Attention Nokia 700, Nokia 701 and Nokia 603 owners: the Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 update has rolled out giving each handset new widgets, notification tweaks, a better browser and a nice speed bump from 1.0GHz to 1.3GHz. It’s exciting stuff. More hands-on details and pics this way.
Nokia 808 PureView Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 set for Nokia 603, 700 and 701 smartphones
The Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 for Nokia 603, Nokia 700 and the Nokia 701 is the biggest Symbian software update since Nokia Belle arrived. More than a visual update, the tweaks this time round are mostly functional.
One of the biggest tweaks primed for the trio of Nokia Belle phones is the increase in speed from 1.0GHz to 1.3GHz. Operation will be that little bit smoother as a result, and applications will open faster.
Nokia 603, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701 owners can also look forward to new Nokia Belle widgets including a new clock, another that places your favourite photos on any of the homescreens, a mobile data tracker and a visually better music player.
You’ll also notice the addition of familiar apps you may have already downloaded such as Weather forecast and Weather now, without the need to install them manually from the Nokia Store.
Multitasking between apps by holding the menu button also looks better, with each open app appearing larger in rectangular fashion and accessible with a side swipe. The notifications tab also offers better division between your network status and notifications such as missed calls and text messages.
Improvements to the web browser see it updated to version 8.2, with better HTML 5 support and a better history list accessed by a favourites icon depicted by a star.
Another big update sees Dolby Headphone and Dolby Digital Plus come to the Nokia 603, Nokia 700 and Nokia 701, transforming the audio experience by encoding sound played using headphones into surround sound. We’ll be testing checking this out for ourselves.
If you own a Nokia 603, Nokia 700 or a Nokia 701 we cannot recommend updating enough. It’s a brilliant update that makes Nokia Belle really shine.
The Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 update is rolling out as we speak. We had no trouble trouble updating our Nokia 700 over the air using the Software Update application, so be sure to check your device for the update, too.
Over the coming week we’ll be looking at the Nokia Belle Feature Pack 1 a little closer, letting you know how we get on, and whether we spot anything new. In the meantime have a peek at it in our gallery below.