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Last Updated: September 24th, 2012

Last week, we gave you a glimpse into what David uses: his favorite gadgets, accessories, apps, and all the other tech junk that he doesn't go a day without. Now it's my turn. With this series, you'll see how different each member of the AP team is when it comes to how we use our gear, which is one of the best things about Android: it's versatile.

Since David's already done the legwork of explaining what "What we use" is all about, I'm just going to jump right in.

What am I carrying around?

Phone: Samsung Galaxy Nexus

What it's running: CyanogenMod 10 Nightlies with ClockworkMod Touch Recovery 

I love my Galaxy Nexus. It's easily the best phone I've ever owned. It's root-friendly, runs stock Android without the need for a custom ROM, and the overall design is sleek and sophisticated.

I've had my GNex since it was released on Verizon at the end of last year, and I still have little desire to upgrade (that's a record for me - I normally want a new phone every few months). The form factor and button arrangement are basically perfect in my opinion, and the on-screen navigation buttons are a huge improvement over physical capacitive keys. I wish more manufacturers would embrace that feature.

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Of course, there are things about it I would change: I wish the camera were a little bit better, especially in low light, and I kind of hate the cheap plastic crap it's made of. I dropped it onto concrete a few weeks ago and put a massive ding in the top, so now I have to use a case because A) I can't stand to look at the blemished corner, and B) I'm afraid I'll do it again. Not a huge deal, I guess; I just prefer my phones naked.

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Either way, I'll probably continue to love my GNex until the new Nexus (Nexii?) comes along later this year. Then I may jump ship and snatch that (one of those?). As an aside, I'm actually pining pretty hard for the Note II on Verizon, so I'll have to fight the urge to pick that up unless I make the irrational decision to add another line of enslavement to my Big Red account.

Tablet(s): Nexus 7

What it's running: Stock firmware, rooted, with ClockworkMod Touch Recovery

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Did you really expect anything less? I've used nearly every popular Android tablet on the market and the Nexus 7 is hands down the absolute best of the bunch. I have a few other tablets, too, which have been rendered nearly useless by this little powerhouse (though they definitely come in handy for device-specific research, when necessary).

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Why yes, I am using the same wallpaper on my phone and tablet. Nice of you to notice.

Here's where you'll find that I differ from most of the other AP staff: my tablet is my primary mobile device. In fact, unless someone calls me, I sometimes go entire days without even touching my phone. My tablet is the first thing I grab in the morning to check email, social sites, and RSS. It's the last thing I put down at night after a bit of reading. And I use it all throughout the day, too. It's my music-streaming machine, casual web browsing device, and portable gaming setup (I wouldn't call myself a "gamer" by any standards). I also use it take review notes, as my alarm clock, and... well, whatever else I can think of.

Update: Had a couple of requests for the wallpaper, so here it is:

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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity (TF700)

What it's running: stock, unrooted firmware

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I'm not going to lie - I love the N7 so much, I rarely use the TF700. For a 10" tablet, though, it's the best on the market. Thanks to the Tegra 3 T33 processor, this thing's super fast, and the 1920x1200 display is absolutely gorgeous. I just wish ASUS would hurry and push Jelly Bean to it. I'm curious to see how well it's going to perform with Project Butter. Something tells me that it's going to make it even more incomparable in the 10" space.

Mobile Accessories

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  • ZAGGkeys Flex Bluetooth Keyboard - I use a Bluetooth keyboard with my N7 quite a bit. I love this one because it's easy to type on, the case becomes a tablet stand, the rechargeable battery lasts for months, and its insanely light. Like, it'll blow your mind it's so light. On the downside, it's a bit loud. Can't win 'em all.
  • SPIGEN kuel f60Q portable charger - Because I like using my gadgets, the batteries drain fast. Some faster than others (LTE on the GNex is a battery killer). Thus, I have to take a portable charger along pretty much everywhere I go. The kuel f60Q packs 6,000mAh, is built like a tank, and has pretty blue lights. I like all of those things, so this is the charger that stays in my bag pretty much all the time.

Apps

Initially, my plan was to lay this section out in a neat, organized bullet list with categories and my favorite apps within each. Once I realized how many apps I love, I threw that idea out the window and decided to go with a more straightforward approach. Instead, I'm going to focus on my top five favorites (and why), then list the rest out with a brief reason as to why I love each one so much.

Foldersync/Dropbox

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If I had to pick one setup that I can't live without on any of my devices, it would be Foldersync with Dropbox. While Foldersync itself is very powerful, I use it for only one purpose: automatically uploading screenshots and camera pictures. This automation is invaluable for me - I take tons of screenshots, and Foldersync automatically uploads them to Dropbox as soon as I take them. When doing a review or hands-on, I can take several screenshots, and by the time I go back to the computer to finish the article, they're already waiting for me in Dropbox. Foldersync saves me incredible amounts of time, and in a business where getting things done in a timely manner is clutch, this is one resource I simply can't do without.

Chrome

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If you have a smartphone or tablet, you undoubtedly use a web browser. Since I use Chrome on my PCs, Chrome for Android is the only way to go in the mobile space. Tab/Bookmark sync is infinitely useful, especially considering how often I switch computers and mobile devices throughout the day.

Is it perfect? No way. But it's better than (or at least comparable to) all other mobile browsers that I've tried, and Google updates it fairly often, so the experience is constantly improved. I just wish they would add support for Chrome plugins - no other mobile browser would even come close after that.

Spotify

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I use both my phone and tablet as music players all the time. I started off just storing my music locally, but switched to Amazon Cloud Player once it became available. Many months (and several cloud streamers) later, Google Music was my player of choice. While I haven't completely abandoned GM, Spotify Premium is now my absolute favorite way to play music. It has nearly every feature I've longed for from a music service: good internet radio, the ability to search and listen to individual tracks or full albums, and playlist support that lets me take my music offline if I choose. Of course, the app is still a bit quirky and is missing some key features - like landscape support - but it's well on its way to being the best music player/service available on Android.

Evernote

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As if you didn't already know this - I write a lot. Often several thousands of words a day. I write across a few different devices throughout the day: my desktop, laptop, tablet, etc. For longer pieces that are written over the course of a few days (like this one, for example), I use Evernote. I can start it on my desktop, work on it from my laptop for a while, switch over to my tablet when I get tired of working on a traditional PC, and add any thoughts/ideas I may have from my phone. It really is a fantastic cross-platform solution for anyone who writes, takes notes, or just needs to keep track of things from multiple devices. I've yet to find anything that even compares, much less does a better job.

Tablet Talk

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It's not that texting from my phone is impractical in any way, I just prefer typing on my Nexus 7 (and I usually have a Bluetooth keyboard connected). Ergo, I prefer to text from my tablet, as well. And for that, I use Tablet Talk. It's easy to set up and feature-rich, providing me with everything that I need from a messaging client. I've been meaning to try out Koush's new solution since it also support SMS from the desktop, but honestly, I just like Tablet Talk so much that I can't abandon it long enough to give something else a shot.

The Others

  • gReader - This is actually one of my all-time favorite apps, but instead of giving it a paragraph here, I just figured I'd direct you to my full review.
  • Currents - For casual RSS, I love the magazine-style layout.
  • GMail - Because who doesn't use (and love) GMail?
  • Dropbox/Drive - Cloud storage at its finest
  • Pinterest - Say what you will about Pinterst. I love it, and this is easily one of the best-designed apps I've ever seen on Android.
  • Thumb Keyboard - Because thumb typing on a tablet is a real pain without it.
  • Netflix - Because movies.
  • Play Magazines - Paper mags are old hat.
  • BeyondPod - If you listen to podcasts (and you should), BeyondPod is the best way to do it.
  • YouVersion Bible - I read it every day. And the new design is fantastic.
  • Endomondo - For tracking my bike rides.
  • My Tracks - Used alongside Endomondo to keep my maps synced with Google.
  • Root Explorer/Astro- Root Explorer for when I need to get into the system, but Astro for everything else. Plus, the latter's incredible on Jelly Bean.
  • NFC Task Launcher - Because NFC is fun.

Widgets

  • SwitchPro - Because it's customizable and looks way better than the stock power widget.
  • HD Widgets - Previously, I used Beautiful Widgets, but lately I've fallen in love with HD Widgets, even if just for the 2x1 weather widget.
  • Battery Widget Reborn Pro - Insanely full-featured battery widget that I fear I can no longer live without.

Games

  • NBA Jam - Heat, baby!
  • Horn - Console graphics and intuitive gameplay on a mobile device. Need I say more?
  • Dead Trigger - Because I love to hate loving zombies. Or something like that.
  • Asphalt 7 - I don't normally like racing games all that much, but have been quite impressed with this one. I find myself firing it up almost every day. But when I don't, I hate that it nags me to play. I have other things to do, Gameloft!

Other Stuff

Laptop: Samsung Series 7

15.6" 1600x900 display, Intel Core i7 quad-core 2675QM (Sandy Bridge) @ 2.2GHz, 8GB RAM, 750GB HDD, AMD Radeon 6490M, Windows 7 Home Premium

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Unlike David, I love my laptop. I recently switched to a standing desk, which is where I use my laptop a lot of the time. I also have a traditional sitting desk with a desktop PC that I built earlier this year, but I always find myself gravitating towards my laptop. Unlike some of my colleagues who insist multi-monitor setups are conducive to productivity (looking at you Ryan and Jeremiah), I find myself to be far more productive on the smaller, 1600x900 display. Fewer distractions, I guess.

Since it's my job to type words, a great keyboard is a must. Fortunately, the Series 7's keyboard is fantastic. Easily the best I've ever used on a laptop. On the downside, however, I have a late 2011 model that doesn't have the backlit keyboard, which is something I now desperately crave. I'll likely upgrade to a newer Series 7 next year and give this one to my wife.

When I'm at my standing desk, I also use an external keyboard and mouse, both from Logitech (love the unifying receiver!). The keyboard - the K750 Solar Keyboard - is among one of the finest I've ever typed on. If you're looking for a new wireless keyboard, I highly recommend this one. As for a mouse, I'm not all that picky. I use the Logitech M325, which is small and does everything I need.

My main quarrel with the Series 7 is the hard drive. The stock 5,400 RPM 750GB drive is definitely the bottleneck of the system, and it drives me nuts. Eventually I'll upgrade to an SSD, but I'm still waiting for a deal that I just can't refuse to come along before making the plunge.

Bag: SPIGEN Klasden Levanaus Backpack

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When it comes to toting my gadgets, I'm always on the hunt for "the perfect bag." For the last several months, though, I've been carrying the Spigen Klasden Levanaus backpack, and I really like it. It has plenty of storage to carry around basically everything I've talked about this post with room to spare, and the laptop area is coated in a super soft faux fur. It's fancy.

Camera: Canon ELPH 500 HS

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I'm in the same boat as David here: before writing at AP, I had absolutely no interest in photography. At all. I couldn't have told you the difference between aperture and exposure, nor did I care to learn. As time has gone on, though, I've gotten more and more into the art of taking a "great" picture (or at least one that is acceptable to look at without scoffing). I want just the right angle in my review shots. The depth of field has to be spot-on. I want the product to show up on my monitor exactly like it does in person. Taking a good picture is hard to do, and that's something I took for granted before actually picking up a camera.

Also like David, I don't have a DSLR, but instead a point & shoot that I've been using for the past seven months or so. When trying to pick the right P&S that would both help me learn camera things and take good pictures along the way, I did insane amounts of research. I read every review I could find. I talked about it with Liam so much that I'm pretty sure he wished I would die (or at least buy one and shut up) so he didn't have to hear about it any more (but he was a tremendous help and stayed very patient with my ignorant self while I asked the most noobish questions you can imagine). Ultimately, I went with the Canon ELPH 500 HS, and I don't regret my decision at all. I really like this camera.

At first, I was skeptical of a digital camera with a full-touch interface. Turns out that it's super intuitive - when you want to focus on a certain area of the image, simply tap that area, just like with most smartphone cameras. Boom, it's focused right where you want it to be. It's great. The touchscreen isn't as sensitive as I'd like, but for what it is, it works well. After playing with settings, taking pictures, playing with the settings some more, and taking more pictures, I'm pretty happy with the results that I can get from the 500 HS. For less than $200, it has been a great little camera that has helped me understand a lot more about photography. I'm looking forward to taking the leap into a DSLR at some point in the future.

Personal Pick: HeadBlade head-shaving razor

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OK, so this one has absolutely nothing to do with Android. So why is it here? Because it's so freakin' cool. In fact, this is probably my favorite non-tech item of all time. I've been shaving my head for the better part of six years now, and the HeadBlade is easily the best way to to keep a smooth melon. Its unique ergonomic design is not only extremely practical, but the newest model - the HeadBlade ATX (pictured above) - is the most intuitive yet. It doesn't matter if you're a long-time HeadBlader (like me) or a newcomer to the headshaving scene, the ATX is easily the best way to shave your head.

Random Junk

  • Tumbuk2 Case for the Nexus 7 - It was actually designed for the Kindle Fire, but don't tell my N7 that.
  • Pilot V Ball Extra Fine Tip Pen - One of the greatest writing instruments under $6 ever crafted.
  • Laptop lock - I've never actually used this thing, but it's in my bag anyway. Maybe one day I'll feel comfortable leaving my laptop locked to a table at the coffee shop while I go pee. But I doubt it.
  • Glasses case and cleaning wipes - I don't always wear glasses, but when I do, I prefer clean lenses.
  • Various chargers and microUSB cables - Because batteries and file transfers and such.
  • A random knife - For slicing open packages. And throats.
  • Whatever earbuds I'm reviewing at the time - Currently, the Plantronics Backbeat Go. I like them.

That pretty much covers the gamut of the stuff I use and love. Feel free to drop any questions or comments down below.

Cameron Summerson
Cameron is a self-made geek, Android enthusiast, horror movie fanatic, musician, and cyclist. When he's not pounding keys here at AP, you can find him spending time with his wife and kids, plucking away on the 6-string, spinning on the streets, or watching The Texas Chainsaw Massacre on repeat.

  • Outrager

    I don't think it would be Nexii since you're using Nexus in the singular.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I said (Nexii?) because of the rumors that Google is going to announce multiple Nexus phones this year. ;)

      • Outrager

        I totally forgot about that. I thought the rumor was originally supposed to go along with the Nexus 7 + other tablets and when that didn't come I just figured it was a bad rumor.
        If it's still on for the phones, that would be awesome. Hopefully one of those will be a 32GB or more storage GSM version.

      • PhilNelwyn

        I think he meant that:

        "nexus (plural nexuses or nexus)
        [...]
        The Latin plural form (written nexûs or nexūs) is sometimes used in [...]."
        (Wikipedia)

      • ssj4Gogeta

        Sorry, but for some reason this always bugs me - Why Nexii and not Nexi?
        The plural of cactus is cacti not cactii
        The plural of radius is radii not radiii
        and so on.

  • DawsonsWeek

    Always interesting to see what the 'pros' are using. Thanks for sharing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/petrosclark Pete Clark

    On my S3 with Camera Upload enabled in Dropbox my screenshots are autouploaded. Does that not work on the GNex?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It does, but it throws all the images into one folder. I have several devices, and FolderSync gives me full control over what's uploaded and where it goes, so it's far more organized that Dropbox's native offering.

      • http://www.facebook.com/petrosclark Pete Clark

        In that case I shall have to check out this FolderSync you speak of.

        • atlouiedog

          There's a light version that has a couple of limitations, like no filters and is limited to two sync accounts, but should give you a good idea of how well it works. It's probably enough for some people without upgrading to the $2 paid version. I tried out several similar apps for a few days each and this is the one that I kept.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

          FolderSync is probably my #1 top Android app, ever. I can rave about it for hours.

  • Schrade13

    Plantronics BackBeat Go?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      It's a Bluetooth stereo headset I'm currently reviewing. It's probably the best I've used yet. http://www.plantronics.com/us/product/backbeat-go

      • silaslenz

        You wrote Logitech BackBeat Go :)

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          I caught that after the fact, lol. Fixed it. ;)

  • fixxmyhead

    hahaha for slicing throats

  • Alex Luckett

    A random knife - For slicing open packages. And throats.

    I laughed way too much at that.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Thanks. ;)

      • Peter Garlinski

        I'm actually quite concerned about y'all having knives, since David on the last 'What we use' post indicated he has a knife to cut fools! Hmmmm...I better run away while I have a chance!

  • Jaymoon

    Wow, pretty awesome to see a good number of commonalities I share with a fellow Android enthusiast!

    The Galaxy Nexus too is the phone that has quieted my obsession with trying "the next thing". Just goes to show how a solid pure-Android phone is what I've been looking for this whole time. ...and until the next Nexus comes out faster, bigger, and better, I'm perfectly fine avoiding the 3rd party interfaces and "enhancements".

    Also cool to see the same amount of great apps/utilities I have in common with you. Noticed Thumb Keyboard right off the bat, since I can't live without it! Not only that but gReader, YouVersion, and a handful of other great apps you mentioned that it's hard to get by day to day without.

    I'm really starting to enjoy the "What We Use" features!

  • aatifsumar

    Hahahhaha can't believe you featured the machine you use to shave your hair (on your head, hopefully)
    Great new feature though, AP!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      haha, it's one of my favorite things of all time. Had to include it!

      • Fatty McButter Pants

        I actually just started shaving my head bald this week in support of a cousin who is going through chemo right now. I've thought about just staying bald so this is something that I will definately have to try out!

        • Gav456

          That may seem trivial to some, but idc, you're a true hero!

          • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

            I second this. It's inspiring to see that level of support for a fellow human being.

      • Yarsh

        I have been shaving my head for years, and tried out the original HeadBlade. I would just end up cutting myself constantly with it. It may have been the blades themselves (which I found to be crap), because the idea is quite genius, but I was tired of bloody head wounds... For me, my trusty Gillette Fusion works excellently.

        • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

          You may want to check out the ATX, it's a completely different experience.

  • Anthony Benitez

    Great article, just use pretty much the same apps but I have some suggestions

    AK Notepad/Catch: I like the simplicity of AK but when I have to have more detail, I use catch, very similar to evernote and have updated the UI to more user friendly

    Solid Explorer 2: Best file manager EVER, and has root access and looks amazing, try it, I promise you will forget about ASTRO & Root Explorer

    Lastly XDA Forum: you know already know why

    Just passing on some suggestions like the person before me

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I use both Solid Explorer and Total Commander. Solid Explorer even has DiskUsage integration as of the last DU update. Love all of these apps.

      • Matthew Fry

        Nice! I've got both of those!

    • John

      Yep. Solid Explorer is the best I've ever used.

    • Gav456

      Solid is my explorer of choice, too. I still use DiskUsage stand-alone though as I find it the easiest way to spot redundant Rom zips and nandroid's I forget about in folders where they shouldn't be

    • Freak4Dell

      Totally agree on Solid Explorer. I was a ES fan before, but I haven't touched it lately. Solid does everything I want, and looks beautiful while doing it.

  • atlouiedog

    I love FolderSync so much. When I get home and my phone connects to my wifi it syncs any new pics and vids from my phone to my local storage which my computer then backs up both locally and to box.net.

    I like that it has the option to create a time stamped folder to help me organize instead of dumping them into one folder like other sync apps that I tried.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      I absolutely adore that app.

  • http://twitter.com/chisox05matt Matt

    very good article

  • Erik Cho

    This is sort of unrelated to the article itself. But where can I get that awesome sticker/decal you have on the back of your GNex?

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      That's a laser-etched battery door. The guy who made mine seems to be currently out of business, so I'm not sure where you can get one.

      • Erik Cho

        Oooh, nice. I guess I should be able to find someone that does laser etching in LA. Thanks!

      • atlouiedog

        My dad owns a laser engraver and I've been going back and forth on using it to put something on my phone. I'm a little wary as I'd have to take a stab at the power settings and there's an NFC chip right behind the area that I want to put it.

  • Eoin

    The Nexus series are awesome. I'm really interested to see what Artem carries around... i'm sure there will be lasers

  • serrastone

    Foldersync is awesome, I use it with Google Drive.

  • http://brgulker.wordpress.com/ brgulker

    I use Flick Notes with SimpleNote sync for writing these days. There are nice Mac and Windows apps to sync as well. I have joined the plain text revolution.

    I also started using Wunderlisy which I really like

    I use everything listed here as well.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I'm always interested in new writing apps. I'll definitely check those out.

  • New_Guy

    I'm with you on this one, Cameron. I don't understand some people's stance on tablets. I reach for mine before my phone almost every time. My phone has practically been relegated to a wifi hotspot for my tablet.

  • http://twitter.com/psych2L Joseph Lee

    Glad to see a fellow infinity owner, represent!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually reviewed that app when it was first released. In fact, that's my video in the Play Store listing!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1562156908 Guillermo Herrera

    I seriously love these articles, it's interesting to know what the mods carry around.

  • Amar

    Thanks Cameron for being so frank and humorous. Enjoy your posts for that reason. The HeadBlade was the highlight ;) I have a ponytail right now but headed to a bald look soon!
    As you cycle (one of my most pleasurable activities) I wonder if you have spotted this device that allows charging from the bicycle & cuts out power spikes. The Kit ships with a micro-USB adapter for many devices, see: http://www.thinkbiologic.com/products/reecharge-dynamo-kit

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Thanks for the kind words!

      I haven't seen that exact model of bike charger, but I got an email a few weeks ago about a similar one that also includes a pedal-powered headlight. Seems a little cumbersome to me, but a neat idea nonetheless.

  • LazarusDark

    *Jealous of your etched Gnex battery cover *
    I never received mine. Thankfully, Paypal refunded it though.

    Can't wait to get the N7, hopefully for Christmas. I use Youversion on the Gnex for my morning reading in the break room at work before work starts, but even on the 4.65 screen, I wish it were bigger. Have you tried the Youversion desktop site via Chrome on the N7? Because when I'm at home I always have it in parallel mode for cross checking different versions and I wondered how parallel mode would look in landscape on the N7 in Chrome.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I actually haven't tried that. I know they're working on a version of the app with a tablet interface, and I'm really hoping it has parallel mode. I also like to cross reference between multiple versions, so that would be so much easier than flipping back and forth all the time.

  • Wayne Randall

    I'm holding out for a writing implement round-up in a few more weeks.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

      Wut?

  • Deltaechoe

    Lawl, Cameron, you have the exact same android lineup as me /happyface

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      You, sir, have exquisite taste in gadgets.

  • 4wdaaron

    Cloudvault does google drive auto pic upload for free. I really like it. Works great and lots of options too

  • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

    Something I'd be interested in: What kind of gear do you use to record videos for reviews or when you record gameplay (if you don't record it on the device and put audio over it later)? What do you normally use when you are on the road at keynotes for hands on? And do you use any special microphones for podcasting or just your ordinary headset mic?

    Thanks :)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Good questions! For video reviews, I just use the Canon camera that I talked about in the post, regardless of what I'm shooting. I'm pretty happy with the results that I get out of it.

      For the podcast I use a standard USB headset with a cardioid mic (found here: http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0000ACCJA/ref=oh_details_o01_s00_i00) it's simple and gets the job done.

      So far as on the road goes, David and Artem usually handle the events, so I'll let them chime in with their gear specifics.

      • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Artem Russakovskii

        I use my T2i to take video and pictures at events - it doesn't autofocus with videos, unfortunately, but I've gotten pretty good at manual focusing. At events I hook it up directly to my laptop and snap pics straight to the hard drive where they get auto-watermarked and compressed with some internal tools. This makes covering events live a lot easier.

        I haven't found a good external mic yet for doing videos in noisy places that I'm satisfied with (I want it to be small and portable, yet high quality). Overall, with proper placement, the internal mic picks up voice pretty good - just have to remember to be on the correct side.

        For podcasts, when I participated, I used the Blue Microphone (in black): http://www.amazon.com/Blue-Microphones-Snowball-Microphone-Gloss/dp/B002OO18NS. It's pretty fantastic.

        • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

          Thank you for the answer! :)

      • http://twitter.com/TheGermian Roberto Giunta

        Thanks! :)

  • biggerguy_sf

    Thanks for the Tablet Talk recommendation. Bought it and LOVE it!

  • shakerya

    What you guys really need is a photograph with the AP member holding all of their stuff. In their hands.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I don't have that many hands.

  • Arcest

    I like much more Sony Vaio Z2 than Samsung Series 9, although has the problem that the fan is very noisy because is small and goes worse with time.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I haven't had a chance to mess with the Series 9, but I absolutely love Samsung laptops. I'm not sure I can ever go to another brand after having my Series 7.

      • Arcest

        Well, even a chance to the MacBook Pro? You can have OS X and Windows 8 running natively, and the hardware is not bad. Not talking about the Retina, which is quite expensive.

        How does perform the Samsumg 9 fan in terms of noise and vibration?

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100001482286220 Karan Ocs

    man you're leaving in heaven (:geekeyes:)
    :Di loved your wallpaper can i get that too?!

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      I updated the post to include the wall. Enjoy!

  • Steven Pickle

    You definitely need to give Koush's Tabletsms/Desksms a shot. I've used Tablettalk before but I find Tabletsms to be a much better experience.

  • dewid

    While scrolling down skimming through the article I kinda blurred together a couple of lines (the last one about the Headblade and the tile of the next section) and thus thought I'd read: "
    the ATX is easily the best way to shave your junk".
    I was lucky I wasn't drinking anything or the screen would now be covered in it..

  • Aman Yajurvedi

    I want to know if you and/or david use group messaging software. Gtalk does not handle groups and WhatsApp has been plagued with issues. I seem to be having difficulty settling on choosing one among my circle of friends.

  • http://www.facebook.com/jure.suklje Jure Šuklje

    That's a beautifull wallpaper! Can we have it? ;)

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Sure thing. I'll add it to the post.

  • tjennhw

    Good read.

    Foldersync? Dropbox already uploads photos and screenshots automatically. That doesn't make Foldersync or Dropsync useless, but dropbox auto upload is great. Tablettalk? Sounds fine but Google Voice is just awesome. Getting voicemail transcriptions with addresses you can click or phone numbers you can click on and even on your laptop is fun.

    • http://www.androidpolice.com/ Cameron Summerson

      Dropbox's auto-upload feature is nice, but it isn't customizable at all. It pushes everything to the Camera Uploads folder. When you have as many devices as I do, organization is a necessity, and FolderSync gives me that. I have separate folders for each device, so I know exactly where to go to get what I'm looking for.