Calling all stargazers. Ever since the days of the humble Psion palmtop computers, astronomy programs have been one of the required applications for every platform. Whether you want to explore the night sky from the comfort of your home, or need a companion for aiming your telescope, there are plenty of options. Thanks to the rise of built-in accelerometers and digital compasses, an augmented reality mode has become a feature of many applications too. We've reviewed the great and the good of Symbian astronomy, and here is our round up.
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We've commented at length in our review coverage (e.g. here) of the Nokia E6 about the need to 'hold it differently' because of the need for your thumb to reach parts of the touchscreen as well as the d-pad and keyboard. But what if you want to hold and use it in the same way as the older devices (E71, E72, E5) and only shift hand position to use the touchscreen when absolutely necessary. Are there keyboard shortcuts that can help?
Microsoft Office Suite for Symbian, which was delivered as part of the the recent Microsoft Apps 2.0 software update, provides a document viewing and basic editing functionality, but also deep integration with Microsoft's Exchange and Sharepoint solutions. This places an emphasis on being part of a wider enterprise ecosystem. Here's my overview of what's on offer.
There's a certain class of mobile game that's often ignored. One that gets overlooked in favour of all-singing, all-dancing 3D-rendered RPG slash-em-ups and orgies of feathered destruction. It's not - quite - casual games. It's not - quite - sports games. It's not - quite - board games. Though many of those titles qualify. I'm talking about infinite games. By which I mean mobile games that you can happily play every day - forever - literally.
Calling all armchair sports fans, if you don't have the time or fitness to be a sports star on the field, then all is not lost - you can pick up a sporting game for your smartphone and live out your dreams! In our latest top apps list, we look back over the our favourite sporting titles from the last couple of years. Whether you play football with a helmet or not, there will be something here that you'll enjoy playing.
Everyone loves a good head to head. Especially when it involves current champions from three different mobile ecosystems, in this case Symbian, Android and Windows Phone. Leaving aside the slightly larger form factor of the One X, how well do these three phones with exemplary build quality compare?
A mark of a true geek's smartphone platform is the ability to get down into the device's file system. This is what sets Symbian and Android apart from iOS and Windows Phone. While Android lets you access the file system, it doesn't ship with a file manager; which is where Symbian takes the geek crown by even shipping with a file manager that lets you explore and access almost everything on your device. As such, here's our round up applications that you get to your files and transfer them to your heart's content.
Another week, another challenger to the Nokia N8's camera crown. This time the HTC One X, a fast, large screened Android 4 smartphone with next-gen camera hardware, including dedicated image processor, F2.0 aperture and variable intensity flash. It's very fast at taking rapid fire photos and has the nice trick of being able to shoot photos and video concurrently, but what I was interested in, as always, was whether the photos it took were any good! Using six varied test cases, I too a closer look....
If you like the scope of your games to have an epic feel, and you like running through forests to battle beasts with nothing but a wooden sword and tin shield, then you are propbably a role playing game fan. Mind you, if you were looking for 'cosplay', you should probably look at a different site! Symbian has been treated to some fanastic role playing games, especially since 3D acceleration was brought in with Symbian^3. Read on as we round up our favourite RPG titles that you can get on your Nokia today.
The advantage of using a smartphone is that you can publish content while you're on the move - as long as you have a strong enough signal. Whether you want to produce visual or written content, a smartphone can do it all, provided that you have the right software. Fortunately, Symbian has several options for getting your content to your audience. Here is our summary of the best applications out there to get you blogging - in all of its forms.