Nokia’s Symbian ^3 smartphone OS is not all that

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Symbian^3 is a step in the right direction, compared to the S40 and S60 variants, but it still trails well behind competing platforms. In fact, they say that Symbian ^3 is still “several generations” behind the current competition, meaning it’s already handicapped before it leaves the gate. Sure, it’s more aesthetically pleasing, and yes, the menus look easier to understand than Symbian builds of old. However, this new “flagship” smartphone platform is “inferior to the already existing solutions” and it can only make these other offerings look great by comparison.

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Nokia X5 square phone elicits Minidisc memories

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Even though Nokia continues to be the largest cell phone maker in the world, it seems to be constantly lagging behind in the design department. That is further epitomized by the new Nokia X5 that was announced today.

It takes on that strange square shape that seems to be popping up with a few other manufacturers too.

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Create your own apps with no skills on Nokia Ovi store

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App stores are hugely popular among smartphone users. The iPhone crew have the App Store. BlackBerry users have their App World. Android owners turn to the Android Market. What about Nokia users? That’s what the Ovi Store is for, but what if you want to create an app of your own?

For the other app stores, you have to download the software development kit (SDK) and muddle your way through the app creation process. This can require some programming skills and expertise, but it seems that Ovi could be a lot easier.

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Nokia N8 smartphone boasts 12MP camera, HD video

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Nokia today officially unveilled the N8 smartphone. Whereas most other phones take on a typical black, white, or silver appearance, the Nokia N8 comes in a range of different colors. In fact, with the 12-megapixel shooter out the back and HDMI output on the side, the Nokia N8 almost looks like a fashion-conscious compact camera. Look for it in hues like blue, orange, and pale green. Me? I’m boring. I’ll stick with black.

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New Symbian smartphone to join Samsung lineup after all

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Samsung is a huge company and it seems like they’re always looking to diversify. You’ll find the Samsung name on all sorts of consumer electronics, ranging from HDTVs and Blu-ray players to multifunction printers and digital cameras. Even within the cell phone range, they’re being pretty darn diverse.

While Research in Motion sticks to BlackBerry OS and Apple does nothing but iPhone, Samsung is different. Even so, we thought that the Korean giant was done with Symbian. Apparently not.

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Nokia E72 appears on Telus Mobility’s internal database

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Ever since Telus decided to embrace HSPA, its assortment of smartphones has become much more desirable in my books. One of the newest phones bound for Telus is the Nokia E72.

As a proud owner of the Nokia E71 myself, I guess you could say that I’m a little biased toward this news, say, but no more so than an iPhone owning news reporter

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Wind Mobile launches Nokia 5230 touchscreen smartphone

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Earlier this week the Nokia 5230 was revealed and suspected to be making its way over to Wind Mobile in Canada “soon” and with that, we would probably expect it in a “few weeks.” As it turns out, these weeks turned into days. Wind Mobile has officially launched the Nokia 5230. The best part is that they’re keeping the price a lot lower than most people would expect for a brand new touchscreen smartphone. The Nokia 5230 can be yours for $180. That’s outright without a contract.

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Nokia 5230 flying over to Wind Mobile Canada

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Wind Mobile has already had quite the impact on the Canadian cellular industry, enticing customers away from carriers that have long since dominated the maple-flavored climate. Even though Wind has only been around for a short while, it’s already expanding its lineup.

In addition to other smartphones like the HTC Maple and BlackBerry Bold 9700, Wind Mobile will soon be carrying the Nokia 5230 as well.

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$200,000+ Vertu signature phones represent the ‘four seasons’

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Usually when it comes to buying the newest and hottest cell phone, I take a look at the spec sheet to see how they compare to other phones I’ve already seen. I may mull over the user interface and form factor, considering how the handset can fit into my lifestyle. The Vertu line from Nokia is just an entirely different ball game.

The brand has been around for a while, but it has fallen out of the limelight for quite some time.

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Nokia wants YOU to help design its next smartphone

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The once king of mobile innovation has launched a new project called “Design by Community” whose sole mission is to dive deep in to the hearts and minds of handset users and tech junkies alike, worldwide, in hopes of one day regaining the mobile tech-throne.

Using a slick new website, Nokia aims to collect feedback about the most preferred device characteristics users want in their next-gen smartphone.

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Skype makes way to Symbian via the Ovi Store

Skype now available for Nokia smartphones in Ovi Store. Free Skype-to-Skype and low cost international calls available over 3G and WiFi for over 200 million Nokia smartphone users around the world (Photo: Business Wire).

There are a lot of apps available for Android, iPhone, and BlackBerry, but let’s not forget about the Nokia owners in the audience too. If you want to stay connected with your Symbian device, you’ll be happy to hear that Skype for Symbian has been officially released.

This Skype client for Nokia smartphones is, as you can imagine, based on the Symbian platform. The handy thing about this version of Skype is that you can use it with your choice of a WiFi connection or over a mobile data connection.

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Nokia X6 16GB in North America by “end of February 2010″

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Nokia has yet another hot new cell phone for you to consider and it’s got a big touchscreen to go with its loads of internal storage.

The Nokia X6 is now reportedly available at Nokia’s flagship stores as well as for pre-order online Nokia’s website. So, if you happen to find yourself in Chicago or New York, feel free to open up your wallet, otherwise sit back and wait for your shipment that ships by the “end of February 2010.”

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