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General Smartphone Tips, Tricks and Apps

Task Manager

Task Managers let you monitor how apps use memory and processing power and identify apps that are using too many resources. Although several Task Manager applications are available on Android Market, chances are that your phone already includes a Task Manager. It is optimized for your phone and can distinguish between critical system applications and optional user applications. Utilize the Task Manager application to end battery draining apps that you are not using and also to free vital memory on the phone to keep it running like new.

Quickoffice for Android

Quickoffice is an application that is pre-installed on most Android phones and is also available in a free download from the Android Marketplace. Much like Open Office for the PC, Quickoffice is a program that allows you to take your work with you in a mobile version of Microsoft Office. You can create, view and edit Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents on your phone. You can also open and view PDF documents, including password protected and encrypted files.

CamCard Lite

CamCard is a professional business card reader and business card scanner. Simply take a picture of a business card, CamCard recognizes the business card and saves contact information in Card Holder or your Address Book. Then feel at ease to manage cards with CamCard - business card reader and business card scanner. You can also share contact information via Email, Text message or export all of your business cards to vCard format (Microsoft Outlook) or to an Excel Spreadsheet.

✔ Take a picture of a business card as clearly as possible by placing cards in a well lit area.
✔ Make sure to align business card edges into viewfinder edges as closely as possible.


Navigation provides voice guided turn by turn navigation information to Smartphone users on an interactive map. It's like having a portable navigation device (TomTom or Garmin) but it's installed on your phone so it goes everywhere that you do. There is also a search feature that allows you to find businesses or points of interest near your current location, around a Favorite, around an entered address, or around an airport (i.e. ATMs, gas stations, restaurants, bars, hotels, etc.)

3G Watchdog

If you are currently on a limited data plan, and are constantly worrying about how much data you are using, 3G Watchdog might be the app for you. 3G Watchdog offers a simple, easy to use interface that allows you set your monthly data allocation, as well as the day your billing cycle ends, and helps you to keep tabs on your data usage. It will tell you how much of your data allotment has been used, and estimates how much you will use up by the time you reach the end of your billing cycle (assuming your usage remains consistent).

Pandora Internet Radio

With the Pandora for Android application, you can explore this vast trove of music to your heart's content. Just drop the name of one of your favorite songs, artists or genres into Pandora and let the Music Genome Project go. It will quickly scan its entire world of analyzed music, almost a century of popular recordings - new and old, well known and completely obscure - to find songs with interesting musical similarities to your choice. You can create up to 100 unique "stations." And you can even refine them. If it's not quite right you can tell it so and it will get better for you. The service plays musical selections similar to song suggestions entered by a user. The user provides positive or negative feedback for songs chosen by the service, which are taken into account for future selections. While listening, users are also offered the ability to buy the songs or albums at various online retailers such as Amazon MP3 or iTunes.

Why should you pull your battery on a regular basis?

It is normal, from time to time, that your device might become slow and unresponsive. There is a quick and simple way to troubleshoot these issues if and when then arise. In these cases, it is necessary to reset your smartphone by performing a “hard reset”, or a Battery Pull. It is recommended to perform this task once every couple days, just to keep your phone operating like new, when it first came out of the box. (FYI, performing a battery pull does not clear out your personal information. I.E. contacts, pictures, emails, text messages, etc.)

When to perform a Battery Pull

The phones display freezes or becomes “stuck”. The device seems to be operating slower than usual or seems to lag when switching between applications or web pages/emails/texts/etc. The phone displays certain minor software errors or it will not connect to Bluetooth, the internet or make phone calls. These issues are typically normal, especially in smartphones, and 9 times out of 10, they can be fixed by doing a simple Battery Pull.