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Nokia Big Screen for the N8: Flippin’ Wicked

The 12 glorious megapixels in the Nokia N8 are put to good use by one of the new additions to the Nokia Beta Labs line up. The app is called Big Screen.

What do you think that does?

😉

Well, its… for Big Screens. It uses the HDMI port on the N8 to deliver a fantastic media player for your 60″ TV. Or any other size TV. The bigger the better.

Because when you stick your N8 into the TV, the pictures and video you’ve captured will to look utterly brilliant. And with Big Screen, you can use any Bluetooth controller to browse and navigate around content on your phone. Another rocking feature.

Here’s the full feature list:

– Show your photos and videos in high definition on your TV screen

– Listen to music from your phone on your home audio system
– View song lyrics in karaoke style and watch videos with subtitles
– Play music on the background while you browse your photos
– Enjoy a photo slideshow with music of your choice (change the direction with left/right arrow keys)
– Screen saver activates after a minute’s idle time to protect your TV
– Use your phone as an entertainment hub you can take everywhere with you

You can see Timo Paakkonen from Nokia talking through and demonstrating the features in this handy video:

You can’t argue with 12 megapixels, you really can’t.

Although I’ve never had the opportunity to use an N8 for longer than a few minutes, I’ve seen the handset’s media capabilities many, many times — most recently at MEF Americas 2010 in Miami last month when Dolby were showing off their skills (the N8 is one of the only handsets on the planet to run Dolby Digital Plus which enables 5.1 surround sound capabilities via home theatre).

By Ewan

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5 replies on “Nokia Big Screen for the N8: Flippin’ Wicked”

I’ve got more thoughts on this soon, but it seems like Nokia is one of few (if not the only) companies looking at *how* we’ll use these multimedia monsters we’re all buying now. As opposed to everyone else, who’s simply trying to cram more in and then convince us it’s cool.

I’ve got more thoughts on this soon, but it seems like Nokia is one of few (if not the only) companies looking at *how* we’ll use these multimedia monsters we’re all buying now. As opposed to everyone else, who’s simply trying to cram more in and then convince us it’s cool.

And what are the odds that, this being Nokia, the project will live in Beta Labs for some time and then fizzle and die? Or at the very least, that they will end up launching after the competition. They do this all the time!

Only Nokia makes it possible 😉 .To paraphrase an old Commodore Amiga slogan. Indeed the Amiga comparisons continue – both had/have glorious technology far in advance of their competitors, marred by mismanagement and management lack of vision for the incredible products their engineers created (hopefully this is fixed now in Nokia)

> The 12 glorious megapixels in the Nokia N8 are put to good use by one of the new additions to the Nokia Beta Labs line up.

Well, the 12MP are the camera and this is entirely separate to the 720p HDMI out (and true Dolby surround) and it’s use. And in fact when photos are shown on a TV they are not shown in 12MP glory and you can’t zoom in (a failing of this app more than anything).

However, I spent some time playing with this app yesterday on my N8 and it is yet another reason I am SO glad I bought an N8 instead of any of it’s competitors 😉

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