Even though Nokia was bought out by Microsoft and the end of new Symbian is on the horizon, it doesn’t mean that proud owners of the Nokia N8 won’t still be able to enjoy their mobile phones. Although new apps won’t be released after January 2014, there are a ton of staple apps still available for the Symbian^3 operating system, which the Nokia N8 runs, that’ll help you get the most from your Nokia device. Below is a list of the top 10 best apps to have on your Nokia N8 device.
Angry Birds (Games)
Still one of the most popular mobile games on many platforms, Angry Birds is the ridiculously addictive game in which you need to catapult your feathered friends into walls of blocks in order to destroy the bad piggies trapped inside. It’s the perfect companion to any long journey, and if you want a little bit of variety, you can also try another title in the series, like Angry Birds Rio.
WhatsApp (Instant Messenger)
WhatsApp is one of the most popular messaging apps, and its available on virtually every platform, including Symbian. WhatsApp lets you chat with friends over Wifi or using your mobile data package, and it has a ton of cool features like sharing photos and voice notes.
Viber (Instant Messenger)
If WhatsApp isn’t your thing, you can always try Viber. Although the app doesn’t have the phone call function that is typical on other devices like iPhone and Android, the Viber app for Symbian lets you communicate with your contacts via SMS, free of charge. Viber will automatically scan your phone book for contacts that already have the app installed and add them as Viber contacts. Like WhatsApp, you can share files and your location with friends.
Skype (VOIP calls)
The popular VOIP calling platform is finally available for Nokia N8 owners. Skype lets you make calls for free using your data package, although it still doesn’t have the video calling function. Still, you can enjoy chats and calls with all of your friends for free! You can log into Skype just as you would using the desktop software, where you will have access to all of your contacts. Skype will save all of your text conversations, and even lets you have group conversations.
fring (VOIP calls)
fring lets you to make cheap – even free – national and international phone calls from your N8. You can make free voice and video calls to anyone in your fring buddy list of contacts, or call any phone from just 1 cent per minute, using the fringOut service. Like other similar apps, fring lets you send instant messages to people on other social accounts, including Facebook.
Facebook (Social Network)
The most popular social network has a Symbian app to help Nokia N8 users stay connected to all their friends. It functions in much the same way as the mobile site, letting you update your status, browse through photos, and chat to your friends. You can also integrate your Facebook calendar and contacts with those in your phone, a handy feature to help you stay on top of your social calendar.
Opera Mobile (Browser)
If you’re getting frustrated with the N8’s built-in web browser, give Opera Mobile a try. This easy-to-use app comes with a selection of useful time-saving features such as speed dial, tabbed browsing, and a password manager. Opera Mobile also promises a faster mobile internet experience, thanks to its famed server-side compression technology. You can also try UC Browser, another popular web browser for the N8.
Spotify (Music Player)
If you’re already a Spotify user, then downloading the mobile app for your Nokia N8 is a necessity! The app lets you listen to music wherever you go, streaming it over 3G or WiFi. You can even create offline playlists that you can listen to when you’re not connected to 3G or Wifi, but just remember, you’ll need a Spotify premium account to use the full functions of this app.
Swype (Virtual Keyboard)
You can significantly speed up the way you enter text on your N8 by installing Swype. Thanks to this intelligent app, instead of having to tap on each letter of a word, you can simply drag your finger from one letter to the next without lifting your finger from the screen. It may be the lazy man’s keyboard, but it actually works!
Sports Tracker (Fitness Companion)
Next time you go out for a run or a cycle, make sure you take your N8, with Sports Tracker installed on it. This smart app uses GPS technology to track everything about your activity, from the calories you burn to your average speed. It gives you maps, time and distance calculators, a step counter, and even a heart rate monitor. Your data is stored in the program so you can check your progress over time.
Which Nokia N8 apps can you not live without?
[Original article published on October 19, 2010]