KIK for Nokia | KiK moves to Symbian and updates Windows Phone 7

Finally the incredibly light weight instant messaging application has been released for Nokia (Symbian.) Kik gave news of the private beta, available early this morning following the Nokia World conference. The Kik application looks amazing compared to the vast majority of the Ovi Store applications and runs smoothly on what looks to be any symbian^3 device or Symbian S60 v5.

Here are some Screenshots from the Private Beta:

KIK comes to Nokia
Kik Nokia Settings

Kik has covered all their Nokia bases by also releasing an incredibly sexy new Windows Phone 7 OS version of their app, enabling users of Nokia’s new phone line (800 and 710) to Kik.

You can sign up to get the Symbian Kik public beta on the Kik website. This is a must have app for a Nokia N8 and 701!

Symbian Anna Review | Should I Upgrade my N8?

For those who have purchased a Nokia N8 and are wondering if it is worth it to upgrade this is a complete review of Symbian Anna. We are going to go over the top three upgrades.

The first issue is the issue that the N8 has is that there is no portrait key board. Symbian Anna has a great portrait keyboard it has the same tactility of the regular keyboard. Another upgrade to the keyboard is there is the ability to have non full screen mode. This becomes very useful when trying to remember the context of a text message you are sending.

 

The second upgrade is the Web Browser. The new Symbian Anna web browser is a lot faster and easily search on google and bing.
This is a huge upgrade, because web pages that used to get mutilated by the old browser are now displayed as they should. Also there were big enhancements to speed up Javascript. This means that interactive pages will now be a lot more responsive.

 

The New Camera Interface is very user friendly and takes the Nokia N8 camera to the next level. Along with the upgraded UI, the main feature added is Continuous Auto-Focus (CAF) while recording videos. This will greatly increase the recording quality of videos.

Overall I would recommend the upgrade for all N8 users. Try it out!

The Best Nokia N8 Instant Messaging Applications

We are on a quest to try and find top 3 chat applications that are available for Symbian^3 the OS Running on the N8. There are a couple of really big chat applications available for Symbian. There are a couple of things that I rate the chat applications on:

1. Efficiency – are they efficient and not going to suck away at your battery life?
2. Cross Platform – Are you going to be able to communicate with your friends on other platforms
3. Usability/Design – Is it easy to use and start a chat, and is it visually appealing?
4. Features – Are there a lot of cool features?

Nimbuzz on N81. Nimbuzz – Currently we have found that there though this messenger seems bulky this application is the most feature complete as it has its own dedicated user base, as well as allowing you to communicate over MSN Messenger, Facebook Chat, Google Chat, as well as a variety of other services. As well they are VOIP provider allowing you to make network calls. This app needs to improve their ability to automatically select the network interface to use, as it makes the user experience weird. On my N8 running on rogers in Canada, when first starting the application on a 3G network a modal view is brought up asking me connect to a wireless network. If I did not select a wireless network Interface the application would crash and force me to select a wireless network. If this was intended as a feature, then please take it out, or allow the application to select a default network interface to connect on.

Skype On Nokia Phone2. Skype – Everyone knows Skype, but it seems like they can’t get the user experience right on Symbian^3. This application was seemed slower to load and killed my battery life. I did really enjoy the audio quality on VOIP calls, when it comes to VOIP providers, Skype team knows what they are doing. The Good thing about Skype is that they still have a massive cross platform support for their own skype user base.

WhatsApp On Nokia Phone 3. WhatsApp – I never really liked whatsApp on Android or Iphone (Iphone client they charge for), and I really didn’t like it on Symbian though It was very lean on battery and the it does not really feel well. As well, it would bring itself in focus at the most random times. And very often times crashes when the phone is in Offline mode.

In summary I liked Nimbuzz the most, but I think we need another messenger client to enter the game on Symbian that will really stand out in by their User Experience and efficiency. Since Nokia has just released their first set of devices with the Notifications API, many of the symbian chat apps keep constant network connections and thus eat your battery.

If you have any suggestions as to other messenger clients for the Nokia N8 ( I have already looked over IM+), then leave me a comment below.

Get Nokia N8 to run on Fido Network | N8 on Fido

Here’s how to get an N8 working with your Fido SIM card

  1. Get the phone by either:
    • Buying an unlocked version on ebay.
    • Get someone you know who is a rogers customer to purchase the phone for you, slip your SIM card in and purchase a $7.99 unlock code from cellunlocker.net.
  2. We start by adjusting the Internet Settings so that we can browse the internet on the handset.
    • Go to Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations to display the network destination settings.
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido Internet”.
    • Select Internet on the Select destination prompt

    This should bring us back to the Network destinations screen. Select the “Internet” destination and from there, select our Fido Internet access point. Fill out the fields according to this:

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    • Connection name:Fido Internet
    • Data bearer: Packet Data
    • Access point name: internet.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password: fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: wap.fido.ca

    Press back and power the phone off and back on.

  3. Press menu and go to Web Browser > Settings > General and change Access point to Internet if it isn’t already selected. You should now be able to access the internet on your N8!
  4. Next we have to adjust the MMS settings so that we can send and receive text and media messages. Go back to the network destinations scream by following Menu > Settings >Connectivity > Settings > Destinations and follow these steps to create an MMS access point:
    • Select “+ Access Point” and respond no to the next prompt where it asks to check for available access points.
    • Select Packet Data access point and name it “Fido MMS”.
    • Select Media Messaging on the Select destination prompt
  5. This should bring us back to the destinations screen, select Media Messaging and then Fido MMS. Fill in the fields according to this:
    • Connection name: Fido MMS
    • Data bearer: Packet data
    • Access point name: mms.fido.ca
    • Username: fido
    • Prompt Password: No
    • Password : fido
    • Authentication: Normal
    • Homepage: http://mms.fido.ca
      • Now select Options on the bottom left and choose Advanced Settings
    • Network type: IPv4
    • Phone IP address: Automatic
    • DNS addresses: Automatic
    • Proxy Server address: 205.151.011.013
    • Proxy port number:0

    Press back twice and power the phone off then on.

  6. Finally, go to Menu > Messaging > Options > Settings > Multimedia message and change the “Access point in use” to “Fido MMS”. You can now send and receive text messages on your N8!