Who says the Germans have no sense of humour? Nero has decided that the latest version of its Premium suite should be known as Premium 7.0 Reloaded, rather than Premium 8.0, or anything as boring as that. This tribute to the Wachowski brothers could be a double-edged sword, though. As we remember it, The Matrix Reloaded was a bit pants.

This particular sequel, on the other hand, has a couple of new features that show promise. But one of them, Nero Mobile, has a major drawback. Though designed for use with smartphones, it's incompatible with the Symbian OS (operating system). As Symbian is the most common smartphone OS, the sooner Nero can address this issue, the better.

But the application itself is very impressive. In essence it turns a smartphone into a media-centre-style device. And Nero Digital, Nero's proprietary compression software, works well and allows users to keep decent image quality and clarity without taking up too much space.

Nero Sipps is another addition to the Premium suite – this is VoIP (voice-over IP) software.

The application has been around for a while, but has struggled. Unlike Skype, it wasn't free. It's the first time this package has included Sipps, which is very simple to use and bursting with interesting features.

There are several more elements in the Premium suite, including everything you'd expect for backing up data, burning audio CDs and DVD movies – and the Nero Home digital-entertainment centre.

Nero Premium 7.0 Reloaded: Specs

  • 1.6GHz Pentium 4 processor
  • Windows 2000/XP/XP Media Center Edition 2004/ 2005
  • 128MB RAM
  • 600MB hard disk space
  • 1.6GHz Pentium 4 processor
  • Windows 2000/XP/XP Media Center Edition 2004/ 2005
  • 128MB RAM
  • 600MB hard disk space

OUR VERDICT

In terms of an all-round utility suite, there's little missing from Nero Premium 7.0 Reloaded. The Symbian compatibility issue needs to be sorted out, and soon, so we can't give it a Gold award. But this is still a great piece of software with some welcome additions.

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