I’ve come to love my Nexus One and the Android OS, even after using the iPhone for over three years. Having moved completely over from the iPhone to Nexus One, I’ve come to love many application on the Android OS, and I would like to share some of them with you.
Compass – The Nexus One has a digital compass to give you on your travels. I’ve particularly found the compass application useful in many occasions from finding my way around town to finding stars in the sky. There are several different compass application available for Android.
Google Sky Map – On my holiday to the Caribbean, I found the Google Sky Map application useful to identify stars, planets and constellations in the sky. Making use of the digital compass and accelerometer on the phone, you can easily identify a star in the sky by simply pointing to it using your phone.
SMS Backup & Restore – This is a simple application that lets you back and restore your SMS messages on your android device. The SMS messages are saved to a XML file on your SD Card and can be emailed to your email address too. I found this application particularly useful in porting my iPhone messages to my Google Nexus One (with a bit of coding, I converted the iPhone SMS SQLite database to XML and imported it using this application).
WordPress – If you are a blogger, the WordPress mobile app is useful for blogging on the go. You can upload photos and post quite articles easily with this app. Unfortunately, there isn’t a rich text editor, but this isn’t a problem once you get back on to a computer. Draft articles can be saved on the device or uploaded to your blog for editing on your computer.
TweetDeck – Keeping up with Social Media like Twitter, Facebook, Foursquare and Google Buzz couldn’t be easier with this all-in-one application. The interface is clean and all your social networks can be seen from one stream, each colour coded for easy recognition. You can tweet, comment on facebook posts and post buzz updates too.