My Updated P800 Essentials

by Edd Dumbill



I still love my Sony
Ericsson P800
phone, and thought it was about time I updated my href="http://www.oreillynet.com/pub/wlg/3308">P800 essentials
article. The P900's been released since then, and all the apps I
mention here should work fine with it too. So here are some
applications for the P800/P900 that I just can't do without.



They're all freely usable (apart from Tracker) and most are open source. (I still can't get
over the way that in the PDA market you can charge $10 for a glorified Hello
World program.)



Quirc has replaced SymIRC

as my IRC client of choice. It's very well-designed.
Though I don't IRC as much from the pub anymore, it's handy for
getting over those boring train journeys!



Ogg Vorbis
Player
. I can fit 2 CDs encoded as 64kbps Oggs on my 64MB
memory stick duo card, and still have plenty of room left for taking
pics. OggPlay has been released as open source since I first wrote
about it, and has added versions for Series 60 phones and the Motorola
A920.



SMan. A handy
tweaking tool. Most usefully provides the feature SonyEricsson have left out,
ability to send multiple files over Bluetooth in one go. You'll have to
navigate round the web page a bit to find it, unfortunately. Some source code
is available, but there is no explicit license.



Despite SMan's swiss army knife appeal, I generally use
Tracker now, which comes
with FileMan and TaskMan, two nice programs for managing files and
tasks. Tracker's payware, costing 20 euros. I'm addicted to the
"Today" view, which is a configurable summary of your appointments,
mail, tasks, etc.



href="http://www.opera.com/products/smartphone/">Opera. Makes
a much nicer job of browsing than the built-in browser, and only ever
gets better. There's no excuse for not having Opera installed.



href="http://www.mobipocket.com/en/DownloadSoft/p800.asp?Origine=PAGE_P800">MobiPocket
eBook Reader
. Always neat to carry around reading
material for the next time you're unexpectedly stuck in that airport.



href="http://www.agilemobile.com/agile_messenger.html">AgileMessenger
wins hands-down as an instant messaging client. I use it to connect
to my Jabber account. The only odd thing is the nonstandard UI
buttons, but it's a small problem considering that AgileMessenger is a
great product available for free, when so many people want to charge a
lot of money for IM clients.



And finally, be sure to upgrade your phone's firmware if it's not the
latest. I took mine to a service centre (there'll be contact details for these
in your P800's manuals) and got it upgraded from R1D to R2F. The things I
noticed right away were that Bluetooth transfers were much quicker, and that
stylus input seemed more responsive. One word of warning, though, the phone's
memory gets wiped in the upgrade so don't forget to back up your data!






Have I missed anything? Which Symbian app can't you live without?


2 Comments

macrat
2004-09-24 09:29:35
Check out that P910
I also own and love my P800.


I didn't see the P900 as a big deal.


But the P910 seems to be interesting. :-)

Edd Dumbill
2004-09-24 09:35:18
Check out that P910
Yes, I must admit I've got my eye on the P910i. Am saying to myself it'll be a reward for finishing the book I'm writing... I'm heading down to the Symbian Expo in London in a week or so, which I expect will put even more temptation my way!