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NZtechfreak

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#36209 22-Jun-2009 11:21
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Well pretty stoked, just got my Omnia home and getting things all set up (be a day or so before I'm really rolling, need my OPDA cert first!).

Initial impressions are extremely WOW.

The screen is beyond words, and the capacitative technology certainly makes itself felt Vs the WinMo resistive screens I'm used to. Watched the helicopter demo - stunning! Can't wait to throw some divx/xvid at this thing, by all reports its the first phone that plays them perfectly without any downsampling...

Build quality is very good (as you might expect from a candybar), the concerns in the initial Phone Arena review around the battery cover coming off easily seem completely unfounded. I do wonder about the flap that covers the 3.5mm jack though, will see if that stands up to repeated use soon enough I guess.

Onscreen QWERTY seems acceptable for text entry, much better than my 5800 was in the brief period in which I owned that phone.

Taken one call so far and the call quality in both directions was perfect, again, better than the WinMo phones I've owned for the last 9 months or so. Several other users have commented that call quality is no issue for them also, so I think we can lay to rest the other concern Phone Arena raised. Wonder if their handset had a faulty earpiece...

Anyways, more to hand later...




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  #227319 22-Jun-2009 11:42
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Hey sorry dumb question but...

Since this phone uses Symbian OS, does that mean you can install Nokia Maps on it?

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  #227324 22-Jun-2009 11:54
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Are you finding much lag in the interface? The initial videos on youtube seemed like it was quite slow..
I was in awe of that helicopter video and it was taken from a handycam of the phone, in person it must be unreal :)
Looking forward to your impression of it after a few days of solid use.

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  #227430 22-Jun-2009 17:19
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I don't think Nokia maps works, but Garmin does, and it comes with Route 66 (no New Zealand maps onboard, will have to see whether I can download some). Some of the other Nokia softwares do work though, like Sportstracker and Ovi store.

No lag whatsoever, fast as blazes so far - easily the fastest phone I've owned.

Yeah, videos on the screen are jaw-droppingly good!




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  #227435 22-Jun-2009 17:25
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I would be interested to know what the display visibility is like in sunlight (I am using an N95 which is quite good in direct sunlight).

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  #227473 22-Jun-2009 19:00
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Shame Nokia Maps don't work cuz that is one of the selling points for me when selecting a new mobile. It's too much hassle (and cost) having to purchase and find NZ maps using the right GPS software.

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  #227481 22-Jun-2009 19:26
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Nice! im keen to find out the how the xvid/divx videos went on it :-)

Would you be able to do a video for us and put it on YouTube?




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  #227529 22-Jun-2009 21:21
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heavenly_wild: Shame Nokia Maps don't work cuz that is one of the selling points for me when selecting a new mobile. It's too much hassle (and cost) having to purchase and find NZ maps using the right GPS software.
O/T Open GPS will sort your mapping issues out.

Back to the phone: gaahhahhhhhhhh



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  #227657 23-Jun-2009 10:52
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I posted a review awhile ago at http://www.geekzone.co.nz/forums.asp?forumid=6&topicid=34185&page_no=1#219643

Re readability in direct sunlight...crap

After having the handset for a month and a bit now there are a few other things I have noticed which are a bit niggley such as:

- When phone you unlock the phone and it searches for a network it sometimes goes non responsive for 5 seconds or so. This is a pain when on the tube.
- Battery life is totally kick bottom compared to my old N95. I can get a weeks charge from it fine compared to ~2 days on my N95 tops.
- Sound setup on profiles sometimes resets itself. Eg on General I have button press sounds off since I have tactile feedback on with vibration.
- Vibration for keypress vs ring/nessage tones does not seem to be able to be set independantly. This is a pain as I oftern miss messages if the phone is in my pocket due to the vibrate not being strong enough at the same time I dont want keypad vibrations to be any stronger.

Apart from that its all good. Can get a couple of movies or docos watched whilst commuting in a single battery charge easy.

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  #227800 23-Jun-2009 21:40
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Was this phone bought in NZ?

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  #227878 24-Jun-2009 09:47
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Mine came from Phonesdirect via HK.

I believe Fraktuls is the Orange branded one in the UK (unless he has debranded it now, its possible, I have the files). I think the network searching is a branded-firmware issue because I don't get that problem. I've not yet struck his other problems either, so I'm naturally suspicious that they are also Orange problems.

Regarding the request for a video of the phone playing DivX - I think that the recorded video and youtube encoding wouldn't do the i8910 any justice whatsoever. Its just great, so skipped frames, true black/white courtesy of the AMOLED screen, just gorgeous.




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  #228428 26-Jun-2009 03:36
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Well, finally received my OPDA cert today - phone is hacked courtesy of HelloOX (man, hacking is so much easier on Symbian now than it was when I last hacked a Symbian phone!). The installserver patch doesn't work, so you still need to sign files before installation, but its no biggy since I can self-sign anything with the OPDA cert.

Magic stuff, I now have Nokia's Sportstracker running on my phone, when I get home from my nightshift tomorrow I'll be putting on the 5800/N97 Facebook app and a few others that aren't compatible with the un-hacked i8910. Good times. Will feedback about what works and what doesn't.

Fraktul - how did the unlock go?




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  #228471 26-Jun-2009 10:39
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Worked well thanks - phone is much snapper for sure and GPS lock is *way* quicker...sub 5 seconds for a <10m lock now!

Only gripe now is txting, with preditive txt I find that when pressing * for character insert at the end of words sometimes it goes to word selection instead of symbol selection - this is the same behaviour I was getting on the Orange firmware.

Will look into OPDA cert tomorrow since I am interesting in installing some of the nokia apps too.

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  #228510 26-Jun-2009 11:53
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Great, from the reports of the Orange firmware I've heard it'll be like a new phone...

Installed copious apps onto it today, going great so far. Really need to find a native app for Sudoku though - Platinum Sudoku is painfully slow to start up (although great once its up and running). That would be nearly my only gripe about the phone so far - the Java heap is stuffed (good one Samsung). Thats not really a biggie for me though, I hardly use Java apps anyway, and the ones I do use (like Opera mini 4.2) work fine.




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  #228707 27-Jun-2009 00:39
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If only they would hurry up with the latest Opera releases on Symbian!

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  #228734 27-Jun-2009 09:44
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Yeah, exactly, its the only thing (apart from the QWERTY keyboard and better screen resolution) that I miss from the Xperia - Opera Mobile 9.7 is amazing...

EDIT: Wow, this just to hand: Firmware update scheduled for two weeks will have the audio codec at 720p change from AMR to AAC! Awesome news - from the official Samsung Italy Facebook blog!




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