Nokia announces Facetwittery-enabled phones
Poor people get to network too
Nokia has announced it will bring social networking to the masses on its freshly minted C3, C6 and E5 phones.
This comes just a day after Microsoft did the same for mobile Windows users, and Sony Ericsson is promising to catch up.
The Nokia phones will communcate with Facebook and Twitter, as well as Ovi Mail and Chat. Meanwhile, Sony Ericsson's Spiro and Zylo add Walkman branding to the inevitable Facetwit connections, as money ceases to be a barrier to social networking.
Nokia's handsets all have keyboards, and the C3 is the first Series 40 device to feature one - best not mention the innovative 6820 then. The C6 is a Symbian handset with 5MP camera and touch screen, while the E5 is the business variant.
The C3 is on the left, and not always pink
The C3 is the most interesting model - Nokia reckons it could sell for less than £80 without subsidy, which makes it a giveaway handset in most markets despite featuring Wi-Fi and a 2MP camera. The C6 will cost a little more - almost £200 without subsidy - but is a proper smart phone with a slide-out keyboard and integrated social networking. The E5 will be a little cheaper, thanks to its smaller screen and lack of touch sensitivity. It will come in at an unsubsidised price of around £160, but with a promised 29-day battery life.
We don't know the prices for the Zylo and Spiro handsets, only that they're Walkman-branded and also aimed at bringing social networking to the masses.
Twitter and Facebook are the social networking systems of choice. We can't help but notice the absence of MySpace in the announcements from Nokia and Sony Ericsson, though Microsoft remains loyal to the network it still owns a share of. For the C6 and E5 that's moot, as both Symbian handsets can be enhanced with downloaded applications, but the rest will need manufacturer's patches should the social networking landscape change.
Palm's WebOS blazed the trail into integrated social networking. The trend started earlier but it was Palm's commitment to online services that everyone else to try and emulate, with mixed success. These days data rates are low enough to make status updates practical, and the features of social networking have boiled down considerably, so it's time for every phone to start getting social. ®
Wow - an egg-timer!
And Worms, too!
You must be the envy of all your mates with iPhones.
A list of (non-Java, not pre-installed) Symbian apps I run on my s60v5:
Scientific calculator emu
Point and Find (augmented reality from nokia)
Skyfire / Opera Mini / Opera Mobile
Google Maps (which works with my network enhanced GPS)
OpenTable restraunt booker
YouTube & Daily Motion
MySpace & Facebook
Stylus write-on notepad
Last FM scrobbler
Windows Live Messenger
Tourch app that switches on my flash
Phone locator software
Egg timer, counter & stopwatch
Mirror using front facing camera
App that allows me to use my phone screen as a bluetooth mouse
App that turns phone into Wi-Fi hotspot
App that enables me to lock / unlock my phone through tapping the screen, sliding on the screen or even waving my hand in front of the proximity sensor
App to stop my backlight switching off unless I lock the phone
Backgammon / chess / bagatelle / card games
Virtual Rubiks cube
There are lots more and new ones coming along all the time.
"promised 29-day battery life"
Is that a typo? If not, wow! I'd love to get a quarter of that on my E71 -- and that's a big improvement on my previous WinMo devices which would barely last 2 days.