RIP Symbian, it’s Nokia Belle now

By on December 22, 2011 at 9:44 AM.

RIP Symbian, it’s Nokia Belle now

It is the end of an era or more accurately close to the end. Nokia has dropped the Symbian branding from its own smartphone OS and is now calling it Nokia Belle - no more Symbian S60 versions, just Nokia and the version name. This move probably comes after Nokia sold and outsourced Symbian to Accenture, which would mean it does not own the Symbian trademark anymore. Nokia also announced it will release the Belle update for the Nokia N8, E7, E6, X7, C6-01, C7, and Oro starting from February 2012. However, new units of the Nokia N8 that will be shipped from its manufacturing facilities now will come with Belle on them.
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N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

By on June 30, 2011 at 12:49 AM.

N9 and Windows Phone: Banquo’s ghosts at Nokia’s Anna banquet

It was supposed to be an event to launch the first handsets running Symbian Anna in India - the Nokia X7 and the Nokia E6. And yes, most of the talk from Nokia at the dais was about the devices and the Anna update to Symbian ^3. But looming over the event, rather like a pair of Shakespearean ghosts at a Macbethian banquet, were two names with which Nokia has been associated: Windows Phone and the N9. Many was the media person who asked the Nokia team about the "phone without buttons" (the MeeGo driven N9). And when the floor was thrown open for questioning after the quartet of Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge (who we were told symbolised Anna - but THAT is another story) had sashayed down a makeshift ramp with the newly launched handsets, many of the questions that were directed at Viral Oza, Director Marketing, Nokia India, were about what Nokia planned to do with the troika of MeeGo, Symbian and Windows Phone. More →
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Nokia officially launches the E6 and X7

By on June 29, 2011 at 7:54 PM.

Nokia officially launches the E6 and X7

We knew that they were in stores already, but Nokia today officially took the wraps off the E6 and X7 handsets. The devices are the first in India to feature the latest version of Symbian, Anna, and to REALLY stress the fact, Nokia presented four ladies on the stage - Gul Panag, Soha Ali Khan, Diandra Soares and Sagarika Ghatge - as they "represented ‘Anna’ with their grace, style & elegance" (yes, that was the press release, folks). Speaking in more common sense terms, Anna represents a major upgrade to the Symbian ^3 OS seen on devices like the N8 and E7, with new icons, a better browser, a better keyboard and lots of other tweaks. Incidentally, all the Symbian ^3 devices in India (Nokia N8, E7, C7 and C6-01)  will be getting upgraded to Anna by the end of August, although Nokia will start shipping these handsets with Anna in July itself. Getting to the two devices launched today, the E6 is clearly a shot fired across RIM's bows with its touch and QWERTY-type combo mimicking that of the as-yet-unreleased Bold 9900. We did get our mitts on it some time ago and were suitably impressed. The almost octagonal X7 is a very contrary creature to the E6 and is a full touchscreen affair, with entertainment and HD gaming as its forte - not surprising given the 4-inch AMOLED display. Both devices have 8 MP cameras and the usual plethora of Nokia services and apps (maps, mail, etc). The X7 also gives users to download several premium HD games free of charge from the Ovi Store - a heck of a boost to its gaming credentials, wethinks.  The X7 is available for a MRP of Rs 22,829 while the E6 has an MRP of Rs 18,679. The actual store prices are a bit lower than that. To find out if either or both devices are worth the moolah, stay tuned for our soon-to-arrive reviews.
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Nokia E6 tagged at Rs 17,999, pre-booking open

By on June 15, 2011 at 10:05 PM.

Nokia E6 tagged at Rs 17,999, pre-booking open

There was a time when booking in advance was largely the preserve of Bollywood blockbusters, but of late gadgets have joined the pre-booking bandwagon. The latest to enter the category is Nokia's next touch and type E Series device, the E6. Those wanting to book the device can do so by (take a deep breath, folks) heading to www.nokia.co.in/E6, filling an online form, indicating their preferred Nokia Priority store, and after being called by aforementioned store (a feat that we are told will be accomplished within 24 hours of even more aforementioned form-filling), shelling out Rs 2,000. Yes, it does sound a tad drawn-out, but we did like the E6 during our brief hands-on with the device (remember we called it the "smartphone that has the potential to bring a smile to Nokia loyalists"), we daresay there are going to be people lining up for it, lured by the touchscreen-full QWERTY combo, as well as a spruced up Symbian OS (Anna), the 8.0-megapixel "full focus" camera (we are still complaining about the lack of auto-focus, folks!), and  last but not least, the price tag of Rs 17,999.  Value for money? On paper, yes. In reality? We will let you know when we get a review unit to tussle with.
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Hands on with the Nokia E6

By on June 8, 2011 at 3:55 PM.

Hands on with the Nokia E6

Even as Nokia transitions from Symbian to Windows Phone operating system, the handset vendor is still busy tweaking the soon-to-be-defunct platform. Nokia calls this new version of Symbian 'Anna' and will soon launch the E6, which will be one of the first smartphones running this operating system. We spent some time with this 'Touch and Type' smartphone today and we feel that this could be one of the better offerings from Nokia in a long while. The phone feels sturdy to hold and the new user interface comes as a whiff of fresh air. Having said that, Symbian Anna is no where close to Android or iOS, which justifies Nokia's decision to go for Windows Phone. Hit the break for our first impressions and a mega hands-on gallery of the Nokia E6.

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