09 October, 2011

Nokia 701 Philippines Price, Specs, Hands-On Video, In the Flesh Photos

Posted: 09 Oct 2011 03:32 AM PDT
Priced at around Php 17,000, Nokia 701 is one of the first handsets to come with Symbian Belle - the latest update to the Symbian Operating System - featuring enhancements like a drop-down status bar, more home screens, widgets in various sizes, new action bar, NFC support and an even more refined user interface.

nokia 701

I've played with the phone and tinkered with its Symbian Belle OS a bit and off hand, I think it's a great handset. The design is attractive (similar to fashionista phone, Nokia C7), the build is durable and the UI is easy to navigate.

nokia 701

I particularly love Symbian Belle's drop-down status bar where the user can easy switch Wifi, Bluetooth and Mobile Data on and off with one touch.

nokia 701

Nokia 701 is also a capable multimedia device. It comes with an 8 MegaPixel camera, an HD video recorder, FM radio, TV out and NFC support for wirelessly playing music using Nokia Play 360 speaker.

nokia 701
As for the screen, Nokia 701 flaunts a 3.5-inch Nokia Clear Black display and scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass touchscreen.

Here's my quick hands-on video of the phone:

TechPinas Smartphone Technical Specs Table (TSTST)
Name Nokia 701
Type Slate Form Factor (Full Touchscreen)
Price Category Midrange
Dimensions117.2 x 56.8 x 11 mm
Weight 131 grams
Available Colors Steel Dark, White, Silver Light, Amethyst Violet
Operating System Symbian Belle
Display 3.5 inches (~210 ppi pixel density), 360 x 640 pixels, LED-backlit IPS TFT Nokia Clear Black Display, Gorilla Glass capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Processor 1 GHz processor, 2D/3D graphics HW accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0
Camera 8 MegaPixels, 3264x2448 pixels, fixed focus, dual-LED flash
Video Capture 720p 30 frames per second
Audio and Video Playback MP4/H.263/H.264 player, MP3/WAV/еAAC+/WMA player
Ports microUSB 2.0, 3.5 mm audio jack, TV out
Connectivity NFC, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP, EDR, 3G HSDPA, 14.4 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
Network 2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900, 3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1700 / 1900 / 2100
Memory 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM, 1 GB ROM, expandable via microSD, supports up to 32GB
Sensors Accelerometer, Digital Compass, Proximity
Battery Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BL-5K)
Uptime Stand-by of up to 504 hours on 3G and up to 551 hours 2G, talk time of up to 17 hours on 2G and up to 6 hours and 45 minutes on 3G
Value-Added Features One of the first handsets to run Symbian Belle OS, NFC support, Gorilla Glass, Nokia Clear Black Display
Announcement October 2011 in the Philippines
Availability October 2011
Price roughly Php 17,000

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011 11:43 PM PDT
LG Optimus 2X users, rejoice! Android 2.3 Gingerbread Firmware Update is already set to arrive on your smartphone within this month!

Expect Android 2.3 Gingerbread - the follow-up to Android 2.2 Froyo - to bring a number of software improvements to the already amazing First Dual-Core Smartphone in the World, LG Optimus 2X!

lg optimus 2x

Among the most useful enhancements include the following:

Improved Power Management, Which Can Translate to Increased Uptime
Android 2.3 takes a more active role in managing specs-intensive apps or those that use a lot of the CPU or those that keep the smartphone awake for an extended time. As a result, Gingerbread ensures maximum battery life and best performance.

Smoother Gameplay
By identifying possible performance and memory issues before they happen and solving them in the instance that they do, Android 2.3 minimizes lags or pauses in applications and games. Also, improvements implemented across the Gingerbread platform help improve gaming experience by ensuring increased touch gesture responsiveness and smoother animation.

Enhanced Application Management
Android 2.3 makes it easier to check and manage application activity on your smartphone. Gingerbread's Application Manager displays a list of all active apps as well as the memory and storage being used by each other them. Thanks to this new feature, users can now know just how specs-intensive a particular app is and even close it instantly should the need arise.

How to get Android 2.3 Gingerbread on your LG Optimus 2X? Well, you can get the firmware update by connecting your smartphone to a PC and running LG PC Suite. Once the update becomes available for download, LG PC Suite will send you a notification to install Gingerbread on your phone. I'll inform you as soon as I get an upgrade note for my LG Optimus 2X.

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Posted: 08 Oct 2011 11:17 PM PDT
A new version of the Nokia Store for Nokia N8, Nokia E7, Nokia X7, Nokia C7 and C6-01 running Symbian Anna is now up for download!

nokia store

What's hot about this update is that it dons the look of Symbian Belle, replete with the new action bar and the new notifications tab - albeit not yet 'drop-down'.

nokia store

So if you want to get a feel of Symbian Belle user interface before Nokia releases it for all Symbian^3 phones later this month (that's the rumor), then go ahead and launch your current version of Nokia Store and wait for the upgrade notification to pop up. Click download to get the new Nokia Store files then install.

nokia store

Oh, and after you do that, you might want to download TechPinas for Nokia app too. Thanks!

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