WordPress for Symbian – New UI Preview Samples – N97 Fail

Whilst the WordPress Client for Symbian keeps getting better, and this time, its the UI which has been worked on by Pekka over on the WordPress Development blog where he has posted up a few screenshot samples, which I have added below, as many of you will know, I have been testing out WordPress on my N97 for quite sometime now, but its not been easy.

As most N97 owners will tell you, memory on the Nokia Flagship device is in serious short supply, and I’m not talking about the massive 32GB of Mass memory, I’m referring to the tiny amount of phone memory that is needed for critical applications to be installed on, for example, Python, Accelerometer based applications, most Nokia’s own Applications, and of course, Qt, which WordPress for Symbian is based. Just check over on the Nokia Discussions forums for a sample of N97 owners frustrations.

Many N97 owners have asked the WordPress Development team if they could somehow enable, and allow the installation of Qt onto Mass Memory instead of the N97′s phone memory, as the complete installation package is upto 20mb in size.  Sadly, this is not possible, as stated here, and whilst I am frustrated with this, I also understand where the developers are coming from, and at the end of the day, its not the WordPress Developers job to rectify the N97′s shortcomings, its Nokia who made a grave error in giving their flagship device inadequate and insufficient memory, and internal specifications.

I’m personally just about ready to throw in the towel with my White, second gen N97, having gone down the route of resetting, and formatting the mass memory more times than I care to remember, I have given the device more than enough chances during freezes, oddities with backlight, and powersaver, but at the end of the day, the N97 is a flawed device.

I even get emails, and messages daily from other frustrated N97 owners who are all struggling to optimize their N97 memory, and sadly, even though myself, and Steve Litchfield of All About Symbian have attempted to assist N97 owners with their phone memory, many powerusers will eventually hit the same brick wall time, and time again.

Even Ewan Spence, also over on All About Symbian shared his frustrations with the lack of phone memory in the N97 when he tried out the WordPress Client out. I would imagine, Nokia want to forget about this flawed flagship device real quick, but at the same time, this is going to be very difficult with the sheer amount of N97′s sold worldwide, and something Nokia boasted about in a recent interview.  Whilst happy with the number of N97′s shipped, and the amount of money that came in from sales, Nokia admitted the N97 was a huge disappointment in terms of user experience. No kidding!

So where does this leave me, and my mobile needs, well, I’m sure I’m not the only one to have noticed many Nokia owners jumping ship in recent months, and this is something I won’t be doing, but I just hope that Nokia can make up for all their mistakes with the upcoming N8, and unannounced N9, which the latter I hope to be the device the N97 should of been, however, I have read the spec of the N8, and the user memory is 145MB which is worrying, someone correct me if I’m wrong here please.

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  • http://Blog-n97.fr CambO

    Totally agree that the phone memory on the N97 sucks..

    On the N8, it’s 145Mb free, so don’t worry :)

  • http://www.vinitneo.com vinitneo

    It’ll have QT, nokia maps and other goodies preinstalled, so they won’t be eating into the 145MB. So I don’t think we’ll face any problem.

  • http://happyrain.org/ Emily

    It’ll have QT, nokia maps and other goodies preinstalled, so they won’t be eating into the 145MB. So I don’t think we’ll face any problem.

  • http://www.markzonder.com/ Amy

    Totally agree that the phone memory on the N97 sucks..

    On the N8, it’s 145Mb free, so don’t worry :)

  • http://mobileinindia.in ritikaa

    i have had my nokia N97 for 6 months now and since i got ive had nothing BUT trouble, first the internet was disconnecting me while i was logged into websites like banking, when the phone went died and i recharged it, i had to pull the battery out and turn it back on.
    Then when i was ringing people they couldn’t hear me.
    Then my navigator was telling me that it had expired when ive only had it 6 months, and my battery was faulty.

    Now after waiting 2 weeks to get my phone back from nokia (yes it took them 2 weeks to get a battery) i cant make or receive calls and my internet is done but only in selected areas.
    I rang Vodafone & nokia and they sugested i get a replacement phone but the store i got it through said i couldn’t

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