25 Best Android Apps for Designers

Android phones are smartphones that can carry various applications to help you get almost any kind of work done. These phones are highly user-friendly and are perfect for all those who wish to personalize their cell phone experience to an optimum level.  You might  experience android news regarding various smart phones where you can use these android apps. and These applications can serve all kinds of specialized purposes, one of which is that of digital art! Read on to find out more about the 25 most useful android apps for designers.

Pho.to Lab

Photo has a collection of over 555 effects photo editing and manipulation. These include photo frames, photo filters, face photo montages, animated effects. You can use these effects for the expression of your creativity.
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Camera Effects

Use this app to turn normal photography into pieces of art. Also, it allows you to preview all effects instantly and then share the pictures using facebook and other social networks.
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Magic Canvas

Magic canvas is an app, for Android phones, that allows you to change the color of specific areas, with a brush size that is scalable and also offers masked and colored view options.
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BeFunky Photo Editor

Already being one of the most famous photo editing applications on the web, BeFunky, is now also available on Android. It allows you to edit pictures, add amazing frames and about 20 special effects to them, and save them on your smart phone.
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Fx Camera

This Android app let’s you snap photos in different effect modes like Polandroid and Toycam, that adds toy effects to your photo; Cartoon, which makes your photos appear like comics or manga.

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Color Pop – Pop Colors

This android app allows you to turn your image into black and white mode and then bring back colors in extremely selected areas only. It includes features like saturation control, zoom, trackball support, preview, left-handed mode, as well as color correction.
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Dash of Color Free

Dash of Color is an Android application that let’s you color selective areas of black and white pictures. It has an easy-to-use, yet perceptive user interface and the features are designed in a way that the user gets exactly what he’s looking for.
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Photo Illusion

This android graphic application allows you to edit pictures by adding effects as well as filters. These high definition images can retain their quality even after cropping and resizing!
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PicSay

The free edition of this amazing android app lets you add spice and flavor to your photos by adding clipart, distortion as well as text. All this comes in an extremely friendly and perceptive interface!
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Glow Paint

Glow Paint is an application for Android smart phones that lets you draw on your smart phone by neon paints using the touch screen and fingers. You may one amongst ten paint colors, a number of templates and patterns for backgrounds. The best part is that it also allows the use of the undo and redo options, so that the last brush stroke can be corrected.
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Reduce Photo Size

Basic functions of this application are to alter the size of any image that you have on your phone. Specific features also include selective photo shrinking and image cropping.
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Image Shrink Lite

Now the ease to diminish your most useful photos is just a click away with this amazing app. E-mailing smaller pictures becomes extremely easy by using this app.
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Image Resizer

The new image resize application introduces the image resize tool which allows multiple pictures to be resized together along with changing the size of your basic directory files.
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PicWorld-Best Images Engine

Searching for new images is not a problem anymore as PicWorld is a mobile app which allows the user to browse for all sorts of pictures. This app is ideal for locating wallpapers and popular images.
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PicGet

This is a relatively simple image finding tool that anyone can use. The app searches for images from popular websites such as Google, Bing and Yahoo. What’s more is that selected pictures are conveniently saved into your SD card for future use.
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NASA Images Archive

Space lovers, gear up: because the largest collection of NASA space pictures are now available on the android market. NASA image archive is an awesome app that holds more than 60,000 images including a brief description of their background. For relative ease, the pictures have been divided into five categories.
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JustPictures!

If you are looking for pictures and prefer to search from multiple webpages, then this is the perfect app for you. JustPictures allows you to browse through pictures from all your favorite platforms including Picasa, Twitter, Facebook and Windows live. All this and more is available on a single user interface.
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Image Search

This application works by searching for pictures using Google API. Pictures may be selected and downloaded by long tapping on the specific image or visiting the containing website. Downloaded images may be accessed from the SD card.
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Fontest

Without wasting a moment you can now select your favorite writing font for your android cellphone using this amazing typography tool called Fontest.
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Fontroid

Creating new handwriting fonts for social use has become possible by using androids new font creating app, Fontroid. What’s new about this app is that everyone can create different fonts and upload them to be used by other users.
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Gallery++ CM

An additional feature to androids original image viewing tool, the Gallery ++ CM provides more high definition photo viewing. This application is available for android OS 2.1 and above.
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Gallery+

Gallery+ provides a new 3D image viewing experience. Now you can manage all your photos and videos by sorting them into albums and folders for convenient access directly off your smartphone.
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Gallery Lock Lite

This application is ideal for those android users who thrive on privacy. Gallery Lock Lite manages your photos by protecting them from unwanted attention by putting a password on all your picture folders.
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PhotoGrid

PhotoGrid is the amazing new Smartphone application that helps make unique pictures by combining single pictures and converting them into beautiful collages. Selecting thumbnail photos as now become extremely easy.
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Pototshake

Compiling photos for social networking sites is at the tip of your fingers with the new android app, Photoshake. The app works by assembling various photos and converting them into one distinct photo to be shared with your friends and family.
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Featured: Top 10 Best Voice Assistant / Siri Like Apps for Android

As much as I’m sure us Android fans hate to admit, Siri is pretty cool. Whilst it hardly works a lot of the time and is marketed a little like a gimmick, it still has some pretty good uses. Of course, the problem here is, if you don’t like Siri and would like to try something else, Apple makes that crazy hard for you on the iPhone. Here in the land of the Droid however, we don’t have that problem and so, we’re able to choose from any number of great apps that developers have put together for us .Now Google Now Users on Jelly Bean make ask why as the feature is already pretty good, well these apps all offer different type of features that you may fancy more. Let Android Headlines once again go through the good, the bad and the ugly with another Top Ten!
10. Angie Beta

Even though this app is currently in beta there’s no shortage of what the app can do. You can ask it a number of different things, including the obvious such as what’s the weather and searching the web. Beyond this the app will also find you near by shops and restaurants as well. The devs are looking for feedback about the app so, why not get stuck in and see what’s what.

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9. Jeannie (Like Siri)

Pannous, the devs behind this app have pinned Jeannie as “like Siri” whether or not that sells to you depends on whether or not depends on how much you dislike Apple. The app itself, is a little like Voice Actions on steroids, with a number of Siri like commands you can throw at it to deliver you results similar to that of S Voice and Google Now. Whilst the app’s graphics aren’t fantastic it seems to get the job done for the low, low price of free.
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8. Robin

Another app that’s still in Beta, Robin delivers assistant functionality with some serious style. It looks slick, it acts slick and there’s the usual gamut of commands it’ll respond to and then some. The unique selling point of Robin is that to activate the app you need only perform a gesture that involves the phone’s proximity sensor which is going to be great in the car. The support team seems to be very active as well, which is always important.
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7. Omega – Virtual Assistant
Whilst a little on the pricey side, Omega certainly looks like it’s been polished to no end. This assistant just might appeal to you Sci-Fi fans out there – like this one, right here – as there’s some clear HAL type stylings here. Omega will respond to the usual array of commands as well as some more adventurous types that might be just what you’re looking for. Their website has all the commands you could need as well. A great app, if a little pricey.
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6. Assistant from Speaktoit

If you were looking for something a little different from the normal Siri-alikes out there, then Speaktoit have your back with their ‘Assistant’. Instead of the usual speak and have the answer displayed in front of you, Assistant takes an original and obvious spin on the category. By presenting you with an actual assistant – which takes a number of different forms – the app will ask you to speak or type naturally to the assistant and the assistant will understand what you want to do. You don’t have to remember specific commands, just talk to it and the app will strip out what you want to get done.
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5. Skyvi (Siri For Android)

Sometimes the best idea is to just stick as close to the original as possible, this is what BlueTornado have done with their app, even pinning it as the Siri for Android. Skyvi certainly holds its own when it comes to the voice assistant game. With an extensive list of things Skyvi can execute ob your command, as well as add-ons this makes for a compelling choice of assistant. Currently, the app is again, in beta but it’s also FREE for a limited time so, I suggest you hurry!
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4. Everfriends – Virtual Assistants

The truly unique addition to this list has to be Everfriends, a virtual assistant that literally puts an assistant in your hand. Whilst that seems a little strange, the app has a lot to offer around the concept, there’s a number of characters, mostly women and a strange Gizmo lookalike chracter. Everfriends focusses on delivering the usual stuff you1ve come to expect in a refreshing manner and it certainly delivers on that front, making weather forecasts and web searches even more fun. It’s free however, to get the assistants to speak aloud it asks for some cash so, keep that in mind.
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3. Vlingo Virtual Assistant

A lot of you out there will have heard of Vlingo and if you didn’t before Android 2.2 hit with Voice Actions you did because, after that, they went free on the play store and have been getting better and better with each release. What sets Vlingo apart from the rest is polish, a lot of these apps have some real power and a large feature set but, they’re either stuck in beta or a little buggy. Thanks to the developers experience in the market the app is solid and reliable.
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2. AIVC (Alice)

Minimal and powerful are the two words that come to mind when describing this app. The team behind the app have gone to lengths to make sure that AIVC can easily become your best friend in your phone. They’re are a massive amount of commands that Alice will respond to and they’re mostly questions which is nice as, let’s face it, you wanna know something, you ask a question. AIVC could well become the most used app on your phone.

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1. EVA and EVAN Virtual Assistants

These two are amongst the most popular voice assistant apps and whilst their full versions are pretty pricey for an app, you won’t regret paying it as these pair will see you through a lot of of your digital day-to-day life and do so in style. They’re a couple of versions, EVA and EVAN, so take your pick depending on whether you’d like a lady or a man assistant. These assistants come with specialties as well, such as home automation with Insteon, making these guys fantastic if you truly live in the future! The below takes you to the developer’s page in the Play Store so you can choose which you’d like to try.
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5 Best Siri Alternatives for Android

iPhone 4S was released just a few days back and the thing that received most of the attention was the new personal voice assistant called Siri. It is an awesome feature that has the ability of converting your speech into action and you can use it to perform most of the tasks on your iPhone 4S. But what to do if you are using an Android phone and want to get the Siri like personal voice assistant?
This is where we can help you as today we have a list of 5 Awesome Siri Alternatives for Android that will let you take advantage of Siri like personal voice assistant on your Android phone. But keep in mind that these tools can only bring some features of Siri to your Android phones and not all them — they will not be as complete and as good as Siri.

Speaktoit Assistant

Speaktoit Assistant is a free app for Android phone. It is a virtual buddy for your device and utilizes natural language technology for responding to questions, finding information, launching apps and connecting you with many web services like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Foursquare etc.
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Vlingo

Vlingo is a very popular voice based app. It is your Virtual Assistant and you can perform tasks quickly and easily simply by speaking to Vlingo. You have the ability of performing many tasks using Vlingo like voice calling, updating Facebook status, sending an SMS, searching the web, getting directions and lauching an ap.Vlingo

Google Voice Search

Google Voice Search is an app from Google that can be used to do a quick search on your phone, the web, and nearby locations by speaking to it. Calling your contacts, getting directions, and controlling your phone with Voice Actions is possible.
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Edwin

Edwin is a great voice assistant app for Android that can be used to tweet, text, translate, weather and convert etc, all by speaking. You have the ability of making calls, texting, and performing many other tasks using this app. In order to use this app you are required to install SpeechSynthesis and TTS Extended apps. All these apps are free of cost.
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Iris

Iris is yet another voice assistant but it is still in beta. Iris is the reverse of Siri and it was inspired from the iPhone feature Siri. Iris interacts with you in voice!
IrisYou can always use a combination of these apps to take the best advantage of voice assistant for your Android phone.
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How to use your Android phone as a Wi-Fi hotspot -- for free

Android WiFi HotspotAside from the specifics of my change, one thing that keeps coming up is my remark about how Verizon makes you pay to use Android's Wi-Fi hotspot feature -- and how easy it is to get around that restriction.
So what's the secret to getting free Android hotspot functionality on any carrier? It's actually quite simple, and you don't even have to root your phone to do it.
Android Wi-Fi hotspot: The carrier-connected workaround
All right -- ready? Here's all you have to do:
1. Install a third-party power widget app. I like Extended Controls; Wi-Fi hotspot functionality aside, it's a cool utility with lots of useful features and customization potential. And it only costs 99 cents.
2. Add an Extended Controls widget to your home screen (look for the widget called "Extended Controls (1x1)"). When you add the widget, the app will automatically prompt you to configure it. In the setup, select "Add new toggle," then select "Hotspot Wi-Fi" and tap the "Apply" button at the bottom of the screen.
(If you want to customize the look of the widget, you can do so by tapping the "Theme" button before selecting "Apply." If you want to put additional toggles on the widget, meanwhile, start with one of the larger Extended Controls widget options -- 1x2, 1x3, or 1x4 -- and set it up as you wish.)
That's it! You can now activate a Wi-Fi hotspot on your phone anytime you want; just tap the new widget on your home screen to toggle the function on or off.
(Note: This setup may not work on all devices. If it doesn't do the trick on your phone, a free app called FoxFi is a good alternative to try. FoxFi doesn't function with Android 4.1, unfortunately, so it's a short-term solution -- and some carriers appear to be taking steps to hide it from users on their networks -- but if you're able to find and download it, it should have you covered for now.)
Android Wi-Fi hotspot: Some perspective and words of warning
How's this little workaround work, you might be wondering? In short, Wi-Fi hotspot functionality is a feature that's built natively into Android; some carriers, like Verizon, modify the software so that it prompts you to pay extra when you try to activate it via the phone's main settings menu. The hotspot functionality itself, however, is still present; this process just activates it directly, circumventing any menu-level modifications.
Speaking of which, you should know that some carriers may not love the idea of you using your phone as a hotspot without subscribing to their special plans. It may even be a violation of the fine print in some 70,000-word usage agreement. Your carrier may scream, cry, issue a nominal fee, or string you up by your toes if they discover you're doing it.
Just between you and me, as long as you don't suddenly start burning through copious amounts of data, the odds of anyone noticing are probably pretty low. People (erm, no one in particular, of course) have been doing this for a long time without any problems. Still, you should read through your carrier's usage agreement and make sure you understand its policies before deciding if you want to proceed. Like with all non-officially-endorsed procedures, this is an adventure you'll have to embark on at your own risk.

Finally, remember that data used with a Wi-Fi hotspot still counts as data used from your plan. In other words, if you have a limited data plan for your phone, keep track of how many bytes you're using; whether it's on your phone or via a hotspot, it all comes out of the same pot -- and you don't want to hit your monthly cap too soon.
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9 Android Apps for Blogging from Your Smart Phone

At one point or another, almost all of us have tried blogging in some form.  Whether it be sitting down on your computer and logging into Blogger.com or micro-blogging with services like twitter from your cell phone, chances are good you have tried your hand at something.  Heck, even AndroidGuys, and many of your favorite tech sites use WordPress to “blog” the news.  While some of you like to stay on top of things and push out time sensitive articles, others like to offer up random bits of information whenever the urge strikes.  Thankfully, that Android phone you have in your pocket is a valuable tool to help you no matter what your needs are. 
We’ve put together a quick list of ten applications to help current and aspiring bloggers handle things from an Android phone.  Now, as with all of our lists, we know this is not comprehensive, nor is it ever complete.  That’s where we turn to you guys.  If you have an app that you are using for blogging purposes, share it with the rest of us.  Leave a comment below with the name of the application so that we can check it out.  As time passes, we’ll revisit some of our lists and amend them with new titles!
  1. WordPress (Official Client) – Has been improving slowly and steadily since it first debuted in the Android Market.  While it might not be the ideal experience to do a lot of blogging, it’s great for creating drafts and/or editing work done by others.  With no visual editor, it does rely on knowledge of basic HTML/PHP/CSS coding.  We’d love to see a tablet friendly version that takes advantage of fragments.
  2. Tumblr (Official Client) -Simple and straightforward application for a simple and straightforward blogging service.  Clean and easy to post text, quotes, links, pictures, etc.
  3. Posterous (Official Client) – Post to your personal, public site or private groups with this sharp looking application.  No frills or clutter to get in the way of sharing your thoughts whenever inspiration strikes.
  4. Blogger (Official Client) - Oddly enough, this Google app is the latest of the big blogging tools to hit the Android Market.  As one would expect, it lets users create new articles add pictures, labels, and more.  Not quite as feature-rich as third party alternatives, we expect Google to roll updates out on a regular basis.
  5. AnyPost – More micro-blogging than conventional blogging, this app supports Ping.fm so it syncs Twitter, Facebook, MySpace, and more.  Toss a photo or geo-location in and spice up your words.
  6. Blogger-Droid – Until Google released the official app, this was a popular alternative.  Users can view, edit, and delete posts as well as upload images, view comments, and post comments.  Available in both free (ad-supported) and paid ($3.16 US) versions.
  7. Pixelpipe – Manage blogs posts for more than 75 services including Blogger, TypePad, WordPress, MoveableType, tumbler, and LiveJournal.  Also supports other tools and services such as Facebook, Flickr, Picasa, Blogger, Twitter, Foursquare, and Dropbox.
  8. Moby – Share text, audio, pictures, and videos across a couple dozen social networking and blogging services.  Supports big players like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, WordPress, Blogger, LiveJournal, and Netlog.
  9. MyTumblr – With a gorgeous look and rich set of features, it’s easy to see why this app has more been downloaded over 50,000 times.  Available in free (ad-supported) and paid flavors, users can view a full dashboard of options, submit every Tumblr type of post, set notifications, integrate with Twitter, and stream audio and video posts.
Now, we know we’ve got a good list here, but there are bound to apps that you might prefer over the titles listed above.  What have you been using on your Android phone to stay connected to your blog?  Leave a comment below and let us know what else we should be considering!
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6 Ways To Take Screenshots On Android

Whether you’re a blogger taking screenshots of Android apps or just someone that wants to show off their Android setup to your friends, the process of taking screenshots can be a pain. While Android 4.0 offers a built-in way to take screenshots, that’s little consolation if you’re still using an older version of the Android operating system.
No matter what device you have, you can take a screenshot without rooting your device. But rooting your device offers you some neat tricks — even if you’re using Android 4.0. You can take screenshots by shaking your device or wirelessly via a web browser.

Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)

If you’re using Android 4.0 or later, this is easy. Just press and hold the Volume Down and Power buttons at the same time. You’ll see an animation on the screen, indicating that the screenshot was saved. Android will save the screenshot to your Gallery. Launch the Gallery app and tap Screenshots to view and share your screenshots.
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Android SDK

You can take screenshots on any Android device using Google’s Android SDK. After you’ve set up the Android SDK, all you have to do is connect your Android phone or tablet to your computer with its USB cable and fire up the SDK.
This isn’t the most user-friendly application to set up, but it’s easy to use once you’ve set it up. We’ve got a guide to setting up the SDK and taking screenshots.

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AShot aka Android Screen Capture

AShot is a free, open-source way to take screenshots of your Android device from your computer. It requires the Android SDK installed and properly configured. AShot offers a variety of advantages over the Android SDK screenshot feature, including near-real-time streaming of your Android’s screen to the Ashot application on your computer. You won’t have to keep clicking the Refresh button, as in the SDK. For more information, check out our AShot walkthrough.
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Manufacturer Shortcuts

Some manufacturers build special screenshot shortcuts into their pre-Android 4.0 devices. For example, on many Samsung Android devices, including the Galaxy Note and Galaxy S II (pre-Ice Cream Sandwich versions), you can press the Home and Power buttons at the same time to take a screenshot – in practice, you’ll press and hold the Home button, then quickly press the Power button. On the Galaxy S, press and hold the Back button and the Power button, or try pressing the Back button and double-tapping the Home button.
Different pre-Android 4.0 devices use a variety of different shortcuts – give it a Google and you might find that your device has a built-in screenshot shortcut you don’t know about.
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Device-Specific Apps

These manufacturer-specific hooks into the OS allow some apps to provide an easy-to-use, on-device way to take screenshots.  For example, Samsung Galaxy S, Galaxy Tab, and Galaxy S II (pre-ICS) users can use Screen Capture Shortcut Free to capture screenshots without rooting their phones.
Another example of a device-specific app is AndroSS, which can take screenshots on Android without root access on Tegra devices. If you’re not sure whether a device-specific app exists for your device, search the Google Play Store and see.
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Root Apps

The reason you have to jump through the hoops above instead of simply installing a screenshot app is because of Android’s security model. Android doesn’t allow apps to view your device’s screen – this could be a security problem. For example, a malicious app could spy on your online banking sessions. There’s no permission apps can request to take screenshots.
To give an app permission to view your screen, you’ll need to root your Android. After rooting your Android, you can install one of the many screenshot applications that require root from Google Play. There are many options to choose from, although many of them are paid apps. aScreenshot is a free app that worked for me. You can take a screenshot in a variety of ways, including shaking your device, tapping a notification, or setting a delay. Other apps have similar features.
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AirDroid, an awesome free app we’ve covered in the directory, also supports screenshots on rooted devices. You can take screenshots wirelessly via your web browser. AirDroid can control many other aspects of your device from a browser, too.
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How do you take screenshots on your Android device? Leave a comment and let us know which method you prefer.
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

Introduction:

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Some high-tech cell phone models get the same attention as movie stars and the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 makes for an illustrative example. The device has haunted our news section on a weekly basis since the first time we caught wind of it last summer. Some of you that do not share our excitement about cell phones may wonder why this... and here is the answer:

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is the first Android device of the manufacturer and the operating system itself has been causing quite a stir in the cell phone world in the last year. The handset comes with downright monstrous hardware features and as of today, there is simply no other cell phone based on the same platform to rival the X10 and we hardly need to say anything other than “4-inch screen, 1GHz Snapdragon processor and 8.1-megapixel camera”, although Timescape and Mediascape add a truly unique touch to the interface personalization.

We are beginning our review of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in high spirits and with sky-rocketing expectations. Despite the almost irresistible desire to tear the box open the minute we got it in our hands, we took time to notice it does remind of boxes that handsets like the HTC HD2 and HTC Hero come in. In other words: small, white and elongated. This does not come as a surprise really, because the current trend dictates that manufacturers should use the least amount of materials in order to make boxes as ecologically-friendly as possible. So, what´s inside?

-    Sony Ericsson Xperia X10
-    8GB microSD card
-    Headphones
-    Wall charger
-    USB cable (plugs into the charger)
-    User guide

Just like most cell phones these days, the Xperia X10 comes without a carrying pouch. The boxed headset is actually the MH500 that happens to be one of the best pairs that can be found with Sony Ericsson devices these days (we first saw it with the Xperia X2).


Design:

If we have to describe the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 in just one word, it would be “BIG”. In two words – „VERY BIG”. In three... Ok, let´s just not run to extremes here, shall we? It´s only logical the handset is on the bulky side, given the huge, 4-inch display it integrates. Some people would probably be more than happy to live with the massive overall size of the Sony Ericsson X10, but we need to point out this is not a cell phone you can use with one hand. Similarly to the HTC HD2 that is a tad wider actually, you will not be able to reach the farthest parts of the screen with your thumb if holding it in one hand. Fortunately, the back is slightly curved and the X10 fits well in hand. The weight is properly balanced, meaning the cell phone is not overly hefty and discomforting to carry around in your pocket, although you will be aware of its presence at all times.

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 fits well in hand - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 fits well in hand - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 fits well in hand - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 fits well in hand

Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

You can compare the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 with many other phones using our Size Visualization Tool.

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Next to HTC HD2 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
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Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
Well, we have already found out the 4-inch display equates to a bulky size, but what else does it bring? For one, good image quality, that´s for sure. It features native resolution of 480x854 pixels, but the rather modest, for a device that rolls out in 2010, 65k color support. The screen utilizes TFT technology and its colors are saturated, especially the dominating blue. Still, we cannot say the overall image quality is as impressive as what the Samsung Wave S8500 and its Super AMOLED screen delivers. The display remains usable in direct sunlight, which is great news indeed, but we cannot say it´s something breath-taking really. By the way, the screen comes without oleophobic coating, meaning it can get dirty quite easily.

The capacitive screen sports great sensitivity and is not troublesome to use at all. Still, we need to point out that it doesn’t support multitouch, although this is a software restriction that can be removed later on. There is a small LED indicator above the screen that notifies you of various events – blinks at received messages and glows steadily when you charge the device. UPDATE: Sony Ericsson explained that the lack of multitouch is a hardware issue. This means that you won't be able to get multitouch support by installing additional software.

The hardware buttons on the front side allow you to quickly access the main menu, go to the home screen or get a step back in menus. All told, they are large enough and feature pleasing travel. There are small light indicators in between that help you locate the buttons in the dark. Due to the huge overall size of the handset, you may find it hard to press these with your thumb when holding the X10 in one hand. We didn’t encounter any issues relating to the buttons on either side, i.e. the volume rocker, camera shutter and power on/off keys, but they are relatively rarely used anyway.

The Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 can be charged and connected to a PC via normal microUSB port. It´s located on the top side and is well-hidden under a handy, plastic flap. The 3.5mm jack is right next to it and its presence is probably great news for everyone who dislikes Sony Ericsson earphones
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review

The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 - Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 Review
The sides of the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10


All told, the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 is a well made cell phone with great build quality. The plastics it´s made from appears proper and robust. The chrome framing is an enjoyable counterpoint and lends color to the overall design. Those of you with keen interest in the exact impression they make will be happy to find out that the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 will indeed attract the attention of people around you... Not noticing the X10 is like failing to see Godzilla crunching a snack at table next to you. It´s just that handsets with such enormous displays are still scarcer than chicken teeth. The fact they are not extremely comfortable to use on a daily basis is... another matter. Perhaps this is why the manufacturer has created the Xperia X10 mini and X10 mini pro.


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