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Nokia E6 Review: The BlackBerry Alternative

We’ve got with us a Nokia E6, the latest offering from Nokia, which runs on the new Symbian Anna. They launched this phone sometime back along with the Nokia X7, both of them having some new features and design. Well, the E6 doesn’t really have anything that different from, say, a Nokia E72, E71 or the E63. You’ll only see the difference when you hold it in your hand and turn it around. Behold, the 8 megapixel camera. There’s more, if you’re wondering.

Nokia e6 front

Anyways, I got to play around with this phone, like literally, and here’s what I think of the Nokia E6. I solemnly swear that I’m up to an honest review. And speaking honestly, I’m no fan of QWERTY phones, but this one’s different.

Looks, Design and Feel

Nokia e6 side

Like I said before, there isn’t much dissimilarity between this and other E series models, but there are some differences when it comes to features. But, lets talk about the design and feel of this device for now. It definitely has that business feel, sturdiness and the metal battery cover like few other E series phones.

Don’t be disappointed if people don’t ask you what phone you’re sporting, as the E6 is not much of a looker unless you have it in silver. Well, even then, it’s not that attractive, but certainly more attractive than the previous E series models.

A perfect fit in your pocket and palm, so you don’t have to worry about losing it when involved in a cop chase. There’s a slight bulge on the back thanks to the camera, which is also made up of metal. If you’re a fan of the Nokia E series family, then you’re certainly going to dig this and probably replace your old one with this.

Display, Keyboard and Camera

Nokia e6 displayThe E6 has a 2.46-inch VGA Capacitive Touchscreen display with 328ppi, more than that of the iPhone 4. Now, that’s something right, but on a small display, it’s really of not that great an importance. I’m not saying the display is bad, it’s certainly better than all the other Nokia phones I’ve ever used, it’s bright, can be seen in bright daylight and the touch is great as well.

Video playback works really well too, although I haven’t really tested any gaming, but it shouldn’t be any problem on this display.

If you notice in the picture to the left, there are no Option and Menu keys that were usually present in all E series phones. Instead, you’ll have to use the touchscreen to open or go back, which is annoying at times. The keypad is just like any other E series phone, laid over in 4 rows and are quite soft.

Like I said before, I don’t fancy Qwerty keyboards, hence I did not like it much. But, if you’re not like me, then you’d love it, perhaps. The response is good, and I did manage to type a complete sentence rather quickly.

nokia e6 camera

The Camera, in simple terms, is awesome if you have a steady grip. Beefed up with 8 megapixels of picture and video taking power, the Nokia E6 does a very good job at taking 720p HD videos. The video recording quality is really amazing, plus it looks extra amazing on that small screen. However, the camera doesn’t have any auto-focus or a dedicated camera button, which is a slight problem.

See, a normal human being does shake his hand a bit while taking photos and since there’s no auto-focus, you know where I’m getting at. Otherwise, the camera takes really well still images too and the flash is great as well, dual-LED’s act as though you just created a Patronus to scare away the dementors.

Camera has a lot of modes, so you can basically just select a setting and use the touchscreen or the D-pad to take photos. You can also use the front camera, yes there is one!!

The Hardware, Features and Software

nokia e6 hardware

Having given a 680Mhz ARM 11 processor, the E6 makes pretty good use of it. It’s faster than the previous E-series phones and packs in a lot of new features. It’s only normal to expect a lot of features from a phone that’s priced among higher end smartphones. And yes it does, specially for a business person, this is one awesome piece of technology. It has everything that you’d look for in a high-end smartphone. Below are the most important features of this phone;

  • Symbian Anna OS
  • 8GB internal storage, 1GB ROM, microSD card slot
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
  • GPS receiver with A-GPS support and free lifetime voice-guided navigation
  • Built-in accelerometer and proximity sensor
  • 3.5 mm audio jack, microUSB port, USB-on-the-go, Flash and Java support for the web browser, Stereo Bluetooth 3.0 and Social network integration

So, now you know that the phone does have almost all the features that you’d require.

Coming, to the software department, I believe Nokia did not do such a great job. I mean, sure the Symbian Anna is prettier and has newer icon sets and customizable homescreens, but it’s still Symbian under the skin.

I’m not saying Symbian is bad, but they should worked more on making Symbian Anna faster and have lots of new features. One of the only interesting things that I found on the software was the VPN feature, which lets you connect to a VPN server and enjoy free internet services. Apart from that, there wasn’t much changes done to the software other than the new UI.

However, Anna is certainly smoother and faster than Symbian S60 software and on par with Symbian^3.

Applications, Internet Browsing and Performance

Nokia e6 apps

I’m sure you may have used the Ovi Store before, hence I don’t have to say that it’s growing slowly, but you won’t find lot of applications for the E6. Since this runs on Symbian Anna, there aren’t a lot of applications available, but that doesn’t stop it from being functional.

The phone comes filled with lots and lots of important and necessary applications that will come handy every day. There aren’t pages of them, but there are enough. Ovi maps did not disappoint as well, the in-built GPS does a great job of tracking you down.

The stock browser that comes along is really nice to use. Thanks to the touch interface, you can do a lot of things while browsing the internet, and yes it has Adobe Flash pre-installed to watch YouTube videos without any problems. Browsing is really smooth, it has tabbed browsing and the web pages do load fast, if you have a fast internet connection. Rest assured, all the applications that come in the phone will work well.

If you’re a first time Symbian Anna user, you may be irritated with the Ovi Startup, which you have to sign-up with to actually be able to use the phone.

Performance of the phone is good as well, like I mentioned before. You may however be greeted with some sluggish performance, but that’s something you can neglect. I did not experience any freezing of the device during it’s stay in my pocket, even though it was thoroughly exploited.

Price and Availability

The Nokia E6 is currently available in the market for a price of INR 17,999, which is well below the 20K mark. For that price you get all of the above mentioned features, a great looking QWERTY phone, an 8 megapixel camera and a sealed box with all the necessary accessories.

Final Verdict

Nokia E6 verdict

I’ve never used a Symbian Anna device, well how could I? This was the first. Anyways, because of the new UI, the phone actually felt like an Android phone, until I entered the Menu. It’s a really good and worthy buy for the price, since it has all the features that you’d ever require on a phone, specially if you own a business. As it’s a Symbian device, you should be fairly used to how the phone works, if you don’t you’ll learn it in an hour or so. If you were planning on buying a fairly expensive Blackberry with similar features, I’d suggest you forget that and go for the Nokia E6. After all, it’s Nokia!!

Symbian Anna is Now Available for Download

Nokia has been talking about the Symbian Anna update for the Symbian ^3 devices from a long time. Finally, Nokia is rolling out the Symbian Anna firmware for all compatible devices. The list of devices that can be upgraded to the latest firmware include the N8, E7, C6-00 and C7.

If you happen to own one of these Nokia devices, then you’d want to get this software update and enjoy Anna. It’s best to upgrade it using the PC, since that’s the most reliable and safest method if you like to not have a bricked phone.

Ilari Nurmi, Vice President at Nokia stated;

Nokia’s Symbian smartphones are used by millions of people around the world every day, addressing specific consumer needs and providing choices at many price points. Symbian Anna represents a significant update to the experience those users have and demonstrates our ongoing commitment to Symbian, which will see up to 10 more phones introduced over the next 12 months, further updates to the user experience and support for the software until at least 2016.

What new will you experience in Symbian Anna? Well, firstly, there’s the all new user interface and the homescreen customization options. Then there’s the new on-screen portrait QWERTY keyboard, split-screen messaging screen and much much more. There are new icons and wallpapers, a better and faster web browser with new features. New version of Ovi Maps, Ovi Store and Quick Office also come pre-installed with Symbian Anna. Some performance tweaks are also included in this new OS, which should make your Nokia device even better and easier to use.

As I said earlier, there are two ways to upgrade your Nokia phone to Symbian Anna, also remember that only the devices mentioned earlier in this post can be upgraded. If you do not have any of those, then you should best forget about it.

To install Symbian Anna via PC, you’ll require the Nokia PC Suite that came along with your phone, a fast internet connection and some free time. Remember to backup your contacts, photos, music, videos and other data before you even think of upgrading the firmware. All that can be done with the help of the PC Suite.

Or if you want to go the easier way, and install it using only your phone, then do the following:

  • Head over to Menu > Settings > Phone > Phone Updates.
  • Then select the update you want to install, most likely the latest Symbian Anna.
  • Follow the given instructions to download and install.
  • Make sure you have a good Wi-Fi connection.

That’s pretty much it. Enjoy the new user experience on Symbian Anna.

Verizon Selling the BlackBerry Bold 9930 for $250

This is not as big as the previous news, about Google and Motorola, but it is a good news for all those Blackberry fans out there. If you’re in the US of A, and want to get your hands on a Blackberry Bold 9930, you can get it for just $249.99 from Verizon Wireless. The Bold 9930 has been leaked before, but now is available officially on Verizon’s site.

Verizon had earlier stated that they will be launching the Bold on their site and they’ve done exactly that. The Bold 9930 is actually a pretty great device with all the latest hardware and features. With the looks similar to the Bold 9000, this phone packs in a 2.8 Inch touchscreen display along with a 6 percent wider QWERTY keyboard. That’s not it, the BlackBerry Bold 9930 features;

  • 1.2 GHz Snapdragon processor, but single-core
  • 768 mb of RAM
  • 8 gb of Internal storage, expandable up to 40 GB.
  • 5 megapixel camera with 720p HD video recording.
  • An NFC chip is also placed behind the battery cover.
All that for $249.99 if you decide to sign a 2 year contract with Verizon, whereas otherwise the phone will cost you about $509.99. Oh yeah, did I mention that this is also the thinnest Blackberry ever? Yeah and it also runs on BB OS 7!! The Bold 9930 was launched along with the Bold 9900 few weeks ago and both of them run on BB OS 7. RIM wants to sell as many Blackberry phones as possible since their market share around the world is slowly dropping. It’s main aim is to stand along Apple and Android phones and the new OS 7 has been dealt with to perform better and faster than before.
If you’re already on Verizon and have an NE2 upgrade, then you can grab this berry for just about $199.99. You can order your Bold 9930 right away from here and will be available at all Verizon stores starting August 25.

Samsung Announces Galaxy XCover: Durable and Reliable

So, we have another Galaxy in line. Samsung has announced a new mobile phone which will be called Samsung Galaxy XCover. Unlike other Samsung smartphones, Galaxy XCover is one phone which is very durable and reliable. It is designed especially for people who hardly care about their phone and accidentally drop their phone on land, water and in dust consistently. The team will be very proud after creating such a phone which so many people needed. Samsung will make difference with this phone and I totally believe it.

The phone does not only survive everyday falls, can stay underwater(up to 30 minutes) and is totally resistant to dust. Don’t think that this phone everything on the outside and nothing from the inside. Before you think so, lemme tell you the specs.

  • The phone comes with a capacitive 3.65 inches touch screen.
  • Internal memory of 150 MB will be given and it can be expanded up to 32 GB with microSD card. Plus, you will get 2 GB free in the box.
  • GPRS, EDGE, 3G, 2G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and USB v2.0 are available in the connectivity section.
  • It comes with a 3.2 megapixels camera with geo-tagging and LED flash. Video recording is also available but details aren’t out yet.
  • Galaxy XCover would run on Android 2.3(Gingerbread) and no details about upgrading limits.
  • It weighs 135 grams.
  • It will be powered by a 800 Mhz processor.
  • It will come with a 1500 mAh battery but the battery backup details aren’t released yet.

This phone will be totally different than the other smartphones who are lighter, slimmer and all that. This phone focuses on extreme conditions and make sure the user becomes fear less over his/her mobile phone. The smartphone will have a tempered glass display that is up to five times stronger than normal glass.

The price isn’t announced yet but according to my guess, the price would be somewhere around Rs. 27,000. The phone will hit the stores(not in India) in most probably October 2011(not sure yet). I will definitely be waiting for this extra-ordinary phone.

Do share your views about this phone in the comments.

Popular Android and Java J2ME Mobile Apps

In my last article I discussed with you some of the Popular Symbian And Blackberry Mobile Apps. In this article I am going to tell you about some of the popular Android and J2ME Mobile apps.

Apps For Android

popular android apps

  1. Swype: It offers touchscreen keyboard to android users. What’s bit different about Swype is instead of pressing letters, you have to swipe your finger in a continuous motion over the letter you want to type. As per the app developers, this new method of typing allows you to type text 30 percent faster than the normal way. Interestingly, this apps was developed by Cliff Kushler the co-inventor of  T9 and Randy Marsden the developer of the onscreen keyboard included in Windows.
  2. Pulse: A very easy to use newsreader app. It offers you to select up to 60 sources to pull in news feed from different websites. Simply tap on the article to have clean and elegant view of news story. It offers many features like saving stories for later reading or sync them with Instapaper. You can also share stories on Facebook, Twitter or via Email in few easy taps.
  3. Vplayer: Like on PC everyone knows VLC player for playing most of all video formats same way on android its Vplayer. It plays almost all video formats that android don’t support by default. It supports DivX/Xvid, Flv, Rmvb, Avi, Mkv, Wmv, Mp4 and many more formats. It is a free app and requires minimum space of 5Mb and Android 2.0 or higher.
  4. Google Voice: With this app you are provided with a Google number, which you can use to make cheap international calls, receive incoming calls & voice mails and send text messages showing your Google number, helps in keeping your real number a secret. It also allows users to read transcripts. It is a free app which requires minimum free space of 1.5Mb and android 1.6 or higher.
  5. You can chat with all your friends from this one single app. Like all other apps you don’t need to create any imo account. You can simply login to your IM accounts. It supports chat for Facebook, Skype, Google Talk, MSN, ICQ/AIM, Yahoo, Jabber and Myspace. It also allows you to send voice IMs, send multimedia attachments and save chat history to

Apps For J2ME

popular java apps

  1. Snaptu: This tiny app let you access Facebook, Picasa, Live score, Pub reviews, Movie  reviews, RSS reader, Journey planner and lot more services. You can add more functionality by adding applets.
  2. eBuddy: This app let you have chat with all your buddies from Facebook, MSN, Yahoo!, Orkut, Google Talk, AIM, ICQ and myspace. The best of feature of this app is it supports multiple protocols.
  3. Wattpad: Wattapad is the most popular ebook community. This app let you read ebooks, connect with other readers and contributors. You can access more than 17.000 ebooks from Project Guternberg. You can also request stories that are not available from community to upload it.
  4. Litefeeds: It is a fully featured RSS feed reader. It allows you to scan feeds, view full images and clip items. You can also email interesting stuff to your friends with this app. To reduce the data usage the feeds are compressed and offers most of the options only when you need it.

With this apps you can make most out of your Android and J2me phone.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Finally Get’s Android Gingerbread

It’s been a really really, swearing filled, long time since the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 got an official updates. However, it’s now time to celebrate, as Sony has now officially began updating the X10’s firmware. Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 can now be upgraded with the Android 2.3.3 Gingerbread firmware, officially by using the PC Suite.

Yes, it’s true. I’m pretty sure most of you X10 owners may already have given up on expecting a new update, but we did mention that there will be one. This update is official, hence everything will work on your device, unlike those Custom ROM’s that tend to give you one or more problems. In case you have done that, then it’s obvious that your device is rooted. If you have a rooted X10, it’s probably best that you don’t upgrade to the latest firmware as you’ll lose all Superuser access. We are not sure if this official update is root friendly.

To update to Gingerbread, you’ll need to have Sony Ericsson PC Suite installed on your PC. Once it’s installed, or if you already have it, then you’ll be notified of this update when you connect your device. It’s just clicking of the next buttons after this and you’ll have your dear Xperia X10 running Android 2.3.3 in all it’s glory. Maybe not all, since they have their own UI and other things. There’s not much new with this update, except some Facebook Integration, Wi-Fi Hotspot, New Music Player, App tray sorting and few others.

You can read more about the update from Sony Ericssons official page here.

Do you own an Xperia X10? Have been stuck with Android 2.1 Eclair? It’s time you gave your X10 a much needed update.

Popular Symbian And Blackberry Mobile Apps

With so many smart phones launching in India and people migrating to powerful smart phones with super fast internet, connectivity and advanced devices the online Apps market have really boomed and have brought great change in the App world. I have written this article to discuss with you some of the all time popular mobile Apps.

Apps For Symbian

  1. Symtorrent: It is the first fully featured BitTorrent client for the mobile platform. It is a free and open source App developed by researchers of Budapest University of Technology and Economics (BUTE). It also allows you to download multiple number of torrents together, upload and download torrents and save the status of unfinished downloads.
  2. Socially: It is among the one of the must have App for your Symbian phone. With this App you can access Facebook, Twitter, LikedIn and Foursquare, all from one place. One of the best feature this App has is it lets you syncs friend’s profile information, photos with phone contacts, add Facebook birthdays to phone calendar, receive social updates as push notifications and it also offers some extra features like blocking phone calls from particular friends without ringing your phone which is useful to block telemarketing calls.
  3. Xplore: It is a really good file manager App with some really amazing features. Like other file managers it does exploring, copying, transferring files, folders, drives and extracts zip, jar, rar archives. But the best feature of Xplore is that it will let you transfer an entire drive over Bluetooth or infrared.
  4. Fring: It offers VoIP and video chat service. It lets you make voice calls, video calls and chat with friends. For Voice and chat it also offer Skype and Google Talk integration. It helps you stay connected with your Fring, Google Talk, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo!, AIM, ICQ and Twitter buddies enabling chat option. It also supports DTMF dialing for Symbian devices.

Apps For Blackberry

  1. UberTwitter: Now know as UberSocial, after Twitter blocked it for using term “Twitter” in its name, which is against Twitter’s policy is the most popular Twitter App in the world for Blackberry phones. It offers very good reach functionality and makes it really easy for you to keep up with latest happening with UberChannels. Its UberView feature lets you have live preview of linked content like web pages, videos, photos and blog posts.
  2. BB Notepad: BB Notepad is a text editor and is much powerful than the default MemoPad App that comes pre-installed on Blackberry devices. It offers you two system for taking down notes, SureType and Multitap input systems. It let you open ANSI, UNICODE, UNICODE-BE and UTF-8 text file formats. It also lets you save your notes with ‘.txt’ extension so that it can be read on PC.
  3. Dictionary and Thesaurus: It is the only free dictionary App for Blackberry phones by It contains more than 500,000 words, definitions and synonyms. Comes with email integration and most amazing feature about this App is it lets you have phonetic and audio pronunciations, spelling suggestions and popular word of the day from

Some of this are free and open source apps while some are premium ones. But these apps are really among the best apps in their category.

How-to Take Screenshots on Symbian Anna

Nokia official announced their slightly modified operating system, Symbian Anna, with the release of Nokia E6 and Nokia X7. They’ve got a lot of operating systems under their sleeve, and all of them have different applications to capture screenshots.

Taking screenshots of a mobile device comes in really handy when you’ve got to share something with your friends or just write a review on a certain application. Unlike iPhone and Android, Nokia doesn’t have any dedicated shortcuts for taking screenshots. To take screenshots on your Nokia Symbian Anna device, you’ll need to download an application and here I’ll be telling you about the two best screenshot applications for your Symbian Anna device.

This will also work with devices running on Symbian^3, since they’ll be soon getting the Symbian Anna update as well.

Best Screen Snap

A very easy to use and lightweight screen capture tool that lets you assign certain keys to take screenshots. As you can see above, I used to Dictaphone button on the Nokia E6 to take screenshots. You can change the image size and also the location to where the images will be saved. Hide the application and use the assigned key to take screenshots of whatever it is that you want to. Best Screen Snap is available for free on Ovi Store. This application is also compatible with previous versions of Symbian operating system.

Download Best Screen Snap.


Another easy to use screen capturing application for devices running on Symbian^3 and Symbian Anna. Unfortunately, it doesn’t provide any options to choose a custom button to take screenshots. To use this app, you’ll have to launch it and press the Camera button to take screenshots. You can however, change the image type and the location. Unfortunately, there is not camera button in Nokia E6, hence it cannot be used. It’s available for free on the Ovi Store.

Download ScreenCapture.

Those are the two most used and really good screenshot taking applications for Nokia Symbian Anna or Symbian^3 devices. If you have a Nokia phone running on one of those OS and are in need of a screen capture app then look no more.

10 SmartPhone Apps to make your Phone more Entertaining

The smartphone these days is our hub for all the entertainment and hence it is very important to load it up with the best possible entertainment apps. So whenever you get bored you have a lot of stuff right there in your pocket to keep you lively.

Here is a list of 10 Apps to make your smartphone more Entertaining. The links are available for you to download.
Note: There are no games added to this list. For Smartphone games Click Here.

1. TalkingTom Cat

One of the most hilarious apps possible. An animated cat which repeats anything you say in a funny voice. It’s capable of lightening up any situation.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android

2. UberSocial

Update status and post media files to your Facebook and Twitter accounts with UberSocial.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, BlackBerry

3. Mixology

Love making new drinks? Hone your drink mixing skills with the ultimate drink recipe and bartending guide.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android

3. FatBooth

A hilarious camera app that shows what people will look like if they put on a few kilos.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android

5. Tunewiki

Love having the lyrics in front of you while listening to your favorite songs? Tunewiki is a music player that also finds lyrics. Stream music and videos and also find what others are listening to.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

6. YouTube

The mega video sharing site is now also available for your smartphone. Stream videos from YouTube on your mobile and view them in a special mobile format.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

7. Skype

The famous instant messaging and VoIP app that lets you make free voice calls with 3G or Wi-Fi to other Skype users.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

8. WhatsApp

Use WhatsApp for text messaging, sharing files, sending voice messages and video all for free with 3G or Wi-Fi.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

9. Pulse

Like staying updated with the latest news all over the globe? Since you cannot carry the newspaper in your pocket Pulse gets you all the news articles from multiple sources in one app, organized in a mosaic for one touch viewing.

Price: Free | Available for Apple, Android

10. White Noise

A perfect app for the times when you just want to lie down and relax. White Noise provides ambient music to help you relax and sleep. Set shut off times, multiple alarms and much more.

Price: Paid | Available for Apple, Android, BlackBerry, Symbian

These are just few of the many entertainment apps for your smartphone. There are many new apps out there, like Snapchat, Wechat, Meetup and many more. You can add more to our list by suggesting some of the smartphone apps you are using.

How-to Install Android 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S II

So you’re sad that your Samsung Galaxy S II is still running on Android Gingerbread 2.3.3 while 2.3.4 is out there in the open. Android 2.3.4 brings along some new features such as Google Talk video chat that I’m sure you’d want to try out. Android 2.3.4 hasn’t been officially released for the Galaxy S II, hence you’ll have to manually upgrade your phone if you want to try it out. A XDA member got hold of the Android 2.3.4 Base ROM and has managed to get it running on the Galaxy S II.

So, if you’re a Galaxy S II user then you should probably read this and install Android 2.3.4, unless you’re a coward. There’s not many new features however, so if you want to wait for an official release, which would probably take a while, then you can be happy with Android 2.3.3 or whichever version you’re sporting. Here’s a super easy tutorial on how-to install Android 2.3.4 on Samsung Galaxy S II. Now remember, since this isn’t an official release, the update process will have to be done using the Recovery method. If you’re an avid Android power user and know you’re operating system and phone then it should be easy.

This is a Custom ROM, but everything works perfectly, no issues whatsoever. It’s called the DarkyROM and is a base ROM with all the basic apps and features, nothing extra.

  • You’ll need to download SuperCore v1.0 Kernel from here.
  • The DarkyROM2 XXKG1 BASE R2 DEODEXED CWM from over here.
  • The stock XXKG1 ODIN Firmware of Samsung Galaxy S II from here.
  • Now install SuperCore along with ODIN firmware and reboot.
  • After boot, upload the DarkyROM2 to the root of your SD card
  • Now boot in to Recovery mode by holding Vol Up+Home+Power button together.
  • Once in Recovery Mode, select the DarkyROM2 zip file and install.

After the installation is complete, reboot your S II and enjoy Android 2.3.4. If you did not follow anything from above, then you should probably stick with your stock ROM.

Do let us know if you were successful in upgrading to Android 2.3.4 on your Galaxy S II or did you chicken out?