Tag: HTC

21 Sep 10

My EVO apps:

  • Advanced Task Manager (gives ability to kill apps that give you problems)
  • Amazon Shopping App
  • Amazon Kindle for Android
  • Astro File Manager (like Explorer on a PC, lets you file through the file system)
  • Audible (audio books)
  • Batteryminder (I like that this shows me the percentage of battery remaining and gives me warnings if I’m getting low, also tracks what is using batter)
  • Barcode Scanner (Google Goggles is also popular)
  • Dolphin Browser HD
  • Pandora (free radio, personally I prefer this to Last.fm)
  • LogMeIn (paid, remote access to different types of computers, work and/or home, VERY nice program!!)
  • Scan2PDF (paid, might not be helpful to you, photograph a document and converts it to PDF to mail it/copy it)
  • NewsRob Pro (syncs with Google Reader for GREAT RSS integration and can push articles out to twitter/Facebook very easily and seamlessly)
  • Handcent (replaces native SMS/text messaging app, much nicer interface)
  • Foursquare (Location based checkin “game”/app)
  • TweetDeck Beta
  • Google Voice (if you use Google Voice this is the native integration app)
  • Switch Pro (helpful toggles for on/off of different settings)
  • Sound Manager (helpful to schedule your sounds to go off at a certain hour and back on at another hour)
  • Whrrl (Location based checkin “game”/app) (not available on the market, but beta is pretty open)

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14 Jun 10

WOW… what a week!  I’ve had such an intensely busy schedule that I actually thought I wouldn’t have time to write this entry.

First off, yes the device is AMAZING!  I read a TON of articles and reviews before getting it, including many about what apps I should download to start off since I’ve never owned an Android phone.  I’m going to address a couple of the “concerns” I read that were consistent in the reviews and give you my swing:

  1. Other Reviews: “Battery Life is Bad” – This I found to be… true.  I decided early on, before I even got the device, that I would simply run the device in 3G mode except when I really needed the 4G and that I would leave WiFi turned off unless I knew I needed/wanted it.  Well, after following that model consistently, I still find the battery life to be terrible.  Maybe 5-6 hours before a charge/battery change is needed.  For most folks, that is completely unreasonable.  For me, I’m ok with it.  I have a spare battery that I always carry.  Ordered it before I got the EVO.  Anticipated this as an issue.  Spare battery solves this issue for me.
  2. Other Reviews: “4G Coverage is Spotty” – This I found to be… true.  Even though I live in the greater Seattle area, the 4G coverage is spotty.  Part of the spotty/inconsistent service is the commonly known issue of penetration for this WiMax technology.  Most places indoors you can’t use 4G, or rather, it’s pretty useless inside.  For me though, as I mentioned above, I rarely would choose to use 4G unless I’m streaming video (up or down).  Recently I went to the Seattle Sounders match only to find that an unfortunate 4G outage was happening for the first 30-40 minutes of the game.  At first I thought, “WOW!  I have FULL 4G bars right now! a-streamin we shall go!” But then when I went to upload I kept getting errors.  I did find out from my Sprint friends that there happened to be a short outage happening, which DID turn out to be very short, but just happened to be when I was trying to upload!  Go figure.  That aside, I can’t get 4G in my condo in Shoreline and even inside my office I can’t get any 4G bars.  I’m pretty confident in saying I’d RATHER not be paying that $10 data premium for services I can rarely use.
  3. Other Reviews: “WiFi is weak” – This I found to be… true.  In my condo I have a b/g/n router that is 15 feet from my couch and I still only get 2 out of 4 bars of signal strength, nothing in between me and the router but air.  I also noticed I often get send/receive data transmission errors when connected to WiFi.
  4. Other Reviews: “Harsh Voice Quality” – This I found to be… false.  I think the voice quality is great!  And even though my original device had a faulty microphone (got a replacement a week later when new stock came into my store), I use my Bluetooth 99% of the time and I could hear and be heard very clearly.

So, here are some of my own points of interest and findings:

  1. Flexibility: I never had any issues customizing my BlackBerry devices LIKE CRAZY, but most people don’t want to spend nearly as much time as I did playing with their BlackBerry.  With that said, my EVO takes customizing and flexibility to whole new level.  I can literally take every application off of my screens and rearrangement wherever I want them, including cool widgets (widgets allow you to “operate” the software without opening it).
  2. The Camera ROCKS: That’s right! It rocks!  And not because it’s an amazing 8mp, but actually because the quality of photos it takes is wonderful!  The 8mp only really says it takes large pictures, not that it takes nice pictures.  But the EVO photos are fast, crisp and colorful.  Great job HTC!
  3. Screen Protectors: Ok, as I hope you can tell, I LOVE my mobile devices, however, for all three of my past touch screen devices I have purchased screen protectors all to simply rip it off within 24 hours of installing it, essentially flushing $10-25 down the drain.  I recently saw a review of the scratch test of the EVO and it seemed to fair pretty well and since I knew I wouldn’t be striking mine with a knife, sandpaper, or any other intentional actions I’m comfortable with it not having a screen protector.
  4. Cases: As  you can imagine there are a TON of cases available for this device.  Right now I have the Seidio Innocase II with holster.  I also have a beautiful white leatherish/weaved material case I got from the Sprint store that has cool silvery metalic edges.  And I also just ordered a third case.  Yes, perhaps overkill, but the cases are like accessories to a wardrobe!  The third one I ordered is also a Seidio, but is an “exclusive” offered by Amazon called the Seidio Innocase Active Case.
  5. Size: I LOVE the size!  Folks have aired some complaints that they’ve thought it was too large of a device.  Of course most of those folks haven’t really used it for longer than 5 minutes if at all.
  6. The magic of the web: Coming from BlackBerry land I’ve had spotty (at best) experience with mobile web browsing, but the EVO is one mean internet surfing machine!!  The EVO comes with a native browser that works well, but it was recommended on several blogs that I try Dolphin Browser HD.  It’s amazing!  Tabs so you can open multiple pages, super fast graphics and layout loading, very accurate page rendering (layout), and the COOLEST feature of all is the “gesture commands” you can use.  This means you can touch a little command “button” in the lower left and then by swooshing out a “G” on the screen it instantly moves me to Google.  If I swoosh “N” it opens a new “tab”.  And you can train it to open any bookmarked page like this.  Pretty cool and fast way to navigate.
  7. The Power Button: I don’t like it.  It’s on the very top of the device and is almost completely flush with the body making it a little difficult to feel even if you’re pressing it down.  You use the button A LOT since it’s the only button that will lock/unlock/awaken the device from sleep.  With that said, my new case coming has a button enhancement that should make finding it and operating it a little more seamless.
  8. Linking people in your life: One of my favorite “gadgets” is Favorites.  In here you can drop in a few of your friends.  But because the EVO address book “links” your friends through their various identities (you can link you Outlook contact to their Twitter profile, their Facebook profile/info, Flickr, etc.  By all their accounts together and dropping a few of them into this gadget, the gadget tells me whenever they have activity on any of their linked accounts.

Overall, very pleased with the device regardless of my airing of complaints at the beginning of the article.  I guess mostly because I knew what I was getting into with each of those items before purchasing.

Next article to come: EVO/Android software! .. continue reading ..

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17 May 10

I love my BlackBerry.  It does (most) everything I want.  With that said, I get technology envy.  It’s not a healthy condition to have, but like alcoholism and bulimia it’s something that requires professional help to overcome.

I’m about to give in to my technology envy after having my BlackBerry Storm2 for only 6 months.  My Storm2 is wonderful!  Best BlackBerry I’ve ever owned!  With that said, BlackBerry is quickly falling behind in technological advancement.  That’s NOT to say it’s not the most trustworthy and secure device on the market.  You’ll never hear me argue that point.  It is, everyone knows it.

So, what’s the latest/greatest allure?  The HTC Droid EVO being released by Sprint on June 4th.

I have to give it a try!  The specs for the device tell a general reader that if it performs they way it’s promised to it will be the “perfect, most advanced device” on the market.

Here’s a rundown of the specs that make me drool:

  • Main display: 4.3” WVGA (800×480) 65K colors (HUGE!!)
  • 3G/4G capability (4G only in certain markets right now, mine is one of them)
  • Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ QSD8650 (1GHz) processor (fastest mobile processor on the market)
  • Google Goggles (Search the internet by taking a picture instead of typing words)
  • Google Navigation (FREE navigation software powered by Google Maps) (Also comes with Sprint Navigator for free)
  • 3G/4G Mobile Hotspot capability – connects up to eight Wi-Fi enabled devices
  • 4G data speeds (WiMAX) – peak download speeds of more than 10 Mbps; peak upload speeds of 1 Mbps; average download speeds of 3-6 Mbps
  • Capture and share HD-quality video (720p) from your phone
  • Live video sharing with Qik
  • 8MP autofocus camera with dual LED flash and 1.3MP front-facing camera (DUEL cameras, one front, one back to do mobile video conferencing!! WOW! 8MP on a mobile device??)
  • FM radio and Amazon MP3 store

Crazy, right?

So, what am I worried about losing?

  1. Worried about Microsoft Exchange integration – I know it’s technically possible natively and through third-party apps, but not nearly as seamless as BlackBerry
  2. No “memos” integration between device and Microsoft Exchange.  I use the Notes feature in Outlook a lot, which shows up on my BlackBerry as “Memos”.  I have yet to find a way to sync those to my anticipated Droid
  3. Nervous about lack of applications developers – I KNOW what apps I have for my BlackBerry and have been able to acquire them over years, porting them from device to device, but I’m just not sure about the thoroughness of apps available to Droid
  4. I promise to miss you Verizon!  I have friends here in Seattle who work with Sprint and who are active in the local Social Media community.  I’m really looking forward to supporting them and their efforts to integrate into the local community.  I have yet to meet anyone from Verizon supporting events or participating.
  5. BlackBerry Messenger has become a staple in my life.  Instant communication with other BlackBerry users without the device battery drain of “normal” instant messaging systems (thanks to the superior “push” technology of BlackBerry)
  6. I promise to miss you Verizon! I know I’ve already said that, but I made the mistake once of switching carriers and suffered for one year with AT&T before returning home to Verizon’s superior coverage and clarity.  I can’t say that I’ll be affected by “poor” Sprint coverage or service or clarity.  I’ve never had Sprint, but I do know they don’t “have a map for that”.  I’m relying on my best friend who tells me he’s always had Sprint and has never had issues with service in the greater Seattle area. (He also enjoys the more inclusive pricing structures with Sprint)

Ok, so there you have it.  I’m going to give my BlackBerry the ol’ heave-ho!  I never thought I’d say that… but yet again, there’s always the possibility of buyer’s remorse.

So, should I just ditch my BlackBerry and fully commit?  Or should I keep it during the 30 day trial period knowing I’ll be able to switch back if for some reason the Droid fails me?  HELP!

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