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Top 10 free apps for the Nokia C6-01

Hello there, my fellow tech lovers, and welcome to the presentation of the best free apps for the Nokia C6-01.

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Bounce Boing Battle preview

Hi everybody! I’ve been playing with the Nokias N8 and C7 for quite some time, thanks to my friend Darko. I’ve taken an in-depth look into the new Symbian operating system in one of my previous posts, and now it’s game time! :D

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Top 67 Nokia N8 tips and tricks

Hi, and welcome to my MEGA tips-and-tricks post about the first Symbian^3 phone – the Nokia N8!

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Browsing on WiFi-only iPad using 3G connection!

Yes, you’ve read the post title correctly, you can use 3G connection on WiFi-only iPad! All you need is: a WiFi-only iPad (naturally), mobile phone with WiFi connectivity (Symbian, Maemo or WM operating systems – in my case Nokia N97 Mini), and an absolutely fantastic piece of software called JoikuSpot!

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Enrich your N900 with these free apps

I’m using the N900 super-phone for quite some time, and these are some must-have app that are available for download via App manager.

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Sports Tracker – the ultimate running companion

If you like the famous Latin saying: “Mens sana in corpore sano” or “A healthy mind in a healthy body”, then you probably have some outdoor sport activity that keeps you fit and healthy. I present you Sports Tracker, a free app that will help you record and improve your runs/hikes, using the GPS receiver in your Symbian phone.

This tremendously useful application is the successor to the Nokia Sports Tracker, and is available only for touchscreen phones at the moment (S60v5) – I’m using it on my trial Nokia X6 16GB, and it works perfectly! Update 14.05.2010. FP2 phones supported also! You can download it in the OVI Store.

When you launch the app, you will see the following screen.

You can start tracking new workout, browse your previous workouts (if any), modify the settings, access your latest workout, see the sunrise/sunset time in your area, and send download link to your friend for this app via SMS.

I recommend that you start with the Settings.

Here you have 4 options, and I will begin with General Settings.

1. Access point – you will be using the selected AP to upload your workouts to Sports Tracker website (this feature is coming soon), and to download updates. I like to select home WiFi connection.

2. Memory in use – select where do you want to keep workout files – phone’s memory or mass storage (memory card).

3. Measurement unit – you have 3 options here, select the one that suits your needs: Metric (distance in kilometers, speed in kilometers per hour), Imperial (distance in miles, speed in miles per hour) and Nautical (distance in nautical miles, speed in knots).

4. Map material – you can choose between “Empty background”, “Phone” and “Phone and network”. I usually select Phone, because I don’t need detailed maps while running.

5. Workout backlight – I suggest you choose “Automatic” (which will follow your phone’s settings), because “Always on” will drain the battery.

6. Autolap signal – select if and how you want to be notified when you finish a lap. I like to hear a sound, light notification isn’t that useful to me.

7. Use automatic keylock – very useful option, because this automatically locks your phone after the selected period of time.

8. Altitude offset – lets you select your elevation. I keep this field at 0m.

OK, now go back one level, to the “Settings” screen, and select “User”. Fill in your name, age, gender and weight in the corresponding fields.

In the Activities view (in the “Settings” screen), you can tweak the settings for each type of workout, as shown below.

If you have a heart rate belt, pair it with your phone by clicking the Heart Rate field.

Finally, we finished the setup! :) Go back the the start screen, and select “New workout”.

Select the activity type in the first field, for example cycling.

You can skip the second field, or select some of the previous workouts.

In the third field, select how often do you want to hear a sound (“on each 1km” is just fine), or select “Route based” if you’re running/cycling in circles.

Now click “OK”, and you’ll see the following screen.

Wait for the “GPS fix OK” message, click “Start” and you’re ready to go! Once you’ve finished, click “Options->Stop”, and you’ll see the details of your workout. The image below shows my workout, I cycled with my friend Cvijan few days ago around the Belgrade lake Ada Ciganlija.

You can edit the workout details by clicking on the pen icon, or share the screenshot of the workout with your friends by clicking the envelope icon. You can also scroll down to see additional details, graphs, etc…

As I’ve mentioned before, the “Upload to website” feature is coming soon.

Now that you know how to use Sports Tracker, on your mark, get set, go!!! :)

Free apps you just have to install on your X6

I’m still using the Nokia X6 16GB as my main phone, and here are some suggestions how to expand its numerous possibilities with these free, must-have apps (these apply to all touchscreen Symbian phones). They are not sorted in any particular order.

1. Quickoffice – this app gives you the ability to read .doc, .xls and .ppt files. You get this app with v20 firmware, as seen here, so go ahead and update your phone. Of course, if you need editing capabilities and .docx and .xlsx support, you’ll have to pay for this app.

2. YouTube app – much more convenient then the browser. You can even sign in, view your uploads and favorites, etc… Available via OVI Store.

3. Sports Tracker – this is really a great app (one of my favorites, a full review coming soon), the successor to the famous Nokia Sports Tracker, and it allows you to track your sport activities on your GPS enabled phone – running, cycling, skiing, etc… Available via OVI Store.

4. Nokia Photo Browser – an alternative to the inbuilt image viewer, with beautiful 3D picture wall, face recognition and click-and-hold to zoom function. Available via OVI Store. Maybe I should change the post title to “Must have free apps in the OVI Store” :)

5. Nimbuzz – as I said before: “the most complete social messaging application”. Make free calls and chat with your Skype, MSN, GTalk, Yahoo! contacts, or chat with your Facebook contacts. There is also Twitter support, with all the basic functionality.

That’s basically it, if I forgot your favorite free app that needs to be added to the X6, be sure to leave a comment below.

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