App Review : Nokia Situations-Smart Profile Manager

By December 25th, 2010 AT 12:14 PM

A few days back Nokia has released Nokia Situations that will enable the Nokia handset users to customize their handsets in a situation-specific manner.That is, users will be able to set the way in which they want their handset profile to act in specific situations.

Nokia Situations automatically senses the situation you are in based on time, day, location and available network cells or acts according to the predefined situation.

It then switches to the set profile that meets that criterion. The application silently runs in the background, senses the situation you are in and then changes the profile accordingly.

The application is one of the best Apps we have used so far which uses all the sensors in a phone’s Hardware including GPS, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, Network cells and what not packed with every permission to access phone’s hardware.

You can also name your very own situation.

You can make any of the combination trigger in any situation: Log

  • Change Ringtones, make the phone go silent or louder, turn vibration on/off.
  • Answer missed calls with SMS. Especially when you set your phone to silent, you can also make it reply to missed calls, from contacts in your phonebook, with a pre-defined SMS.
  • Save Power. Not using phone for a while, like when sleeping? Turn Bluetooth on/off or let your phone change to power-saving mode totally.
  • Change UI theme / Wallpaper. Want to make the phone look different in different situations? Change the Theme during free time vs. when you are at work.
  • Open a Web bookmark or application. Want to see weather forecast for the day when you wake up? Look at the calendar as first thing? Or open your favorite TV show discussion page at show time? Or perhaps change the Device Mode when at work?

For the application to act accordingly you can predefine conditions like:

  • Scheduled. Set period of time, Set active days, Set during active calendar events.
  • Location. Nearby (GSM location), Current location (GPS fix), From Map (use Ovi maps)
  • Connectivity. Wi-Fi (when in range), Bluetooth.

This app silently manages to change the situations/Profiles that one cannot even notice without touching the phone. It automatically switches the profile back to preset situation though a manual change of profile action took place by mistake. We have tried a specific situation that automatically changes our profile when we get into car, connect to Hands free and then automatically launches the Nokia Maps application to start Navigation. Sounds interesting, isn’t it?

It also senses our location based on GPS and Network cells, so that it automatically switches to meeting when we are at office and then switches back to selected profile when we are back to home. You can even set bookmarks to launch automatically along with applications, so you can set your favorite website to launch at specific times, or when in range of particular Wi-Fi networks.

The ultimate goal of this application is to make one’s device more user friendly, conserve power and time of the user.

This app is still in beta stage only.so, we cannot promise exact functioning though it worked flawlessly. Although it has some Bugs related to screen unlocking, we think it’s a good start and that future apps have scope to perform most of our work easily and automatically.

This App is free of cost and can be downloaded from here provided that you have a Nokia Beta Lab account.We do love to hear if there are any more interesting situations you created by using this app and let other readers know. We love the application and do you?

Application Availability: S60 3rd Edition (Feature Pack 2), Symbian 5th Edition, Symbian^3.

Passionately following the Indian #Telecom Industry for over a decade from Business, Consumer and a Technical perspective. My primary focus area is Consumer & Digital Experience.

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@rohan
As HTC has released the Android 2.2 Froyo update for the Wildfire, I’ll sure consider it. Sony ericsson phones are really more durable and of good quality but little dated models. Till the present they have announced 2.1 updates for only Xperia10. Xperia x8 is still struggling with android 1.6
Is there any better phone beside HTC wildfire & SE X10(can’t afford this) within my range of Rs12000- 15000.
Sorry, date has been postponed till Wednesday. After purchasing a better one by considering all of your suggestions, I’ll be happy to share it here.
Thanks.

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@Sumit
If i had to buy i would think between HTC WILDFIRE and SE X10 MINI. You can also consider SE x10 mini pro which cums wid sliding querty keypad. All xperia series are upgradable to 2.1. I have SE XPERIA X10 and its a perfect android device and my frnd has x10 mini and he is not having any pblm. Think and buy. And after buying do inform us.. Have a nice day

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