- Angry Birds
- Barcode Scanner
- Chrome to Phone
- Google Finance
- Google Gesture Search
- Google Gmail
- Google Goggles
- Google Buzz
- Google Search
- Google Sky Map
- GPS Status
- Hotspot Widget
- Google Maps
- Google My Tracks
- OBD II Reader
- ESPN Scorecenter
- Google Shopper
- StopWatch & Timer
- The Weather Channel
- Google Voice
- Google Voice Search
- XBMC Remote
Tuesday, November 23, 2010
Putting the applications I write aside, here's a list of the Android applications I have installed in no particular order. Applications in bold are used often. I'll try to get back to this list and update with descriptions or links.
Thursday, November 18, 2010
My previous phone, the HTC Hero was once considered high-end for an Android phone. Back then, there wasn't much for choices, the Hero followed the HTC G1, and roughly matched the functionality of the MyTouch.
Today there are a wide variety of phones from junk to super high-end. I envy the owner's of the HTC EVO 4G, but it's difficult for me to justify the $200 up-front + $240 in additional fees over the 2 year contract. RadioShack and Sprint recently offered a promotion for the new low-end LG Optimus S for $0, no rebate required. That's $440 cheaper over 2 years than the EVO.
I took the plunge, and I'm delightfully surprised at just how nice the Optimus S. In many ways it's a big upgrade from my HTC Hero, but with a few caveats. Here's the quick rundown.
- Stock Android 2.2.1 - Froyo tastes great.
- Faster CPU. The 600mhz CPU is a big improvement, even beyond raw numbers.
- GPU. Added acceleration for graphics. I can play Angry Birds now.
- Slightly thinner, smaller.
- More responsive touch screen.
- Dedicated 2-stage camera button.
- Dedicated voice dialer button.
- No blinding notification light while charging
- Proximity Sensor turns phone screen on and off automatically when calling.
- Very fast and accurate GPS
- Swype keyboard included free
- Can be rooted.
- Only Sprint app is SprintID. No junk.
- Wireless hotspot capability
- No notification light for SMS, Email, Missed Calls, etc.
- No trackball. Made text editing a bit easier.
- No light sensor. Screen brightness is fixed to your setting.
- No dedicated dial and hang up button. Not really necessary on this phone.
- Low-resolution 480x320 screen.
- New Phone and Brand - No community for custom ROMs yet.
- SprintID is confusing and an annoying addition.
- The Google first time use wizards have been removed. I found these helpful as an experienced Android user and they were certainly helpful to new Android users.
- I can't tell if the Google Backup facility is there. If I reset, will my apps automatically reinstall?
- Included SD Card randomly mounts/remounts. I replaced mine with an 8GB and this problem has never occurred.
- Can't set voicemail provider in settings. I tried to set it as Google Voice, but there's no option. So far this has had no functional drawbacks, but I like to do it "right".
Coming from a Hero, I can handle those drawbacks and gladly accept the improvements.