Hello droid users, my name is James and my wife and I have just entered into the droid-fold. I am moderately comfortable with computing/technology and have been looking forward to adding an Android phone to my lifestyle to see how I might benefit. My wife is a bit more of a technophobe, but she has agreed to come along on my Odyssey to help her gain confidence in todays "Always Connected" world.
Best Buy was offering the Droid Bionic for FREE with new 2yr agreement and I had some gift certificates that bought us a couple of Otterbox Defender cases so we made the plunge.
I can honestly say I've spent the last 6 months earnestly researching the options and it came down to the Razr Maxx or the Bionic. The slight bit of processor speed I gave up and possibly some display quality and real estate were not enough to offset the $2-300 difference between the Bionic and Maxx, so here I am with the phone I wanted and 4gig a month of data usage available and a company wi-fi laptop connection available 24-7 to use as I please. I've been researching apps and familiarizing myself with the phones functionality and I can honestly say that after 3 days of pretty intensive "goofing around", I can see that the learning curve is going to be steep for a bit and then probably level off like a pool table.
I've tried to google things like "what are the top 10 most essential applications for android phones?" and similar, but to tell the truth, there is very little consensus to that kind of search. I discovered instead that the best source of confidence in application viability is by the sheer volume of downloads that a particular theme of application has had. Nonetheless, I would like some opinions from you, the droid faithful, on what applications would best serve a new user. By that I mean, Is there a better dialer/contacts app than the oem motorola bionic app? Should I install some kind of anti-virus? Has anybody here, using Google's Octopuslike linked account craziness found it difficult to add gmail, youtube, yahoomail, facebook etc to thier phone? On Google, I use the 2 step authentication process and I had to learn how to make application specific passwords in order to get my apps to work. Can anyone link me to some tip sites or offer some advice of thier own experience regarding issues with initial phone set up of common applications etc...
I really liked the Smart Actions application available on Razr and was dissappointed to see only some hacked versions available until I found this page;
Smart Actions App - Make Your Smartphone Smarter - Overview - Motorola Mobility, Inc. USA
so I'm looking forward to the Bionic release of that app for sure.
Speaking of Motorola applications, I've not performed any searches as yet regarding ICS for Bionic but if it's available and reviewed, what do you guys think? Will you upgrade? Why should you? Why would you not?
Well, that's about all for now, gotta go play with my Droid and take some HD video of my kids playing in the park to send to GrandMa.
Bye and Thanks,