As our regular readers are probably aware, we had the Nokia E72 during the unboxing challenge set by WOMWorld, but not only did they send us the handset, they also crammed the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 into the package. Now I’ve personally spent quite a bit of money on portable power in the past, and none of the chargers that I have bought seem to make the cut. The huge selection of connectors, adjustable cords, and all the other gimmickry, just made it a chore to have to pack all these little finicky pieces into one bag to carry around. All I wanted was a simple, reliable and compact solution, and I think I may have just stumbled upon the perfect one.
The Nokia Extra Power DC-11 is a very slim Nokia accessory to charge your device on the go. It won the Red Dot Design Award in 2009, and I can thoroughly understand its credentials. Although the device is very compact, it pack a 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery, which is enough to charge any Nokia handset from empty to full. You could probably even charge your device twice with a single charge.
Now the reason I use the term ‘device’ is because this thing can power up almost every piece of gadgetry you own. With the microUSB connector to be a universal standard for handheld devices, most future gadgets will also sport this feature. What’s more is that the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 has both a proprietary Nokia 2.0 mm pin and a microUSB pin, allowing you to charge two devices at the same time.
DC-11 | Sales Package
- Nokia Extra Power DC-11
- User Guide
DC-11 | Specifications
- Dimensions – 113 x 56 x 11 mm
- Weight – 94 g
- Charging Cable Length – 113 mm
- Charging Connectors – Nokia 2.0 mm & microUSB
- Charging Port – Nokia 2.0 mm
- Operation Time – Up to 3 hrs
- Recharging Time – Around 2 hrs 30 mins
- Power Supply – 1500 mAh Li-Ion battery
DC-11 | Pros
- Solid Build Quality
- Beautifully Designed Housing
- Charges Multiple Devices Simultaneously
- Has A Built-in Power Saving Mode
- Takes Less Than 3 hrs To Charge
- Sports A Universal MicroUSB Connector
- Has A Large 1500 mAh Battery
DC-11 | Cons
- The Charger Itself Can Only Be Charged Using The Proprietary Nokia 2.0 mm Pin Charger
- No Battery Level Indicator On The Charger
The Nokia Extra Power DC-11 does not come with a charger, which I think is pretty fair, as most people who would consider purchasing this device will already own a Nokia phone, and hence will have a charger lying around somewhere. Since this trial, I have bought two of these chargers for personal use, and would highly recommend it. Currently the Nokia Extra Power DC-11 is available for £33.38 including shipping from Amazon.co.uk. Not a bad price at all.
Skype For Symbian Official | Now Available From The Ovi Store
Skype and Nokia today announced the release of Skype for Symbian, a Skype client for Nokia smartphones based on the Symbian platform, the world’s most popular smartphone platform. Skype for Symbian will allow Nokia smartphone users worldwide to use Skype on the move, over either a WiFi or mobile data connection (GPRS, EDGE, 3G). It is now downloadable for free from the Ovi Store, or you can pick it up along with a host of other apps in our Nokia Applications section. Check out the video demo after the break.
Larry Berkin, Head of Global Alliances and GM USA at Symbian Foundation said that, “Skype, the king of Internet communications, running on Symbian, the world’s dominant smartphone platform, makes for an explosive combination. With Symbian’s global reach, Skype is that much closer to becoming the ubiquitous real-time communications platform for hundreds of millions of Symbian-based mobile users.”
Mark Douglas, Product Manager of Skype Mobile gives us a quick tutorial and demo of Skype for Symbian in the video below.