Free S60 Apps / Application Reviews

UpCode - Free barcode reader for Symbian S60UpCode - Free barcode reader for Symbian S60UpCode is one of the best free mobile barcode readers available for Symbian S60 3rd edition mobile phones as we expect the barcode reader will be available for S60 5th edition soon. If you are not familiar with mobile barcodes, they are graphical barcode like representations of URL addresses for easy access. Instead of typing the whole URL you just point your camera to the barcode and your phone browser is automatically redirected to the designated address. These barcodes, today can be found all around the net, for example our partner site SymbianThemes.us is using it to provide easy download links for the themes directly to your mobile phone.

We have tested a few mobile barcode readers, to be exact all of the free barcode readers available for Nokia N96. We found UpCode Reader to be the best choice when it comes to mobile barcodes. We have tested it on few barcodes and it works perfectly. UpCode Reader is available for all Symbian S60 3rd edition mobile phones, the interface is very simple and as you can see from the screenshot on the right, there is no philosophy in using this application, just open it point it to the barcode and you will be redirected to the URL.

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Jbak TaskMan - Free S60 task managerJbak TaskMan - Free S60 task manager on Nokia N96Jbak TaskMan is a free task manager replacement for the built in task manager in Nokia phones running on Symbian S60 3rd edition. Since the built in task manager does not provide much functionality except for switching between apps and closing open applications, some users might experience a need for a more advanced task manager offering more functionality. So you have many options when it comes to a task manager, well not so many if you don't want to spend a few bucks on a little piece of software that will make your task management process a bit easier.

Among the free task managers for Nokia Symbian S60 phones the one that stands out is Jbak TaskMan, great task manager for S60 3rd edition and feature pack 1 mobile phones.

We have tested Jbak TaskMan on our test phone, the Nokia N96 and you can see the screenshot here. Although it seems to run quite perfectly we noticed a small bug if I can say so. The phone screen was strangely illuminated while the phone was idle. So instead of turning off the screen the phone stayed lit although the screen was blank. On the other hand on FP1 phones we were unable to find this bug.

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Lonely Cat Games X-plore for S60 5th editionLonely Cat Games X-plore for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic, Nokia N97Although having the most strange name "Lonely Cat Games X-plore" this file manager for Symbian S60 5th edition phones has just been released. This means that the popular "Lonely Cat Games X-plore" file manager is now available for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic and the announced Nokia N97 coming in March 2009. This is the first not out of the box file manager for Nokia 5800 and N97 to be unofficially introduced to the public. Lonely Cat Games X-plore features:
  • View all drives / folders / files on phone in tree view
  • Integrated text and image viewer
  • View file details
  • Edit file attributes (hidden, read-only, etc)
  • Rename and delete files
  • Create or edit text files
  • Create folders
  • Multi-selection
  • Copy or move files and folders
  • Send files by Bluetooth or Infrared
  • Extract files from Zip, Rar, Jar archives and pack files
  • View Word documents
  • Hardware device info
  • View processes and tasks
  • Viewing, saving files in Messaging folders
  • Hex viewer and editor
  • Search files
  • Simple audio player
  • Simple video player
All in all Lonely Cat Games X-plore is one hell of a file manager for Symbian S60 5th edition mobile phones and there is a download link where you can get it for free.

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Six free apps unveiled for Nokia 5800 XpressMusic in IndiaYesterday on Nokia's site for India six free applications for Nokia 5800 Xpress Music were unveiled and made available for download. These six Symbian S60 5th edition freeware applications were made available for download only on the site for India and not the main Nokia website. As you might expect the applications will be presented for other countries soon, but for now you can download them from the links in the next page.

The Nokia 5800 XpressMusic freeware applications are a combination of games, multimedia and utilities that take advantage of the new touch screen capabilities presented by this phone.

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Weather for S60 - Free Weather Application for Symbian S60Weather for S60Weather for S60 is a free weather application available for Symbian S60 3rd edition mobile phones from the original release to FP2. The application is one of the most comprehensive and feature rich weather applications we have seen in a long time and on top of everything it is available for free download, yes it is a freeware.

Weather for S60 is really impressive, although being a simple application which downloads and displays reports about the current weather conditions for about 6000+ locations all over the world the app is very easy to use and manage and even there is a GPS enabled version.

The weather reports are provided by the United States National Weather Service, and are in a format called METAR.  The reports themselves are really small (a few hundred bytes usually) so they shouldn't run up your data usage too much even for those users with a low data plan by their provider. For all other including Wi-Fi enabled phones this app consumes so little bandwidth that you will hardly notice it is running. We have tested it for a day and we must say that Weather for S60 is one of the best weather applications we have seen in a very long time.

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Emoze - Free Push Email for Symbian S60Emoze - Free Push Email for Symbian S60Emoze is a free push email application for Symbian S60 3rd edition devices allowing access to your business email account, home email account, Gmail, Google Apps and even Facebook on the go. Although most of this applications and services are paid, Emoze for Symbian S60 is free, there are no trial periods, no hidden terms of use it is a 100% free application.

Although to use Emoze for Symbian S60 3rd edition on your Nokia mobile phone you will have to have eighter an data plan with your service provider or a Wi-Fi hotspot while downloading your mail.

In the few days we have been using Emoze for S60 on our test drive Nokia N96 (although officially not supported on the site, we were unable to find the N96 phone model in the download Emoze drop down the version for Nokia N95-1 seems to work perfectly on Nokia N96 and other S60 3rd edition Feature Pack 2 phone models like Nokia N79, Nokia N78, Nokia E71 and Nokia E66) we were impressed by the simplicity and overall functionality of this free push email application and having in mind the Facebook extension we think it is a keeper.

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Handy Music for Symbian S60 3rd editionHandy Music for Symbian S60 3rd editionHandy Music is a free Mp3 player described by everyone like the "Winamp for Symbian S60" or "it works in a way similar to Winamp". Well what can I say more... it is a player it plays songs so it is ok to say that is works like Winamp (I think that the new generation of users will say Winamp instead of music player like Xerox means photo copies in some countries).

The Handy Music player allows you to add/remove songs it has no library support and the interface is quite simple so that everybody can understand how to play a song (lets assume that there are people who are not quite familiar with mobile phones even though it is the 21 century).

Although this is not the best music player for Symbian S60 3rd edition available for free, it sure works good. You might be surpriced by the small font of the playlist but it is configurable through the settings menu where you can choose the font size and other font options for the music player. We have tested the Handy Music player on Nokia N96 and it works very well, you might try it on other Symbian S60 devices.

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Jomtris - Symbian S60 tetris gameJomtris - Symbian S60 tetris gameJomtris is a free Symbian S60 tetris game available for free download.

Actually, Jomtris is a "tetris" style of casual game. You handle and remove dropping 4-tile pieces as long as possible and that's it.

One game session should take max 5-10 minutes. The playing field is vertical 10x20 square field, there are different 4-tile pieces dropping down from top and you have to fit them nicely at the bottom. All full rows are removed, to give you some more space to arrange tiles.

You can play either with joystick or keyboard or both at the same time .You get to next level after removing 10 rows. At each level the speed of pieces dropping increases.

Important: You need Python to run this game. SIS has to be installed on same disk drive as Python interpreter: either both on Phone Memory or both on Memory Card.

Read more to find out more info about this game...

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Best ScreenSnap - Nokia 5800 screenshotsBest ScreenSnap - Nokia 5800 screenshotsWith Best ScreenSnap you can capture screenshots on your Nokia 5800 XpressMusic or Nokia N97. To make a screenshot you just need to press the defined key combination while Best ScreenSnap works in background. You can define your own hotkey to make a screenshot. After the application makes a screenshot you hear camera click sound to notify you. You can save screenshots as true colour BMP, 256 colour BMP, and JPG. For JPG you can select the image quality (the worser quality the smaller the file size). Action: you can select action to be performed after taking screenshot. Save the image to disk or immediately send it via Bluetooth, Infrared, multimedia message or email. You don't have to type the file name each time you take a screenshot, you can specify the base file name of the screenshot image files. application will automatically append a unique number to the base filename. E.g. src000001.jpg, src000002.jpg, src000003.jpg etc. Taken images are saved directly to your Images folder. That allows you to browse, view and delete taken screen shots with a built-in picture viewer application. The application allows you to select a folder in Images section where your screenshots will appear in order to differentiate your screenshots from other images like your camera photos, etc. You can configure screenshots to be stored on the internal phone disk or on the memory card. Best ScreenSnap is FREE! You can download and use it absolutely free of charge.

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Twim - Mobile Twitter clientIf you are using Twitter, you find it to be a great micro blogging platform. If you are reading this post you might be a Twitter addict wanting to update your Twitter micro blog on the go from your mobile phone.

Twim - Mobile Twitter client Symbian S60 Twim - Mobile Twitter client Loading S60 Nokia S60 Twim - Mobile Twitter client

The software developer Tommi Laukkanen has developed a JAVA mobile Twitter client that your can install on your Symbian S60 powered Nokia mobile phone and update your status on the go. Twim is a free mobile Twitter client that is available for all phones that support JAVA and can be downloaded for free on your S60 Nokia phone from the developer's website.

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