As I posted here yesterday, I jumped back to T-Mobile USA yesterday as my primary carrier with five phones on their family plan. I have been playing with an eval myTouch 3G for a couple weeks as well and along with this device came several applications that you can also now download on your T-Mobile G1. To begin fresh with T-Mobile I completely reset my G1 and started over with the latest firmware. I then went on to load up a ton of apps, but a few I wanted to discuss that are timed with the myTouch 3G release and recommended by T-Mobile are Visual Voicemail, Sherpa, My Account, Mobile Backup, and WorldTour.
Visual Voicemail: With this latest T-Mobile provided application you now get full visual voicemail on the G1 and myTouch 3G with T-Mobile. This is something first seen on the iPhone that is rolling out across devices and carriers. As someone who hates to sit there listening to all the voicemail options, or even pressing lots of buttons to go through the system, I was very pleased to see this service appear. Launching Visual Voicemail takes you to your Inbox where you can view the caller ID or number of who left a message. Tapping the message then takes you to a display where you can play the message, delete, reply as a call or text message, add to your contacts, and copy to (great way to save those precious voicemails to a microSD card). You can tap the yellow speaker icon in the center to switch between speakerphone or headset speaker to listen to the voicemail. So far I am very happy with the application/service and it will definitely help keep an Android device in my hand.
Sherpa: Sherpa was one of the most talked about apps back when the myTouch 3G was announced and it was pretty heavily promoted on the T-Mobile myTouch 3G site. Geodelic created Sherpa as a location aware program that "learns" from your habits (aka interaction) and provides location targeted marketing based on vicinity and relevance to you. When you launch Sherpa you are put into the Carousel mode where different categories of locations and businesses appear along a top row with specific places related to that category appearing in a "round" carousel format. You can easily and quickly flip through the choices presented and on the display you will find data like name, address, reviews, and distance to it. Selecting a place then pops up a page with more detailed info and hyperlinks to call directly or route (using the browser or Google Maps) yourself to the destination. I have only used it for a few minutes so far, but it looks pretty slick. I would like to see information like movies that are playing and times when I select a particular theater. It would be awesome to view event details within the location selected and maybe even sample menus for restaurants.
My Account: You may think My Account would be just a silly utility and the old version was just slightly helpful. T-Mobile revamped their account websites and also completely updated this utility so it actually provides some very useful information. When you launch it you will find two buttons for Account Info and Device Info. Tapping Account Info gives you your latest activity, ability to setup and manage alerts for minute usage, message usage, payment reminder, and power saver, billing info and ability to pay now or view history, and a page that shows you your current plans and services you are signed up for.
The surprising part of this utility is the Device Info support. Within this part you can customize wallpaper, ringtones, and caller tunes (subscription service). There is a tab for Quick Tools so you can toggle WiFi, auto-sync, Bluetooth, data roaming, and GPS. You can manage the brightness, screen timeout, and view specific phone info (signal strength, software version, and other geeky stuff). There is a Tips & Tricks tab for viewing questions, browsing topice, and even accessing T-Mobile forums. The Storage and Battery tab is helpful to view your system and memory card consumption and battery level. I can see this being a very handy utility and have it loaded on one of my G1 home pages.
Mobile Backup: Mobile Backup is designed to help you restore your address book if you lose or damage your phone and need a replacement. With the Google integration and always-on backup of contacts to the Google servers so if you go to another Android phone you won't need it. However, if you switch from the G1 or myTouch 3G to a feature phone or other phone this could be very valuable.
WorldTour: WorldTour is a fun utility that provides you with an image captured from a live webcam around the world that is placed on your wallpaper. The image is updated every 30 minutes. It is a simple app, but can be cool for a changing wallpaper image. Place around the world include the Eiffel Tower, Paris, Earth images, Seattle, and many more. BTW, choosing a webcam for an area late at night will only show you a black wallpaper ;)
Other apps I highly recommend you try out include: chompSMS (threaded text messaging with iPhone-like bubbles), TeleNav GPS (most extensive navigation solution I have seen on Android, Google Voice (doesn't get much better than on Android), imeem Mobile (excellent streaming music client), Qik (stream and edit videos on your G1 or myTouch 3G), Documents To Go (full Office suite on Android), TouchDown (full Exchange client for Android), Babbler (best Facebook client I have found that also supports video and photo uploads), and Twidroid (best Twitter client I have found so far).
Do you have any other apps you recommend people try out on their Android device?
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