I would like to share my experiences with Nokia 5800 which I own for almost a year now. It is well known that nowadays a cellphone is not just hardware but mostly software. Lots of interesting applications have been added to Ovi Store during this year. Here I will describe the favorite ones.
This is the homescreen of Nokia 5800. As you can see, it makes it possible to make shortcuts for your favorite applications. I have added Ovi Maps, Florin – a personal finance tracker, Snaptu - a homescreen replacement which offers widgets such as dictionary and Twitter timeline, and Wikipedia Reader widget.
I have been using a personal finance tracker that I wrote myself previously for two years. It makes it possible to set financial goals and achieve them. My software was implemented in Qt port to Symbian – basically it was just one form where I could enter the data and then the data was stored in a file. I also created a web page which provided a query form to generate various reports. Actually, I liked my application except that there were too few expense categories (for example Travel category did not specify which means of transportation was used) as well as my application was lacking the automatic synchronization with web backend.
Then I found Florin and I was impressed with its nice and clean UI. Another impressive feature is its two-tier expense category hierarchy. It is even possible to add custom expense categories. It is possible to generate reports for any given date range. The report gives you the total amount of money spent in each category. But there are a few problems in this application which make it nice but not perfect. For example, it is not possible to delete an expense item once you have entered it even though there is a button for doing so. Deleting an item messes up the statistics. Another problem is that the application has no web backend or even Export feature. What should I do once I decide to upgrade my Nokia 5800 to Nokia 97? How can I take the data with me?
Snaptu is a replacement for your homescreen. It takes into account the social nature of today’s interactions. Its most important widget located in the top-left corner is Twitter. I like to read my timeline when I have a short break but before I did not have a Twitter client installed on my Nokia 5800. However, Snaptu is not just a twitter client. It has games as well, for example Sudoku. There is another valuable widget – a dictionary which I use whenever I read Economist magazine or art books. Quite often I find unfamiliar words which I have to look up in a dictionary. Snaptu offers lots and lots of widgets. I wonder if it is possible to write your own widgets.
Wikipedia is what you use when you need more than just the definition of a word. It is such a valuable source of information. This widget is doing a great job on adapting the intertwined content of Wikipedia website to the size of a mobile device screen. Easy to use application.
Last but not least – e-book reader! These days every company thinks it needs to sell an e-book reader. I never thought that it is possible to fit any reasonable amount of text in a reasonable font size on the screen of a cellphone unless it is a bigger Maemo series device or an IPad. But this book reading application does the trick. Actually, this software comes from an electronic book supply company. This mobile application is only one form of e-book distribution. EReader website says that it is the largest e-book store. Once you register on the web site you can start buying the books using your credit card.