Useful and amusing stuff on my Android phone. Check out screebl etc.!
contact owner (puts address on lock screen in case phone is lost)
xScope Browser (www, better than stock browser)
Better Keyboard (because it is)
Facebook for Android (merges FB friends into Contacts -- now I'd like the same for Linked-In and Xing)
Smooth Calendar, Quick Calendar (because the stock calendar is useless)
Sniper shot! (WA 2000, baby!)
twicca, and twitpic plug-in (displaced twidroid for me. much prettier, too!)
Rotary dialer, Tricorder (favorite toys!)
beepPlayer (watch BBC shows/documentaries.)
Bubble Level (it's gonna be useful one of these years, no, honestly!)
Layar Reality Browser (Look, I'm telling ya, there's somethin' movin' and it ain't us! Tracker's off scale, man. They're all around us, man. Jesus!)
Astro File Manager
Tuner gStrings (tune that guitar)
Labyrinth Lite (tiltable wooden labyrinth, steel ball, you know the one)
Screebl Lite (disable phone time-out while it's held tilted)
3banana notes (why is there no editor on this phone, anyway??)
fring (for your skyping needs. alternative: nimbuzz)
Talk to me (translate what people speak into the mike)
K-9 Mail (better than the stock mail client, but need to read the docs)
ConvertDroid ("units" with a GUI, Fahrenheit to centigrades, bra sizes, you name it)
RealCalc Scientific Calculator (RPN, baby!)
ConnectBot (terminal + ssh)
Ringdroid (ringtone editor)
Shazam (you know shazam, right? What's that song the DJ's playing?? Like Google Goggles for sound.)
Das E90 ist kaputt gegangen, pünktlich und zuverlässig nach 3 Jahren ließ sich der Power-Knopf nicht mehr drücken. Das neue Handy hätte auch wieder eines mit Tastatur sein sollen, aber die vom Motorla Milestone überzeugte mich nicht so, sodaß ich n
Weblog: Die wunderbare Welt von Isotopp Tracked: Jul 07, 14:00
There is a tether tool that claims to do the trick (with a Mac) without the need to root the N1 first, via USB cable or BT. I've installed that, but I haven't gotten around to trying it out much, will have to report back.
If you attach the phone via USB, you can see your stuff as regular mass storage; right this second, I get another window on top of the Finder: iPhoto opened, because I took new pictures with the N1.
I don't explicitly see the phone in iTunes, apparently, you can't drag-and-drop a playlist from iTunes' sidebar over to the Finder, but you can select a playlist, and then DND any or all songs from the playlist window to the Finder window. Pro: no hash-y file-names on your devices. Con: Possibly less easy to see (on the desktop) which files you have and haven't copied yet.
There are some rough edges (no editor pre-installed where even WiMo had some sort of word-y or notepad-y thing; my 3rd party BlueTooth transfer tool refuses to transfer files of unknown type; some things work in unexpected ways (not "web-browser -> upload image" like on the desktop, but "gallery -> image -> share -> site").
Like so often, the phone's a bit boring out of the box and only gets fun/useful with the right apps. Actually, here's a thought; the Android SDK has an emulator in it; it should interesting to download stuff from the Android Marketplace (probably using an external browser) and preview it on the emulator. :) Of course, that won't be much fun for apps that use all the mobile features like GPS, accelerometers, arguably the camera. So it depends on your use case, I guess. Google Goggles which is like Shazzam for photos and will (hopefully) gives you reviews for the restaurant whose signs you took a picture of, product reviews for the barcode you scanned, etc. is a great idea, but I'm not really using it that much for the time being. (That's one thing that I'm not sure exists on the iPhone.)
Hope that helps. Not sure on the tether yet, but outside of that, everything I wanted to do I could do without rooting the phone, so that's nice. But I sleep better knowing that if I needed to, I could replace the kernel and stuff. "If you can't open it, it's not yours," and all that. The UI experience is sometimes OK, sometimes fun, sometimes a little rough, but I do say the same thing about OS X. (Like when in some OS X input fields, you can paste using the context menu, but not Cmd-V. Or how entering a path into a file-selector is Cmd-Shift-G - so obvious, right? etc. :)).
Update to 2.2 uneventful.
Nice little touches here and there (home screen, android market so far). New car mode kinda ugly.
Installed flash, fed the cat ( http://www.foopets.com/pet/9223808#pet_fotos ).
Dolphin Browser HD crashy after update (Xscope stable so far).
Tether works! (tried wifi tether so far, USB tether when I find the cable :)). It's in the wifi settings, not in applications as an access point app or such.
- switching the UI language to anything but English is not a good idea - Android Market tries to give you only those comments on a given app that are in your language. For French at least that tends to be a … rather small number of comments.
- my use case was, French UI, while keeping the keyboard and completion dictionary English. BetterKeyboard supports this, so if you use case is "English UI (see above) but local (French or whatever) keyboard/dictionary", that should work too.
Xing/OpenBC have released their app now (as in, for all of Android, not just for the Droid). It doesn't tie in with Contacts yet, but at least you have your Xing contacts on the phone at all. Clicking on the individual fields does the Right Thing (email => send, phone => call, street => show on map). It's a start, and not as bad as I expected.
The app will also show status, inbox, etc., but no group fu yet.
Here's a review in German.
"Unlocking Android LinkedIn" on the other hand will add your LinkedIn contacts' data to Android Contacts, except it's not what you'd expect.
Maybe, you'll find it useful to have your contact's professional history in your address book; I on the other hand would prefer, you know, actual contact details. Like phone numbers. eMail addresses. That sort of thing.
Call me old-fashioned.
I realize that the app can't import what LinkedIn doesn't file in the first place; I'm giving you the heads up so you don't waste your time expecting the wrong thing.
Hey. Got my Desire now too and upped to 2.2. Kinda like it.
Here are my picks additionally to yours:
remote notifier (I give patches to those guys)
where's my droid
tweetdeck (fb+tweetshit++ mass client)
ES [task | file | security] manager
angry birds (need!)
chrome to phone
easySMS (check that one out!)
NO offline map :( anybody got a tip??
I switched to EStrong's recently after Astro file manager went commercial.
I have tasker, but I'll be damned if I know what it's for. The only real use I have is for it to turn on wifi/GPS when in Google Maps, and to switch from 3G to wifi when at home or cable-bound, but the former is so flaky as to be useless. And yes, I read "location without tears" before setting it up.
Launcher pro is similar, as far as I can tell it's exactly the same as regular launcher, only I get 7 screens instead of 5. Useful, but nothing to write home about.
Nimbuzz, had fring instead, and now that there's real skype, both are kinda pointless.
Actually have wifi analyzer and find it useful.
tricorder already does the compass thing for me.
I usually use Google Maps, but have MapDroyd / TravelDroyd as emergency backup should I ever find myself without connectivity.
I can mail you my tasker profiles. I do changes in my ringer etc. setttings depending on where I am. Turn on auto sync at home, Sport and work -> less intrusive ringer etc
launcher pro gives me the change to use the launcher as I wish. Like default thing on desire is having "add widget" and "phone" and "thrid unused thing". instead I have 5 (actually 10) launchers that I do use. nice!
tricorder yes cool. New compass can save current GPS position and navigate back. (think car or whatever)
c'mon you don't really mean that skype is an option do ya? Big slow buggy sh1t. I'm not even going there. Nimbuzz does all that for me in one client.
oh BTW "Share keyboard" is a nice concept too until we get real bluetooth keyboard support that works unrooted.
I don't see what I'd gain with nimbuzz. It's a binary blob with one license vs a binary blob with two licenses. Not to mention when I tried something similar with fring, it went away. So might as well get it from the horse's mouth.
Semi-relatedly, if you delete a contact on Android, the GMail contact will go away, and the related contacts (Twitter, Facebook, Skype, …) will be *hidden*, and nobody knows how to unhide them if you change your mind later! :(
(I refuse to count "remove skype/FB/twitter/… accounts, then add them again" as a solution - I'm so not going to manually merge all the contacts that won't auto-merge.)
I might add that I'm really happy with this phone. It's functional, and cool, and elegant, and geeky. Only caveat: carry a backup battery, just in case. Consider underclocking/undervolting when not in use (why is this not factory default?). Get a good 3G provider (same as any other smartphone, really).