I always feared Android phones would be all hype and overrated, mainly because it was said that the Android platform itself was seemingly fragmented as there were several versions of it running on various phones, therefore applications did not always run as well as they should on all phones. Android itself was a tad immature compared to the long proven reliability and standardised interfaces of the Symbian-powered, mostly Nokia phones. But over the years, outdated platforms have disappeared as manufacturers catch up.
I’d been a Nokia stalwart all the while but finally relented and migrated to an Android phone about 3 weeks ago, like many of the legions of fast-growing Android fans. Thought I would hang on to my trusty Nokia 5530 a little while longer but I guess the temptation Lucky patcher apk of embracing that green little robot was too great. Customisation is the name of the game in technology these days after all. My Nokia did a lot of things for me, and I particularly rely a lot on it when I am travelling. After unlocking it with a simple hack to grant me full capability access, I’d loaded it with tonnes of applications or ‘apps’ as they are commonly called. When I bought my ‘el cheapo’ Chinese made, great bang-for-the-buck, Android 2.2 powered ZTE Blade, I was hoping it will outdo my Nokia in terms of usability given the hundreds of thousands of Android apps in the ‘Android Market’. Well, Iphone has more apps, but hey I never really pulled for the Iphone camp for some reason, perhaps because I suppose I like supporting underdogs more! After having the phone for 3 weeks now, I must admit that Android has not disappointed, and I am pretty pleased to learn it has lived up to its hype.
I like to keep my apps count to the minimum. I mainly instal apps that are useful in organising my life or for when I travel. If you are an Android newbie and feel overwhelmed by the massive Android market, here is a short list of some great Android apps (I have installed them all) if you happen to be well, an absolute minimalist like me who appreciates powerful, easy to use, quality apps. The bad news is that some apps are not free and the better apps or those with advanced features often requires one to ‘root’ the phone, meaning performing a simple ‘hack’ to grant full, ‘super- user’ capability to the phone such that you may install any app or other modified phone firmware with unrestricted access. Rooting could also void your phone’s warranty, so it may not be a good idea to root your phone right out of the box before ensuring it is free of hardware or software faults. Better to give your phone a run for a few weeks first before rooting it, just to be on the safe side. Giving details here is unnecessary as there are a zillion pages on Android apps, installing customized Android firmware and rooting on Google.