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Route 66 Mobile Britain 2006

Mon, 03 Oct 2005 16:28:00 +0100

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...


Tue, 30 Aug 2005 13:38:00 +0100

The defining characteristic of a smartphone, of course, is that it's (potentially) always online, with applications able to make full use of the wider Internet. In some cases, this means automatic updating, in others it means up to date financial or weather information. In QBubbleMP's case, it means being able to play against other people in real time, whether they're in Reading or Rio, in London or Los Angeles. The game works on all Symbian UIQ smartphones, letting you play what appears to be a pretty standard game of 'fire bubbles and try and match the colours' either in single (boring!) or multi-player mode. Continue reading the full review at AAS...


Wed, 10 Aug 2005 15:38:00 +0100

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

Fri, 05 Aug 2005 16:33:00 +0100

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...

SuDoKu Professional

Wed, 03 Aug 2005 19:32:00 +0100

Ah, SuDoKu. How it has captured the minds of everyone in Britain and further afield. It’s a simple concept. Take a 9 by 9 grid, split that into 9 areas (each 3 by 3) and write in the numbers 1 through 9, ensuring that… Continue reading the full review at AAS...

Documents To Go for UIQ

Wed, 20 Jul 2005 17:16:00 +0100

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...

Super Miners

Tue, 05 Jul 2005 18:21:00 +0100

Now this looks pretty good from the screenshots, and I was half expecting a huge run-around platform game with shades of Mario. So, much as I love the Repton/Boulderdash style of gaming, my first thought was that Super Miners was not what I was expecting. Continue reading the full review at AAS...


Tue, 28 Jun 2005 16:37:00 +0100

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...


Wed, 04 May 2005 14:40:00 +0100

Not everyone can get to grips with the CIC Jot handwriting recognition on UIQ devices, and while the ‘alternative' of the hunt and peck keyboard is a good second choice, it’s not perfect. Zi Corp have done something about it though, with their EZiTap product. Put simply, it adds a ‘predictive’ option to the virtual keyboard. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

Quick Contact

Wed, 13 Apr 2005 14:31:00 +0100

Yaay, it’s another enhancement program! Now these are genuinely useful apps, but I always have to ask myself if the holes that they fill in the phone OS are there because the manufacturer ran out of time, was too lazy, or just didn’t spot them. Of course you could be conspiratorial and say that their presence is deliberate to kick-start the third party software market into action, but I couldn’t possibly comment. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

RMR Expenses

Wed, 06 Apr 2005 14:44:00 +0100

Anyone running a business knows that one of the most important things in the world is money. Where it’s coming from, what you’re buying, and (most importantly) how large your expenses are. After all, you need to claim as much back from the Accounts Department as you can – unless you are the Accounts Department, in which case you need to have as perfect a record as possible. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

Codescanner (IDE Version)

Tue, 18 Jan 2005 20:48:00 +0100

What is a Code Analyzer?Mobile Innovation's CodeScanner (IDE version) is a static source code analyzer with a mobile twist. The purpose of a code analyzer is to scan your code for defects. This is accomplished by matching source code against a set of common rules and coding practices. Source code analyzers are nothing new. Tools such as lint have been around for as long as I can remember. Code analyzers are easy to find. Many are open source, most are command-line based, some even integrate closely with popular IDEs. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

MVR Pool 2

Tue, 30 Nov 2004 17:58:00 +0100

Version number jumps in the computer industry can be a bit of a con. You know the sort of thing. New! Window Scrubber 7.0! When all that's changed are a few preference panels and new About screens because the developer got bought out. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

Handy Day 2005

Wed, 17 Nov 2004 19:15:00 +0100

There's something slightly subversive about Handy Day 2005 from Epocware. On the surface, it's yet another way to look at your PDA information on a central screen. But dig a little deeper, and it turns out that Handy Day 2005 is more like a villian from a James Bond film, intent on taking over your entire machine, rather than a cute and fluffy 'all your tasks and Agenda information on one page' that we've seen so many times before. Continue reading the full review at AAS...

Soldier Ants

Thu, 11 Nov 2004 17:09:00 +0100

I’ve always loved the Worms game on my PC. It was and still is a very addictive and fun game to play, especially with two or more players. So when I heard a Worms-clone had been released for UIQ I got excited! But can it keep up with my high hopes? I got a version to review and here are my thoughts! Continue reading the full review at AAS...