The enterprise applications on offer at Nokia's Ovi Store...
Smartphone apps are big business these days, with every mobile platform maker worth its salt now having its own app store and wooing developers to stock the virtual shelves.
Mobile giant Nokia has been putting a lot of effort into its Ovi App Store, which stocks apps for smartphones running the open source Symbian OS.
silicon.com has rounded-up productivity apps and other business-friendly downloads from the Ovi Store - suitable for an enterprise-grade device such as the Nokia E73. However, it's worth noting not all apps on the Ovi Store run on all Symbian handsets.
App: Opera Mini
Update your mobile web browsing experience with the Opera Mini browser - for faster page loads, tabbed browsing, a download manager and the ability to sync bookmarks with your desktop PC.
This app from Skype enables its users to make free calls over wi-fi. The free app for Symbian smartphones can also be used for VoIP calls over 3G, albeit not necessarily free ones as data charges might kick in. Other features in the app include IM and file and photo-sharing.
App: Microsoft Communicator
The Microsoft Communicator app is free for users of Microsoft Office Communications Server 2007 R2, who have also purchased Client Access Licences. The app mobilises presence and instant messaging functionality, enabling business users to check the availability of their colleagues, view the company directory with presence information, and carry on IM conversations all via their smartphone.
App: Nokia Call Connect for Cisco
Cost: Free trial
Another unified comms app is Nokia's Call Connect for Cisco, which extends business voice comms in Cisco Unified Communications Manager to Symbian-powered Nokia Eseries devices, such as the E73. There's a 60-day free trial licence for this app.
App: Adv Communication Manager
The Adv Communication Manager app lets you set up rules for handling incoming calls and texts to your device, so you can automatically accept, reject and forward calls from specific contacts, send preset SMS replies and more.
App: JoikuSpot Light and Premium
Cost: Free and £8
JoikuSpot lets you turn your handset into a wi-fi hotspot so you can share connectivity by tethering other wi-fi-enabled devices to its 3G connection and get them online. The Light version of the app is free and supports basic web browsing, while the Premium app enables VPN-access, POP3/Imap for email and more.
App: Quick Dual Time
Always having to check in with colleagues at head office but never quite sure of the best time to ring? This handy app lets you display two times on the homescreen so you can keep an eye on your own deadlines and also stay abreast of those affecting colleagues elsewhere.
The DocScanner app turns your handset into a handheld scanner. Take a photo of a document and DocScanner will let you save it as a PDF, after cropping it, rotating it and correcting the perspective.
App: Dictionary and Translation Pro
Improve your English and get help with foreign language vocab including French, German, Spanish and Italian via this app.
App: ABBYY Business Card Reader 2.0
Often swapping business cards? The ABBYY Business Card Reader app allows users to capture contact info from business cards and add it to their handset's address book, rather than manually inputting the data. The app also lets you add a photo of your newest contact to your address book.
App: Nokia Energy Profiler
Keep an eye on your phone's battery life with this handy app, made by Nokia. The Energy Profiler allows you to measure power consumption, viewing results on line graphics, shown above. It can also be used to check web connection speed and cellular coverage.
App: DriveLog by HansaWorld
Road warriors take note: the DriveLog app lets you record mileage clocked up on company business to make doing your monthly expenses that bit easier.
App: Total Recall Call Recorder and Lite Demo
Cost: £8 and free
Record important conference calls with the Total Recall Call Recorder app. Clips can be saved or sent on and the app can also be used as a voice recorder for recording meetings. There's also a 14-day free trial version of the app called Total Recall Lite Demo.
Stay abreast of business, market news and share prices with the Bloomberg Mobile app. It also includes a stock portfolio function.
App: iTrend App
Need some help with brainstorming new business ideas? The iTrend App scours web services to feed new ideas to your handset.
App: Best Jotter
Too many passwords to remember? Want to make notes in a meeting? Store passwords or other sensitive data in the Best Jotter app, which lets you set a password and then encrypts the info. Stored notes can also be exported to a text file for transferring to a PC if required.
App: Best Crypto
Another app for the security-conscious mobile user, Best Crypto lets you encrypt and decrypt sensitive data stored on your handset. The cryptography engine uses industry standard secure crypto algorithms (RC6 (ECB-Mode) ciphering with 256-bit keys and MD5 algorithm, and can be used in conjunction with a freeware desktop app.
Cost: Free trial
Put a biometric lock on your phone to safeguard your data using VoicePass's voice recognition app. Say the word "verify" and the app unlocks the handset. VoicePass is offered free for a 30-day trial.
Combine text, shapes and colours to create spidergrams, mind maps and basic concept drawings on your Symbian handset with the Mind app.