On Saturday I went to Brooklyn, NY for an art show opening that I knew some of the artists and their group of friends. During my visit I used a number of Apps on my Droid2. Here is the high and the low.
Usual Suspects Opening Night – WIlliamsburg, Brooklyn
Google Maps – with the GPS function enabled it shows your position on the map. If you entered an address it brings you there.
Google GPS – the voice search feature is great. It also has at least an 80% success rate.
Droid2 – I don’t take my Digital Camera out any longer and use my Droid2. Eliminated 1 device to take out!
Yelp! – allows me with GPS enabled to pull up bars and eateries nearby, often many with pictures. Also allows me to check in similar to FourSquare and Gowalla. I can even write a review while at the place and upload photos.
NYC Mate– On the Subway, which I meant to get a photo of they signs say the MTA as a strategic decision did not create any Apps for Trains, Bus, or Ferry Service. Instead they allowed private developers to create Apps incorporating the MTA info. So I use this simple App that has the subway lines and stops.
Twitter – Twitter for Android and Hootsuite make keeping in touch on Twitter very easily as well as the ability to run a clients Twitter while out of the Office.
Yelp! – I can pull up restaurants but not by cuisine on their App and it loads just 10 places per page. In NYC you easily would have 100 in close range in some areas. Won’t allow me to complete my review until I am at home logged into Yelp! on my laptop.
LBS – FourSquare and Gowalla – bad news for your form of LBS. Yes I like telling SOME friends where I am, and sometimes the Twitter. Your services do not work in buildings. I was at the Spike Hill Tavern in Williamsburg, Brooklyn and I wasn’t getting up and walking outside to check in. I also aside from one night at Chili’s in October I have never seen any deals from the places I check into being offered.
Artwork by Keely
LBS Part 2- Shopkick – I have played with this App before. They do have some national my chain discounts. I never set up the settings and when I was walking from Penn Station to Herald Square because they moved the E train to the F train line. On my walk where seriously with 100 yards could easily have 100-200 Stores. My phone started buzzing like crazy. I was in a rush and wasn’t in town to shop. I finally figured out at least one store was buzzing a deal and I decided I did not like that at all. I want to be there to shop and pull up the App and look for deals. I do not want Deal Alerts to my phone that buzz, or beep, or shock, or play a song.
I uninstalled my Droid Facebook App not that long ago. It works great but when I read Facebook wanted to sell phone numbers and contact info to Brands I decided I don’t need contact by any push advertising from Brands that buy my info from Facebook. So went 24 hours without Facebook and I did not miss it.
Twitter – Twitter for Droid and Hootsuite – I like Hootsuite because it is better for managing my own account, and a client’s. I like uploading photos when I travel to twitter. Hootsuite works better and faster, BUT the Ow.ly photo host doesn’t show how many views, while TwitPic does. I like Twitter’s new name completion and auto-shortening of links feature since the upgrade. I do not like that they don’t have a ‘Send’ box for viewing. Hootsuite has this but it doesn’t work most of the time. I really wish one App did all.
Hootsuite – it is a small box to see which account a Tweet Stream will launch into. So my joke photo of the Playgirl Van which was meant as an inside joke with @DarrylOhrt and @KDel713 about the next Humongo Nation tour vehicle via @skypulsemedia , it actually was sent into @ChunknChip ‘s Twitter Stream. DOH!
News Reading – I have several Apps I use to read news. Other times I like to pull off Twitter. Often if the Web Browser was asked to open the resulting content was not formatted for mobile sadly.
Admob Banner Ads – I know I highlighted last week a success story. But seriously all I normally see are ads to find singles in my area and how to extend my battery life.
Motorola Droid2 Battery Life – I had to bring 3 charged batteries and my damn charger. Luckily Amtrak and the Art Opening they had a plug for me. Yes 3 batteries was not enough to last from 12pm Saturday to 11am Sunday.
Twitter for Android/Verizon – really very slow to up load 1mb photos. In fact sometimes it is excruciatingly painful.
Subways – No connectivity under ground. No 3G. No Wi-Fi. No GPS. No nothing!
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In wrap up, while my phone was very invaluable in many ways, there were plenty of frustrations where things didn’t work perfectly, were too slow, or froze up the phone! To me it feels like we are just out of the gate and the race is just starting for mobile technologies of a wide variety.