Recap,Tips/Tricks

#KnowYourNokia – Nokia N8

3 Feb , 2012  

What is #KnowYourNokia ?

If you are following us on Twitter @NokiaTips , you maybe aware of our new series of #KnowYourNokia . In case you are unaware, we host interactive #KnowYourNokia session on Twitter at our official twitter qccount @NokiaTips on a particular handset (and maybe on general topics in future) and we share tips, facts and some information about the topic of our #KnowYourNokia. The interesting thing so far has been that our dear followers have more tips to share with us. 🙂 As this session is at particular time, many of you may have missed that session so we thought to provide a recap of that session.

Last time, on 29th Jan, topic for #KnowYourNokia session was one the most favorite device, Nokia N8. We received huge response from our followers. Unfortunately, because of time limit, we have to close it but followers had lot more to share and that made us start another session / part 2 on second day. There were lots of facts about Nokia N8 that we came to know after this session. Here, we are summarizing our last #KnowYourNokia Session.

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News,Symbian

Nokia Belle Available for N8 in Navifirm

1 Feb , 2012  

While  I was looking for updates, I saw 111.30.609 (Symbian/Nokia Belle) available for Nokia N8. Currently only, proto_dark_grey variant is available:

Well, this version is not available yet for Nokia E7-00 and C7-00. I have no more info regarding this but as soon as I finf out more I will update you on this.

Do you have any news or info on this? Share in comments or ping us @NokiaTips

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Tips/Tricks

USB OTG: Sharing the Charge!

11 Jan , 2012  

When Nokia N8 was announced, people came up with different usage about USB OTG and showing different capabilities of this feature.  USB OTG can let you attach an external HDD, attach a USB mouse or keyboard, some attached barcode reader, etc. Nokia N8 and similar S^3 phones comes with the USB Charging. You may charge a phone using its microUSB port. I wonder, why nobody thought (or at least put attention to ) charging one phone with another phone using USB OTG and microUSB charging. I had this in mind since after I bought N8 but having no other phone to test it, just  left the thought. After having the Nokia E7 from @Nokia_Connects for trial, I finally got a chance to try it and test if this really works?


Nokia already have an accessory named Nokia Extra Power DC-11 which can be used to charge phone On-the-go, however, if you own two devices, having USB OTG and microUSB charging, did you ever thought you can share charge of one battery with another? No? Then try it. 😛

First I connected Nokia E7 to Nokia N8 in mass storage as shown in above picture and it started charging the Nokia E7. You may notice LED glowing near USB port of Nokia E7 indicating Nokia E7 is being charged. Then here I applied the reverse:

Again, you may see Nokia N8 being charged from it LED indicator.

Another Use Case you can consider for this thing is when you are having Nokia’s 2 mm traditional charger and want to charge Nokia E7 along with your Nokia N8, you may use it as shown above and you will be charging those devices together.

The biggest question that you may have is how efficient this thing is? Well, surely, I was also interested in knowing this thing also. Being a non Electronic person, I was not really able to check how much this thing is technically efficient but as far as I know, USB OTG allow phone to draw about 500mAh according to specifications of USB OTG. Typical Nokia’s high-efficiency charger has rating of 800 mAh and considering this, 500mAh isn’t bad. However, not having much knowledge in electronics part, I thought to test from perspective of a layman. I connected Nokia N8 and E7 such that E7 get charged through N8. I noted the stats battery in Nokia N8 and E7 using Nokia Battery Monitor and after around 10 min, N8 had lost 9% of battery and Nokia E7 had received 5% of battery charge. This was more than 50% efficiency. However, I thought to give it one more shot, I kept them like this for about an hour and N8 lost 23% of battery while E7 was charged around 8% only! This really confused me. Nokia Battery Monitor does not show accurate info also and this made me confused as a layman.

I will really like to know more info regarding this from some expert or those who got knowledge in this area. How efficient this can be?

You guys may think this as a useless thing, but rather than a technical thing, I took this thing as more like fun and to share one more thing that USB OTG can do! 🙂

Do let me know what do you think about this.

Source: http://go.ksg91.com/vOqobR

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