Here is my list of essential S60 applications. I install these applications everytime after a ‘hard-reset’ of my device because I use them the most. They are not in any order of preference. Not all of them are five-star applications and many of them have not even been reviewed by us at BestofSymbian.
I would very much like to read your list too. Please do post your list as Comments. And remember that my list is purely utilitarian.
1. Handy Taskman
Task manager for S60 apps. Absolutely essential. Use it view applications running in the background, check memory usage and start or kill apps. It has a neat and uncluttered user interface. Handy Taskman by Epocware is available here. Second Choice: Jbak TaskMan is free and is quite good.
2. Nokia Email Service
Nokia Email supports push email allows you to have upto 10 different multiple accounts. Its quite handy when you are on the move. Nokia Email is available here.
I need to have multiple backups / sync of my phone’s contacts, messages, documents and calendar. For the backup on the cloud, I use vufone. Read our vufone review here. Second Choice: Ovi from Nokia is good but I found too many glitches in the Contacts sync and I use it as a secondary backup. Google Sync is another option.
4. Nokia PC Suite
Nokia PC Suite is not an S60 application but its essential to make the best use of your mobile’s capabilities. So I have included it in my list. Its available at the Nokia website.
5. Flying MoneyManager
6. Handy Safe
Store all your personal information securely using Handy Safe. Handy Safe is password protected and has a counterpart application for the Windows desktop that can be synced with the mobile. Its available here.
7. Handy Clock
With a world clock, calendar, alarm, timers and a stop watch, Handy Clock beats the native clock application on S60. Handy Clock is available here. Second Choice: SBSH Reminders, but not as versatile as Handy Clock.
8. Advanced Call Manager
Its a call manager, as the name suggests. Lets you take control of your incoming calls in different ways – blocks and diverts calls, has a built in answering machine, sends a busy tone, personalized SMS, etc. Lets you create blacklists too. ACM can be purchased here.
Best ScreenSnap takes a snapshot of the mobile phone’s screen. This is very useful for my software reviews.
12. Opera Mini
Great alternative to the default web browser to S60 and its free. Can be downloaded at the Opera Mini page. Second Choice: Skyfire, Bolt – both in beta. Skyfire only works in US, UK and Canada. I couldn’t try it out. Bolt promises full PC-style browsing. I am trying it out now.
Fring is a classic application for free mobile calls, IM with Skype, MSN Messenger, ICQ, Google Talk, Yahoo, AIM, SIP, etc. The best available. Get it.
14. Active Notes
Active notes came built-in with my E71 but its now available for all S60 phones here. Its superior to the basic notes application in S60. You can attach images and media in a note and also link the notes to Contacts.
Active notes is a good application for writing short notes. But for full-blown documentation, QuickOffice is the the “go-to” application. I have written many blogposts using QuickOffice. I also use it to read documents on the go. Second Choice: Office Suite from MobiSystems is just as good. Read our review of OfficeSuite here.
16. MobiPocket Reader
MobiPocket Reader is free pocket e-book reader for S60. There are thousands of e-book titles available for download and its a great way to spend time when you are traveling.
17. SkyeCaller Pro II
Jomtris is a tetris-like game and its very addictive. Get it here.
cCalc is a full function scientific calculator and beats the S60 default calculator hands down. There are two versions, cCalc, for regular keypad devices and cCalcPro for qwerty devices. Get it here.
20. Nokia Conversation
Conversation from Nokia is an add-on application that allows you to follow your communication with contacts as streams of conversations, which it organizes, based on individual contacts. Read our review here. Download it here.