Best Answering Machine is not worth buying (or stealing with a crack/keygen*)
SmartphoneWare makes (read: has purchased the rights to) a wide variety of Symbian software applications with the name “Best” in the title. Some of their software seems very useful like Best Answering Machine and Best Full Screen Caller.
On the surface, Best Answering Machine seems like a great idea. Modern smartphones easily have the capability to act as their own voice-mail. The only reason why it isn’t provided by default is because of collusion between cellphone manufacturers and cell service providers. But the implementation of Best Answering Machine on the Nokia 6682 is utterly horrible for one reason: it plays the recorded message on the loudspeaker as the caller leaves the message. Voice-mail playback is on the loudspeaker as well.
I hope this is an unintentional side effect of poor hardware support and not a design decision. If it wasn’t for this deal breaker, this would be a great application to cut the service provider out of the equation. Instead it is useless.
What is the point of not answering your phone during a meeting or a movie if it plays on the loudspeaker while they leave a message? Who wants to broadcast their private messages for the entire neighbourhood to hear?
Despite the suckage of “Best” Answering Machine, I gave Best Full Screen Caller a try. There were numerous issues with image aquisition. When I finally successfully associated a picture with the contact info it STILL didn’t show up when I tried calling from my home number.
According to SmartphoneWare both of these applications support the Nokia 6682.
However, all was not lost. Best Phone Reminder does work. It makes your phone beep every 5 minutes if you have missing phone calls and you haven’t looked at your call log.
But worth $10? Don’t think so.
UPDATE: I take that back. Best Phone Reminder has saved me from ignoring so many missed calls that I think it’s worth the money. Even if it is a fairly simple app.
* I’m not advocating piracy, I’m increasing the chance this post shows up in search results so that would-be pirates know not to waste their time.