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Tech for the trek

I’ve spent the past week prepping and test-driving some of the gadgetry for my upcoming road trip:

The Droid continues to impress me in everyday use, and the applications I’m likely to be using over the next few weeks seem to be running smoothly. The pre-installed Google Maps and Navigation systems have done a near-perfect job during some errand-running and visits to new friends’ homes, and my mom has loaned me her Magellan, just in case – though I haven’t messed with it yet. (Of course, I also have, you know, actual maps.)

Now, it’s not my intention to use the Droid for long-winded blogging, but the WordPress app has proven to be another quick and intuitive install, as has TxtPad Lite, although I admit I haven’t had much cause to use the latter yet.

Another nifty grab: Promptu’s ShoutOUT speech-to-text application. It defaults to messaging format, but it didn’t take me long to figure out it’s pretty easy to create a message with no recipient and then just copy the resulting text into a file or directly into the WordPress application. I can’t say how much use it will get – so far I’ve used it mostly to respond quickly to text messages from Jenn & Kelsey – but I’m thinking of those times when I’m driving and a sort of babbling idea springs to mind and I can’t jot it down. We’ll see.

For entertainment purposes – I’m hoping that the rental car comes with a CD player, because I haven’t digitally saved my Star Wars radio dramas yet – I added the Pandora application, and I’m looking forward to putting the very, very cool Google Sky Map (another fun and free download) to good use out under some hopefully clear Western skies.

Probably the most crucial app so far was the highly-recommended PDANet, with which I’ll be tethering the Droid to our Acer netbook for internet access during stops. Worked like a charm during a run to the store this morning.

If there are any other recommendations in this department, I’m open to suggestions!

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June 10, 2010 - Posted by | Current Affairs, geek, Travel, Web/Tech, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , ,

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