Two weeks ago, my ‘deal with the devil’ ended and I was able to upgrade from the Blackberry Storm (ugh) to the HTC Droid Incredible.
The mobile world as I knew it changed immediately when the Droid entered my life. Not only did I now have a camera that was better than a disposable, enough internal memory to not have to constantly remove the battery, wifi and a keyboard that I could actually type on, but I discovered these amazing things called ‘apps!’
Since then, I have gone app-crazy- downloading and trying out just about everything I can fit on my phone. My phone has gone from a email and text platform to a mobile office/home entertainment device.
Now that I am a 2 week veteran, I figured I would report back my findings in the form of a few app recommendations…
1 ) Xfinity Mobile – If you are a Comcast subscriber, this is a must-have app. This app allows you to check your Comcast email and voicemail, sync your contacts, set your DVR and view TV listings. In addition, with this app, you have the ability to actually change the channel on your cable box by selecting a show on the TV listings (which presents all kinds of possibilities if you are looking to mess with your less technologically-savvy spouse).
2) Angry Birds – Angry Birds is a simple, 1980’s Nintendo-looking game that seems innocent enough at first glance. Download it and beware- You will get sucked in and your productivity is sure to go down.
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Basically, all you have to do is slingshot a cartoon bird to a poorly-built structure in hope of destroying it and squashing what appears to be green hippos. This may sound really easy, but you will find quickly that you’ll be finally using some of the useless High School geometry and physics knowledge as the game gets progressively harder. This game’s addictiveness is also aided by its almost endless amount of levels.
3) TV.com – This app is distributed by CBS and features a number of Viacom-owned channels/shows. If you have a good wifi connection, you will be able to watch full-length episodes of CBS, CW and Showtime shows. TV.com also has a few classic TV shows like Twilight Zone, Star Trek, MacGuyver and Twin Peaks.
4) Opera Mini – The built-in Droid Internet browser is decent, but no match for Opera Mini. Opera Mini loads much faster and handles multiple browser tabs much cleaner. Definitely replace your stock browser with Opera Mini.
5) Advanced Task Killer Free – This is a handy Droid utility. It essentially works like Windows Task Manager does on a PC. When you exit an app or widget, you don’t always completely close it. That app then still continues to use up you battery and slows up other applications. Task Killer shows you which apps are still running and lets you select which ones you want to ‘kill.’ Very useful when you like to run a number of apps at the same time like I do.
5 1/2) One other item I’d recommend is Power Control (credit for this one goes to my coworker Jeff). Int actually an app, but a widget that comes installed on Droids. Add this widget to one of your Droid desktops. Power Control gives you the ability to quickly turn on/off your Bluetooth, wifi, GPS, sync and screen brightness. Get in a pattern of turning on/off the items you are not using and you will extend your battery life significantly.
There you have it. Two weeks of Droid knowledge wrapped up in five (and a half) recommendations. Of course, I am still exploring the vast Droid App Market and would welcome any other app recommendations from all of you…