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This looks like to be Exclusive for Malaysia.
Luv the bluetooth earpiece.

via by TheGuru on 4/25/10

The Nokia E72 is already available in several colors – black, bronze, and purple. However, Nokia’s not done milking the color train, as they’ve recently outed the white edition of this QWERTY-equipped Eseries. Apparently, it’s only going to be available in Malaysia, at least initially, which means if you want to use it on AT&T’s 3G network in the U.S., you’re likely going to be out of luck for a while.


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As with the Nokia N97 Mini Gold Edition, the white Nokia E72 comes with some color-matched accessories, including a white leather pouch and matching headphones. That’s about it – quick and dirty, it’s a white version of the E72. Enjoy.

That’s what it is … Scary. What started as a perfectly relaxing Sunday morning almost turned into a nightmare.

I’ve been putting this off for a while but last Sunday, I decided to go ahead and do a firmware update recently announced on my Nokia E71. Here’s the story …

Early Sunday morning, I switched on my PC, plugged on my Nokia E71 and ran the Nokai Software Updater (NSU). The updater software promted me to make sure I’ve made a backup of my device memory. Okay, to be on the safe side, I synced my contacts and calendar into Outlook, then use the PCSuite again to to a full memory backup. After that was done, I did another backup. On the phone menu system, I selected TOOLS > MEMORY > OPTIONS > BACK UP PHONE  MEMORY. It took about 10 minutes, but I was satisfied because I now have three versions of “back up”.

I started the Nokia Software Updater (should be called Firmware Updater, if you asked me), acknowldges that I have done my back up and the update status bar started to move.

“Kids,  go play next door … Dear, do not switch anything on or off for the next 30 minutes … Bibik! do not start the washing machine untill I say so”

That’s how paranoid I was on Sunday morning. I was afraid any of the electrical appliance could cause the fuse box to trip and shut down my PC ( I don’t have a UPS). I could very well “brick” my phone, and turn it into a paperweight,  if there were a power failure while the E71 firmware was being updated. 

The NSU took about ten minutes to download the firmware from the internet and another fifteen minutes or so installing the firmware update. The update was a success. I don’t know if it was just me being excited, but I was quite sure the letters and fonts look better. Navigating through the menu was spiffier. By this time, it was time to go out and do some weekend groceries. So, I clipped my phone back into the casing and off to the supermarket I went. I received a couple of calls while I was shopping, and since the phone is like a brand new phone out of the factory, I couldn’t tell who were calling untill I answered them. I made a mental reminder torestore the back up the moment I reached home.

Okay … back at home, I connected the E71 to the PC once again, launched PCSuite and went on to restore from the backup I made on the PC. It took a quite a while to put everything back to the phone.  A pop up on the screen tells me that the restore was completed and the phone prompted that it needs a reset. I pressed OK.

That’s when the bad things happen.

After the reset and the usual Nokia handshake, there was a message on the phone “Phone start up failed. Please contact the retailer”


I kept calm for a while, switched off the phone and switched it back on moments later. … ding ding diiing ding dooonngg … the nokia handshake … and …


Then I started to panic. 

I called a cousin of mine who has been a Nokia user as long as I can remember to ask if he knows what to do in such situation. He did not answer. I called the store where I bought the phone. They were still closed for Chinese New Year. My goodness.

Out of desperation, I switched off the phone and took out the phone and the SIM card. I though if this Symbian device is like windows, cutting all power amd do a fresh restart would help.

I was wrong. After 30 minutes, I put the phone together and switched it on again only to see the same disappointing message.

“Arrrggghhhh ….. I killed my phone”

I started to sweat, my tummy feel like I swollowed a bunch of butterflies … the feeling was horrible. I feel distress and depress at the same time.

I called my friend Dr. Jamal and told him what happened. He felt sorry for me but did mention that he read somewhere that the phone can be factory resetted by pressing a combination of keys. He cant recall which key combo but we was sure it can be done.

My hopes were back up and went off googling. After following a few links I found a site that explained how to do the hard reset.

There are two ways.

(1) key in *#7370#

(2) switch off the phone. While keeping the green phone button, 3 and #key [correction: press 3 + * + green keys, thanks Punes, for correcting] press the red power button to switch the phone on. keep everythind depressed untill the nokia handshake comes on screen. Let go of the keys only after the handshake screen dissappears.

I could not even get my phoe to start, so I went straight to option (2).

I pressed the three keys as instructed, and being short of a third hand, I asked my son to press the power button.

Ding ding diiing ding doongg … hand shake … and YAYYYY!!!!! the standby screen. At that point in time, I was the happiest man in the world. 

What a relief. The first person I called to test if the phone is working was Dr. Jamal. The phone call went on without any problems. 

This was one heck of a weekend “adventure”. I learned a few things out of this.

I’m just glad I got to use my Nokia E71 again.

I was a little jelous to see Abedib’s E71 merrily synching with Outlook on his notebook. I had my E71 a couple of weeks earlier but still nad not get it to sync … well, untill last night.

I can sync via PC suite at my office but not at home, so I thought something is blocking the connection. After the nasi padang dinner which was super delicious by the way (thanks Abedib), and while soaking my ankle in cold icy water (thanks to Dr. Azmi’s advice, the swelling subsided and I can sleep very well last night), an idea came to troubleshoot the connectivity problem by using another form of connection, BLUETOOTH.

I switched both bluetooth, on my desktop PC and my E71, paired them and click the sync icon …There was a beep and it worked!!!

At that point in time I could very well be the happiest man on the world. I was trying to make the PC to E71 connection for three weeks and it worked. The solution was just in front of me and I could only think of that after three weeks.

I touched my face and could feel the smile all the way till the end of the sync. Yayyy … Success!


When asked why the Palm Pre has no memory expansion slot, its Product Manager, Matt Crowley said,

“Design was the highest goal on the Palm Pre project. The phone has to look and function great in the hand and up against the face on a call. The decision to include or not include expandable storage is an easy one when design is the highest priority. The physical size of the device would have been compromised if we added another physical component to Pre. Just a millimeter can seriously impact the curvature of the design in a way that minimizes the design intent. We wanted to maintain a slick curved slider design without building out too much thickness.”

I say … what an excuse.

It’s just like someone in the auto industry saying “We have designed this Porsche to drive at a maximum speed of 100km/h because we want this car to have a mileage of 50litres/km”

The issue here is whether you want to or don’t want to include memory expansion in the design. Don’t put the blame on the design. If the excuse was that 8GB would be sufficient for even for power users and they see no need for an expansion slot, I would accept that as a real valid explanation. I will get the impression that the Palm people understand their product and know is capabilities.

Reading an excuse as given by Palm above, a negative image started to develop in my mind … perhaps, the operating system, this WebOS, at present, could not cope with anything more than 8GB.

Well, that’s just me ….


via Engadet

Here’s what the ‘acting’ Apple boss, Tim Cook, had to say about the competition with iPhone … [from Engadget]

palm-pre-qwerty-po-3Q: “There are other iPhone competitors coming to the market: Android, Palm Pre. How do you think about sustaining leadership in the face of these competitors?”

A: “It’s difficult to compare to products that are not yet in the market. iPhone has seen terrific rating from customers. Software is the key ingredient, and we believe that we are years ahead of our competitors. Having different screen sizes, different input methods, and different hardware makes things difficult for developers. We view iPhone as primarily a software platform, which is different from our competitors. We don’t mind competition, but if others rip off our intellectual property, we will go after them.”

then …

Q: “The Palm device seems to directly emulate the iPhone’s innovative interface. Is that what you’re referring to?”

A: “We don’t want to refer to any specific companies, so that was a general statement. We like competition because it makes us better, but we will not stand for companies infringing on our IP.”

What do you think?

I think Apple is not playing nice … yeah, Cook said competition make then (Apple) better, but then stresses about going after those infringing its intellectual property.

Hmmm … contradicting statements,  isn’t it?

Here’s my take.

Apple is feeling some pressure with the announcement of the Palm Pre. The iPhone ‘was’ a one of a kind phone that captured the heart of many of its users but now, the iPhone has serious competition. Cook did not mention Palm directly but, reading between the lines, that’s what most people would think after reading the statement. I guess, if Cook, or Apple, is true to their words, then, they’d take this opportunity to change or improve on the iPhone. Apple might have a patent to the “multi touch interface” but I find it counter productive if this were to be enforced strictly. If the entre code to the operating system is ripped off, there could be a valid issue to take action on, legally. But, what if, based on the concept, another company designed a different way to achieve a similar outcome? Perhaps, a better way. I’d say it’s innovation. Innovation is not a new invention, but a way to make use of current inventions to work better.

The main issue I see here is about money. Innovation and being productive has nothing to do with this. Apple, as a company, has the right to protect it’s income, but at what price? I believe, putting a block on innovation and improvement in technology will only keep us back, slow down our progress.

I wonder, if Colonel Sanders patented the pressure frying chicken, would KFC take legal action on all the families that fried chicken the same way at their homes. If the Colonel did, the only way people could enjoy a fried chicken would be at a KFC outlet … that’s wouldn’t be nice.

So, let’s all play nice.


When I got my E71 a couple of weeks ago, one of the first thing that I installed was Garmin Mobile XT. I don’t want to use the preinstalled Nokia GPS and Maps because everytime I launched Nokia GPS, I had to make a wireless connection. I do not subscribe to a buffet, all-u-can-use data plan, so using Nokia maps for navigation is very expensive. Hence, GarminXT a solution of choice.

Two weeks ago, I installed an outdated version of GMobileXT and it worked fine, really, but I decided to install the latest version on my E71 last night. I thought I knew what I was doing … boy, it was a long night.

I downloaded the update and installed as per directed but I could not get GmobileXT to run on the phone. I panicked, I reinstalled the software, reset the phone and it still did not work. I was sleepy and at almost 1 a.m. I decided to uninstall the app using the Applications Manager and delete all files and folders relating to Garmin.

Then, did a fresh install.

Twenty minuts later, it worked! What a relief. I thought I scewed up the whole memory card since GMobileXT needs to be installed on the card, and depends on the card’s unique ID to run. Phewww!!!

Moral of the story, do not work when sleepy or tired. Get a good rest and you’d probably find the solution to easier.

palm-pre-qwerty-po-lJust after a few days after I bought a new phone …

Anyway, I welcome the news. This is Palm’s new PalmOS2, Nova, running under the hood. I like the design,  the slider keyboard, but personally I think the N97 slide/flip keyboard is way cooler.

Here’s the spec from Palm as reported by PalmInfoCenter.


  • High-speed connectivity (EVDO Rev. A or UMTS HSDPA)
  • Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g
  • Integrated GPS
  • Large 3.1-inch touch screen with a vibrant 24-bit color 320×480 resolution HVGA display
  • Gesture area, which enables simple, intuitive gestures for navigation
  • Slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • Email, including Outlook EAS (for access to corporate Microsoft Exchange servers), as well as personal email support (POP3, IMAP)
  • Robust messaging support (IM, SMS and MMS capabilities)
  • High-performance, desktop-class web browser
  • Great multimedia experience and performance (pictures, video playback, music), featuring a 3-megapixel camera with LED flash and extended depth of field, and a standard 3.5mm headset jack
  • Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR with A2DP stereo Bluetooth support
  • 8GB of internal user storage (~7.4GB user available)
  • USB mass storage mode
  • MicroUSB connector with USB 2.0 Hi-Speed
  • Proximity sensor, which automatically disables the touch screen and turns off the display whenever you put the phone up to your ear
  • Light sensor, which dims the display if the ambient light is dark, such as at night or in a movie theater, to reduce power usage
  • Accelerometer, which automatically orients web pages and photos to your perspective
  • Ringer switch, which easily silences the device with one touch
  • Removable, rechargeable battery
  • Dimensions: 59.57mm (W) x 100.53mm (L, closed) x 16.95mm (D) [2.35 inches (W) x 3.96 inches (L, closed) x 0.67 inches (D)]
  • Weight: ~135 grams [4.76 ounces]

It’ didn’t say if it has a slot for additional storage though, but with 8GB of internal storage, it might not have one. Going the way of the ipod touch, perhaps.

Looking at this screenshot, the looks is totally different from the old Garnet based devices. It looks good, and might just be the device that’ll save Palm.


Hopefully this Plam Pre doesn’t follow the way of the Foleo, only to be cancelled a few months after it’s grand announcement.

More photos of the Palm Pre here. And preview video at Gizmodo.