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Netbooks, PDA and Phones Thread, Android Apps in Technical; Originally Posted by gshaw Is there a decent QWERTY keyboard slider phone out for Android now? Apart from the Motorola ...
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    Quote Originally Posted by gshaw View Post
    Is there a decent QWERTY keyboard slider phone out for Android now? Apart from the Motorola Milestone (which I'm discounting because of the annoying case lip by the keyboard) I need something very very similar to my HTC Touch Pro as I can't do without a keyboard for emailing and the like!

    I've got the latest WM 6.5 custom ROM and Sense UI on there but I'm missing out on all the nice apps on Android as they've pretty much dried up for WM now and WM7 looks a pile of crap from a tech perspective... no cabs, no copy \ apaste whaaaaa
    Love my Motorola Dext Motorola DEXT - MOTOBLUR - Android phone - Motorola United Kingdom

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    getting Desire tomorrow, delivered to work!

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    getting Desire tomorrow, delivered to work!
    You lucky devil!

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    Well I'm stuck with my G1 until November, so last night thought I'd try to kick start it into life. Backed up everything on it, and rooted it with Cyanogen's v4 image. It does run quicker now, but maybe that's because there's less crap on it. The best feature though (and the reason I rooted it) is now my applications are stored on a 512meg partition on my SD card instead of on the (limited) phone memory.

    Who knows - my G1 might actually last until November now!

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    Decided 7 is a bit much over probably 24months to buy out the contract. I'll bite the bullet and wait a bit.

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    I love my HTC Desire. Only thing that bugs me is the lack of apps to SD card. HTC is currently working on an upgrade to android 2.2 (froyo to the android junkies) which has apps to SD and other enhancements. Should be out later on in the year.

    As for fave apps:

    Advanced task killer
    Astro file manager with bluetooth addon
    BBC news
    Dictionary.com
    Google earth
    Google Maps
    Google mail
    Google sky maps
    Google translate
    Facebook for android
    Last.fm
    Layer reality browser
    Meebo IM
    Paper toss (lol)
    Skype (from 3)
    Spotify
    Youtube

    Quite funny how I like a lot of the google apps eh...?

    also like the HTC widgets as they add a nice gloss to the funtionality of the phone.

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    the phone is here....how do i get the google navigator thing on it?

    *EDIT*

    Nevermind!
    Last edited by nephilim; 9th June 2010 at 03:15 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by nephilim View Post
    the phone is here....how do i get the google navigator thing on it?
    From Market?

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    Not really an app suggestion, more an anti-app suggestion: don't bother with automatic task killers!

    Android effectively 'freezes' apps when they're not in use and uses no processor power running them (unless they're requesting updates, like your mail client) and in fact there is a school of thought (that I agree with having tried out auto app killers) that you'll actually use up more power by forcing Android to initialize apps every time you run them.

    Task killers are useful however if you have an app that has frozen as you can't actually kill the task without loading up enough apps to boot it out of RAM, so they are useful in that respect, it's just the automation I'd be wary of.

    EDIT: Also, the theory that auto task killers free up memory, while technically true, serves no benefit: apps use the memory that they need and if there's not enough, that's when Android starts killing tasks to free up more, so you'll notice no real speed benefits by using a task killer
    Last edited by LosOjos; 9th June 2010 at 03:47 PM.

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    I use WifiAnalyzer a lot at work

    Also installed:
    TasKiller (essential for freeing up memory)
    Thickbuttons (good on-screen keyboard that is easier to use than standard one)
    DriveSafe.ly (reads your emails and texts to you while you are driving and can send a custom reply)
    Telegraph (free newspaper)
    Retro Clock (replacement to standard clock)
    BBC News (feeds and stories from BBC)
    Shazam (find out what music is playing)
    SnapTell (barcode/scanner)
    SayNoTo0870 (find a 01 number for numbers starting 08)
    AK Notepad (notes and reminders)
    beebPlayer (android version of iPlayer)
    Blogaway (blog from your phone)
    Bubble (spirit level)
    Goggles (Google wiki using your camera)
    Last.fm (personal radio station)
    Layer (augmented reality)
    Navigation (free SatNav)
    Movies (showtimes and trailers/reviews)
    Opera Mini (excellent browser)
    Pixelpipe (upload stuff to any of your accounts)
    Picsay (picture editor)
    ... and a load of games

    My G1 is now full, waiting for my contract to run out to get a HTC Desire or Motorola Milestone (I like having a keyboard).

    All these apps are free.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roty80 View Post
    I use WifiAnalyzer a lot at work

    Also installed:
    TasKiller (essential for freeing up memory)
    Thickbuttons (good on-screen keyboard that is easier to use than standard one)
    DriveSafe.ly (reads your emails and texts to you while you are driving and can send a custom reply)
    Telegraph (free newspaper)
    Retro Clock (replacement to standard clock)
    BBC News (feeds and stories from BBC)
    Shazam (find out what music is playing)
    SnapTell (barcode/scanner)
    SayNoTo0870 (find a 01 number for numbers starting 08)
    AK Notepad (notes and reminders)
    beebPlayer (android version of iPlayer)
    Blogaway (blog from your phone)
    Bubble (spirit level)
    Goggles (Google wiki using your camera)
    Last.fm (personal radio station)
    Layer (augmented reality)
    Navigation (free SatNav)
    Movies (showtimes and trailers/reviews)
    Opera Mini (excellent browser)
    Pixelpipe (upload stuff to any of your accounts)
    Picsay (picture editor)
    ... and a load of games

    My G1 is now full, waiting for my contract to run out to get a HTC Desire or Motorola Milestone (I like having a keyboard).

    All these apps are free.
    If I had enough room left I would like to try:
    fring (free calls including video calls)
    Feedsquares (RSS reader)
    Springpad (save anything)
    Where's My Droid? (find lost phone)

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    I must admit this is a great thread. There is absolutely noone around me that has an android phone let alone talk about one. lol
    I'm glad there is an alternative to the iPhone and that people readily adopt it to embrace something different. It seems like everyone
    has an iPhone now, and its nice to have a cool alternative that offers that level of functionality with the flexibility of being open ended.
    Some decent app suggestions coming forward too, theres a few there that I like the look of.

    As for the task manager, I think i've only got it just to have it if that makes sense. I don't really tend to go on a regular hunt for extra free ram.
    Android does seem to do a pretty good job of managing its resources and closing stuff that hasnt been used for a while.

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    Quote Originally Posted by roty80 View Post
    If I had enough room left I would like to try:
    fring (free calls including video calls)
    Feedsquares (RSS reader)
    Springpad (save anything)
    Where's My Droid? (find lost phone)
    If you are feeling particularly risky why not do the geek thing? Apps2SD allows you save your apps on the sd card thus increasing the amount of apps you can install.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CtrlAltDel View Post
    I'm glad there is an alternative to the iPhone and that people readily adopt it to embrace something different. It seems like everyone
    has an iPhone now, and its nice to have a cool alternative that offers that level of functionality with the flexibility of being open ended.
    I know what you mean. We offer staff Blackberries, Palms, Windows Mobile and about 10 android phones, but still 95% of the phones that are ordered are iPhones. Despite the fact that the 'new', 'exciting' features of iPhone 4 (like multitasking and threaded email) were in my G1 in 2008.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Hightower View Post
    If you are feeling particularly risky why not do the geek thing? Apps2SD allows you save your apps on the sd card thus increasing the amount of apps you can install.
    I hadn't seen that Apps2SD, will give it a try, have about 4Gb free on my SD card. Thanks

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