Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Cheap Android Phones (for Developers)

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UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

Just last week I got myself a Samsung Vitality Android Phone from Cricket, then just now I saw an article with a title “Top 5 Reasons You Should Avoid Cheap Android Smartphones” in AndroidAuthority, I can’t help myself to not write a post with counter arguments. 😀

I believe the author has valid reasons, so although some of the reasons I have below can apply to most people in general, this article is actually targeted toward the software developers who are just starting to develop app for Android phones. Continue reading “Top 5 Reasons Why You Should Buy Cheap Android Phones (for Developers)”

Create Android Apps Series: Best Cheap Android Phone for Development – Samsung R720 Vitality Phone (CDMA) Review

Samsung R720 Vitality Phone from Cricket

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

As I’m starting to get serious with Android app development, I realized that using the Android Virtual Device (AVD) is really not the way to go. Until now, it’s very slow to start (snapshot helped a bit), and it’s prone to problems.

I told myself that this can’t go on like this, and I should get myself an Android phone.

Why not use the Asus Transformer tablet I have? Because I’m still learning how to develop apps for phone screen size, not tablet. Besides, I need to test the apps I made in the Android Gingerbread, which is the most common Android version out there (58.6% distribution), while my Asus Transformer is installed with Ice Cream Sandwich already (1.0% distribution).

So the search for Android phone was on since last week. The problem is I already have a phone, and I don’t plan to shell out too much money for a new one, so I was looking for a non-contract Android phone.

Quick search on Amazon resulted some options, but in the end I bought this Samsung R720 Vitality CDMA Phone yesterday from BestBuy for $50, and it’s really a steal.

Check out my review below.

*Since this post is more about how the phone perform for developing apps, I will not review much about it’s other specifications. Continue reading “Create Android Apps Series: Best Cheap Android Phone for Development – Samsung R720 Vitality Phone (CDMA) Review”

Asus Transformer TF101 + Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich Update = Awesome!

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

Just updated my Asus Transformer last Friday to Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS) and I couldn’t be any happier.

I was hesitant at first since my experience with OS upgrade for my iPod touch 3rd generation to iOS 5 equal slower response. So I thought maybe the same thing would apply if I upgraded my Asus Transformer tablet to ICS.

Yet, the upgrade notification bugged me, and I read some people response were good last Friday, so I thought “Whatever.. let’s just upgrade it!”. And yes, it was great! So let’s check what changed..
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Asus Transformer Android Tablet (TF101) Review

Asus Transformer Android Tablet TF101

UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

I’ve bought this tablet for more than two months but I just got a chance to review it, for some reason I don’t review gadget as fast as I used to. :p

But yeah, as tablets are getting more ubiquitous around us, I hope this review can help you to decide if Asus Transformer is the right tablet for you. Continue reading “Asus Transformer Android Tablet (TF101) Review”

How to Install Eclipse ADT, Android SDK, and setup AVD Emulator

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UPDATE: For more resources about how to develop Android apps, check my “Learning How to Create Android Apps Series“.

A couple of weeks ago I was so fortunate to get the opportunity working with the Android SDK development in my job (Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 :)).

Compared with Android mobile app development using the Adobe Flex 4.5, the Android SDK may be a bit more tricky to do, so to document my experience I created this blog post (and maybe some more posts in the future).

To start developing Android apps, we need to install the Eclipse ADT, Android SDK (obviously..), and setup the AVD. Continue reading “How to Install Eclipse ADT, Android SDK, and setup AVD Emulator”