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Benefits of an Android phone and its apps

Android phone by HTC is really a smart touchscreen phone with its best feature being quick Google service. Read on to know all about this cool cell phone.

india Updated: Oct 25, 2010 18:46 IST
Meenakshi Reddy Madhavan

In all things, there must be change. While I love talking about blogs and dissecting them, I think it’s time to expand this column just a little bit. I’m going to now make it more about the technology I use and love (or hate) and a little less about just pure blogging. So here goes.



Geeky choice


I have an Android phone. When I tell people this, their expressions usually go through two stages. One is the “oh, you’re a geek” face of surprise and the second is “I’d really like to have a look at that” face of curiosity. And then, usually the face of perplexity, because they don’t know how to unlock the phone or go to the apps and well, you get the picture.



I got my Android (the HTC Tattoo) because it fit well into my budget of under Rs 20,000, is a smart phone, wasn’t ugly and bulky, and I really love Google because they understand the Internet.



AndroidJust as smart


Anyway, is a Google phone as good as everything else Google

does? Of course it is. It’s sexy and small and light, with a touchscreen (which is a little tough and requires some poking) and all these apps! All for free! I have apps that I use a lot, and some that I just downloaded because I liked them but never wound up using. Here’s a list of my top five apps (not including

Facebook

and Twitter):



Navigate:

Using Google

maps to get driving directions. Perfect when your rickshaw is going round and round and you think you’ll never get anywhere.



Magic Day:

This is just for the ladies. It predicts your next, er, “time of the month”, which is pretty cool, right?



Opera Mini:

The best in-phone browser there is, bar none. Super fast, because it compresses each page, so it loads in seconds.



Foxy Ring:

Which means, I don’t have to fiddle to turn my phone on and off silent. You can time how long your phone stays quiet, and it automatically puts on the ringer again after the time’s passed.



Vignette:

Only a demo, but with great old school effects for all your pictures.If you’re in the market for stuff with similar specs and you’d like to explore something that’s not a Nokia or an iPhone, you should try the Android. Definitely.



Meenakshi writes a blog at thecompulsiveconfessor.blogspot.com. Send her your queries at

meenakshimadhavan@gmail.com