Bye, Bye, N-85 :(

I’ve now had an N85 for a fortnight’s trial, thanks to Womworld.

So, my overall thoughts.

I’d orginally wanted it to see how well our eLearning tools work on it. Unfortunately, the VLE wasn’t that easy to navigate using it. It’s very much designed for a large screen (and uses frames), so perhaps expecting it to work was a little ambitious! Also, the web front end for staff email didn’t quite work. (I could login, navigate to messages, open them, but could only read the first little bit; to read the whole lot I had to “reply”).

Other sites, however, worked perfectly, so it’s our software that’s to blame, not the device! Gmail worked beautifully, the BBC was great; I couldn’t get iPlayer to work (but it didn’t claim it would, so not that surprising … but the previews on the BBC mobile site were fine. )Twitter was great too & I was able to read this & other blogs.

The camera was fabulous! I’ve already posted some of the images that I took of my mouse collection, (the only put of focus close up was the one I took of it!); I’ve also taken some good outdoor photos – as well as some inside at a conference. Those weren’t quite as good – but photos taken in a dim conference setting never are!

Getting online was very easy at home – set up the wireless connection very easily & it asked me every time which connection I wanted to use (which is what I’d wanted it to do … didn’t want to use up my PAYG BB connection!) – though at work was a little more difficult. In theory, it seems that I can (we have WPA2 Enterprise & have to install a certificate. I’d nearly got there … I think, just needed a bit more time to finally get it sorted). The 3G signal was fine when I was out & about; OK, so it had a few issues on the train between Portsmouth & London – but so do phones. There are lots of hills en-route.

I’ve also tested the GPS – which seems very efficient in cities – and in the country if you’re near a road. That would do me, as I’m used to map reading & I think it would be a great danger to lose that ability to navigate without having to rely on gizmos. It’s not sensible to be out without a decent map/compass/ know what on earth to do with them!

Other apps (e.g. games) I didn’t even try – I’m not a gamer &, given that it’s got internet capabilities, if I have a few minutes spare, I’d rather read the news or whatever, than play a game.

The pdf /word reader was handy, though I never did test whether or not someone sending me a docx file would have let me open it …

Prior to this trail, I’d have said that I didn’t need a phone that did more than make calls & send texts, however, I can really see the potential of the Internet. The camera was great – and v. convenient, but I do have 2 pretty decent digital cameras, that I really rather like & I find it much easier to take photos via a viewfinder than at arm’s length.

The main drawback, to me, were I to get one of my own would be the keypad. I much prefer the fact that it has keys – I’m a bit of an obsessive finger print remover, so a touch phone doesn’t really appeal. The N-85’s keypad was pretty responsive & once I’d set predictive text, reasonably fast, but I think I’d rather have the sort that has a minature qwerty keyboard.

Overall… 4.9999/5 πŸ™‚

Happy 40th Birthday, mouse.

On 9th Dec 1968 Doug Engelbart demonstrated what was to become a mouse.
Now, as I look round my desk, I have:


A kitkat mouse (ball)


Trackerball (which I prefer)


Wacom tablet & wireless mouse (all 3 of these are connected to my PC)


Tablet – trackpad & pointer – fingers also work (it generally has a minature mouse attached, but not today)


OLPC’s track pad (not generally on my desk, but I’ve been using it recently)


OLPC’s “joystick” in reader mode.


The N85 – with a trackpad. I used the N-85 to take the rest of the photos – and am incidentally VERY impressed with their clarity!

So, what do I use the most often?

  • PC – it tends to be the trackerball
  • Tablet – mixture – the trackpad is quickest, the pointer more accurate – the miniature mouse is my preferred choice – but can’t always be bothered to get it out (e.g. today!)


N 85 – getting online.

I’ve been trying to get it onto the University Wireless – requires WPA2 etc., also need to have certificate – which I was able to get onto the phone … and to “save”, though not quite sure whether “save” is the same as “install”.
Home was fine – just had to enter the passphrase.

Originally, I’d put the SIM card from my PAYG phone in – but that didn’t have data associated with it. I’ve also got a PAYG dongle – and so put that in. (It’s not that easy to change sim cards … have to have a fairly accurate finger!)

So, have got online wirelessly & also via data service.
The functionality is surprisingly good. I like the way, when, scrolling through a page, it switches to a minature of the page to help you find the bit you want.
The only two site I have had problems with have been the webmail interface for Groupwise email – which doens’t seem to let me scroll much when reading messages. The only way to read a message is to reply to it..

Our VLE isn’t great either … I suspect this actually says more about the apps we’re using, than the phone.

The maps have let me find where I am πŸ™‚

N-85 Transferring things & more on the TV.

I decided to try to copy my contacts list from my phone to the N85, it all seemed to go smoothly, the Nokia PC Suite moved the contacts etc. However, when I then wanted to send a text, it wanted to know the message centre. I guess were you to get one on contract, with its own sim, rather than taking a (payg) card in/out of an existing phone, it would already know its message centre – rather than having to put the card back in the other one & copy (manually) the centre number down.

I’ve now located some instructions – for things like enabling the predictive text (which wasn’t in the material that Nicola pointed me to, nor was it in the help files on the phone – at least, not that I could locate!)

The particular phone I’ve got has an EU plug … I’d thought I’d got an adapter at home, though, of course, most of my adapters are for me going to the EU, not to plug EU things in. Luckily I remembered that one of my other devices has a dual plug thing on the end – an EU plug plugged into a UK one. (Could do with more of these sockets!)
(Taken at CAU in China)

The text seems to have gone fine, now that I’ve added the messaging centre.

I never did seem to be able to get iPlayer content on it, but I was able to play some ITV previews. However, from reading the iPlayer site, as it’s necessary to download & then transfer to an N95, I wonder if it’s the same for an N85 (which would be a pain, having to install the full iPlayer, rather than using the Flash streaming). Or, perhaps I should just try another programme.

N-85 TV

Just been testing the video – by watching a BBC trailer. Very impressed! Now wondering how I find iPlayer.
I’d been wondering how I selected whether I was using my SIM card to connect to 3G, or the wifi connection when going online. I’ve now realised that when I go straight to the Internet, it wants to use the sim (which, being a mere pay as you go one) doesn’t support it – and it tells me there’s a packet error. However, going to the WLAN icon & saying I want to browser from there, lets me. Just found “Have I got news for you” I hope it’s going to work!

N85 – first thoughts.

Once I’d figured out how, exactly, to get the SIM card in – I then tried to get online. It did tell me it was on the Wifi network at home – though when I was browsing, it continually had a “G” in the top corner – which made me wonder how it was actually getting the data.
I did managed to read some emails – Gmail has a fairly good mobile interface, though not sure that I’d have wanted to write a particularly long message; wonder how I can turn predictive text on (and, indeed, if it works online)
The instructions are all in Swedish … and for some odd reason, Nokia UK doesn’t have the instructions for the N-85 on the website – plenty of others in the N-series, just not this one.

Back to the attempting to guess Swedish &/or intution!