Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Nokia: Notes on European Design

It is amazing the amount of controversy I can get by just mentioning the 3660. Nokia changes its models so much, that one of them, had the numbers in a different order.

The 3660 does look kinda cool, but the more you use the more you start to wonder. It does feel a bit heavy, and too plastic and not that solid. No zoom in the camera, and a funny keyboard. It is definitively its own style. The joystick thingy is quite too small, and it should have some sort of friction, like rubber, in it.

I like it for the fact that I can upload a .SIS package through infrared, install it from its inbox and be happy. That makes life a lot simpler (except for two steps, two files, too long a process like with Wayfinder).

The fact that I don’t have a GPS receiver does count, but for now I’m wondering about GSM tracking and the pletora of freeware available for one to play with. Check the snapshots for the kind of data you get to see on them.

There is good instructional material at this website from a package called “GSM Position Locator”, a commercial package for sale at Handago.

MCC translates to (Mobile Country Code); MNC stands for Mobile Network Code which according to the GPL page above "identifies GSM network within country". You will also see references to LAI as the Location Area ID, and CID or Cell ID. More about this here.

But back to the 3660’s, I wonder how Cingular implemented E911 on these phones. It might be software running in the phone itself that could perform the triangulation necessary to provide its position. Symbian API might say something about it. GSM is an European protocol, signal, frequency all of that. GPRS supported by this and other models from Nokia is way cool. Internet Radio, why any other way? An independent technology that came before GSM itself. New phones target EDGE or EGPRS which Cingular implements in US.

And you have a whole OS: Symbian, to play with. Kind clunky sometimes, takes a bit too long to start-up, but after a while you begin to see some usability conquests. Anyhow. If not, just for kicks, and some ideas out-of-the-box.

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