The first time a user starts his Android phone he is greeted with a Google Sign-in screen. And although the phone can be used without signing into your Google account, it’s a great step to make sure your contacts are not backed up!
The list is not in any particular order, and the apps listed with the word [root] requires root privilege to work.
(Star means newly added, after writing the original article.)
AndChat (Free) [The best IRC client]
ASTRO File Manager [The best file manager]
Endomondo Sports Tracker [To track the distance or route you travel]
Dropbox [The best cross platform file sharing app]
Google Goggles [Best app to read those QR codes and search with images]
iMobile [App from ICICI customers, very useful to me, I do prepaid recharge from this]
Indian Railway App – Disha [PNR check, availability checker, train schedule and more]
Opera Mobile web browser
SMS Backup + [Best app to take Backup of your SMS’s on your Google Account]
WhatsApp Messenger [Universal Bluetooth, as I like to call it Send sms, share pics etc…]
Remember The Milk [Cloud Mobile Task Management]
Pulse News* [Best news aggregator app]
Facebook for Android
Google+ [Also helps to sync photos with your google account]
Tapatalk (paid app, to browse TDF)
Games(these are all I have tried and I loved it)
SpeedX 3D [One of the most awesome game!]
aTilt 3D Labyrinth Free [Nice demonstration of the accelerometer in your phone]
Light Racer 3D Basic [Best 3D TRON game]
Shoot Bubble Deluxe [Quite Addictive]
SpeedCar [Nice time pass for a while]
Android Assistant [provides many tools to manage your Android]
Auto Rotate Widget [Nifty app to toggle auto-rotate setting]
Battery Solo Widget [Nifty app to demonstrate battery remaining in number on home screen]
ConnectBot [Terminal for your Linux (Andriod)]
Fast Reboot [Just tap and it terminates every app]
ROM Manager [root]
Titanium Backup [root]
Apps 2 SD (Move app 2 SD)
CacheCleaner NG [root]
Benchmark and Test apps
Quadrant Standard Edition
SD Tools [To bench mark your SD Card]
Multitouch Visible Test [To demonstrate Axis Inversion bug, if your phone have it]
Root Checker Basic
Metal Detector [Sometimes works, sometimes don’t. You tell me.]
Guitar : Solo Lite [lol]
Perfect Piano [double lol]
Talking Cat 2 [Must have to awe people]
This is of course not an exhaustive list in any way. I will add more apps in the list as and when I would discover it!
“The telephone has too many shortcomings, to be seriously considered as a means of communication“, “A rocket will never leave the Earth’s atmosphere“, and the most absurd one, “640k ought to be enough for anybody” as populated to be said by Bill Gates, were some of the predictions done in the last century. The beliefs that shattered to the ground in later years, spectacularly.
The appetite for power never stops. People want to be more efficient everyday. The processing power is increasing, whereas the size of silicon chips is reducing. Thanks to Moore’s law, gadgets are all set to become smaller but smarter.
A smartphone is a perfect example of something which could never have been conceived of, say, 20 years ago. Yet the future looks promising for this category of phones. It would not be long before we see phones surpassing speeds more than 2.4 GHz, due to the developments in processors like the next gen Qualcomm. But as they say, technology won’t stop growing and so people have to start somewhere.
It was many years ago, that I had tried a phone that was smart. I had a Sony Walkman, aka, w550i which was basically a feature phone, with multimedia features, to be precise. It used to take good pics with its 1.3 megapixel camera, and could also sync contacts with a PC. But, today, I need something better than a feature phone. Precisely, an Entry Level Android.
Android today has become synonymous to be “the best mobile OS” today. With the biggest Internet company Google, backing up the OS, it has grown to be the second most used mobile OS today, and that too in a very short period of time. The main reason for the popularity of Android is the fact that it’s based on Linux Kernel with libraries and API’s written in one of the most popular languages, C, C++ and Java, and because most of the codes of the OS is Free and Open Source.
My budget for the phone was Rs. 10,000. With this budget I didn’t have a lot of options including non-Android ones. Some of them were,
- Motorola EX109
- Motorola EX115
- Nokia C2-03
- Nokia C2-06
- Samsung Chat 350
- LG X 330
- Samsung Star II S5263
- Micromax Q6
- Sony Ericsson txt pro
- LG Vortex
- Android v2.2 (Froyo), Upgradeable to v2.3 Gingerbread
- Capacitive screen
- 600 MHz ARM 11 processor
- Adreno 200 graphics
- 3 mega-pixel camera with the ability to shoot videos at 640 x 480 @ 18 fps
- Accelerometer, Proximity Sensor and so on….
In a very short amount of time that I gave to the research of O1. I fell in love with it. It’s amazing at the budget I have, and a cool smartphone to title as “My First Android”. The sheer beauty of O1 from any angle has captured my imagination. It’s 3.2″ capacitive touch screen coupled with state of the art design makes it look classy. Processing speed of 600 Mhz, and graphics capability provided by Adreno GPU, makes sure games can be played at decent frame rates.
Personally I don’t want to leave my Sony Ericsson W550i (Walkman), which was a present to me 2 yrs ago from my dad on my birthday and since then, I have built a relationship with this phone. This phone is amazing. Without getting too emotional, I just want to tell that its dedicated keys for Multimedia, Camera, Lock and Video Player is awesome, but also it has so much of features, that just makes it too cool to handle.
But the features didn’t began to give me troubles, if that’s what you have started to speculate. In reality, the phone was getting old. Due to my bad handling (I can be pretty rough at times), a few buttons started deminish and finally stopped working. Call started to get dropped, and people wasn’t able to hear me, even if I screamed!
So as I said earlier, I am looking for a new phone. And this time, I just have One prority: Talk!
Its amazing to think that an idea of a mobile phone, began with just a basic principle, which was to “talk”, but soon extended to Instant Messaging and then to MMS, then multimedia, browsing… and the rest is history.
For my current need I just want a phone with the most basic necessity in mind, that is be able to talk without interruption, and with long talk time. BUT my winding mind, could not have been so perplexed if that was the only case. The other requirement which is now also important to me is radio. After all, a radio is the only piece of technology that even father of my grandpa also used to operate!
After a long research over the price and design, I have selected these mobiles, for they each have two things in common, they can be used to talk, and listen radio.
The only thing which I need now is a premonition, about which to really use to make those calls.
“Hello DISCOVERY,BEFORE YOU SEE THIS LETTER LONG ENOUGH TO WASTE TIME, I REQUEST YOU TO PLEASE GIVE IT A READ.Allow me to introduce myself. I am ‘Vineet Kumar’; an 18-year boy completed my senior secondary education. I live in the capital city of India, Delhi. I am a strange child but having ordinary abilities, having my father full of expectations for me to come to a higher post.
My hobby includes writing, listening music and making creative things. My interest includes gaining knowledge about anything related to physics, human body, different places, universe etc. I love computers as I get the chance to show my creativity by making different programs on it. The topics, which I look forward to see on educational channels like Discovery: Time Travel, Facts about Space, Supernatural powers, Extra-Terrestrial Life, Robotics, Technology and anything that gives me the chance to discover something new about the world.
Discovery has fascinated me since my childhood. Whenever I see any program on it, I get to know a lot about above-mentioned interests. In addition to this, there are many instances, when during the show, I got to listen about various experiences of daily life, that I first used to think that it happens only with me, like: ‘Deja-vu’- a state of mind, when we feel that we are familiar with the incident happening at present. And also the program of discovery gives me an educated and calculated perspective of life, which includes every possibility and dimensions.
Together with NGC and America’s high concept movies, I now have become very contemplative in nature. Every course of action and each scenario before my eyes, take me to a world where I am a doctor and with the tool of my mind I examine the situation very minutely and sometimes murder it in the procedure and the condition becomes more worse.
In simple words – I think a lot, more than enough. Like the movie by Steven Spielberg – AI (Artificial Intelligence) has an everlasting impact on me. After watching the movie I could hardly speak or think, as I was not in front of the TV set that time, I was in the future with the Aliens and a boy who is not real, but a robot, willing to go to any extent to get a mom, which would love him the same way as to his son. Now after that, I couldn’t possibly stop me from thinking about my mom, because now I know how lucky I am to have her. This was not the end. It transformed me from head to toe and stand out to be the boy of completely variant perspective of thinking.So what’s the problem, that’s good, you must be thinking so. I also wanted this to be true. But that’s not the case.
I do appreciate nature and all that which makes us so distinct specie and our planet so unique. But this makes me different from others around me. And might be so I have no friends. My thinking doesn’t match anyone. Whenever I put my idea in front of someone, they find it hard to swallow, and thus thwart me out. This makes me more frustrate and I keep me limit to myself, which also breaks my confidence. The result: the boy who never cared about his looks is now trying to be fashioned and to keep me away from the deepness of life. But still I do not want to live in the world of hypocrisy, as talked in the poem ‘Once Upon a Time’ by ‘Gabriel Okara’. I want to explore life, but it can’t happen in my world where I live.So this is my dilemma. I don’t know which way to go, because both have its pros and cons.
Thank you to give this letter some of your precious time. I know I am strange, but I hope you have understood me, and would be so kind to pass your suggestion to me. You may ask my opinion on any of my interests, I will love to write my ideas to you.Thank you again,Vineet Kumar (A science lover and admirer)Age 18,
Delhi, India. “
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And I believe if you follow, you could get an insight, sure to capture your imagination
Just a word of caution, you could get lost easily in this world, and beyond.
Welcome to my world, to the Stellar mind …