Set Nokia chat as your default contacts view

I just discovered a handy tip for Nokia Chat fans … It’s possible to set your default contacts view to jump right to Chat rather than the main contacts application view. This works great for me since I really don’t need to scan my contact list … I tend to access who I need from the comms app of the moment.

On the E71, you can set this right within the contacts application settings as seen here:

Nice and simple. If you are already engaged in an open chat, Chat seems to take priority, but this is a nice way to always default to Chat.

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6 Replies to “Set Nokia chat as your default contacts view”

  1. Are you still using Nokia Chat as your main IM app? I finally got around to installing it on my E71 today and started playing around with it. I haven't added any contacts yet (is there a way to scan an address book or otherwise import a set of Jabber based contacts?) so I really haven't done much with it.

    That being said I also have Fring and Gizmo, not to mention Jaiku (granted it isn't really a chat client but it is a presence based app) so I guess the one big thing is settling on a mobile IM solution that works best.

  2. I read your post – thanks for the link!

    I do use Nokia Chat regularly … both on my E71 and via Digsby and Adium on the computer. It's a great way to filter what IM contacts I see on the mobile though I look forward to seeing additional protocols supported which has to be coming given the slow adoption pace of Ovi. Jabber support is nice so you can add your Gtalk clients pretty easily but so far it's all manual which is not great via mobile. Much easier on the PC side which then are shared with your mobile device.

    I find Fring and Gizmo are annoying more than helpful and I don't really like either's UI. I do like the VOIP options which can be convenient for some, but when traveling internationally my company is paying for my mobile connection anyway now.

  3. The UIs in Fring and Gizmo are not as good looking at Nokia Conversations, for sure. I am very curious about VOIP over my E71 though and these are the two apps I am looking at for that service (Gizmo does have an edge given its level of integration into my E71). Nimbuzz has a better looking interface although it seems to limit one registration per IM service (so one GTalk account etc) which is a pain because I have a couple concurrent Jabber/GTalk accounts.

    Giving Nokia Chat the ability to sign into other IM services (even if it is just other Jabber services) would make it more compelling to me. It would also be really handy to be able to scan my contacts for other Nokia Chat/Ovi users.

  4. The UIs in Fring and Gizmo are not as good looking at Nokia Conversations, for sure. I am very curious about VOIP over my E71 though and these are the two apps I am looking at for that service (Gizmo does have an edge given its level of integration into my E71). Nimbuzz has a better looking interface although it seems to limit one registration per IM service (so one GTalk account etc) which is a pain because I have a couple concurrent Jabber/GTalk accounts.

    Giving Nokia Chat the ability to sign into other IM services (even if it is just other Jabber services) would make it more compelling to me. It would also be really handy to be able to scan my contacts for other Nokia Chat/Ovi users.

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