Category Archives: Mobile

GQueues for Android Released

gqueuesIf you use Google Tasks as your task manager than you many just want to take a look at the release of GQueues for Android.

The product brings the GQueues website to a native app which should improve the experience.

From the Play Store:

GQueues is a full-featured task manager that helps you stay organized, be more productive and reduce stress in your life.

Whether you’re new to GQueues or already have an account on the web you’ll find the GQueues app for Android is the perfect tool for managing your tasks on the go.

Please note that you will need a GQueues subscription ($25/year) to use this app. New users get a 2-week free trial when you first open the app.

Get GQueues from the Play Store.

Follow up to “Can a Smartphone be your main computing device?”

In my last post I spoke about taking on the challenge of using my recently acquired Motorola Razr as my main computing device for seven days.

I lasted four.

No experiment should ever be considered a failure if you learn something along the way and the fact is I learned several things.

1. The Smartphone is, well, a cell phone

This often gets lost in the myriad of phone apps and access to the Internet, we often forget that we can still make a phone call from them or send a quick text message instead of typing out a lengthy email. I made a few more calls than I usually do during the experiment and I definitely sent more text messages.

2. The screen is just “too damn small”

For reading it might be fine but for typing out anything longer than a dozen sentences or so it just doesn’t seem to work for me. I gave it a try on more than one occasion and found the need to constantly scroll back to read what I had typed to be a bit annoying. You do have to type in portrait mode as in landscape the keyboard takes up most of the screen.

3. Voice dictation is nice but can also be awkward

I have to say that one of the things that I’m taking away from this experiment is a new found respect for voice dictation. I have found that I’m using it more frequently for things but have also discovered that it can also be awkward. When dictating responses keep in mind that those around you are not aware of the other end of the conversation, similar to when you speak on the phone – I got more than a few raised eyebrows sending messages this way.

4. Swype is a fantastic tool

I’ve used Swype before on other Android phones and found it easy to use and responsive. On my Razr Maxx with Ice Cream Sandwich it is a fantastic keyboard replacement and I frequently wish I had it when I’m on another device.

5. The Smartphone is not a computer

Somethings you just need a computer for, not because you can’t find an app to do the work (like photo editing) but you just sometimes need a bit more horsepower or screen real estate. In my case things really started to get difficult when I wanted to started editing files in my dropbox – if it isn’t small and text based you’re better off going to the desktop.

I do have to admit, while I only lasted four days into the experiment the desire to push the limits of my phone never really diminished.  I’m still toying with different applications trying to find the right balance of tools for what I do and once that’s done I might even track down a game or two.

Have you tried to use your Smartphone the same way? How far do you push it? Why not share your experiences in the comments below.


Can a Smartphone be your main computing device?

I mentioned in my last post that I had gone and replaced my iPhone with a Razr Maxx and after spending the last week with it I’m starting to wonder just how far I can push it.

Can a Smartphone replace a computer as your primary device?

Today’s phones can handle email, video, web browsing, music, and even the occasional phone call – so why can’t it be your primary device?

So I’m going to give it a try. For the next week I’m going to use my Razr Maxx instead of my PC for everything outside of my day job. We’ll see how out goes and if I can last the whole week – it’ll be a good experiment and hopefully a good learning experience.

Smartphone or computer – which one would you choose?

As an aside I wrote this post on my Razr with the WordPress app.

Be sure to read the follow up to this post and find out how I did.

Gone Android!

If you’ve been following me on my Google+ you might have caught this post where I mentioned that I had made the move to Android.

Yes, that’s right after three years of showing the iPhone love I’ve packed up my bags and moved on. To be honest the iPhone is a good device and it fill the need that I had when I purchased it but I’ve had an itch to have something a bit more open and newer and a week and a half ago I took the plunge – it was smartphone day for the Newburys as we moved from AT&T over to Verizon (due to coverage issues) so everyone got new phones (and my wallet became noticeably lighter!).

Interesting side note, my wife and daughter went with iPhones and the boys followed dad onto Android.

For myself I picked up the Razr Maxx from Motorola (I do work for them but we don’t get free phones, at least in the division I work for) and after getting the basics setup I’ve started digging into the app store and have started thinking about the tweaks I may want to make.

I’m still in that “honeymoon phase” where apps are loaded, tested and then deleted but I have a few that seem to be sticking around and in some upcoming posts I’ll start sharing those that I’ve come across that I’m going to keep and some that you may just want to avoid.

Have a favorite Android app you think I should test out? Post it in the comments below.

Goodbye Chrome – Hello Firefox!

As readers of this blog know I’m a big fan of Google products and mention them but I have to say goodbye to my beloved Chrome browser.

The choice was partly mine and partly due to a change in computing platform – a move to the Motorola ATRIX.

For those that haven’t seen it, the ATRIX is an Android based phone that can be plugged into a lapdock, which allows it to be used as a laptop, or into a smaller dock where you can connect a keyboard, mouse, and monitor so you can work at a desk. Here’s a 30 second spot on it.

When the ATRIX is in any of the docks you can invoke the webtop which gives you a Firefox based environment to work in, all browser based – similar to the environment I think you’d find with a Chrome OS book. Unfortunately I can’t do a direct comparison as I didn’t rate one in the beta testing.

Up until now I’ve just been an advocate for both cloud and mobile computing and now armed with my iPhone and ATRIX I’m going to be moving headlong into it, I’m looking forward to the challenge and will be sharing the add-ons, software and tools I find useful along the way.

Is your game in the cloud? Do you spend more time away from a desk or at it? Why not share in the comments.

Full disclosure: I work for Motorola, but not in the cellular phone division. Any comments made by me relating to their products are my opinions only and should be viewed as such.