Touiteur Review

Touiteur Review

Aug 30, 2010

Touiteur might be the best Twitter app you’ve never heard of.

The Android Market is starting to look like the ground under a flock of seagulls; covered in Twitter poop. There are a few gems (read: Twitdroyd, Tweetdeck) but there is one app that has much fewer downloads, and far less hype: Touiteur.

This is strange, when you see how well the UI is designed, and how powerful the app is overall. Touiteur offers all of the features that the best Twitter apps offer, wrapped in a gorgeous interface.

EasyTether Pro Review

EasyTether Pro Review

Aug 30, 2010

Tethering. You know, siphoning the internet connection from your phone to your computer. Everybody talks about it, yet nobody seems to know just what the deal is. You might know that certain phones on certain carriers offer this feature—for an add-on price of up to $60. You also may have heard of people getting charged hundreds, if not thousands of dollars in data fees because they “illegally” tethered their phone. One app in the Android market hopes to clear up this fog of uncertainty, and that app is EasyTether Pro.

To try out the virtues of EasyTether Pro and see if the app lives up to its name, I decided to test it out on my latest road trip from New York to Atlanta. After downloading the app on my phone and firing it up, it started a nice setup wizard. First, I was told to choose my PC’s operating system. At the moment, only Windows XP/Vista/7 (32 and 64 bit) and Ubuntu/Fedora are supported. (Mac is supposedly “coming soon.”) Then, I was directed to a website to download the installer of EasyTether’s desktop client. After it finished, I mounted my phone’s sd card and launched the installer on my laptop. The software requires installing a driver on your computer. A warning pops up asking if I really want to install it…you bet I do. My virus scanner has no problem so I trudge on.

Launch-X Pro Review

Launch-X Pro Review

Aug 26, 2010

Ah, the Android home screen. It’s the first argument in any Android vs. iPhone debate. Not only can you put all kinds of widgets and shortcuts there, but you can replace the stock home altogether. I mean, your iPhone toting friends only just got wallpapers. Anyway, the way I like to keep my home screen is neat and tidy. I keep most widgets on screens adjacent to my main page so I can appreciate a nice nature-scene wallpaper. Launch-X Pro is a handy and very customizable widget that has furthered my goal of home screen tidiness. And at .99, it might be your ticket to home screen bliss.

Launch-X Pro has two parts: the application and the widgets. In the app you can create widgets that appear as a row of shortcuts on your home screen. You can select up to 49 shortcuts split into 7 different pages within each widget. Besides apps and contacts, anything that appears in the “shortcuts” menu when you add items to your home screen can be added.

Crush The Castle Review

Crush The Castle Review

Aug 25, 2010

Thirst for destruction? Looking to travel to exotic locals? Are you longing for a chance to launch large blunt objects? Do you laugh in the face of human casualty?

The king is looking for you to join the trebuchet team in Armor Game’s new Flash-To-Iphone-Android port, “Crush The Castle.”

But who am I kidding? You work in a cubicle. You’d enjoy nothing more than no launch your desk at the office building across the street. Finally, dear Android user, your thirsts can be quenched.

Crush The Castle is a flash game that has made it’s way from the Iphone, to the Android operating system.

SystemPanel App / Task Manager Review

SystemPanel App / Task Manager Review

Aug 24, 2010

Ever wonder just how much ram is being used by your apps? How about what speed your processor is running at RIGHT now? Want to magically increase your battery life with one simple click? Sorry that last one just ‘aint gonna happen. SystemPanel App will certainly tell you whats going on with your Android phone, though—and in great detail at that. However, just what use it holds, especially with the changes in the way Froyo manages memory, is not really clear.

The SystemPanel app has a gauge on its main screen for just about every aspect of your phone’s internals. At the top, there are pie charts for CPU percentage, memory, and storage, along with bars with CPU clock clock speed, and network traffic. These gauges update in real time—just do some scrolling in the app and you’ll see the CPU gauge jump up. Prominently displayed below that is a list of active applications and their memory usage. At the bottom there are three large buttons: one for refreshing the data, end all tasks, and menu.

Tumblr For Android Review

Tumblr For Android Review

Aug 23, 2010

Tumblr, the new and “oh-soo-hot-right-now” blogging platform has made it’s way to the Android operating system, with an official, no-frills app.

For those of you who are not familiar with Tumblr, it is a micro blogging platform that’s not as “micro” as Twitter, but not as “grown” as WordPress. I’ll call it a “husky” platform. Too fat to fit in Twitter’s clothes, but too small for WordPress’s trousers.
When opening the app, you are immediately greeted with Tumblr’s classically-limited publishing options: “Text, Photo, Quote, Link, Chat, Audio, or Video.” You can also take a look at your Tumblr dashboard, which allows you to edit or delete previous posts. Let’s go through each option:

xScope Browser (Web File Task) Review

xScope Browser (Web File Task) Review

Aug 23, 2010

With such a capable browser already included in Android—and especially with HTC’s souped up iteration on their latest Sense devices, any Android owner might wonder why they should plop down $2.99 of their hard-earned cash on a third party browser. Well, in the case of xScope it may be worth it, if its plethora of added features speak to you. However, with choice comes complexity; and for the most part, users will be satisfied with the stock browser option.

The most useful feature of xScope is the tabbed browsing. With the stock browser, I often don’t even realize I have tabs open until I get the error message saying I have too many open. It’s just too cumbersome to hit menu, windows and then search for a tab. xScope gives you the tabbed look you’re used to on your desktop and allows you to swipe between them with a side-wipe gesture. Sweet! To open a new tab, hit the plus button–to close it, tap the top of the tab you are currently viewing. The menu also slides to the left to unveil menu items, such as search and select text. Other cool features include the option to download .mp3’s and movies instead of streaming them. My absolute favorite feature: using the volume keys to page scroll.

Tweetdeck For Android – BETA Review

Tweetdeck For Android – BETA Review

Aug 20, 2010

Tweetdeck for Android has arrived! Users of the desktop client should be familiar with the features that Tweetdeck offers:

Ease of use
Multiple accounts
Columns of tweets
Speed

The Tweetdeck for Android incorporates many of these features, but lacks polish and usability that will hopefully arrive in the full release. Here’s the rundown on what works with the app, and what didn’t.

Galcon Review

Galcon Review

Aug 18, 2010

Galcon was worth the wait.

Developer Phil Hassey created Galcon for the IPhone originally, and it was heralded as one of the most entertaining games on IOS, garnishing rave reviews. Phil delayed in releasing the game for Android, which afforded several developers time to release shoddy versions of Mr. Hassey’s masterpiece.

After some time in development, Phil has finally released Galcon to the eager masses who use Android phones, and has laid waste to the impostors. Galcon is not just a sloppy port of an IPhone game. The game runs flawlessly on higher-grade Android devices, and the gameplay, graphics, and sound don’t skip a beat.

Key Ring Rewards Card Review

Key Ring Rewards Card Review

Aug 17, 2010

I love simplicity. I love that my phone takes photos, records videos, receives email, and a million more things. I love that I only have to carry one device.

Have you ever had this conversation?

“Sir, that’ll be $27.50 please. Do you have your rewards card?”

“I…um…I…left it in the car. I thought I had it with me. Can you just use my name?”

Nobody wants to carry a hundred different shopper’s cards on their keychain like a ratty bunch of bananas . Do you really want people knowing you’re so devoted to Joe’s Ice Cream Shack?

GTasks Review

GTasks Review

Aug 16, 2010

GTasks, by developer Dato, is my favorite To-do list app. In the shadow of the ever-popular Astrid, GTasks is an unsung hero. Why? First, because it’s simple. Face it, if it’s over-complicated, you won’t use it. Astrid is too complicated. Second, it syncs with Google flawlessly. Astrid can’t.

Did you know that Google has an integrated to-do list in Google Calendar? It’s great for people like me, who need to write at the top of their list, “#1 – DO NOT LOSE THIS LIST.” Gtasks syncs with Google calendar in two directions; allows you to organize your lists into categories, and the colors, categories, and more will all show up in your Google calendar page. I’ve found it very helpful to have my to-do lists in several places, instead of only on my phone, or vice-versa.

[Updated] Android TweetDeck Beta Test Begins This Week

[Updated] Android TweetDeck Beta Test Begins This Week

Aug 12, 2010

When it comes to Twitter apps, everyone has their go-to favorite. Something about the style, feel, or just even blind loyalty keeps many of us using different Twitter apps for different reasons. But for power users, those that keep their finger on the social pulse or many different beats at any given time, there’s usually only one solution for those users: TweetDeck.

This week, TweetDeck announced that they’re opening up their Beta Test for their Android app. Their announcement is pretty clear that this venture into Android isn’t simply a port, it’s not TweetDeck on Android, but rather Android TweetDeck, and it’s going to have some new features that will lead the development path for the future of their mobile product.