I’ve been a Symbian user for a long time now. My previous 3 phones have all been Symbian powered Nokia phones so I’ve installed countless amounts of applications over the years. Here’s my top 15 FREE S60 applications and how you can download them too.
Putty is a popular Telnet & SSH client and terminal emulator for Windows and Unix systems but has more recently seen a port to the S60 platform. If you don’t manage Unix/BSD machines, you’re probably not going to find this app useful, but for someone who does, this will be an invaluable addition to your S60 smartphone. I use it a lot for performing basic server administration when I’m away from a keyboard.
This port of PuTTY is excellent, which is why I’ve put it as number 1 on my list. It’s very customisable and although sometimes it can be a little difficult to fit a large amount of information on the screen and maintain readability, it’s more than good enough for executing basic commands. It’s perhaps the only application on this list that I absolutely couldn’t live without and one of the criteria for a new phone would certainly be an SSH client.
You can download PuTTY for Symbian OS here. There’s a version for S60 third edition phones as well as S80 v2.
If you’re ever switching between WiFi access points, WeFi is a great application that makes roaming with WiFi a lot easier. WeFi runs in the background and can be setup to automatically connect you to any WiFi access point in range that you have configured or any open hotspot in range. This means that you don’t need to reconfigure your phone to connect to a different access point at work or at your local coffee shop or at home. It can also automatically test each available hotspot to find one with internet access. It can even set apart those which require a login to gain access allowing you to choose a free hotspot over a paid one.
My only complaint would be that not all types of encryption are compatible and not much work appears to have been made to tackle this with more recent updates only really appearing to bloat the application and add support for newer phones. This makes it useless at university where the particular WPA configuration is unsupported.
You can download WeFi for S60 phones here.
3. DEdit (DEd)
Although you can write notes and messages on S60 phones, direct file editing is something that is missing. DEdit solves this by giving you a basic text editor – similar to notepad on Windows – that is surprisingly feature rich. You can do all the expected tasks of a text editor, such as search and replace, word-wrap and selections. DEdit also allows you to send your file over Bluetooth, SMS or E-mail.
You shouldn’t expect particularly fancy things like formatting and bullet points as this is just a text file editor, but definitely an essential for any power user.
You can download DEdit for S60 here.
Additional: On the DEdit site you can also find a superb application called Jbak TaskMan which expands the functionality of the default S60 task manager by add process exploration, program autorun and information about memory usage. Be sure to check it out!
Google has an application that lets you browse their maps on your Symbian smartphone. The application is actually remarkably smooth, but does require a constant internet connection and will use a lot of bandwidth if you’re viewing a large area.
The maps application has a lot of the features you’ll find on the Google maps website, like streetview images, satellite images, directions, gps and layers.
Although at the time of writing it does not support turn-by-turn navigation on the S60 (read on about Ovi Maps for that), one fantastic feature is Latitude which will tell you where your friends are in real time (provided they have an internet connection and a GPS signal).
You can download Google Maps for S60 here.
Mobbler is a Last.FM scribbler and radio player for the S60. It supports a lot of the features you would expect from a Last.FM client, such as cover art, but boasts a few extras like an equaliser, a sleep function and alarm.
I’m a measly pay-as-you-go user which means that using this application to its full potential is difficult and expensive – the amount of bandwidth over 3G it uses would cost me an arm and a leg. If I had a large data package, this would certainly find itself further up the list. Whenever I have WiFi access though, I’m a very regular user of Mobbler and even when I’m out of range of a WiFi point, the scrobbler is always running in the background when I’m using the built in media player meaning my profile is updated with my recently listening habits the next time I am online.
Mobbler is open source, hosted on the Google Code project site so it is in active development and always improving.
You can download Mobbler from the Ovi Store or here.