If you thought Crackberrys were addictive and that the novelty would wear off.. well think again.
Now that the rest of us can also have some too
But if it to become something as normal as having your phone with you, then it must be
not run your battery down!
Applets for the mass market produced by such heavyweights as Nokia or Google, and used by millions, are certain to be easy to use, and as reliable as the network that carries them.
The problem is that the push technology they are based on means that the signal is on a lot more than the occasional call or text. And my experience is with the battery lasting less than half a day!
So getting used to them is no problem, but
Not that the email is always tightly integrated into the other aspects of the phone, which for me is the main criterion for choosing which method to use.
For the record I am on the New Zealand Telecom XT network and have a Nokia 6120 Classic (which has the Symbiam60 operating system). It appears that Symbian40 does not allow some of these apps to be used..
There are several options – three amongst which I have tried
- Google’s own app (m.google.com.mail)
- Mail for Exchange
- Nokia’s Messaging
Google’s app whilst looking good, surprisingly, didn’t integrate well with the phone’s contacts list, instead presenting the txt interface each time an address is typed in. Most irritating!
The Nokia app, however acts in an much more Google-like way in the address line – suggesting possible matches in a drop-down as you type the first letter or three.
The other key criterion was to have gmail’s contacts list seamless with the phone’s. This was best accomplished using Mail for Exchange. At time of writing, contacts, tasks and email can be synched to gmail, so this is another good option, and it can be set to check periodically, say every 15 minutes is probably enough and will make the battery last more than just a day.
The Nokia app redeems itself by allowing scheduling of a download window. So it easy to be checking email only during your preferred work hours, and weekdays. BUT when on, it seems to be always on… thus my battery issues.
Be warned however, that the Nokia app appears to be in beta, or given away free for the time being.. The beta was supposed to have been pulled at the end of September – yet it is still going strong two months later.. I could find no more info on what plans are available – suffice to say that the only plan available is still the “Nokia Messaging trial”. http://e71bynokia.blogspot.com/2009/09/nokia-messaging-trial-ending-this.html
Well, you can’t have it all, I suppose.
SIDENOTE: Tasks is not yet synced with any of these methods – but is possible with a £5.99 plan at http://www.goosync.com/About.aspx
Google’s own applet:
To download the app, point your mobile device’s browser to http://m.google.com/mail.
Mail for Exchange can be freely obtained here
Download Nokia Messaging software can be done by regisering a Nokia account, and getting a link sent by text message sent to your phone here https://netac9.vie.hosting.nokia.com/account/getSoftwareAfterLoginUI.action
Alternativley, a direct download can be started by browsing from the phone as the instructions below indicate.
If you’re having trouble receiving the text message with the Nokia Messaging software, you can use the web browser on your phone to directly download the software.
1 On your phone’s web browser, go to: email.nokia.com
2 Select the button to download the Nokia Messaging software.
3 Follow the instructions on the phone to download and install the software
4 Enter the email address and password of your Nokia Messaging account to log in and start using the service.