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.

Quad Core Cell Phones

It’s pretty official now! We should get to see some quadcore tablets and smartphones in action later this year. We figure NVIDIA’s tegra 3 won’t be for sale in android devices until early 2012, but the fact that mobile chipset development has accelerated to this point is nothing short of incredible.

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Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Top 5 Features

Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc is one of the most popular devices available with current Android phone deals. So how can a single core device from a manufacturer that has released a number of lacklustre devices in recent years become this popular? We look at the phone’s top 5 strengths and try figure out why it is so popular.

Camera

The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc has one of the best phone cameras seen on any smartphone. This is thanks to the 8.1mp camera it has and the Exmor R sensor it utilizes with the device. This sensor was once the preserve of Sony’s compact cameras, has now been used by Sony Ericsson on the camera phone to excellent effect. The camera allows near compact quality photos on the phone. Add to this the ability to shoot 1080p and you have a phone that is as good for filming still and moving shots than most of us have at home separate to our phones.

BRAVIA

The phone also comes with the BRAVIA Reality Display for use with its excellent 4.2inch screen. This display uses technology from the television manufacturers sets to increase the quality of the display. The use of the technology and processors means that the phone creates some of the best blacks and whites, contrasts and shadow details across a wide array of colours seen on any small screen anywhere at this point and time. This makes the phone amazing for watching footage on and also amazing for viewing the images you shoot on also. Reality Display offers real time picture correction, making images sharper and more vibrant.

Aesthetics

The device is also physically beautiful. The Arc shaped back and the wonderfully slim bezel around the outside make the device a very attractive prospect. The phone is only 8.7mm thick and curves from top to bottom at the back. This all creates a very spectacular phone with which many will be happy to have in their pockets.

Android

The device also uses Android 2.3 Gingerbread and drops many of the Sony Ericsson inspired applications. This is all quite positive for the device and means that it can do what it does best by utilising the software simply with little standing in the way.

Processor

The phone comes with a single core 1GHz processor which may not seem a lot, though is a nice quick processor that Sony Ericsson has got the most from. It can lag slightly when using things like the Timescape social media widget, though is a very good little chip and really works well.

But to make things even better Sony Ericsson have released an upgrade to the Xperia Arc with an even more powerful processor. This is the Xperia Arc S deals which come with a faster 1.4GHz chip and even better performance. This is not a full upgrade, and the Xperia range has not yet entered into the dual core era, but the Xperia Arc S is an excellent boost to an already fantastic phone.