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.

Ir order to have some of these apps in the ‘Download’ list, you will need to add some repositories (aka download catalogues), such as Extras and Extras-Devel. Don’t worry, this is very simple, just follow my lead. Please note: some applications in these repositories may be unstable, so download only the ones I mention in this post. Open Application manager from the menu (as shown on the image above), and then click on the down pointing arrow next to the Application manager title. You’ll see the following drop-down menu:

Select “Application catalogues”, and then “New”.

You’ll be prompted to fill in some fields.

For the Extras repository, fill in the following data:

Catalog name: Maemo Extras
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free

For Extras-Devel, the following data:

Catalog name: Maemo Extras-devel
Web address: http://repository.maemo.org/extras-devel/
Distribution: fremantle
Components: free non-free

OK, the hard part is over! 🙂

Select the “Download” button in the Application Manager’s main screen, and the “All” – it easier to search all the apps at once. There is no “Search” button, so you just start typing on the keyboard.

Essential app no. 1 is called Tweakr, and it will, most importantly, allow you to align homescreen icons to grid – ABSOLUTELY great feature – your desktops will look much more organized! You can also modify Power key actions, bookmarks’ names, and add additional profiles. Once installed, the app will be in the Settings menu, as shown below.

Number two should definitely go to fMMS, a cool app that adds the support for multimedia messages to your N900.

When I updated the firmware on my N900 I lost the ability to use the inbuilt FM transmitter (icon in the settings just disappeared, although it’s legal to use this feature in Serbia), so I installed a life-saver app called FMTX Faker. This app simply brought back this great feature. Make sure you restart your device after installation. FM transmitter is illegal in some countries (I really don’t understand why?!?!?!), so use this app at your own risk!!!

FM Boost is another app that addresses FM transmitter problems – this time to boost its “strength to 118”. Just run this program after turning the transmitter on and the sound quality on your car’s stereo will improve.

Another useful utility is called Lens Cover Reminder. Basically, it does what the name says – it reminds you that you left the camera cover open by vibrating and/or flashing the LED. Once installed, it will be located in Settings.

N900 is superb when it comes to browsing the Internet, but the amount of  transmitted data can be unpleasantly surprising sometimes, so I recommend you install a handy widget called Personal Dataplan monitor.

Another must have widget goes by the funny name of Bluezwitch. It’s actually a simple button for your homescreen that turns on/off the Bluetooth. Great time saver… It looks like this:

Have you noticed that the N900 is missing a voice recorder? This problem is easily solved with the Recaller widget. Is very customizable and easy to use. It can record audio from various sources, as shown below, but I mostly use it as a dictaphone.

Maybe my favorite widget is the one that allows me to turn my WiFi/GPRS connection on/off in only one click! It’s called ConnectNow, you can even change the icon to match the connection type, and you should download it ASAP! 🙂

If you’re an active hiker/runner, you’re probably missing the Sports Tracker and GPS-based recording of your outdoor activities on the N900. Don’t worry, there’s an alternative called eCoach. It’s not as polished ad the new Sports Tracker, but it does the job very well.

As you probably know, Gravity isn’t available for the N900, but TweeGo handles your tweets quite nicely.

And finally, an add-on called Unzip add-on for the File Manager – adds the ability to open zip archives.

Of course, there are many more great Maemo apps, but these are my favorite. Have I forgotten your favorite app for the N900? Leave a comment below. 🙂

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  1. i would like to add an other one to the list.

    My colleagues created the U-Done Todo Manager, which you can use on your N900 as well. You can find it here: http://store.ovi.com/content/121065

    It’s free but ads -in the form of banners- appear at the bottom inside the app.

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