5 Great J2ME Apps For Your Non-Smartphone

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j2me appsAre you not using a smartphone, but still want access to a few apps? It might be possible – if your phone can use J2ME, there’s a wide variety of apps out there for your phone whether you realize it or not. They are, however, hard to find, so I’m going to list the best ones I know of.

I don’t own a smartphone. I know, technology bloggers are supposed to be hip cats, up to date with the latest cool technology and slang. Sorry, that’s not me. I don’t have a smartphone and don’t really want one. I love being offline from time to time, love only paying $20 a month in phone bills and can easily make my dumb phone smart using ifttt when necessary.

But it’s not like I use a rotary phone. For 30 bucks I got a phone that came with 30 dollars worth of coverage, an MP3 player, an FM radio (which I love) and the ability to run J2ME apps. Internet usage simply takes up minutes, which I have way more than enough of.

You can find J2ME apps at GetJar, but it’s a nightmare to use. I’m the only other technology blogger on earth to own a phone using such an antiquated operating system, so I suppose it’s my responsibility to point out the best J2ME apps below.

Opera Mini

The browser that came with your phone probably sucks. Opera Mini won’t magically turn your J2ME phone into a smartphone, but it will make browsing on the device very simple. Even if you plan on only using the browser to check the occasional score or stock, I recommend you make this app the first one you download.

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You can get Opera Mini by opening m.opera.com on your phone’s default browser, or you can download Opera Mini 4 directly as a JAR or JAD.


I love how my email doesn’t follow me everywhere I go; it’s among the perks of not owning a smartphone. If you still want occasional access to your email, however, you should check out the Gmail app for J2ME. It downloads your inbox locally, so you can minimize the number of minutes used, but there’s nothing in your Gmail account you can’t access with this tool.

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It’s become impossible to find on Google’s website; I’m sure Google is planning on dropping support soon. Still, you can dowload Gmail for J2ME at Softonic.

Google Maps

Are you lost? It’s nice having a map, which is why I’m glad the world-famous Google Maps offers a version of their ultimate atlas for J2ME users.

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It’s designed to run with minimal data usage, and runs very well for me without draining my minutes. Head to google.com/gmm on your phone’s browser to download it. Sorry, Google doesn’t offer a direct download for your PC.

Tetris Midlet

It’s been a truism since the GameBoy – no device that fits in your pocket is worthwhile without Tetris. While I’m sure there are plenty of Tetris clones out there for J2ME phones, my favorite is Jordan Kiang’s Tetris Midlet. It’s very familar if you’ve played the GameBoy version, and runs well on pretty much every phone.


If you find your time is constantly disappearing, you should look into the Pomodoro time management system. Basically, work for 25 minutes, then take a 5 minute break. It’s simple, but it makes it a lot easier to focus.

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If you’d like your J2ME phone to act as a Pomodoro timer, you’re in luck. Pablo Seminario has built a simple timer for the platform that looks great. I’ve been using it for a while now and I love it.


Before you take to the comments, please read the following lists of common questions:

Q. Couldn’t you get better screenshots?

A. If my phone had the ability to take screenshots, sure. It doesn’t, so my poor photos are what you get. Sorry.

Q: Are there any other J2ME apps you recommend people check out?

A: As a matter of fact there are. Here’s a quick list:

Q: Something here doesn’t work on my phone! Can you help?

A: I couldn’t possibly. There are too many different J2ME phones, and it’s hard to say which apps will work on which phones. There’s a reason people buy smartphones! Ask on MakeUseOf Answers, or Google the problem. Sorry!

Q: Wow, Justin, you should really get a smartphone.

A: That’s not a question. Here’s a question for you – will you pay for a data plan for me? Because if not, I’m not getting a smartphone.

Q: I know of some better apps! Can I tell you and the rest of the world about them somehow?

A: You sure can! Leave them in the comments below.

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Comments (24)
  • Youkai Andres

    Hi! I have a Nokia Asha 311 cell phone (A Dic 2012 Nokia´s world launch). The O.S. is “Nokia S40″ a Java2Me based system. Microsoft put “out of service” the “Nokia mail” app and now also kills the “Mail for Exchange” alternative. The users lose an important communication function thanks to MS ambitions. Please do you know the names of “push mail” apps for non Gmail services like Outlook (ex live and hotmail)?
    “Pico-mail” is not “push” e-mail (non automatic download messages)
    “Emoze” and “Dovemail” don´t install in Nokia 311.
    “Mmail” is not an app, its a kind of icon for “direct access” web based.
    C-Ya people, thanks a lot!

  • Acton Noel

    UC browser also work good on java phones I have 2 android and 2 java phones if you have a low memory java phone use UC browser 7.2 light Facebook java app also works great.

  • jim

    Any ideas for the tracfone lg306g its all new to me”java”,etc.
    Glad to see feature phones have a place on the web.

    • Justin Pot

      That phone should work with the above apps, though some of them are not longer offered.

  • Gunnar Parment

    My favourite j2me app is an RPN calculator. For me, algebraic or RPN doesn’t matter much, but on a non-smart phone saving keystrokes is essential. After a few minutes, the operation of this app is logical., including the arrow-key menu for finding operators.


    I use a private smartphone and at work a company-owned “dumb” phone with j2me.

    • Justin Pot

      It’s always good to have a trusty calculator on hand! What kind of job do you have where they provide a J2ME phone?

    • Gunnar Parment

      Let’s just say, I changed from a nine-to-five-behind-the-desk job to s job where I usually walk more than I sit. The j2me phone is a heavy duty model I use for phone calls and occasional SMS. I can drop it on a concrete floor, or in a pile of snow and it keeps going. Battery time is probably more than a full week. In short: a perfect phone for the job.

    • Justin Pot

      Sounds like an improvement! Glad your phone is fitting your job. :)

  • Anonymous

    Rapid Protect produced it Rapid Family Tracker application on iphone, android and Blackberry. It didn’t forget J2ME application users.

    The Rapid Tracker is a modern application for family tracking, chatting and collaboration. It come sin the lite and full version and app can be downloaded from

    The apps are produced by Rapidsoft Systems, Inc. (http://www.rapidsoftsystems.com) a leading IT Services and Mobile development company.

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