My 5 Most Used Android Applications – Tips4EyeDocs Daily – 20 Jan 2012 – No 31

Und0ubtedly, doctors are ever more enamored by smart phones.  Easily, they compete with standard laptop computers and simpler phones for efficiency and effectiveness. In my mind, a smart phone is an absolute necessity in today’s mobile society.

Smart phones by definition are more than a mobile cellular phone that starts and receives telephone voice calls. It also a miniature computer with the ability to connect to the internet through the cellular network (either 3G or 4G/LTE; the two leading cellular technologies for internet) or through a wireless network via its radio card (through a traditional hard wire network). This capability opens up many more uses for the phone and in some cases can negate the dependence on a regular notebook or desktop computer.

I have a Motorola “Droid X2” (“X2”) and I use several applications that were not delivered with the phone when I purchased it. They may be downloaded from Adroid Market either for free or for a small license fee. in no particular order, these are my five most used applications:

  1. GMail – While Gmail can be used with the resident browser or with the email client already on the phone. However, I like GMail  use labels to categorize particular messages helps immensely in organizing my email. With the email.  The phone’s own email client cannot show or affix a label onto a message.  Automatically or by design, you can synchronize your GMail contact list with the phone’s own contact list thereby avoiding double entry of contact information.
  2. Dolphin – A third party browser for Android, it’s tabbed windows reminds me how many windows are open where as the original Android browser doesn’t. I can also touch the tab to jump from one window to another, a time saver.
  3. Google Voice – An Android application from Google, it has the capability to act in place of your phone or carrier’s own voice mail box. Critically, if you phone fails. Google Voice maintains all of your calls with their phone numbers.  It also can transcribe a phone call with their unique speech-to-text software.
  4. HootSuite – If y0u’re an avid Twitter user, HootSuite maybe the only Twitter application you will need.  Twitter is a social network that is a “microblogging” application. Post messages are limited to 140 characters and appear for everyone to see and read.  Of course, some messages may be visible to certain people and some only to a particular person that you’re sending the message. HootSuite’s value is management of multiple accounts and scheduling of the Twitter messages.
  5. EasyTether Pro =  When you are traveling about and you don’t have a network available either in a coffee shop or at work, you can connect (“tether”) your smart phone to your computer and the the computer will use the smart phone’s connection to the internet as its own. It is very convenient! However, the speed cannot match a traditional network either by wire or by wireless but it is great in a pinch. I use EasyTether Pro practically every day and is well worth the ~$10 for each phone.

In a nutshell, Android applications may not be as plentiful as the competition, but they have the basic productivity applications that can equal any in effectiveness and efficiency.

About Richard Hom OD, MPA

Dr. Hom holds Doctor of Optometry and Masters in Public Administration degrees and practices family eye care and consults on public policy, health information technology and program evaluation.
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One Response to My 5 Most Used Android Applications – Tips4EyeDocs Daily – 20 Jan 2012 – No 31

  1. king says:

    I have been reading through your blog whenever I receive a chance…and I just wanted to tell you how much I enjoy it! Thank you for your familiarity to this matter!

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