Whether you’re travelling across different time zones or trying to stay in touch with friends in different countries, most would agree that having a clock that can display the current time of different countries around the world is something handy or convenient to have around. Unfortunately, not all watches come with such a feature - especially when it’s a Cartier or Rolex (it’ll just make it look all that un-chic!)
Probably the next thing on the list that would be with you 99% of the time is your mobile phone. Most (or nearly all) have a built-in clock on them, but some of these don’t exploit the opportunity of having a world time feature as well - even when they have this capability.
And no, the 7650 does not come with a world time feature - which has ultimately led developer PsiNT to come up with a solution for this dilemma. Appropriately named World Clock, this great application does more than just tell you the time in Greenwich!
The first thing that needs to be done before World Clock can function properly is to set the “home city” - which specifies where you are currently located. This can be done by pressing the “Options” soft key and choosing “Set home city”. A world map is displayed with a list of over 1150 locations available. You can type the whole or part of the name of the city or country you’re looking for and World Clock will narrow the list down by filtering it accordingly.
Once the location is chosen, World Clock will ask you whether you want to adjust the current time to that of the selected city (see above). For example, if the current home city is “Sydney” and you’ve selected “London” as the new selection, World Clock will ask you whether you want to adjust the time by -10 hours - which is the time differential between the two cities. Choose either YES or NO to complete this operation.
What’s left now is the “destination city”, and setting it up is similar to the above - with the exception of choosing the “Set destination city” option instead.
Using World Clock
As I mentioned previously, World Clock has more to offer than just showing you the time in another city. Below are some brief explanations of each of the tabs featured in the application.
Here, both the home and destination city times are displayed next to each other - and with the following information for each:
At the bottom of the screen, the time and distance differentials for the two cities are displayed. For example, the distance between Sydney and Trondheim is 15,767 kilometres and Sydney is 9 hours ahead in time (see picture).
- city, state (if applicable) and country name
- sunrise and sunset times for the current day
- GMT offset
- country prefix and area code (telephone)
Alarms (Professional version only)
Only available on the Professional version of World Clock, up to 8 alarms can be created and managed. In addition to setting the time for an alarm, you can set it to go off on a specified date or have the alarm repeated daily, weekly or on working days only (“working days” can be customised by a user). A message can also be attached to each alarm entry, which is displayed when activated.
For those who are using PsiNT’s “System Tools” application, you will not need to use World Clock Professional - as both applications share the same alarms feature. This could save you $5 and you’ll still get all the necessary features of World Clock! :)
These are actually two different screens here - but I have grouped them together because they share the same user interface and search routines.
Depending on the screen you are on, World Clock will present you with a list of cities or countries that are in its database (over 1150 locations). By typing in the first few letters, or even a part of the word, will result you in a filtered list of locations that you may be looking for. For example, if I was looking for “London”, I can type in “lon” and it would come up with all the possible locations that have the string “lon” in the entries (see above).
Once you have found what you were looking for, a set of intersecting lines will indicate the physical location of the city on the provided world map. More information on the city can also be displayed by pressing down on the 5-way joystick, which lists details such as:
I found this feature extremely useful when you need to look up information such as the current time or dialling codes for a particular country. Not to say that the other information are excessive - but they are sure interesting to have if you really needed them! :)
- city name and country
- sunrise and sunset times
- latitude and longitude offsets
- GMT offset
- country prefix and area code (telephone)
- current time at location
Should the city that you are looking for is not available from this extensive list, World Clock provides the ability to add your own entry by choosing the “Edit” and “New city” function from the “Options” soft key menu. Detailed information such as GMT offset, latitude and longitude information, and daylight zone details can be inputted as well - making it as specific as the rest. You can also edit city information in the database as well in the same manner!
If you decide to change the home or destination city locations, you can also do it from either of these screens by choosing the “Options” soft key and choosing the “Set as” menu item.
I managed to find a problem that was evident in the cities/countries display, specifically when it lists the detail of the selected city. The current time at the chosen city is incorrect because it assumes that the home city always has a zero GMT offset.
For example, when I have “Sydney” as the home city, and when the details for “Sydney” are listed in the cities screen, the current time displayed here is actually 10 hours ahead - where it should be exactly the same. To confirm this problem, I chose “London” (since it has a zero GMT offset) and the current time displayed here matched my home city time, which was in fact “Sydney”. How about that!
This is quite a serious bug - since listing the current time is extremely useful, and which can be easily addressed. Unfortunately, it doesn’t seem that the developers have picked it up yet.
So what’s the verdict?
For the frequent traveller, or someone who just has a lot of friend scattered around the globe, World Clock is a very handy application to have around with you. Being able to look up a time for a specific location is just a few simple keystrokes away - and not needing to count fingers or trying to guess the time instead.
No fingers… but just a “thumbs up” for World Clock instead! :)