FINNISH PHONE MAKER Nokia has finally released the update to its Symbian mobile operating system to version called Anna so here's our guide to updating your handset.
Firstly you'll need to be the owner of a Nokia N8, E7, C7, C6-01 to receive the update. Make sure that your phone's battery is fully charged or plugged into the mains and that you have a data connection, preferably WiFi unless you're not worried about the charge for 3G.
We downloaded and installed Anna over the air but you can do it via your PC using Nokia's Ovi software. If you're a Mac user then you can use the Nokia Software Updater. Overall we found the process straightforward on our N8 so here's what happened step by step.
If you're phone isn't set to automatically notify you of updates then head to the software update app (SW Update) in the applications menu. This will show a list of available updates for your particular handset.
The first update we did was 'N8-00 device software' which was 27MB. Once downloaded, the phone prompted us to backup our data before continuing. We didn't back up the phone before updating but we recommend that you do so just in case. You don't want to lose all your contacts and photos and so on if something goes wrong. Our N8 then rebooted and we were up to date. Simple.
We then went back and checked the available updates to find 'Symbian Anna update 1/2' and 'Symbian Anna update 2/2'.
You can select both of them at once to do the entire process. The two total 58MB with 28MB for part one and 30MB for part two. If your phone's battery still has a high charge level you won't need to plug it into the mains for the update.
Our N8 downloaded the first of the two parts and installed it straight after it had finished. This took around 15 minutes in total but this will vary depending on your download speed.
As soon as part one was downloaded it was on to part two. This downloaded with no problems and then went on to install. The process was interrupted twice with user requests.
First of all a message appeared asking us if we were happy for all old maps to be deleted in preparation for the new ones and secondly was a prompt to accept an end user software agreement.
Once the second part of the update was installed we simply got a message to inform us that two updates were successful. No reboot was necessary this time and after all three updates the device updates section of phone management showed that we were running the latest version of Symbian Anna.
The phone does look quote different with the new icons and does feel and run smoother. You can now use a Qwerty keyboard when messaging in portrait mode, although the keys are quite small so typing isn't as easy as on other on-screen keyboards we've seen.
Nokia claims that the web browser can now load pages faster and we agree that the controls are simpler with Symbian Anna. There are other small updates such as improvements to the email inbox, calendar and search apps.
Overall the Symbian Anna upgrade is alright, but we can't say that it knocked our socks off by any stretch of the imagination. It did make our N8 marginally better, however. µ