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3 years ago

Android Quick App: Quickoffice Pro

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Using your phone to do everything is all the rage these days, be it sending emails, connecting on Facebook, or editing documents. There's a few popular options in the Market for this, but we'll start by taking a look at Quickoffice Pro.

Quickoffice Pro is one of the more widely known viewing and editing apps, largely in part because a free version of Quickoffice comes bundled on certain phones. As far as a document viewer goes, this app is great, but how does it stand as a full editor?

Before we delve into that, I've got to talk about the look. The interface is slick as oil, with a kind of glossy, iOS feel to it, but that's not a bad thing. It's polished and really refined, plus it's obvious where everything is located. Want to deal with PDFs? Fine, click the big PDF icon. It's this kind of simplicity combined with functionality I can really get behind.

Opening or editing files is a snap. If you know what kind of file it is, just click the associated menu button, and pick the appropriate location of the file. Is it on the microSD? There's an option for that. Is it hosted somewhere in the cloud, like Google Docs or Dropbox? Tap that menu and within seconds, your file will be loaded up and readying for viewing or editing, right on your mobile phone's screen.

Speaking of cloud services, Quickoffice Pro supports Box.net, Dropbox, Google Docs, and MobileMe from the get-go. To add one of these accounts, click on 'Accounts' and choose the appropriate option. You'll be prompted to enter your information, and once it's been verified, your cloud storage will appear as an option on every menu to pull files from. It's quick and easy, and it gives you more freedom about where you're storing your files. Quickoffice Pro also supports syncing with SugarSync, and if that's something you're interested in, your registration email will tell you all about it.

As far as the file editing capabilities go, I couldn't be more pleased. I tried on both a Word document and an Excel file, and with both, it was a breeze. Word documents are especially straightforward, just type and you're off. Excel can be a bit trickier, depending on how many cells you've got, but that being said, I could still navigate and type without problem in landscape and portrait alike. With Excel files, you've also got the option to format cells, numbering, alignment, and borders.

Something you'll notice almost right off the bat is that the menu button actually brings up dual menus on your document, so if there's one menu you're after, you might need to exercise a bit of double tap to get where you want to be, but that's such a small, split-second thing, it won't ever become a bother.

Overall, I think Quickoffice Pro is a great option for people who need to be able to access and edit documents wherever they are, no matter the time of day. It's clean interface, easy-to-navigate menus, and rich, full rendering of files makes this an easy app to navigate and take full advantage of. At $9.99, it's far from free, but still priced competitively when compared to the other options in the Market.

Download links as well as more pictures can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Android Travel Tip: Turn off auto-syncing to save on data

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3 years ago

Verizon lighting up six new cities with LTE on July 21st

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Verizon is bringing their LTE network online in six additional cities and expanding their coverage in the Los Angeles and San Diego regions on July 21.

New cities covered by LTE include:

  • Huntsville, Alabama
  • Augusta, Georgia
  • Scranton/Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania
  • Greater Springfield, Massachusetts
  • Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina
  • Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point, North Carolina

Any Thunderbolt, Revolution, or Charge owners looking forward to finally getting LTE in their hometowns?

Source: Verizon Wireless

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3 years ago

Sprint's own Galaxy Tab 10.1 Android tablet coming June 24, in store July 24

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Read our Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

The Android 3.1 tablet that needs no introduction (OK, OK, it's the Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1) finds its way into Sprint's inventory on June 24. It's the same Wifi-only version, only Sprint's pairing it up with a 3G/4G Wifi hotspot from either Sierra Wireless or Novatel.

The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will initially be available through direct sales channels, some sprint stores, telesales and online. It will be available for purchase in retail stores on July 24. The Galaxy Tab 10.1 will run you $499, plus tax, and whatever data plan you get on the Wifi hotspots.

Source: Sprint

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt case review: Seidio CONVERT Combo

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I hate making decisions. I'm one of those people that when given the choice between hard ice cream and soft-serve, I have a panic attack. I love all ice cream! How is someone supposed to make that choice? So whenever there's an opportunity for me to choose “both” instead of one or the other, I jump on it. No, this isn't an advertisement for Dairy Queen. This is a review of the Seidio CONVERT Combo for the HTC Thunderbolt. Why choose between hard and soft when you could have both?

Let's break it down, after the break.

HTC ThunderBolt cases | HTC ThunderBolt batteriesAll HTC ThunderBolt accessories

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3 years ago

Peggle now available on Android, free on Amazon today

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PopCap's super-popular game Peggle is now available on Android, first launching exclusively on the Amazon App Store. What's even better is that it is Amazon's Free App of the Day today, cutting the $2.99 price tag.

If you don't know Peggle, it's a highly addictive game where the user has to shoot pegs with a limited number of balls to clear levels and game points.

It has been available on other platforms for quite some time and Android users can finally join in on the fun.

Here are some helpful hints from the PopCap team on their Amazon page:

  • Try to hit the purple pegs in as many of your shots as possible (they're 50 times more valuable than the blue pegs)
  • Clear all the pegs on the board to guarantee 100,000 points
  • If the going gets tough, hit one peg at a time and land each shot in the Free Ball Bucket

The game is a large download at 74 MB and requires a WiFi-only download. Again, it's free today, so go get it!

Download: Peggle from Amazon

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D user guide now available from Sprint [from the forums]

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The HTC EVO 3D user guide has been made available by Sprint for everyone interested in one of the Summer's hottest devices.  It checks in at 315 pages, and will tell you everything you ever wanted to know about operating and enjoying the EVO 3D and Sense 3.0, and even you seasoned Android veterans should take a peek if you're grabbing one of these babies come Friday.

Maybe it will never top Oprah's book list, but we need something to pass the time until we can get our greasy hands all over the 4.3 inches of glass, and I can promise it doesn't end with the butler having done it.  Grab it from the source link.

Source: Sprint (pdf) via Android Central forums

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3 years ago

HTC ChaCha gets caught with AT&T branding

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We've seen it sitting in the FCC with AT&T's 3G bands on board, so it only makes sense that we're now seeing the HTC ChaCha show up with some AT&T branding as well. Still now word on when the Facebook phone will get an official release but if you look for some clues in the photos you can see the date shows the Mobile World Congress announcement and next to it, July 17. Take from that what you will.

Source: Pocketnow

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3 years ago

HTC EVO 3D now available for pre-order if you're a premier customer

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The HTC EVO 3D can now be pre-ordered by Sprint premier customers directly from the Sprint website.  The latest and greatest from Sprint will cost you $199 with a new or renewed two year agreement, which seems like a fair price for the high performance that oozes out of that thing.  Check out our initial review and see for yourself.

Late last night when the pre-order went live, the Sprint website was getting hammered by buyers and lookers alike, so interest seems to be as high as anticipated.  Ordering early and direct from Sprint might not be a bad idea if you're able.  The rest of us will just have to wait until the stroke of midnight a few days from now.  And here's hoping for overnight shipping!

Source: Sprint; via Android Central forumsThanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Droid Incredible 2 gets S-OFF treatment

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Youtube link for mobile viewing

The Droid Incredible 2 has been on plenty of developers' hit lists since its release. But until now, the full potential of the device has never been unleashed. Now, thanks to the AlphaRev Team, it can be unlocked, perma-rooted and is now ready for custom ROM's as soon as ROM cookers can get some together. The device isn't officially on the supported device list as of yet but, it will be soon now that this testing phase has been completed.

Source: AlphaRev
More: Droid Incredible 2 forums; Thanks, xgunther!

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