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Essential Applications and Games for the E72

December 22, 2009 Leave a comment Go to comments

This post will be a bit different. Instead of mentioning problems, we’ll be noting a few apps and games that are useful for your Nokia E72. This is of course a somewhat personal list according to my daily usage of the device but perhaps you can get some ideas out of it.

So let’s see some of the apps I like to have installed:

HelloOx 2.3: This will allow you to “hack” your phone so that unsigned applications can be installed. You can also access system folders and perform other actions that are impossible by default. If you do not require such extra power, installing it is not recommended.

-Handy TaskMan: The default task manager is very limited so a more complete one is essential. Unfortunately I have found none that is fully perfect and complete but Handy TaskMan has a good balance between functionality and looks.  An interesting alternative (more complete but with worse usability) is jbaktaskman. At this time none of the versions I tested was fully compatible with the Nokia E72 (for instance, reboot will not work) but they area complete enough.

-VoyagerHome: The default Today screen is a bit of a waste of space and not all that complete. There are several alternatives – but again – I have found none that is fully satisfying. If you want to deal with some bugs and limitations, go for vHome. It has a few advantages like 2 rows of icons on the home screen. Unfortunately some features like fast typing have some issues. Another possibility is Handy Shell, which you can combine with Handy Weather for an interesting looking home screen. As most Handy apps, configuration is unfortunately very limited. I’ve used vHome a lot but am now back to the default Today screen.

-KillerMobile Total Recall: I’ve tried a few call-recording apps for the E72 and the only one that appeared to work properly was Total Recall. With the rest I got all sorts of audio glitches. Again, it is not perfect at the current version as the beep-supression does not work on the E72.

-OggPlayS60: Oggplay might look outdated but it is still a fine, free audio player. I use it a lot.

Calcium: If you use the calculator a lot, Calcium will save you some keystrokes. If not, don’t bother.

-CorePlayer: Coreplayer appears to be one of the most complete players you can choose. I have tested v1.36.7427 for a few minutes and appears to work ok on the Nokia E72 but still more testing is needed to make sure it is stable.

-Nimbuzz: Maybe I’m too picky, being a tester, but again I found no perfect app for messaging and voice. Tested several but ended up sticking with Nimbuzz, mostly because it seemed to work better with free Skype calls over WiFi. As for the rest, it is ok. For pure messaging, Shape Services IM+ appears to have better usability.

SBSH FExplorer Pro: A secondary file explorer is needed. I’d go with FExplorer Pro or Xplorer.

-SPB TV: Sometimes it might be good to watch some TV on your E72. SPBTV appears to work great (v.1.1.195) and the interface is quite nice.

-SPB Weather: Another SPB tool with a good looking interface and great usability. The Symbian version is quite recent but I have found no issues with it.

-TouchBalance: This tool shows the amount you have left on a pre-paid card, using USSD commands. I found it to be useful but also a bit buggy, sometimes showing the balance even when no call or transfer was performed. I’m keeping an eye on future versions.

-WellnessDiary: Free tool from Nokia Beta Labs. Well worth the download.

-NorthPole: A new tool that provides a stand-alone compass. Something that Nokia should have included by default.

-Best Crypto 3: Despite using RAM+card encryption, best crypto is useful to keep information locked for instance when you give your phone to someone to play or test. You can also use full apps like Handy Wallet but I prefer a single encryption tool that crypts a text file with the info I want to keep private (typically lists of user/passwords and credit card, etc).

-MCleaner 2.01 : This great tool allows you to filter SMS and Calls, according to white and blacklists. Great to avoid telemarketers or other pesky creatures. Combine it with the default Group/Profile functionality on the E72 for complete power. Again, something an E-Series should provide by default. I believe it is free, or at least used to be and it has more power than others like Handy Blacklist.

-Sygic Mobile 7: There is a wide offer of GPS apps for the E72. I have started with Sygic and have not tried a different application yet. It is compatible and works well (except regarding the encryption but mentioned in other post) but I have not used it extensively to recommend it over Garmin or other app. Testing in progress.

There are many other interesting tools worth mentioning (Papyrus for instance) but I’ll keep those for my next update of this post, which will mention interesting games.

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  1. January 10, 2010 at 10:02 am


    Other soft and games here : http://nokiae71.tumblr.com/


  2. July 6, 2010 at 3:48 am

    thanks for ur articles 🙂

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