Mark Guim from the Nokia Blog is curious to know what other Nokia users install on their devices and is encouraging everyone who owns a blog to get the word out. With Nokia seeding mobile phones to bloggers whose field of expertise is something other than mobile these sort of top 10 lists do a lot for helping them figure out where to get started. These are his top 10, here are my top 7:
- Handy Taskman. You can read my full review here, but essentially it is an application switcher and launcher for S60 that will make you jump up for joy and scratch your head as to why this isn’t how things work out of the box. Once you install this application and touch another S60 device without it you will feel strange and get frustrated.
- Opera Mini 4.1. Yes I know the browser built into the latest version of S60 is awesome, but this takes it up a notch. For people who don’t have flat rate data or for people who have ADD and want websites to load as fast as humanely possible, Opera Mini should be the only browser you live in.
- GMail Mobile. Love using GMail? Threaded conversations, staring, all of that is fine and dandy, but what makes this application extremely powerful for me is that fact that I can search through over 4 GB of email remotely, with no lag, for that needle in a haystack piece of data I need. Can’t recommend this application enough. TIP: If you have more than one email account you can download GMail Mobile and Google Mail Mobile, same application, different name due to copyright issues, no need to log in and out of one application.
- Google Maps. Don’t have GPS? No problem, Google’s triangulation will tell you where you are. Google’s vast points of interest library is so impressive it can practically be called epic.
- MobiTubia. A pretty front end for YouTube so you don’t have to visit the website, I start my day in bed looking at the top videos over the past 24 hours. Out on the go and want to hear a specific song? Just search for it and chances are you can find the music video.
- Walking Hotspot. Turn your S60 device into a WiFi access point that you can connect up to 5 devices to. Useful when you simply need to use your laptop to get something done and sent out to your friends or boss.
- Shazam iD. If I’m in a cafe listening to a song I want to download later on, but have no clue what it is I’ll launch this application and point my mobile’s microphone to the closest speaker.
What’s this? Are you telling me you only use 7 applications Stefan?
To tell you the truth, the answer is yes. I love coming home and picking the best photos I’ve taken and then editing them before throwing the results online. I don’t want every picture I snap to pop up online because frankly … I do take a lot of photos that I only want to share with my closest friends and that is when the age old communication method known as email works just fine and dandy. I don’t want to look at my friends’ photos on a 2.4 inch screen (N82) either and I have no doubt in my mind this will change whenever I can get an iPhone like device with a T9 keypad running S60.
I enjoy coming home after an event or wild party and watching all the video I’ve taken and deleting all the useless bits to get straight to the meat of why I was shoting the video in the first place. Sure QiK is cool and I have it installed, but I can honestly live without it since there isn’t anything going on in my life that is so important it has to be broadcast live nor do I want to put someone on the spot by saying “Yep, you’re being broadcast on the internet, live, unedited, try not to be a twit.”
VoIP sounds cool on paper, Fring, Nimbuzz, the J2ME Skype application, I have all those installed, but I still prefer communicating via text. A phone call requires me interrupting someone and taking time out of their day to get something accomplished. There are some people here in Finland who text you before they call you asking if you have time to talk, I love that and I’ve started doing it as well. In today’s attention scarce economy I don’t want to have to stop my flow of work to talk about something that can be handled over email or even in a 160 character text message.
I use my mobile mainly for browsing the internet and communicating via sms, I technically don’t need a device as high end as a Nokia N82 to do those two things, but the thing is I enjoy knowing I have a high spec camera with me at all times and I can shoot video if need be.
What about you, what applications are critical to your daily routine or simply can’t live without?