Putting the fun back into Nokia business

by Volker Weber

About a dozen years ago I had a discussion with a client who wanted to have Solitaire removed from his OS/2 workstations. At the time I thought this was a stupid idea, because Solitaire teaches computer novices how to use a mouse. I does take a few hours of training until you can easily grab things with a mouse. Anyway, the client wanted to have it removed since games had no place in business.

You can see this again today. Nokia makes two lines of smartphones: the E-series and the N-series. The E-series is for business, the N-series for fun. They both run on the same operating software, but they are marketed to different audiences.

Nokia apparently thinks that blogging has no place in business, so you cannot use Lifeblog with the E-series, although some of those have full keyboards and would be well suited. Games also have no place in business, so the E61i comes without any.

And now Nokia has released Nokia Media Transfer for the Mac, which does really neat things like replicating music from iTunes or exchanging photos with iPhoto. But it only runs with N-series phones. Luckily this can be easily changed using profiles provided by users. Ladies and Gentlemen, please welcome Media Transfer to the E61i:

nokia media transfer

Comments

The absence of decent mobile blogging applications is notable indeed. Luckily, the old MT web interface fits well on the E61 screen. With a dedicated client or without, the hurdles for mobile blogging are rather in how to get the text into the editor than in how to sent it to the server. (More notes, mostly in German, though.)

Haiko Hebig, 2007-06-13

There is Azure as blogging client. Don't know if you would call it decent....

Ole Saalmann, 2007-06-13

DAW still shows the old "Use Webmail or Logout" screen. When I switch the user agent to Firefox (from the Debug menu in Safari, which you have to enable separately) there's a new link (try anyway) -- but it crashes the browser.

Stefan Tilkov, 2007-06-13

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