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Appsolutely

Print Edition: January 2012

Launcher Pro
Launcher Pro
Android OS
Not liking the customised user interface loaded on your Android smartphone by your manufacturer? Install the Launcher Pro for free from the Android Marketplace. When you press the homescreen next, it will show the Launcher Pro and other user interfaces. Select the Launcher Pro and tick it as the default UI. Within a second or two, it will be set up as the default homescreen. There is also a paid app available but according to us, the free app works smoothly on most of the makes, including HTC, Sony Ericsson, Samsung and LG.

Nokia Panorama
Nokia Panorama

Symbian OS
The results from Nokia phone cameras is usually nice. And to take the full advantage of the handset, there is an nice way to capture great panoramic views using the Nokia Panorama application available on Ovi Store. Launching this app guides the user to start the process by clicking the camera key. Once done, it suggests holding the phone still and captures the first image automatically. After this, it suggests moving the camera towards the right, while adjusting the frame by moving up, down, right or left. At every instance, it captures the shot and after three images, it prompts you to stop the process by hitting the camera key again. The initial results obtained don't look impressive but the app automatically stitches the image together, making it look neat. (Tested on Nokia N8)

Scan Pages
Scan Pages

iOS
How many of us have a stand-alone scanner or a multi-function device at home that can scan important documents when in need. If you don't have one and are a proud owner of the iPhone or an iPod, install this utility application developed by Ricoh Innovations for free. Using the device's camera, it allows you to capture the document or image that you wish to scan and adjust the frame. Once done, it starts cleaning the image automatically and stores it on the device. The Scan Pages app is intuitive to use and delivers impressive results. Both the original image captured and the cleaned image is stored for future reference. From here, the scanned document/image can be shared directly via email or can be sent to Evernote. (Tested on iPhone 3GS)

Adobe Reader
Adobe Reader

iOS, Android
Adobe Systems Incorporated has come up with an Adobe Reader application for iPhone and Android devices where it allows user to read PDFs in a hassle free manner. With the the free app, you can download PDF attachments from emails or web browser and open them using the Adobe Reader App. This can also be used to open password protected PDFs. Searching text to find specific information, bookmarking for directly jumping to a different sections and selecting and copying text to the clipboard are the other few highlights of this application. If the phone supports multi-touch, you can also zoom into the text or view images closely. (Tested on iPhone 3GS)

Battery Watch
Battery Watch

BlackBerry OS
An easy way to keep an eye on your smartphone's battery is to install the Battery Watch application for free. This app creates an icon on the notification bar on the homescreen that displays the remaining juice in the battery. Also, when you plug the phone to charge or the phone is fully charged, there is a loud announcement. (Tested on BlackBerry Bold 9900)

Courtesy:Gadgets and Gizmos

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