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Nokia 6682 Review Part 2 of 5: Software Applications.

Posted in Gadgets, Technology by engtech on August 03, 2006

In this part of the series, I’ll be talking about

  • the wrist band (horrible, can scratch your display),
  • Nokia PC Suite software,
  • Lifeblog software,
  • and the prepackaged phone application
    • clock and
    • mp3 music player

Before I comment on the phone/PC software, I’d like to make some general comments on the design of the phone.

Wrist Band

Moronic on many levels. Big circle on it for scratching your display/camera lens. It is on the top of the phone, which means that if you are trying to take a photo without putting your wrist through the strap it will either be hanging in front of your display or in front of your lens. How many years have digital cameras been getting this right for? All you had to do was copy a digital camera.nokia 6682 wrist band and display

The good news is there is a plastic screen covering the LCD that is part of shell casing. Replacement shell casings are going for about $18 US on E-bay.

Why isn’t GPS standard?

The attachable GPS unit is not yet available and will cost $280 US when it is. GPS is not yet standard and that makes me sad. But why not software approximation based on cell tower location? The phone CPU runs at 220 MHz with half a gig of RAM.

SOFTWARE

PC Suite

The 6682 comes with a CD-ROM to install the software to connect to your PC. I chose to download the latest versions of the software from the Nokia website instead. The PC Suite application is simple. It prompts you to connect your phone to the PC for the first time, installs the software on the phone and the PC. A pop-up will appear on your phone to confirm that you want to install the software. This does not upgrade your firmware.

Lifeblog

Nokia has three applications available for download: Lifeblog, image editing software and video editing software. Why would I use my phone to edit content instead of connecting to a PC and using much better software with a much faster processor? I have the same issue with digital cameras.

Make sure you choose the option to download both the phone software and the PC software at the same time. The latest version of Lifeblog is 2.0.43, but the Nokia 6682 only supports 1.80.50. The free version of the Lifeblog software has a limitation that it can only transfer 500 items from your phone to your PC. The link on the Nokia site to buy a full version of Lifeblog for 30 Euro is broken.

Lifeblog is an intermediate software for moving data from your phone to your PC to you internet blog. The software does not list supported blogging platforms, instead it offers a broken link to the Nokia website. The online FAQ mentions it only supports Typepad. A bit surprising, as I would have thought they’d have support for the lion-share of the blogging market: Blogger and WordPress.

Red and Blue are Blogger and WordPress, Green is Typepad.

Google Trends - WordPress and Blogger rule
First things first, Lifeblog is not primarily a blogging application. It primarily used to store and chronologically organize the different types of data on your smart-phone.

Considering that will store text messages and IM conversations, I was surprised that it doesn’t offer any password protection options besides the assumption that you are using a unique Windows user account. I think teenage users would hate parents/siblings could just open Lifeblog and see everything they’ve been saying to their friends.

Lifeblog doesn’t allow you to directly moblog to an online service (not that you could afford it). Roland Tanglao recommends using ShoZu instead.

At this point I decided to uninstall Lifeblog from my PC and phone.

Start Menu >> Control Panel >> Add Remove Programs >> Nokia Lifeblog

Menu >> Tools >> App. manager >> lifeblog.SIS >> Options >> Remove >> Yes


Prepackaged Applications

While reading up on the opinions of some of the other people involved in the Nokia 6682 seeding program, I found out that the 64 MB card that comes with the phone has some goodies on it that the 512 MB upgrade is missing.

From the Applications Guide:

  • Movie director – available for download at Nokia, not useful.
  • Photo editor – available for download at Nokia, not useful.
  • Kodak mobile – upload/print photos with Kodak online, not useful.
  • Opera – good mobile web browser, keep.
  • Music player – better music player, keep.
  • Quickword – office app, keep. Trial version, not sure of terms.
  • Quicksheet – office app, keep. Trial version, not sure of terms.
  • Quickpoint – office app, keep. Trial version, not sure of terms.
  • Adobe Reader – office app, keep.
  • Info Print – only useful if you have a Bluetooth printer.
  • Settings Wizard – Only supports Fido, not Rogers, not useful.

There’s some more software that isn’t mentioned in the manual:

  • Snakes EX – classic game.
  • VoiceSignal – control the phone by voice recognition commands.
  • Wireless software for Bluetooth keyboard.

1 time use Trialware:

  • Various games.
  • WayFinder mapping software.

1 trial use? Click on an application once to see what it is and you’ve used up your only chance at using it.

Hint to marketoids: the only way you are going to attract customers to your product with one use is if you are selling crack.
There is also some multimedia:

  • A bunch of videos intended for sending as attachments to your friends.
  • Two extra themes that can be copied to the phone memory.
    • Menu >> Tools >> Themes >> Options >> Copy to phone mem.

Stuff I couldn’t figure out what it is:

  • MVENGINE, LM Pro QPASS, AnyXML, AnyHttp, MVPS-HeadsUp, MVPS-MakeMyDay, MVPS-Entertain, MVPS-JustUs, MVPS-Honeybun, MVPS-Getaway, MVPS-DepartureLounge, MVPS-Fastlane, MVPS-Mozart, MVPS-Game On

One problem: how do I move these applications from the 64 MB card to the 512 MB card? Using the PC Suite memory card backup software didn’t do it. These extra apps aren’t available for download. They aren’t on the applications CD. The PC Suite app manager software only goes from PC -> phone. My MMC reader on my laptop can’t see the applications on it.

I guess I won’t be using them.

Update: The extra applications are available online from the Nokia 6681 Europe page. General rule of thumb: check the Nokia Europe pages if you can’t find something on the Nokia USA pages. They have much better content.

Update2: They moved the page. 2006/08/24

PHONE APPLICATIONS

Clock Application

Only has one digital and one analog skin, and they’re both quite ugly. Has an alarm, but I’m surprised it hasn’t evolved. I would have thought it would be standard to be able to set more than one alarm and being able to set which days of the week the alarm is active for. Not to mention an egg timer like application for cooking, BBQing, or exercising. (Or, more likely, how long until the pizza is free).

Music

The first PC Suite application I tried was the Music Transfer. It looks very Apple-esque, and is very similar to iTunes. It looks like it has a random selection function much like the iPod shuffle. I decided to test the limits and transfer a 3 hr / 260 Mb MP3. It prompts if you want to optimize the mp3s for mobile format (converting to AAC). Converting and copying such a large file took upwards of 30 minutes, and they don’t give a time estimate to completion. iTunes would have taken less than a minute. The file size went from 260 Mb to 165 Mb after converting.

It did impress me by playing the MP3 on the phone. I expected it to completely choke on a file this big. Trying to fast forward through a song is useless, as it works in 6 second increments per button push. They need to adopt the positional scroll bar slider of the iPod. It looks like it can store and play the entire MP3, but the MP3 playing application does not know how to fast forward / display time past 34 minutes and 5 seconds. Trying to rewind after 34:05 stops MP3 playback. This is what I expected, as it took iPod forever to properly implement large MP3 support. Keep your music files to a reasonable size and you will be fine. It will be a problem for audio-books.

The music app has two different front-ends depending on if you are using it from the Gallery or from the My Own menu. The My Own player displays the an associate graphic with the song and uses the click button with center as pause, left/right for volume, and up/down as fast forward/reverse. It looks like a copy of the iPod click wheel, except they switch volume with ff/rv to match the phone volume controls. It also sorts songs by ID3 tags.

The Gallery music player makes you scroll through different buttons to skip songs, ff/rv, pause, stop, play. It sorts songs by filename only. Both music apps have the same 34:05 limitation.

When moving several MP3s from different sources I ran into issues where some wouldn’t copy, and some wouldn’t play on the phone. All songs were accessible from the Gallery, but not all of them were available from the My Own music player.

If the headphones aren’t used, music plays through the loudspeaker. Sounds is what you would expect from using the internal speaker. I love the headphone functionality. When getting a phone call while playing MP3s, the music stops and you can press a button on the headphones and all of a sudden they are a hands-free headset. I love it.

VERDICT


People Who Should Get Raises (Cumulative)

  • Nokia Headphone Developers

People Who Should Get Fired (Cumulative)

  • Person(s) at Rogers responsible for their data rate costs.
  • Person who decided to call a non-blog-centric application Lifeblog. *Everyone* thinks it should be used for moblogging from your phone. Manage expectations and change the name to “Lifelog”.
  • Person who designed (I use the term loosely) the wrist strap.
  • “1 Trial Use” bundled software.
  • Person who didn’t include trial software on the CD-ROM.
  • Person who developed the half-sized MMC card adapter that I can never, ever detach.

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Full disclosure: I’m reviewing a new mobile phone I got for free from a marketing company in Toronto called matchstick.ca. They gave me a sweet package as well:

  • Nokia 6682 Phone with USB connector and charger
  • 512 MB memory upgrade
  • Bluetooth Headset
  • Extra headphones

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  1. engtech said, on August 03, 2006 at 8:27 am

    Completely unrelated ego-surfing: this review is #13 on google when searching “nokia 6682 review” and the first blog that shows up.

  2. desertrat said, on August 03, 2006 at 7:58 pm

    interesting review, thank you.

    You seem to have omitted … or self-censored ;) – a comment..

    “1 time use Trialware:
    (snip)
    Hint to marketoids:
    (huh?)
    There is also some multimedia:”

  3. Qwerty Maniac said, on August 03, 2006 at 8:31 pm

    I have a 6681 and it suits me well, both the build and the software. Though I may not be as much as a power user you seem to be.

    Also, why stratch up your screen, its a piece o beauty!

    And in my 81, the QuickOffice are not trials, fullies :]

  4. engtech said, on August 03, 2006 at 10:44 pm

    desertrat: thanks! That did get cut out for some reason.

    qwerty: I wouldn’t want to scratch up my screen, hence the distain for the wrist strap. I’ll have to reinvestigate the Office apps, but I was fairly certain when I tried out the Word application it asked me if I wanted to buy the editting ability.

  5. [...] Part 2: Software Applications [...]

  6. Mahesh said, on August 11, 2006 at 2:22 pm

    HI,
    This is mahesh i hav nokia 6681 i could not able to instal softwares,
    even though if i select instal option
    Pls find me a needful help

  7. engtech said, on August 11, 2006 at 5:17 pm

    Mahesh,

    follow this link: http://www.nokia.co.uk/nokia/0,,72098,00.html

    or click on this link directly:

    http://www.nokia.co.uk/nokia/0,,72014,00.html

    It looks like a new version of the software came out on August 3rd, 2006. Thanks for pointing it out to me.

  8. CinciBCAT34 said, on August 24, 2006 at 9:31 pm

    Dunno, but all those sites you posted bout gettin the apps, none of them work for me… all say invalid or outdated, i just got the 512 and hate not having all the 64′s applications HELP… im still lookin around that Nokia Europe page though

  9. engtech said, on August 24, 2006 at 10:19 pm

    Sorry about that, the Nokia site is *HORRIBLE* for breaking all of their links.

    That link worked last week. I found it again on their website: http://www.europe.nokia.com/A4144384

  10. CinciBCAT34 said, on August 24, 2006 at 10:21 pm

    awesome thanks… that QuickOffice doesnt have the PDFReader that came with the 64 card… do you kno where i could get that… what about other games besides snake and the card games… i got a kick ass theme for mine, for free from http://www.4urmobilephone.com/… its def. worth checkin out i think… cus the ugly and boring themes, plus the cingular one, just werent doing it for me

  11. Qwerty Maniac said, on August 25, 2006 at 12:48 pm

    Hello again, thanks for the link above ^_^ I had removed some software in a frustrated state of mind so needed to install them again :P

    Also, can you open any PDF via the Adobe app on the 64 MB card ? I always get an error (The file was 2 MB only) saying not enough memory even though my card was just 25% full then.

    Ps. What is the major diff between the 81 and the 82. And is firmware upgrade recommended even though nothing seems broken ? :D

  12. engtech said, on August 25, 2006 at 6:26 pm

    I honestly haven’t been trying to read PDFs, so I don’t know about the memory issue. “Not enough memory” errors usually have to do with having too many applications running, not that there isn’t enough physical memory on the phone.

    Try the TaskSpy application, it will let you see what is running: http://www.pushl.com/

    6681 is the European version of the 6682.

    The only firmware upgrade I’ve found is for version 4.41.0 which is the same one on my phone. When you upgrade the firmware it wipes all of your contacts / apps stored on the phone, so it really is more of a pain than anything. *#0000# will tell you what firmware you are running, if you’re already at 4.41.0 then there is no reason to upgrade.

  13. Qwerty Maniac said, on August 25, 2006 at 8:22 pm

    It shows 5.37.01 for me :?

  14. engtech said, on August 25, 2006 at 9:39 pm

    You have a Nokia 6682?

    I’m pretty sure firmware version 4.62.0 is the highest for a 6682. The 6681 probably has different firmware version numbers.

  15. kitty said, on September 14, 2006 at 7:04 pm

    so has anyone figured out what these things are for:
    MVENGINE, LM Pro QPASS, AnyXML, AnyHttp, MVPS-HeadsUp, MVPS-MakeMyDay, MVPS-Entertain, MVPS-JustUs, MVPS-Honeybun, MVPS-Getaway, MVPS-DepartureLounge, MVPS-Fastlane, MVPS-Mozart, MVPS-Game On

    can we delete them? I went to the nokia site and did a search and there’s nothing in it about these guys….

  16. engtech said, on September 14, 2006 at 7:15 pm

    kitty: I’ve got them deleted on my phone and it runs fine.

    /SpeculationOn

    I think AnyXML / AnyHttp might be related to the Nokia web browser, which I don’t use. The MVPS stuff is for ringtones/multimedia stuff that I don’t use as well.

  17. Theme Lover said, on September 22, 2006 at 12:15 pm

    Hiya guys,
    I found an excellent resource for free nokia themes, check out http://www.4urmobilephone.com they have wicked themes including my fav MAC OSX Theme.

    —-

    Edit: that’s an advert by the guy who runs the site, but it seems legit.

  18. [...] Part 2: Software Applications [...]

  19. mario said, on October 01, 2006 at 11:41 pm

    hi have a nokia 6682 but i cant to install quickoffice in my cellular.

    plz help me.

    thx

    Mario

  20. engtech said, on October 02, 2006 at 1:56 am

    Hi Mario,
    If you’ve lost the applications that came with your phone on the MMC card, they are *only* available on the European Nokia 6681 page. Go to Nokia UK website (http://www.nokia.co.uk/) and find support for the 6681, and then go to applications.

  21. Comments « //engtech said, on October 04, 2006 at 2:59 am

    [...] mario wanted to know how to re-install the QuickOffice trial applications with his Nokia 6682 [...]

  22. neb said, on October 28, 2006 at 1:39 am

    I found great site with free themes. also I agree with your comment regarding rogers charges for the data transfer :((

    regards,
    -neb

    owner of 6682, few times droped on the ground from 1.2 m and stil works, except
    few dents on the case (plastic got chipped)

  23. davidwag said, on November 21, 2006 at 12:50 am

    Any chance iTunes podcasts are automatically synched to the phone? Or do you have to do this manually whenever a new one shows up in iTunes?

  24. engtech said, on November 21, 2006 at 1:29 am

    Nope, you have to manually sync songs.

    The only automatic synching is contacts/photos off of the camera.

  25. Rajat tandon said, on December 13, 2006 at 10:18 am

    I am getting the same error while opening the pdf file. It says “Not enough memory”. I have Nokia 6681 and its firmware version is V 6.09.00 – 27-02-2006-RM-57. I have 128 MB card. The pdf file is arround 2 MB. If I continuously press the menu button it shows me the active applications. I don’t see any while trying to open pdf, so what could be coz of this problem?

  26. amit said, on December 30, 2006 at 5:56 pm

    can ne 1 send me da sis file of nokia 6682 music player at chinu_shah@hotmail.com

  27. Sivakumar said, on January 08, 2007 at 5:52 am

    I want to delete some of the trial applications in my 6682. I didn’t find an option to do that. Have anybody tried deleting already installed applications? Please let me know. Thanks.

  28. engtech said, on January 08, 2007 at 8:56 am

    I was able to do it, I think it was because of an accidental reformat though. :)

    I hate how it takes 10 buttons to do anything with this phone.

  29. Sebastian said, on April 23, 2007 at 10:12 am

    just wanted to thank you for all the information given above, you cant imagine the time i spent looking for the quickoffice download, honestly thank you very much!!

    …and the answer to the last question: go to menu->tools->manager.


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