teaching and technology

Nokia Evolves

I like QWERTY phones. I especially like Nokia’s. I’ve been through four so far: the E61i, the E63, the C3, and the E5. The E63 has been my favorite among the four. I think my work laptop and my home netbook are jealous since I spend more time with my phones than with my computers. I read somewhere that more and more people access the web on their phones. I agree. I’m one of them.

Those who read my blog know that I use my QWERTY phones as laptop replacements. Quickoffice allows me to do most of my work anywhere and anytime. Opera Mini and Mobile provide me the browsers that meet my surfing needs. And I’ve done most of my reading on tiny screens going back to my Palm V and Psion Revo days…

For several years now I’ve used my E63 as primary handheld device. The keyboard is excellent. Better than the E5’s if you ask me. Better even than the popular E71’s. Its keyboard, for me, was second to none. Until I tried the new E6.

Aside from the obvious benefits of the “touch-and-type” newcomer, I can actually thumb-type faster on the E6 than on the E63, one thumb or two thumbs! I think it boils down to ergonomics. The E6 fits my hands better than the E63.

Nokia’s QWERTY phones have evolved for me. The E61i had a 2.8″ screen but it felt too wide for me. The C3 felt too small and too light. The E5 was a powerhouse but it’s keyboard felt inferior to the E63’s. The E6 practically meets all my requirements for a laptop replacement. The USB-to-go function is a major feature that most reviews fail to mention. The screen resolution is fantastic. And Symbian Anna is a joy to use.

I think the E6 is a much better, all around device compared to Nokia’s other flagships (the N8 and E7).

teaching and technology

The Nokia E63 and E61i take over…

Nokia E63
Nokia E63

While netbooks are quite popular these days, I find myself using mine less and less. I’ve been turning to my Nokia E63 and E61 for most of the things I used to do on my netbooks. Let me explain why…

First. I read a lot. With the quintet of QuickOffice, Adobe Reader 2.5, Mobipocket Reader, Opera Mini, and OliveTree’s Biblereader, I have all my bases covered. I can practically read anywhere and anytime.  I can check my students’ grades, catch up on my Bible reading, take a quick glance at today’s lesson plan, and read Rizal or Mark Twain wherever and whenever I want.

Second. Web access. Opera Mini and the S60 Browser meet my surfing needs quite well. I almost never go online to be entertained. I go online to read (there’s that word again) and do research. Access to information from the net, within seconds, is very important to me. Both phone browsers allow me to save webpages.

Third. Email. I check my GMail, Yahoo, Ovi, and office email on my phones first thing in the morning. It takes less than 10 minutes to get all my accounts updated.  The landscape screens on my E Series phones are great for reading email. And both work well outdoors.

Fourth. Listening pleasure. Nokia’s Podcasting application is a treat. I particularly enjoy listening to the guys at AllAboutSymbian.com. I’ve been using Nokia Betalabs’ Audiobooks since it came out and I can’t recommend it enough. The wealth of free stuff at LibriVox.org and the free Nokia Audiobook Manager provide me the tools to make my own Audiobooks for my Nokias. If you haven’t had the opportunity to “hear” the Bible or the Classics,  then this is your chance. Depending on my mood, I fire up Internet Radio or Visual Radio. Together, these radios allow me access to my favorite FM stations and talk shows.

I could go on and on.  If you own a smartphone, QWERTY model or otherwise, you know what I’m talking about.