The Media Guru

Jun 12, 2007


Nokia's N77 starts shipping in Finland and will be released in India and Vietnam later this month.
The big selling point here is the handset's DVB-H mobile TV capabilities, which'll let you watch live TV from a variety of channels, with a program guide also provided to help you out. Otherwise, the phone (or "multimedia computer," as Nokia insists on calling it) packs a 2.4-inch widescreen display, a 2 megapixel camera, tri-band GSM/EDGE capabilities, and support for MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+ and WMA media. While Nokia isn't saying as much in this latest announcement, unsubsidised price might be around $490.

& I got this via Engadget:

Nokia's General Manager of Mobile Devices, Antti Vasara, had some interesting things to say in an interview with Sweden's E24.SE this morning. Of course, the fact that the E90 ramp-up has begun is notable, especially if you happen to be reading this in Finland where the first shipments of the hotly anticipated communicator will rollout. However, what we found to be most enlightening is Nokia's take on the recent trend towards high-end touchscreen displays -- a la the LG Prada, HTC Touch, and Apple iPhone.

Antti claims that people don't like touchscreens and prefer keyboards and joysticks as their input devices. Of course it's true, people don't like using touchscreens for UIs built for a mouse and nothing beats a keyboard with plenty of tactile input for fast data entry. Still, as HTC recently demonstrated with TouchFLO, the combination of using your finger with a UI designed for the finger can be killer -- a lesson presumably not lost on the iPhone as well. Nevertheless, Antti does concede that Nokia is ready for touchscreens if they see the demand. In fact, Nokia "will be launching an entirely new type of mobile next year."

It remains to be seen what type of new “multimedia computer’ will be rolling out next year but the news that Nokia isn’t interested in touchscreens disappoints me. Maybe they’re waiting to see what type of response the iPhone will get before doing anything. Nevertheless, it should be noted that Nokia’s S60 3rd Edition does support touchscreens.

Blog Widget by LinkWithin
Comments 2 comments
Do you have any suggestions? Ideas? Add your comment.
Please don't spam & don't swear!
Subscribe to my feed
AMJ said...

will the dvb work in Mauritius?

carrotmadman6 said...

I've heard that MCML are testing DVB-H in Mauritius...
btw DVB-H has been confirmed as the EU standard for digital broadcasting to handhelds.

It's possible that MBC will have a demo of DVB-H at InfoTech...

Post a Comment

Some html tags like <b>, <i>, <a> are allowed & emos can be used. ;)
Copy your comment before posting in case something fails.
Comments are moderated, may take a while to appear.

The Photoblog

Posts on Photoblog

Posts rss feed
Featured Posts

Recent Posts


Blog Archive