Michal Čihař - Nokia N950 - first experiences

Nokia N950 - first experiences

Yesterday, I've received developer kit with Nokia N950. After almost day of using it, it is time to share first experiences.

The phone feels big and heavy to me (just to clarify, this is my first touch screen phone). Well at least when compared to Nokia E52 I used up to now. However it is still acceptable to bring it with me in pocket. Having real keyboard is great, because typing on touchscreen is not really comfortable (what is not specialty of this phone, but applies to all touchscreen phones).

Included software does the "basic" things well (as in basic things for smartphone, including maps, music player, web browser,...), in the end the device was shipped to develop applications, so I did not even expect to have that much. What really surprised me was migration of data from my old phone, it was able to fetch all I wanted including SMS messages.

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Pavel wrote on July 19, 2011, 9:58 a.m.

For typing on touchscreen I found very useful swype. Check this http://swypeinc.com/tips-tricks.html
I couldn't imagine that writing on touchscreen should be ever so easy. It's preinstalled on all Samsung Android phones.

wrote on July 19, 2011, 10:09 a.m.

I don't think it is available for MeeGo, so all I have is virtual keyboard.

Pavel wrote on July 19, 2011, 10:25 a.m.

For MeeGo Tablets:
http://thehandheldblog.com/2011/05/24/swype-meego-tablet-demo/

wrote on July 19, 2011, 10:38 a.m.

Thanks, now I need to figure out how to put it into the phone :-).

Pavel wrote on July 19, 2011, 10:55 a.m.

Some useful task for next day for magician like you ;-).

Rusnak-COBRA wrote on July 19, 2011, 3:45 p.m.

Hello Michal...
Can you tell us maybe if you're working for some SW developing company, or if you get this N950 only as a person - a small developer (alone)?
If so, can you tell us what are you going to develop for MeeGo? thanks a lot for answers.

wrote on July 19, 2011, 4:17 p.m.

I got it in community device program, see http://wiki.meego.com/Community_Office/Community_device_program/Nokia (it is already closed).

Anonymous wrote on July 19, 2011, 11 p.m.

Now if only you could *buy* the thing rather than just getting one on loan.

wrote on July 20, 2011, 12:14 a.m.

I can understand Nokia does not want to sell the devices until there are some applications ready for it.

Anon wrote on July 20, 2011, 1:52 a.m.

No, they won't sell the device.
They will sell the N9 (no physical keyboard) in a restricted number of markets.

wrote on July 21, 2011, 7:19 p.m.

Have you already figured out if its RPM or deb based?

Greets
Marcus

wrote on July 22, 2011, 2:22 p.m.

It's deb based, I'll post more details later.

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