Oxygen Phone Manager II

december 24, 2003

I finally picked up Oxygen Phone Manager II today. For all my scouring around on the net for a good utility/program to access all funcitonality on my Nokia 6610 Oxygen Phone Manager II was the only one that handled it all. And Oxygen Phone Manager II does it all very well, even better than Nokia's own PC Suite 5. So what is Oxygen Phone Manager II and what can it do? Here's the skinny on Oxygen Phone Manager II. Oxygen Phone Manager II is a total suite for all functionality of a phone. They have two versions out, one specifically for Nokia phones and another for Symbian OS based phones. I got the Nokia version so that I could access my phone via the Irda port on my phone and my PC. Oxygen Phone Manager II includes every single function of my Nokia phone including, but not limited to: Address book, calendar, to-do, SMS, MMS, ringtone, Java, and background picture management. I can tweak everything on my phone from Oxygen Phone Manager II including the Profiles, groups, WAP bookmarks, GPRS settings, and more. Oxygen Phone Manager II comes from developer Oxygen Software who makes other tools for phones, but Oxygen Phone Manager II has got to be the biggest and best of their tools. I like using it a lot and it is a great help for me � I use my Palm Tungsten T still, but with the calendar and to-do management of Oxygen Phone Manager II, I can keep some of the more important stuff on my 6610 also since I have that with me almost 100% of the time. Unlike Nokia's PC Suite 5, Oxygen Phone Manager II lets me edit the calendar and to-do list of the phone directly, instead of going through Microsoft Outlook to do it. Yes, there is no synchronization, but that's OK because I edit the entries directly on the phone. Nokia PC Suite 5 requires that Outlook be installed in order to access the calendar and to-do list on the phone. The address and phone book management of Oxygen Phone Manager II is pretty extensive also. I can edit every field that is available on the phone. I can easily assign people to groups and even edit groups with a simple click of the button. This is the way to handle the address and phone book for my phone. Oxygen Phone Manager II's SMS and MMS capabilities are also awesome. Now instead of deleting all the SMS messages that I have on the phone when it fills up, I can store them on my computer and delete them on the phone. The same goes with MMS. Oxygen Phone Manager II sits quietly in the systray when the phone is connected and will alert me when a SMS has arrived, then I can read it directly on my computer and even respond to it from my computer. Pretty nifty. Oxygen Phone Manager II also does the same with ringtones, Java applications, and background pictures. If I don't have enough space, I can simply and seamlessly move ringtones, apps and pictures between the computer and phone (or vice versa). This is quite handy when I have access to places like midlet.org to get all sorts of goodies. You can also use this facility to beat GPRS transfer limits (if your carrier has them, with me T-Mobile does not have GPRS limits). Talking about ringtones, Oxygen Phone Manager II has a midi editor built-in so that you can compose your own ringtones if you feel so inclined. I don't ever feel that creative (nor do I have the musical talents) so that functionality goes largely unused. But maybe on one of these days where I am bored, I'll go ahead and try to make a tune for my phone. The editor is not much though since, for all that I can see, it does not do polyphonic compositions, just a single tone editor. And on the music front, I can even edit the FM stations that I have on the phone from Oxygen Phone Manager II. Oxygen Phone Manager II also does full phone backups. This is unlike Nokia's PC Suite 5 which only backs up address book, calendar, profiles, and messages. Oxygen Phone Manager II lets me backup everything that PC Suite 5 does plus my Java apps, ringtones, background pictures, GRPS settings, and WAP bookmarks. I could take a backup file and restore a phone back to the condition that I had it in when I backed it up. Very nice feature. Because of the popularity of Oxygen Phone Manager II, Oxygen Software has had to come up with a pretty difficult to beat registration scheme. And that is too bad because it makes getting up and running with the software a bit on the tedious side. To register, one has to go to their website and purchase the license. Then an email is sent with a link to go download the fully registered software and a registration key for the software. When you install the software and cut and paste the long registration key into the registration box, you can then connect your phone. But, that is not the end of it. After connecting the phone, you have to then have the program send an email for you with the phone's IMEI number (like a serial number of the phone) to Oxygen Software's robot. It then takes a few moments for the robot to add the IMEI to their database and generate yet another key for you. You then take this key and cunt and paste it back into the registration box to officially activate the phone to the software. It sounds tedious and it is, but I guess that's the only way to keep people honest � and that's just too bad. Oxygen Phone Manager II is a damn good piece of software that stands alone. I did not find any other piece of software that does as much as Oxygen Phone Manager II. So if you have a data cable or Irda port (or go get a check $10 Irda-to-USB adapter), check out Oxygen Phone Manager II from Oxygen Software. This is the best way to get the most out of your phone.