It is one of those processes that require a lot of Clean environments. Putting together a mobile phone that works. I was fortunate enough to receive some of these pics through email from one of my friends who used to work at a Nokia factory. I cannot say where, however if you search around you can guess I think. When I received the pictures, I thought it might be worthwhile sharing the same on the blog for the readers who come here. So well here we go.
Nokia N95 assembly.
Adding the Battery
Finishing the cover off
Testing the Phones
Putting the serial Numbers on
Fixing the smaller components
Getting the PCB and components
Loading the software
Checking the camera
When the first camera phones were introduced we all said, “Why the heck would I need a camera phone?”. It will never replace my camera because the quality and clarity is really bad with the camera phones. More so now, that a lot of people are looking and slowly upgrading to SLR’s. So where is the need for the camera of the camera phone ? Well in the new technology world, the camera becomes a very handy tool for managing your life. In fact the camera serve a lot of functions making your life all the more easy. I have listed out a few below but then definitely there will be more uses, these few are enough to convince you take your camera phone around everywhere if you don’t already do so. Your camera may be a toy, but there’s no reason it can’t also be a tool. Continue reading 18 Uses for your Phone Camera as a tool
[tweetmeme] What does the future look like? Gadgets without keyboards, touchscreen devices, and phones that feature augmented reality, GPS, web browsing, and more. See for yourself in the video below.
Although clearly just concepts at this point, the devices shown in the animated video paint a picture of how we’ll be using devices and services. Connecting to TV, so we can share TV watching experiences with people on the other side of the world, or even using the mobile device as a projector. Contextual awareness plays a big part too, with the device working together with the cloud, both pulling information down to the device, and also sending information back.
Take the fisherman in India. Not only is he using his device to get the best prices for his fish, but he’s making extra money by selling his data to overseas universities who can tap into his and other fishermen’s information for their research.
It might not be a single device either. We saw an example of the user who’s main device is his mobile computer, acts as a satnav and a multimedia centre – much as our devices do today. However Mr 2015 also has a smaller, sub device which he can use for sport. With the same interface as his main device, and the addition of the cloud, means he can move seamlessly between the two.
Of course, this is all still conceptual, but we can see easily how the services and strategy being laid down today form the backbone of the lives we’ll be living tomorrow.
[tweetmeme] A few days back I wrote about Nokia Research center working on a prototype technology that would allow cell phones to charge using the radio airwaves that so many radio transmitters like wifi, radio and GSM use.
Nokia is a genuine game player when it comes to modernizing mobile communication. When just everything is being designed to run on alternative form of energy, it’s fitting that even the mobile phones are set on route. For this, the cellphone maker has filed a US patent application for a phone that can work continuously without requiring to be plugged into a wall socket for a recharge.
The patent is for a self charging phone, which would harvest energy from its owner’s motion. This will be possible courtesy built-in piezoelectric generators that would be placed to help generate electricity from kinetic energy. The phone will have all the heavier components, such as the radio transmitter circuit and battery, supported on a sturdy frame. The frame will be able to move along two sets of rails. Piezoelectric crystals sit on the end of each rail and generate a current whenever the cellphone is moved. So as the user walks, or otherwise moves the phone, electricity is generated to recharge the onboard battery.
A lot of people actually are these days talking about how Nokia is loosing its grip on the cellphone market and the high end innovation is no longer coming from Nokia. However, with technologies like these there seems to be a ray of hope for Nokia to walk back into the hearts of the skeptics. The fact that the iPhone and other high end phones still cost more than they do in the United States in most of the world will definitely give Nokia the time they need. What do you think ?
Currently, there are 1,258,320 germs living on your cell phone
That’s the equivalent of 252 toilet seats!
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I am a Nokia fan, ever since I got my Nokia 3310, I have been hooked onto the Nokia bandwagon. However, in the past few years Nokia is slipping in the SmartPhone segment. They have tried their hand at the N97, N97 Mini and now the N900 to try and bridge the gap between the iPhone (which is now considered the leader in the category). Let’s look at the competition to get a look at the same, the iPhone, the Google Nexus One, the Samsung Droid, the Blackberry and Nokia N97; the list seems to fizz off when it gets closer to the Nokia. The only one in the list which sports an Ageing Operating System. However it’s not really the Operating system or the functionalities of the phone that Nokia users talk about most, it’s the durability of the phone. Nearly everyone that has owned a Nokia has dropped their phone, not because they wanted to but just because they have been a bit careless having faith in the durability of the phone sets from Nokia. I am no example, right from the days of my Nokia 3310, right until the N95 which I currently own, I have dropped the phone on many a occasion, be it from the first floor balcony, or a fast moving motorcycle, It always fits back and Just works.
That being said, I started to look at the QA & QC procedures for the sake of my knowledge. And what I did see was really astonishing, Nokia has some of the most rigorous tests for a mobile handset ever and here are some pictures from the Nokia Labs.
Repeated Button Press.
Various liquids, creams and gels…
Bending Test, Ouch!
Those are hard and sharp plastic for scratch test.
These are enough for me as a fan that the Mobiles are tested well enough. However there is a complain about the Nokia devices not being Innovative. I will compile some for the next post.