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Published: 2013-01-28T00:22:01+01:00

 



Route 66 Mobile Britain 2006

2005-10-03T16:28:00+01:00

The thing is, Route 66 for UIQ, running on a P910i smartphone in my hand, with automatic route calculation and voice guidance through to my destination anywhere in Great Britain (or in Europe, depending on which version you buy), would have seemed like magic a few years ago. Compared to the clunky old route planning systems we used to use on (for example) the Psion palmtops, Route 66 is simply light years ahead. But there's a big problem. TomTom. With their 10 years experience of route planning and super-slick programming skills, TomTom MOBILE 5 (reviewed here and here) simply sets an incredibly high standard. MOBILE 5 is utterly smooth and seamless, from beginning to end, and finding a glitch in the maps or instructions is a rare event. In comparison, Route 66 looks cobbled together, trying to copy MOBILE 5's interface in places, is slower in operation, has slower screen updates, generates sometimes misleading instructions and has an 'interestingly' thought out location selector. But that's the bottom line - let me start at the beginning. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



Satellite

2005-09-14T18:54:00+01:00

[Since writing the review below, version 2 has been released, allowing you to zoom into the specific region you're interested in.] Continue reading the full review at AAS...



HanDBase

2005-09-14T00:58:00+01:00

If you've had any dabblings in the Palm and Pocket PC world over the last four or five years, you'll have heard the name HanDBase fairly regularly, as it's the market leading database on traditional PDAs. You'll also have heard of the product if you subscribe to Palmtop User, as the editor has been doing a tutorial series for it since about 1956... And now HanDBase is available for Symbian smartphones, too, a good move on DDH Software's part and a great opportunity for all Series 60 owners to ramp up (again) the number of things we call our phones to do.  Continue reading the full review at AAS...



iSilo

2005-08-10T15:38:00+01:00

Originating in the Palm OS world, iSilo was such a good idea and has been such a success that it's now available for both Pocket PC and Symbian UIQ/Series 60. Unashamedly working with just HTML, it's the perfect tool for packaging up web pages for viewing on a mobile device. It will work as an ebook reader as well, and there are plenty of documents in iSilo format on Memoware, converting most standard texts into iSilo format involves getting them into HTML and then passing them through the free iSiloX converter, which is a bit of a pain. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



iSilo

2005-08-09T19:39:00+01:00

Originating in the Palm OS world, iSilo was such a good idea and has been such a success that it's now available for both Pocket PC and Symbian UIQ/Series 60. Unashamedly working with just HTML, it's the perfect tool for packaging up web pages for viewing on a mobile device. It will work as an ebook reader as well, and there are plenty of documents in iSilo format on Memoware, converting most standard texts into iSilo format involves getting them into HTML and then passing them through the free iSiloX converter, which is a bit of a pain. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



Quickoffice Premier 3.0

2005-08-05T16:33:00+01:00

A Quick History LessonOne of the great tragedies of the Psion-to-Symbian metamorphosis was that some of the richest of Psion’s software jewels were seemingly sidelined, only preserved in the top-end Nokia Communicators. Applications like Data, Word and Sheet may not seem very exciting, but they were meat and drink to those who ran their life on these incredible palmtops. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



Powerdesk

2005-07-22T10:10:00+01:00

After switching from a 9210 to a 9500 about two months ago, I found that one of my favorite applications for the 9210 (AppMan) only works partially on the 9500. When looking for a replacement I stumbled on PowerDesk which promised to provide exactly the functionality I was looking for (and more). So I decided to give it a test drive and thought it would be nice to take you along for the ride as well. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



Documents To Go for UIQ

2005-07-20T17:16:00+01:00

From nothing to a good solution to spring's new arrivalWith Psion/Symbian's Word and Sheet not making it across from Series 80 to the 'Quartz'/UIQ interface, there has always been a huge gap in the application catalogue for this popular smartphone. Quickoffice rectified this to a large extent, being both pre-loaded onto Sony Ericsson's P910i and available separately. At least you can edit Office documents this way, although you'll lose some information (images, footnotes, embedded objects, etc.) when round-tripping files from and to the desktop. So, a good solution but something of a workaround. Now, along with lambs and numerous species of flower, spring has also brought a major competitor, with Documents To Go now also ported across from DataViz's seminal Palm OS version. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



F(x)

2005-06-28T16:37:00+01:00

At first glance, F(x) scared me more than a small child in a gas mask asking for their Mummy [Ed: apologies to overseas readers, that was Ewan's obligatory Doctor Who reference!]. As with many of the great program ideas, it started off with the author (in this case Loginid Enr.), getting a hold of a P800 and deciding that it needed something, in this case a mathematical formula calculator. He programmed that for himself, and then, with the support of a rapidly growing number of online supporters, added in a small amount of parsing, turning F(x) from a glorified calculator into something approaching a simple computer programming language. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



YData

2005-06-25T01:42:00+01:00

Anybody using a PDA in the mid-90s (and that means to the majority of Europeans the Psion Series 3 and then Series 5) will recall that Data was just about the most used application. Typical database uses included contacts (of course), CDs and books owned, things out on loan, general purpose research notes, and so on. Fast forward to the new Millennium and you'd have thought that PDAs/smartphones would be even more capable. Alas, not one single new mobile device has included a built-in database of any kind since 1997. Quite, quite staggering. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



ROK MMC Movie Player

2005-06-21T17:45:00+01:00

ROK made something of a splash late last year with the launch of their plans for properly licensed music and video content on MMC, for use on many Symbian OS smartphones. Now, full-screen video is nothing new to Series 60 (Makayama have been doing it for some time, with their DVD to smartphone utility), but this is the first time you don't have to get your hands dirty messing around with codecs, AVI files, and so on, staying 100% legal to boot. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



TomTom MOBILE 5

2005-05-20T15:56:00+01:00

Last week saw my exclusive review of TomTom MOBILE 5 running in its Series 60 guise. I was very impressed on all fronts, go read the review if you haven't already. Cut to today and I've got a release candidate of the Series 80 version in my (virtually sweaty) palm. That's right, this is TomTom MOBILE, but running on the wide-screened Nokia 9500 and Nokia 9300. But before you yawn and accuse me of repeating myself, there are quite a few differences to talk about. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



TomTom MOBILE 5

2005-05-20T12:04:00+01:00

Appearances can be very deceptive sometimes. Seeing TomTom MOBILE 5 running on a Series 60 smartphone's tiny 176 by 208 pixel screen, the interface doesn't look very different from Route 66 and the capabilities don't at first appear significantly more than Wayfinder. But dig deeper and you'll find that MOBILE 5 contains exactly the same application as featured in TomTom's new range of standalone GO devices and the new versions of the Palm/Pocket PC Navigator 5 systems. Apparently the developers have gone to great lengths to standardise their code across all the different mobile computing platforms and MOBILE 5 is the first major fruit of this.  Continue reading the full review at AAS...



Notepad

2005-05-19T15:38:00+01:00

There's something nice and comforting about plain text. There's no bold or italics to distract you, or fonts to choose from. There's no complicated diagrams or spreadsheets to be embedded, it's just the information. There's a reason so much of the computing world that relies on plain text and that's because pretty much every platform can read, write and save text files. Continue reading the full review at AAS...



The World Factbook

2005-05-11T17:35:00+01:00

Do you know how many people live on Glorioso Island or what type of government Vanuato has? If not, and having this and other information on all countries of the world available all the time is something that appeals to you, you should really consider getting the World Factbook on your Communicator. Continue reading the full review at AAS...