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16 January 2010 @ 03:24 pm
It's a phone!  

It's a phone!, originally uploaded by plingthepenguin.

I was pleasantly surprised by how efficient O2 were - if I'd actually got to the door when they first tried to deliver it I'd've had the phone less than 24 hours after I ordered it, and even with re-organising the delivery for the early evening it was still about on the 24 hour mark. It is shiny & I did spend a bit of time yesterday evening playing about with it to see what was what etc. But really, it's just gone in my pocket now to be used for my 3 texts a month or whatever it was on my last bill ;)

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Fortune depends on the tone of your voice: phonecallbopeepsheep on January 16th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Snap. But on 3. :)
Margaretpling on January 16th, 2010 05:14 pm (UTC)
It seems my method of phone-choosing picked the current phone-to-have, success! :D
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on January 16th, 2010 05:18 pm (UTC)
Using it as an mp3 player eats through the battery life, but otherwise it's been very good so far. There are surprisingly few 'OMG don't buy THAT' stories on the web - which naturally I only checked after we'd bought the phones! The links narenek's provided have some cool stuff to download, but I've mostly been using mine as a radio and mp3 player so far (until my old number is ported, it's been of very little use as a phone!). The ability to piggyback on the house wifi and check school closures from bed in the morning has been handy, though. :)

(I'm quite new to phones that Do Things, can you tell?)
Margaretpling on January 16th, 2010 06:32 pm (UTC)
I'm new to the whole Phones that Do Things thing, too - but I rather suspect I'll waste all this one's capacity for Doing Things, and just send texts/make calls. Partly coz I'm on a tariff that's not conducive to using much data, partly coz we have no wifi at home and mostly coz as I'm actually IN the house the vast majority of the time I'll use my pc to do the things I'd maybe want the phone for if I was out more (like if I was still working).
Fortune depends on the tone of your voicebopeepsheep on January 16th, 2010 06:45 pm (UTC)
*nod* Part of the attraction of ours was the PAYG tariff with free texts/calls to each other, which makes the few calls narenek ever makes even cheaper - I doubt he'll use it for much other than pootling about (via wifi), otherwise. I do use a mobile a lot, though, and make a lot of bus journeys when I tend to forget to take the iPod but will always have my phone. So long as I never succumb to temptation and play duelling mp3s with the annoying teens. :)
Stuart: Tall Geeky Onenarenek on January 16th, 2010 03:51 pm (UTC)
Snap
Acquired one of those a couple of weeks ago (must get around to posting the new number).

You may fine the the following links helpefull.

Tutorials

Useful Freeware

Edited at 2010-01-16 03:52 pm (UTC)
Margaretpling on January 16th, 2010 05:11 pm (UTC)
Re: Snap
Thanks for the links :)
Philvento on January 17th, 2010 02:01 pm (UTC)
Snap, too!
I've had a 5800 for 6 months, and it's the best phone I've ever owned. My contract period was up in Dec, but instead of upgrading my handset I've gone for a SIM-only deal as I don't want any other handset for now. Even my Mum and Dad have both opted for 5800's themselves ;)

For the first time it actually feels like I've got the "internet in my pocket". It connects to wi-fi networks at my house, my Mum's, etc. automatically when they are in range, and uses 3G at other times, without faffing around in config screens.

To complement Narenek's list, I'd say that the apps I use all the time - although not completely free - are Profimail for email (handles my IMAP account with ease), and Gravity for Twitter/Facebook/identi.ca. Unlike the iPhone, the 5800 can run both of these in the background with ease.

Other awesome apps are the dedicated iPlayer and Youtube apps, Mobbler (for Last.fm) is great, Opera is good but I use the built-in browser just as often for quick and dirty "mobile" views of pages like Facebook, Shazam, gReader (Google Reader), and RoadSync (for MS Exchange email - work emails!)

Spotify is available too but you need a paid Spotify account, which I don't have, so I haven't tried that ;)

It's worth Googling for the "Nokia Software Updater" and running that. The handset is 12 months old but there have been lots of s/w upgrades since then, the most recent one being just this week (http://noknok.tv/2010/01/14/nokia-5800-firmware-update-version-v40-0-005/).

If your handset s/w has a product code that prevents you getting the very latest updade, you can always hack the product code into a generic Nokia one so you're always on the bleeding edge. Guide is here. I did it :) (
http://nokia5800.net/nokia-5800-help-guide-change-your-phones-product-code-with-nss/) Not strictly necessary, though, but I love tinkering!

Anyway - I'd better go and get some lunch now. Enjoy the phone. Hope all's well!
Margaretpling on January 17th, 2010 02:47 pm (UTC)
Re: Snap, too!
It was you having mentioned on twitter about the phone that made me recognise the name of it & decide to get it, actually :) I don't have any inclusive data on my tariff (I really did go for the cheapest ever) so I suspect I'll not make much use of the internet-in-my-pocket aspect of it ;) But it's nice to have it there if I do want to use it (and it'd not be that expensive for occasional use).