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Friday, December 17, 2010

Nokia updates Ovi store: much appreciated

Well, finally Nokia updated the Ovi Store in a big way. Using the Ovi Store on my 5230 use to be a hassle. When I knew what I was looking for, there was no problem, but when I looked for something new.... well that was a challenge. You know when you look at the apps list and you press the "Load more items" button, then you scroll down, and press the same button again... Well let's say that after doing that a few times, you finally find some app that sounds good. So you want to check it out and you go into the description of that app and you either install it, or you don't... Well, when you press the Back button, SURPRISE!! You're on top of the apps list, and you have to scroll several screens down to get back where you were before. That's gone with the new Ovi Store update. Now when you press back you go exactly where you were when you decided to check that app out. So you can continue looking for more stuff.
Another thing is that now you get a 60 days offer to get some premium apps for free. I got Doodle Jump, Shazam Encore and Farm Frenzy for free, which is very cool.
Another thing I noticed is that many premium apps have now a Lite version which is free. They are pretty limited, but it's better that just a few days of trial.
Well, this update is certainly welcomed and long awaited.
Good job this time Nokia!


Monday, December 6, 2010

How to use Nokia N8 on holidays

First of all, I want to say that I use Ovi sync religiously, to synchronize everything(contacts, calendar, notes). The synchronization saved me when my phone had to be reflashed at Nokia care. I was up and running in a few minutes thanks to the synchronization features. Now on to the N8... I like to stay in touch with my friends trough Facebook, so in the holiday season, I roam the gift stores and take pictures of interesting gifts, and upload them to Facebook instantly using the official app. Then I post messages on the walls of my friends who are interested in these special findings. I send pictures to my wife and other people I know, if I know they're looking for something I find. I use my phone to take pictures and videos of my baby boy when he starts "acting up" :) and shared them via Facebook or upload them on Youtube so all my friends can see him. I also take videos of my colleagues playing various Wii or PS games during lunchbreak, Guitar Heros featuring programmers is a bliss :). I would fill the N8 homescreens with all the widgets that I'd like to use like communities, weather, rss feeds, phone notifications, because I'm the kind of person that doesn't want to miss anything that's happening. I use Nokia situations(best app I've seen this year) for any situation possible. I've setup a profile for when I'm at home (using the GPS locator, coolest thing ever), for overnight, meetings and for when I'm visiting someone.

That's how I'd use the N8, besides the daily Ovi Maps useage, Point and Find augmented reality and other God knows how many apps I use every day. I should tell you that I charge my phone almost twice a day :D because of this heavy usage, so the N8 would really come in handy, have more battery life than my Nokia 5230.

That's it :)