Lately, Android phones are hot. About time. Anyway, recently, a friend asked about my phone, here's my response...
I use and Android, the "Droid X" by Motorola. I just think Motorola has the absolute lock on best sound quality. I hate a phone that is hard to hear (hence, I buy a phone 1st and foremost).
I use on my Android phone (BOLD for use regularly)
Shazam - song identifier from a 15 second sample - can then buy at Amazon.com
Golf GPS - Have not tried yet - but reviews are very good
GPS - Google GPS is so good, most folks using even an iPhone for travel use it. It is the standard.
iPod - my phone comes with a 16 Gb storage card - all my CDs were 6 GB. Now I listen to my music
Video Recorder - as good as any I have ever owned. Can download direct to web
camera - 8 mega pixel - straight to web compatibility.
Voice to text - for making me love using text messaging.
Google Voice Search - quick answers to trivial questions - how to mix a hot buttered rum...
swype - for when voice to text is too loud (meetings)
easytether pro - allows a laptop to be tethered to my phone for an internet
connection anywhere my phone works.
time wasting - simple games I use for waiting rooms (trash can toss, can knockdown, angry birds, battleship)
checkbook (electronic checkbook to keep better track of my spendable cash)
barcode scanner - just to find prices
bestbuy shopper and Cnet shopper - for scan and get reviews of electronics while shopping
air horn - gets folks attention
timer and alarm - travel and quick naps
3G mobile hotspot - I use for trips and such - $20 per month, phone can be a secure wifi
hotspot for up to 5 PCs
weather roaming - updates to weather where I am as I travel - gives 3 day report on tap of
comics - I like to read them - Andy Capp - Dilbert I catch them from time to time
Walgreens contact - get messages when my Rxs are ready and can refill with their app
Novelty - the Obama cam has been popular, I take a picture, it superimposes an image of Obama on it. Funny at times.
Android has it in droves in one more arena most folks don't realize. If you use an Android phone, and have a GMAIL account (free) your phone auto populates your contacts list if you let it. I loved this, no more having to put in hundreds of phone numbers, I register the phone as mine, enter my email, and a few minutes later I have all my phone numbers available again. If you use Facebook, they also bring in contact pictures if you let it.
I don't use FB on the phone, but it is there. I do really love the Droid Contacts lists, as my contacts is a great data table, it can hold something like 8 phone numbers for any one contact, addresses, email, workplace, all the information I could even think of using. From there, a select button lets me email, text, call, or get directions to the person. That kind of useful is great.
I also don't use skype, but the skype option is likely a great plus, and it doesn't use your minutes, and allows international calls.
Drawbacks - These are the bad points I know about smartphones in general
· you spend valuable contact time with loved ones involved instead with your phone
· battery life s*cks
· lower models don't always get updated or may not be able to be updated
· battery life s*cks
· All the cool apps need help - hi end earsets, docking stations, hi pwr chargers, etc
· Did I mention battery life s*cks - I charge mine generally twice a day - all night long and sometimes early afternoon
That's about it, I can't imagine doing much more with a phone, but I am sure there are those that do! In this vein, that's why I told you I love the Android so much. Whenever Android gets updated, the phones eventually get updates to the newer software. Often, even though your phone may not have had a certain ability when it was originally sold to you, the new app works great, and your phone now has even more capability. I can't tell you how the push of "talk to Text" suddenly made me not mind texting. Now I use it regularly and can't imagine getting along without it.