I am a big fan of my new phone.
I had the Vibrant 3G and I know I’ll be getting a new phone within the next 3 months, but I couldn’t resist the temptation of going for the upgrade. It came out last Wednesday, and I ordered it first thing in the morning.
Most of the specs for the phone are the same, 1ghz processor, 4 inch Super Amoled Screen, and a 5 megapixel camera. Upgrades include 4G internet speeds, a front face camera, blah blah blah.
Honestly, I just got it because its new. The front face camera is a great feature, but will I ever use it?? Probably not much. It’s still pretty cool to have though (see pic up above for proof of coolness and of the fact I have a dirty mirror).
After charging it up and watching Inception for just long enough to appreciate how great the screen is, I started re-downloading my core application.
The Android Marketplace is one of the best friends I’ve ever had.
Tweetdeck, Twitter and Facebook.
Tweetdeck rules over all social apps for me. I like its easy navigation and retweet options.
I get the official Twitter and Facebook apps to upload profile picture when I’m away from my computer. (Some profile pics just can’t wait!!) The Facebook app is also nice because of the ability to use Facebook chat.
It took me awhile to remember a couple of my passwords. But I figured it out.
First post on Facebook, “The Vibrant 4g is killing it right now…”
Aaron Cazarez liked it. He knows.
WordPress, Google Reader and Pulse.
I’m fairly new to the world of RSS feeds but I’m really not sure how I ever lived without them. Google Reader is nice on its own but the main reason I use it is because of how well Pulse compliments it.
What makes Pulse more desirable than other RSS feeds is its display. It organizes the headlines of up to 25 feeds at a time in rows and with pictures. So I can browse through multiple headlines with just a flick of the finger.
A few of the feeds I have running right now are Android Central, Oregon Google News, Ron Paul 2012, WordPress News, Netflix New Releases, and yeah… We Out Here Magazine. Its nice being able to upload a new post from my WordPress app and then see Pulse notify me about the post.
(Can’t wait to see this pop up! We Out Here, Full Circle)
Kindle and Laputa.
I honestly read way more books now than I have at any point since being in school. This is 100% because of these two applications on my phone. Both provide a plethora of free books to choose from. It is fun browsing through books that I should have read at some point in my life, and pretending that I’m going to read them now by downloading them.
Laputa is a great choice for people who like to read book in series. The application is free and I’m looking forward to getting started on The Millennium series starting with The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo series.
(Currently reading Journalism Next: A Practical Guide to Digital Media on Kindle)
DoubleTwist and Amazon MP3.
Double Twist is a great application for syncing all of your movies, pictures and music.
It’s nice not having to plug my phone into the computer to sync up my music using AirSync, free on the Vibrant 4G and $5 on the marketplace. This way I can still use the phone while the music uploads in the background.
DoubleTwist now has a built in Amazon store and a huge selection of Podcasts to subscribe too.
What DoubleTwist does lack is the ability to play videos purchase on Amazon VOD, which is frustrating.
Hopefully this is in the works.