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Sense Applied http://senseapplied.com DeMystifying Technology Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:20:41 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.5 https://i2.wp.com/senseapplied.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/cropped-Screen-Shot-2018-03-02-at-12.29.21-AM.png?fit=32%2C32 Sense Applied http://senseapplied.com 32 32 35894030 Nokia 8 Sirocco , to be launched in Indonesia on 11thApril http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8-sirocco-to-be-launched-in-indonesia-on-11thapril/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8-sirocco-to-be-launched-in-indonesia-on-11thapril/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:20:41 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3359 Although we are impressed with Nokia 8.  It’s Nokia 8 , Sirocco , we have our eyes on . and would love to have our hands on it . Seems like the wait is about to get over as Nokia Indonesia has just tweeted that Nokia 8. Sirocco will be launched in the country 11th April , for IDR 7999,000 or USD 560/-  with preorder rate of IDR 7499,000 or USD 525/-  if ordered between 11th to 18th April.

Looking forward to it’s launch in Pakistan .


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Nokia sponsors Kolkata Knight Riders For IPL 2018 http://senseapplied.com/nokia-sponsors-kolkata-knight-riders-for-ipl-2018/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-sponsors-kolkata-knight-riders-for-ipl-2018/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 18:12:26 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3354 in 2008 , Nokia joined Kolkata Knight Riders to be their major sponsors and were so in 2014 ,  with their problems , Nokia went away , but now they are back as principal sponsors and who other to welcome them then the King Khan himself.

It’s good to see Nokia back in action  and keeping up with KKR’s slogan Korbo, Lorbo, Jeetbo Re –

We Will Perform , Fight and Win


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Nokia 8 – About Town.- Dubai http://senseapplied.com/capturing-dubai-with-nokia-8/ http://senseapplied.com/capturing-dubai-with-nokia-8/#respond Mon, 02 Apr 2018 17:45:59 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3346 As I’ve mentioned earlier I’ll be traveling with Nokia 8 , what place is better to test imaging and Movie prowess of a device then the land of glitz and lights , Dubai.

No , I didn’t took the trip to Dubai from Pakistan , just for Nokia 8, :).  it was a planned trip and fortunately I had Nokia 8. with me .

Before I show you all the photos I’ve taken with Nokia 8 , the thing I loved about it , was as soon as I took the photo /. video , if WiFi data service was available , it would upload the photo to Google Photos and all the photos below are embedded from my Google Photo account.  As I was also using an iPhone , with backup to Google Photos , a quick search on Google Photos showed me all the photos taken with Nokia 8.

View Of Shaikh Zayed Road , From 20th Floor 

Buildings in Downtown Dubai

View of Buildings and Road Combined 

Light Show on Burj Khalifa

Fountain Show At Burj Khalifa 

At City Walk Dubai 

Burj Khalifa and the moon @ CityWalkhttps://photos.app.goo.gl/OnIZkRPAOS0MSL812

While playing with settings 

Inside Dubai Mall


Golden BMW i8. –  very Arabesque 

Lights and Glitz –  Dubai

I’ve taken all the photos in default Auto mode. in Dual lens , except the monochrome one and one night photo at CityWalk where I played with EV Settings

No Camera review is complete without Videos too , so here are a couple , posted from my YouTube account

Dubai Fountain Show in Slow Motion


Video Inside Dubai Mall , waterfall , notice the clarity of sound both from waterfall and call for prayer captured by OZO powered microphones

Another Slow-motion video of Bubbles taken at my home

Overall , I loved the camera of Nokia 8 , there were times it struggled to focus when there was a lot of detail in front at night , else it gave out great photos .

What are your views on Nokia 8’s snaps , do let us know in comments


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8 – Redefining Nokia http://senseapplied.com/8-redefining-nokia/ http://senseapplied.com/8-redefining-nokia/#respond Wed, 28 Mar 2018 18:32:19 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3101 Thanks to HMD Global – Pakistan , we just got our hands on Nokia 8, the current flagship by the new Nokia.  Personally I had been looking forward to buy a Nokia Android device for myself to check it out and see what makes it different from other smart phones in my drawer , ,mainly iPhone X , iPhone 7 Plus , Samsung Note 8 and Samsung S8 Plus .  Just a quick look at the snap below will show you, how Nokia 8 stands in size amongst all of them.

I’m lucky to get the ‘ Polished Blue ‘  color and it sure is a head turner albeit all the smudges I’ve been putting on it , but this is the color , you won’t put a cover on , it’s for showing not hiding and  a solid body chiseled out of a single piece of aluminum and Corning Gorilla Glass 5 front , don’t make it  fragile like my iPhone X , which is secured in a thick Spigen cover with side protection .

The Unboxing

Nokia has kept it simple with Nokia 8 , there is the Phone , Charging Wire ( USB -C ). Charger and headphones along with a SIM Tray Pin and user guide.

Nokia 8 supports fast charging ,  the supplied charger does support fast charging but it’s a but chunky as compared to Samsung Fast Charger .  Do note that Nokia 8. Does not support wireless charging which is becoming a norm with many manufacturer’s flagships.

The Specs

Technically speaking , Nokia 8 is at par with the current flasgships on offer by Apple and Samsung , featuring ,  Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa Core processor , 4GB ROM and 64 GB RAM with support for additional 256GB SDCard.

I Inserted by 200GB Sandisk SDCard , from Samsung , but was prompted to format it , so hadn’t had the chance to try it

Still with unlimited Google Photo storage onboard , 64GB will suffice for many ,  just a side note , you will not get complete 64GB , 12GB is taken over by operating system , so you have 52 GB of useable storage for apps and content.  Update :  After Oreo Security update , the OS space fell to 9.8GB giving me 54.2 GB of space.

Current manufacturers can’t decide whether to go big or small in screen size , with iPhone X hovering in  5.8 inch territory and Samsung breaking the bounds with 6.3 inch Note 8. , Nokia 8 , stays at 5.3 inch which sits comfortably in hand . The screen itself is LCD with 2K resolution

Having 2560 X 1440 Pixel resolution , bright enough to be used in broad sunlight and to make you squint when the brightness is turned to full.

Connectivity wise , Nokia 8 has all the usual bands , LTE Cat 9 , 802.11a/b/g/n/ac ( MIMO ) WiFi which works great with my beast of TP-Link Archer 5400 and 500mbps FTTH connection .

Thankfully , Nokia has kept the 3.5mm Audio Jack , as not every time I have Bluetooth headset handy like the case with my iPhone X  and Nokia 8. Comes with 3 mics , making it easy for you to be heard despite the noisy conditions.

Imaging wise , Nokia 8 comes Zeiss , Dual 13MP lens , one having Color +. Optical Image Stabilization and other 13 MP Lens to be Monochrome .  In the stock camera app , you have the option to use either one of the both or both lens .

Some reviewers have complained about the image quality  taken by Nokia 8 , however for me I found it acceptable and somewhat creative that in Dual Lens mode , I can easily take Bookeh images.

On the software front , the new Nokia has been the fastest , while I’m still waiting for my Samsung Note 8 to get Android Oreo , Nokia 8. Prompted me for update right out of the box and with a 1.5 GB download it updated itself to Nokia Oreo .  That’s not the end of it. Another 75.5 MB download , updated it to Google’s March Security patch keeping the device uptodate and secure all the time.  Given the exploits on Android , rest assured with Nokia 8 , you always have the latest security updates , as promised by Nokia .

First Look 

As I mentioned , with looks it was love at first sight.  The sleek metallic blue sheen , the engraved Nokia logo at the back and Dual Cameras and flash  encapsulated in a metallic outline makes it a  looker.

On the right side ,Nokia 8 has the power and Volume Up and Down Key

On the left is the Dual Tray , capable of handling two nano SIMs or One Nano SIM and One SD Card.

The SIM Tray is not flimsy as I’ve found with Samsung Note8 and easily accommodated the Nano SIM and SD Card , on my Samsung , I have to push them in.

On the bottom is USB C charging /data port capable of 5GBPS data transfer and also speaker and Mic .

On the top is the 3.5mm headphone jack

On the front screen are the Navigation buttons , Home Button which also acts as a fingerprint scanner , 13 MP Front Cam and a subliminal Nokia Logo on the top right .

Nokia 8 has a great shape with curved sides which feels good in hands

Going Deeper

Upon starting the Nokia 8. , for the first time , I was given the option to choose my language , given it’s a Pakistan region device , it was good to see that Urdu was the default language but given translation limitations from Nokia side , which always  amuses me  , I shifted the language to English – US with added options of choosing English UK / India / Australia .

I’ve yet to find out difference between Indian English and British English .

As I setup my data connection , I was prompted for an available update .  Now if you don’t have WiFi available , you are stuck as the 1546 MB data won’t download on cellular connection despite me having 10GB data bundle and LTE connection running at 25mb/s . Alas my FTTH at home was also down so had to resort to my iPhone X Peronsal Hotspot , having 35GB bundle at LTE speeds

After a while , the phone downloaded the update and updated itself , one thing to note is that unlike my iPhone or Note8  which become extremely hot , when updating , Nokia 8 remained cool to touch , thanks to it’s liquid based cooling inside.

In the beginning , Nokia 8.  , gives you the option either to set it up as a new phone or get data from iPhone or another Andrpid device , I didn’t had the chance to try it , as I wanted to go further then again get stuck on downloads

There is also an option to setup Finger Print unlock on setup , haven’t done that either J and feel content with my 4 digit password.

Coming to password , one thing I dislike in Android , which was covered by Note 8 , was I have to press OK after entering the code , can’t it be instantaneous as I enter the code.

Nokia 8 is pure Android , i.e. there is no skins or bloatware loaded by Nokia as common with other Android device manufacturers,  the applications are all stock except ‘Support’ App by Nokia .  The stock apps include

  • Calculator
  • Calendar
  • Camera
  • Chrome
  • Clock
  • Contacts
  • Drive
  • Duo
  • Files
  • Gmail
  • Google
  • Google Handwriting
  • Keep
  • Maps
  • Messages
  • SIM Tools ( For me it’s Mobilink )
  • Newsstand
  • Phone
  • Photos
  • Play Book
  • Play Games
  • Play Music
  • Play Store
  • Settings
  • Wallpaper
  • YouTube

When I went to Play Store,  all 27 apps were updated to latest version.

The default home screen has Play Store ,  Duo , Photos and Google Apps shortcuts as default. Swipe left to right and you will get Google Search .  Nothing happens when you swipe right to left .  Swipe upwards and you will get the app list which can be pulled down.

Keep the finger on home button ( it’s capacitive ) and you will get Google Assistant  with voice support.

Swipe down from the top and you will get the option Shortcuts / Settings menu .  Through shortcuts , you can manage

  • Wifi
  • Mobile Data
  • Battery Saver
  • Do no Disturb
  • Torch
  • Auto Rotate
  • Bluetooth
  • Airplane Mode
  • Nearby
  • Screen Capture
  • Data Saver
  • Night Light  options


There is a lot more on Nokia 8 to be explored , it’s capable of ‘casting’ the phone image onto Chromecast enabled devices , It has NFC for transfer of data , It has Nokia Glance Screen , which shows useful information on lock screen while consuming minimal of battery , it even has gesture controls , enabling you to reject the class by flipping the phone over , or muting the ringtone on pickup or Jump to Camera by fast pressing the power button twice.  I won’t be able to cover them and many more features in this post , and there will be many more about device tips and tricks and available options.

Overall , in my brief time of usage of Nokia 8 , I found it to be responsive , fast with exceptional battery life which lasted even after updating the firmware , updating apps and using it for a while . For the next few days I’m replacing my Samsung Note 8 with it ( blame WhatsApp data not being able to easily transfer between iOS and Android ) .  I will be using it extensively for taking photos ( hint , I’m travelling and taking it along ) navigation and for media consumption like Netflix and Youtube .  I have yet to install Microsoft Office suite for my work use and see how it performs in demanding environment .

As per my initial thoughts , I’m very satisfied with Nokia 8 performance , will I recommend to buy it , Yes , but do remember the next big thing the Nokia 8. Sirocco is around the corner

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Nokia 1 – Smartphone for the masses http://senseapplied.com/nokia-1-smartphone-for-the-masses/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-1-smartphone-for-the-masses/#respond Fri, 23 Mar 2018 07:30:12 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3094 We all have our Samsungs and iPhones and what not costing 100’s of dollars , but there likes a huge market for smart phones who cannot afford a high end cellphone , yet yearn for one as not only it will help them in their communication but it will also enhances their business.

For the billions of these people there is Nokia 1 , featuring 1.1 GHZ ,  MT6737M QuadCore processor ( MediaTek ) it runs Android 8.1 Oreo ( Go Edition ),  while people like me using Samsung are still stuck on Android 7 .  It comes in vibrant colors of Warm Red and Dark Blue to appeal to the masses and weighs just 131 gms.

For a country like Pakistan , where we have rampant 4G LTE coverage and one of the cheapest data rates ( I pay USD 5 for 8GB LTE connection ) Nokia 1 is perfect with 4G /. LTE support. along with WiFi 802.11 b/g/n , Bluetooth 4.2 , GPS and AGPS.  Thus no connectivity  option is left behind

Nokia 1 , has 1G of RAM , which some of us may find too low having 8GB in our devices but for Facebook , Instagram and running some application , 1GB is enough , along with their is 8GB of RAM and support for external 128GB external storage  , good enough to store movies and music .

While the power situation has improved a lot in Pakistan , Nokia 1 with 2150 MaH battery lasts upto 9hours of talk time , 15 days standby and 4.8 hours of video playback. Nokia 1 , will last more then a day for many.

One feature which many phone manufacturers have discarded but Nokia usually adds is FM Radio , which Nokia 1 comes with .  Again Nokia 1 , is not for us , with our Netflix , Spotify , Amazon Music and what not running for entertainment , for the masses in rural areas , a FM Radio provides good entertainment so it’s a must.

Given it’s petite outlook , Nokia 1 ha 4.5 inch FWVGA screen with 5 finger touch -screen , a 5MP back camera with LED Flash and 2 MP Front Cam.

It charges with Micro USB and support Dual Nano SIM, so the user can choose between which network provider to use for calls and which for data , depending on the packages being offered.

Overall , Nokia 1 is the perfect phone for the masses,  offering excellent features and options for a good price.

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Nokia 8110 4G to get WhatsApp Support http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8110-4g-to-get-whatsapp-support/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8110-4g-to-get-whatsapp-support/#respond Wed, 21 Mar 2018 13:49:32 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3088 Can you imagine your life without WhatsApp , I can’t and when Nokia 8110 4G , was launched my first though was , hmm no WhatsApp ?

But now news by WABetainfo , confirms that WhatsApp is in development for KAI OS .

For those who don’t know KAI OS , is also being used in Reliance India’s Free phone service Jio 4G phones so there is a huge market already present for the OS

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Nokia CHASE high-tech Jacket http://senseapplied.com/nokia-chase-high-tech-jacket/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-chase-high-tech-jacket/#respond Sun, 04 Mar 2018 15:54:00 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3083 While Nokia stole the show at Mobile World Congress ’18 with their 8110 4G and Nokia 8 Sirocco , we tend to overlook that Nokia is also a technology company deeply into IoT and Wearables through their various acquisitions like Whitings and using their strength , Nokia and South Korea’s fashion brand , Kolon Industries along with Gina Software from Czech Republic has launched. high tech jacket for Rescue workers,  featuring Nokia electronics and Gina’s Mapping Software called the CHASE ( Connected Health and Safety Equipment ). LifeTech FR ( First Responder). jacket .

Don’t let the long name confuse you about the jacket  nor the bright neon color make you start , this jacket is one serious piece of hardware and means all business.

Equipped with Modular Sensors , it allows the wearer to check their data such as hear rate , temperature , GPS location and accelerometer  . These modules are placed in sleeve and chest of jacket are swappable to meet the needs of the wearer and to curtail costs or add more functionality as required and future expansions such as carbon monoxide sensors , body cams etc,

The data from the jacket is sent to the base station where Gina’s software system keeps track of the wearer and also their vitals and surroundings raising alarm in case of an emergency and help to locate the first responder .

Before you run out to buy one , the jacket is still in concept and will be made available in 12-18 months time at the undetermined price.

Till then we are also keeping our fingers crossed.

What’s your say about the jacket , do let us know in comments

Photo Credit : Engadget


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Nokia and Vodafone taking 4G to the moon http://senseapplied.com/nokia-and-vodafone-taking-4g-to-the-moon/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-and-vodafone-taking-4g-to-the-moon/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:46:50 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3022

I would fly to the moon & back if
you’ll be…
If you’ll be my baby
Got a ticket for a world where we belong 
So would you be my baby?

The song by Savage Garden , is perfect for Nokia and Vodafone when they join German space firm PTScientists in their quest to for privately funded Moon Landing in 2019 from Cape Canaveral on SpaceX Falcon rocket.

The Vodafone 4G network , partnered with Nokia will be first of it’s kind to live stream HD Video from Moon to global audience.  The network will also be used to connect the two Audi lunar Quattro rovers , developed specially for PTScientists , to the base station in Autonomous Landing and Navigation Module (ALINA) and Nokia will supply the space grade ultra compact network weighing less than 1KG for the purpose.

The connectivity will enable the Audi rovers to transfer scientific data and HD Video as they study NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar rover which was used in Dec’ 1972 by astronauts Commander Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt , the last persons to walk on Moon to explore Taurus-Littrow.

The 4G network will enable the Audi lunar quattro rovers to communicate and transfer scientific data and HD video while they carefully approach and study NASA’s Apollo 17 lunar roving vehicle that was used by the last astronauts to walk on the Moon (Commander Eugene Cernan and Harrison Schmitt) to explore the Taurus-Littrow valley in December 1972.

This could be again One Small Step for Nokia /. Vodefone but a big leap for humanity , as just imagine if such a compact network equipment can broadcast from the moon ,imagine the implications it can have on earth connecting the unconnected and uncharted places. 

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Nokia Active Wireless Earphones – Disconnect Distractions http://senseapplied.com/nokia-active-wireless-earphones-disconnect-distractions/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-active-wireless-earphones-disconnect-distractions/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:35:23 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3073 Nokia is not only back in the phone game but also in the accessories such as the recently launched  Nokia Active Wireless Earphones.

Made of premium diamond cut Aluminum casing and weighing just 16 grams and fine tuned for high quality sound , solid bass the ultra light ergonomic earphones comes with 3 pairs of ear buds and 3 pairs of ear tips to stay in place during your workout while being IP55 certified are water , sweat and dust proof.

Offering 8. hours of talk/ music time and 144 hours of standby with charging time of only 2 hours , these are perfect earphone for those having active lifestyle , not to mention they come with a central button which enables you to talk to Google Assistant via your Nokia or another Android phone ( A feature available on high end Bose QC35II Over the ear headphone)

I believe the Nokia Active Wireless Headphone will be perfect companion for Nokia 8 Sirocco , and would have been great if supplied with the phone.

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Nokia 8 Sirocco – Extraordinary redefined http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8-sirocco-extraordinary-redefined/ http://senseapplied.com/nokia-8-sirocco-extraordinary-redefined/#respond Sat, 03 Mar 2018 14:02:55 +0000 http://senseapplied.com/?p=3067 Nokia has came back in a big way this Mobile World Congress with Nokia 8110 4G , Nokia One , Nokia 6 and of-course the flagship Nokia 8 Sirocco.

If you remember , Sirocco is not new for Nokia , the brand has been used for their once flagship Nokia 8800 Sirocco Edition which was a literal gem of a phone and the reitreration in Nokia 8 Sirocco is no different.

Crafted from a single piece stainless steel frame , which is 2.5 times tougher then Aluminum 6000 which other flagships use , Nokia Sirocco comes with a 5.5 inch pOLED Edge to Edge display with a 3D Corning Gorilla Glass 5 protection.

Imaging had always been old Nokia’s strength , but for the new Nokia , optics had been their Achilles heal and with Sirocco , Nokia has partnered with Zeiss Optics to bring a 12 MP Wide (2L7, 1.4um, 2PD, f/1.7, FOV 78.2″)  dual-tone flash dual sensor camera with a ultra sensitive wide angle range for excellent low light performance and combined with another + 13 MP Tele (3M3, 1.0um, f/2.6, FOV47.3″) lens , offers 2X Optical zoom.  Nokia has used their Pro Camera mode in Nokia 8 Sirocco giving full manual control to capture the best photo to your liking.  For the front cam and Selfie enthusiast , there is a 5 MP front cam , which seems mediocre given others are offering 12MP front cams too.

For the Audiophile , Nokia 8  Sirocco comes with Nokia Spatial Sound , offering three integrated microphones to provide 24bit High dynamic range audio , and can record upto 132 DB offering crystal clear audio in the noisiest of environments.  While there is a single speaker with Smart Amp , which Nokia says will make ordinary sounds extra ordinary.

Nokia has not mentioned anywhere about the weight of Nokia 8 Sirocco , but at 140.93 x 72.97 x 7.5 mm , it doesn’t look heavy , however Stainless Steel may make it a bit heavy which for me gives a premium feel.

Under the hood , Nokia 8. Sirocco , features Android One , 6GB LPPDDR 4X RAM , Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 Octa Core ((4 x 2.36 GHz Kryo + 4 x 1.9 GHz Kryo) processor .

Despite having just 128GB of Internal RAM , you will never run out of storage space oil Nokia 8 Sirocco , thanks to unlimited Google Drive storage.

On connectivity  , it supports, LTE Cat 12 and Cat 13 , capable of 600mbps downloads and 150Mbps uploads , GPS /AGPS ,  GLONASS , BDS , NFC , Bluetooth 5.0 , ANT+ and WiFI , 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (MIMO)

Nokia 8  Sirocco comes with USB C for charging and data transfer and Finger print sensor and Face Unlock

In battery , it features , 3260 mAh , integrated battery and Qi Wireless Charging along with Qualcomm Quick Charge.

Nokia 8 Sirocco , will be available in early April ( yay ) for Euro 749 /. USD 925 worldwide

In the box the Nokia 8 Sirocco , comes with USB C Charger , Protective Cover , USB-C Wired headset with Audio Adapter , SIM door Key ad quick Guide.

What do you think , does the specs show that Nokia 8 Sirocco is Extraordinary for a Ordinary Life , given its camera and audio capabilities , Android One with guaranteed 3 year of updates. Maybe the video below will help you makeup your mind

Will I buy a Nokia 8 Sirocco ?  Definitely , I’m sick of my Samsung Note 8. , not getting the latest update and with Nokia covering up their Camera deficiency , it seems the perfect phone for my usage

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