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Living with the LG Ally, second ed.

09/23/2010

So I have been living with the LG Ally for some time now, and I have noticed a few things that might be of use to people who might buy this wonderful piece of engineering.  If you are a businessman, you might want to get a different mobile device, since the amount of memory and processing power of the Ally is a bit less than it’s Android-powered counterparts.  I will list some of the apps I’ve been using.  I will not create links to them since you can look them up yourself using the Android Market, or just Google for them on your computer.

Taskos – This is a wonderful task manager.  I’ve been using this for about a week now and it’s a great home place where I can list all the things I have to do while I’m on the go.  It has an in app call function that allows it to access your contacts.  For instance you can add a task that says “Call John” and it will list all the contacts that are named John and place a call button next to the said task.  You can set the importance of the task from low to high, assign a category (eg. errands, general, projects, etc.) and sort by category or importance.  You can also use Google’s wonderful voice function to say the task and it will record it for you.  Alternatives: link to Google Tasks Mobile.

Shopper (Google) – This is an app that’s great for shopping.  It can scan barcodes of any product and give you reviews and price information.  It can also recognize cover art of certain products, like movies, dvds, games, etc.  I’ve used it many times with great success.  The alternative to this that I’ve seen is Barcode Scanner.

Blogging – There are official apps for Twitter, Tumblr, and WordPress, and all 3 work great.  I particularily like the WordPress app.  All 3 allow you to post photos and such.  There is also AnyPost, which is a Ping.fm app for Android.  It does everything Ping.fm does, and also shows your recent posts.  It also has a location function and photo function.

gStrings – This is a musical tuner.  It works fairly well and has a good UI.

GPS programs – Google Navigation Beta and Speedview are great.  Speedview is basically a digital speedometer/compass/odometer and Google Navigation is basically a great GPS for your phone which syncs with Google Maps.  Also, when you reach your destination, it gives you the Google Street View of said destination, which helps to find what your looking for.

WoW Android Apps – I’ve downloaded the WoW Droid Armory, the Battle.net Authenticator, and the WoW Remote Auction.  The Droid Armory is great as it allows you to see extended information about any character on WoW, and comes with a nifty little widget.

Calendar – This application is Google Calendar on your Android phone.  It syncs with the online Google Cal.

Ringdroid – This is a ring editor.  It allows you to make up custom ringtones using the music collection on your phone.  It has a great audio editor, so you can get the exact part of the song you want to hear when someone calls you.  You can also attach specific songs to specific contacts.

VirtualRecorder – is an audio recorder for your phone.  The audio quality is excellent, and I’ve used it for anything from remembering song ideas to recording guitar to recording a full band.  It is very sensitive and has a preamp function to make it even more sensitive, but I haven’t seen a function that reduces gain, which would be helpful for recording live bands.

Mobile Metronome – This is a fully functional metronome for free!  It’s amazing!  Great for drummers or any musician.  There is a separate volume bar for this app, which is a little weird since you can just use the volume buttons on the side of the phone.  You can change the sound of the click, change the time signature, tap tempo, subdivision, and there’s a touch bpm slider.  Thumbs up on this app.

I’m currently experimenting with ThinkFree Office, which was an app that came bundled with the phone.  I haven’t found a way to uninstall it to make room for more apps, since there are other apps out there that handle documents.  I don’t particularly care for it at the moment; it’s slow and cumbersome.  It is far from a light document editor, and in my opinion, is too feature rich and takes up too much memory for a mobile office app.

These apps I’ve listed are the apps I use and need most.  I haven’t included Seesmic, Google Maps, and Gmail, although I do like them a lot but they are self explanatory.  Seesmic is a twitter app.  Also, all the apps I’ve listed are free, so dl them!

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