Articles tagged in mobile phone

  1. Accessing Gmail from Nokia S60 Phones


    I have recently bought a Nokia S60 smart phone, and have migrated my email to Google Apps. I am now using the Gmail interface to access my emails when I am on my desktop, but I am wondering how I can send/receive emails on my mobile phone.


    Well. It is complicated and so far I have no found a perfect solution in my case. There are a few good alternatives, but none works perfectly for me.

    Gmail for Mobile

    The most natural solution would be Gmail for Mobile from Google. It is a J2ME based application (so it is not native on Nokia S60), however it has probably the best Google integration currently.

    What I like about it:

    • It works well -- just like Gmail inside the browser. Sent and received emails are linked together (just like on Gmail). You get your full contact list just like how it works on Gmail. There are lots of very convenient short-cut keys -- just like Gmail!
    • It supports multiple Google accounts. Not a big deal for me but I think it would be for those having a dozen Gmail accounts that need constant monitoring.
    • Good off-line support. You can still read/compose email when you don't have data connection.

    What I don't like about it:

    • Slow. J2ME-kinda-slow. With Google's focus now on Android, I doubt a native Symbian/S60 executable will be released.
    • Buggy. Crashed on me a few times. There are also some bugs that prevent me from sending/replying emails. Currently I have two domains associated with my Google Apps account, and in Gmail I sent up to receive from both. However I cannot reply emails if it's sent to my additional domain -- it will say something about the connection problem.

    Currently I have Gmail for Mobile bound to my "Message Key" on my Nokia E71.

    Nokia Messaging

    Nokia Messaging is a push-email-like service provided by Nokia, and currently they are offering free trial and it allows you to manage up to 10 email addresses/accounts.

    What I like about Nokia Messaging:

    • Pretty responsive due to being a native executable. Good message listing view. Very concise message view.
    • Very flexible sync options to provide you a push-email like experience.
    • Good integration with the rest of the system. For example home screen notifications. Contacts. Etc.

    What I don't like about Nokia Messaging:

    • Sync chews battery. A lot. It also chews through your data usage, which can be costly.
    • Not Gmail-enough. While it claims full Gmail support, I don't get conversation view between sender and receivers. Label obviously does not work.
    • Delete emails from Nokia Messaging actually does not delete that email from Gmail, but move to "All Mails" instead. It should have used IMAP command to move it to the Trash for deletion. So I ended up have to go back to the desktop version to delete all the unwanted emails.

    Another issue -- who knows how much Nokia is going to charge this?


    There are of course other free solutions. Default Nokia email client? Use mobile browser version of Gmail? I don't think either have provided me the functionality of either Nokia Messaging or Gmail for Mobile.

    Any other suggestion?

  2. A Decade of Nokia

    Took this phone the other day.

    Nokia 6150 vs E71

    Nokia 6150 Nokia E71
    • Released in 1998
    • Dual band GSM
    • Infra-red port
    • 84 x 48 monochrome display
    • Released in 2008
    • Quad band GSM + dual band HSPA
    • Wi-Fi + Bluetooth + Infrared + GPS/AGPS
    • 320x240 QVGA colour display

    That Nokia 6150 wasn't my first Nokia -- I had a Nokia 101 back in 1995/1996 with Optus when it started selling digital mobile phones. Vivian actually bought the phone from Orange in Hong Kong, and I then bought a Optus SIM to use it here in Australia. With its built in infrared port, I could actually use my Psion 5mx to talk to it to send SMS -- how cool was that?!

  3. Kogan's Android Phone in Indefinite Delay

    Fortunately I did not wait for Kogan's Agora but got a Nokia E71 instead. APC Mag: Second Google Android phone -- Kogan Agora -- "Delayed Indefinitely", due to some technical short-sightness in Agora's design, i.e. its QVGA screen, which might not be compatible with future Android applications. That leaves HTC/T Mobile's G1 as the only Android phone on the market, which you should be able to buy for around $700 unlocked off eBay. By the way, E71's latest firmware (200.21.118) is not available on Nokia Software Updater.