Ever wanted to quickly upload a picture to facebook after you've captured it? Instead of Email or MMS there's this free service called Shozu acclaimed to keep your social web mobile, here's a usage scenario for Shozu in 3 simple steps:
1) sign up on the Shozu website - download the supported application (You activate your facebook account on the site) Supported platforms: Symbian,WM, Blackberry and Iphone OS
2) snap a photo, tell Shozu you want to upload it to facebook
3) when you answer yes, it automatically uploads it to facebook
Not only does ShoZu support batch uploading of photos or videos to Flickr (only photos) YouTube (videos), and Facebook (only photos); it also interacts with Blogger, Box, Twitter, Cellfish, Kodak Easyshare Gallery, LiveJournal, Picasa Web Albums, Windows Live Spaces, Wordpress, and many more sites (see complete list).
Go to Shozu.com today.
While touchscreen phones have been given a costumized facebook treatment you might think other non touch phones like the E71 are left behind. Well that's not entirely true. Any other S60 phone that supports a decent browser like the S60 built in browser or Opera Mini can enjoy a little facebook love on the go wherever they are by typing m.facebook.com in the browser.
The mobile version of facebook is all about providing essential information (notifications, message inbox and friend requests) simpel and easy to spot on the homescreen after you've logged in. Looks like I got a message in my inbox!
Navigation is very simple, some people might miss all the facebook widgets that sadly are not supported in the mobile version but overall a pleasant experience replying inbox messages and leaving quick comments in the status updates.
As you can see in my profile picture above, thumbnail support enables you to browse photos and friends profile pics. You can't upload photos saved on your mobile wich is a shame, but I've found Shozu a good alternative for uploading pictures to my albums on facebook with few key presses (a short preview of Shozu is going to be posted in a couple of days)
All in all, the mobile version of facebook is worth checking out. It gives you a fairly basic status information on the go for small datacosts. Let us know how it's working on your phone. Screenshots are from a Nokia E71 with latest firmware version.
I start my workout by choosing type of activity (walking, running, cycling, skiing, rowing etc.) wait less than a minute for the GPS to lock and choose my settings for the workout. A setting that I use sometimes is If I want to auto track my laps, every kilometer for instance. As you can see in the above screenshot I'm running multiple applications in the background, listening to some great music hooked on A2DP bluetooth stereo headset that keeps me on the move all uploaded on my 8GB microsd card.
Another application I occasionally have running in the background is Nokia Maps. Sometimes I go on a discovery jog around in unfamiliar terrain or ditching the buss to get where I wanna go, with Nokia Maps I got pedestrian mode to guide me whenever I feel exploring new places. When I'm done, I stop my workout and glaze at my diary (daily, weekly, monthly view) and select todays workout to see how I've done compared to the week before.
I upload my workouts so that friends can see them, post them on my blog or just contribute to the groups I like (my uploaded workouts help the group maintain a high popularity ranking in the sportstracker community) The other day I gave some of my readers on my www.swerunner.com (a runner's journaling blog) a chance to follow my race live embedded on my blog thanks to the Nokia Sportstracker Live Workout setting, you just press share workout with community and it's live online.
The power of the E71 S60 handset:
During my workout I use wireless stereo bluetooth headset along with GPS, 3G connection (always online, receiving emails) music player is on maximum volume and other apps going on in the background and the phone chews it all like a small chewing gum. I start my round with two battery bars left, confident the phone will last at least an hour and a half of workout time and it did while capturing these screenshots. No doubt I've been spoiled by the stability and performance of the Nokia E71, now it's grown to be a life-companion and I bring it with me running those challenging kilometers, a joy to use really.
There are plenty of choices when it comes to receiving and sending emails on your E71 device. The first one you'll probably try out first is the built in email client. Simple and easy to use, type in your email address and password then the device will pick up the settings needed. However the dull interface might be a turn off. How's it compared to Nokia's other emailing solution? The Nokia messaging client for S60 that's also free of charge with a bit more spiced up interface and smoother look and feel. Let's have a look at both in action:
Built-In Email Client
On standby screen the built in messaging client shows an email inbox icon (highlighted in yellow) and clicking on it takes you to the accounts and folders for the email accounts you've setup. As you can see the highlighted account in yellow with a small icon on the right means I'm retrieving new emails and that my account is online.
Some screenshots of the actual inbox showing a header, date and first row of the highlighted email and you can attach photos, videos, and other files while composing a new email. Unlike Nokia Messaging's auto-find contacts by letters, I have to digg in contacts to get to the person I want to email. The whole format reminds me alot of simple sms texting.
Nokia Messaging Application
Nokia Messaging on standby reveals a bit more information about your latest emails in your different accounts. The UI is very fluid with some nice settle transitions when navigating between icons. Every account gets a nice big icon showing the Gmail, Ovi and MSN logo etc. The little green circle on top shows the activity of syncing my inboxes.
The Nokia Messaging can view full HTML emails and has the neat auto-find contacts search which saves a few seconds of digging in contacts. The green text is an indication of copied and pasted text separating it from the rest. The Nokia Messaging client is lately being shipped on the latest E-series and N-series devices wish is a big step forward compared to the built in messaging client. Here's the link to the Nokia Messaging website with full instructions on how to get the application working on your device. If you have any trouble installing or setting up your account, leave a comment below and I'd be happy to answer them the best I can!
The way we communicate is always changing. No longer are text messages relied upon as the sole form of fast mobile communication. Many people tweet their status and post Facebook updates from their mobile phones, and E71 users can login to their favorite chat protocols and hold a conversation with friends via text in real time.
The three E71 instant messaging applications I will show you in this article are Nimbuzz, Palringo, and Fring. I won’t be going into detail about how each app works, instead I will give a rundown of the features so you can then choose which you like to use. All these applications are free.
Nimbuzz is a multi community mobile social messaging and VoIP provider, combining VoIP, instant messaging, and (geo) presence. The free application lets users connect and interact with their buddies across popular communities, including Skype, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk (Orkut), AIM, and social networks including Facebook and MySpace. From one contact list users can call, chat, share files and location, and more, with all their friends in one place. All you need is an internet enabled mobile phone with an internet connection. The free application is available on the mobile, web, PC, and Mac!
Mike’s Note: New version lets you update your Twitter status.
Using your handset′s internet connection, you can interact with friends on all your favourite social networks including Skype®, MSN Messenger®, Google Talk™, ICQ, SIP, Twitter, Yahoo!™ and AIM®. You can listen to music with your Last.fm friends, check out what each other are up to on Facebook, receive alerts of new Google Mail™ and tailor make your very own fring by adding more cool experiences from fringAdd-ons™. fring puts all your online friends into one, dynamic fringFriends™ buddy list, which is always connected so you can enjoy free calls and instant messaging with all your online friends, see their real-time status, and even find each other’s actual location.
Palringo is the ultimate Instant Messaging client for mobile phones and computers. Now you can chat with all your buddies, no matter what IM they use, all from one universal Instant Messenger. Supports: Windows Live Messenger ® (MSN), AOL ® Instant Messenger (AIM), Yahoo! ® Messenger, Google Talk ™, ICQ ®, Jabber ®, iChat® / MobileMe ®, QQ ®, Gadu-Gadu ®, Facebook Chat (Alpha).
What Do You Use?
I would like to know what everyone loves to use and why? My personal favorite is Nimbuzz because of the interface, but I am willing to give Fring another try since I’ve heard good things about the latest version. Palringo – well I tried it the other day and just wasn’t digging the UI. Maybe next time.
I’m not exactly sure when the release date is for the Nokia E72 is but it should be drawing close since it’s now been awhile since it was officially announced. As the time draws near more and more people will get excited about the Nokia E72 and it’ll be interesting to see how many die-hard E71 users will upgrade.
Right now I’m a huge fan of the Nokia N97, and the E71+N97 makes a great combo. When I’m using my E71 I really miss having a 3.5mm audio jack and a decent camera. The E72 will solve both of these problems. It’s really smart that Nokia is releasing the E72, why not bank off the huge success of the E71.
Besides those two additions, E72 users will also get Symbian S60 3rd Edition, Feature Pack 2. There are a ton of small upgrades in Feature Pack 2. To name just a few…
- Fullscreen caller ID picture.
- play windows media files with no problem.
- show time in the Menu, not just homescreen.
- browser is much faster.
- eye candy theme effects.
- Nokia Messaging built-in.
- much more stable overall.
That’s just off the top of my head. I’m sure many of you can add to that list for me.
My pal Jeb Brilliant is also a huge fan of the Nokia E71. In a few recent blog posts he expressed his enthusiasm for the E72…
I have been using the E71 for a while now and I can’t seem to put it down. I tried reviewing the N97 and E75 and couldn’t keep my sim in either. It is just an amazing device and I keep telling people how amazed I am because it is a year old and I still keep going back to it. So now I hear from Eldar that the E72 is even better then the E71 which I suspected it would be. Nokia doesn’t take the E series lightly. This means that Nokia is going to sell boat loads of these devices and accross the world it will be the “it” phone to have if you go for a QWERTY keyboard handset. I think
I’m like most people in that I see the E72 as a worthwhile upgrade. I won’t stick to the E71 if I can get an E72 with a 5mp camera that blows the E71’s paltry 3.2mp (always with a blue tint) camera out of the water. For me the camera and the feature pack 2 upgrades make the phone worth upgrading for. At least I won’t have to carry around 2 phones now, 1 for taking pictures and one for everything else.
Jeb is a perfect example of an E71 user ready to make the jump to the E72. Click here to read the entire article “E72 Is My Next Phone”.
Mr. Brilliant then follows up that article with another, this time about the camera…
Now what I think may change things for people is the 5mp camera built in. It is not N97 quality but I think people will start to leave their point and shoot cameras at home and start relying more on their phone. We’re already seeing this but the E72 is the first business class Nokia that will have a 5mp shooter. It will give people the option to leave their pocket camera at home. Or in my case leave the N97 or N79 at home.
While I don’t think a phone camera – even the N86 – can truly replace a point and shoot, it will surely have me leaving it at home more often. As is the case with my N97, and previously my N82. Read Jeb’s full article.
Check out this Nokia E72 commercial…
Click here to read a detailed review of the Nokia E72 by Mobile-Review.com.
I’m looking forward to hearing some of your thoughts about the E72 and if you’ll be upgrading from the E71.
This is just quick tidbit that has been going around the interwebs today. Will this affect the Nokia E71? I don’t think so. But then again Microsoft Office Mobile is pictured on the E71 above so who knows. I’m sure many of you will be Eseries fans for a long time so you eventually will see the fruits of this deal. Nokia & Microsoft have announced today their new partnership to bring an official Microsoft Office Mobile Suite to Nokia smartphones, starting with the Eseries.
From the press release:
NEW YORK — Aug. 12, 2009 — The worldwide leader in software and the world’s largest smartphone manufacturer have entered into an alliance that is set to deliver a groundbreaking, enterprise-grade solution for mobile productivity. Today, Microsoft Business Division President Stephen Elop and Nokia’s Executive Vice President for Devices Kai Öistämö announced the agreement, outlining a shared vision for the future of mobile productivity. This is the first time that either company has embarked on an alliance of this scope and nature.
Under the terms of the agreement, the two companies will begin collaborating immediately on the design, development and marketing of productivity solutions for the mobile professional, bringing Microsoft Office Mobile and Microsoft business communications, collaboration and device management software to Nokia’s Symbian devices. These solutions will be available for a broad range of Nokia smartphones starting with the company’s business-optimized range, Nokia Eseries. The two companies will also market these solutions to businesses, carriers and individuals.
Some of the features will include:
- The ability to view, edit, create and share Office documents on more devices in more places with mobile-optimized versions of Microsoft Word, Microsoft PowerPoint, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft OneNote
- Enterprise instant messaging and presence, and optimized conferencing and collaboration experience with Microsoft Office Communicator Mobile
- Mobile access to intranet and extranet portals built on Microsoft SharePoint Server
- Enterprise device management with Microsoft System Center
I think most people are happy with QuickOffice already, but it seems this new partnership will bring more to the table.
What are your thoughts on this?
If you’re looking for a great utility application for the Nokia E71 then PhoneNetInfo should be on your list. It’s a very simple application that gives you all the numbers, specs, and info about your E71. Best of all, it’s free.
PhoNetInfo retrieves detailed phone and network information such as firmware version; IMSI; IMEI; SIM card and battery status; WLAN IP, MAC, MTU and speed, bluetooth MAC and device class; network mode, name, signal strength, (cell) ID and country code; CPU speed, type and architecture; RAM and ROM; running tasks; MMC & SD Card; supported camera formats, etc.
Thanks to the developer Patrick Frei for making such a useful application. One great use is the “copy to clipboard” function. It comes in handy when I need to send someone my IMEI number via text message or email from my E71. I also love how it gives me the battery level as a percentage.
Check out a few screenshots:
I didn’t show all the screenshots, just the most important ones. If this application is extremely valuable to you please consider leaving the developer a small donation.
I know many of you will ask if this works on the Nokia E71x. I’m not 100% sure, but I assume it will. Maybe one of you can verify for us.
The basic version is already signed and can be installed straight away. A more advanced version is unsigned. Personally the basic version is enough for me, and that’s the version I used for these screenshots.
Click here to visit the download page.
The extremely popular Twitter application for the Nokia E71 called Gravity has recently been updated to include the basic functionality for Facebook status updates. The developer Janole is always hard at work updating the application, adding new features and fixing bugs. But this recent update is the first public beta release for everyone to try out.
At this point Gravity is more of a Twitter application than a Facebook app. If you use Twitter then you really want to try out Gravity, but if you only use Facebook then it might not be worth your $10. A few months back I review this E71 twitter application and many of you decided it was worth the buy.
To add the Facebook functionality to Gravity go to “Info & Updates” and update to the latest beta version. Once you install the latest version you can go to “Add Account” and see the Facebook option. At the moment it seems you can only read updates and comment to friends. You can also update your status. I would love to see the option to add photos and see/get Facebook notifications, something that is lacking on the E71.
If you haven’t already, click here to download Gravity and start your 10 day trial.