Smartphones

Must-have Android apps, according to Donovan Colbert

Home screen nirvana

"In my opinion, the real strength of Android is in the user customizable nature of the OS, including Widgets.

"Here you see a slightly obscured screen-capture of my Android home screen. The Weather Channel app in the corner tells me if I should bring an umbrella today or not. The Digital Clock widget displays time and date. Beneath it is a picture frame.

"Next to those are a 1touch folder and an internal memory use widget. The 1touch has a collection of icons that do what they say – perform a 1touch dial of my most frequently called numbers. The memory widget reminds me that I can't wait for Froyo to allow app developers to install their programs to the SD card, instead of the limited internal memory of my phone.

"The control panel below controls WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, Push Refresh, and screen brightness. Home screen nirvana."

Image credit: Donovan Colbert

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Sonja Thompson has worked for TechRepublic since October of 1999. She is currently a Senior Editor and the host of the Smartphones and Tablets blogs.

11 comments
AMusnikow
AMusnikow

Is there a typo in "Donovan Colbert (aka dcobert)", which includes an "l" in "Colbert" but not in "dcobert"?

jinxygirl
jinxygirl

This was a pathetic article. Obviously, you are not an Android fan, go back to your iOS.

dadonaldd
dadonaldd

If you download MP3's that you haven't paid for, it's stealing. Wake up, kiddies.

dcolbert
dcolbert

But I am dcoLbert... And I pronounce the hard T at the end, like "col-Bert & Ernie"... unlike certain celebrities who insist on Frenchifying the surname. ;)

seanferd
seanferd

Whatever. I'm not interested in any stupid phones at all. Makes you pathetic, right?

seanferd
seanferd

Even if you were to download music that is not made freely available, it is copyright infringement, not stealing. So, how do you find that dcolbert has advocated copyright infringement here?

zclayton2
zclayton2

What are you some RIAA hack?

huggiemonster
huggiemonster

Except for when its from new artists, or artists who have allowed you to download samples or tracks where you choose the value. Simplifying it that far is just misleading.

CharlieSpencer
CharlieSpencer

you're usually smart enough not to dig up year-old zombie. Just now getting caught up on your backlog?

santeewelding
santeewelding

Can you? You probably made her no-read list.

dcolbert
dcolbert

I stumble across something I've completely missed - usually while doing a Google Search for something else. This is how I discovered that I was being accused of being Loverock Davidson on ZD-Net. Better late than never, huh?