Every day more and more new applications are arriving to the already well populated cell-phones’ world. Nowadays is easy to find applications to do almost any imaginable thing (Even some unimaginable things) and numbers seem to keep growing. As competence brings quality and satisfied customers this is a very well appreciated trend. But what happens when the cell-phone you have is not that smart? What if this ever increasing amount of applications always finishes with the warning “application not supported” message? I felt somewhat frustrated when that happened to me, in fact, I felt frustrated when that kept happening about 9 out of 10 times I tried to install something.
My telephone is java-enabled is not very smart. Well, I had decided to deal with the idea of not installing big apps but some simple needs just came up. I needed to have some information displayed at my phone. I didn’t need interactive content or anything like that; I just needed to have the information with me, not a big deal. One possible option was to write it down as a text message. That works fine if you need to write a couple of lines or so, but when you are trying to pack five or six pages this could be a titanic task. Is the same with some applications which allows you to create content in the phone, without text messages limits, they are more convenient but still far from a real solution.
That’s why I started looking for some workaround and finally I found it. As the difficult seemed to be on my phone, I looked for an application to install in my computer which allowed me to share my documents with the phone. The apps I decided to use were those for creating e-books to read at the phone as java files. There are several e-books creators, I used for example the text-reader developed by Mobile-Mir. Using this app I managed to create the content I wanted to just like I do with my PC. When you create content there are different style formats options available like bold, italic, underline, etc. The interface is similar to HTML editors, so it could appears rather confusing for people who haven’t handled codes alike before, but is easy to get used to it. It also has the option to include pictures and manage several different files. Once the “e-book” is completed the following step is creating the JAR file. This file is to be installed in the phone so it must be translated using any available connection and that’s it. It is installed as any application (Just this finish with a friendlier “Installation finished” message) and it can be launched at any time from the phone.
I have used it to carry on directions on how to get to different places (Yes, my cell-phone doesn’t have GPS either), to bring my supermarket shopping list or to study some assignments without having to bring my whole computer. I find it useful and efficient enough even to create e-books from leisure magazines and bring along with me some entertaining things to do while queuing.
So in conclusion, if your phone is not that smart, don’t throw it away. Go online and find out what format your phone supports and you might find out that some applications are ready to help you.