N900 tips & tricks: Twitter, Foursquare, Last.fm, Pandora, and Firefox apps
It took me over a month of using the Nokia N900 evaluation unit before I finally decided to purchase my own N900 device and I honestly think the N900 is one of those devices you have to use for longer than just a couple of days to fully appreciate. I honestly learn something new about the Maemo OS and/or 3rd party applications several times a week and find that discovery on the device is a blast. One of the reasons I was using the Nexus One was the number and quality of applications, but developers are catching up with apps on the N900. I am a pretty heavy social network and streaming music service user so I was quite excited when I finally was able to get four of my favorite services working on the N900.
I started out using Mauku on my Nokia N900, but as I have mentioned a few times I find Witter to be a much more compelling product that is updated on a regular basis. At this time, Witter is the only Twitter client I have on my N900 and it provides just about all the functionality I need with a UI that gets better all the time.
Foursquare is a social networking, location-based application that combines updates to Twitter and Facebook with a game service that is enjoyable. I am currently testing a very early beta version of Barriosquare and will be posting some thoughts and screenshots of the application here on Nokia Experts soon. The developer is still accepting people into the test program if you want to try it out, but be aware you need to use X Terminal and commands to install the application and dependencies. After getting it installed though, you will find it is quite functional and has some capabilities that make it more compelling than Foursquare on other platforms.
I have a rather small music collection so I find streaming music services to be pretty compelling. My favorite streaming client is Last.fm and thanks to Mark Guim from The Nokia Blog I learned that you can setup Vagalume to work with Last.fm servers. Vagalume used to support Last.fm, but this capability is no longer a part of the application and you have to take the steps linked to above to get Last.fm working with it. The steps are quite straight forward and I was able to get everything up and running in just a couple of minutes.
Pandora is my second favorite client and on the Nokia N900 you should install the base Pianobar client with the choice of a front end UI. You can install pyPianobar or qtPianobar on your N900. I personally have the pyPianobar front end loaded on my N900 and find it to be quite capable and functional.
I just recently mentioned that the full release of Firefox Mobile was released for the Nokia N900 and I am finding it to be quite responsive and functional. I would actually like to see the ability to set Firefox as my default browser too, but don’t see that capability on the N900.
It is great to see all of these applications up and running well on the Nokia N900. I am sure we will see improvements in them too as the developers continue to update the UI. I would like to see an application like Shazam too so I can identify songs that are playing on the radio, but with these streaming clients and TuneWiki that is becoming less of a need.
Are there any other applications you hope to see on the N900?