The N79 Active is a special bundle of the N79 that comes with a Polar Heart Rate Monitor, Arm Band and Nokia SportsTracker 2.05 which can track your workout data.
Iâ€™ve been running for the past few weeks and am quite happy using the 5800xm as my SportsTracker mobile.Â The version of SportsTracker I am currently running (1.83) has the pairing for the heart rate monitor built in (2.x does not btw) and I am ready to rock.Â Iâ€™ve searched and searched but the Polar Heart Rate Monitor is not something you can buy separately â€¦
Polar apparently only sells this as a B2B SKU so itâ€™s direct to Nokia or nothing.Â I canâ€™t find a Bluetooth Polar monitor anywhere and Nokia has yet to list it as an available accessory for any other devices.
Why is it so hard to give companies your money?
Just getting going with both the new devices and decided to snap a quick picture following breakfast today …
First the N85:
And now the N79:
Aside from the “pilot error” in focusing on slightly different parts of the plate, I’d call this pretty even. Both devices offer Carl Zeiss 5MP AutoFocusing optics and response time is excellent. The N85 had a much easier time acquiring my position over A-GPS, but that’s thanks to AT&T vs the T-Mobile TZones connection of my other SIM card.
I came home from work today and found these two lovelies waiting for me …
I’ll definitely have some thoughts for you once I’ve had a chance to play a bit.
Here are some shots captured at the briefing I attended last evening …
Created with Admarket’s flickrSLiDR.
(more pictures to come – need more connection speed!)
Today Nokia announced the Nokia N97, the new flagship of the Nseries line.Â The N97 brings a QWERTY keyboard to Nseries for the first time as well as continuing the touch UI (S60 5th Edition) introduced in the 5800 Express Music.Â The home screen is all new and what I can only describe as a widget-top, giving you instant access to content that matters to you in your connected life.
There’s a clear emphasis on context which enables you to get both geographically and time sensitive information delivered at a glance.Â The N97’s homescreen will be customizable to allow both Nokia and 3rd party developers to activate WRT (Web Runtime) widgets without having to launch an application.Â Â Essentially live feeds at a glance.Â For the connected the social networking enthusiast, this will be a must have device.
The keyboard slides and tilts from the longer side revealing a very comfortable raised typing surface.Â While I only had a limited time to type around it seemed very easy to get used to and absolutely like something on which I could do ton of messaging.Â It’s great to see QWERTY FINALLY on an Nseries!Â Nokia has typically made you choose between E and N series for a device that does what you want most of the time and with the N97 there’s finally a single unit that can handle everything.
The new homescreen is an awesome way to provide direct access to information within an instant.Â During our briefing with Nokia we learned that they consider the N97 a new category of device and one that is more a mobile computer than the prior generation of multimedia computers.Â The N97 offers a massive amount of functionality in a very reasonably sized package.Â The screen is 640×360 and is just gorgeous.Â Contrast was excellent and colors (all 16 Million of them) seemed quite vibrant!Â You can customize every part of the homescreen which is remarkably something that we’ve not had previously in S60 devices.Â You can add, remove or just slide any of the widgets around to make things just how you like them.Â When you rotate the device between portrait and landscape modes, things nicely re-align.
On first glance the N97 compares to the 5800 in size and seems like it’s older brother … until you slide the keyboard out and realize you’ve got an altogether new breed in hand.Â While it’s not a small device, the N97 feels great in your hand and can easily be used while walking without needing two hands in most cases.Â The virtual keyboards (numbers and T9) were clear and the softkeys seemed eas to access for quick data entry.Â Of course for larger text needs a quick flip and you’ve got a real keyboard at your disposal.Â Weight (Approx. 150 g) felt semi-comparable to the E71 and in the front pocket of my jeans it was not in any way uncomfortable.
There’s much more to this device than I can possibly do justice in an initial post.Â When this goes live I’ll be listening to the keynotes and will report back after further Q&A.
I’m days behind on feeds and discussion, but I definitely saw some news on the Google G1 phone and find it pretty disappointing. I know it’s absolutely a first generation product and there are certainly nice features in the UI that I’ve seen, but what’s been left out is pretty poor.
Sure the Google phone is naturally connected to the G-Suite. I get it. I like the google apps… But, why can’t I sync the phone from my PC or from Exchange? No really why? Google contacts suck, period. It’s a sorely lacking piece of the Gmail puzzle and Google has yet to show any additional updates (SYNC TO MY DESKTOP??) or integration with Jaiku (social stream) or Grand Central which I find seriously disappointing. What’s the vision here?
No video playback by default? Are you kidding? I have to download a 3rd party application from the store to get this going … nice. I’ve had video playback and recording I might also mention on every NSeries device I’ve owned and that goes back years now. Was video recording left out because it was viewed as an acceptable decision if Apple had already done the same thing?
No 3.5mm audio jack? This is a consumer device right? It’s not designed for enterprise integration (no sync outside G) so why do we have such a limited media playback experience as well?
These things are all table stakes at this point.
The UI details are definitely cool. I love the window shade system for notifications, but it’s unclear what happens when you get a slew of messages at once. In the example video I saw today, you receive and email and then have a very simple reply option via any contact channel you share. You only see it working with a single message but it’s pretty uncommon to see one email at a time. The browser features look strong, but geeky. No way my wife or dad would figure out the longer press options without assistance.
I’ve yet to get any hands-on time and would like to as the platform remains very interesting regardless of these gen one issues. I know there are other devices in development and we’ll probably see most of this wiped away relatively quickly.