Have Android Will Travel
This is the first week I have traveled with my iPod and not used it at all thanks to my G1 and the myTouch 3G.Â As posted in a previous article I have an extended battery for the G1 so it has an actual standby of a week now and after watching several movies the battery meter only went down 25%.Â The culprit of the G1′s battery strength is cell standby so it’s not just the improved battery but the benefit of not using it as a phone that keeps it alive.
While, I was VERY skeptical of the keyboard-less myTouch I have since warmed up to it and have kept my cool for its redeeming features of running background apps and the HTC keyboard.Â (I would have kept my jailbroken/unlocked iPhone if only it would have run more than one productivity app at a time).Â Another thing I tried this week is the Wireless Tether app.Â Since I do not usually have a need for it because of nearly ubiquitous WiFi, Wireless Tether converts the EDGE/3G signal into WiFi so my phone can double as a hotspot and I can tether the G1 to the mT3G.
Here are some apps that make Android more bearable as a travel companion:
- Google Maps
- Wireless Tether
- music/video player(s)
- DoggCatcher for my podcasts
- VPN Connection
- HotSpot Locator
- Google Voice
- And of course some of your favorite games
I have tried to use either phone as an “everything” device and inevitably I am let down by battery power, size, or being interrupted by calls when I am using it as a media player.Â So while the holy grail is still a converged device of phone, media, social, location, and web it looks as if I will be destined to carry two units around for some time then I am glad that both of them are running Android.