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  1. This is the first guest blog post on the Brand Evangelist. I have been quiet for a while, but I have had so many things to write but I haven't published them. With Sade Adetayo doing me the honour and guest blogging here, I might just publish more frequently here.

    This post is going to help you decide what tablet you should buy. I know folks are always looking for guidance on what tablet to that meets their specification. I leave you to Sade.


    Things You Should Know Before Buying a Tablet by Sade Adebayo

    Digital life is constantly changing and developing. And the moment you thought portable computers were the last frontier of technology, tablets came in and revolutionized the whole trend and the ways people work, read, communicate, learn and inform themselves.

    If you intend to buy one of yourself or give one for Christmas, here are a couple of things you should keep in mind before purchasing it, especially when it comes to understanding which one is the best.

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  2. Samsung is dominating the Android platform. One GALAXY after the other is being released to the market. As I type this, Samsung GALAXY Note 3 plus Samsung GALAXY Gear is availablefor pre-order here in Nigeria. I am yet to lay my hands on any of those two devices. Hopefully I will soon.




    At the moment, I just got the Samsung GALAXY MEGA 5.8  and I  shall be using it as my device for the next one month, after which I will write my thoughts about the phone.

    The Samsung GALAXY MEGA 5.8 Duos is dual microSIM phone running on Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2.

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  3. The Pliris Blaze+ package

    Android phones are great in the way they are within the reach of different segment of the market. It is one of the reasons that the share of Android in the market has overtaken that od Apple's iOS. Unlike the Apple's iPhone running iOS, every other person can find an Android phone that suits their style and their pocket—like the Galaxy Pocket by Samsung.

    From home here in Nigeria, we have our own Pliris Blaze+ from Pliris Mobile. Let me give you my very first impression in reviewing the phone. I have had the phone for a couple of days and I have been playing with it.

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  4. Getting Things Done

    May 14, 2012

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    I have fallen victim to the to do list many times. I know there are many people who are fans of to do list. I am a fan too. I recently tried something else than increased my output which I’d like to share with you.

    Creating a to do list and stocking it up can be overwhelming. Looking at a long list of things you need to do before the end of the day. As you move from one task to the other, the list seems to grow longer. It will be very difficult to focus on the task at hand when your mind is busy imagining the long list of things you still need to check off.

    What did I start doing differently?

    Rather than stock my day with a long list of items on my to do list, I will write the to do list, but pick three to four items than I can comfortably focus on and get it over with. I have found that with the passage of time, the amount of guilt I feel over not having a well stocked up to do list has reduced and I am getting more done.

    As I have often told myself and I agree is the truth, it is never done. I don’t know anyone who ever finishes a day’s job in that day. the Job is never finished. There would always be something extra to add and to do. Why not focus on the high priority tasks and move with those?

    It is better to do three things out of ten very well than to do the whole ten in a shoddy manner.

    How do you use your to do list? Please share with me in the comments.

    Photo: Credit JD'na, Flickr

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  5. There is a whole lot of Drama happening in the mobile phone space. While some are raking in some profit, others are counting losses. Regardless of how Nokia may be tanking, I still fancy some of their devices. One of the reasons I am drawn to Nokia phones is that they really do connect people by providing quality at an affordable price.

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    With me here is the Nokia 603, a low budget and entry level smartphone that packs a lot of performance. There’s hardly anything you want to do that the Nokia 603 can’t do. Except for the love it is not getting from some developers. Aside from that, it is a lovely device for entry level users and still packs some power too. Before I tell you about its awesomeness, what are the Hardware features?

    Key Hardware features of The Nokia 603

    113.5 x 57.1 x 12.7 mm in dimensions, 109.6g in weight, 74.4cc by volume; monoblock touch form factor

    • 3.5 inch ClearBlack Display TFT touchscreen; 640 x 360 pixels resolution (nHD); scratch resistant front window made from toughened glass.
    • 1GHz processor with GPU co-processor for accelerated graphics and video (2D/3D Graphics HW Accelerator with OpenVG1.1 and OpenGL ES 2.0 support).
    • 5 megapixel full focus (EDoF) camera (no LED flash); HD video capture at 1280 x 720 (720p and 30 frames per second)
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    • Integrated GPS with location support for GPS, A-GPS, WLAN and Cell-ID location techniques.
    • Compass (magnetometer), accelerometer, proximity and ambient light sensors.
    • 3.5 mm Nokia audio connector for audio out FM Radio with RDS
    • microUSB (USB 2.0) for file transfers, charging and USB OTG functionality
    • BP-3L battery with easy access battery cover (standby time of 19 days and talk time of 16 hours (GSM) and 7 hours (WCDMA).
    • WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100 and GSM/EDGE 850/900/1800/1900 (HSDPA Cat 10 - 14.4 MBps, HSUPA Cat 6 - 5.76 Mbps)
    • WiFi: WLAN IEEE802.11 b/g and Bluetooth 3.0
    • Processor: ARM 11 at 1 GHz, RAM: 512MB (Which provides a faster processing when you are using it)
    • 2GB mass memory and microSD card slot (supports sizes up to 32GB), 340MB user memory (C: drive)
    • In box contents: Nokia 603, Nokia Battery BP-3L, Nokia Connectivity Cable CA-179, Nokia Headset WH-207, Nokia High Efficiency Charger AC-10.

    Those are the hardware features of the phone.

    This phone is low budget at N38,000 [$240 USD in a Nigerian Store], but I was able to enjoy some superb performance from the phone. In what ways does the phone excel?

    1. CBD – Clear Black Display. Most of the low budget phones, unlike the Nokia 500 and some others that are available out there, the Nokia 603 has awesome visibility when you are under the direct sunlight. You won’t have to squint or use your second hand to cover the screen for visibility. Enough reason to type while walking on the street. Stop! Don’t! A man was walking and texting on the street and almost walked into a bear. But if you are in an emergency or have any other reason to use your phone in the sun, you we find this feature very useful. The display is clearer and sharper than that of my Nokia N8. Only that it does not have the camera power of the Nokia N8.

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    2. 5 mega pixel camera – Although the 5 mega pixel camera does not have LED flash, it shoots superb photographs when there is enough lighting from a secondary source—outdoor during the day, indoor with enough lighting.

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    3. Availability of compatible applications – there are some newer phone models, especially those running Nokia Belle that may not be compatible with some of your favourite apps. In this case, I observed that all my favourite apps works well—Gravity, Opera mini/mobile, Youtube Downloader, Podcatche, Whatsapp, Joiku Spot and more. There are more apps in the Nokia Store, but you don’t want to crowd your phones with apps that you don’t intend to use.

    4. Emails management – The email widget is awesome, with clean UI. Sending Emails with the Nokia 603 is a user’s delight. Using Microsoft Exchange Active Sync was easy. I was able to download my contact to the phone using Exchange active Sync. With it, I was able to Sync calendar, Contact and my Note from my Google Mail account.

    5. The Text Messaging UI got a facelift especially with the Nokia Belle FP1 that was released yesterday. It makes test messaging more addictive.

    6. Well, the Nokia 603 uses a micro SIM. I am not a fan of micro SIMs, but I got my MTNNG SIM cut to micro using a SIM cutter You can do so too, or go get a SIM swap, whichever works best for you.

     

    7. The Phone is what I will describe as a marble. It is a budget phone, but it is also beautiful. Is it does not look cheap.

    8. It can view attachments—PDFs, Word Documents, Excell and more. It has even gotten the complete Microsoft Office Mobile App. With this you can use the apps that are provided by Microsoft themselves and be comfortable with it.

    9. If you’re a DropBox user. There is support for Dropbox on the Nokia 603 via a third party app called CuteBox. This is one tool I like using to store my files in the cloud among my devices—laptop and Mobile phone

    10. The battery life is impressive. It last a whole day with constant connection over an EDGE network. I connect it to 3G+ only when I have to download. For me, EDGE works just fine, when I am not streaming videos or downloading stuff.

    11. Music player is awesome and the speakers have superb output. It has got capacitive touchscreen instead of resistive touch screen. Come to think of it, the screen is TFT and not capacitive. It does not act that way. It has TFT-LCD Clear-Black display with IPS technology for improved contrast and viewing angles.Plus the screen is scratch resistance. How is that for a low budget phone? [Thanks to Adam for the input :)]

    12. The 512 RAM and 1Ghz ROM makes is more snappier than the Nokia N8. After updating to Nokia Belle FP1, I noticed that the transition from Landscape to portrait is snappier and acts like the normal iPhone would act

    13. There is also an option that will allow you to check the amount of data you have consumed over time. You can clear it and reset it

    What are those things I do not like about the Nokia 603?

    1. No LED flash for shooting indoor, at night and when there is poor lighting.

    2. Apps that I have grown to love like BufferApp, Springpad and Evernote are not available

    The phone wins with me, especially considering the price. And now it got the Nokia Belle fp1. This is just awesome.

    Should you buy the phone? Yes, especially if you’re not expecting some of those apps that are not available on Symbian. Good value for your money. In these parts where power is a problem, you will get some impressive battery performance. Note: first time smartphone users will enjoy this device. Don’t forget it is an all touchscreen phone.

    Is there anything you’d like to know? ask in the comments below.

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  7. A work of art and a beauty to behold. That is how I will label the Nokia N9. I have had a trial unit courtesy of Nokia Connects for a few days. The unit I have is Blue.

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    What prompted me to trial this device is what I have heard about Swipe being addictive. After using it for a few days, I can tell you how addicted i have been to Swipe. I tend to Swipe each time on my Nokia N8 too.

    I will not go into details of listing the specs of the Nokia N9. If you want to read all the specs, you can find them here and some expert review from Mr Mobility. I can quickly tell you that the Nokia N9 runs on Meego OS, not Symbian. The camera is 8MP and shoots close up macro shots. It comes in 16/64Gb storage with 1GB RAM.

    How does the Nokia N9 measure up?

     

    If I try to cover the whole Nokia N9 review in this post, I will end up with a book. I will tell you about is looking through my own lense. How do I see the Nokia N9?

    It gets my work done—emails, text messaging, social media (Facebook, Twitter), messaging via Gtalk, Facebook and Skype was uber cool (Although I miss not having Whatsapp on it), Photography (Macro shots are possible) and taking screen shots. I am not a gamer and I am not huge with Music. I will touch those aspects slightly though.

    Email

    You can set up email easily on it. Just go to the email icon on the menu by Swiping and you can enter the parameters for your email.

    Messaging

    I find the Messaging integration of the Nokia N9 very fascinating. The design of the sms UI and the speed with which the OS responds makes me want to keep texting. The touch keypads are well spaced and very responsive also.

    Some awesomeness about the messaging integration are;

    - When you sign in to Facebook, Gtalk, Skype and twitter, you are given an option to integrate your contacts with the contact on your phone. When you do, it makes it a very easy task for you to message them directly from the traditional messaging app.

    - You can easily click on the tiny messaging icon by the bottom right corner and you’d be given an option to see all your contacts that are online and the methods available that you can start chatting with them immediately.

    Using Skype, Facebook and Gtalk chat feels like you are chatting using an iPhone. It is fast and clean.

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    Photography

    The camera is Okay. It gives a better production than what is obtainable on the Nokia E7. It shoots macro shots—you can shoot close up photos without getting blurry images.

     

    Straight from the box, there are applications that are bundled with the phone. Many of the apps are apps many use daily, like;

    - Facebook

    - Twitter

    - Skype

    - Gtalk

    - Wireless Hotspot – That will allow you to share your mobile internet with other wireless devices

    - Angry birds and a few other games

    - Note app and some others.

    I had to log in with my Nokia Store account to access the store and download some apps that I normally use but are not bundled.

    In order to do this review, I will need to take screen shot. So, I looked in the store and saw a screen snap app called; Screen capture. The app is free. It worked just fine. I also downloaded Foursquare app. If you are a huge fan of Foursquare, it is available for free too.

    The app I miss not having is Gravity app. The awesome twitter app for Symbian designed by Jan Ole. I also miss not having Opera Mini. The week I got the phone, a beta release was made available for Opera mobile. However, I found the native browser more capable and usable.

    The Native browser

    The native browser is HTML5 enabled. If you sign in to Twitter, you will get the mobile web app version of twitter.

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    The browser is equally fast. When reading an article, there is an option to share directly to your connected accounts—Twitter, Facebook, Text message and Email. This is missing in the browser for Nokia Belle on my Nokia N8

    The Battery

    If you know the Nokia N900, a Meego powered phone from Nokia, you will k now that the phone has serious battery issue. This is not the case with the Nokia N9. I got a full day use after charging it full. I connected to Internet only when I needed to use the web via my mobile internet data.

    If you are looking at using your phone for for emails, messaging, social media and mobile browsing. You’d love having the phone. Coupled with the fact that the phone is fast, responsive and beautiful.

    The limitation I see with the phone is the lack of a wide range of apps available for it. If you are an app-centric person, you may have to look elsewhere. Gravity app, an app I enjoy on Sysmbian is not available on Nokia N9.

    The Nokia N9 does not get the same promotion with Nokia Lumia range. I don’t see any rapid improvement happening to the phone. This is what I am most discouraged about. However, there is a new upgrade to the OS

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    which shows that Nokia still going to support it. The question is; will developers develop for this beautiful phone that seems to be dead on arrival?

    There are limited supply of this phone. So, I see it as a collectors items. I don’t see Nokia producing more of it. The design has already been ported to Lumia 800. The Lumia 800 has the same polycarbonate body like the Nokia N9.

    Will you be picking a Nokia N9?

    Some more screenshots and photos

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    P.S. I shot all these photos with my Nokia N8

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