Nokia Phones

Nokia x5800

In May 2011, just on my contract break point, I upgraded OVI suite on my PC which downloaded some configuration data to the phone. The upshot is that my e-mail no longer works. Any attempt to use e-mail invokes Nokia’s Mail Client which they want to charge for. However the second attempt worked and Mail is now working. I wrote a blog called Using Mail on a Nokia-Orange phone.

In September 2009, I got myself a Nokia x5800 on an Orange contract. I used it in a dilatory fashion until January when I decided I needed to get to grips with it after a several of stays at the Travelodge and a week in a flat without wifi. Progress was slow and I fell back to using it as a voice & text device.

The task list I set in Sept 2009, was to,

  1. Sort out Joikuspot
  2. Sort out the SMTP server
  3. Get an IM client that supports google talk, in background? Fring and it does function in the background, I now need to understand how my online status is represented when using the phone
  4. Turn off the safguard, took two calls but this is now done.
  5. Check out OVI and the store
  6. Get more pictures in the phone book

Good, the Bad and the Ugly

Maps, Joikuspot and Fring are good. Maps is good, easy to use, the proximity data seems crowdsourced and some locations I have been looking for is missing or of poor quality. When I started Nokia PC suite was amongst the best around.

The browser is slow and I wasn’t happy with the adult filtering that occured so I had it removed. There is no skype client. The menu structures are poor. Ovi Suite is a walled garden, so sharing address book data across multiple devices is hard.

Few of the big applications developers write for the S3 platform.

Google Calendar

How did I do the Gcal Sync?

POP 3

The current client can support multiple mail accounts. Each account is bound to an “Access Point”. Currently this is named “Orange Internet”. The mail account needs to be bound to access point.

SMTP

Once you find out where to enter the name of the smtp server, this is dead easy. There’s no SMTP security settings because Orange trust their network. The help desk was helful and knew what they were talking about.

  • Messaging -> Mail -> Options -> E-mail Settings -> Connection Settings -> Outgoing e-mail

The values are obvious, the Access point in use should be inherited from the incoming e-mail settings.

Nokia Messaging Client

The Nokia Messaging email client which was installed last year in 2010 when they offered me a 30 Free trial. Nokia expect to charge £5 p.m. for this ‘service’, which since I use a 3rd party mail provider, and a 3rd party ISP i.e. Orange, means they are charging me for software rental. (To put this in perspective, I paid 5 Euros for lifetime right to use of the Joikuspot binaries). I am not paying it. (I lived without phone mail for most of the contract and have reached the breakpoint in my contract.)

Fring

A chat client that supports Google Talk and more. It runs in the background, I now need to understand how my online status is represented when using the phone.

Joikuspot

Downloaded, needs to be configured, I was waiting for safeguard to be turned off since several of the ipodtouch apps needed access to what Orange considers ‘adult’ content. See >>Internet on the move, where I discuss Orange’s somewhat odd views on the subject. Anyway, I am now waiting for time and need to get back to this. The Joikuspot manual is fine. I now have it configured for private/authenticated use.

Wallpaper

The wallpaper images need to be 360×640, the easiest way is to view it using the Gallery and then use Options – Use Image – Wallpaper.

Voyager UI

Some people feel that the standard Symbian UI is not as good as its competitors and offer an alternative via the store, called Voyager. I have tried but need to do so when I have more time as the phone call shortcuts disappear from the front page, which is not what I want.

Maps

On the Reunion Barge trip, I discovered that the Maps Plazer will now share on twitter. The maps app is prertty good. I think I prefer it to Google Maps on Android.

Music

I have my favourites from my music collection, but have never used it to play music. This is of course the reason some get this machine, but it wasn’t mine.

I upgraded OVI suite on the PC earlier today and it has transformed my mail account to an Orange mail account. Interesting! And not wanted. I’ll need to ring Orange, and see what they say. Shame; I’d had a good week with the phone on the boat, the Map app has improved and I was using the phone to read my mails and even used the browser a couple of times. 31 May 2011

Nokia (& I) installed the mail client and they offered me a 30 day free trial in 2010. I wasn’t prepared to pay £5 p.m. for software rental, and still aren’t. I fell back to using the S3 mail pull client. The May 2011 makes this impossible, although there is an ‘Orange’ mail account. Is this an Ofcom issue?

E71

I can get one of the following phones

It seems the company don’t use Sony anymore. 14th Oct 2008. Time to move on, and I have now got a Nokia E71 Phone to replace the Sony Ericsson K610i that I have been using for the last couple of years.

I got the E71 and didn’t like it. The keyboard buttons were too small and Vodafone’s 3G coverage was too weak at home. 25th Apr 2009

 

Getting Started with the E71

The PC Suite installer software checks out if there’s an update and runs on Vista 64, although it installs into the Program Files (x86) folder.

Twitter still finds the phone after moving the SIM

Copying my contacts

Getting the contacts from the Sony into the Nokia was much easier than the other way round, since Nokia now use the Windows Address book or Contact Manager.

  • Sync the Sony with a laptop using their phone software
  • Don’t copy from the SIM to the address book when asked
  • Use PC Suite Sync not Contact Manager to copy from the laptop to the phone

Screen Size

  • 320 x 240 px

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