Symbian was one of the top mobile operating systems available on the market. For a long time companies, such as Sony Ericsson and most notably Nokia, ran the OS on nearly all of their mobile devices, a testament to the success of Symbian. In this article you'll find the top 10 Symbian applications.
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1. Google Search Client
The Symbian Google Client is a program that integrates with your device's idle screen, that is if your device offers a "Ctrl" or "Pencil/Edit" key, or via the application launcher found on Symbian based devices. By typing in searches in the provided box Google can access the Internet, find your queries and display the necessary information in a mobile formatted display for easy access. Unlike the standard Internet Google search from your mobile device, the Symbian Google Client is also built to render searches faster, and display the information in an easier to read way.
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This Symbian app is a clever idea. It aims to offer the functionality of several different apps all rolled into one. You can use it access Facebook, Twitter, Picasa, Flickr, and also to get the latest news, weather and sports updates. Do away with the need to have separate apps for all these services and save on space and battery life. It has a simple interface and it's easy to use. Best of all it is completely free to install.
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Fring is one of the best VoIP and data chat programs available for any mobile platform. The program allows users to make VoIP calls when Wi-Fi is available, or to use their data plan for voice and text based chatting. Fring supports the most popular in mobile chat programs including MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, SIP, Twitter, AIM, and Yahoo.
With these applications users can tell if their friends are available before they place a call or leave a message, and they can make cheap calls without wasting their cell phone minutes. It's easy to install, compatible across many platforms, offers cheap international calling and is fast and easy to grasp. What more could you want?
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4. Google Maps
With Google Maps users can find Points Of Interest (POI's), receive Turn-By-Turn Directions, and even search local businesses and call them by clicking on the selected business phone number. Google Maps works with built-in GPS receivers and assisted GPS offerings. It can even operate using My Location Based Services when GPS is not present, offering proximity calculations to within 1000 meters. If you don't want to pay for expensive mapping then Google Maps is not only free, it works better than many paid software programs currently available on the market.
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5. Nokia Sports Tracker
For the fitness enthusiast with built-in GPS capabilities there are few programs as good as Nokia Sports Tracker. With this program runners, cyclists, and even walkers can track their average speeds, the altitude at which they are traveling, the total distance they've gone and much more. The program even allows users to show their workout routes via Google Earth, while a Facebook app can be added so you and your circle of friends can compare your workout details and overall progress. If you're motivated by competition, or you just want to show off your workout routine, then take a look at Nokia Sports Tracker.
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6. Nokia Podcasting
With this very useful program users can add, delete and manage their podcasts directly from their Symbian based devices. You can download your favorite podcasts directly to your phone via either Wi-Fi connectivity or by using your device's mobile data connection. With Nokia Podcasting you don't even need to manage your podcast subscription on your PC, it can all be downloaded directly on your cell phone.
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Do you create a lot of videos and photos and upload them to popular portals such as YouTube and Flickr? If you do, you'll love ShoZu. With this useful Symbian application, users can tag, categorize, and upload their media to the portals of their choice (as long as they're supported by ShoZu). While working on your favorite files ShoZu will also allow you to surf the web and send text messages to other online users. It's a free program and it's very intuitive for any level of user.
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8. Handy TaskMan
Taking a note from the Microsoft Windows front, Handy TaskMan allows users to open a taskbar and examine which applications are running on their device at any given time. The TaskMan application also allows users to see what percentage of their CPU is being used by each application, and offers the ability to close applications with the simple click of a button. You can also use it to create shortcuts. It's easy to see what's hogging your memory with this Symbian app.
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9. Opera Mini
Opera Mini is the best mobile browser on the market, and the Symbian version is no different. Opera Mini allows users to easily zoom in and out on pages which means you can view the pages as they were meant to be seen. Opera Mini also offers faster page load rendering than other mobile browsers, it has a download and upload manager, and it has the ability to save pages to offline mode for viewing at a later time.
You can even synchronize your Opera 9.5 desktop browser bookmarks with the mobile version for easy integration on both. Overall it's the most competent mobile browser on the market regardless of the mobile operating system you use. It's simply leaps and bounds ahead of other Symbian web browsers.
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10. Agile Messenger
Do you spend much of your time in front of your computer balancing between various instant messaging programs? If you do, then Agile Messenger is for you.
Agile allows users to connect to MSN Messenger, AIM, Yahoo! and Wireless Village IM programs. The program takes advantage of T9 texting which will greatly speed up your IM times, while also offering a data counter so you'll always known how many kilobytes you save, send and receive. Instant messages are also easily laid out in a threaded format to make viewing easier than ever from your Symbian based device. Overall the best multiple account instant messaging program around for Symbian.