A useful Nokia N95 trick!

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My N95 Black now has an SMB file browser to transfer data over the wifi network. It is now a Garmin XT satnav also. Works very nicely after a slight "fettle" to allow the software to use the Nokia's internal GPS.

Not as nice as TomTom (which doesn't recognise the Nokia satnav) in my opinion, but maybe that's because I am used to TomTom. The Garmin does something weird on roundabouts, I think its telling you to enter the roundabout and then telling you to turn left at the exit once you are on the roundabout. Otherwise it's excellent.

I also think I have got Gmail to use idle to make it behave like push email (Blackberry alike).

Plus I have installed Skype and MSN just for shits and giggles. Well isn't that what data bundles are for? I expect I'll fall foul of "fair use" if I use them in anger.

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I've got a phone.

Makes calls and stuff. Wicked.

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Tomtom is very nice on my WM6 phone. It will work on the N95 if you use a Bluetooth GPS receiver, but it's a bit crap that 18 months on they haven't done the plumbing to work with the internal receiver. It's extremely trivial as all GPS receivers just send the same serial data over the wire anyway. Bah.

Also, all the networks can and do sniff traffic and will moan at you about using IM on the phone, let alone VOIP. The only exception is T-Mobile who have a specific data tariff with IM support (Web'b'Walk Plus, I think it's called).

Didn't know the N95 supported IMAP IDLE but I'm not surprised. The built-in client on WM6 doesn't, annoyingly, but I do have a third-party client that does, FlexMail. It's quite ruinous for battery life though.

I still think my next handset will be an iPhone though.

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You might want to hurry up. They are all being sent back.

More boring N95 stuff...

Yeah IDLE works, set it to 30 mins check interval which seems to be just enough to keep the connection open and works like a charm.

I don't really have a handle on battery life as I have spent time messing about installing software and throwing stuff around over wifi. I'm not getting more than a day currently, but need to spend some time just using it normally to really have a proper idea.

You waiting for the 3G iPhone?

Damn, I've got to wait until December before I can ditch Vodafawn. Although I could upgrade with them 70 days before which by my reckoning is about October time?

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