Motorola and Verizon Wireless are set to unleash the new DroidX on the public this Thursday. As most of our readers know, we have been checking out the new DroidX for past two weeks, and have been reporting the results at Reliable Digital World.
In preparation for the release, we stopped at The Cellular Connection in Pasadena this afternoon, and spoke with manager Jon Brager. One of the advantages of the DroidX will be the seemingly unlimited amount of available applications. Some are free, some are not. Some are productive, others are time killers. One of the first apps we downloaded was “Real Men of Genius,” the Bud Light series of commercials that poked fun at a variety of subjects. Great way to kill time.
Seeing as how part of Jon’s job is advising wayward people like us on which apps are truly relevant, he gave us a list of “must have” apps. Below are but a few of the best of the best.
The most useful app you can get for your DroidX, or any Android based phone for that matter, is “Advanced Task Killer.” When you open an app on an Android based phone, it continues to run in the background until you shut it down. The problem we found was finding a way to shut it down. Advanced Task Killer shows you all the running apps, known as processes, in one place. Enter a check mark next to the app you want to “kill” or shut down, press “Kill selected apps” at the top of the screen, and the job is done.
Google Sky gets your GPS location, and graphically tells you where to look for heavenly objects; planets, stars, constellations, etc.
FX Camera allows you to add various effects to your photos before you shoot them. Now even we can take pictures and not be too embarrassed.
For golfers, we found this app worth the price of the phone. Caddie Me Free is a score keeper and range finder. We haven’t had a chance to test it yet. If the range finder is accurate, you can get the DroidX for less than the cost of most dedicated range finders currently on the market. Hopefully this weekend we can check it out.
This obviously is just a small cross sampling of available applications. For a more complete list you can check with Jon, his assistant manager, Nicole Bowers, or associate Ed Broseker. The Cellular Communications Store in Pasadena is located at 8125-L Ritchie Highway, in the B.J.’s Shopping Plaza next to Night Time Pediatrics.
One last tidbit tonight. If you have ever thought the auto business was cut-throat, check out what T-Mobile is doing to Verizon this week.