Recent Features - Page 29

Top Five File Management Apps

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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.

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Camera shootout: Nokia N8 vs HTC One X

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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....

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Top Five Symbian Role Playing Games

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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.

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Top Five Symbian Blogging Tools

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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.

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Camera shootout: Nokia N8 vs Sony Xperia S

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Of all the camera-toting smartphones that the all-conquering Nokia N8 has had to face up to, the Sony Xperia S has been the one that many have reckoned might challenge it. The full 12 megapixels, back illuminated sensor and Sony's imaging knowhow should all make the Xperia S a contender. And, in terms of speed and user experience, its camera really is a joy. But the N8 walks all over the Xperia S when it comes to the test that counts: photo quality. Sorry, Sony.

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The Curse of Micro SIM Adapters

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The humble SIM card is changing – more devices are beginning to require Micro SIM instead of the usual “Mini” size we all use. Cutting a Mini SIM down to the Micro size isn’t too difficult, but returning a one to Mini size requires the use of adapters. If you’re not careful, these can damage your phone’s delicate connectors. What follows is an account of my adventures (and misadventures) using Micro SIM adapters.

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Top 10: Symbian QWERTY smartphones

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One fairly unique feature of the Symbian scene over the last decade has been the willingness of manufacturers to experiment with different form factors. And, usually, this means the introduction of physical QWERTY keyboards, perennially loved by geeks and messaging-centric users across the world.

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Top Five Symbian Puzzle Games

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If you prefer your games to have a cerebral focus rather than intense action, chances are you're a puzzle fan. As such, you need a game that will keep exercising your mind; so we're here to help. All About Symbian has reviewed more than its fair share of puzzle games over the years, so grab a cup of tea, load up your Nokia Store client, and read through our top five puzzle games list. We have something for everyone - physics puzzles, numeric puzzles, logic puzzles, and more.

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The N8: Love (and tech) is all you need

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... or so sang The Beatles. We live such frantic lives, yet we all recognise that our relationships with our family members, whichever generation, is possibly the most important thing in life itself. What has this got to do with the Nokia N8 (and, to some extent, other Symbian smartphones)? Because I was struck by how the device, sometimes uniquely, is actively affecting these relationships. Read on... 

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The History of Symbian's Secret Fragmentation

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Whether you call it fragmentation or choice, having multiple versions of an operating system across a product line probably does more harm than good. While the issue rarely affects the average user, power users/developers/reviewers are all well aware of how fatiguing it can be to track a platform in parallel. Symbian is no stranger to this type of multiplicity either, and here we review the history of all its various guises over the years.

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