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Free and high-quality apps for not so smartphones

Don't feel left out just because you don't have a smartphone. There are lots of free & high-quality, Java-based applications available for feature phones.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: Sep 14, 2011, 04.56 AM IST
Free and high-quality apps for not so smartphones
Don't feel left out just because you don't have a smartphone. There are lots of free & high-quality, Java-based applications available for feature phones too explains ET.

Social Networking is at an allnew high and Facebook is one of the leading networking sites. The Facebook app for java phones keeps you connected to your friends and family. It is optimised to use less data as compared to other Java apps. You get access to the most popular features of Facebook; newsfeed, messages and uploading of photos and videos.

Twitter is a popular app for smartphones. For Java phones however, TinyTwitter works better since it has a plain text interface, but still offers acess to many Twitter features, including user profiles, links and images. From within the app, you can change font size, delete tweets and even set the interval at which the app checks for updates. It also works on any old BlackBerry.

Nimbuzz usually earns the top spot for free calls, text messages and chat across various different services. A Nimbuzz account is required to be made after which you can sign-in to your Gtalk, MSN, Yahoo, AIM, Facebook and various other networks. You can send photos, videos and other files over with ease. To make calls, you need to purchase NimbuzzOut credits.

Google offers a complete suite of apps for feature phones, including the most popular Gmail app which needs no additional configuration (apart from a username and password). Just visit Google Mobile directly from your phone and it automatically shows only those apps that are compatible with your device. You can also get Google to send a text message to your phone with a link to download the apps.

Smartphones get multiple apps for VoiP calling, but for feature phones, Talkonaut is in rare company. It connects to IM networks and allows you to call any of your online friends using the phone’s network or over Wi-Fi. It includes the option to do regular or group chats with friends and share files. All data is compressed to minimise costs. (Talkonaut is also available for smartphones).

Although RockeTalk connects you to gtalk, MSN and Yahoo Chat, it can stand on its own with the option to create and join communities on various topics. You can also share pictures and videos with other users — RockeTalk compresses data to save costs. It also offers the option to upload content to its own gallery from where users can share ring tones, wallpapers and other stuff.

Snaptu is like the swiss knife of apps when it comes to feature phones. It includes a default set of apps within itself, including Twitter, Facebook, Picasa, Cricinfo, Weather and so on. It also has a Snappstore (new apps are constantly added) through which you can download additional apps & features for Snaptu without the exiting the app.

By default, the browser on most feature phones is very basic. Opera Mini aims to change that by offering advanced features like Speed Dial, tabs, text wrap, quick zoom, sharing, quick search, a download manager, bookmarks and an onscreen keyboard for touchscreen phones. It also compresses upto 90% of transferred data to keep your data bill to a minimum.

Newshunt lets you read leading newspapers right on your mobile phone. You can choose to view news from a specific newspaper or choose a category to view relevant news carried by various papers. It offers more than 50 top newspapers in 9 different languages with compatibility for over 1500 phone models. Some content on the app is subscription based.

Jigsee allows you to search and view streaming videos over standard GPRS or EDGE connections on feature phones. It offers optimised video quailty depending on the network speed. The vast library of videos is separated into channels like Bollywood, news, kids and education. The app even remembers where you left off and resumes video playback on return.

ngpay is an easy-to-use shopping application. It provides access to ngpay’s network of partners and services, including hundreds of stores for travel, entertainment, gadgets, books, flowers, apparel & jewelry. Once you find a product you like, you can order it through the app itself and pay using credit/debit cards or cash cards. The app is completly secure for payments.

Another recommended browser for Java-based phones, Bolt supports streaming Flash and HTML 5 content - which means that most modern websites are supported. It even offers tabbed browsing, direct posts to Facebook and Twitter, support for web-based apps like Google Docs and cloud-based backup. (Bolt is also available for BlackBerry devices).

Mobiesta keeps you updated about the latest events across Delhi, Mumbai, Bangalore, Hyderabad and Pune. Listings are divided into zones and you can choose to view event details for any day. The day’s events are further divided into morning, afternoon, evening and night - to make selection easier. (Mobiesta is also available for Android, iOS & BlackBerry).

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