Saturday, March 5, 2011
APPs installed on my portable devices
I decided I would share what APPs I have installed on my portable devices (Cell Phone, Android tablet, & iPod)
My Cell - a Blackberry Curve 8530 - the Blackberry is pretty much all business, it was my first true smart device (Ok, My 1st was the 8330 Curve, The 8530 is that much better) The biggest issue I have with the blackberry is how long it takes to start up. So the APPs I have installed:
1) Weatherbug App - Weather Updates, and alerts - it works pretty well, doesn't use a lot of battery power
7) Four Square
9) UberSocial (Formally UberTwitter)
10) Fuze Meeting
11) HP ePrint
12) Mr. Number Callblock
13) Blackberry Traffic
14) Mr Number
16) mobiletag (Reads Barcodes)
17) BBAprs (still heavy under development)
19) GPS Fox Hunt
20) BTC Mapper
21) SA Time
22) Go Daddy Mobile
26) Google Voice
29) Google Maps
30) GPS Tracker
31) Google Sync
Yes pretty much the Blackberry is all about business, I am able to sync (mostly) with Google, use almost all of my eMail accounts, get real time (or near real time updates), It has camera, GPS, WIFI, and Bluetooth
Comes pre-loaded with a bunch of useful stuff, and some stuff I've used maybe once, other then the slow startup time, there is really nothing bad I can say about my BB. IF I did have one "complaint" it would be the lack of Amateur Radio APPs for it.
My 2nd "smart" device was/is a Cruz Reader Android based tablet - this device almost turned me off of the Android OS, the user experience is/was horrable. IT lacks, integration with Google, it lacks Google Market, it lacks a mic, it lacks, it lacks it lack...IT is also slow, thou it does start up quickly. AS a book reader it is ok, but still lacks some of the most basic features of even some of the cheap ebook readers. Despite all this I was able to get some apps to install on it, they are:
1) App Center & CruzMarket - App Center is an alternative to Google Market, but still doesn't link with market links in web pages, very frustrating. CruzMarket - is Cruz market - but it lacks almost as much as the device itself.
2) Drop Box - nothing to say about this, other then this is a great service, and great way to share files, apps, and other stuff between many devices
3) Frodo 64 - Commodore 64 emulator
4) Laputa - This is an ebook reader app, it was not the standard app for this device, and is much better then the one that came with the reader
5) Pandora - Works pretty well on this device, maybe one of the saving graces for this device
6) Google Voice - it took me a long time to finally get this, find it on a site other then google market stie, and get it to install and work - Despite the face this isn't a phone, Google Voice does work for SMS, doesn't work to make calls. (But I text as much as anything else)
7) Youtube - This was the only way I could get youtube videos to work.
8) File Expert - This is an "advanced" file manager
SO what APPs came preinstalled on this device:
1) Alarm Clock, Astro, Borders (The native book reader), Browser (WWW browser), Calculator, Calendar (Will NOT Sync with google), CruzSync (Really this is a Zumo Drive, a service like dropbox), DevTools (Thou I am not sure why these are included), Dr. Eye (???), eBuddy, Email (That I did get to sync with google finally), Facebook Mobile App, Fancy Widget (Desktop Widgets), Gallery (Pictures - Why is this included, there is no camera??? I guess you can use this as photo frame but the pictures would need to be on a SD card), Music (an MP3 player), Napster (don't use napster, don't like napster, can't uninstalled napster), Officesuite (Which is a tool for reading & using office docs and pdf files - there are better PDF readers, but this was included), twidroyd (an Twitter app), UerWallpapers.
As I said this device almost turned me off the Android OS, but I realized it was Androids fault (per say) as much as it was that the device just lacked what it really needed to make it a good choice to run the OS in the first place. This device probably would have been better off running an OS designed for it, and not a hacked up version of Android.
It does run OS 2.1. So are there any plus sides to this device?
Well, as a book reader it's ok, but you need to find the right ebook software, what it comes with is not great. - It lacks a text to speech mode that alot of the new ebook readers have now.
I do like the Pandora app on this device as well, even thou the speakers are pretty small on it, but for general listening to while I am not doing anything else it works pretty good.
My 3rd Device I bought pretty much because I was not at all happy with the Cruz, I saw it, in the Cell phone section of Best Buy, and started to message around with it, Realized it was much more of what I thought an Android device should be, after talking to the sales guy for a little while, and finding out it really was a Cell phone that didn't need to be activated. I bought it.
A Huawei S7 tablet Android OS 2.1 based device. The differences between the Cruz & the Huawei are amazing - Dual Camera (Front & Back), GPS, WIFI, Micro SD card, expansion slot, The ability to become a phone (With Sim Card), Almost Full Google Integration, Here are the APPs I have installed on it:
1) Airmail (This was required by another app)
2) Android IRC - an IRC client
3) Android System Info
4) Android VNC - a VNC client
5) AndroZip - File Manager and Zip utility
6) APRS Viewer
7) Battery Status
9) Books - This is a Google app for the Google book site
10) Boxee - a remote for a Boxee Box or the Boxee player
11) Bump - file transfer by bumping two devices together (took a while to get the hang of it, but it works with my iPod running bump as well)
12) ConnectBot - Telnet/SSH client
15) Call Log
17) Frodo C64
18) Gas Buddy
20) GeoBeagle - Geocach App
22) Google Buzz
23) GPS status
24) GPS Tracker
28) In-Vehicle Track/Video Recorder
29) IRLP Finder
31) Kik Messenger
32) Mad Yapper
33) Miso - app that works with gomiso.com website
36) Network Discovery
42) QR Droid - QR Barcode reader
43) Scanner Radio
44) Signals - This APP shows the meanings of various Q signals/10 signals, etc
45) Sipdroid - a sip phone app
47) Sound Cloud
48) Stitcher Radio
49) Sudoku Free
50) Google Voice
53) Twisty - Classic Infocom game interpreter
54) Ustream Broadcaster
55) Google Talk (Can't remember if this was something I installed or if it was included)
56) Voice Recorder
57) Wigle WIFI wardriving
58) Word Press
The biggest disavantage to this device, has to be it's size - no that isn't really right, it will fit in your hand, but it's kind of awkward to use. It does almost fully integrate with Google
it lacked 2 things that I figured would be an almost no brainier, a Youtube player, and away to upload videos to youtube.
If the Blackberry is all about business, the Huawei S7 is really all about play. There are a ton of Amateur Radio Apps in the market, and more can be found on the web. As well as a ton of other stuff.
My 4th and Last "Smart" Device is a 4th Generation iPod touch, I know a few people will ask why I bought an iPod and not the iPad. Short answer was price was a factor. Longer answer, price was a factor, and I wasn't sure if I was going to like the whole "Apple" experience. I have used an iPod once before, it wasn't at all what I thought it would be like, but was a good experience for the short time I had it (That was either a 1st or 2nd gerneration touch I didn't own it, I was only allowed to play with it shortly)
Again I bought this at Best Buy, the sales people didn't really know much about it (Which didn't surprise me at all). The iPod lacks one interesting feature, but makes up for it by using a interesting trianglation method - It lacks a GPS, it uses WIFI to figure out where you are. When I first got this it was way off from where I was really located (by 20 to 30 miles), but in about a week, it is now only about a block off, very interesting to me how it works.
The other thing about the iPod, all apps have to come from the appstore - unless you jail break your device (something I am unwilling at this point to do), this is both good and bad thou. It means that Apple ultimately has the say so over just what can and can't be installed. It also means that if you can't find it in the appstore you are going to get it any time soon. But it also means that more likely then not the apps have been tested for your device and will work
So here are the Apps I have installed on my iPod:
1) 5-0 Radio - This is another Police Scanner type of app, which works more or less the same as all the rest
2) Echolink - Works Great
3) Google Voice - I can use this to make calls, but what it does is call my cell, and the party I want to talk to, pretty slick thou - I can still send SMS messages from the ipod
7) TV.com - Doesn't work as well as on the Android, it's a little sluggish, but most of the time watchable
8) iBooks - Although this probably should count as being included, I had to download and install it to use it
9) Pandora - I think I like Pandora radio or something it's on all my devices
11) Text Free & Text Free w/Voice - Both work very well, I can make calls with it (Both Make & Recieve)
12) iCall - VoIP - can make calls but not receive them, it uses my cell number to display on the caller ID, it's free if I listen to an AD before the call is placed
13) Ham Search - Call Sign lookup tool - works even if there is no WIFI connection, if you are ever out where there is no cell/wifi coverage you may want to grab this app
14) iRover - is a Amateur Call Log
17) Satellite Tracker
18) Find iPhone
19) Side Reel - TV guide style app
20) Bump - It took a bit, but I was able to move files from my Android table to the iPod, this is a really cool app.
21) Miso - app that connects to gomiso.com
22) Friend Caller - Another VoIP phone App, can make out going calls, but shows as Unavailable on the caller ID (works off of the free2call website), have to buy credits, or free PC/PC calls I guess is how this works, It kind of reminds me of Skype (Even the test call message is very much like Skypes)
23) Media5-Fone - SIP phone - This uses Gizmo which I guess will soon be gone, it had a way to set this up with other SIP phone providers, but I can't find away to remove Gizmo - the "Free" version only allows one account to be setup.
24) Boxee - This is a remote for the Boxee Box & Boxee player
25) Dragon Dictation - Pretty good Speech to Text program, works fairly well, if you speak clearly
26) HeyTell - This is a Voice Instant Messenger interesting idea, thou I don't know anyone else that uses it.
27) Text Now - SMS text message service -
29) Radio NOAA - This is like the scanner apps, but it's for the NOAA weather stations, I have it installed with the hopes that NOAA will start to stream from this area. But right now there are no NOAA WX stations streaming here.
30) Voxer - Another Voice Instant Messenger - I don't know anyone using it, but I have it installed
31) Frotz - Infocom game interpreter
32) Audio Books - Books that are in the Public Domain so mostly free, audio books
33) Gas Cubby - For once I have found an app that is useful! :-) LOL I use this all the time, gas mileage, service updates, very handy app
35) Ustream Broadcaster
38) Buy or Sell
41) Cinch - Voice Style social network, interesting idea
44) Live Profile
45) Secret Server - Password Manager
46) Legends Viewer - works with http://dynamiclegend.com I am still trying to wrap my noodle around just what this service does. I am not sure why we need it, because to me it looks like you can do pretty much the same thing with google maps, and don't need another app to do it
47) FizWoz - This is an app to sell pictures and videos
48) Pager - Weird idea, it's a "pager" of sorts, it uses a "fake" telephone number, (no area code), it's not a real number so you can't call it and page yourself or give it to anyone unless they goto the web-site then they can page you - (https://pagerapp.com) - This might be a neat app if the creator provided some type of API for the site, as it is, it just takes up space on the ipod
49) Caster FREE - this app will let you create a podcast - I haven't setup an account yet
50) StickWars 2 - it was a free app of the day a few days ago, I am pretty much stuck thou, no resources left, and can't win with out them.
51) FreeAppADay - speaking of Free Apps - this is the app that tells you which ones are free for the day
52) GooTasks - Google Task intergeneration to a point, the free version doesn't sync or syncs only in one direction. Still it's ok if you need to get your tasks for the day off Google and are not somewhere where there is a computer
55) Check Book Free
56 Ohms Law
Over all I am kind of leaning toward using the iPod the most, it seems to have a good verity of apps is fast, runs good on WIFI, has decent battery life, and can fit in my pocket.