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Free Game: Memory Tester Touch for S60 5th Edition

November 22, 2009 Leave a comment

Memory Tester Touch is a game that well…tests your memory.

You’ve got a 3×3 grid of 9 squares. One square lights up at a time, and you have to remember the pattern as one new square is lit (provided you’ve got the previous pattern right – otherwise game over)

You get one point for each correctly lit square you remember. Get a square wrong and you’re back down to zero. Unless you hit a new high score, the previous high score will continue flashing.

Screenshots and demo video below.

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

Download it for Free at the Ovi Store

For other free S60 5th edition games, check out the page link free-games-for-s60-5th-edition

Freeware: Digia @Web Review- the BEST web browser for Nokia N97/5800/5530/Samsung i8910, with Tabbed Browsing and optimized touch UI!

August 3, 2009 6 comments

Teo of Symbian Freak has found Digia@Web – A new web browser for S60 5th edition.

We’ve got the native S60 browser, Opera Mini, and possibly Sky Fire (though that doesn’t function optimally yet), what would we need in another browser?

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Well, having just installed it and played with it for a couple of hours, I have to say it’s exceedingly good. Apart from stability issues which are understandable being a new build (it is a beta version after all), @Web implements a lot of features I had wanted to see happen to the Native S60 browser.

Here’s a list of 7 reasons why I love the Digia @Web browser.

1. Loads web pages accurately and fairly quickly.

@Web works great with the keyboard (on N97, the QWERTY keyboard is the most efficient form of text input). However, it works just as good with the keyboard closed. Text entry reverts to on screen keypad (not sure if on screen QWERTY comes up for 5800 users).

Works well on either landscape or portrait, and loads at decent speeds over GSM data but noticeably much faster over WiFi.

2. Intuitive toolbars and full screen web experience.

One of my major gripes with the Native S60 browser is that when selecting the toolbar, it overstays its welcome only disappearing after an annoying predetermined amount of time.

I wanted the browser to show be the toolbar when I wanted, and disappear when I don’t want it and want to view a web page in full screen mode. Opera Mini was sort of a little bit better at that, though the latest release introduced a permanent toolbar that, although small, still eats up screen realty.

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@ Web - clean full screen view. Note blue arrow at bottom centre of page

With @Web, you get a little unobtrusive blue arrow at the bottom. Touch it, and you get a whole host of options

  • Back/forward
  • Add Bookmark/open a bookmark
  • Zoom bar
  • Address bar (containing new tab bar the refresh icon which also changes to become a progress meter when loading pages
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Easily accessible controls

The best thing is that it disappears the moment you touch the page. Absolutely brilliant. It’s a little thing, but just that ease between full-screen and navigating web options is a real advantage over the native S60 browser.

3. Simple easy to use settings

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@Web settings

The settings is also accessed really intuitively – just press somewhere on the screen for about 2 seconds and a drop down menu appears. Like the toolbars, this also disappears the instant you touch somewhere on the screen, (disappearing automatically after a few seconds on no action)

From the drop down menu, you can:

  • go to your home page
  • enable private browsing
  • exit browser
  • access Help information
  • access browser settings.

The layout of the settings is also improved, giving you access to settings you actually want to change directly under 2 main headings, and not hidden

  • In browser settings you can manage your home page, java/image/flash/cookie settings.
  • Under privacy you can clear your history/bookmarks/cache.

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4. Kinetic Scrolling and tap zooming.

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Double tap to zoom in, double tap to zoom back out

Just like the S60 browser, two features I really miss when using Opera Mini.

5. Supports Multiple Window/Tabbed Browsing!

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Holy Crap, Finally! Browsing firefox on the desktop, I’ve got too many tabs open to count.

When I’m reading an article/story and find something interesting to read up further on that page, e.g. theory x, I want to be able to search theory x whilst perhaps occasionally flipping back to the original article. That’s just one reason for tabbed browsing which neither S60 browser nor Opera can natively manage.

I’ve only been able to manage multiple web browsing by launching the web browser from another app via a link, or using Opera along with S60 browser. It’s not easiest of solutions.

Digia @Web brings a new experience in giving users up to 4 tabs to browse in. Each one is independent of one another, if you’ve zoomed in on one tab or are in the middle of writing a new web address, all other tabs are unaffected. Great. MNB000164

Even better is how easy it is how to use and switch between tabs. Left of the address bar is a new tab icon. When you press that, you open a blank new window. Another layer appears underneath the address bar containing a miniature compressed window of what’s currently in that tab. No names or web urls, but the image of what EXACTLY that tab looks like, making it really easy to know precisely which tab is which.

6. Has flash!

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flash video on mobile version of youtube

Loads flash content. m.youtube.com flash videos work very nicely, (though main desktop site much slower). Flash content on other sites also load – though this is not that big of a plus for me.

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tapping makes the player go into full screen

7. Moves forward and back really fast.

In S60 browser, whenever I want to go back a page, I get the ‘carousel’ view of pages I’ve previously viewed, requiring another tap to select that page. S60 browser then proceeds to reload that page completely. This is one of the annoyances that pushes me to Opera Mini.

Opera Mini is much better. Press delete button (or back in the toolbar) and the page swipes back without reloading the page. Moving forward required rooting through the menu though.

Digia @Web has dedicated icons for moving forward and back (no keyboard shortcut). But it’s pretty quick to move back and forth between pages too.

Dislikes:

There isn’t much really. The only main issue is stability. If only that were fixed and no more features were added to this browser (not even better flash support) I would be extremely content with having this as my main mobile browser.

  1. A tad unstable – tends to freeze or shut down if doing something too resource intensive. Doesn’t work too well in multitasking with other apps. Though this isn’t something S60 browser nor Opera escapes from either.
  2. Crashes all the time when loading mail.google.com – though I’ve never had to use that as Nokia Messaging provides me with my gmail emails.
  3. Can’t seem to load the real player from the browser – not too much of an issue.
  4. Zoom bar doesn’t actually work.

Conclusion

I would really recommend trying the Digia @Web Browser out (stability issues an all – hopefully we’ll see fixes soon). I used to switch between Opera Mini and S60 web browser: Opera for speedy browsing, and S60’s native browser to make sure certain web pages load as closely to the desktop equivalent as possible. Now I really don’t need to. It’s got the standard webkit base as the backbone, so loads pages like the native browser [I was way too hasty with the praise,mostly overwhelmed with the feature list – @Web fails to load certain sites which native S60 browser has no problem rendering,] but a lot of extra meaty functions that make it so much more useful than both Opera and native browser combined [on paper anyway].

  • pretty quick
  • Intuitive controls – quick hide of toolbars
  • tabbed/multiple window browsing
  • kinetic scrolling/tap zooming
  • quick back/forward navigation
  • loads flash

Everything the native S60 web browser should have been, but now realised through the Digia team.

[edit – as llaadd puts it -, “looks like a browser with great potential“]

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Turning Javascript off improves the stability of the browser, increasing the likelihood that the browser will not freeze on a webpage. e.g. news.google.com/digg.com would freeze with Javascript on.

>>DOWNLOAD IT<<

Digia Via Symbian-Freak

Freeware: Top 10 ‘fun’ free apps from the Ovi Store for your Nokia N97

July 24, 2009 4 comments

Last week when I was checking out the Ovi Store, 9 of these apps were on my recommended page, with the 10th one app’s related download section. You may have seen them elsewhere before, on different download locations, but now they’re all available through Ovi (well at least versions of them anyway) – great for casual users who won’t want or don’t want to be trawling the net for applications.

Now they aren’t your must-have downloads, like Gravity/Nimbuzz/Nokia Photo Browser/Facebook/Opera Mini/BBC iPlayer/ (and DivX Player if it worked properly on S60v5)/Nokia Messaging  etc – they’re just some “fun” free free apps to fill up some space on your phone. Whilst most are gimmicky, some are quite fun and have some potential if executed a bit better.

They’re all available through the Ovi Store, directly from your device or via your computer. Just search for the App names and download/install.

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Recommended applications from Ovi Store on the N97.

Check out the video demo of these apps in action:

Apologies for using video screenshots – Screensnap on the N97 is refusing to take screenshots within the application, taking once the moment I exit them (Low RAM issue?).

10: Watch

Watch

It’s just a big analogue clock

Improvements: If it were implemented as a screen saver

9: Rotary Dialer

Rotary Dialler

I remember using one of these  in my Grandad’s house when I was about 2. (They had button ones too but somehow were also using one of these). Oh the pain when you got one number wrong. It’s got all the animations of an old fashioned rotary dialler, and uses the vibration to give that feedback.

Improvements: Being able to make a call? This isn’t the same Rotary Dialler by Jamie Fuller – you can actually dial out with his. That version is available here

8: HourPower

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It’s a speaking clock. Pressing the icon uses the text-to-speech to announce your current time.

Improvements: Whilst it would be quicker to just look at your clock, if you could use this whilst the phone was locked – e.g. pressing menu button – it would make for a good night clock so you don’t have to open your eyes and have the glare of the backlight hurting your eyes to know the time.

7: FridgeMagnets

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A bunch of letters that you can move around. I don’t know if it’s supposed to spontaneously move and create words and sentences of its own but it does – and some are rude, insulting and jokey – it’s like as if it’s possessed.

Improvements: Maybe inbuilt screenshot or share? Or control another users FridgeMagnet over the net? Perhaps have the letters shake about if you shake the phone – but then if they’re magnetized they wouldn’t move about much. Ok ignore that last one

6: Speedtouch

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It’s a thumb-eye coordination game. This is actually a pretty ok game to waste a minute or two.

Improvements: Have different levels? Gradually build up?

5: Compass

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Turn your N97 into a compass. It looks really good, like an old fashioned nautical bubble compass, and tells you your current GPS coordinates and the exact degree your N97 is pointing. You have to calibrate it first to get it working properly. Check out tutorial here

Improvements: None really. Though the N97’s compass feature is best with Ovi Maps, as a stand alone Compass app – this is really good. Would have come useful for when I had to do the Duke of Edinburgh Award >_< – but then again, if I had the N97 I’d use Ovi Maps and to tell me where to go instead of the horrendous paper map. There’s an alternative version available here from Think Change

4: Mirror

Mirror

You may have just been turning on the forward camera to do this but now there’s a dedicated app for it, and this one’s got glitzy decoration and reflective light streaks to make it seem like an actual mirror. :p

Improvements: Maybe somehow utilise the entire screen?

3: Bubbles

Bubbles

Touch the screen and make bubbles appear. I found it amusing. Simple things please simple minds I guess :D.

Improvements: Being able to pop the bubbles once you’ve made them?

2: Level

Level

It’s a two bubble spirit level, using the accelerometer. It’s very sensitive and quite accurate.

Improvements: None really, except being implemented in the camera application. It’s useful where a spirit level would be useful, from setting a portrait straight to DIY – though you may not want to completely rely on the N97 for the latter.

Now for the camera application – it would be useful if there was some sort of indication on screen if you’re holding your camera straight. Yeah you can see with your eyes, and the 3×3 grid helps, but something like an actual indicator to show precisely when you’re level might be quite useful for those scenic shots/group photos.

1: SpintheBottle

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It’s an animated Spin the bottle. It spins in both directions and as fast or slow as you spin it.

Improvements: None – it’s great for drinking games 😀

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Side note: Though the title is top 10, I was hard pressed to find alternative gimmicky/fun apps on Ovi Store. Content is growing steadily though, and a lot of the other free apps were too ‘useful’ to be included in this post.

Free Game: Match’em for Nokia N97, 5800, and Samsung i8910

July 11, 2009 3 comments

From moubail.com is this free “match’em game”, where the aim is to match multiple icons on the screen. It’s touch based (though a little flakey) but for N97 users you can also use the D-Pad. It’s a little harder than it looks, as you’ve got to put some thought into what order you’re going to start matching up.

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To download it, click here to be redirected to moubail’s download page. Scroll down, download and send to your phone via bluetooth/cable or access the site from your phone directly.

And if you haven’t already,  you might also want to download the free checkers game too.

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It works in both landscape and portrait.

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moubail via dailymobile

Comparison Live Pics: Nokia N97 vs E90 vs E75 vs 5800 and Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD)

June 11, 2009 7 comments

My-Symbian has posted some excellent comparison shots of the N97 with the E90, E75, 5800 and Samsung i8910 (Omnia HD).

A few interesting selections below:

1 – E90 and N97

E90 is huge, but that’s because of that big screen and that spectacular keyboard. Not the best looking phone though. You’d think the reason Nokia stuck the numbers row with the first letters row was because they didn’t have enough rows. 1 more row could have done it, right?

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2. N97 and E75

…The E75 has four rows of keys, BUT still doesn’t have a dedicated numbers row. I guess you could close the keyboard and quickly right on the keypad – but it just seems very frustrating that Nokia puts a keyboard, yet compromises severely on the layout.

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3. 5800 vs N97

3.2″ screen vs 3.5″ screen.

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4. N97 and i8910

3.5″ screen vs 3.7″ screen.

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5. Phone Pile!

N97 on top 🙂

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Via My-Symbian

Video Samples: Nokia N97 vs Samsung i8910

June 8, 2009 5 comments

720p on the Samsung i8910 looks stunning, more detail,crisper, at times more natural looking colours. However, the sound is absolutely dreadful, resembling the tinny audio quality of 2004 handsets – this may still be fixed though.

The N97’s video also performs very well, some slight over saturation in parts – it also just doesn’t look right though after seeing 1280 x 720 first then 640×360. On the other hand, audio recording is fantastic and crisp – as it has been on nearly all Nseries devices.

It’s worth noting that both videos do appear better in the original format than after being uploaded to YouTube.

Nokia N97 – [download original 11.98MB]

Samsung i8910 [download original 43.42MB]

Both videos are more or less similar in length, but with the higher resolution i8910 eats up approx. 4 times more memory, so a 10 minute clip would be about 733 MB on the i8910, but 195 MB on the N97.

I guess if you transfer videos to your computer regularly that won’t be a problem. On the N97, that’s less of a need, since the video sizes are smaller BUT ALSO you have 32GB of memory to fill.

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Review: Samsung Omnia HD (i8910) review by Phone-Arena

April 30, 2009 6 comments

omniaThe guys at Phone-Arena have been a final version of one of the HOTTEST phones of 2009, the Samsung  i8910 (Omnia HD). It’s our beloved Symbian S60, synonymous with Nokia, packaged in excellent Samsung hardware, with a glorious 3.7″ AMOLED capacitive touch screen, 8MP camera, hd video recording at 720p and S60 5th Edition.

With the news of the N97’s somewhat lacklustre processor and RAM, some Symbian fans have jumped ship to Samsung’s more powerful offering. But does it deliver?

There’s 7 pages of texts and pictures to tempt you further (or maybe sway you away?) over at Phone-Arena. They’ve also got a video review, and a 3D i8910

Via Phone-Arena