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A Day in the Life with Droid

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by blueridgerider, Jul 26, 2010.

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    I thought it would be interesting to give a rundown of a typical day's use of the Droid with what apps I use/how I use them. So, not just a list of your favorite apps, but how you actually use your Droid on a typical day.

    Morning - I am awakened by my Droid's Alarm Clock. Right now my alarm is set to use Speed Racer as my wake up song.

    First thing I do (after turning off the alarm) is carry my droid to the bathroom. There I contemplate the Meaning of life while reading my favorite comics on DailyStrip.

    After a shower I eat breakfast checking out the news on the News/Weather stock droid app. Then I open up DolphinHD and check out the Drudgereport.

    By this time it is time to go to work. I hook up my Droid to my truck's stereo and turn on PodKast. I use Podkast to listen to a variety of things one day of the week I listen to NPR's Car Talk, but most often I listen to Bob and Sheri - a fairly local morning show for which I do not get good reception.

    If there is nothing I want to listen to on PodKast I turn on Pandora. Generally I listen to my Leonard Cohen or Toad the Wet Sprocket station.

    I arrive at work. I put my Droid on the desk, and that's about when my Calendar notifications start rolling in on both my Droid and my work email.

    I turn on Pandora and select a favorite station to listen to as I work.

    Generally a few text messages come in, I answer them using HandCent messaging application.

    At some point I check out Facebook to see what some of my friends are doing.

    The work day completed I head home. Again I fire up either Podkast or Pandora for entertainment on the way home.

    After dinner I usually read either a book in Aldiko, or a comic book in ACV.

    After I am in bed, but before I go to sleep, I use DolphinHD to browse through archive.org and stream an episode of a movie serial. I am watching the Painted Stallion at this time.

    There are lots more apps I use than these, but this is kind of my general daily routine.
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    Very nice.

    You are missing a prime app opportunity. I use Pandora (although this week I'm trying out the Sirius app) to listen to music while I'm in the shower. There's no need to miss out on Droid goodness just because you're in the shower.
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    i dont think i rely on my phone that much
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    Man! How many times a day do you have to re-charge your battery??
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    It's in it's cradle all night, and I have a cradle at work. I do have a charger in the car in case I'm in the field a lot.

    It's my assistant, my phone, my newspaper, my radio, and my library (plus a myriad of other uses). I really feel like I get my money's worth out of my contract/phone.
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    Cool Idea.

    I wake up to the Alarm Clock playing David Bowies Fame
    Sit on the john for longer than I should reading up on Angels baseball, if we got owned, I'll just read some articles from the news/weather widget.

    I take the droid out of the bathroom before I shower, heard some stories of the wet strips being activated.

    Half way through the day I'll kill a half hour beating a level on Robo Defense. I'll shazam a song or 2 on the radio.

    Once I get home I hardly use it, I'll mainly use it when watching sports to check out players/teams stats.
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    I would love to use my Droid to listen to music while taking a shower, but as others indicated, that's just asking for trouble, regarding the LSD... :icon_eek: I sometimes take hot enough showers to completely plaster the bathroom mirror with steam, so Lord only knows how my Droid would fare.

    In the morning, I wake up to some tunes using Better Alarm Clock. Generally hit snooze a half a dozen times, and listen to the beginning of the same song a bunch of times. (If any devs are reading, read this: PLAYLIST ALARM CLOCK. Do need. Otherwise, that's my first app with the app creator.)

    After I finally decide to open my eyes (after just hitting the camera button to snooze over and over), I unplug the Droid from the aux-in line to my larger alarm clock (just use it for a bigger speaker, really. :p), unplug it from the charger, then lay in bed for awhile and check out the same websites every morning in Dolphin Browser HD: CNN, Droid-Life, Droid Forums, Engadget, Gizmodo, Arstechnica, Cyanide and Happiness, and (on MWF) XKCD.

    Before or after that, I'll of course check my Gmail and Email accounts on my Droid. 'Nuff said.

    Being currently unemployed (bah. Ready to go back to college.) and having little else to do during the day, I've gone and gotten myself addicted to Pokemon Fire Red again. So, I bust open Gameboid and play until I've pretty much completely drained my battery.

    During the day if I get any random text messages, I'll of course reply to them using Handcent SMS.

    On the few days this summer when I've traveled a little ways away, Google Maps and Navigation has helped me. Not that these places were all that unfamiliar to me, but it's cool just having a beautiful GPS system sitting in the dock on the dash of my truck. :) And whenever I go somewhere, I always run the Sensorly Map Viewer. It's a great app that not too many people seem to know about. While you're driving, it maps your cell signal strength, uploads the data to a central server on a daily basis, and then color-codes Google Maps data to indicate true cell signal strength, so you can see where your carrier is really just full of crap regarding cell coverage. It's a really great app, and it's a shame that more people don't know about it. But every so often, I'll go somewhere that's already been mapped, and know that another Android fan was there before me! :)

    And when I go somewhere, one of my brothers is usually with me. And of course, they both have their iPod touches. The one is big on Facebook, so he'll of course plead with me to activate Wireless Tether for Root, and just so I can laugh at his pitiful iDevice, I do so while smirking and reciting the classic line: "Droid Does."

    Being a Russian major and having traveled to Russia for 6 weeks earlier this summer, I'm always thinking about Russian and the trip in my head. So when the older of my two brothers is with me, if I think of a word that I can't remember the English equivalent of, I'll have him open up Google Translate. And using the HTC_IME Keyboard with a hotswap to Russian, I'll have him translate a word for me, just so I don't drive myself crazy while driving. :p

    And when we're on our way somewhere and he wants to know about a place, he'll either use his iPod Touch on my ad-hoc network to search for some information, or he'll grab my Droid and just use good old Google Search for the information he desires.

    Driving anywhere requires music, of course. Depending on my mood, I can listen to my own music using the wonderful MusicMod app and widgets, listen to Pandora, or listen to some great di.fm music using XiiaLive (Shoutcast).

    Whenever we get where we're going, if I so desire to communicate with a friend of mine online, I can always load up either Hi AIM or the official AIM application, to either communicate on AIM or Facebook, respectively. Or, if I just feel like posting a status update, I of course use the official Facebook application.

    And when I'm home in the evening, my friend from Florida, who I convinced to convert to a Droid Incredible from his Blackberry Storm (And who now thanks me on a regular basis for saving him and opening his eyes. :D) will often send me a message using Google Talk, either just to chat or to see if I want to play Halo 3 or Modern Warfare 2 or something like that when he gets home from work. Always connected and without a battery drain... I love Google Talk!

    When I'm just bored... Jewels keeps me more than occupied.

    And on a surprisingly regular basis, I find a need for a flashlight. Thank God for my Droid! Hit the flashlight button on my SwitchPro Widget on my home screen, and boom! Let there be light!



    Well, there's my Day in the Life of Droid. And it's a good life, let me tell ya. :)