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Blogging and Android: The Tools I Can’t Live Without [My Life Scoop]

In the last post of my series over at Intel’s My Life Scoop site, I went away from simply talking about apps and Android. Since MLS is a tech site that wants tips and tricks for life, I decided to focus a bit more on the profession that I’m so lucky to be a part of, and that’s “blogging” or online journalism. It’s basically a walk-through of my daily setup of tools, gadgets, and travel gear. Whether I’m sitting at my desk or on-the-go to a mobile event, this is the stuff that helps keep Droid Life up and running so that you won’t miss any of the major stories that come across the wire.

In the post, I talk about how Chrome can power an entire business from anywhere in the globe. I also discuss the phone(s) that I use on a daily basis. If you didn’t know already, it’s still a Galaxy Nexus (both GSM and LTE) probably 80% of the time. Even with the sub-par camera and the release of mega-powerhouses like the One X and Galaxy S3, I still find reasons to go back to a Nexus. You will even find out the camera I use to take pictures of phones with, the bags I use during travel, and some of the other fun accessories that I can’t live without.

To check out the entire post, head over to My Life Scoop.

In case you missed the first two of my MLS posts, you can find them below:

  • Hows that Spigen Klasden Neumann for the 15″ Macbook? You use it so I assume it fits well, but considering the Spigen website said it fits only 13″ Macbooks. Looking for a Messenger bag to replace my bulky backpack for office trips. Have a 15″ Macbook as well.

    Can anyone recommend any great Messenger Bags?

  • Adam Collins

    MAC?! 🙁

    • Steve Wojciechowski

      That’s what I say! It’s like Glen Matlock from the Sex Pistols liking the Beatles!

  • interstellarmind

    Hey Kellex, what’s the phone in the book like folio case in the picture of this post? And where can I get a folio case like that (exactly what I’m looking for in a case for my phones).

    • mustbepbs

      It’s a Nexus 7 tablet.

    • JoshGroff

      Case: Portenzo BookCase.

    • JoshGroff

      The case is a Portenzo BookCase.

  • Few questions: Why Box over Drive? Why no chromebook/box? Think you could convince Grid to go Android (link following)?

    • JoshGroff

      I was wondering why Box over Dropbox. Haven’t tried Drive yet (mainly because I have 50GB free storage on Dropbox until 2013.)

    • gkinsella2

      Agreed. And if you use TiBU, it now lets you sync to Drive.

  • I’m confused, I keep hearing everyone on this blog/forum bash the Nexus camera. I’ve had a Nexus since the second week of the release and my camera is fantastic. The shutter is incredibly fast and it takes excellent pictures. It may not be a 15MP camera, but the quality of the the pictures I’ve taken has been amazing for a smartphone camera – much better than my wife’s Droid RAZR which has a slow shutter and blurry results. At first I thought maybe I just got lucky and received one that had a good camera, but every Nexus owner I’ve spoken to in the real world loves the camera. Are others seeing different performance?

    • TheWenger

      The Nexus camera’s fantastic if you have tons of light. But as soon as you start to get a little dark, and if you want to avoid using flash, it performs pretty badly.

      • NexusPhan69

        You beat me too it. I completely agree.

        • I actually expect low light pictures without the flash to be bad. After all, it’s a cell phone camera, not a 35mm with 1000 speed film. Every picture in decent light or with a flash I’ve taken has looked very good. Thanks for clearing things up though, at least now I understand where all the criticism is coming from.

          • michael arazan

            Ihad the D1 and my second was the nexus. Both 5mp. But the nexus has way better noise reduction and less pixilated image when you zoom in. With my droid 1 when you zoom in a lot it starts to look like a Monet Painting or like someone who is near sighted and blurs colors. The Nexus 5 mp is way cleaner and is about 10x better than the old 5mp.

    • NexusPhan69

      The low light pictures (the vast majority of the pictures I take are low light) are horrible. Even with the amazing flash on the phone, they always come out noisy and blurry.

    • JoshGroff

      Motorola has notoriously bad cameras, so it comes as no surprise that the G-Nex beats it. If you were to compare it to say the Rezound, it wouldn’t look as good (then again, that could be largely due to the Rezound’s screen, I’d use a PC to compare the pictures side by side.)

      • I haven’t had the opportunity to compare pictures from a Rezound to pictures from the Nexus, and most of our phones have been Motorola except for the Nexus. We’ve had the OG Droid, Droid 2, Droid X, and no the Razr. I can’t say any of them have been too horrible, but the Nexus makes them look like a keychain “spy” camera.

        • JoshGroff

          Well, they aren’t the worst, but I considering I started my android journey with the HTC Sensation, and having owned various other HTC phones (as well as the Bionic, Droid X2, LG G2X, and iPhone 4) I guess I’ve been led to expect more than what Motorola offers when it comes to phone cameras.

    • Try using a Rezound and the difference is quickly noticed!

    • btc5472

      Same with me. I have an amazing camera on my galaxy nexus. There are times where things look very yellow. But that is always on doors because of the yellowish lighting. And my flash can always fix yellow walls and everything. I’m very happy with my camera

  • Mark F

    Nice post!

  • Drew

    Thank god. There are others like me that have a mac book and also worship android.

    • John

      There are lots. I’m still not a fan but they make great laptops. If you can afford it, there’s no reason not to.

    • JoshGroff

      They are pretty awesome, if it weren’t for the fact that there’s a lot of windows dependent games (mainly League of Legends,) I would consider making the switch. Couple that with the fact that I can dual-boot Windows and Linux (Ubuntu) and emulate OSX (not sure if I can install it and do a tri-boot type set-up) and I’ll be stuck on Windows for a little longer.

      When it comes to editing, I hear they have some top notch software.

      • Tweekex

        Depends on what editing you are doing. As a video editor, I prefer Windows to OSX. Also, +1 for the League of Legends comment 🙂

        LoL too stronk.

        • JoshGroff

          4G Reaper (been maining Sona as of late.)

          Also, what software do you use for Video Editing? (Not that I use it much, but it’s always a nice skill to have)

          • Tweekex

            Nice! I’ll have to add you, my IGN is the same as my name on here. I main ADC’s.

            I use Adobe Premiere/After Effects mainly.

  • Mordecaidrake

    I’m surprised you’re an Apple computer user. Any particular reason why you made the switch from Windows?

    • palomosan

      I don’t see a problem with that, I for instance and I know a lot of people that deal with photography, video editing, that use Macs and have a windows PC and have an Android phone and Tablet.

      • Liderc

        What I don’t understand is why? Why would you use a Mac over a PC for photography/video editing? They aren’t any better, there’s no software that can only be used on Macs ect.. I don’t care if people do, I just don’t understand why people always say this about video editing/photography/graphic work.

        I would much rather build my own PC and have a $600 GPU if I know I’ll be doing a lot of graphics processing, than a Mac.

        • Steve Wojciechowski

          Amen brother. A previous job I used to work at all the guys in the video and graphics department used Windows PC’s and swore by them. I think it’s an excuse people use to justify over spending for a “cool” logo.

        • Agreed. I think it’s leftover reputation from 10 years ago. I wonder how many OSX users have never used Windows 7; they still picture XP in their minds as the cartoony utility less OS.

    • Mark F

      Read the blog !!