Thurs 07.19.12 – Yesterday my Nokia N950 dev testing phone decided to lose all charge after only 4 hours and I knew that it was time for a new battery. With some Twitter advice from Attila and Thomas, I was able to unscrew the back case batteries, open the back of the N950 from the speaker end and then verify which battery was in my device and at what mAh.
While the Nokia N950 specs as listed on the Maemo.org wiki state that the battery is the BL-4D 1320mAh, @achipa wrote that the Nokia 808 PureView’s BV-4D battery would work as well, which I tested and it worked. As of today on Amazon.com, the BL-4D is for sale but is only 1200mAh and the PureView’s BV-4D with 1400mAh is not yet available in the US or for sale on Amazon. When the BV-4D does come available I will get one for my N950 as the extra 200mAh will help in the battery lasting longer department.
Big Thanks to Attila and Thomas for their Twitter advice, esp. on how to do the Quick Charge (carry an extra battery and swap it out).
Video taken by Ms. Jen with her Nokia 808 PureView.
Posts Tagged: Nokia N950
Now that my Nokia N9 has returned from the dead, I wanted to do a post about my favorite Nokia N9 / Harmattan apps that I use daily or very frequently:
Firefox – Oh Yes, the lovely folks at Mozilla have released a version of Firefox mobile for the N9. Love it! Thank you!
FM Radio – I was a sad little Jen panda to learn last summer that the Nokia N9 had an FM radio receiver on board but no native app, as I do like my Los Angeles area radio when I am walking at home. Luckily, mobile app developer Andrey Kushanov has solved the lack of radio app problem with the simply named FM Radio.
The first version of FM Radio I used had only one UI skin choice, a rather amusing vintage radio interface with a possibility of 6 station presets, but the recently updated version allows one to choice between the N9 black UI skin or the vintage radio UI skin and to have more than 6 radio stations preset. Thank you, Andrey K!
Cameraa, aka “Volume+ as Camera Button” – Brilliant app / hack. There is no camera button on the Nokia N9 and there are many times when pressing the screen to activate the camera shutter is downright awkward to unusable, thus Cameraa to the rescue! All the app does is turn the Volume Up button on the N9 into a physical camera button. Thanks, thp!
Sports Tracker – Speaking of walking, I continue to love Sports Tracker (my second longest app relationship at 4 years & counting), as it not only keeps track of fun data about my walk, but more importantly photo maps my walking path. Thanks!
What Nokia N9 apps do you really like right now or can’t live without?
Wed 11.16.11 – Today during Scruffy’s late afternoon / early evening walk, I decided to take the Nokia N950 along to see how it would handle low light and just plain dark photo situations. In each of the photos above, I only turned off the flash, kept the camera on Automatic, and did not change any other settings. The Nokia N950 did a fine job in the low light situations where I could hold the device steady.
I have been compiling a list of links for how to use, design, and develop for the Nokia N9 / N950, yesterday was links to tips & tricks for the User, Designers and Developers. Today is all the great and very valuable blogs and podcasts that I have found to be a font of information on the Nokia N9/N950, Harmattan, creating N9 apps in Qt.
If you know of other good Nokia N9/N950 designer, developer, and Qt blogs out there, let us know in the comment section.
Nokia N9 & Qt Blogs, Forums and Podcasts:
Nokia N9 Developer Blog
This Week in Qt Podcast
Ed Page (Python, Harmattan & Qt…)
KDE Pinheiro (Designer who works with Qt)
Meego Handset Forum
Nokia Developer News
PySnippet (more Python & Qt!)
Qt Labs Blog
Qt, Maemo and some other stuff
Qt / MeeGo Mobile Apps Development
The MicroNokia Developer
thp on Maemo
I have been compiling a list of links for how to use, design, and develop for the Nokia N9 / N950. The first section tips and tricks is for anyone with a Nokia N9, the second section is links for Nokia N9/N950 designers and developers, and the third is Nokia N950 specific.
Tomorrow, I will publish a list of blogs and podcasts that I have found to be a font of information on the Nokia N9/N950, Harmattan, creating N9 apps in Qt.
If you have any tips and tricks links for the Nokia N9 or N950, be it for users or designers & developers, tell us about it the comments.
Nokia N9 and Nokia N950 general interest topics for everyone:
The Nokia N9 Swipe site:
Nokia N9 UX Gestures – click on DEMOS (I found the gesture demos invaluable in the first hour of using the N950):
Nokia N9 MeeGo/Harmattan Swipe UI Tips and Tricks
Nokia N950 Close Apps:
Using Firefox Mobile on the Nokia N9 (I have been using a version of mobile FF from Sept on the Nokia N950 and it is great)
N9 Swipe undocumented feature; activate sane behavior (How to set the Swipe behavior to the gestures you want)
How to Take Screenshots on Nokia N9 with ScreenshotMee
FM Radio App
Fri 09.16.11 – Doing a little dogsitting while reading Meego 1.2/Harmattan Docs and Getting Started guides on how to get the Qt SDK on my Mac to talk to and deploy a .deb package to the Nokia N950. Building and deployment to the N950 work just fine on the danged WinXP install on Virtual Box but not on the native Mac side…. Grrrrr…
Three thoughts floating around my head this morning while eating breakfast and reading the weekly Seal Beach Sun:
1) For all of my gushing two days ago, after spending some time with the Nokia N950 the camera is very good but not great like the N8. The resolution, color, and clarity on the N8 is definitely superior but the N950 has a nice look to the photos that I do like.
2) At Mobile 2.0’s end of conf cocktails, I had a conversation with Mike Rowehl of Mobile Monday SV and Churn labs about wanting to develop for the mobile web or native apps. Mike said that the stop up on developing for the mobile web for many devs was monetization. I made a joke that I was satisfied as long as I wasn’t living in my car or had moved back home at 40-something. We both laughed, but I could see that monetization meant something else to him entirely.
The conversation keeps coming back to me when thinking about the mobile web: why right now devs prefer to create native apps and what in the heck does monetization really mean any way?
Does monetization mean that I can be self-supporting as an app developer and not have to be taking on clients (my definition)? Does it mean the dev can use the money to buy a house and hire a few employees? Does it mean turning the app(s) into a full blown business? A business that then gets sold to a larger business for a large sum and then you get to join the big cats in Los Gatos?
What thinkest thou?
3) Once again the Seal Beach Sun’s Crime Log has produced a pick of the litter winner this morning:
“Monday, Sept 5, 2011 – Rossmoor – Suspicious Person or Circumstances – 10:55am – Kensington Road – The caller requested a patrol check for a man wearing a hoodie who was walking on the Gertrude side of the elementary school. The caller said there has been a recent increase in crimes, including a robbery involving men in dark hoodies. The caller that it was suspicious for someone to be wearing a hoodie at all in September.”
Now before you get all upset about hooding profiling, please remember that this is September in Southern California, our hottest month of the year with temps in the 90s to 100s and higher. And the caller was right, anyone wearing a hoodie with the hood up in 90+ temps is cruising for a minor Darwin Award in the heat stroke category.