5 Great Apps for Nokia S60 phones


Ok so the iPhone is king of smartphones. Lets not beat around the bush…1000’s of apps and an image of coolness that shouldn’t really even be associated with a phone.

But there are others! Google’s Android phones and of course Nokia’s S60. So what applications are there for the Nokia S60 platform? Well below are 5 apps that are definately worth a mention:

Nokia Sports Tracker (beta)

Nokia Sports Tracker is a GPS-based activity tracker that runs on compatible Nokia mobile devices. Information such as speed, distance, and time are automatically stored in your training diary. It recently won the award of ‘Best Mobile Internet Service’ at the Global Mobile Awards

This is great for all sports fans as it allows you to time yourself doing laps and record your route. If you want to run 10k then it’ll tell you when you’ve reached 5k and you can turn around and run back.

The only downside is that this is not available on the Nokia 5800 yet so here’s hoping…

Synble

This allows you to access your phone inbox and contacts via web browser. Get instant notifications of a new messages and missed calls to your computer screen. Be connected to Twitter, get direct messages and @replies as text messages. Send free text messages to your Synble friends from mobile and web. It also allows for RSS feeds to be received as text messages which could be good or could just clutterup your phones inbox?

PanoMan 3.0 – Automatic Panorama Stitcher

This one’s for the wannabe photographers out there. This nice little app allows you to generate 360° panoramas with your mobile phone.

Features:

– High resolution panoramic pictures
– Support for images up to 32 megapixels (hands up who has a 32
– 360-degree views
– Patent-pending image processing system
– Real time preview while the picture is being taken
– Automatically adjusts exposure and white balance

phling! (beta) – Mobile Music Social Networking

– Stream music to your phone directly from your PC.
– Listen to all your music anytime(Even if your PC is turned off)
– Find other phling! users with similar music
– Discover what’s hot and what’s not
– Share your music with friends
– Submit your own song reviews
– Read what others are saying
– Leave messages for friends

JoikuSpot Light

This app is available for Nokia S60 3rd edition phones. It turns your phone in to a wifi router and provides a wireless internet connection. Laptops and Apple iPod touch devices can establish instant and fast wireless Internet connections. Supports WEP encryption so only people you allow can access it.

Here’s who’s talking about Nokia elsewhere:

The Nokia Blog
The S60 Blog
Nokia Beta Labs

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Accessing Social Media on the Nokia 5800 – Reviewed

The nokia 5800 xpress music looks really nice. It has a big old screen (3.2″) and the touch screen actually works surprisingly well. There is a built in accelerometer so the screen changes layout depending on what angle you hold the phone. This is no i-phone though usability wise. Usability is less intuiive and functionality less streamlined. For instance, when turning the phone to view the screen horizontally it first shows a black screen before changing configuration. Social Media wise – Its better

Using the 5800:

The point of this post:
Is to let you know what it is like for that lynchpin of modern society – Social Media.
  • It comes with Flash (Lite) built in. This allows for out of the box use of rich media sites such as You Tube or BBC iPlayer. Mine didn’t work straight away though, I had to adjust the RealPlayer setting to be able to stream video which annoyed me. I still can;t use any site which uses any version of Flash over v7 which is actually a fair few.
  • Once on a site the touchscreen navigation is much like the iPhone but with out the ‘pinch’ to zoom in functionality. This is no problem though as a zoom in or out bar appear upon a double tap.
  • Wifi access makes download speeds incredibley fast (for a phone). as long as you are within reach of a wifi hub then you can browse at laptop/PC speed (ok a fairly old laptop or PC but nevermind).
  • The camera is 3.2 megapixels which these days is not considered that great but compared to other smartphones, is actually pretty good (better than the iPhone’s 2mp). Video or images can be recorded directly to the 8MB card that is supplied and the 2x LED flash is v bright!
  • Standard features like bookmarks allow for quick access to favourite sites.
  • The Nokia 5800 is Java enabled and runs on the latest version of the S60 platform. The number of applications is limited and pales in to insignificance when compared to those available for the iPhone. The phone comes with buttons preinstalled to quickly access Facebook and Myspace from the ‘Internet’ menu. I am yet to find a good Twitter client for the 5800 though. I have tried Stew, Twibble and Twirl with little success. Although perhaps my expectations are too high after using Tweetdeck all day everyday.
  • The Nokia 5800 enables easy acces to Nokia’s Ovi platform for sharing videos, images and is synchable with your phone
  • The battery life on the Nokia is 8.8 hours talk time; 406 hours standby where as the iPhone is 5 hours talk time; 300 hours standby. Lots more time for social media browsing!
Read more on the Nokia 5800:
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