Month: December 2012

Huawei Ascend G300 (U8815) Gets Ice Cream Sandwich

Posted by – December 14, 2012

Users of the Huawei Ascend G300 (U8815) phone on Vodafone in the UK can now upgrade to Android 4.0.3 – Ice Cream Sandwich – online, even with the standard Vodafone mobile phone (without any need for custom roms or unlocking or rooting the phone) as Vodafone has now provided the official update. This should make the G300 one of the cheapest phones available in the UK with ICS.

Must have apps for Windows Phone / Symbian (Phones)

Posted by – December 5, 2012

Recent events have led me to use both Nokia’s latest phone and operating systems (Symbian on the Nokia PureView 808), as well as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system on the Nokia Lumia 920.

As most people tend to have the same uses for mobile phones, such as twitter, camera, torch, music, etc, I thought it would be useful to put together a list of the “must have” apps for the platforms, and show what the most similar apps are on both platforms. If you want to add the Apple versions, please get in touch, or leave it in the comments, and I’ll add to this list. For android versions, have a look at this list.

Must have app Nokia Version Windows Phone Version
Barcode (QRcode) scanner UPCode Barcode Wallet (scanner and storage) / Scan
Last.fm Scrobbler* Mobbler Last.fm App
Twitter client Gravity (£8 – Well worth the money) Twitter / Seesmic
Torch App QTorch Flashlight with LED / Flashlight XT
Spirit Level Level Touch Another Level / Level
Battery Meter Nokia Battery Monitor (Ovi) Battery Level (suprisingly not built in!)
Panoramic Photo Nokia Panorama (N8 – unlimited shots?) Ztitch+ / Panorama (Nokia)
Keyboard entry Swype N/A
Photo Editor Nokia Photo Editor (Built in) Creative Studio (by Nokia for Lumia)
Phone Tracker Phonelocator Periodic Find my phone – built in, in settings
Screenshot “Best ScreenSnap 2.0” (link, or here) Built in (WP8) Press power and windows key together
Navigation Nokia Maps (Built in) Nokia Maps (Built in)
Navigation Customisation Own Voice (record your own voice)
WIFI Internet Sharing JoikuSpot Tethering / Portable Hotspot (Built in, settings, internet sharing)
Location information Here and Now (Built in) TripAdvisor (included)
Location aware profiles Nokia Situation (betalabs)
Camera based location info Nokia Point and Find (betalabs) Nokia City Lens
Task Management Task Manager (Built in, S^3)
GPS Based Sports Tracking Nokia Sports Tracker Runtastic / Endomondo Sports Tracker
Podcast Support Built into Music Player / Podcatcher (link) Built into the store
Alt. Music Players TuneWiki (link) Nokia Music, Last.fm, TuneWiki

* Can replace this with Spotify if you have an account as Spotify is available for both. Shazam / Soundhound is also recommended.

Recommended Nokia Lumia Photo apps: PhotoBeamer, CinemaGraph, SmartShoot
3rd Party Photo apps: Lomogram, Fantasia Painter Free,
eReader: Nokia Lumia: Nokia Reading, Amazon Kindle. Weather: Weather (by The Weather Channel)
Transport stuff: thetrainline.com (both), Tube Map (WP)

Find new / more apps for Symbian / Windows Phone / Nokia on, Nokia Betalabs (apps), recommended apps for Symbian on MobileRnR