How Optimized are You in Using Your Nokia E71?
Update Sept 1st’08: new version of expenses application from + free download link
My friend asked me about how much of my Nokia E71’s applications do I really use in everyday life? I thought of that for a couple of seconds and 90% was the percentage amount that came to my mind. Then I was curious to find out at what extent do I really utilize my smartphone. So, lets start examining the list of applications I use in my phone:
The pre-installed Apps:
Microsoft for Exchange
I rely a lot from this application. in fact, microsoft for exchange is one of the main reason I felt that I needed this device. lately my office emails became important and needs quick replies and responses, and the ability to open my office emails anywhere at anytime became quite urgent. So, this feature has a VIP place in my choice of smartphone feature.
At first I used active notes for writing my blog entries, but soon I realized that it was a bad idea. In one of my blog entry attempt with the active notes application after some 3 to 4 paragraphs I accidently pressed a wrong button and everything was erased! From that on I started to depend on quick office coz like many desktop word processing programs, there is a manual save function that I’m most grateful of for avoiding more hair loss from brutally pulling my hair out from data loss distress.
Calendar for Nokia E-Series
You can really feel the difference between using the calendar application in a normal width nokia handset and calendar in the wide screen in nokia E71. In the wider screen, the layout of the application for the month view mode is separated in 2 parts, the left part of the screen is for the calendar dates, and the right part of the screen is for the appointments or to-do notes for the certain date selected, similar is to the calendar application in nokia e90. The difference in screen size creates a whole new experience which gives much more fun in getting your schedules organized.
Flash Lite 3.0
I really am thankfull for the application developers in adobe for making a mobile version of flash player that not only plays SWF files but also plays FLV files. I like collecting videos from youtube especially gadget reviews and music videos. Usually after I download the FLV file from youtube I have to convert it to a 3GP file and then save to my handset for later viewing. Now with flash lite 3.0 you won’t need to go through any file convertings, just download the FLV from youtube and transfer the FLV file from your laptop to your mobile and voila! Just select the video you want to play from the video gallery folder and there it is! All you have to do is sit back and relax and enjoy reviewing the videos anywhere you like using your mobile marvell.
Nokia Maps with the GPS
Earlier this year when I first came to jakarta a friend said to me in a boastful kind of way “Welcome to the jungle!” Well, truthfully he was right, being “blind” from the streets of jakarta I didn’t bother to go anywhere farther away from the transjakarta busway rout or from the Jakarta main streets. after experiencing nokia maps with GPS, I won’t be afraid anymore of being fooled by taxi drivers becouse nokia maps helps me show the shortest driving route to any destination I need to go to, or I can easily find a friend’s address and plan the route in advance. I’ll never be lost again in this big city with my GPS and nokia maps navigation.
Music Player and Radio
Okay, not much of a difference in the nokia music player experience here, and the usage is obvious.
Additional third party apps:
I can’t live fully mobile without this application installed. I mean the standard nokia browser is okay, but miniopera renders webpages faster and webpages are downloaded in smaller kilobytes. I sync my miniopera bookmarks so that when my Indosat IM3 connection is jammed, I can always switch to my cdma phone and use the miniopera in it with the same bookmarks and feeds as the one in my E71.
But I really hate the small “o” icon for the application, I mean the size of the icon is nothing close to proportion against the other icons in the menu or even in the shortcut of the home screen applications. Please Opera! Can’t you just fix this small problem? Or maybe anyone can share us some tips in customizing icons in a symbian s60 3rd edition OS?
There are many instant messenger for mobile that combines multiple chat accounts in one interface for instance morange, mig33Plus!Ultimate, ebuddy, but I think Parlingo is the one that cuts the cake!it has a simple user interface and loads offline contacts faster then the other messenger I mentioned. Anyways, mobile chatting is most usefull especially if you regularly chat with friends as a cheaper alternative rather than sms texting.
I use this app for recording all my daily expenses, it’s important to keep track of all the expenses you make regularly so that you can monitor your cashflow on a monthly basis, thus lets plan a head for future savings plan. I prefer this application rather than handy expense just because I like the icon better!
Update Expenses v.2
There is a new update on the Expense Application V.2. With the new Expense version, now you can set a password to avoid nosy friends who are playing around with your nokia E71 and wants to see how you spend your money!
Free Download link: http://www.symbian-skin.com/upload/Symbian.Guru.Expenses.v2.00.sis
This is a great 3rd party application. It’s highly recommended coz the simpleness of the interface compared to the standard calculator. It’s use is very simple, with fewer keys to push in calculating a given number it gets you answers faster,thus keeps you satisfied with yourself.
And here are the applications that I don’t use:
Standard preinstalled apps:
- VPN – Intranet; I just don’t know how to set that up with my office VPN
- Messenger – Because many of my friends use Yahoo messenger so I don’t use my Microsoft Live Account.
- instant messenger – I don’t know how to set this one up either.
- adobe reader – I rarely read PDF files on my phone.
- Zip – I don’t extract any ZIP files either.
- Card Reader – I never could get the camera to scan the correct information from any of my contact cards.
Well, thats all I have to share for now,
Filed under: gadget, Interests, review | 29 Comments
Tag:E Series, Nokia, Nokia E71, qwerty, symbian