Android apps I use & why

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ADW Launcher – Nice custumizable launcher. I like the multiple docks, mostly, with the ICS theme.

Alarm clock plus – Not the prettiest interface but great math and strobe light features to force you to wake up.

Amazon (some through amazon appstore).

Amazon kindle – No brainer.

Amazon mp3 – For the songs Google Play doesn’t have.

Audible – To listen to audio books -maybe not your thing.

Barcode scanner – A must for the savvy shopper. 🙂

Buffer – To share through social networks at regular intervals (very handy for twitter).

BT reader – Will read your SMS messages out to you.

Chrome – But I’m not sure if it works with your version of android OS.

Currents – Better than any other RSS reader/news aggregator, in my opinion.

Dragon Go! (With Swype Beta, best way Android trumps iOS).

Drive Dropbox

Ease into 5k/Endomondo/Runkeeper (all fitness aps but each great in their own way) coolest by far though is Zombies, Run!

Facebook – Duh!

Fandango – Only one to trust for movie times, Flixster is inaccurate FYI.

Foodspotting is fun.

Google+ – For obvious reasons also the auto upload of all your photos (don’t worry, it’s always private) so you never have to worry about taking them off your phone in case your phone dies, which is nice.

Google Voice – as an alternative to your text messaging service cause ITS FREE!!! Just give people your “text” number and they don’t have to remember it or anything. you know? Also, better than the default voice messaging service, just saying.

Grubhub –  is pretty great cause it gives you tons more options to eat out that don’t actually do takeout.

Instagram – For obvious reasons.

Instant Upload – Uploads your images automatically to Facebook like Google+ instant upload.

Kayak – Best flight search & travel app out there.

Mint – I really like it because it’s safer than accessing your financial data directly through your bank on your phone, which is a thing some crazy people do…

Google Music

onxTaskerLocale – Are each pretty awesome in their own rite. Here are the respective lifehacker articles about them. Each of them have add ons and stuff that make them awesome, but it’s really about what you want to get done. I’m still torn because Tasker is not as user friendly as locale, but locale is not as powerful as tasker and onx has a lot of potential but I’ve found that if you don’t have network access it’s pretty useless…Here’s some people trying to duke it out over which is best…
Tasker Lifehacker article (one of many…) | On{x} Lifehacker article | Couldn’t find a Locale one… Sorry.

PandoraSpotify – Duh

Robin –  Voice command interface. Pretty fun and powerful. May not be super useful since Google now is coming out at some point soon.

Screen filter is great for night time use of your phone – I have one of my automaters (Locale, Tasker, onx) start it up on sundown so I don’t mess up my circadian rhythm.

Skype – If you use it more than hangouts but you have that options and Gchat instead so…

Springpad!!! Cause it’s super awesome!

This American Life – Great show. Not the best app but the only way to hear them on the go.

Tip me – Best tip calculator I’ve found.

TumblrWordPressTweetdeckTwitter – You know what to do with those…

Pocket yoga – Sooo good! I’ve had this since I first got a droid eons ago and still haven’t used all the sessions up. Better than a gym membership.

Volume+ – Improves on the stock sound system and lets you blast your speakers. Careful you don’t over do it and kill your speakers, though.

Where’s my droid – You’ll see when you check it out.

And Yelp 🙂

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Unrequited love: The story of a failed struggle for a Galaxy Note

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For those of you who don’t know, I live for pen and touch interaction. That is why I side with Microsoft instead of Apple [Courier]. Since the Courier died I have been anxiously waiting for the next big thing to bring this style of interaction to the forefront of tech. I bought a Pocket eDGe hoping for this seamless interaction and was sorely disappointed by the very disconnected interaction between the two screens and the poor touch capabilities. At UIST 2010, I was super excited by the interactions explored in the Pen + Touch = New Tools paper with the Surface app Manual Deskterity.

Manual Deskterity Demo

The point is, the Galaxy Note was basically destined to be my phone because it integrates pen and touch well, in ways that tablets and other smart phones don’t when you just buy a stylus for them. (This is mostly because of S Memo and S Planner, which pair sketches and handwritten notes in ways other phones don’t yet.)

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Note is not carried by Verizon, putting me in that awkward place that loyal iPhone users know so well, where AT&T has what you want and you have no other options. I was ready to switch despite the fact that it would be $20 more per month for fewer features.

Anyway, I decided to sign up for a new contract online because it’s usually easier and cheaper that way.  Plus, I like to read through disclosures, research funky options, make sure I know what I’m getting into. I went through the preliminary steps, filling out my information, credit check approved, then I got to the disclosures. Something sounded scary in the disclosure so I called AmazonWireless support just to clarify. Everything was OK, but when I got back to agree to the disclosures, I was logged out! I had been on the phone for maybe ten minutes.

I’d have to go through all that again. I’d have to agree to another credit check which is sketchy and brings down your credit rating. So, Verizon, here I stay with the Galaxy Nexus S. A great phone, but not my phone. *tear*