It seems like Nokia has been following one important rule when releasing new product: “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it”. The Nokia E72, a successor to the popular Nokia E71, is a clear example. If you put the Nokia E71 and E72 side by side, you won’t notice much difference. Not surprised actually, since the Nokia E71 is a huge success.

Let’s talk about some of the basic specs of the Nokia E72 first. The E72 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA non-touchscreen display which is capable of up to 16 million colors. I mentioned this several times that that Symbian S60 platform is very good with non-touchscreen operation, so don’t worry about the no touhscreen part. 11.4 x 5.8 x 1 cm and weighs 128g. It has 250 MB internal memory and a 4GB micro SD is included in the sales box. 5 megapixel auto-focus camera which is able to do VGA video recording. The E72 comes with a lifetime subscription of Nokia Messaging for push emails. Like most decent smartphones nowadays, the Nokia E72 comes with WIFI, Bluetooth, A-GPS and digital compass. There is also a 3.5mm audio jack and MicroUSB for data transfer.


Here’s the weird thing. Although the Nokia E72 has a MicroUSB port which can be used for charging, the E72 also comes with the Nokia proprietary charging port. In fact, the charger provided in the retail box is the Nokia proprietary charger instead of the MicroUSB which we all know will be the standard charger for future phones. Strange decision, but no complains since the MicroUSB port can also be used for charging. Although I wish that Nokia would do away with their proprietary charging port entirely and just use a MicroUSB post.

One of the thing I love most about the Nokia E72 is the physical keyboard. The Qwerty keyboard feels very comfortable when you type. If you compare the E71 and E72 keyboard, you will notice that not much has been changed except for the last row. This is good because from what I understand, most E71 users love their keyboard. What Nokia did was just small adjustment to the Qwerty keyboard to improve the experience. The Ctrl button is back on the E72. On the E71, you need to press shift and the chr/ctrl button. The Ctrl button is very useful for the “advance” E72 users. There are lots of shortcuts available using the Ctrl button. Basic shortcuts like Ctrl-X for cut, Ctrl-C for copy and Ctrl-V for paste. There are tons of other shortcuts available. If you are interested, refer to the user manual. My only complaint about the keyboard is that the spacebar is too small for my liking. One interesting thing to note is that you can long press the SPACEBAR button to turn on flashlight (Using the camera LED flash). A very useful shortcut. And the LED light is pretty bright too.

The biggest change on the E72 is the addition of Optical Navi Key for navigation. The Optical Navi Key is great for scrolling thru menus and browsing website. In fact, I prefer Optical Navi Key to trackball. My biggest issue with trackball is that after prolong usage, you will get dust trapped between the ball and sensor. Optical Navi Key does not have this issue. Optical Navi Key is also much easier to control. But one thing I don’t like about the Optical Navi Key is the sensitive setting. I tried doing a quick flick to scroll down but the webpage only scroll down a little. You would expect it to scroll further when you do a flick. And note that I’m at the highest sensitive setting. But I guess this is just the firmware issue. Being their first Optical Navi Key device, it will take some time for them to figure out the best setting.

But if you are not a fan of Optical Navi Key, the 5 direction controls are still there.
As a whole, the Nokia E72 is a great phone. The phone feels sturdy and has a professional look. If you are a great fan of E71, you will love E72 too. As I was doing this review, Nokia announced free turn by turn navigation on their newly improved Ovi Maps. Now, that is one more bonus point for the E72.

In short:
A great Symbian Qwerty phone
Likes:
Qwerty keyboard
Shortcuts
Dislikes:
Optical Navi Key’s scrolling

I got this Urban Tool slyDog as door gift few weeks back when I went for the Urban Tool event. It’s a pretty looking pouch for your gadget. Actually, I quite like it. EXCEPT for 1 little problem. I don’t have a gadget that is small enough to fit the pouch. This pouch is great for iPod Nano or candy bar phones which I don’t have. So instead of praying someone will give me a iPod Nano, I decided to give this pouch away to 1 lucky reader.

You can hook it up on the sling of your bag or get a lanyard. The packaging also suggest that you can hook it to your belt, but I highly advice against that. It will look a bit the uncle if you hook the belt. So if you get this, please hook it to your bag or anywhere but your belt.

How to apply:
Just drop me an email me with the title: “Dee Kay Dot As Gee Giveaway: Urban Tool slyDog”. Closing date is this Friday, 5 Feb 2010, 2359. I will randomly select the winner via the usual method. Refer to the rules for more details.
And promise me you will not hook this to your belt.

I got a shock last evening when I couldn’t login my Twitter account. I’m sure I typed the correct password. But after 3 tries, my account was locked out for 1 hour. Something is fishy here. I tried to request for a password reset even though I’m definitely sure that I got the right password. That’s when I saw another email from Twitter that came a couple of hours ago. It said that my Twitter account may have been compromised in a phishing attack.

That email itself looks like a phishing email. But it isn’t. It is really from Twitter and they really reset my password. That’s why I couldn’t login to Twitter.
NOTE: If you got similar email, I suggest that you do not click on the link. Instead, go to Twitter website directly and reset your password manually. Just to be safe, since you are not the person who requested for the password reset.
Mashable reports that this could be linked to @THCx user on Twitter. That explains why I was following that account yesterday morning when I’ve never seen that nick before. I didn’t thought that my account was compromised. I just thought that it might be a bug or I might have accidentally click follow. (Or some stupid website that makes me automatically follow their Twitter account after I use them)
I didn’t thought about reporting them or anything. Damn. Now I feel stupid. How could I just ignore this common symptom of a compromised account?
Twitter updated it’s status blog on what happen. It appears that for a number of years, a person has been creating torrent sites that require a login and password as well as creating forums set up for torrent site usage and then selling these purportedly well-crafted sites and forums to other people innocently looking to start a download site of their very own. However, these sites came with a little extra — security exploits and backdoors throughout the system. This person then waited for the forums and sites to get popular and then used those exploits to get access to the username, email address, and password of every person who had signed up. Additional exploits to gain admin root on forums that weren’t created by this person also appear to have been utilized; in some instances, the exploit involved redirecting attempts to access the forums to another site that would request log-in information. This information was then used to attempt to gain access to third party sites like Twitter.
Hmmm….. I don’t remember registering for any torrent forums. But it’s quite hard for me to pin-point which forum is that since they said the person might have waited for a number of years. Maybe I’ve registered for one several years ago but I forgot?
WHAT I do know is that I should change all my password. Serve me right for reusing my password for some accounts. This is bad bad IT practice. I know. They taught me in school. Never reuse your password for different websites login. I just choose to ignore it. Tsk tsk.
OK, you may laugh at me in the comment section.

Another evidence that Singapore doesn’t lack musical talents. It’s just that we don’t know where to find them.


Found out about Juliet Pang when I saw my friend post photos of her performance at Esplanade on facebook. I must say that her voice is pretty good. If only she don’t add those “special effects” on her youtube video.
Check out her website here.