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Great Apps for Your Nokia 3650

By Tong Zhang, Senior Editor

BlackList by SymbianWare

Have you ever gotten a new cell phone and kept getting calls for the previous owner of your cell phone number? Have you ever had telemarketers keep calling you on your cell phone and wasting your minutes? Have you ever wanted to block an incoming caller before your phone even starts to ring? If your answer is yes, then SymbianWare has a good app for you. It’s called BlackList.

What does it do?
BlackList will cancel unwanted calls immediately if the phone number matches anyone on your block list. The application cancels the call before your phone starts ringing. What callers will hear is a busy signal created by BlackList. There is an Auto start feature in BlackList, which auto starts the application after you turn on your device. You don’t need to re-active the application itself manually. BlackList will give you an option to accept certain type of communications but not others by creating the “Accept only list” rule.

How doe it work?
There are three top views in BlackList: Status, Rules and Rejected. In the Status view, you have options to turn on or off the application. When you turn off the app, it will not block any calls. You will also see the number of received calls and the number of rejected calls. Rules view is where you create your “black list”. You will see two directories: Black list and Accept only list. Put a list of phone numbers or groups in Black list to block the calls from these correspondents when this function is turned on. In Accept only list option, you can define the list of correspondents you want to accept calls from only. When you turn on this option, anyone who isn’t on this list will get a busy signal. In case someone wants to use this feature for special occasions such as a vacation, there is a “situation” option where you can create a list to block only when you are on vacation.

A couple of hints!
If you want to decline all incoming calls and only be reached via SMS or MMS, then select "Accept only list" rule and leave it empty. Then BlackList will decline all incoming calls.

You can add numbers from your Contact list and Group list as well as incoming call number recorded by your phone.

Price: $9.95


 

 

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Mp3Player 1.22 by Viking Informatics

Do you know that your phone can play MP3s? I’ve looked at a few MP3 players for the Nokia 3650. Mp3Player from Viking Informatics stands out as the easiest to use and it supports many languages.

What does it do?
Mp3Player is an MPEG layer 3 audio player for Nokia 3650. It supports MPEG1, MPEG2 and MPEG2.5 files at 8kbps to 420kbps. The software comes in English, German, Hungarian, Italian and Spanish. Once you’ve installed the Mp3Player program, it will search for all available MP3 files on your phone’s internal memory and the MMC card. All you have to do is to select Play.

How does it work?
There are two top views in Mp3Player: Main and Files. The Main view gives you the basic information about the song you are currently playing, which includes the bit rate, frequency and mono/stereo status. There is also a volume control bar, and you can turn up or down the volume by pressing the Up and Down buttons on your D-pad. You will also find the display of play time elapsed and the length of the track on the Main View. In the center of the Main view in a large font, you will see the title of the song and the band/artist’s name. Under the Options in this view, you can modify the settings on display, how to play tracks, repeat and preamplifier. In Files view, you will see the MP3 files which you can select any track to start playing. In the Options in this view, you have a Search function, which allows you to search all MP3 files. The Playlist feature isn’t as graceful as other MP3 players I’ve seen. You should organize your files before playing them in Mp3Player.

A couple of hints!
DO NOT transfer files using Nokia PC Suite because it converts your MP3 into WAV files. Use BT file transfer or a card reader to copy your MP3 files to the MMC card. If you get an error message that say: “App. Closed mp3player”, then restart your phone.

Price: $18

 

 

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AppMan by SymbianWare

If you are used to using Windows/Mac desktop and all brand PDAs, the first thing you want to do when you get a Symbian OS phone like the Nokia 3650 is to understand the file management system, memory info, etcetera. The trouble is there isn’t a great app that can show you this. The Manager that comes with your 3650 does little more than listing the applications and size of these files. But what if I want to check out free memory information, disks information, and summary information about installed and currently running applications and summary statistics for compressed apps? You need an application called AppMan developed by SymbianWare.

What does it do?
It shows you how much free memory you have including internal and MMC, number of installed apps and total memory they occupy, how many apps are running, and if you’ve compressed files, you will see the compression rates. It also provides you with a quick view of currently running applications and processes, as well as all installed programs.

How does it work?
There are 5 top views in AppMan. Summary View shows system summary view. The information includes free memory information, disk information, summary information about installed and currently running applications and summary statistics for compressed apps. Under Options, you can compress memory, close all apps and restart the device.

Running Applications View shows you how much memory the running app uses and gives you options to switch to the selected application, close or kill an application, and get its extended info and threads information.

Processes View shows a list of running processes sorted by ProcessId in descended order with the last started processes comes first in the list. You can kill selected processes and get extended info about it.

Open Files View and Installed Applications View give you a list of files that have been opened and applications that have been installed respectively. Open File view will show you the file size and root/path of these opened files. You can choose to close all files or add to favorites in the Options menu. The Installed Application view has similar features. You can get a list of all applications found in the system and display them by name, amount of disk space each app uses now and if the files are compressed, you can see the amount of saved space and compression rate. You can also choose to close all apps, remove apps or add them to your favorites.

A couple of hints!
Some of the compression features work better with SymbianWare’s own compression software Stacker.

Price: $9.95

 

 

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SmartLauncher by SymbianWare

I wouldn’t be surprised if this application is the most popular one for the Nokia 3650 handset. SmartLaucher can help you make your 3650 look and behave exact way you want it to. It completely substitutes for the system menu and task manager, allows you to set background images, apps and folder icons, as well as buttons colors and much more.

What does it do?
It can completely change your phone display by using new skins that either you created yourself or downloaded. Not only can you change the background image, but also you will have the tools to change icons, labels, folder and button colors. The best of all, SmartLauncher provides complete integration between Skins and your phone functions. SymbianWare also offers a freeware app that allows you to edit your own Skins. If you are not the “do-it-yourself” type, then check out the Skins on SymbianWare site. You just might find a Skin you like to download.

How does it work?
Once you’ve installed the SmartLaunch program, you will see your Menu screen in the default Skin. If you wish to turn off or change a skin, you can find those functions under the Options Menu. To make the new skin installation painless, you can first install the Skin Editor, free from SymbianWare. This app will allow you to create your own skins or copy downloaded skins out of the Inbox folder. The Skin Editor is a very important app if you plan to create your own skins. Otherwise, you only need to install it in order to use downloaded skins. SymbianWare provides some basic color themed skins, but has a very good collection of user-created skins for download. (The screen shot is a skin with Xbox theme created by PaU.)

A couple of hints!
If you are new to Symbian OS, install both SmartLauncher and Skin Editor for editing and installing new skins. If you know your way around, you don’t have to install the Skin Editor to install new skins. Copy the skin files to \system\data\LNSkins\.

Price: $9.95

 

 

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Mobipocket Reader Pro by Mobipocket

For those who use their PDAs and smartphones to read ebooks, Mobipocket Reader Pro is a good app to have. You can enjoy over 4000 titles including fiction, non-fiction, doctrinaires and medical edocs and ebooks.

What does it do?
The Mobipocket Reader not only reads ebooks, it also supports eNews and eDocs. You can check your daily eNews channel and new eBook arrivals and more via Mobipocket’s WebCompanion app, which will be installed when you install your eBook reader onto your 3650 handset. Even though Mobipocket Reader for the Symbian OS isn’t as robust as the one running on Pocket PC or Palm OS devices, it has the basic features that make reading an eBook hassle-free on your Nokia 3650.

How does it work?
You can’t use the Bluetooth wireless file transfer to install the application. You must run the .exe file on your desktop and install the ebook reader via PC Suite. The installation process also includes installing the WebCompanion application on your desktop machine for checking for news, new ebooks and for publishing your own ebooks.

Once the application is installed on your 3650, you will see a list of eBooks, eNews or eDocs items listed in the Library view. You can switch between these formats by using the Options button. You can read the pages in full screen mode by turning it on in Settings. Otherwise, you will see page numbers and Options buttons under the page view. You have three font sizes to choose from to display the pages. While reading a book, you can use annotation, auto scrolling text and bookmark functions as well as sending your eBook to your other devices or storage card via IR, BT or email. The font type looks very sharp and clear on the 3650 screen with 14-line display in small font size. The reader also supports images and tables. Mobipocket claims that their ebook reader supports the western European language and Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

A couple of hints!
Use PC Suite for the installation. Make sure that your phone is connected to your desktop via PC Suite in order to complete the install.

Price: $19.95

 

 

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Opera Web Browser by Opera Software

The Opera web browser has been supporting Symbian OS phones for a while. The version that works on Series 60 includes Opera's breakthrough technology Small-Screen Rendering (SSR), a technology that reformats Web pages to fit on the smaller mobile screens. To fit small screen with text isn’t all that impressive, but Opera browser can support almost all image formats, various Markup languages, CSS, SSL and JavaScript.

What does it do?
Opera is a web browser. After you connect your phone to your data service, you can view web pages in Opera. The SSR technology will render the page to fit your Nokia 3650 screen. You can use the jog-dial to open links, browser frames and navigate through the pages. Opera browser allows you to search the web, save web pages and add/manage bookmarks. It supports all common image formats including jpeg, gif, png, wbmp and bmp formats, and it will tell you how many images on a web page. This browser also supports XHTML/XHTML Mobile profile, WAP and more markup languages. You can use this browser to access CSS, Wireless CSS, ECMAScript and JavaScript. If you ever have a need to access SSL pages, Opera will support the security protocol as well.

How does it work?
For a browser that seems to do everything, Opera is very easy to install as long as you have enough memory. You need at least 900KB of flash memory for the installation, and you can choose to install the software either on your phone’s internal memory or the MMC card. It requires 2.5MB of RAM.

Once the browser is installed, you will see an icon in your Menu screen. You will use the Options to do most of the work. In the Options menu, you will find Open, Navigation, Display, Search, Switch and Settings. Here is a list of menu options under each category:

Open: web page, typed URLs, Bookmarks, Home page, History list, saved pages
Navigation: Previous, Reload page, Add bookmark, Save page, Page info
Display: Full screen on/off, Small screen on/off, Images (number of images on the page)
Search: Internet search, Find in page
Switch view: bookmarks, saved pages, transfers
Settings: Show images, show animations, enable JavaScript, Pop-up Windows.

There are also a various shortcuts assigned to each number key and the * key and # key. You can switch display screens, open web page or bookmarks, navigate images and more by simple pressing the shortcut key.

A couple of hints!
Make sure that you have enough space for the installation. Clean up memory prior to the installation or better yet, install it on an MMC card. Remember AppMan? Use that to manage your memory! Utilize the bookmark features and save web page feature to minimize your typing and data transferring cost.

Price: $29

 

 

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