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Phone OS poll

I haven't created a poll in ages. As I'm likely purchasing my first smartphone within the next 30 days, this seemed a timely question:

Poll #1565255 Mobile Phone OS poll

My smartphone is ...

a Blackberry
an iPhone
webOS-based (Palm Pre; Pixi)
Windows Mobile-based
Other (please clarify in comments)
I do not have a smartphone

I'm also very interested in hearing what your favorite applications are for your device.

Many thanks!


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May. 17th, 2010 03:14 am (UTC)
I love my phone. I feel naked without it. I've never had a smartphone before this one so I don't really know if I would be as attached to another brand/style/platform, etc. As for apps, I use the phone a lot :) and the browser for lots of things, the facebook app, then a few games, the geocaching app which isn't all that interesting unless you play :) I rarely use the actual mp3 player or video parts unless I know I'm going to be stuck somewhere, like the hospital, and can download content for it. I would probably use it more if it didn't take 36 hours to download a pay per view movie via wifi or 3G.
May. 17th, 2010 01:48 pm (UTC)
A smartphone has got to be incredibly helpful to someone like you who's on the go so much with so many different schedules to manage, I should think.

Do you use the default browser (Safari, I think it is?) or a different one?
May. 17th, 2010 05:33 pm (UTC)
Yeah, Safari. I'm not doing anything super fancy with the browser, just looking up phone numbers and random bits of information on the fly. While eating out at the waffle house one day, I was able to look up a website and help someone at the next table doing math homework! When Audrey and I were out the other day, we saw the new pedicabs roll by and decided to go for a ride, so I was able to pop out my phone, look up the website, tap the number and call them to pick us up! By the time we cleared off our lunch table, the guy was driving up to the door, vs us having to walk up to the square and try to find them and flag them down. Once, when Dan had borrowed my car GPS, I was at a drs office and had to get to a lab nearby and I was able to pull up the map and get driving directions which saved me a long time in traffic around rush hour. Just having that instant access to the net is addicting!

I think the only thing that would make this better for me would be a better camera on it, with better functions, like zoom (the new one has that, I have the 3g, not the 3gs) but I figure at some point the battery is going to crap out on this one and I may move up to the 3gs and get the better camera and video options.

Oddly, with all the apps on the phone, I still use a paper calendar to keep track of all the appointments and things. I do put all of it onto my google calendar eventually, but for standing at the receptionist, and looking at whats coming up, my $1 pocket calendar is still my best tool. Sadly, the 'issues' between apple and google obvious here, as I am sure there could be more functional, user friendly apps if the companies worked better together. For instance, I can add something to he calendar from my phone, but I can't delete it or edit it from there. I have to go home, log in from my pc and change it there. That's stupid.
May. 17th, 2010 08:34 pm (UTC)
Huh ... you can't edit or delete items in your Google calendar? Interesting. I wouldn't have expected that.

That's neat about the pedicabs -- I haven't seen them around here yet.

Are you interested in the iPhone 4?
May. 17th, 2010 09:05 pm (UTC)
Well, the google app and the regular mobile-view page for the calendar in safari don't let you edit or delete, only add! That really is a drawback! appointments get rescheduled, things get canceled, I make mistakes when I add stuff! Apple does offer their own calendar, and the mobile-me option for sharing it/synching it but they want more money for that and I'm not paying for something I can do for free on paper just as easily.

I didn't even know there was an iphone4! I wouldn't jump on it just yet, I'm generally not an early adopter when it comes to electronics. I like to let people get tit before me and work out the bugs so when I get around to buying it, it's a better device :)

The pedicabs were fun! I guess they only run on the weekends but it was a neat little spin around the square. We went around twice, because on the first trip, I forgot to check if the dance supply store was open so we went back. It cost us a whopping $2! They offer a guided tour for $10, which I want to do with the kids next week. Everett was quite jealous of our adventure and he wants a turn too!
May. 17th, 2010 11:16 pm (UTC)
I agree with you -- I wouldn't pay more for something as basic as calendar functionality. That ought to be included, in my opinion: they shouldn't nickel-and-dime you for something little like that.

The iPhone 4 won't be announced for a few weeks ... tech blogs are anticipating the first week of June or so, so you're not a single moment behind. :)

I'll have to keep an eye out for the pedicabs if I'm ever over in that area.
May. 17th, 2010 06:11 am (UTC)
Favorite applications for my android phone:
Remember The Milk
Google Maps
Google Calendar
Google Buzz
Barcode scanner

(I'll be happy to elaborate more on my pics, just let me know)

May. 17th, 2010 01:46 pm (UTC)
Hey, you! :) You are especially helpful, because an Android-based phone is my number one candidate at the moment. I've just recently started using Remember the Milk, and I'm really looking forward to having access to it while I'm mobile.

Barcode scanner, mmm? Is that like ShopSavvy, or slightly different?
May. 17th, 2010 06:51 pm (UTC)
The android RTM app is excellent, and indispensible for me (I use the GTD system). The only drawback is that you need to be a pro user, and the app is definitely worth the cost of upgrading.

Oh, and I forgot about NewsRob - it's a great app that interfaces with Google Reader. I use a lot of google apps, and android come with a lot of great default apps that integrate beautifully with my account. Reader doesn't have a native app, but NewsRob does the job really well.

The barcode scanner doesn't do a lot on it's own, but the way android is designed, it has hooks for all sorts of other programs, so it's an indispensible app to have on the phone. It decodes barcodes and sends the result to a bunch of other apps (e.g. text passages, urls, etc)

A few other apps I use because I'm that sort of techie -- OI file Manager, ConnectBot (SSH client), AndFTP (ftp client), AL Notepad (nice notepad editor) and Evernote occasionally.

Oh, and the Kayak app has a great trip planner interface -- it collects all your flight/hotel/reservation data in a single place with links etc....

Other really useful things: Advanced Task Manager (a memory/task management interface), the amazon app (works great), App Referrer (just cool for sharing apps with other android phones), GDocs (3rd party google docs app), Google Sky Map (if you like star identification), GPS Tracker (to find your phone remotely), My Maps Editor (app to view your saved Google Maps), Owner (to display your contact info on the lock screen), Google Goggles (amazing OCR/image recognition software, even does auto translation), native YouTube support, and a bunch of different twitter clients.

Android has ShopSavvy too, I've found I don't do much in-store shopping anymore, so it's not that useful for me :)
May. 17th, 2010 08:44 pm (UTC)
Does Picasa interface with Android? Like, say I snapped a picture and wanted to upload it to my Picasa account -- I assume I can do that, right? (I apologize for the complete newbie questions.)

Advanced Task Manager sounds handy, as does AppReferrer. Hmm, GDocs? Is there not a native Google Docs app for Android? That's a mite surprising, but good to know.

I've heard good things about Google Goggles.

What's your favorite Twitter client for Android? I am currently using Seesmic and HootSuite (though I'd gladly give up HootSuite if Seesmic offered tweet scheduling).

Thanks so much for the information! I truly do appreciate it!
May. 17th, 2010 10:38 pm (UTC)
Pictures and android:

Yes, there's a really nice interface -- after you take a picture and hit the share button, a list of programs that accept a photo for upload will come up -- sms, picasa, twitter clients, buzz, gmail etc... so with one tap the picasa client will come up and you can select where to upload it.

(this is part of the way the android system is designed, that applications register the stuff they handle with the OS so it's all very integrated)

And what I love is that all the pictures in your picasaweb account, automatically show up in the gallery app on your phone, without needing to explicitly download it.

I use Twidroid, though TweetsRide seems pretty nice too. I don't use twitter much though, so my needs are fairly simple. I'm not sure if they'll cover what you need...

May. 17th, 2010 11:44 pm (UTC)
The interface sounds nifty. Thank you again for answering all these questions!

I'll have to check out Twidroid. I'm also looking forward to test-driving the LJ clients that are available (I think there are at least two that I found via a quick Google?).


May. 17th, 2010 11:58 pm (UTC)
I don't use an android LJ client, so I don't know how good they are... sorry! I actually post by email, if I'm doing it from my phone. And I don't actually post that often on LJ anymore, and for the rare occasion that I do, I'm usually at my computer. I do often read my friends' list on my phone and comment from the web page and it works just fine for me.
May. 18th, 2010 12:52 am (UTC)
Good to know! Assuming I do go with the Evo and I try out the LJ clients, I'll try to remember to let you know what I think. :)
Jun. 5th, 2010 02:12 am (UTC)
I got my Evo today, and I have to tell you that your suggestions have been invaluable!
Jun. 5th, 2010 05:36 am (UTC)
I hope you're having fun with it!
Jun. 5th, 2010 01:32 pm (UTC)
I am! I've got NewsRob, App Referrer, and several others that you suggested. It's like night and day in my life in terms of access. I know that today, when I go into town, if I get lost I have mapping software right there with me. If I have a spare moment, I can prepare a post about today's activity (seeing the Princess Diana exhibit with my sister). Or I could read a book with the e-reader software ... listen to music, surf the 'net, catch up on my news feeds, or watch a little television.

This is going to give me so much time back it's not even funny. :)
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