Nokia N8 With Symbian^3 PR 2.0 Firmware | Video Preview

Previously we brought you a few video previews of the upcoming PR 2.0 Firmware being demoed on a Nokia C7. This new update has received a lot of press lately as its apparently bringing 50+ significant changes to Symbian^3, and fixes many issues a lot of people are reporting with the OS. Well today we’ve brought you another preview, where Nirave takes us through the new firmware on a Nokia N8. Hit the jump to take a look.

Nokia N8 With Symbian^3 PR 2.0 Firmware | Video Preview

Previously we brought you a few video previews of the upcoming PR 2.0 Firmwarebeing demoed on a Nokia C7. This new update has received a lot of press lately as its apparently bringing 50+ significant changes to Symbian^3, and fixes many issues a lot of people are reporting with the OS. Well today we’ve brought you another preview, where Nirave takes us through the new firmware on a Nokia N8. Hit the jump to take a look.

Nokia N8 Vs Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc Comparison | HD Video Recording

Here’s an HD video recording comparison between the 12 megapixel Carl Zeiss camera of the Nokia N8 and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc, which sports an 8.1 megapixel Exmor R CMOS sensor. Now although the Nokia N8 has around 4 megapixel more, the test is pretty fair in terms of video recording. Both devices record HD videos at 720p, with in fact, the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc recording at 30 fps compared to the Nokia N8‘s 25 fps. Check out the video after the break.

NFC Demo On The Nokia C7 | BCard Reader

Check out this video demo at CTIA Wireless 2011 of the Nokia C7 running a full version of BCard Reader, which allows the built in NFC chip on the Nokia C7 to read information from an NFC compatible business card. The app also has some cool features of its own. Video after the break.

Midnight Smoky Blue Theme For S^3 By LA | The Original Nokia C6-01 Theme

LogonAniket has released another addition to the Midnight Themes collection with the Midnight Smoky Blue Theme. Originally created for the Nokia C6-01, the Smoky Blue theme can now be enjoyed on all Symbian^3 devices. So if you love your dark themes, hit the jump for download links.

Midnight Smoky Blue Theme by LA offers original touch in every element, creating a very natural finish and super-fast feel with no lag. You can download this theme and many more for free from our Symbian^3 Themes page.

HD Horizons Project | Nokia N8 Hits The Skies To Capture England’s Landmarks

Jason Hawkes photographed the UK’s most stunning locations using a Nokia N8 smartphone for the groundbreaking HD Horizons project. To see more images visit: www.facebook.com/nokia.uk

Quirky Converge Universal Dock Review | Rest & Recharge

From mobile phones to tablets, MP3 players to digital cameras, the technology that surrounds us needs a regular top up of power to function. With over-the-air charging not fully mastered yet, every household is familiar with the clutter of charging cables and adapters, let alone the reducing number of available plug sockets.

Well, the guys over at MobileFun were kind enough to send us the Quirky Converge Universal USB Docking Station, which not only charges up to four devices using only one plug socket, but allows your devices to rest in style.

Measuring in at 31 cm wide x 10 cm tall x 13 cm deep, the Quirky Converge is essentially a four-port USB hub, designed to look very modern and stylish as it displays your mobile devices in all their glory.

The “Stash” cable management mentioned in the item description is supposed to ‘hide wires easily’, which it does, however it is essentially just a gap at the back of the device to cram your wires in. With the term ‘cable management’ I at least expected some sort of cable tie or cord wrap to store the wires neatly.

The inverted T-shaped cut-out is conveniently designed to make charging both bottom-connected and side-connected devices, and has a soft thermoplastic elastomer (TPE) grip to hold the actual connectors in place.

A white ambient charging indicator lets you know when the docking station is switched on. I think I’d prefer four indicators, one for each port, however this would then elude you if no devices were charging as you wouldn’t know if the actual docking station was left switched on. Maybe colour coded ambient lights would be a possible solution.

Four USB ports are hidden behind a curved backrest where your devices can nestle while charging. The angle which they rest is pretty much perfect, especially when charging tablets. It provides you with an ideal viewing angle for watching videos or displaying a photo stream of images.

Thoughts

Having used the Quirky Converge over the past few weeks I must say it has become my charging headquarters so to speak. It’s a neat way to charge devices and great for storing them all in one convenient place when they’re not in use. With its sleek and minimalist design it’s not such an eyesore too, like some of the other docking stations I’ve encountered. And the great thing is its’ extensive compatibility list of USB devices allows me to dock pretty much everything I need charging, including my electronic cigarette.

However I must say that the Quirky Coverage does have its flaws. Firstly the more devices you plug in, the longer each takes to charge as the power is split, not ideal. Also, although the build quality of this accessory is pretty good and sturdy, the glossy white material seems to have lost some of its gloss in such a short period of time.

Then there’s the price point. Maybe its just me but for £39.95 GBP I was expecting a lot more than just a USB hub. Maybe with the addition of multiple functional light indicators and a more advanced cable management system the price wouldn’t feel so steep. If you’re in the market for a universal docking station the Quirky Converge is definitely a contender. Check out the gallery of the Quirky Converge below and let us know your thoughts in the comments.