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Discussion in 'The Watering Hole' started by Djarum, Jun 14, 2010.

  1. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I'll be making my first foray into the 21st century by getting an Android phone.

    I just wanted any suggestions on photography apps or apps in general that would be handy.
     
  2. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    Moi..

    Most often used are twitter and facebook.
    Other useful app is a bus schedule app, to check arriving time for buses.
    Of course the usual stuff like gmail, calendar, map (useful when I'm lost :biggrin:), Meebo for IMs, Dropbox for file syncing. The Bible, occasionally..
     
  3. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Any image editing apps (not hardcore, but something that could crop or scale might be nice)?
     
  4. texascbx

    texascbx Mu-43 Veteran

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    Dec 30, 2009
    Texas
    The best place for free Android advice and software, including hacks is at XDA developers site. They have successfully ported Android to the iPhone and even my aging Verizon Touch Pro 2.

    xda-developers
     
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  5. hanzo

    hanzo Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 22, 2010
    Chan
    Adobe has Photoshop for Android for free.. but I find it lacking..
    It doesnt have.. Auto Adjustment button :biggrin:

    It does cropping and scaling though..
     
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  6. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Thanks for the advice guys.
     
  7. CalebPhotographer

    CalebPhotographer Mu-43 Regular

    123
    Apr 1, 2010
    Florida
    You plan on using your android phone for photography?
    What kind of phone did you buy?
     
  8. adam

    adam Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 21, 2010
    Maryland
    I will be an Android user on July 13.

    Not that I'm counting down the days until I can get rid of my piece-of-**** BlackBerry or anything...
     
  9. Jamus

    Jamus Mu-43 Regular

    128
    Apr 18, 2010
    I enjoy Android immensely. You won't be disappointed.
     
  10. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    No, just when people send me me pictures over text or whatever. That way if I need to resize them or crop to send or use. I'm using photography in the loosest of sence here.
     
  11. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Oh, I'm getting the LG Ally. I wanted to like the droid, but the keyboard really isn't for my big fingers. The HTC Incredible was my second choice, but after playing with the virtual keyboard, I was turned off. The LG Ally isn't as fast, but the keyboard is quite usable for me. Its also BOGO right now too...

    Dj
     
  12. CalebPhotographer

    CalebPhotographer Mu-43 Regular

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    Apr 1, 2010
    Florida
    So far with my experience, Android resizes the photos for you automatically.

    And I have the Samsung Behold 2. I hacked it to have BH Man's custom OS, and it runs so much better.

    One thing to look into on your phone:
    Get the Swype keyboard if you can. It's way better than a physical keyboard.
     
  13. Mosca

    Mosca Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2010
    I have a Droid; it is a pretty poor camera, to be honest. There are a couple worthwhile apps, though. DoFCalc is a depth of Field calculator; put in the focal length and fstop and it gives you the particulars. For example, an 85mm lens @ f/8 on a subject 22' away:

    Near limit = 18'
    Far limit = 28'
    Total DoF = 10'
    Hyperfocal Distance = 99'

    Photoshop.com Mobile is OK enough. I took this shot with my Droid and processed it using photoshop.com Mobile, just to see what it would do:

    b759d686.

    original:

    37929408.

    Eh. OK enough, I guess.
     
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  14. svetlin

    svetlin New to Mu-43

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    Jun 14, 2010
    I am an Android software developer.
    I wrote a viewer/uploader for RitzPix (not the official application posted on the market, but an equivalent one).

    Currently, the best mobile photo-programs are the uploaders for Picasa and PhotoBucket.
    Make sure you have at least version 2.0.1 of Android as all previous versions had problems with full-resolution sensor grab.

    The newly released "Froyo" (i.e. Android 2.2) includes for a first time
    along with other camera/gallery enhancements.

    I recommend sticking to the Google experience devices (Nexus One and Droid) as most "enhancements" by the hardware vendors or network operators mostly get in the way and are not worth the bloat (not to mention are usually way behind of the current OS version).
     
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  15. Mosca

    Mosca Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2010

    I've opened the keyboard maybe half a dozen times in the two months I've had my Droid; and I never use the onscreen keyboard, either. There's a little microphone on the onscreen keyboard; touch it, say clearly what you want to type, and it converts it to text. The only time I open the keyboard is when I'm on a full html website and I need to open a drop-down menu and select something. The talk-to-text works for email, texting, Google search, GPS nevigation, you tube, whatever I've tried it for.
     
  16. Mosca

    Mosca Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2010
    Some quick shots; I spoke the words, "micro four thirds forums."
     

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  17. squeegee

    squeegee Mu-43 Veteran

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    Jan 26, 2010
    I've had the original HTC G1 for about a year now. I'm quite happy even though it's the old one. It does everything for me from alarm clock, calendar, email, web browser, mp3 player, and phone :rolleyes:

    The 3mp camera on it is so revolting I would have much rather had the 2mp camera on my 2005 sonyericsson. It's so bad I avoid using it at all costs. I even avoid using it for casual photos it's so bad, I only take photos if I'm too lazy to write something down.

    One of the best things I downloaded just recently is Mapdroyd, as usual it's free. Off line map / gps system. Get a decent size flash card though. I think north america was over 4 gigs alone.

    It would be awsome if I could tether my phone to my e-p1... hahahah talk about bizzare desires eh?
     
  18. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    I played with that on a few of the phones, and it seemed hokey. I also read that the google voice thing is always on, wasting battery. There's also something about pressing actual buttons that makes sense to me.

    The thing is, when I need to text most times, I can't be talking anyway, cuz if I could talk, I'd give the person a call instead, LOL. I rarely text, just by significant other because at her job she can't call me, but she can text me.

    Those are some good shots though.
     
  19. Mosca

    Mosca Mu-43 Regular

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    May 27, 2010
    Get the phone that satisfies you, I don't mean to sell the other one. Whichever you get, make one of your first apps "Task Killer". Touch TK and it kills all running apps, including Google Voice.

    All these things have lousy battery life, including the iPhone. I bought a second battery online, they're cheap, and I keep one in the phone and one in my wallet as an emergency backup.

    My daughter texts me all the time. The way I figure it, it is how the kids get to say, "Send money" without having to ask how you're doing, etc.
     
  20. Djarum

    Djarum Super Moderator

    Dec 15, 2009
    Huntsville, AL, USA
    Jason
    Testing

    Well the browser looks good. So does the forum even. On this tiny sceen.