Qt (pronounced “cute”) has been waved by Nokia for over a year as the next best thing since sliced bread, and the ultimate savior of Symbian. Despite Nokia’s decision to move to Windows Phone as a main smartphone platform, developers seem to stay committed to Qt now, producing some wonderful applications.
I have to admit, I was dubious at first, I mean we were once promised the moon with Web Runtime Widgets and we all know how that went: slow, clunky. So Qt wasn’t flying in my books until I decided to give Qt apps the benefit of the doubt. And lo-and-behold: they are actually good. Yes, yes, I kid ye not! Below, you will find a list of the best 30 applications based on Qt that you can get and install in order to enjoy a breath of fresh air on your Symbian phone and show off to your friends.
- TwimGo (free, download) : a Twitter client with all the bells and whistles, timeline, replies, direct messages, users, search, lists, trends, and even image previews.
- Kasvopus (free, download) : the cleanest and fastest Facebook application I’ve seen, with timeline, friend walls, photo albums, comments and likes, and even events.
- FriendChat (free, download) : an instant messaging application for Facebook Chat. Simply log in and connect to your friends anywhere.
- AudioBoo (free, download) : the official AudioBoo app for Symbian, based on Qt, with recording, uploading, and following popular boos and friends.
- Different Tack (free, download) : another Twitter client with a twist, literally. You spin your finger on the bottom half of the screen and you move through tweets, options, and timeline or replies or messages.
- NewsFlow (free, download) : there aren’t many Google Reader clients on Symbian, and NewsFlow doesn’t aim very high. Basic features, but it works, and it looks good at it.
- Gmail Apps Browser (free, download) : although the name hints at Gmail, this application lets you access the mobile version of Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Tasks and Google Buzz.
- WordPress (free, download) : if you’re a blogger, then you probably heard of WordPress. This app will let you access multiple blogs, manage comments, write posts, add images and follow your stats.
- Wikitude (free, download) : spin around and view Wikipedia articles on locations around you, Flickr images taken by others, or really hundreds of other content categories in this augmented reality application.
- Layar (free, download) : quite similar to Wikitude, Layar has been a hit on Android & iOS, and this is no exception. View restaurants, shops, touristic spots and much more around you.
- Poynt (free, download) : Poynt leaves the augmented reality aspect, but focuses on showing you points of interests around you, and guiding you to them with Ovi Maps.
- Flake (free, download) : a weather application with support for multiple locations, 5-day forecast, temperature graphs and a world map view of the weather.
- Toshl (free, download) : a personal expense tracker that lets you add your daily expenses, see the categories you spent most on, and control your spending habits.
- Dropian (free, download) : one of the first decent Dropbox clients for Symbian: lets you access your Dropbox folders and files, upload new ones, and download what you need.
- Nokia Drop (free, download) : a BetaLabs application, that lets you push links and images from your computer’s browser to your phone.
- Qt Quick Shopping List (free, download) : create multiple shopping lists, add and remove items in them, and specify the quantity of each. Then you can check/uncheck items as you go to the market and start buying them.
- ESPN F1 (free, download) : a Formula 1 app for the fans that lets you read the latest news, track the races, look at drivers statistics, and more.
- Calculator Qt (free, download) : a simple calculator with a memory function, but looks and works much better than the built-in calculator.
- Timer Qt (free, download) : it’s a lap timer, with unlimited laps, and the ability to start and stop the recording when you want.
- Converter Qt (free, download) : a stylish converter, that works on weight, length, volume, temperature, and other categories, with the essential units in each.
- QuickStocks (free, download) : a beautiful stocks app, with summary view, the ability to add your own stocks, and a detailed view with weekly, monthly, yearly statistics and more.
- Molo.Me (free, download) : the Instagram-equivalent for Symbian. Snap a picture, apply effects like retro camera looks, color picking, different tones, and then share them to Twitter and Facebook.
- ColorizIt (0.80$, download) : make the colors in your photos pop, by letting them shine while the rest of the image goes black and white. Share to Twitter and Facebook too.
- QuickPanorama Pro (2.29$, download) : a panorama application that automatically stitches photos together, with sharing to Twitter or Facebook enabled.
- QuickFlickr (free, download) : a Flickr browser application that lets you view your friends pictures, favorite them, and check their details.
- Lapsed (free, download) : make time-lapsed videos from photos shot every few minutes. Perfect for sunrises, sunsets, and other events that last a few hours.
- PanoWallpaper (free, download) : this application lets you split your widescreen photos into 2 or 3 separate images that you can later set as panoramic wallpapers for you different homescreens.
- Moodagent (free, download) : create music playlists based on your mood. Angry? Sad? Happy? Set your mood sliders and Moodagent will pick your music and share it on Twitter or Facebook.
- Geeky Avatar (0.80$, download) : create avatars with many skin tones, hair and accessories, and assign them as contact pictures in your phonebook.
- Voice Recorder Qt (free, download) : a simple voice recorder that lets you save multiple recordings and listen to them when you want.
What’s Your Best Qt App?
So that’s my list. I didn’t include any games, because there are many based on Qt out there. However, I might have missed a couple of apps out there. What is your favorite Qt app for Symbian? Is it anywhere on this list? Or did I miss it?