Offscreen are developers with a certain reputation for their single screen applications with very narrow functionality, but while that may have been the case at the start of their run of releases, they do deserve a second look. And while looking for some nice card games for the latest Symbian powered devices, I came across their version of Freecell. It’s still as close to a single screen application as it could be, but now there’s a menu screen and a game screen. And a lot of gameplay.
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One of the elements to Facebook that I use a lot is normally the first to go in any portable version. Both in Nokia’s Social Networks widget and the regular mobile page (or even the more finger friendly touch.facebook.com) you can’t get access to Facebook’s IM system. I have said on many occasions that IM on a mobile is the holy grail that never delivered, but I still find it useful. So here comes Friendchat, a Facebook IM client for S60.
Tetris and electronic gaming go hand in hand, of course. Over the years there have been hundreds of versions on a dozen platforms, not least my own Atomic on Psion and the Nokia Communicator (ah, the memories...) There have been quite a few versions for S60 and then N-Gage too, but we now have something of a next-generation winner in Tetris HD, an official - though commercial - adaptation from Electronic Arts. With traditional and 'souped up' modes, it's a class act from start to finish.
It's been too long since we last had a go on a tower defence game for Symbian. So stepping up to fill the gap is Robodef from DaSuppaStudios. To those familiar with tower defence games, Robodef is a standard romp. And if you like to have a dose of Mecha in your video games then look no further. Robodef is available on the Ovi Store for S60 5th Edition and Symbian^3, there's a free trial and the full game is only £1.50. Read on to see my verdict.
In the final part of my review of the Nokia C6-01 (referred to as just C6, for brevity below!), I take a look at this diminutive Symbian^3 handset in the real world. From social networks and mapping, to getting around in the dark and finding a way through to Alex, how does the rest of the C6 cope when you stop looking at the basic phone functionality and push the device to work on a day to day basis? Lets find out.
Music, podcasts, video, pictures... the Nokia C6-01 carries all the software to make it a pimped out portable media machine for the mid range market. But does it all hold together and make itself easy to use? In the third part of my review, it's time to look and listen to the Nokia C6 and what it can do. See also review parts 1 and 2.
Sum Link XXL is one of those games that happily sits on your phone, never drawing attention to itself, with no massive 3D graphics to act as a demo, nor catchy music or presentation to make it into a “cute” experience. But it will continue to sit on my phone and called up when I need a little hit of gaming – because Sum Link has a little sprinkle of the magic ingredient every game needs – addictiveness. Here's my review!
One of the most difficult things to judge about the C6-01 (and as in the previous part of this review, for now it's just referred “C6”) is how much of a difference the Symbian^3 version of the OS makes to the user experience, and specifically for someone coming to Symbian for the first time. In the second part of our review, the C6 software comes under the spotlight. Is it accessible to the new users, and how will they take to the new building blocks of a smartphone - the app store, browser and messaging clients?
Ah yes, Cricket. The gentle thud of willow on leather, the chink of the teacups and smell of freshly made buns. All of which is nothing whatsoever like Cricket T20 Fever HD, out (on sale) in the Nokia Ovi Store and reviewed here. It's fair to say that the title is a labour of love by the developers and also the best cricket game I've ever played on a handheld device. But that doesn't necessarily make it particularly good as a flagship title for Symbian phones, as you'll gather...
Of the four new Symbian devices, the Nokia C6-01 is likely to be the handset that sells in the greatest volume. This little smartphone packs almost as much power as its larger cousins, while delivering it in a much smarter (dare I say more feminine) style than the 'hard' look of the Nokia N8. And while the Symbian OS is largely identical to that in the other recently released handsets, the C6-01 has a different target audience for its software and hardware. So how does the hardware stand up in the first part of my Nokia C6-01 review.