Saturday, January 30, 2010

QIK for Droid...Live Video App...

I am not sure how I want to use this but the options seem pretty cool.

Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Downtime and Encouragement for Youth Workers...

I am very excited to for the Simply Youth Ministry Conference coming up in February...that is like 6 weeks away. For me, this has been a great place to connect with God, network with other youth workers and to grow. Group has done a great job of making a BIG gathering of youth workers feel small. What I mean is I do not feel like I get lost in the crowed, I am able to connect with the speakers and workshop leaders, I actually saw Kurt Johnston last year and he said, "Hey, I know are you doing?" My senior pastor doesn't even do that...thanks Kurt! Please come and spend time with others who are interested in your spiritual success as well as seeing you succeed at loving students for the Kingdom!

Thursday, January 07, 2010

Top 5 Worst Android Apps...

Let's start with the bad. There have been a few bumps in the road the past few days. I have noticed that some apps seem to crash, apps that have high ratings and apps that people really like. For example Twitdroid worked for about 2 hours and then it "force closed" on my every time I opened it. I uninstalled and re-installed and it kept doing it so I would another twitter app that I think is perfect for my needs. I am finding that not all Adroid phones fun all android apps...while the open nature of app creating helps have tons of apps this seems to be an issue...not huge but there are some apps that say wont work of Droid or know issues on Nexus One. The battery life is good for the amount of time I have been using it but I need to figure out how to extend the like.

The Droid also is missing some features I depended on with past phones like name dialing (T9 style dial/search). If I were going to call my friend Joel and if his name and number were in my contacts all I would need to dial is 5635 (J-O-E-L) and all the names that those number represented would pop up. I have to scroll through all my contacts now...I am searching for an app that will do this for me.

A great feature is that the phone downloaded all the facebook status pics for all my friends in my contacts. It also downloaded all the cell numbers from facebook, even created new contact entries for numbers that were on facebook that I did not have in my phone. The bad thing is I have about 20 friends named Brandon Early and every time I call the Church office (which is under "Brandon Early Work) I call an guy named Brandon Early. This is just a new form of evangelism I guess.

Anyway, the phone has been great...not a ton I would change other than more and better app. But with the open source nature of Google they are coming.

On to the 10 worst apps I have tried (in no specific order):
Mahjong - The one I used did not fit on the screen and I lost interest
Metal Detector - Supposedly this app uses something in the phone to detect metal...useless unless I start patting down people at an airport.
TV GUIDE USA - While very cool that it showed me every channel that I get it did not have a feature to search forward to what is on 3 hours form now.
Clock Programs - This is pretty general but I have tried a few apps that function as night alarm clocks and all are either to bright or have lame functions. I found that the Motorola docks have magnets in them to trigger their special Dock Clock (there is no native app for this) and the car mount. Watch this.
TunesRemote - I just cannot get it to loops in pairing more

Off to Snow Camp Friday...I will write about my favorite apps when I get back

New Cell Phone...

Yes, I got a new cell phone. I was using the HTC Imagio, very iPhone like (by like I mean look alike). The phone was running Windows Mobile 6.5 and was the best phone I have ever used. It was face, it had 9 home screens at the touch of your thumb, and a kick stand...seriously. The only thing wrong with it are the buttons at the bottom of the phone. They went bad on 4 different phones. Yes I went through 4 and after the 4th phone broke they decided to put me in a different model. They tried to put me in a phone that was half the price but I reminded them that was lame and requested the Motorola Droid.

I read an article a couple months ago the said the iPhone killer won't be a phone, it will be an app store. Even though Windows Mobile has bee out for years they have the worst apps. This Droid has so many useless app that I just do not know how I lived without. I have had my Droid for about 48 hours and it is amazing.

My next few posts will be about the phone apps. I will give my "Top 10 Favorite Apps", "Top 10 Worst Apps", and "Top 10 Apps I Wish Were."

But to tide both of my blog readers over until then check out this video. The Droid is the first mobile phone with Flash 10. It is not out yet but it sounds like it will be the first. Hulu here I come.