Droid Update #3

On 2013.04.27, in Technology, by Greg

I switched to the Samsung Galaxy S3 in July of 2012. So I have been using it for nine months. The verdict: excellent, no problems. Especially good with the latest release of Android. Only complaint is battery life could be better … not as good as the iPhone 5, but good enough. The Galaxy S4 should be available soon, and there is a rugged version planned for this summer.

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Droid Update #2

On 2011.03.29, in Technology, by Greg

I’m switching from Motorola Droidx to HTC Thunderbolt. Both run Android OS. Most folks that have compared Droidx to Thunderbolt have found that the Thunderbolt is inherently faster, but also the Verizon network 4G is faster. People are currently experiencing network speeds up to 20Mbps, which is faster than the average US home user experiences from his or her ISP. This is the updated list of Apps:

    Frequently Used:

  • Advanced Task Killer Free – you need this
  • Amazon – scan barcodes to compare price on Amazon versus store
  • CardioTrainer – uses GPS to track walking workouts.
  • Gmail – Google email
  • Google Calendar – to look up appointments, etc.
  • Google Maps – more than just maps
  • Google Sky Map – identify stars and planets
  • Google Voice – telephony from Google
  • Instant Heart Rate – Use cellphone to find out heart rate
  • My Verizon Mobile – shows minutes used etc.
  • Quickoffice – View Mircosoft Office files and PDFs
  • Sincere Prayer
  • TED Mobile – view outstanding 18 minute videos from the TED conferences
  • TeslaLED – use cellphone as flashlight
  • Tricorder – simulates Star Trek Tricorder
  • Twitter – alerts when new tweets arrive
  • Wifi Analyzer – check on wifi signals around you
    Less Frequently Used:

  • 3G Mobile Hotspot – built-in, extra cost service
  • AcroBible Lite – King James version
  • Alarm & Timer – built-in
  • Amazon MP3 – Amazon music store
  • Angry Birds – popular game
  • Backup Assistant – Verizon Application
  • Blockbuster – Movie rentals
  • Browser – Google Browser – Built-in
  • Calculator – Built-in
  • Calendar – Google built-in
  • Camcorder – built-in
  • Camera – built-in
  • Cardock – built-in
  • CityID – trialware built-in displays city and state of caller
  • Contacts – Google contact list
  • Dialer – phone dialpad built-in
  • DLNA – use Wifi to share files – built-in
  • Emergency – built-in
  • ESPN Mobile
  • Files – built-in file manager
  • FM Radio – use cellphone as FM radio (requires headset)
  • Gallery – saved photos and Movies
  • Gesture Search – search your phone by using gestures
  • Google Books – competes with Amazon Kindle
  • Google Earth – advanced mapping
  • Google Finance – quotes and charts
  • Google Goggles – scan business card to add to contacts
  • Google Latitude – find friends nearby
  • Google Listen – search audio feeds for news, subscribe to favorites, then listen
  • Google News
  • Google Reader – RSS Reader
  • Google Search – built-in
  • Google Talk – chat app
  • Google Translate – language translation
  • Help Center – built-in
  • IMDb – Internet Movie Database
  • Kindle – Amazon Book Reader
  • Madden NFL 11 – popular game
  • Market – get apps from Google Marketplace
  • Media Share – share files between phone and other devices
  • Medscape – medical app from WebMD
  • Messaging – built-in messaging like text messaging (requires service)
  • Morningstar – stocks and mutual funds
  • Movies – view Netflix queue
  • Music – listen to books on mp3 – built-in
  • Music Player – Realnetwork app, better than the built-in app
  • My Tracks – Google app like CardioTrainer
  • News – built-in Google app for reading News feeds
  • News and Weather – the Weather Channel app
  • Newspapers – read newspapers from around the world
  • Navigation – built-in Google app – speak destination
  • NFS Shift – Need for Speed Shift – EA sports
  • PdaNet – USB tether or Bluetooth DUN
  • Picasa Tool – works with online picasa account
  • Places – find things near you like restaurants
  • Pocket Agent – State Farm Insurance App
  • Radar Now – show weather radar around your GPS location
  • ScoreCenter – sports scores
  • Google Shopper – find things to buy
  • Skype Mobile
  • Social Networking – Google app – built-in
  • Southwest – airline app
  • Sportstap – keep track of your teams
  • Text Messageing – built-in
  • The Weather Channel
  • Trapster – avoid speed traps and photo enforcement cameras
  • Voice Command – use voice to do things like place calls
  • Voicemail – checks voicemail
  • Voice Search – Google search using voice
  • Voice Search – voice command what you are looking for near you
  • VZ Navigator – extra cost service from Verizon
  • WaveSecure – to locate cellphone if misplaced, and erase everything if stolen
  • Wikidroid – Wikipedia App
  • YouTube
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Droid Update

On 2010.02.18, in Technology, by Greg

My original post about the Droid was 2009-11-06. Three months into Droid and time for an update. The good news is that ones life can be divided into BD and AD, before Droid and after Droid. But not without some complaints of course. The camera is really slow, which means you are going to miss some opportunities. It is really easy to accidentally activate functions unintentionally.

These are the apps I use in order of most frequent:

  • Phone and contact lookup with integration to maps
  • Maps, especially with the traffic layer turned on
  • Music – listen to books on mp3
  • Gmail
  • Calendar to look up appointments, etc.
  • Sportstap – keep track of you teams
  • TED – view outstanding 18 minute videos from the TED conferences
  • CardioTrainer – uses GPS to track walking workouts.
  • Radar Now – show weather radar arond your GPS location
  • Trapster – avoid speed traps and photo enforcement cameras
  • WaveSecure – to locate Droid if misplaced, and erase everything if stolen
  • Wifi Analyzer – check on your wifi signal
  • Droidlight – use camera flash as a light
  • Google Goggles – scan business card to add to contacts
  • PageOnce – track financial accounts
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About Droid

On 2009.11.06, in Technology, by Greg

I have upgraded to Motorola Droid from what is now an antique. I’ve only had it for a few hours. I was surprised at how heavy it is. I was also surprised at how small the keys are on the slide out keyboard. I decided to add the desktop docking station and so far I’m glad I did. It’s convenient. Syncing with Google was a total no-brainer. I’ve been receiving notifications of new emails and calendar events.

Nice feature: instant maps from Google for your contacts that include addresses. Very nice indeed.

You may want to compare features with the Apple iPhone. See Mashable article for comparison chart.

I have been accidentally hitting functions and activating searches more often than I thought. Since I carry the Droid in my pocket, the keyboard slides out slightly sometimes and that activates the “droid groan,” a robot-sounding “droid.”

I was not reimbursed for this review. I’ll add comments as I begin adding features.

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