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What Android phone should I get?

As opposed to the iPhone 4 which you can get it in any color as long as its black - Android has real choice.


Android allows you to choose the mobile provider that is best for you combined with the phone that fits your personal needs.


Its important to select a high end Android phone, especially if graduating directly from an iPhone, as I provide my recommendations below.


AT&T - Motorola Atrix 4G


T-Mobile - Samsung Nexus S


Sprint - Samsung Epic 4G or HTC Evo 4G


Verizon - Droid Bionic or HTC Thunderbolt



What Android Applications should I download?

Android has a free market approach instead of tying you down to an App Store or its Android Market you are free to get applications from alternative sources.


These other sources include GetJar & SlideMe for example, but the applications I recommend everyone should get include:


Angry Birds

Great time waster game thats near obligatory on smartphones

ASTRO

File Management & Task Killing ***Don't auto kill applications as its not needed on Android

Barcode Scanner

Scanning barcodes & QR codes

Bump

Exchanging contact information even with those still stuck on an iPhone

DoubleTwist

Stored music and transferring songs from iTunes

Dropbox

Syncing files from other computers you use

EasyTether

Providing Internet via USB to your other devices for free ***a hedge if your mobile provider disables ability in Android 2.2 Froyo

Facebook

For well ... Facebook

Foursqare

Check in location service

GTasks

An easy To Do list that syncs with Google Tasks

Meebo

Instant Messaging for AIM, Yahoo, MSN, Google Talk, ICQ, Jabber, Facebook & MySpace

NPR News

News & live streams from NPR stations across the United States

Pocket Legends

Awesome mobile 3D massive multiplayer online game MMOG

Reader

Google Reader display

Slacker Radio

Personalized music streaming

SportsTap

Live sports scores

Sudoku from Genina

Brain game entertainment

SWYPE

Best onscreen keyboard experience

Twitter

Twitters own app has improved that I have choosen it over TweetDeck

Ulysee Gizmos

An all around tool - compass, GPS status, leveler & magnetometer

WEEI Live

A necessity for any Boston sports fan

WordPress

Mobile blogging



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