Droid X apps - for the luck ones that do not have an iphone

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    Oct 16, 2010 1:17 AM GMT
    Hey guys:

    Nothing wrong with iphone, just want my phone to function. For anyone whose out there that have Droid X, would love to see what apps you have.

    Please share...thanks.
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:05 AM GMT
    I'm not crazy into apps, and my fav is only relevant for Boston (tracking the MBTA buses on their routes.)

    Yelp is great and works well. I've got Missing Sync to sync music and pics, and it works nicely. Google Calendar Sync for Outlook is a life saver at work, and now that I'm using Swype, I can't go back to stock keyboard.

    I tried some variations on the stock calendar and none were that much better. I tried a different music player, again nothing special.

    Best thing so far has been the Android 2.2 update - excited for 3.0!
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:10 AM GMT
    Photoshop.com, Wordpress, Joomla, Go Daddy, Various chat and dating apps, strategy and brain games, Live wall paper apps.. the list goes on.

    BTW 3.0 is supposed to be released within the next 2 weeks.
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    Oct 16, 2010 3:29 AM GMT
    Thanks, currenly have Tip Calc, NYTimes, Epocrates, Myfitnesspal, DailyBible, Onion network, but will have try others....very new to Droid X just a few weeks.
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:41 AM GMT
    Check out Angry Birds. It's an awesome game on iPhone that just came out on Android. It costs .99 on iPhone but it's free on Android, so go enjoy one of the perks of being an Android owner.
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:45 AM GMT
    OP, choosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:

    1. iphones work great. never a reception problem here. antennagate was mostly a fantasy of the haterade drinkers. iphone 4 users are satisfied in record numbers with record low return rates. to the extent there was actually anything up with the launch, perhaps 'it' was AT&T's 'fault'?:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1677690/blame-iphone-antennagate-on-att-not-apple

    2. ...and despite the complaint by iphone 4 owners in the above article that the 'quality of AT&T's network/speed' is one of their biggest problems, the combination of iphone 4 and AT&T actually provides the best 'phone plus provider' service in the U.S.:

    189592-smartphonechart3x_original.gif

    3. ... and AT&T is tops in carrier performance:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news

    4. iphone has 3x the number of apps as android (june 2010 estimates below):

    iphone4-evo4g-incredible.jpg

    i believe you settled.
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:46 AM GMT
    K... but some of us arent on AT&T...
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:51 AM GMT
    GBRelentless saidK... but some of us arent on AT&T...


    just taking a fun little dig at uombroca for implying that he has a phone that actually 'functions' just because it's a droid. icon_smile.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 4:53 AM GMT
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    GBRelentless saidK... but some of us arent on AT&T...


    just taking a fun little dig at uombroca for implying that he has a phone that actually 'functions'... icon_smile.gif


    lol, ohhhhhhhhh icon_redface.gif I will get back to drinking my Shiraz icon_lol.gif
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:25 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidchoosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:

    1. iphones work great. never a reception problem here. antennagate was a fantasy of the haterade drinkers. iphone 4 users are satisfied in record numbers with record low return rates.
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1677690/blame-iphone-antennagate-on-att-not-apple

    2. the combination of iphone 4 and AT&T provides the best 'phone plus provider' service in the U.S.

    3. AT&T is tops in carrier performance:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news

    4. iphone has 3x the number of apps as android (june 2010 estimates below):

    i believe you settled.

    Functional is a relative term. If the phone does what you want it to do, then it's functional. Whether it's an iphone or Android or Blackberry or whatever. Anyways..
    1) Antenna-gate is real. Go talk to an RF engineer. The design is faulty. Apple indirectly admitted fault by offering rubberbands. icon_lol.gif Return rates are meaningless since ATT imposes a hefty fee for terminating a contract. So most people just live with the antenna issue.

    2) This is a weak statement. iphone is only available on ATT.

    3) I sorta agree. My Samsung phone gets awesome reception on ATT. But that's on EDGE mode. Their 3G network still needs work. So mediocre 3G network and faulty iphone antenna results in dropped calls. But when the signal is strong, 3G performance is nice.

    4) Yes, iphone has more apps. But they're mostly fart apps and flashlight apps. And copycats of other apps. So quantity doesn't necessarily mean quality. How many do you use personally? I'm guessing less than a dozen.
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:29 AM GMT
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    rightasrain saidchoosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:

    1. iphones work great. never a reception problem here. antennagate was a fantasy of the haterade drinkers. iphone 4 users are satisfied in record numbers with record low return rates.
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1677690/blame-iphone-antennagate-on-att-not-apple

    2. the combination of iphone 4 and AT&T provides the best 'phone plus provider' service in the U.S.

    3. AT&T is tops in carrier performance:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news

    4. iphone has 3x the number of apps as android (june 2010 estimates below):

    i believe you settled.

    Functional is a relative term. If the phone does what you want it to do, then it's functional. Whether it's an iphone or Android or Blackberry or whatever. Anyways..
    1) Antenna-gate is real. Go talk to an RF engineer. The design is faulty. Apple indirectly admitted fault by offering rubberbands. icon_lol.gif Return rates are meaningless since ATT imposes a hefty fee for terminating a contract. So most people just live with the antenna issue.

    2) This is a weak statement. iphone is only available on ATT.

    3) I sorta agree. My Samsung phone gets awesome reception on ATT. But that's on EDGE mode. Their 3G network still needs work. So mediocre 3G network and faulty iphone antenna results in dropped calls. But when the signal is strong, 3G performance is nice.

    4) Yes, iphone has more apps. But they're mostly fart apps and flashlight apps. And copycats of other apps. So quantity doesn't necessarily mean quality. How many do you use personally? I'm guessing less than a dozen.


    you missed the irony...

    and at&t's 3G network is superb... (link below the graphic):

    189592-smartphonechart1_original.gif

    http://www.pcworld.com/zoom?id=189592&page=1&zoomIdx=2
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:37 AM GMT
    3G (and a fast processor) is the GREATEST, I will admit!!! I am using 4G now (i live in Philadelphia)

    If the iPhone was available on ALL provider networks (CDMA and GSM) then, maybe, that test/chart will be reliant. 4G/3G Data download rates are extremely fast, however, the EVDO cellular radio still sucks at times.
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:45 AM GMT
    GBRelentless said3G (and a fast processor) is the GREATEST, I will admit!!! I am using 4G now (i live in Philadelphia)

    If the iPhone was available on ALL provider networks (CDMA and GSM) then, maybe, that test/chart will be reliant. 4G/3G Data download rates are extremely fast, however, the EVDO cellular radio still sucks at times.


    the speeds were calculated on a 'representative smartphone'... presumably one of the latest and greatest on the respective network. i agree with you that using the same smartphone on each network would have given more relevant data. the speeds shown for at&t's network are more likely the result of recent and aggressive upgrades over the last 12 months (see 'AT&T Roars Back', http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news) than use of the iphone 4 as its test mule.
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    Oct 16, 2010 5:52 AM GMT
    i still would like to see the iPhone's data performance on other networks (as well as other non iPhones performing on non at&t networks). Most of these tests that I see are 'data based' which are sort of 'blind' because of the lack of data freedom.

    Folks have their reasons for buying iPhones (minus the provider loyalty) and folks have their reasons to NOT buy iPhones, however, If the iPhone ware more available on different networks, maybe the 'surveys' can be a tad more balanced.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:19 AM GMT
    rightasrain saidOP, choosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:

    1. iphones work great. never a reception problem here. antennagate was mostly a fantasy of the haterade drinkers. iphone 4 users are satisfied in record numbers with record low return rates. to the extent there was actually anything up with the launch, perhaps 'it' was AT&T's 'fault'?:
    http://www.fastcompany.com/1677690/blame-iphone-antennagate-on-att-not-apple

    2. ...and despite the complaint by iphone 4 owners in the above article that the 'quality of AT&T's network/speed' is one of their biggest problems, the combination of iphone 4 and AT&T actually provides the best 'phone plus provider' service in the U.S.:

    189592-smartphonechart3x_original.gif

    3. ... and AT&T is tops in carrier performance:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/189592/atandt_roars_back_in_pcworlds_second_3g_wireless_performance_test.html?tk=rel_news

    4. iphone has 3x the number of apps as android (june 2010 estimates below):

    iphone4-evo4g-incredible.jpg

    i believe you settled.


    Thanks for the Stats, but the main discussion of this thread was apps not a competition between iphone and Droid X...but I have friends that are on iphone and even in some sections of SFO, complete dead zones, he tells me I am screwed ...if I know someone is on the other end that has an iphone since I know it will be a dropped call....he is a salesman and it has been a complete disaster.

    Within the city, their are issues of permits for cell towers, as well as cell phone towers not being built because of people objecting to cell towers being built and yet they want their phones to work....in retrospect to cost...being a Verizon customer for a long time and have not had a problem with them did not want to switch to AT&T....... cost was half getting the new phone my plan was less than what the Stats are showing. I would definitely consider my choice later now that I hear that Verizon might sale iphone at a later, but my main point is I need a phone to work not a dead weight with nice apps.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:21 AM GMT
    Skotlake saidCheck out Angry Birds. It's an awesome game on iPhone that just came out on Android. It costs .99 on iPhone but it's free on Android, so go enjoy one of the perks of being an Android owner.


    Thanks, Skotlake
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:30 AM GMT
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    rightasrain saidOP, choosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:


    Thanks for the Stats, but the main discussion of this thread was apps not a competition between iphone and Droid X...but I have friends that are on iphone and even in some sections of SFO, complete dead zones, he tells me I am screwed ...if I know someone is on the other end that has an iphone since I know it will be a dropped call....he is a salesman and it has been a complete disaster.

    Within the city, their are issues of permits for cell towers, as well as cell phone towers not being built because of people objecting to cell towers being built and yet they want their phones to work....in retrospect to cost...being a Verizon customer for a long time and have not had a problem with them did not want to switch to AT&T....... cost was half getting the new phone my plan was less than what the Stats are showing. I would definitely consider my choice later now that I hear that Verizon might sale iphone at a later, but my main point is I need a phone to work not a dead weight with nice apps.


    AT&T performance in SFO sux... 55% by the above chart. in other cities, AT&T's performance is as good or better than Verizon's.

    my original 'stats' were offered (tongue in cheek) to refute your implication that owning a droid (as compared to an iphone?) would ensure a phone that 'functions' (your words). apparently, iphones and AT&T function (better) than any other phone and network... except in SFO.

    four apps i love (i assume they're in the android app store):
    - shazam (or soundhound)
    - tooncamera
    - cut the rope
    - epocrates
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:50 AM GMT
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    uombroca said
    rightasrain saidOP, choosing an android phone satisfies that anti-apple itch, but it doesn't mean you chose a phone that 'functions' any better than the iphone:


    Thanks for the Stats, but the main discussion of this thread was apps not a competition between iphone and Droid X...but I have friends that are on iphone and even in some sections of SFO, complete dead zones, he tells me I am screwed ...if I know someone is on the other end that has an iphone since I know it will be a dropped call....he is a salesman and it has been a complete disaster.

    Within the city, their are issues of permits for cell towers, as well as cell phone towers not being built because of people objecting to cell towers being built and yet they want their phones to work....in retrospect to cost...being a Verizon customer for a long time and have not had a problem with them did not want to switch to AT&T....... cost was half getting the new phone my plan was less than what the Stats are showing. I would definitely consider my choice later now that I hear that Verizon might sale iphone at a later, but my main point is I need a phone to work not a dead weight with nice apps.


    AT&T performance in SFO sux... 55% by the above chart. in other cities, AT&T's performance is as good or better than Verizon's.

    my original 'stats' were offered (tongue in cheek) to refute your implication that owning a droid (as compared to an iphone?) would ensure a phone that 'functions' (your words). apparently, iphones and AT&T function (better) than any other phone and network... except in SFO.

    four apps i love (i assume they're in the android app store):
    - shazam (or soundhound)
    - tooncamera
    - cut the rope
    - epocrates


    yes.... to shazam
    no..... to tooncamera
    no..... to cut the rope
    yes...to epocrates...downloaded previously because of job.
    yes to vitamins and minerals...do not know if apple has it probably yes.

    Thanks.
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    Oct 16, 2010 6:56 AM GMT
    uombroca saidHey guys:

    Nothing wrong with iphone, just want my phone to function. For anyone whose out there that have Droid X, would love to see what apps you have.

    Please share...thanks.


    Have a ton of silly, useless ones, and some that actually come in handy;
    Google Earth
    Barcode scanner
    Bump
    Compass
    DroidLight
    Goggles
    Google Sky
    Heartrate Monitor
    Flixster
    Parkdroid
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    Oct 16, 2010 10:46 AM GMT
    rightasrain said
    and at&t's 3G network is superb...


    Unless you happen to live in an area where it isn't superb, like rural Iowa. Here in Fairfield, AT&T phones will work, but signal strength is poor, and in some buildings, you have to go outside in order to make and receive calls. There are also lots of areas in Iowa where there is no signal at all. As much as I'd love an iPhone, I won't put up with a barely functional network in order to get one.

    Two days ago, I got an HTC Desire, and so far, the only app I've added is the Weather Channel.
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    Oct 16, 2010 11:40 AM GMT
    Ok, now I have Compass, Droidlight, and Goggles installed. I actually used Goggles to find Compass by taking a picture of the QR code for it on a website.