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Entries in Android (18)


Motorola Photon - another winner for Android!

Just a short note to say that I've switched to the Photon.  The EVO 3D was a great device, but reception, call quality and battery life issues prompted me to look elsewhere . . . and along came Motorola with the Photon.  There are plenty of reviews out there about it.  Addressing my initial motivation for the move:  I haven't had a dropped call since I got the Photon last Tuesday, callers have said that I sound MUCH better, and it's 6pm as I type this, I haven't charged the battery since unplugging the phone this morning at 8, and I have 50% battery left.

I will add to this article at some point, time permitting, with more.

So far I can recommend this device without hesitation - best Android phone I've tried yet (and I've tried nearly all of them . . .)


Hi, I'm Don and I'm an Android-a-holic!

Hi Don!

OK, I did it again.  The HTC Sensation is an amazing, outstanding, top-notch, nearly perfect phone.  Except for one thing:  T-Mobile's coverage, where I need to use it.  I've said before and I'll say again, in a 90-mile radius of my place here north of Denver, CO, Sprint has the best coverage, followed by Verizon, then T-Mobile, and AT&T taking up the rear.  Actually AT&T works very well in my home and office, but elsewhere it's, well, AT&T.

So yesterday the EVO 3D 4G came out.  Still a really dumb name.  HTC Sensation - now that's a name!  EVO 3D 4G, um, well, isn't.

But I went to see it yesterday and, to make a long story short (too late, I know) I bought one.  The economics of my recent phone decisions aren't as bad as one might think.  Yes, I'll have to pay T-Mo $200 to terminate early, and yes the EVO 3D 4G (hereinafter EVO) cost $200.  That's $400!, you say.  Yes, it is!  However, I got a $125 "porting credit" for porting my number (back) to Sprint, and I just checked on Gazelle.com (www.gazelle.com) and they'll give me $349 for the Sensation.  So, I spent $400, and I'll get $474.  Not bad.

So, the new EVO:

...Truly a superphone.  Amazing in every dimension.  Inexplicably zippier, as others have noted, than the equally awesome HTC Sensation.

...3D is a gimmick.  It's really pretty bad.  I have a 2D camera that's 5mpx, I I can live with that, for now.  I'll never turn 3D on.

...The EVO is nowhere near as elegant as the Sensation, even though it's nearly an identical phone, inside.  No aluminum body (which was a bit slippery, truth be told); no gently curved screen, not as thin.  The EVO looks like, well, an EVO.  Not all bad, but not what you'd call a head turner.  It looks like what the Sensation would look like in a bulkly case. . .

...HTC/Sprint left off the Flashlight app.  WHAT??  Easily fixed, here:  http://www.4shared.com/file/ZHQQZIbJ/Flashlight.html

...I've gotten some reports that I sound muffled, or crackly, but that might be because I'm in a place with no Sprint service, and am using an Airave device to make the calls.  We'll see.

...As with the Sensation, the EVO's darkest screen is still too bright to be a pleasing nightstand clock / alarm.  Both the Samsung's AMOLED and the LG's IPS LCD go "really dark" when turned to 0 brightness.  The EVO's screen, as with the Sensation's, glows white/gray when turned all the way down.  Not a showstopper - just annoying. 

Bottom line:  I spend 5000+ minutes a month on the phone, 2000 of which are in my car.  So a) Sprint's coverage is better / T-Mobile's isn't good enough, and b) Gingerbread phones work with my car.  a + b = EVO!

I don't actually get the $125 porting credit until day 61, so I think I'm on the EVO 3D 4G for the summer, at least.  Sprint is supposed to be coming out with a GSII phone later this summer, though, so don't count me out yet!



Yes, another Android phone . . .

OK, perhaps I've gotten a little carried away, but it was all for the truest of motives, with the best of intentions, and with generally positive results.  9 phones in one year.  Is that a record?

And, I'm back to an HTC Android phone, the Sensation, which is pretty close to where I started, with the EVO.

Herewith, some ramblings:


1.  HTC Sense

People love to hate the Sense layer that HTC puts on top of Android.  I can't say I agree with them.  Here's what I do not need to download, now that I have Sense 3.0:

Enhanced email and Contact Editor.  The HTC email client is hands down the best one out there.

Advanced Alarm Clock and Stopwatch & Timer.  The HTC clock/alarm/timer/stopwatch is advanced enough!

Advanced Call Log.  The HTC call log is very good.

Flashlight Zaphrox. The HTC flashlight . . . well, you get the idea.


Now, I do still need Calengoo and Calendar Snooze, since apparently the HTC folks put as little thought into the calendar as the Google folks do.  Maybe they don't use a calendar?

More as I have time.  For now:  Sense is the best layer out there, and improves on the stock Android experience. 


Wow! G2x review from Android Central!

My new phone.  Nice review!


Addendum from using this phone for a little over a month:  it's an amazing, powerful device, but in my relatively low signal area for T-Mobile, the reception/consistency on phone calls, and the battery life, are really verging on terrible.


Watch this space - vital Android apps (according to me)

This is just to get things started, these are the best apps of their kind, and essential to my daily use of Android:


Core application replacements / enhancements

Enhanced Email - improved Exchange client. If you need multiple Exchange accounts, or a mix of Exchange and Google Apps / Gmail in the same place, this is for you. (requires Contact Editor by dmfs as well).

Calengoo - replacement calendar; brilliant!!

Calendar Snooze - better control over calendar reminders.

MeContacts - "favorites" app for frequent contacts.

Contapps - another spin on the dialer, with some very handy functions.

Tasks for Microsoft Exchange (or Roadsync) - if you want to sync Todos with Exchange.

Go Launcher EX - excellent alternative launcher.

Alarm Clock Plus - just what it sounds like.


Life productivity apps

ToMarket - shopping list manager.

Carrr Matey - "dude, where's my car?" only better!

Shazam / Soundhound - let it "listen" to a song and it'll tell you what it is, who sang, it, etc., etc.


Functional enhancements

B-Folders - encrypted notes that sync between Android and PC over local wireless.

Evernote - data capture of all types; sync'd to web and PC.

Movies (Flixter) - movie reviews from Rotten Tomatoes, showtimes, reviews, etc.

Documents To Go - Word, Excel, Powerpoint, PDF.

Jukefox - interesting and powerful music player.  Caused some instability on my G2x, but interesting for the future, nonetheless. 



Beautiful Widgets - I resisted a long time, but the small home screen clock/weather widget, and the 1x1 day widget are dead useful if you have a phone without Sense.

Circle Battery Widget - a very nice, easy to use 1x1 battery meter.

Battery Notifier (Big Text) - puts the battery level in the notification bar where you can always see it.

Wifi Manager - much better/clearer widget to manage wifi connections.

Bluetooth Widget - home screen shortcut to toggle Bluetooth, or access Bluetooth settings.

Astro File Manager - file explorer.


More detail (links, reviews, etc.) to follow.