Guest writer Nick Raets (raets.nl -usual character
here- gmail.com) was tremendously impressed by his new Nokia N95 while
on holiday recently. Sensing a kindred spirit, I asked him to list some
of the uses he put the N95 to. We hope you find them of interest!
Over to you, Nick:
Marking your car park spot
new Maps 1.1 (linked here,
as the official download appears to have vanished temporarily) with
firmware 12.0.013 is perfect. It is so fast (with the Assisted GPS
system) that you can mark the place where you park your car, without
your family getting annoyed by the delay.
Every day I saved the parking spot as the "date.x" (as
you can see I was near the Belgium coast (in Knokke the entire beach
has wifi which can be used for VoipingCheap).
Taking great photos
Returning home, I have a lot of pictures. Nicer ones
than on my standalone camera because these photos capture the right
moments, because the N95 is always around when I need it. Back in my
hotel I used the TV-out cable to show off the photos and videos from
each day on the hotel room television.
No laptop needed!
I also used the TV-out facility for a better screen for
keeping in touch with the world. With hotel Wi-Fi and the Nokia
Wireless Keyboard I was able to surf the Web and respond to my emails
just as if I was at home.
On the beach, I listened to music (with the BH-501
Bluetooth headset). Nokia really knows what people want. I now 'get'
the funny movie about
other equipment attacking. I have now ordered the 4GB memory card and
think this will be sufficient for me.
I didn't have any major issues with this, but for 'power
jobs' you should definitely stay 'cord-on'. While navigating in the car
I always use a 12V car power lead, and for surfing on the web in my
hotel room, I also plugged the charger in. With these precautions, I
had no problems each day.
Overall, during the week I made over 300 photos and
filmed for more than an hour. I also had push-mail (Seven AOMIE) on all
the time and used VoIP (VoipCheap) whenever I could find a free Wi-Fi
router (often near internet- bars or where MGMaps indicated a Fonero).
The battery of the N95 is, even with the new gadgets,
much better than the battery of the N80 ever was (even on firmware 4.0x
We tried to watch a movie using the N95 in the hotel
room when nothing was on the television. Unfortunately, the beta DivX
player had too many sound sync issues (it kept getting behind). Maybe I
should try SmartMovie or the Nokia Video Manager for my next holidays.
However, my wife did enjoy Steve's Smartphones Show
programmes 38 and 39, which I grabbed via Wi-Fi. The Smartphones Show
can be viewed perfectly on the N95, but it's even better when watching
on a TV screen (with friends) using the TV out cable.
I did take pictures of flyers (not for 'ScanR-purposes',
but as a reminder) and of the odd menu (a great way of taking a menu
back to the beach to read to other family members).
Staying up to date with RSS
After using Widsets for a while, I changed to Opera,
mainly because the RSS feeds are sorted on time and make nicer (and
more versatile) reading. Keeping up to date with feeds is great if you
have to wait (while shopping with your wife).
VoIP and Skype
Fring is nice on holidays for checking who is still in
the office and for texting them (Fring "skyping" is no option for me,
because both ICVM and ACM use the APS 2.02- server instead of the
2.31-version Fring uses (you can still text though and see who is
online (and call them with the built-in VOIP of the N95). Install Fring
(loose the APS 2.31) and install ACM again, done.
[editorial disclaimer from Steve - I have absolutely
no idea what much of the last para meant - just ignore it if you don't
recognise the acronyms either!]
Where did we travel?
I also used Nokia's free Sports Tracker (from Download!)
to see how far some journeys really were (instead of the mileage
mentioned in the walking/cycling journey-guides). We were able to view
our walks and bicycle-rides on Google-Earth when we got home.
Finally, even the built in Music-Player and LCG-Jukebox
(again playing through a nearby tv-screen/speaker) were used for an
evening of Karaoke with (new) friends and family.
Thanks, Nick. And to think I thought I was a
power user! What a great N95 tale and quite thought-provoking!
All text (C) Steve Litchfield, Nick Raets, 2006, 2007