Welcome to our latest episode of ‘Interview with A Nokia Enthusiast’, and today’s Interviewee is not only well known in the whole Nokia, and Symbian world, but is no stranger to the odd Podcast, and videocast either, as Steve is a self taught, (and a very good one at that), video editor/producer.
Steve has been Interviewed before by other fellow bloggers, but our Nokiausers Interview series is a little different from these, whereas, what I try and do is get these individuals personal feelings, and experiences relating to the whole Nokia scene, which has proved quite interesting in previous interviews in this series, Im sure you’ll agree.
Steve is a very busy guy, and tracking him down for this interview took some time, but I’m very proud to now share with you all his interview questions, and answers, which I’m sure you will find interesting.
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Check after the break for Steve’s full interview. Enjoy!
Please tell us a little about yourself, and how you become a blogger, Video Producer, and how The Phones Show was born?
After a decade looking after the Psion library and helping at AAS, I had the urge to pass some of my experience and my opinions in video format, a fledgling form at the time (2006). The exact format has changed a few times over the years, but interested readers can go back and download those early shows again if they really want to – just be gentle with me – I was learning as I went!
How many Nokia devices do you actually own at the moment?
Own? About 5. Have in my possession, on loan from various entities? About another 7 or 8!
What was your very first Nokia device?
Cast your mind back over the years, can you remember each Nokia model you have owned? Can you list them in order, oldest first?
Off the top of my head, in rough order, 9210, 7650, 3650, 9500, 6630,N70, N90, N93, N95, E90, E61i, N95 8GB, N82, 5800, N86, N97…. dangit, I’m sure I’ve missed a few out!
Which Nokia device previously owned sticks in your mind for pushing the boundaries in terms of functionality, and technology? (Be itscreen size, Colour, Build etc).
N90 (CZ camera), N95 (obviously), E90 (still unique)
Which Nokia handset/s do you dislike, and what reasons for not liking it?
N76 (appalling screen tech), N93i (botched mike positioning, appalling screen tech) – hmmm… a theme! Oh, and N96 (too ugly).
How well do you believe the newly announced Nokia devices will fare inthe various markets, bringing Social Networking to people at more affordable prices?
Very well. Nokia’s range continues to get more and more diverse – has got to be a good thing. From the new £500 Nseries to sub £100 smartphones, something for everyone?
For some reason unknown, the N-Gage Arena got a facelift recently, how do you feel about N-Gage being archived, and being migrated to Ovi gaming?
Amazed it’s all taking so long. And what about all the GOOD N-gage games which haven’t appeared in the Ovi Store? I want my Tiger Woods!!!!!
Nokia handsets boast different Operating Systems, which Nokia OS do you prefer, and why?
Of Series 40, Series 80, Series 90, S60 and Maemo? – Series 80 (just to be controversial!! – the most computer like!)
Given the power, what would you do to improve Nokia handsets, be it new marketing methods, or new features on their devices?
I’d have made sure there was a decent flagship in place at all times,with top specs, if only for bragging rights. The N97 doesn’t count, it’s crippled on 3 or 4 fronts. Sadly.
Nokia announced a dual-sim model a little while ago, would you be interested in buying one, and if so, what would be your reasons (apartfrom having two sims of course)?
Not really. Why would anyone want to have two SIMs? I hardly use the one I do have
How do you feel about the new Symbian OS that we have seen sample screenshots of recently? What would you like to see in this new OS?
Looks promising, though not much different from S60 5th Edition PR2…I’m looking forward to better use of capacitive touch, direct UI concepts and hardware graphics acceleration though.
How do you feel about the Intel, Moblin, and Maemo Merge, bringing us MeeGo?
Fairly pessimistic that a usable competitor to the likes of the iPad and iPhone will emerge from this direction in any realistic timeframe. Too late in the game etc.
Is Nokia having to play catch up with the Competition, or do you feel they are already working on technologies ahead of the competition?
As always, catch up in some areas, ahead in others. Manufacturers are always leap-frogging each other, the situation keeps changing. Nokia aren’t as much a tech leader as they were in 2007 though.
Do you prefer touch, keyed, or a combination of both on a device?
Keyed. Though there’s not much in it. I’m fairly flexible. If I could only take one device away for the rest of my life, I’d be sorely tempted by the non-touch E90 though. Ultimately, there’s no substitute for good hardware qwerty.
The N900 features Maemo5 OS, what are your findings, and experience with it (if any)?
Nasty plasticky device. Maemo 5 deserved better for a commercial device. 4″ capacitive, transflective screen, etc. And bigger keyboard. The OS needs work – but then Nokia know this.
Do you believe the N900 was a testbed device seeing as it had the confusing IR port built in?
Absolutely. The UK shops made a big mistake trying to sell it on the High Street.
PC Suite, or Ovi Suite? Which one do you prefer? Ovi Suite will be replacing PC Suite soon, how do you feel about this, and what would you suggest to Nokia to improve Ovi Suite further? (Are you BetaTesting the Open Beta 2.1 of Ovi Suite?).
Yes, I’m testing the latest Ovi Suite and reckon it’s good for general use now. I like its all-in-one nature, but have to make sure to allow it enough RAM under Windows to work properly.
Firmware Updates. Would you like to see an open forum solely for the firmware on Nokia devices, somewhere you can report bugs, suggest new features, and functionality to Nokia devices?
I thought we had this? Nokia Discussions etc?
Which Ovi Services do you use the most, and what would you suggest on improving these? For example, Ovi Share, what would you like to see added to this service?
I don’t really use Ovi much, to be honest. Maps for journeys and looking round the Ovi Store, but I’ve had problems with Ovi Mail, Ovi Contacts and Ovi Files. I know they’re all there should I need them in future though. To be added? More reliability, more integration, more imagination.
Thanks Steve for taking the time to take part in our Nokiausers Interview Series, it was an honor to have your answers to my various questions.!