Categories
smartphones Symbian S60

“To Do” managers on Symbian S60 – where are they?

iPhone users seem to have it all (except battery life) these days. There’s a slew of ToDo managers available for it, with beautifully designed interfaces, and crucially, for me at least, those that sync with online services such as ToodleDo or Remember the Milk.

//
//

Folks have been asking Remember the Milk developers for a Symbian S60 app for years, to no avail.

It took long enough for the perfect Twitter solution (Gravity) to arrive on S60, I wonder what’s up with developing for Symbian? Given the tens of millions of Nokia N95s, N96s, etc, out there in the world, why isn’t the Symbian software market flourishing?¬†Where are the decent ToDo managers for our Nokia smartphones?

Anyway, enough pondering and ranting. If anyone has any good suggestions for a Symbian S60 To Do manager that has over-the-air sync capability, please leave a comment, and I’ll update this post.

//
//

Categories
nokia e71 Symbian S60

De-branding my 3UK Nokia E71

I bought my E71 last year from 3 UK (as a PAYG handset) to replace the first-generation 3Skypephone that I had grown to hate with a passion.

The E71 has been such a wonderful improvement over the Skypephone in just about every way possible. But it hasn’t been without its faults. The camera shutter can randomly take upwards of 5 seconds to take a photo, some photos have a horrible purple hue to them, and I have been unable to get online outside of a 3G area.

As regular readers know, I’ve been very forgiving with the E71’s camera, even taking some of its faults to my advantage. But on hearing about new firmware releases for the E71 that fixes the issue, I was, to be honest hoping that 3UK would do the right thing and update their branded firmware soon afterwards. No such luck.

But still, I wanted those fixes and improvements, and despite waiting for many months, 3 haven’t given them to us. Thankfully, I’m not alone, and “Gerrymoth“, all-round Nokia fan and also on the 3 network, wrote a guide to debranding a 3UK Nokia E71 to a generic “EURO1” phone.

In a nutshell, all Nokia phones have a product code stored inside them. When you connect your phone to the Nokia Updater, it compares the code in your phone against a list of available updates. If 3UK haven’t provided Nokia with a customised version of the latest firmware, then Nokia Updater tells you that there are no updates available for your model.

You can use freely available software, as described in his guide, to change the code in your phone from a code that identifies it as being tied to a specific operator (like 3) to a code that identifies your handset as being a generic, unlocked phone, in need of a firmware update.

I am now the owner of a generic, unbranded Nokia E71 with the latest firmware update, and much happier I am too! The camera is improved, I can get online in a 2G area, and it would appear that the already excellent battery life is slightly better too.

Time well spent.

[Update] De-branding does not affect using 3’s Skype client, so you can still use your free allocation of Skype messages and minutes on a generic E71 without any problems. I have also been told that this also doesn’t affect video calling. To download the “Skype for 3” client (only if you’re on 3) go to http://mobile.three.co.uk/sdf/skypeupdate

Categories
Symbian S60 twitter

Native Symbian S60 Twitter Clients

A quick post to mention that a few native Symbian S60 Twitter clients are under development. I haven’t installed or tried any of these, but when I have the time, I’ll post my feedback here.

Gravity

Gravity will be a commercial product, developed by mobileways, who already offer native S60 Twitter functionality within their WirelessIRC software. From some of the early reviews of the beta, Gravity looks like it will offer a fairly complete Twitter solution, comparable to many desktop clients.

[Update] Gravity has now been released,costs $10 (about ¬£7), and a demo version is available to download. I played with the demo for about half an hour and knew right away that this is the best Twitter client out there for Symbian devices. So I bought it. I’ll probably do a full review of it soon, after I’ve been using it for a few days. In the meantime, if you’re a serious Twitter user, and have a S60 device (like a Nokia E71, N95, N96 etc) definitely give the demo a whirl on your device.

I Am Doing

I Am Doing is developed by Marcelo Barros, of WordMobi fame (Symbian S60 WordPress app), and is written in Python. It looks promising, and he’s very active with its development.

TwitS60

TwitS60 is an open source project, which claims to be under active development. There’s nothing to download at the time of writing, so one to bookmark and check every now and then to see if it will be any good.

If readers know of any other non-Java Twitter clients for S60, feel free to let me know via a comment on this post.