Friday, 11 April 2008

New V20 firmware for N95 8GB; Not worth the trouble


The Nokia N95 8GB has received a firmware update. This one isn't as drastic and groundbreaking as the one we got last year...Infact, I don't even feel that its worth your time to update.

According to Teo from Symbian Freak, the main things to note in this update are ASR (Auto Screen Rotation) and Combo Memory.

Auto rotation is pretty self explanatory. Your screen will change orientation depending on the way in which your phone is positioned. We've been able to do this on the N95 for a long time now, thanks to Samir's RotateMe. To activate atomatic screen rotation go to Tools>Settings>General>Display and then set Rotate Screen to automatic.

If you were to ask me how I feel about this feature I would tell you that I'm dissapointed. It's too unresponsive and slow. You can't even adjust the sensitivity or select which applications or menus can be rotated - something that an application from a single freeware developer can do.

I don't know what Combo Memory is but according to Teo it won't benefit the consumer in any way.

So, what are the BAD things about this update?

1) Auto Rotation is crap and I feel Nokia were lazy with their implementation of it.
2) Still no user data preservation.

OK, what's GOOD about this update?

1) The platform hack still works!

I don't recommend the update, they only added one crap feature that can already be done using 3rd party software! Don't waste your time having to reinstall all of your apps again.

4 comments:

  1. Bally

    I agree with your comment about the ASR but my #key to silent works fine... Have you tried restoring factory settings? There was a similar problem with the nokia 6300 firmware.

    Hope this helps.

  2. Mr-X

    Thanks bally, I suspected that this may just be my phone. I'll try what you said!

  3. Anonymous

    I dont get it.

    You use Handy Taskman or Tracker to replace the built in task manager.

    You use Handy or Best Profiles to better manage profiles.

    Dont like messaging? Install SMS Chat or Thread SMS.

    Don't like Real Player? Install Core Player.

    But you wont install v20 just because the built-in rotation is no good? You can't install rotate me or a similar app to get better functionality?

    Sorry, but seems like a trivial complaint.

  4. Mr-X

    That's basically what I'm trying to say. If you have lots of apps installed already then there's no point in updating because the N95 8GB doesn't have UDP. It's a waste of time considering that the only added feature can already be done (in a better way) and there aren't any bug fixes that I've noticed.

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