Communication software. Nokia PC Suite.

Software for data synchronization, backup and all other services that provide access to a mobile phone from a desktop computer is released by all phone manufacturers without exception. Such programs are distributed free of charge and are very often included in the delivery set of the device along with a cable. The first review will focus on the Nokia software package.

The latest available version, posted on the manufacturer's website www.nokia.com/pcsuite, is 6.80.22 and is dated May 2006. The package was tested on the N90 and N91 models, which also include this program, but more early version. A feature of the update is the presence of a built-in multimedia player, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Nokia PC Suite is a suite of utilities for backing up, synchronizing data, connecting to the Internet, and installing applications. In addition, the program includes a file manager, tools for working with contacts, messages and images. There is a built-in connection setup wizard and a multimedia player. In the main menu, you can configure the ability to launch PC Suite at system startup. The program provides access to an interactive tutorial and detailed help. There is also a Russian-language manual and drivers for the modem on the disk supplied with the package.

Installation

The program is installed in the usual way. The standard package includes support for many localized languages, including Russian. The required interface language must be specified at the beginning of the installation. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, after the completion of the program, the corresponding icon appears in the system tray. You do not need to uninstall previously installed versions before upgrading. All settings made earlier are also saved.

Working with the program

To communicate wirelessly with a desktop computer, both devices must have infrared or Bluetooth capabilities. To enable communication via the Bluetooth protocol, the PC must have Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth (included in the second update package). Alternative solutions are Toshiba Bluetooth Stack version 4.0, WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows (versions 1.4, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0), IVT BlueSolei Bluetooth Stack with driver version 1.6.1.4. The latest driver does not support Symbian 3rd Edition based models.

The program supports cable connection. Compatible cables include cables labeled CA-53, DKU-2, and DKE-5. It is recommended to install drivers for the cable before connecting the phone. Data on the compatibility of phone models with the program version is available on the manufacturer's website.

The package supports data synchronization with Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002/2003, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes 5.x/6.x/7.0, Lotus Organizer 5.x/6.x.

Connection settings

Many models of Nokia phones have a built-in connection wizard, so there is no need to dwell on this process in detail. Therefore, we will describe it schematically. When you start the wizard, you will first be prompted to select the type of connection (IrDA, Bluetooth, or cable). After the discovery of devices is completed, their list will be displayed in a separate window. Any phone can be selected as active.

A green dot will appear next to the program icon in the system tray.

Main Applications

Backup

Data backup is handled by a separate Content Copier utility that can be used to back up phone content to a computer. The application allows you to restore data to the same phone from which the original backup was created, or to a Nokia phone of another compatible model. Content Copier can be used to transfer data from one model phone to another model phone. The backup objects are the address book, calendar information, files (graphics or music files), text messages, settings, data on the memory card. In the option parameters, you can set the type of memory from which the reading will take place. You can select phone and card memory or phone/card memory only. The utility does not know how to carry out selected data copying. There is also no individual encryption setting. If you need to protect backup data with a password, you can do this in the general settings of the program. The lack of the ability to select data when creating a backup leads developers to rather curious tips for creating copies. The help for the program says literally: “The process of creating a backup copy can slow down large media files. To speed up the creation of a copy, it is recommended to delete these files. Comments are unnecessary!

Viewing the contents added to the backup is done through the history. The log file is overwritten after each operation, so if you are interested in it, it is better to save it separately.

Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook

The most controversial app in the entire suite. But since there is practically no alternative software when synchronizing data from a PC (a separate material will be devoted to the Oxygen Phone Manager program), we will consider it in detail.

The data that the program can sync with your PC data includes calendar events, to-do items, address book, notes, and in some cases, email data and IE bookmarks.

You can specify manual and automatic synchronization, as well as periodic time synchronization, as synchronization options. As a synchronization direction, you can set the priority for a mobile phone or PC, and synchronization in both directions is possible. In synchronization mode, you can set the username and password. When changing the data in both devices, in order to avoid conflicts, you need to choose where the data will be taken from for synchronization. When synchronizing calendar events, you can turn off completed events and set a time interval for sharing data. The Outlook synchronization options specify the types of folders to synchronize, the path to which can be specified explicitly.

Address book synchronization

Only contacts stored in the phone's internal memory are included in the synchronization process. Contacts stored in the phone memory may include some custom fields that are not directly supported by Microsoft Outlook. In particular, data synchronization does not save information about groups, does not include data on phone numbers for IP telephony, video calls, PTT numbers, additional mobile numbers. You may experience problems transferring picture information from your Outlook address book to your phone.

Some features of contacts synchronization

1. To correctly display the country and city, the Outlook phone number entry uses the "Country Code (Area Code) Phone Number" format. Such an entry has the form
+ХХХ (ХХХ) ХХХХХХХ, where the first group of digits is the country code, the second is the city (operator) code, and the third is the phone number. The "+" sign provides a rule for quick access to international calls. But this form of recording a phone number is not supported by cellular operators, at least in our country. The phone number is broadcast as a single group of numbers without spaces or brackets. In the initial entry, the “+” sign is present, but as soon as you open the contact fields, it disappears, and it is no longer possible to restore it by simply adding it. That is, instead of "+ХХХХХХХХХХ", the number becomes "ХХХХХХХХХХ". It is quite natural that during the subsequent transfer to the phone, the number for a direct call becomes unusable, and it has to be edited.You can also edit the field directly in Microsoft Outlook. After selecting the country and entering the area code, we will receive a record of the number in the format shown above. I note that it is not possible to enter a number in a format understandable by Microsoft Outlook directly in the contact editing field on the phone. In models that support copying information, a number in this format can be created in notes and then transferred to the address book field.

2. A very common situation is data duplication. Very often you have to notice the appearance of repeated entries about the same contact.

3. An unauthorized deletion of contact data was detected during the synchronization process. There are no patterns in this process, therefore, in order not to lose some of your contacts, save the data in backups. For smartphones, there are several alternative contact manager programs. One of these utilities was described in the review dedicated to Alon Contact Guide.

The most general impression of synchronizing contacts with Microsoft Outlook is far from the most favorable. But you have to use it, because there are practically no alternatives. The situation can be somewhat corrected by remote synchronization with contact data stored on an external server using SyncML technology. You can read more about data synchronization with an external server in the overview.

Synchronization of calendar events and notes proceeds in the same way.

Internet connection

One Touch Access is used to connect to the Internet. The utility is very easy to set up. First, the required modem is selected from the list, which will be used to access the network. If your operator is not in the list, then in the next window you need to activate the connection manually and enter the access point, login and password. In the properties of the new connection, you will need to enter the dial-in number, which in the most general case looks like *99#, but for specific models, this number must be specified on the operator's website.

Install apps

You use the Nokia Application installer to install applications from your PC to your phone using PC Suite. Working with the application is simplified as much as possible. The left window displays the data of disks and folders on the PC. In the right window, you can select the installation location (memory card or main memory). For some models, their content is not displayed in this application. The available space is also indicated.

To install any application, select it in the left window and click on the green arrow. If the application is compatible with the version of the operating system, the installation will start automatically. To complete the installation, you will need to confirm and select a location directly on your phone. Everything is normal here. Uninstalling installed applications is not supported for all models.

File Manager

Nokia Phone Browser is a desktop file manager app. Traditionally, PC Suite does not allow you to view and modify system folders on your phone and memory card. To do this, there are utilities that are installed directly on the phone. In addition to the list of folders in the main memory and on the map, the browser displays a list of contacts and messages. The program allows you to edit the address book by adding and deleting contacts, and create new messages that can be sent directly from the program.

Creating contacts using the program is very convenient. A large number of fields are supported, data is much easier to enter from a full-sized keyboard. However, like the phone, it does not support the Outlook-friendly format for entering a phone number. After editing the address book, you can save the changes and update the information in your phone. If necessary, you can also perform the current synchronization with a PC. To work with Contacts (Nokia Contacts Editor) and Messages (Nokia Text Message Editor) in the main window of PC Suite there are separate icons, but they completely duplicate the browser items.

Sending messages

When you access the messaging program for the first time, the PC Suite support program is installed on your phone. You can create a new text or multimedia message directly from your browser using Nokia Text Message Editor. Creating and editing messages on a PC is easier than on a phone. If more than one phone is connected to the PC at the same time, then when sending a message, you will be prompted to select the model with which the message will be sent.

Multimedia messages are created using the Nokia Multimedia Factory application. In the address bar of the program, you must enter the addressee and the subject of the message. The message is created in the main window. The message class is selected from the list. The simplest is a message containing only textual information. Its size is limited to 30 Kb. The most complex message is 300 Kb, which can contain an image of 640x480 pixels, audio in AMR or MIDI format, and video in H.263 (3gp) format. All other formats are intermediate in nature and differ in the maximum length and size of the graphic file. After choosing a class, you need to decide on the page orientation. There are also options here. After defining the page type, an interactive window of the selected type appears. Inserting fragments does not cause difficulties. All windows have hints. Before adding a sound clip, you can listen to it. Once the message has been created, you can use the preview option. It is not necessary to send a message right away. It can be saved and sent at any time.

Messaging uses the GSM network, so you cannot send an SMS/MMS message from an offline phone.

Working with multimedia applications

PC Suite 6.8 introduces a media player for the first time. Previously, this player was distributed as a separate utility. In addition to graphics, audio recordings and videos, viewing of multimedia messages is supported. The player allows you to create playlists. Viewing is possible both for files saved on the PC and for files stored in the phone's memory. The player itself is quite functional and, in addition to playback, can play the role of a converter that allows you to convert avi files to 3gp format. The reverse conversion is not available. The list of supported formats is quite extensive, their final composition depends on the codecs installed on the PC. There are several pre-installed video clips in *.dcf format on the hard disk of the machine. Representing essentially the same 3gp, this format is digitally signed, and the files in it are not played on a multimedia player. When playing such files in the N90, you are prompted to authorize the application, without which the file will not start. *.npl and *.m3u formats are supported for playlists.

Application for WM Player in N91

The introduction of the built-in multimedia player in the latest version of PC Suite is the first sign of this type of application. Utilities for working with a standard WM-player are included in the package of delivery of the latest N-series models. The software disk included in the N91 package contains such a shell for WM Player. The skin looks very fresh and unusual. Playback can be controlled with the mouse. The virtual buttons of the phone are used as control buttons. When playing a video, a separate window opens.

Image Store - Image Store

Another PC Suite application for working with graphics. With this utility, you can transfer graphic files to your PC. The utility automatically searches the phone for new images and videos received since the last save session. All new images and videos are automatically saved to the PC, depending on the selected file types.

Transfer Music

To transfer music files to your phone, Nokia Music Manager is included with PC Suite. The utility itself is quite interesting. It can act as an external converter for music files in aac and m4a format. The main task of the application is to search for music files on a PC, create a personal collection and translocate it to the phone. Such a solution is relevant in connection with the appearance of devices with a large amount of memory (or even with a hard drive, as in the N91). In addition, the program can be used as an alternative multimedia player directly on the PC. The utility allows you to convert files when transferring them to a mobile device. m4a (with low quality) and aac (improved playback quality) are offered as a format for conversion. Converting to m4a format reduces the file size by almost 4 times. The aac file is about 20% smaller than the original.

Before transferring a file, you can select its genre. In this case, the file will immediately be placed in the appropriate category on the phone. In the phone settings, you can immediately specify the folder where the converted music files will be copied.

Manage Connections

Produced using Nokia Connection Manager. Nothing particularly interesting was found in the application. Before connecting the phone, you must check the boxes of available connections. The Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 available at the time of writing the review had no problems with detection and connection. All fields were checked, the connection was made both via cable and via Bluetooth.

General impressions and conclusions

A rather powerful software package, which, nevertheless, does not bring fundamental updates. The inclusion of a multimedia player and a music transfer utility in the program is a nice, but far from the most essential feature of the program. Something else is more important. Nokia adheres to its own ideology and approach to the issue of synchronizing contacts and other PIM data between the phone and the remote device. The latter can be not only a PC, but also a server. And the presence of the company's own SyncML technology in the luggage allows us to conclude that data synchronization with Microsoft programs is a necessary measure, since most users use these programs. I don't think Blood Pressure Monitor that developers are not able to bring proprietary software into full compliance with Microsoft standards. But such a decision would mean abandoning the address book methodology familiar to millions of users. Replacing groups with Microsoft Outlook categories will not be to everyone's liking, especially since Nokia and Microsoft are, in fact, competitors in promoting models based on their own operating systems.Therefore, the synchronization problem exists, and I do not think that it will be solved very soon Based on this, you will have to make do with what is available, or use SyncML technology to save data.More likely is the emergence of alternative utilities installed on a desktop computer and fully providing work with the address book, calendar and other PIM data. distribution and good implementation of such utilities may have every chance of success. At the same time, the appearance of such software will be a strong move in the fight against a competitor for new users. Such a decision may become an additional incentive to purchase a device from Nokia.

Otherwise, the software package fully copes with the basic functions - working with messages, using the phone as a modem, transferring files, etc. A significant limitation is the inability to view system folders, but this approach also has its own explanation. The program is a mass product and is distributed absolutely free of charge. At the same time, not all users are qualified to work with system information. And the accidental deletion of many files can be critical. Those who need this access will easily find third-party utilities.

Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 phones provided by Nokia took part in testing the program.

Communication software. Nokia PC Suite.

Software for data synchronization, backup and all other services that provide access to a mobile phone from a desktop computer is released by all phone manufacturers without exception. Such programs are distributed free of charge and are very often included in the delivery set of the device along with a cable. The first review will focus on the Nokia software package.

The latest available version, posted on the manufacturer's website www.nokia.com/pcsuite, is 6.80.22 and is dated May 2006. The package was tested on the N90 and N91 models, which also include this program, but more early version. A feature of the update is the presence of a built-in multimedia player, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Nokia PC Suite is a suite of utilities for backing up, synchronizing data, connecting to the Internet, and installing applications. In addition, the program includes a file manager, tools for working with contacts, messages and images. There is a built-in connection setup wizard and a multimedia player. In the main menu, you can configure the ability to launch PC Suite at system startup. The program provides access to an interactive tutorial and detailed help. There is also a Russian-language manual and drivers for the modem on the disk supplied with the package.

Installation

The program is installed in the usual way. The standard package includes support for many localized languages, including Russian. The required interface language must be specified at the beginning of the installation. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, after the completion of the program, the corresponding icon appears in the system tray. You do not need to uninstall previously installed versions before upgrading. All settings made earlier are also saved.

Working with the program

To communicate wirelessly with a desktop computer, both devices must have infrared or Bluetooth capabilities. To enable communication via the Bluetooth protocol, the PC must have Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth (included in the second update package). Alternative solutions are Toshiba Bluetooth Stack version 4.0, WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows (versions 1.4, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0), IVT BlueSolei Bluetooth Stack with driver version 1.6.1.4. The latest driver does not support Symbian 3rd Edition based models.

The program supports cable connection. Compatible cables include cables labeled CA-53, DKU-2, and DKE-5. It is recommended to install drivers for the cable before connecting the phone. Data on the compatibility of phone models with the program version is available on the manufacturer's website.

The package supports data synchronization with Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002/2003, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes 5.x/6.x/7.0, Lotus Organizer 5.x/6.x.

Connection settings

Many models of Nokia phones have a built-in connection wizard, so there is no need to dwell on this process in detail. Therefore, we will describe it schematically. When you start the wizard, you will first be prompted to select the type of connection (IrDA, Bluetooth, or cable). After the discovery of devices is completed, their list will be displayed in a separate window. Any phone can be selected as active.

A green dot will appear next to the program icon in the system tray.

Main Applications

Backup

Data backup is handled by a separate Content Copier utility that can be used to back up phone content to a computer. The application allows you to restore data to the same phone from which the original backup was created, or to a Nokia phone of another compatible model. Content Copier can be used to transfer data from one model phone to another model phone. The backup objects are the address book, calendar information, files (graphics or music files), text messages, settings, data on the memory card. In the option parameters, you can set the type of memory from which the reading will take place. You can select phone and card memory or phone/card memory only. The utility does not know how to carry out selected data copying. There is also no individual encryption setting. If you need to protect backup data with a password, you can do this in the general settings of the program. The lack of the ability to select data when creating a backup leads developers to rather curious tips for creating copies. The help for the program says literally: “The process of creating a backup copy can slow down large media files. To speed up the creation of a copy, it is recommended to delete these files. Comments are unnecessary!

The N91's hard drive contained about 300 MB of general information. Two megabytes were occupied in the phone's memory. The full data backup process took 17 minutes. The size of the copy files was 293 MB for nfb and 292 MB for nfc, respectively.

Stored files are listed in the log.

Data recovery

You can restore your phone content to the same phone that was originally backed up, or to a different Nokia phone model. Suitable backup files (.nfb or .nfc format) are searched automatically from the default folder on the PC. They can also be specified explicitly through the overview in the browser. When restoring a backup to a phone of a different model, the contents of the archive can be restored selectively. This reduces the amount of free space required in your phone. The saved data from the memory card, if it is missing during recovery, is not broadcast to the phone's memory. In this case, only the main memory data is restored. A similar situation occurs if there is not enough free space on the memory card.

Viewing the contents added to the backup is done through the history. The log file is overwritten after each operation, so if you are interested in it, it is better to save it separately.

Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook

The most controversial app in the entire suite. But since there is practically no alternative software when synchronizing data from a PC (a separate material will be devoted to the Oxygen Phone Manager program), we will consider it in detail.

The data that the program can sync with your PC data includes calendar events, to-do items, address book, notes, and in some cases, email data and IE bookmarks.

You can specify manual and automatic synchronization, as well as periodic time synchronization, as synchronization options. As a synchronization direction, you can set the priority for a mobile phone or PC, and synchronization in both directions is possible. In synchronization mode, you can set the username and password. When changing the data in both devices, in order to avoid conflicts, you need to choose where the data will be taken from for synchronization. When synchronizing calendar events, you can turn off completed events and set a time interval for sharing data. The Outlook synchronization options specify the types of folders to synchronize, the path to which can be specified explicitly.

Address book synchronization

Only contacts stored in the phone's internal memory are included in the synchronization process. Contacts stored in the phone memory may include some custom fields that are not directly supported by Microsoft Outlook. In particular, data synchronization does not save information about groups, does not include data on phone numbers for IP telephony, video calls, PTT numbers, additional mobile numbers. You may experience problems transferring picture information from your Outlook address book to your phone.

Some features of contacts synchronization

1. To correctly display the country and city, the Outlook phone number entry uses the "Country Code (Area Code) Phone Number" format. Such an entry has the form
+ХХХ (ХХХ) ХХХХХХХ, where the first group of digits is the country code, the second is the city (operator) code, and the third is the phone number. The "+" sign provides a rule for quick access to international calls. But this form of recording a phone number is not supported by cellular operators, at least in our country. The phone number is broadcast as a single group of numbers without spaces or brackets. In the initial entry, the “+” sign is present, but as soon as you open the contact fields, it disappears, and it is no longer possible to restore it by simply adding it. That is, instead of "+ХХХХХХХХХХ", the number becomes "ХХХХХХХХХХ". It is quite natural that during the subsequent transfer to the phone, the number for a direct call becomes unusable, and it has to be edited.You can also edit the field directly in Microsoft Outlook. After selecting the country and entering the area code, we will receive a record of the number in the format shown above. I note that it is not possible to enter a number in a format understandable by Microsoft Outlook directly in the contact editing field on the phone. In models that support copying information, a number in this format can be created in notes and then transferred to the address book field.

2. A very common situation is data duplication. Very often you have to notice the appearance of repeated entries about the same contact.

3. An unauthorized deletion of contact data was detected during the synchronization process. There are no patterns in this process, therefore, in order not to lose some of your contacts, save the data in backups. For smartphones, there are several alternative contact manager programs. One of these utilities was described in the review dedicated to Alon Contact Guide.

The most general impression of synchronizing contacts with Microsoft Outlook is far from the most favorable. But you have to use it, because there are practically no alternatives. The situation can be somewhat corrected by remote synchronization with contact data stored on an external server using SyncML technology. You can read more about data synchronization with an external server in the overview.

Synchronization of calendar events and notes proceeds in the same way.

Internet connection

One Touch Access is used to connect to the Internet. The utility is very easy to set up. First, the required modem is selected from the list, which will be used to access the network. If your operator is not in the list, then in the next window you need to activate the connection manually and enter the access point, login and password. In the properties of the new connection, you will need to enter the dial-in number, which in the most general case looks like *99#, but for specific models, this number must be specified on the operator's website.

Install apps

You use the Nokia Application installer to install applications from your PC to your phone using PC Suite. Working with the application is simplified as much as possible. The left window displays the data of disks and folders on the PC. In the right window, you can select the installation location (memory card or main memory). For some models, their content is not displayed in this application. The available space is also indicated.

To install any application, select it in the left window and click on the green arrow. If the application is compatible with the version of the operating system, the installation will start automatically. To complete the installation, you will need to confirm and select a location directly on your phone. Everything is normal here. Uninstalling installed applications is not supported for all models.

File Manager

Nokia Phone Browser is the equivalent of a regular PC file manager. Traditionally, PC Suite does not allow you to view and modify system folders on your phone and memory card. To do this, there are utilities that are installed directly on the phone. In addition to the list of folders in the main memory and on the map, the browser displays a list of contacts and messages. The program allows you to edit the address book by adding and deleting contacts, and create new messages that can be sent directly from the program.

Creating contacts using the program is very convenient. A large number of fields are supported, data is much easier to enter from a full-sized keyboard. However, like the phone, it does not support the Outlook-friendly format for entering a phone number. After editing the address book, you can save the changes and update the information in your phone. If necessary, you can also perform the current synchronization with a PC. To work with Contacts (Nokia Contacts Editor) and Messages (Nokia Text Message Editor) in the main window of PC Suite there are separate icons, but they completely duplicate the browser items.

Sending messages

When you access the messaging program for the first time, the PC Suite support program is installed on your phone. You can create a new text or multimedia message directly from your browser using Nokia Text Message Editor. Creating and editing messages on a PC is easier than on a phone. If more than one phone is connected to the PC at the same time, then when sending a message, you will be prompted to select the model with which the message will be sent.

Multimedia messages are created using the Nokia Multimedia Factory application. In the address bar of the program, you must enter the addressee and the subject of the message. The message is created in the main window. The message class is selected from the list. The simplest is a message containing only textual information. Its size is limited to 30 Kb. The most complex message is 300 Kb, which can contain an image of 640x480 pixels, audio in AMR or MIDI format, and video in H.263 (3gp) format. All other formats are intermediate in nature and differ in the maximum length and size of the graphic file. After choosing a class, you need to decide on the page orientation. There are also options here. After defining the page type, an interactive window of the selected type appears. Inserting fragments does not cause difficulties. All windows have hints. Before adding a sound clip, you can listen to it. Once the message has been created, you can use the preview option. It is not necessary to send a message right away. It can be saved and sent at any time.

Messaging uses the GSM network, so you cannot send an SMS/MMS message from an offline phone.

Working with multimedia applications

PC Suite 6.8 introduces a media player for the first time. Previously, this player was distributed as a separate utility. In addition to graphics, audio recordings and videos, viewing of multimedia messages is supported. The player allows you to create playlists. Viewing is possible both for files saved on the PC and for files from the phone's memory. The player itself is quite functional and, in addition to playback, can play the role of a converter that allows you to convert avi files to 3gp format. The reverse conversion is not available. The list of supported formats is quite extensive, their final composition depends on the codecs installed on the PC. There are several pre-installed video clips in *.dcf format on the hard disk of the machine. Representing essentially the same 3gp, this format is digitally signed, and the files in it are not played on a multimedia player. When playing such files in the N90, you are prompted to authorize the application, without which the file will not start. *.npl and *.m3u formats are supported for playlists.

Application for WM Player in N91

The introduction of an integrated media player in the latest version of PC Suite is the first sign of this type of application. Utilities for working with a standard WM-player are included in the package of delivery of the latest N-series models. The software disk included in the N91 package contains such a shell for WM Player. Skin looks very fresh and unusual. Playback can be controlled with the mouse. The virtual buttons of the phone are used as control buttons. When playing a video, a separate window opens.

Image Store - Image Store

Another PC Suite application for working with graphics. With this utility, you can transfer graphic files to your PC. The utility automatically searches the phone for new images and videos received since the last save session. All new images and videos are automatically saved to the PC, depending on the selected file types.

Transfer Music

To transfer music files to your phone, Nokia Music Manager is included with PC Suite. The utility itself is quite interesting. It can act as an external converter for music files in aac and m4a format. The main task of the application is to search for music files on a PC, create a personal collection and translocate it to the phone. Such a solution is relevant in connection with the appearance of devices with a large amount of memory (or even with a hard drive, as in the N91). In addition, the program can be used as an alternative multimedia player directly on the PC. The utility allows you to convert files when transferring them to a mobile device. m4a (low quality) and aac (improved playback quality) are offered as the conversion format. Converting to m4a format reduces the file size by almost 4 times. The aac file is about 20% smaller than the original.

Before transferring a file, you can select its genre. In this case, the file will immediately be placed in the appropriate category on the phone. In the phone settings, you can immediately specify the folder where the converted music files will be copied.

Manage Connections

Produced using Nokia Connection Manager. Nothing particularly interesting was found in the application. Before connecting the phone, you must check the boxes of available connections. The Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 available at the time of writing the review had no problems with detection and connection. All fields were checked, the connection was made both via cable and via Bluetooth.

General impressions and conclusions

A rather powerful software package, which, nevertheless, does not bring fundamental updates. The inclusion of a multimedia player and a music transfer utility in the program is a nice, but far from the most essential feature of the program. Something else is more important. Nokia adheres to its own ideology and approach to the issue of synchronizing contacts and other PIM data between the phone and the remote device. The latter can be not only a PC, but also a server. And the presence of the company's own SyncML technology in the luggage allows us to conclude that data synchronization with Microsoft programs is a necessary measure, since most users use these programs. I don't think Blood Pressure Monitor that developers are not able to bring proprietary software into full compliance with Microsoft standards. But such a decision would mean abandoning the address book methodology familiar to millions of users. Replacing groups with Microsoft Outlook categories will not be to everyone's liking, especially since Nokia and Microsoft are, in fact, competitors in promoting models based on their own operating systems.Therefore, the synchronization problem exists, and I do not think that it will be solved very soon Based on this, you will have to make do with what is available, or use SyncML technology to save data.More likely is the emergence of alternative utilities installed on a desktop computer and fully providing work with the address book, calendar and other PIM data. distribution and good implementation of such utilities may have every chance of success. At the same time, the appearance of such software will be a strong move in the fight against a competitor for new users. Such a decision may become an additional incentive to purchase a device from Nokia.

Otherwise, the software package fully copes with the basic functions - working with messages, using the phone as a modem, transferring files, etc. A significant limitation is the inability to view system folders, but this approach also has its own explanation. The program is a mass product and is distributed absolutely free of charge. At the same time, not all users are qualified to work with system information. And the accidental deletion of many files can be critical. Those who need this access will easily find third-party utilities.

Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 phones provided by Nokia took part in testing the program.

Communication software. Nokia PC Suite.

Software for data synchronization, backup and all other services that provide access to a mobile phone from a desktop computer is released by all phone manufacturers without exception. Such programs are distributed free of charge and are very often included in the delivery set of the device along with a cable. The first review will focus on the Nokia software package.

The latest available version, posted on the manufacturer's website www.nokia.com/pcsuite, is 6.80.22 and is dated May 2006. The package was tested on the N90 and N91 models, which also include this program, but more early version. A feature of the update is the presence of a built-in multimedia player, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Nokia PC Suite is a suite of utilities for backing up, synchronizing data, connecting to the Internet, and installing applications. In addition, the program includes a file manager, tools for working with contacts, messages and images. There is a built-in connection setup wizard and a multimedia player. In the main menu, you can configure the ability to launch PC Suite at system startup. The program provides access to an interactive tutorial and detailed help. There is also a Russian-language manual and drivers for the modem on the disk supplied with the package.

Installation

The program is installed in the usual way. The standard package includes support for many localized languages, including Russian. The required interface language must be specified at the beginning of the installation. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, after the completion of the program, the corresponding icon appears in the system tray. You do not need to uninstall previously installed versions before upgrading. All settings made earlier are also saved.

Working with the program

To communicate wirelessly with a desktop computer, both devices must have infrared or Bluetooth capabilities. To enable communication via the Bluetooth protocol, the PC must have Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth (included in the second update package). Alternative solutions are Toshiba Bluetooth Stack version 4.0, WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows (versions 1.4, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0), IVT BlueSolei Bluetooth Stack with driver version 1.6.1.4. The latest driver does not support Symbian 3rd Edition based models.

The program supports cable connection. Compatible cables include cables labeled CA-53, DKU-2, and DKE-5. It is recommended to install drivers for the cable before connecting the phone. Data on the compatibility of phone models with the program version is available on the manufacturer's website.

The package supports data synchronization with Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002/2003, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes 5.x/6.x/7.0, Lotus Organizer 5.x/6.x.

Connection settings

Many models of Nokia phones have a built-in connection wizard, so there is no need to dwell on this process in detail. Therefore, we will describe it schematically. When you start the wizard, you will first be prompted to select the type of connection (IrDA, Bluetooth, or cable). After the discovery of devices is completed, their list will be displayed in a separate window. Any phone can be selected as active.

A green dot will appear next to the program icon in the system tray.

Main Applications

Backup

Data backup is handled by a separate Content Copier utility that can be used to back up phone content to a computer. The application allows you to restore data to the same phone from which the original backup was created, or to a Nokia phone of another compatible model. Content Copier can be used to transfer data from one model phone to another model phone. The backup objects are the address book, calendar information, files (graphics or music files), text messages, settings, data on the memory card. In the option parameters, you can set the type of memory from which the reading will take place. You can select phone and card memory or phone/card memory only. The utility does not know how to carry out selected data copying. There is also no individual encryption setting. If you need to protect backup data with a password, you can do this in the general settings of the program. The lack of the ability to select data when creating a backup leads developers to rather curious tips for creating copies. The help for the program says literally: “The process of creating a backup copy can slow down large media files. To speed up the creation of a copy, it is recommended to delete these files. Comments are unnecessary!

The hard drive of the N91 model contained about 300 MB of general information. Two megabytes were occupied in the phone's memory. The full data backup process took 17 minutes. The size of the copy files was 293 MB for nfb and 292 MB for nfc, respectively.

Stored files are listed in the log.

Data recovery

You can restore your phone content to the same phone that was originally backed up, or to a different Nokia phone model. Suitable backup files (.nfb or .nfc format) are searched automatically from the default folder on the PC. They can also be specified explicitly through the overview in the browser. When restoring a backup to a phone of a different model, the contents of the archive can be restored selectively. This reduces the amount of free space required on your phone. The saved data from the memory card, if it is missing during recovery, is not broadcast to the phone's memory. In this case, only the main memory data is restored. A similar situation occurs if there is not enough free space on the memory card.

Viewing the contents added to the backup is done through the history. The log file is overwritten after each operation, so if you are interested in it, it is better to save it separately.

Synchronization with Microsoft Outlook

The most controversial app in the entire suite. But since there is practically no alternative software when synchronizing data from a PC (a separate material will be devoted to the Oxygen Phone Manager program), we will consider it in detail.

The data that the program can sync with your PC data includes calendar events, to-do items, address book, notes, and in some cases, email data and IE bookmarks.

You can specify manual and automatic synchronization, as well as periodic time synchronization, as synchronization options. As a synchronization direction, you can set the priority for a mobile phone or PC, and synchronization in both directions is possible. In synchronization mode, you can set the username and password. When changing the data in both devices, in order to avoid conflicts, you need to choose where the data will be taken from for synchronization. When synchronizing calendar events, you can turn off completed events and set a time interval for sharing data. The Outlook synchronization options specify the types of folders to synchronize, the path to which can be specified explicitly.

Address book synchronization

Only contacts stored in the phone's internal memory are included in the synchronization process. Contacts stored in the phone memory may include some custom fields that are not directly supported by Microsoft Outlook. In particular, data synchronization does not save information about groups, does not include data on phone numbers for IP telephony, video calls, PTT numbers, additional mobile numbers. You may experience problems transferring picture information from your Outlook address book to your phone.

Some features of contacts synchronization

1. To correctly display the country and city, the Outlook phone number entry uses the "Country Code (Area Code) Phone Number" format. Such an entry has the form
+ХХХ (ХХХ) ХХХХХХХ, where the first group of digits is the country code, the second is the city (operator) code, and the third is the phone number. The "+" sign provides a rule for quick access to international calls. But this form of recording a phone number is not supported by cellular operators, at least in our country. The phone number is broadcast as a single group of numbers without spaces or brackets. In the initial entry, the “+” sign is present, but as soon as you open the contact fields, it disappears, and it is no longer possible to restore it by simply adding it. That is, instead of "+ХХХХХХХХХХ", the number becomes "ХХХХХХХХХХ". It is quite natural that during the subsequent transfer to the phone, the number for a direct call becomes unusable, and it has to be edited.You can also edit the field directly in Microsoft Outlook. After selecting the country and entering the area code, we will receive a record of the number in the format shown above. I note that it is not possible to enter a number in a format understandable by Microsoft Outlook directly in the contact editing field on the phone. In models that support copying information, a number in this format can be created in notes and then transferred to the address book field.

2. A very common situation is data duplication. Very often you have to notice the appearance of repeated entries about the same contact.

3. An unauthorized deletion of contact data was detected during the synchronization process. There are no patterns in this process, therefore, in order not to lose some of your contacts, save the data in backups. For smartphones, there are several alternative contact manager programs. One of these utilities was described in the review dedicated to Alon Contact Guide.

The most general impression of synchronizing contacts with Microsoft Outlook is far from the most favorable. But you have to use it, because there are practically no alternatives. The situation can be somewhat corrected by remote synchronization with contact data stored on an external server using SyncML technology. You can read more about data synchronization with an external server in the overview.

Synchronization of calendar events and notes proceeds in the same way.

Internet connection

One Touch Access is used to connect to the Internet. The utility is very easy to set up. First, the required modem is selected from the list, which will be used to access the network. If your operator is not in the list, then in the next window you need to activate the connection manually and enter the access point, login and password. In the properties of the new connection, you will need to enter the dial-in number, which in the most general case looks like *99#, but for specific models, this number must be specified on the operator's website.

Install apps

You use the Nokia Application installer to install applications from your PC to your phone using PC Suite. Working with the application is simplified as much as possible. The left window displays the data of disks and folders on the PC. In the right window, you can select the installation location (memory card or main memory). For some models, their content is not displayed in this application. The available space is also indicated.

To install any application, select it in the left window and click on the green arrow. If the application is compatible with the version of the operating system, the installation will start automatically. To complete the installation, you will need to confirm and select a location directly on your phone. Everything is normal here. Uninstalling installed applications is not supported for all models.

File Manager

Nokia Phone Browser is the equivalent of a regular PC file manager. Traditionally, PC Suite does not allow you to view and modify system folders on your phone and memory card. To do this, there are utilities that are installed directly on the phone. In addition to the list of folders in the main memory and on the map, the browser displays a list of contacts and messages. The program allows you to edit the address book by adding and deleting contacts, and create new messages that can be sent directly from the program.

Creating contacts using the program is very convenient. A large number of fields are supported, data is much easier to enter from a full-sized keyboard. However, like the phone, it does not support the Outlook-friendly format for entering a phone number. After editing the address book, you can save the changes and update the information in your phone. If necessary, you can also perform the current synchronization with a PC. To work with Contacts (Nokia Contacts Editor) and Messages (Nokia Text Message Editor) in the main window of PC Suite there are separate icons, but they completely duplicate the browser items.

Sending messages

When you access the messaging program for the first time, the PC Suite support program is installed on your phone. You can create a new text or multimedia message directly from your browser using Nokia Text Message Editor. Creating and editing messages on a PC is easier than on a phone. If more than one phone is connected to the PC at the same time, then when sending a message, you will be prompted to select the model with which the message will be sent.

Multimedia messages are created using the Nokia Multimedia Factory application. In the address bar of the program, you must enter the addressee and the subject of the message. The message is created in the main window. The message class is selected from the list. The simplest is a message containing only textual information. Its size is limited to 30 Kb. The most complex message is 300 Kb, which can contain an image of 640x480 pixels, audio in AMR or MIDI format, and video in H.263 (3gp) format. All other formats are intermediate in nature and differ in the maximum length and size of the graphic file. After choosing a class, you need to decide on the page orientation. There are also options here. After defining the page type, an interactive window of the selected type appears. Inserting fragments does not cause difficulties. All windows have hints. Before adding a sound clip, you can listen to it. Once the message has been created, you can use the preview option. It is not necessary to send a message right away. It can be saved and sent at any time.

Messaging uses the GSM network, so you cannot send an SMS/MMS message from an offline phone.

Working with multimedia applications

PC Suite 6.8 introduces a media player for the first time. Previously, this player was distributed as a separate utility. In addition to graphics, audio recordings and videos, viewing of multimedia messages is supported. The player allows you to create playlists. Viewing is possible both for files saved on the PC and for files from the phone's memory. The player itself is quite functional and, in addition to playback, can play the role of a converter that allows you to convert avi files to 3gp format. The reverse conversion is not available. The list of supported formats is quite extensive, their final composition depends on the codecs installed on the PC. There are several pre-installed video clips in *.dcf format on the hard disk of the machine. Representing essentially the same 3gp, this format is digitally signed, and the files in it are not played on a multimedia player. When playing such files in the N90, you are prompted to authorize the application, without which the file will not start. *.npl and *.m3u formats are supported for playlists.

Transfer Music

To transfer music files to your phone, Nokia Music Manager is included with PC Suite. The utility itself is quite interesting. It can act as an external converter for music files in aac and m4a format. The main task of the application is to search for music files on a PC, create a personal collection and translocate it to the phone. Such a solution is relevant in connection with the appearance of devices with a large amount of memory (or even with a hard drive, as in the N91). In addition, the program can be used as an alternative multimedia player directly on the PC. The utility allows you to convert files when transferring them to a mobile device. m4a (low quality) and aac (improved playback quality) are offered as the conversion format. Converting to m4a format reduces the file size by almost 4 times. The aac file is about 20% smaller than the original.

Before transferring a file, you can select its genre. In this case, the file will immediately be placed in the appropriate category on the phone. In the phone settings, you can immediately specify the folder where the converted music files will be copied.

Manage Connections

Produced using Nokia Connection Manager. Nothing particularly interesting was found in the application. Before connecting the phone, you must check the boxes of available connections. The Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 available at the time of writing the review had no problems with detection and connection. All fields were checked, the connection was made both via cable and via Bluetooth.

General impressions and conclusions

A rather powerful software package, which, nevertheless, does not bring fundamental updates. The inclusion of a multimedia player and a music transfer utility in the program is a nice, but far from the most essential feature of the program. Something else is more important. Nokia adheres to its own ideology and approach to the issue of synchronizing contacts and other PIM data between the phone and the remote device. The latter can be not only a PC, but also a server. And the presence of the company's own SyncML technology in the luggage allows us to conclude that data synchronization with Microsoft programs is a necessary measure, since most users use these programs. I don't think Blood Pressure Monitor that developers are not able to bring proprietary software into full compliance with Microsoft standards. But such a decision would mean abandoning the address book methodology familiar to millions of users. Replacing groups with Microsoft Outlook categories will not be to everyone's liking, especially since Nokia and Microsoft are, in fact, competitors in promoting models based on their own operating systems.Therefore, the synchronization problem exists, and I do not think that it will be solved very soon Based on this, you will have to make do with what is available, or use SyncML technology to save data.More likely is the emergence of alternative utilities installed on a desktop computer and fully providing work with the address book, calendar and other PIM data. distribution and good implementation of such utilities may have every chance of success. At the same time, the appearance of such software will be a strong move in the fight against a competitor for new users. Such a decision may become an additional incentive to purchase a device from Nokia.

Otherwise, the software package fully copes with the basic functions - working with messages, using the phone as a modem, transferring files, etc. A significant limitation is the inability to view system folders, but this approach also has its own explanation. The program is a mass product and is distributed absolutely free of charge. At the same time, not all users are qualified to work with system information. And the accidental deletion of many files can be critical. Those who need this access will easily find third-party utilities.

Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 phones provided by Nokia took part in testing the program.

Communication software. Nokia PC Suite.

Software for data synchronization, backup and all other services that provide access to a mobile phone from a desktop computer is released by all phone manufacturers without exception. Such programs are distributed free of charge and are very often included in the delivery set of the device along with a cable. The first review will focus on the Nokia software package.

The latest available version, posted on the manufacturer's website www.nokia.com/pcsuite, is 6.80.22 and is dated May 2006. The package was tested on the N90 and N91 models, which also include this program, but more early version. A feature of the update is the presence of a built-in multimedia player, but let's not get ahead of ourselves.

Nokia PC Suite is a suite of utilities for backing up, synchronizing data, connecting to the Internet, and installing applications. In addition, the program includes a file manager, tools for working with contacts, messages and images. There is a built-in connection setup wizard and a multimedia player. In the main menu, you can configure the ability to launch PC Suite at system startup. The program provides access to an interactive tutorial and detailed help. There is also a Russian-language manual and drivers for the modem on the disk supplied with the package.

Installation

The program is installed in the usual way. The standard package includes support for many localized languages, including Russian. The required interface language must be specified at the beginning of the installation. The whole process takes about 10 minutes, after the completion of the program, the corresponding icon appears in the system tray. You do not need to uninstall previously installed versions before upgrading. All settings made earlier are also saved.

Working with the program

To communicate wirelessly with a desktop computer, both devices must have infrared or Bluetooth capabilities. To enable communication via the Bluetooth protocol, the PC must have Microsoft Windows XP Bluetooth (included in the second update package). Alternative solutions are Toshiba Bluetooth Stack version 4.0, WIDCOMM Bluetooth for Windows (versions 1.4, 3.0, 4.0 and 5.0), IVT BlueSolei Bluetooth Stack with driver version 1.6.1.4. The latest driver does not support Symbian 3rd Edition based models.

The program supports cable connection. Compatible cables include cables labeled CA-53, DKU-2, and DKE-5. It is recommended to install drivers for the cable before connecting the phone. Data on the compatibility of phone models with the program version is available on the manufacturer's website.

The package supports data synchronization with Microsoft Outlook 2000/2002/2003, Outlook Express, Lotus Notes 5.x/6.x/7.0, Lotus Organizer 5.x/6.x.

Connection settings

Many models of Nokia phones have a built-in connection wizard, so there is no need to dwell on this process in detail. Therefore, we will describe it schematically. When you start the wizard, you will first be prompted to select the type of connection (IrDA, Bluetooth, or cable). After the discovery of devices is completed, their list will be displayed in a separate window. Any phone can be selected as active.

A green dot will appear next to the program icon in the system tray.

Main Applications

Backup

Data backup is handled by a separate Content Copier utility that can be used to back up phone content to a computer. The application allows you to restore data to the same phone from which the original backup was created, or to a Nokia phone of another compatible model. Content Copier can be used to transfer data from one model phone to another model phone. The backup objects are the address book, calendar information, files (graphics or music files), text messages, settings, data on the memory card. In the option parameters, you can set the type of memory from which the reading will take place. You can select phone and card memory or phone/card memory only. The utility does not know how to carry out selected data copying. There is also no individual encryption setting.If you need to protect backup data with a password, you can do this in the general settings of the program. The lack of the ability to select data when creating a backup leads developers to rather curious tips for creating copies. The help for the program says literally: “The process of creating a backup copy can slow down large media files. To speed up the creation of a copy, it is recommended to delete these files. Comments are unnecessary!

The hard drive of the N91 model contained about 300 MB of general information. Two megabytes were occupied in the phone's memory. The full data backup process took 17 minutes. The size of the copy files was 293 MB for nfb and 292 MB for nfc, respectively.

Stored files are listed in the log.

Data recovery

You can restore your phone content to the same phone that was originally backed up, or to a different Nokia phone model. Suitable backup files (.nfb or .nfc format) are searched automatically from the default folder on the PC. They can also be specified explicitly through the overview in the browser. When restoring a backup to a phone of a different model, the contents of the archive can be restored selectively. This reduces the amount of free space required on your phone. The saved data from the memory card, if it is missing during recovery, is not broadcast to the phone's memory. In this case, only the main memory data is restored. A similar situation occurs if there is not enough free space on the memory card.

Address book synchronization

Only contacts stored in the phone's internal memory are included in the synchronization process. Contacts stored in the phone memory may include some custom fields that are not directly supported by Microsoft Outlook. In particular, data synchronization does not save information about groups, does not include data on phone numbers for IP telephony, video calls, PTT numbers, additional mobile numbers. You may experience problems transferring picture information from your Outlook address book to your phone.

Some features of contacts synchronization

1. To correctly display the country and city, the Outlook phone number entry uses the "Country code (area code) phone number" format. Such an entry has the form +ХХХ (ХХХ) ХХХХХХХ, where the first group of digits is the country code, the second is the city (operator) code, and the third is the phone number. The "+" sign provides a rule for quick access to international calls. But this form of recording a phone number is not supported by cellular operators, at least in our country. The phone number is broadcast as a single group of numbers without spaces or brackets. The “+” sign is present in the initial entry, but as soon as you open the contact fields, it disappears, and it is no longer possible to restore it by simply adding it. That is, instead of “+ХХХХХХХХХХ”, the number becomes “ХХХХХХХХХХ”. It is quite natural that during the subsequent transfer to the phone, the number for a direct call becomes unusable, and it has to be edited.You can also edit the field directly in Microsoft Outlook. After selecting the country and entering the area code, we will receive a record of the number in the format shown above. I note that it is not possible to enter a number in a format understandable by Microsoft Outlook directly in the contact editing field on the phone. In models that support copying information, a number in this format can be created in notes and then transferred to the address book field.

2. A very common situation is data duplication. Very often you have to notice the appearance of repeated entries about the same contact.

3. An unauthorized deletion of contact data was detected during the synchronization process. There are no patterns in this process, therefore, in order not to lose some of your contacts, save the data in backups. For smartphones, there are several alternative contact manager programs. One of these utilities was described in the review dedicated to Alon Contact Guide.

The most general impression of synchronizing contacts with Microsoft Outlook is far from the most favorable. But you have to use it, because there are practically no alternatives. The situation can be somewhat corrected by remote synchronization with contact data stored on an external server using SyncML technology. You can read more about data synchronization with an external server in the overview.

Synchronization of calendar events and notes proceeds in the same way.

Internet connection

One Touch Access is used to connect to the Internet. The utility is very easy to set up. First, the required modem is selected from the list, which will be used to access the network. If your operator is not in the list, then in the next window you need to activate the connection manually and enter the access point, login and password. In the properties of the new connection, you will need to enter the dial-in number, which in the most general case looks like *99#, but for specific models, this number must be specified on the operator's website.

Install apps

You use the Nokia Application installer to install applications from your PC to your phone using PC Suite. Working with the application is simplified as much as possible. The left window displays the data of disks and folders on the PC. In the right window, you can select the installation location (memory card or main memory). For some models, their content is not displayed in this application. The available space is also indicated.

To install any application, select it in the left window and click on the green arrow. If the application is compatible with the version of the operating system, the installation will start automatically. To complete the installation, you will need to confirm and select a location directly on your phone. Everything is normal here. Uninstalling installed applications is not supported for all models.

File Manager

Nokia Phone Browser is a desktop file manager app. Traditionally, PC Suite does not allow you to view and modify system folders on your phone and memory card. To do this, there are utilities that are installed directly on the phone. In addition to the list of folders in the main memory and on the map, the browser displays a list of contacts and messages. The program allows you to edit the address book by adding and deleting contacts, and create new messages that can be sent directly from the program.

Creating contacts using the program is very convenient. A large number of fields are supported, data is much easier to enter from a full-sized keyboard. However, like the phone, it does not support the Outlook-friendly format for entering a phone number. After editing the address book, you can save the changes and update the information in your phone. If necessary, you can also perform the current synchronization with a PC. To work with Contacts (Nokia Contacts Editor) and Messages (Nokia Text Message Editor) in the main window of PC Suite there are separate icons, but they completely duplicate the browser items.

Sending messages

When you access the messaging program for the first time, the PC Suite support program is installed on your phone. You can create a new text or multimedia message directly from your browser using Nokia Text Message Editor. Creating and editing messages on a PC is easier than on a phone. If more than one phone is connected to the PC at the same time, then when sending a message, you will be prompted to select the model with which the message will be sent.

Multimedia messages are created using the Nokia Multimedia Factory application. In the address bar of the program, you must enter the addressee and the subject of the message. The message is created in the main window. The message class is selected from the list. The simplest is a message containing only textual information. Its size is limited to 30 Kb. The most complex message is 300 Kb, which can contain an image of 640x480 pixels, audio in AMR or MIDI format, and video in H.263 (3gp) format. All other formats are intermediate in nature and differ in the maximum length and size of the graphic file. After choosing a class, you need to decide on the page orientation. There are also options here. After defining the page type, an interactive window of the selected type appears. Inserting fragments does not cause difficulties. All windows have hints. Before adding a sound clip, you can listen to it. Once the message has been created, you can use the preview option. It is not necessary to send a message right away. It can be saved and sent at any time.

Messaging uses the GSM network, so you cannot send an SMS/MMS message from an offline phone.

Working with multimedia applications

PC Suite 6.8 introduces a media player for the first time. Previously, this player was distributed as a separate utility. In addition to graphics, audio recordings and videos, viewing of multimedia messages is supported. The player allows you to create playlists. Viewing is possible both for files saved on the PC and for files from the phone's memory. The player itself is quite functional and, in addition to playback, can play the role of a converter that allows you to convert avi files to 3gp format. The reverse conversion is not available. The list of supported formats is quite extensive, their final composition depends on the codecs installed on the PC. There are several pre-installed video clips in *.dcf format on the hard disk of the machine. Representing essentially the same 3gp, this format is digitally signed, and the files in it are not played on a multimedia player. When playing such files in the N90, you are prompted to authorize the application, without which the file will not start. *.npl and *.m3u formats are supported for playlists.

Application for WM Player in N91

The introduction of the built-in multimedia player in the latest version of PC Suite is the first sign of this type of application. Utilities for working with a standard WM-player are included in the package of delivery of the latest N-series models. The software disk included in the N91 package contains such a shell for WM Player. The skin looks very fresh and unusual. Playback can be controlled with the mouse. The virtual buttons of the phone are used as control buttons. When playing a video, a separate window opens.

Image Store - Image Store

Another PC Suite application for working with graphics. With this utility, you can transfer graphic files to your PC. The utility automatically searches the phone for new images and videos received since the last save session. All new images and videos are automatically saved to the PC, depending on the selected file types.

Transfer Music

To transfer music files to your phone, Nokia Music Manager is included with PC Suite. The utility itself is quite interesting. It can act as an external converter for music files in aac and m4a format. The main task of the application is to search for music files on a PC, create a personal collection and translocate it to the phone. Such a solution is relevant in connection with the appearance of devices with a large amount of memory (or even with a hard drive, as in the N91). In addition, the program can be used as an alternative multimedia player directly on the PC. The utility allows you to convert files when transferring them to a mobile device. m4a (low quality) and aac (improved playback quality) are offered as the conversion format. Converting to m4a format reduces the file size by almost 4 times. The aac file is about 20% smaller than the original.

Before transferring a file, you can select its genre. In this case, the file will immediately be placed in the appropriate category on the phone. In the phone settings, you can immediately specify the folder where the converted music files will be copied.

Manage Connections

Produced using Nokia Connection Manager. Nothing particularly interesting was found in the application. Before connecting the phone, you must check the boxes of available connections. The Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 available at the time of writing the review had no problems with detection and connection. All fields were checked, the connection was made both via cable and via Bluetooth.

General impressions and conclusions

A rather powerful software package, which, nevertheless, does not bring fundamental updates. The inclusion of a multimedia player and a music transfer utility in the program is a nice, but far from the most essential feature of the program. Something else is more important. Nokia adheres to its own ideology and approach to the issue of synchronizing contacts and other PIM data between the phone and the remote device. The latter can be not only a PC, but also a server. And the presence of the company's own SyncML technology in the luggage allows us to conclude that data synchronization with Microsoft programs is a necessary measure, since most users use these programs. I don't think the Blood Pressure Monitor developers are in a position to bring branded software into full compliance with Microsoft standards. But such a decision would mean a rejection of the methodology used by millions of users to work with the address book. Replacing groups with Microsoft Outlook categories is not to everyone's liking.Moreover, Nokia and Microsoft, in fact, are competitors in promoting models based on their own operating systems. Therefore, the synchronization problem exists and I don't think it will be solved very soon. Based on this, you will have to make do with what is available, or use SyncML technology to save data. More likely is the emergence of alternative utilities installed on a desktop computer and fully providing work with the address book, calendar and other PIM data. Given free distribution and good implementation, such utilities can have every chance of success. At the same time, the appearance of such software will be a strong move in the fight against a competitor for new users. Such a decision may become an additional incentive to purchase a device from Nokia.

A fairly powerful software package, which, nevertheless, does not carry fundamental updates. The inclusion of a multimedia player and a music transfer utility in the program is a nice, but far from the most essential feature of the program. Something else is more important. Nokia adheres to its own ideology and approach to the issue of synchronizing contacts and other PIM data between the phone and the remote device. The latter can be not only a PC, but also a server. And the presence in the company's own SyncML technology allows us to conclude that data synchronization with Microsoft programs is a necessary measure, since most users use these programs. I do not think, Blood Pressure Monitor Blood Pressure Monitor that developers are unable to bring proprietary software into full compliance with Microsoft standards. But such a decision would mean a rejection of the methodology used by millions of users to work with the address book. Replacing groups with Microsoft Outlook categories is not to everyone's liking. Moreover, Nokia and Microsoft, in fact, are competitors in promoting models based on their own operating systems. Therefore, the synchronization problem exists and I don't think it will be solved very soon. Based on this, you will have to make do with what is available, or use SyncML technology to save data. More likely is the emergence of alternative utilities installed on a desktop computer and fully providing work with the address book, calendar and other PIM data. Given free distribution and good implementation, such utilities can have every chance of success. At the same time, the appearance of such software will be a strong move in the fight against a competitor for new users. Such a decision may become an additional incentive to purchase a device from Nokia.

Otherwise, the software package fully copes with the basic functions - working with messages, using the phone as a modem, transferring files, etc. A significant limitation is the inability to view system folders, but this approach also has its own explanation. The program is a mass product and is distributed absolutely free of charge. At the same time, not all users are qualified to work with system information. And the accidental deletion of many files can be critical. Those who need this access will easily find third-party utilities.

Nokia N90, N91 and 6630 phones provided by Nokia took part in testing the program.