Recent Reviews - Page 17

Review: Podmaster

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Symbian has had rather limited options when it comes to dealing with podcasts. Since Nokia's Podcasting client disappeared, the only option has been Podcatcher - or side loading MP3s via a desktop media manager. A new podcast client, Podmaster, is now available - but only for Nokia Belle handsets. Is this the master of all podcast clients, or just a pretender to the throne?

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Review: Nokia Racing

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One of the simplest and most addictive games I've seen yet on Symbian, a combined puzzler/arcader that works absolutely superbly as a 'one more go' casual title. On your own, or against a friend, you guide your car towards refuelling points and service centres, and away from hazards. The further you get, the higher you score. A game for one or more players (via Bluetooth), it's an insanely good way to while away a few minutes here and there during your day.

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Review: Rush Hour

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It's not often I highlight a theme here on AAS, but this one's worthy of the spotlight. A lot of our Symbian^3/Anna phones have AMOLED screens, which means that the blacker a theme is, the more power you'll save. Yet a totally black theme (as per the Nokia-supplied 'Midnight' defaults) is pretty boring - surely there's a compromise between boring and really colourful? Something power efficient yet with good colours and a consistent 'message'? Rush Hour, by Arjun Arora, caught my eye as having all these attributes, here are screens of it in action. Along with a few more general musings on themes in general...

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Review: Decibel Meter

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Either Christmas is season for small utilities or perhaps now is the time of year when I finally get round to looking at them? Either way, here's a look at Decibel Meter, an ultimate one trick pony application that works surprisingly well. Go on, have a guess what it does...

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Review: smartEQ

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It's all very well having 'Equaliser' presets in Symbian's Music player, but what about if you want a different EQ profile? There's no way to edit the defaults, out of the box, but smartEQ promises to allow this, plus the creation of your own custom EQ profiles. How does it work and how effective is it?

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Review: BreakFest

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What do you get if you cross Breakout with Doom? No, really. Breakfest provides all the gameplay of the famous ball and block games, complete with every power up option you've ever seen, in full animated texture mapped 3D, with explosions and other visual effects. And, yes, you even get to fire missiles at various points. All that's missing are the monsters... 

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Review: Fortuna

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I remember the day well. Aged seven or eight, I was at an ageing relative's house and he brought out 'something he thought I might like'. It turned out to be a wooden 'pin bagatelle' and I loved it, spending the rest of the day on the thing. Just some wood, some pins and a ball, but it kept me happy. And fired me off in the direction of pinball, one of my specialities at university, ten years later. And now we have bagatelle on our Symbian smartphones, courtesy of Fortuna.

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Review: Proporta Touch Screen Gloves

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I remember getting into heated debate in 2009 around the pros and cons of resistive vs capacitive touchscreens - one of the biggest pros for 'resistive' was that phones like the Nokia N97 and 5800 could be used with gloves on, out in cold weather. Over the next year, the market swayed decisively towards capacitive technology, and rightly so, but now we have an accessory that brings back gloved, cold weather use to all capacitive-screened smartphones...

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Review: 3D Photo Camera

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Maybe I'm just rubbish at making 3D photos. Or maybe I haven't got enough patience. Regardless, I've still had fun trying out 3D Photo Camera for Symbian^3 phones - it's hard to use (properly), the results aren't that satisfactory and the application is very definitely glitchy. But - hey - it produces 3D photos - for real. On existing hardware. What's not to love? Quite a bit, actually, read on...

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Review: Facebook on Symbian, a seven way roundup (facinate, fMobi, Nokia Social, Borg, Facial, Kasvopus, Gravity)

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Here's the very latest, December 2011 update to my ever-growing roundup of Facebook clients for Symbian^3/Anna, looking at no less than seven different options. It'll give you a great idea of where to start with accessing Facebook on Symbian. In this update, I've added the brand new client 'facinate', updated the other summaries with new editorial comment below and some new screens, plus a rewritten conclusion. A three way tie? Just about - Facebook on Symbian has never, ever been so smooth....

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