Without doubt Symbian’s glory has faded considerably, but the fact remains they were the first to introduce most of us to the concept of smart phones and apps. Most of those very apps still stand out in the crowd. This list is a mixture of old classics with new hits, just in the right proportion for people with every flavour of Symbian, old or new, to have a go.
Opera Mini steals the cake in this list more deservingly than anywhere else. It was and still is the ‘go to browser’ for most Symbian users out there. It routes websites through Opera’s servers, and the compressed data is a boon, especially with 2G speeds that most of us are subjected to.
IM, VoIP,Twitter, Facebook, Myspace. Use this one app to connect you to the world. The easy to manage tabbed interface unclutters your social life, all under the roof of this one app.
With more than 400million downloads and 300million users all over the world by september this year, UC Browser, like Opera Mini, does data compression and more. Built-in file manager and an ultra cute logo are a major up.
One of the best VoIP clients on the horizon, legendary stability and across-platform user base of more than 800millions users.
A VoIP and video chat service par excellence, this one has become favourite because it allows you to use text/voice/video chat in all your favourite services like google, yahoo, ICQ etc.
Core Player was to Symbian what VLC player is to PCs.
Xplore provided Nokia users what apple users struggled to get till yesterday. An explorer that provides uninhibited access to the file system plus much more, AV playback, folder copying or transferring you an entire drive over Bluetooth.
SmartMovie, like Xplore above, had a talent centuries back,(Ok, make that 8-10 years) that most mobiles are learning today: Playing AVI files flawlessly. The bundled converter makes the whole process absolutely seemless.
Snaptu can best be called as service aggregator. From facebook and twitter, to various news services and blogs, it fetches all content and brings it in easy to eye way. Plus you can click and upload pics using this app at a go.
Nokia is one of the few companies that actually provides what we demand from every company: Free turn-by-turn guided navigation software. This one is here for staying.
Shazam identifies music by scanning small snippets from songs and comparing them against a database. With twitter and Facebook sharing thrown in to solve the sharing obsession, this one is a crowd favourite.
Symbian always had a built-in Task Manager, but Handy Taskman was still loved. While it shows system resources, it mainly loved for its ability to kill the tasks taht phone couldn’t.
Symtorrent brought torrents to Symbian. Till date it is the only torrent client on Symbian side.
Access Facebook,Twitter,LinkedIn & Foursquare from one place.
Quick Office has been bundled with Symbian phones for a very long time now and being free doesn’t make it any less important. A light and responsive suite for viewing and editing your documents on the go. A version is now available for other mobile operating systems as well.
If you know any better Symbain apps, do feel free to share with me at http://firstname.lastname@example.org