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20 Android Apps: Our Favorites

20 Android Apps: Our Favorites
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While Google Maps may come bundled with almost every Android phone, it is still an app, and an extremely useful one at that. You can use Google Maps to find nearby restaurants and businesses, as well as to look up their contact numbers and then dial them up straight from the app. When you’re done making reservations, you can get directions from your current location. Unfortunately, the turn-by-turn directions aren’t automatic, but a simple button press between steps is reasonably straightforward. The iPhone has essentially the same app with the addition of multi-touch zooming (although the Android version could get this feature in a future update). Windows Mobile devices have several choices for applications with similar functionality, but they tend to be slightly less polished, lacking the luster of the Google Maps interface.

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    kquaker1 , October 16, 2009 6:32 PM
    Thanks for the article. I will look into these apps.

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    quantumrand , October 17, 2009 1:09 AM
    It looks like with the 2.0 Eclair update, Google Maps will have "Layers" for displaying things like Wikipedia points of interest. It will also support Multitouch gestures, such as double finger tapping to zoom.
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    danish_2828 , October 19, 2009 6:17 PM
    Because it relies on a dormant process running in the background, the iPhone has yet to receive an app like Mobile Defense, and while Windows Mobile has the capability to run such an app, none exist as of yet.


    Microsoft MyPhone does the exact same thing.

    You can make your phone will ring loudly for 60 seconds even if it is set to 'silent' or 'vibrate only' mode.

    You can locate your phone on a map. Your phone's current location will be marked on a map, which will give you a general idea where it is.

    You can lock your phone so that it cannot be used by anyone else. You can also enter a message to display on your phone's screen to tell the finder how to contact you.

    You can erase your phone and storage card to ensure that your data is safe. Your phone will be restored to the factory default settings.

    All of this is done via SMS. Check your sources Android fanboy. If anything it looks like MSFT MyPhone does a better job at it.
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    quantumrand , October 19, 2009 10:41 PM
    danish_2828
    Because it relies on a dormant process running in the background, the iPhone has yet to receive an app like Mobile Defense, and while Windows Mobile has the capability to run such an app, none exist as of yet.
    Microsoft MyPhone does the exact same thing.You can make your phone will ring loudly for 60 seconds even if it is set to 'silent' or 'vibrate only' mode.You can locate your phone on a map. Your phone's current location will be marked on a map, which will give you a general idea where it is.You can lock your phone so that it cannot be used by anyone else. You can also enter a message to display on your phone's screen to tell the finder how to contact you.You can erase your phone and storage card to ensure that your data is safe. Your phone will be restored to the factory default settings.All of this is done via SMS. Check your sources Android fanboy. If anything it looks like MSFT MyPhone does a better job at it.


    Good catch. The references to other apps were mostly focused on those found on the Windows Mobile Marketplace and Apple App Store. It would make sense that there are a lot of WinMo apps that aren't on the WinMo Marketplace since it's rather new. Sorry I didn't catch it.
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    Anonymous , October 20, 2009 9:18 PM
    Umm, the iPhone has this as well. With the caveat that it requires a MobileMe subscription. You can make your phone ring so you can find it, you can send a message to be displayed on screen ("Reward for return of this phone" for example). Even if your phone doesn't currently require a passcode to unlock the phone, you can force this feature on so your phone can't be used, and you can see the phones GPS location on a map on the MobileMe website. If all else fails you can remote wipe the iPhone.
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    quantumrand , October 21, 2009 9:31 AM
    True, Apple sells the $99/year service that does this, but it's a service, not an app. Also, they monopolize by closing off the possibilty of an independent developer writing an app like it, free or otherwise.
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    masterasia , October 21, 2009 3:59 PM
    I like this phone. Looks to be better than the iPhone.
    The thing I hate most about iPhones/iPods is the battery.
    Once it stops holding a charge, then you're screwed.
    There used to be battery replacement kits with the iPod Minis
    back in the day, why can't the iPhone/iPod Touch have this?
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    Anonymous , October 30, 2009 3:41 PM
    Is it really necessary to do a complete page redraw? This slideshow looks like it should load instantly, but it's fake as each time you click for the next slide you need to wait 2 seconds for the page reload. Lame. Sorry, don't have the patience to wait because you want to force your ads to reload and count as a page hit.
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    Anonymous , November 4, 2009 8:49 PM
    "You can make your phone ring so you can find it..."

    Hmmm, can you think of some other service you could use to "make your phone ring"? :) 
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    hillcountry2010 , February 12, 2010 4:32 PM
    Take a look at this new app... http://www.slicesoftware.com/vtext.html Cool implementation of Voice Texting.
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