Keeping Symbian^3 and the C7 Working at Top Speed

First of all, I’d like to wish all my visitors a very Merry Christmas. I’m currently writing this as I’m laid up in bed with a nasty cold and there is nothing to watch on telly. So, I thought I’d post a short article about a useful thing I’d discovered whilst using my Nokia C7-00.

I’d noticed recently that my C7 was getting slower and slower, especially when switching it on. It would take a matter of minutes before I could use applications within the phone ‘hanging’.

I took a look at what was ‘different’ in using the phone. I’d installed a number of applications to trisl and left them on the phone, to use ‘on a rainy day’. Thinking this would be agood place to start, I decided to have a purge on any necessary app’s and uninstalled anything that I didn’t need.

Once this was done, I rebooted the phone. Unfortunately, the performance was still the same. So, I looked at other areas of the phone and opened the messaging application. Because of the greater memory in modern phones, I’d become lazy in keeping track of my inbox/text messages and hadn’t deleted anything for a good while.

In total, I’d built up around 2,500 items, incuding sent and received SMS messages. I set about clearing everything that I didn’t need or want to keep. An easy target was the sent items folder, containing nearly 400 items. Once I’d had a clear out session, I’d reduced everything down to less than 400 messages. Another reboot… and hey presto the phone was working as quick as I’d first purchased it! Accessing the applications menu was much faster and generally the phone was much more responsive.

The moral to the story? To keep your C7 (and the same probably applies to other Symbian^3 phones) working at an optimum speed, keep your messaging inbox and associated folders to a minimum number of items as possible. Have a regular clear out and delete any messages you don’t want to keep.

Happy holidays and have fun!

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Email on Symbian 60

I’ve written about Nokia Messaging before and I’d deleted it from my E71 because for some reason it does not support my hosted email providers email service. Therefore I’d had to rely on the built-in email client that though functional, did not cut it as it does not support HTML email and I was missing out on a number of emails being presented in the right format.

A short while ago, I’d heard rumour that in forcoming firmware update that the old email client would be removed, replaced by Nokia Messaging (aka ‘NM’ from now on). Nice as it is, I was facing the prospect of losing the capability of accessing two email inboxes, replaced by immature software.

So’ Ive been on the hunt for an alternative email client that will suit my needs.

Profimail by Lonely Cat Games http://www.lonelycatgames.com/ has apparently been around for a while and provides support for POP3 and IMAP4 mailboxes. The interface, though the default font (which can be changed) is small it has a clear layout.

There are a number of configuration options and set up of my hosted email addresses was easy and I downloaded the headers from my mailboxes.

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ProfiMail supports HTML within the client itself and renders images and layouts pretty well. Mailbox accounts are pretty customisable where you can set it up to download headers before the body of the message (saving data charges), a data counter shows how much you have downloaded, default signatures can be set per mailbox and importantly, the application be protected via a password.

Though I’ve only installed ProfiMail today, I’m pretty impressed with the product so far. Its available on a 30-day full-featured trial, cost to purchase an license key is €20.50.

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Nokia Messaging

Even though I’m happy with the built-in Nokia E71 email application, combined with the Yahoo Go! and Gmail applications, I’ve heard so much hype about the new Nokia Messaging service, I decided to give it a try. It offers up to 10 email accounts to access, from ‘thousands’ of service providers. What the hell, it was worth a go.

I went to http://email.nokia.com/ and entered in my Gmail account details, as my trial account for the new service. A link was provided to download the .sisx installer which came in at about 2Mb.

I ran the installer and added another email account (for another well-known service provider). These picked up the latest emails, but the problem started when I tried to configure an email account that is provided via the hosting company that I use. Even though the account/SMTP etc settings are correct, Nokia messaging will not download any emails. This seems because Nokia messaging uses some sort of pass-through server to pull the account from. If the account is not on one of the providers that the application supports, you’re out of luck.

This is really of limited use to me; I can live without HTML messaging, as long as I can get the text contents, I’m happy.

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Another quirk is that the installer drops a couple if oddly (ie. not friendly) named applications into the installations folder.

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This took me a while to work out as Nokia Messaging does not (thankfully) replace the built-in email applications and are still accessible.

Where to from here? As there are applications already available that serve my other email accounts and the built-in application works with my hosted email, I think I’m going to be dumping Nokia Messaging until support improves hopefully soon.

A nice-looking product that shows lots of promise, but needs more support for email providers other than mainstream providers.

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