the great push will come from mobile operators, however, at the rumoured price, I'm not sure why I would favour the Booklet 3G over a different netbook with a 3G USB stick, and the 3G stick would even let me use my 3G data plan on other laptops as needed.


Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Nokia Offers Z-Wave Connectivity

Posted by Hooch Tan in "Digital Home News" @ 01:00 AM

http://www.engadget.com/2008/12/02/...s-on-and-video/

"Since hearing about Nokia's foray into the world of home automation, our curiosity has been seriously piqued. Thankfully, our girl-on-the-scene Drita has captured video of the new software / hardware combo in action on the Nokia World show floor. It looks like a fully decked out system is going to run you a hefty fee (given all the components required), but can you put a price on the extreme laziness it will enable? We didn't think so. Check out the thrilling video out after the break!"

Nokia World 2008 is in full force, and one of their announcements is the launch of their "Home Control Center." Engadget has a video that quickly demonstrates its capabilities. Apparently, the Home Control Center gives Nokia phones the capability to access their Z-Wave enabled devices at home. There's no mention whether it will also interface with X10 and Zigbee devices. While I'm thrilled to see more companies embracing home automation, I get the sense that this is no more than a Nokia specific gateway for their phones to talk to Z-Wave modules. The same sort of functionality can be had, more or less, through an browser enabled phone, albeit not quite as easily. Would this be enough for you to pick a Nokia phone? Or is it just a nice extra feature that you might use?


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