IPHONES AND ANDROID PHONES
The android phones are more flexible than the iPhones and can be customized a little more. There is only one manufacture of iPhones, and one iPhone store. Andriod phones are made by many manufactures, and you can buy android apps from many sources.
In picking a cell phone carrier a person should consider two main parameters. One is coverage and the other is price. For many areas, including the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, ATT and Version have the best coverage as they tend to operate on lower frequencies than T-Moble and Metro PCS and Sprint.
Instead of using a store front cell phone carrier, you can choose a mobile Virtual Network Operator (MVNO) instead. You set them up over the internet yourself. You save one half to one third your monthly payment.
An example is Red Pocket. This is how it works. You buy a phone on E-bay or somewhere instead of a store front. You must also purchase a SIM card. The next step is to connect your own phone to the MVNO which requires some know how.
Store fronts have hidden charges and taxes they add on to your quoted price. Where a MVNO might charge $65 a month, and for the same service, a store front might charge $80 a month plus $20 in taxes and other hidden charges. The could be a connect and disconnect fee. You pay extra for how much you think you will download. One 1G is usually plenty you most people don't watch movies as they drive through the country.
In many cases, you do not need to connect to a service provider if you always are within range of your wifi. (I believe that there are apps that will use your wifi/internet connection for a phone connection.) If you disconnect your service provider, you can still use wifi without downloading anything new.
S3 SAMSUNG PHONES
I recently bought a S3 Samsung phone. My former phone was a hTC EVO 4G from Sprint. Sprint made my old EVO obsolete and provided poor data coverage and speed. The S3 proved was much faster and had a lot more memory and a better camera.
The phone screen can be changed by using a home screen launcher. I use Apex Launcher instead of the default Touch Wiz home app. With Apex I can easily make folders similar to those on a PC. You can customize you home screen and set it up the way you want to.
An app called Home Switcher allows you to switch between launcher applications.
The fastest browser app is NineSky V2.5.1. It does not block ads, but with the Firefox app you can use you can bypass most adds by installing the add-on called Adblock Plus.
The S3 and most newer phones have a lot of memory and so usually additional memory is not needed. The additional memory is called Secure Digital (SD) memory. You can move many but not all apps to SD memory from phone memory.
You install the SD chip memory to augment memory. The phone memory is built into the phone. With the EVO I was stuck needing 134 megs of memory and could not load any more applications.
With Android phones you can download apps from AppBrain App Market or from Play Store. Play Store comes with the phone. You down load the AppBrain App.
On a computer its called a desk top. On a smart phone its called a home screen. Apex as I said works well. With my EVO I used LauncherPro Plus
There are apps that save your batteries by turning off apps and other users of power such as the cell phone radio. If you buy a phone make sure you can replace the battery.
Google Sky (pre-loaded)
RADIO/ SOUND APPS
UTILITIES / STORE APPS
STILL MORE APPS
Bookmark Tree Manager
AskPhil -if you like to think
StopWatch & Timer
MFT Graph WOrld
Signals -10codes and many more
Solar and Moon Calculator
TV on Android -not sure this works
Multi Lang Dictionary
Translate & dictionary Add-On- needs ColorDict apps
Battery Widget -great app
GPS Status & Toolbox -cool program
Gmail Notifier -great app
ES File Explorer
Area & Volume Calculator
IP Subnet/Supernet -IP calculator
Roman Numeral Calculator -good calculator
LangLearner Spelling -learn to spell
Messier Objects -good astronomy program
Living in the sun
Send Position, with Google Maps
ES Tak Manager
ScanLife Barcode Reader
Clear Sky Droid
Texas Storm Chasers
Date Status Bar
My-Cast Weather Lite
NYTimes for Android
OpenFlight Map (will not turn off)
Call Confirm -great app
Book Catalogue -pretty cool to organize your books
Area Codes -find them
Periodic Table Droid
Street View on Google (in maps, click on map and click again, must be connected to wifi)
NASA Astronomy Pic of the Week
Amateur Radio Calls
SDO: Solar Dynamic
Unit Converter - ConcertPad
TED Mobile -excellent talks
MedCalc 3000EBM Stats
MFT Graphic Lite World
Computer and IT Quiz
spirit level + clinometer
Mobile Recipe Search
Statistic Review FREE
Startup Cleaner 2.9
Super Simple Stopwatch -good program
Heavens Above $
Deluxe Moon $
Where Did I Go $
Star Chart $
Smart Tools $
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