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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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...
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...
Review: Facebook on Symbian, a seven way roundup (facinate, fMobi, Nokia Social, Borg, Facial, Kasvopus, Gravity)
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....
Yes, yes, I know the OS is supposed to handle RAM for me. And, on the whole, it does a fine job. But I wish Nokia/Symbian would trust me with the salient statistic of how full my phone's RAM is. It's a statistic that only an uber-geek would want, but then that's me. In the past I've installed task managers or file managers, just for an incidental RAM reporting menu option, but this is much easier. One tiny and simple (and free) widget and I can now see exactly how much RAM is left with once glance at my home screen.
We've enthused about Proporta's mobile chargers ever since day one, with capacities rising from just over 1000mAh to 3400mAh, then to 5000mAh and now this, the Turbocharger 7000, at a whopping 7000mAh. In this review, I look at what you get for your money and assess its performance, its build quality and its worth, in terms of keeping smartphones, games consoles and even tablets charged and working.
Battery Info isn't the first utility that aims to give you more of an insight into how far your Nokia smartphone's battery is actually charged, but it's one of the neatest and most lightweight. Right on your homescreen, there's a fairly accurate representation of what you've got left, plus the automation of every battery freak's secret weapon, 'Power saving mode'. Nice. Very nice. And did I mention that it's free?
Billed with "Legendary National Geographic photographers guide and inspire in this innovative photography app" and at a commercial price (rather than free) I was prepared to be a little disappointed in National Geographic Photo Tips, to be honest. As someone who has written a fair number of photographic tip features himself in the past, I wondered just how far this would go to genuinely help Symbian^3 smartphone owners.
How can one pass up a game billed as "Exciting, intuitive and simple gameplay based on revolutionary worm-physics"? Come again? "Worm physics"? Oh yes, Finnish company 10tons has taken the basic game structure of the famous Angry Birds, created by their country mates Rovio, and applied it to their own physics-based game, based on the way caterpillars 'swing' around their environment (allegedly), swinging end over end. Is it as polished as Angry Birds? A resounding yes. Is it as much fun to play? That depends on your gaming preference and time available.
Voice to text is one of the latest big things in the mobile world. At least, that’s what the platform makers want you to think (and Steve's own 'view from 2015'). The truth is, it’s a nice idea that still doesn’t work reliably enough. Android and Windows Phone 7 have voice to text built in, as does the iPhone with its Siri assistant. However, Symbian has no such feature without third party apps like Vlingo. Another voice to text application, Hear and Write, is available for Symbian, less useful than Vlingo, but, being powered by an “undocumented” Google voice to text service, will it be more accurate? Read on to find out!