It has been a long long time since the Pimp Your N95 post. I was partially at work, traveling amongst other things. Didn’t have access to a computer for long periods… the works! However, I’m glad to say, I’m finally back and have the honor to present Pimp Your N95 – 2! Continuing from where i left off, here are a few more applications that deserve space on our precious smartphones, particularly the N95! I have tried to restrict myself to freeware applications and only two out of the eleven mentoned here are commercial apps! Loads of credit to the freeware application developers for making such high quality stuff!
Spodtronic qualifies as a very comprehensive internet radio application and is helped by the fact that it’s a freeware! But the application is not without its flaws, the backlight always remains on and the application cannot be minimized! On a phone such as a N95 that’s a deadly combination! But the quality of streaming is nice on any connections upwards of EDGE. No harm in giving it space on the phone, after all we all sometimes get bored of the music we have on the phone. For more look here.
This is really a must have application. It was only recently ported over for the S60 3rd edition phones. It offers a host features such as controlling the Windows Media Player, iTunes, Winamp etc. It also offers mouse control from the cell phone itself. The fact that it can be used to shutdown the computer along with helping the phone act as a proximity badge also helps in making it a must have! More on it here.
I’m a big fan of the built in Safari Browser, but there are things which it simply cannot do. Safari cannot open new windows manually or to download files which are not supported on the phone. These sometimes are irritating. There are many a times when you are at a hotspot or otherwise and need a document or file which is in the say .rar format, Safari will refuse to download it. In comes Opera, with the ability to do this and a much better download manager.
Another great application is ScanR, it has the ability to turn your camera phone into a scanner, copier, and fax. I’ve not used the fax service but the rest work great! The website claims it can clean photos of documents, whiteboards and business cards. Extract any text and contact information. Store, search and share online, they deliver too! The phone application is just basically a upload tool and the processing is done online. For the results too, a visit to the website is needed. All in all a good application to have!
If you consider yourself an advanced user who’s not content with what is provided, this is the application you want! The best part being that it’s free! It is a great companion for Y-Browser. It is based on one main server which is made to implement various functionalities, which currently include process & tasks killing and changing file type mappings with File types plug-in module. The best part for me is the File Type mapping. A problem I had been facing after installing quickoffice was that my .txt files wont open as quickoffice messed with them. But with Y-Tasks that is history! Thanks for the application Dr. Jukka! For more look here.
Bemused is a system which allows you to control your music collection from your phone, using Bluetooth. It requires a smartphone and a PC with a Bluetooth adapter running WinAmp. It is most useful if you happen to have a large music collection as it allows one to browse through the entire collection as if one was using windows explorer! It also allows shutting down the computer and downloading the songs from the computer to the phone without having to manually send it via Bluetooth!
In my last post, I mentioned an application that turns a S60 v3 phone into a Bluetooth webcam. The drawback was that it was paid! However out come WWIGO (pronounced ‘vigo’) which stands for Webcam Wherever I Go. With wwigo, a camera phone can be used as a webcam with PC or Laptop using Bluetooth as the transmission medium. A definite must have! For more look here.
8. System Info!
There are two good freeware apps that are available for this purpose. One is NSysInfo and the other is Celltrack. Both of them give information based on the network, the phone etc. NsysInfo is useful to check whether one is on the home network or roaming near borders especially! It also gives information about the free ram etc, another nice freeware utility to have. For more info on Cell Track look here.
MobiGenie is one of the most valuable utilities for any mobile phone user. With MobiGenie, you can manage your mobile phone world by a lot of integrated features, such as (answer machine, caller locator, SMS auto-reply, caller block etc). It was originally made available by Nokia for the E65 however it works perfectly on other S60 v3 phone too including the N95. Not a bad application to have for free! For more info look here.
The Nokia Podcasting application allows you to find, subscribe to and download podcasts over the air with your Nokia N95. After downloading a podcast, you can listen to or watch it when you want. Podcasts are regular digital audio or video broadcasts that can be downloaded and played on mobile devices and personal computers. News agencies and other sources offer podcasts on a wide range of topics. Often podcasts are regularly updated in a series of new episodes, so users often subscribe to their favorite shows. User guide is here.
Note: Most of this is valid for all S60 v3 phones such as the N93, N73, E90, E62 etc also. In case you feel i’ve missed out on something, just drop a comment and i’ll be happy to update!
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