Here's a tricky sell. Creating a file manager utility for an OS that has included a File Manager application for the last six years. Yet this is exactly what Lonely Cat Games and Kenvast Software have done, aiming their applications at a more technical, more fussy audience than the general Symbian populace. The users who, when something goes wrong, are happy to dive under the hood, even into 'system' folders and the device's firmware, rather than give up. These then are apps for geeks - and why not?
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In one of those "why the heck haven't we reviewed this before?" moments, I look at Nokia's really rather spectacularly useful DC-11 universal charger. Talk about hiding its light under a bushel, the DC-11 has several rather unique benefits - though if you want to avail yourself of one you might have to shop around, since at full RRP it's on the expensive side!
In the age of smartphone applications, it's easy to understate the value of the humble SMS, but text messages account for the majority usage of mobile phones. Even though most tariffs have a reasonable allowance for SMS, the limits are still within sight for heavy users. What's more, on a per-byte basis, SMS is very expensive. This is where Whatsapp steps in, offering an Internet-based SMS/MMS alternative, which doesn't limit the amount of messages you can send or even which part of the world you're sending them to. Read on to find out more.
quickNet is a simple application designed to help you switch between the various radio modes available in your Symbian device. The premise is that it’s easier to launch an app, rather than dig through the menus and submenus of the Settings application. There aren’t any other applications like this around for Symbian, so read on to see how well it works in practice!
Following on from my mental note that “Uno is a bit like Mau Mau” in my review of the Gameloft HD game, here comes Lonely Cat Games with Mau Mau for Symbian! The gameplay is similar (by design) but does Mau Mau have a trump card to help it stand out against the colourful competitor? [editor's note: this was one of my favourite S60 games back in the day - give it a chance!]
Turning the camera in your Symbian smartphone into a webcam for your Windows PC isn't a totally new concept, but EpocCam Pro promises easier set up and better quality than previous attempts. Pitched as an alternative to an expensive webcam, it does what it claims, although the use case for EpocCam Pro may be limited to those who travel with webcam-less Windows laptops and who want one less gadget in their bag. Read on for my review.
I know that Cubix has elements from a bundle of other games. I know that I can spot the callback to the minor arcade classic Plotting in this title. I know that there are elements of Dr Mario in here. And I know that the structure of having a collection of levels acting as a mission is lifted from the how to extend your game guidebook. But there’s no need to forgive developers Herocraft for this approach, because all those ingredients have been mixed together and work really well! Here's my illustrated review.
Dropbox is one of the most popular cloud storage solutions out there, and applications for Android and iPhone are much touted features. However, there are various forms of support for Symbian too. Options include Dropbox's mobile website; the upload agents, Pixelpipe and Furtiv, and other miscellaneous workarounds. However, there is also an unofficial Dropbox application, called NDrop, available on the Ovi Store. Read on for an overview of how to access your Dropbox account on Symbian phones and a mini-review of NDrop in particular.
I'm a sucker for webcams - being able to glimpse live views of far-flung places round the world while I'm seated comfortably in my armchair never fails to impress me - even if, in iSpyCams case, the images are small and phone-sized and despite the somewhat dated Java-driven interface. Available for purchase in the Ovi Store, here's my heavily illustrated review.
Forget your social networks and website-based “I’m your best friend” sites, there’s still the humble instant messenger service. Thanks to eBuddy, you have another option to get to your AOL, Yahoo, or Google Talk accounts... you can even include the subset of the social network with MySpace Messenger and Facebook Chat, in the mix of this client that lets you access your IM system from your Symbian handset. But is eBuddy any good?