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Essential Android Apps

It’s been a while since I upgraded to an Android phone and I thought I’d share some of the apps that I find invaluable.

The downside I find with Android is there are fewer quality apps i.e. well designed user interface, few bugs and fulfils its goal well. And to top it off, they’re usually buried beneath a huge range of rubbish and spam because there is no approval process for developers unlike for Apple’s iOS. That said, I really like all the widgets available for customising the homescreens with and there are some great "Live Wallpapers" on the Market.

Note that these apps were installed on an HTC Desire. As Android phones have various combinations of hardware, they might not work with your phone.

Essentials

3G Watchdog

A brilliant ad free little app that keeps track of your data usage with a small widget (top-right, in the left screenshot) to show how much of your quota you’ve used up for a set period of time. If you use a lot of ad supported apps or go online a lot then this is very much a must since some mobile service providers charge a premium once you are over quota..

3G Watchdog Widget     3G Watchdog

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Arakawa Under The Bridge, Ichinomiya Family Heirloom Tie Review | 荒川アンダーザブリッジ, 市ノ宮家家宝のネクタイ | 荒川爆笑團, 市之宮家傳之寶領呔

I was bored of all the ties I keep seeing at the local stores so I thought I’d try to find something unique. When I watched Arakawa Under The Bridge I thought to myself, “I want that tie!”

Sure enough, I found the Ichinomiya Family Heirloom Tie by Cospa at the AmiAmi store although it wasn’t back in stock until December.

For 4725 Yen, I was expecting the tie to arrive in a nice box but wasn’t really expecting it to arrive in such a big box!

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Hand Warmer Gadgets | 懐炉 | 暖手袋

Happy New Year, readers!

How’s your part of the world been and how have you been spending the holidays? Snow’s all melted here leaving lots of grit and a muddy looking ground. Not a pretty sight.

Always wanted to try one of these reusable hand warmer gadgets considering how cold it can get in Scotland but, never really got round to picking any up because I wasn’t sure if they really worked. They seem to pop up quite a lot in Japanese media. Falcom were giving out heart shaped ones in Akiba once to promote one of their Ys games then in Amagami SS, I saw them again.

Asked a colleague of mine who used them and he said they can grow pretty bothersome because you have to reset them every time. So, I decided to try some myself. They come in all sorts of shapes.

I decided to go for these blue disc shaped, reusable ones although the one use types are supposedly better.

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AMP3 Player’s Surprise Santa Sack 2010

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays, Readers! Up to anything this year?

Me, just some quality gaming time. As I mentioned before, I haven’t really had any time to game since starting full time work so these days it takes me a lot longer to finish a single game which is why you don’t see any reviews any more. However, it’s not a bad thing because it’s only now that I’m busy, I can appreciate these holidays and the weekends.

Anyway, I digress.

It’s that time of year again and I decided to try another “lucky bag” Surprise Santa Sack from AdvancedMP3Players.com – The kind that is supposed to be filled with random goods that adds up to more than what you pay.

Looks like they changed the bag this year and was offering bumper bags that let you know what was in them. I was actually considering against buying the original again because of the junk I got last year.

However, I gave it another go in the end and had a little pleasant surprise when I opened it.

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AverTV Capture HD H727 Review

It’s been a while since I bought a VGA cable so that I could play my Wii on a PC monitor. But now that I’ve bought myself a PS3, that cable wasn’t going to work so I decided to go for an HD capture card – AverTV CaptureHD H727.

This is about double the price of a dedicated converter and it also means you’ll need to keep the PC turned on when playing but, as it allows you to watch digital TV, listen to radio and capture from any video device including the latest HDMI with this card it should prove to be better value in the long run.

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