I received my Motorola Milestone android smartphone last Friday and have now first hand experience of the utility of such a device. It is a
- navigation device
- great “communicator” (micro-blogging, email, irc, instant messaging etc.)
- e-reader (rss feeds, electronic books in a variety of formats)
- mobile media player
- voip/sip device
all neatly packaged in a gadget that fits in your pocket. Oh, and yes, you can also use it place or receive phone calls
So, just in case you don’t have a smartphone yet: get one! It’s a game changer.
Recent example: I took my mum to airport this morning (30 minute drive). After seeing her off I checked for new audio-casts (using Google listen) and saw one that interested me (Hadoop with Philip Zeyliger).
It was downloaded in no time and I could listen to it while driving back home which was a great use of my time.
Here’s some additional software I installed over the last couple of days:
- twidroid for twitter and identica
- NewsRob a Google reader client
- Google listen for audio-casts etc.
- Astro file manager not used that much yet
- Meebo IM for instant messaging
Any other cool stuff out there that I missed?