Nokia has announced its global roll out of the latest Symbian Belle update for Nokia X7, N8, C6-01, C7, E7, E6 and Nokia Oro. For Nokia 500 users, the update will be available much later in couple of weeks time. This is the 2nd Symbian^3 upgrade right after Anna rolled out about 6 months ago.
Symbian Belle aims to offer refreshed new experience on the same Symbian device. So what’s new? Belle now offers 6 customisable home screens, a new notifications bar with power toggle switches and an enhanced new Nokia Maps.
To upgrade to Belle, you would need to connect your Nokia device to the PC via Nokia Suite which is downloadable here. In terms of availability, Malaysian users should be able to update right now as indicated on their Belle availability page.
Head after the break for the step by step video.
Update: It seems that we have offended a few Nokia N8 enthusiasts out there with our findings. In pursuit of the truth, we want to set the record straight, and so we have a proposition for the N8 enthusiasts who’ve expressed their opinions about this post. We have a proposition for you. Is the Nokia N8 still the best camera phone out there? Let’s settle this once and for all. Head on over to after the jump for details.
We’re just one week away from the launch of the iPhone 4S in Malaysia. Aside from an uprated processor that’s now dual-core and very chatty Siri, the biggest improvement on the new iPhone is its camera.
With a Sony-sourced 8MP backlit sensor and improved optics, Apple says the new camera on its latest iPhone offers performance that rivals most dedicated point-and-shoot cameras, but is this claim founded?
Naturally, we’re curious to find out ourselves if the camera on the iPhone 4S is as good as Apple claims it to be, and so we’ve assemble some of the best 8MP smartphone shooters we could get our hands on along with the 12MP Nokia N8 for good measure and went out on a photowalk; taking pictures and videos using these devices in various situations to find out which smartphone available in the market right now has the best camera overall.
We compare the iPhone 4S with the Samsung Galaxy Note, Galaxy S II, Motorola RAZR, Sony Ericsson Xperia ray and Nokia N8. Follow us to after the jump to see the sample shots and videos as well as our verdict on which smartphone has the best camera right now.
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The Nokia N8 is still one of the best camera phones out there with its 12MP sensor and Carl Zeiss Tessar lens. We have seen the N8 doing impressive short films and even the world’s smallest and probably largest stop motion video.
Now there’s a featured movie coming up that was shot entirely with a Nokia N8 entitled “Olive”. To make this possible, the film director, Hooman Khalili didn’t just slap on a Nokia N8 on traditional film camera lenses but had to hack the device to disable auto-focus and zooming. This gives the movie maker more control during the film making.
Nevertheless, this just proves that the Nokia N8 camera capability is still awesome till this very day. If only Nokia can emulate such feature on their next Windows Phone device.
Watch the first 5 minutes of the movie after the jump.
If you have a Nokia N8, follow these instructions: Hold phone in hand. Watch the video, look at your N8. Watch video, look at your N8 again. Watch video, now read this post.
The video you just saw (three times now, if you’ve followed our instructions properly) is a testament to the potential that is the Nokia N8. The 12MP imaging behemoth (in the mobile phone world at least) opens up tremendous possibilities for creative explorations. Now the question is, are you creative enough for your N8?
The video — titled Gulp — is no ordinary stop-motion rendition. The elements you see in it are not animations or miniature constructs. They are all life-sized. Yeap. The boat you see, life-sized. The beach, that’s a real beach, not a set. The text and illustrations, all drawn by hand on the beach. The set for the short was an 11,000 square feet piece of beach in Wales.
Gulp was made by Sumo Science at Aardman Animations, these are the same people that brought us the lovable characters of Wallace & Gromit. The makers used the Nokia N8 for the still shots and then stitched the stills together at 25 frames per second.
Yes, this is nothing more than an elaborate Nokia advertisement, but what a commercial it is. Having said that, Nokia has to stop relying on the N8 to catch people’s imagination. The iPhone 5 is coming and let’s not forget the unstoppable tide of Android phones that feature even more sophisticated hardware and processors. Nokia had better have something special up their sleeves when the show of their Windows Phone devices.
Check out the making of Gulp right after the jump.
When it comes to media and entertainment, there’s no denying the the Nokia N8 packs quite a punch with its HDMI port, surround sound and HD video playback capabilities. The thing that’s holding it back on becoming a true entertainment powerhouse is its diminutive screen.
The Nokia Big Screen allows N8 users to easily share and display the media stored on their device on the big screen. The app launches automatically when you hook up your N8 to a HDMI TV and it displays all available media content in your N8 right on the TV. You can then choose to control the media using the phone or a Bluetooth remote or keyboard.
Head on over to after the jump for a demo video.
South African photography magazine PiX wanted to proof the point that as far as beautiful pictures are concerned, its not the hardware that makes a good photographer but rather the technical execution of an idea.
So for its December/January issue the magazine team at PiX opted to go with a Nokia N8 rather than a professional-grade DLSR for a cover shot. And the result? Well it is safe to say that the professional photogs working on the shoot was blown away and the Nokia N8 has solidly affirmed itself as the camera phone to beat.
Head on after the jump to check out the result of the shoot along with the making-of video.
To hammer in the point that the 12 megapixel camera on the Nokia N8 is pretty darn good, Nokia commissioned director Thomas Hilland make a video that showcases the capabilities of the N8’s camera.
The video called Dragonfly Love features music by Kap Bambino and remote-controlled helicopters made to look like dragonflies.
In terms of its interesting-ness Dragonfly Love is much better than the other video that Nokia commissioned the McHenry brother to direct.
Check out the music video after the jump. There’s also a bonus making of video included.
When Nokia N8 was launched, it only came in 3 colours: silver, green and dark grey. Now Maxis has updated their website with anodised blue and orange colour options as well. Contract price remains unchanged at RM999 over 24 months, RM1149 over 18 months and RM1299 over 12 months and it is for those who bolt on a data plan of 500MB, 1.5GB and 3GB.
For more information, check out Maxis’s Nokia N8 page.
Well, the short film made its premier earlier this week and now it’s up online for your viewing pleasure.
You can check out snaps taken at the premier here and head on over to after the jump to watch the full version of the seven minute shortie.
We’d expected a bit more from the short film but after viewing it, we felt it was rather “meh“. Pamela Anderson and Ed Westwick played cameos rather than star in the film and the story line is boring. What do you think?
A camera, any camera is just as a good as the person behind the viewfinder. You could be packing over RM20k worth of DSLR kit but if you don’t know your aperture from your f-Stop then we won’t recommend you quitting your day job to pursue a career in professional photography.
But what you can do is learn the skills to make the best out of your camera phone.
The Nokia camera school provides tutorials, tips and ideas to help you develop your skills and produce better results in still photography and video using your camera phone.
For the latest installment on the Nokia Camera School series click here.
But before that, head on over to after the jump to see the first video from the Nokia Camera School on how with some easy to do DIY, you can use your camera phone to take professional looking studio shots all the time.