HTC Sensation 4gMy boss keeps telling us he will always have more G's than we do and to date it's been a factual statement. I suspect this has more to do with our carrier being T-Mobile than anything else, but it's not like we have a control sample to test out this hypothesis. Suffice it to say that the coverage was much better with Verizon, our previous carrier.
This phone has largely been a blast. It's a speed demon that has required very little instruction or maintenance.
My favorite/most useful apps:
- Opera Mobile - a fast browser
- WiFi widget - to turn off/on wifi quickly
- gStrings free - excellent, free guitar tuner
- World Newspapers - great source of news, albeit a little unsteady
- TV listings - for obvious reasons
- Wolfgang's Vault - classic rock streaming
- Slacker Radio - the Jeff Beck Channel... say no more.
- ES File Explorer
- ConnectBot - ssh
- SysAid/PRTGdroid - work apps
- AK Notepad - a yellow pad
- Timeriffic - controls functions by time to extend battery
I could obviously do without the T-Mobile crapware but I have not rooted the device (yet). I am waiting until others do to see if the gains are worth it. I am very satisfied with the default messaging and email apps, which is a miracle in itself.
The battery life is so-so, but definitely better after applying Timeriffic.
Samsung Galaxy 7" TabI am very specific about this model because there is also a Samsung Galaxy phone and a Samsung Galaxy 10" tablet. It makes ordering accessories a bitch sometimes.
Given the choice, I'd rather have a 10" tablet but I couldn't argue with the price of this one. This is a completely different device one may think: in essence, it's a very large phone. The technology is a little older and a bit slower than the Sensation. While it doesn't have a phone, it has a phone number. I guess I could make calls if I rooted, which I haven't. It will message.
I will get around to rooting the tablet, if for no other reason than the operating system's willingness to allow any program to start itself for fun. Task Killer has a busy job killing all of the self-starting programs. These can be killed or frozen when the Samsung is rooted.
My favorite/most useful apps:
- Advanced Task Killer
- Xiaalive - radio streaming
- Android Assistant - takes the place of many utility apps
- 1Page BBC - BBC news
- Drudge - Drudgereport.com viewer
- Astro File Manager
- Zeem Launcher - small, fast replacement for stock Droid launcher
- PremierGuitar - guitar magazine reader
- Scanner Radio - listen to radio scanners all over the world
- Sparse rss - rss feed reader
- Yahtz Me - Yahtzee clone for my wife
- Angry Birds - my nephews would kill me if I didn't have this installed
- CPU Usage Monitor - cpu graph
I like my tablet and will continue to use it. It is just the right device for when I need to spend a little more time on a larger screen than on my cell phone. I check my rss feeds in bed and this is a pretty good device for the task.
I noticed that charging seemed like a day-long affair. My advice is to charge this only via the supplied charger, not the usb cable, as the supplied charger puts out twice the current and this is a rather large battery. If you turn off wifi when not using it and can calm the apps down, the battery will last a while.
The thing that irks me the most about Android devices is the programs that start on their own. There is simply no reason for it. If I have disabled GPS, why does TeleNav start by itself? If I don't get push mail, why does Mail start?