June 3, 2010
What with enjoying my new iPad as a doodle tablet and browser, hearing about Android "FroYo" and its tethering/portable wifi hotspot stuff and AT&T coming with new plans, along with the an expected announcement about the next version of the iPhone and its software, I've been thinking about this stuff a bit more than usual as of late.
Initially toying with the idea of switching to Android, I decided to try and enumerate the things I really use my iPhone for, stuff I'd need Android to do about as well or better to justify making the switch...
- the Appigo "Todo" app - I've been relying on similar gadgets for this since 1997...
- the Datebook app, with synching to google for the calendar I share with Amber (she thought "relationship 'saver'" was overstating the case, but still it's been good for us.
- a web browser anywhere - plus being able to put links directly from the homepage is great.
- music - figuring out how to do playlists right, and having all of the "good stuff" with me always reinvigorated my relationship with my music collection.
- phone (well, duh- though I dig how easy it is to do tricks like merge calls, and use the speakerphone...)
- SMS txting (maybe the next release of the phone will FINALLY get a character count in there)
- maps with GPS locating, local search, and routing -- admittedly this is mostly as a backup to other things that to do it a bit better
- memo pad
- pocketwatch w/ "wallpaper" - I like seeing that line art of Amber - it looks great on the iPhone.
- clock app with alarm, stopwatch, and timer... surprisingly handy, this
- "Shazam" app to identify music I hear around me-- this one is kind of magical.
- camera -- mostly this would be a backup, though the new "Uploader" app I got lets me do some photoblogging here. (Why the browser doesn't support direct upload is another story.)
- quick weather check
- specialized Twitter app (currently "TweetDeck") along with a link to also put stuff on the "of the Moment" section here.
- the web-based gmail wrapper "iGmail"... a bit faster than always going to the site in mobile Safari
- a doodling program ("ArtStudio"), though admittedly the screen is a bit tiny for this. (Funny how few drawing apps there are that support "flood fill" for coloring.)
- random games, though none have really "stuck" for me.
- Flixster to see what movies are playing in the area
- Kindle reader, I've read a few books on this and it was pretty good-- and easy to hold on to while holding a subway strap.
- On occassion Pandora's music service, the ability to make a voice memo, and the calculator have proven handy
Admittedly at the moment I'm leaning against switching to Droid, mostly because I'm pretty conservative about learning a new UI, and its taken me a while to find "best of class" apps for all of this stuff on the iPhone.
"It is the final proof of God's omnipotence that he need not exist in order to save us."
--Peter De Vries, "The Mackerel Plaza"
http://www.slate.com/id/2249562/entry/2255493/ - more from the Internet Sabbatical... how anticipation and synchronicity emerge when off that tap of instant gratification.