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.
Month: December 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)
|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)