Nokia Unfenced

Nokia Unfenced at the Rafter Six Ranch

A couple of weekends ago, WOMWorld/Nokia sent me and 9 other Canadian bloggers out to the Canadian Rockies for #NokiaUnfenced. The event was held in Canmore, Alberta at the Grande Rockies Resort and in Kananaskis Valley at the Rafter Six Ranch.

Armed with a Nokia N8, the Nokia X7 (which was announced especially for us) and a competitor’s phone, we were given several tasks over the weekend, while we dined, drove, climbed trees, and rode horses all with an amazing backdrop of beautiful greenery and mountains. It was the perfect setting to play with phones and try out their cameras, which was my main focus during the trip.

I immediately fell in love with the camera on the Nokia N8, which packed a Carl Zeiss Tessar 2.8/28 12MP AF lens. The picture quality was amazing, which wasn’t a surprised, cause I felt the same way about the Nokia N95 which I played with a couple of years back. I’ve always known Nokia to have amazing camera hardware on their phones. However, the big disappointment for me was the fact that the Nokia X7 didn’t have as slick of a camera as the N8, but it did have a sexy build (separate reviews forthcoming).

Though, I probably won’t be getting rid of my iPhone 4 anytime soon, it was exciting to see the innovations that were coming out of the Nokia camp. More importantly, although these two Nokia phones are on a Simbian OS, it is promising to see that Nokia has partnered with Microsoft and will be releasing a Windows 7 phone in the future, which could be a killer combo.

Below is a photo play by play of how the weekend went down. The second half of the photo gallery are all images taken with Nokia N8.

Nokia had us staying at the Grande Rockies Resort, which was pretty amazing, our suites included our own livingroom, kitchen, balcony with BBQ and Scenic views of the surrounding mountains

Nokia had us staying at the Grande Rockies Resort, which was pretty amazing, our suites included our own livingroom, kitchen, balcony with BBQ and Scenic views of the surrounding mountains

Tom brings in the stack of Nokia N8's and C7's

Tom brings in the stack of Nokia N8's

Armed with Nokia phones, we were tasked to find our way to the Iron Goat

Armed with Nokia phones, we were tasked to find our way to the Iron Goat

The Iron Goat Pub and Grill was our dinner destination, The food and service was delicious, we even got free dessert samples because I tweeted that we were there.

The Iron Goat Pub and Grill was our dinner destination, The food and service was delicious, we even got free dessert samples because I tweeted that we were there.

Chad from Nokia Canada announces that the Nokia X7 will be coming to the Rogers network

Chad from Nokia Canada announces that the Nokia X7 will be coming to the Rogers network, and then we were armed with a second Nokia phone

By dinner time I had 5 cellphones in my possession

By dinner time, I had 5 cellphones in my possession

Tracking our way to the Rafter Six Ranch from Canmore with GPS

Tracking our way to the Rafter Six Ranch from Canmore with GPS

When we got to Rafter Six Ranch we were suited up in personalized shirts with our twitter handles and cowboy hats

When we got to Rafter Six Ranch we were suited up in personalized shirts with our twitter handles and cowboy hats

Getting strapped into harnesses for the Roping course, we spent a good couple of hours in the trees, making our way across 18 ropes and finally a zipline.

Getting strapped into harnesses for the Roping course, we spent a good couple of hours in the trees, making our way across 18 ropes and finally a zipline.

Simon making his way across one of the Ropes

Simon making his way across one of the Ropes

After lunch we went for a bit of a photowalk down to the river, tasked to play around with the phone's camera

After lunch we went for a bit of a photowalk down to the river, tasked to play around with the phone's camera

Saddled up for an awesome and scenic horseback ride through the Bow Valley Provincial Park

Saddled up for an awesome and scenic horseback ride through the Bow Valley Provincial Park

Getting ready for Cowboy College, where we learned lasso technique, and how to saddle a horse

Getting ready for Cowboy College, where we learned lasso technique, and how to saddle a horse

When we got to Rafter Six Ranch we were suited up in personalized shirts and cowboy hats

The famous droptest between the Nokia C7 and an iPhone 4, The iphone ended up with a shattered screen.

Overall, I had an amazing time at #NokiaUnfenced, I met some amazing people and I participated in some amazing experiences that i wouldn’t have had back home in Toronto. Nokia did an amazing job of bringing a varied group of people to the event with different outlooks and focuses.

Attendees included
@SimonLR | Know Nokia
@mapperz | Mapperz – The Mapping News Blog
@rtanglao | Roland Tanglao’s Weblog
@Jen_Banks | A Busy Mommy
@4MKMobile | 4MK Mobile
@Gletham | AnyGeo
@MyChaos | My Organized Chaos
@richcampbell | Richard Campbell Blogs Too
@ACurrie | Andrew Currie Online

Special Thanks to Tom Hall, Donna Suffling and Chris Illman. You folks are amazing.


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Comments

  1. RobertH says:

    thanks for this review. any particular reason you wouldnt change from your iphone4 for one of these devices?
    ps sYmbian not sImbian

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