Amino, Where Have You Been All My Life?

Amino, Where Have You Been All My Life?

It's been awhile since I've really just fallen in love (or heavy like) with any social apps. I'm a little burnt out on the infamous Facebook and I mainly just use it to lurk on family and friends now. I occasionally post things about food, date nights, and watching movies but its essentially a yawn fest user experience for me. I have also started to use my twitter account a bit more but it isn't something I check everyday or have made a lot of connections with. I presume it could be because of the 140 character limit but I think there's a little more to it than that such as the lack of engagement. I realize that getting people to interact with you should be at least a 50/50 effort but its just so much work. Some people are able to get interaction from their followers without putting in much action themselves but I don't feel like I'm quite at that level. I definitely plan to continuously work on it though. 

The only other social platform I've used sporadically in the past years is Google+, I joined while it was still in beta stage and for quite some time it was my absolute favorite site to frequent. I've made a few friends from the site and initially met my hubby through the site as well so it has had its highlights for sure. Unfortunately within the past year or so its struggled to hold my interest. But never fear, Amino is here! 

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Material Design, Love!

Material Design, Love!

Sometimes I forget that while this a tech blog... it's a personal tech blog meaning that I can write anything I want and get away with it (as long as its tech related). Originally I was going to do a review of a few apps and I still might but I really wanted to talk about what has me the most excited about Android at the moment.

So what exactly might that be? Lollipop 5.0 and more specifically Material Design. I really love the fact that so many apps have already been updated and released to showcase the beauty of it... I'm beginning to lose count with the Play Store, Gmail, Inbox, Play Music, Play Books, Play Movies, and Calendar! I may have even missed something out of that list, but you get the point. 

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Google Hangouts + Google Voice = Awesome

Google Hangouts + Google Voice = Awesome

Chances are that when it comes to the cross platform application "Google Hangouts" you fall into one of three categories: 1) I use it everyday or at least regularly 2) I've never heard of it OR 3) It's an app on my phone that I've never used. If you fall into the last category than hopefully what I have to say will make you want to explore it and if you're in the second well, now you've heard of it haven't you?

To be precise, Hangouts is your all around video, messaging, photo/gif sharing app that can be used with Android Devices, iPhones, iPads,  iPods, Computers (yes even Macs), and both Gmail/Google+ within the browser.

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Me & Windows Phone?!

Me & Windows Phone?!

Yes, you read correctly! As many of my friends on social networking and in real life know... I am a HUGE and very loyal "Android Geek", so when I started telling people that I was using a Windows Phone I got some strange looks and some funny comments. All I can say is... desperate times call for desperate measures. When you have to make a carrier switch a little sooner than you've expected and you're on a budget things happen!

There was a part of me that considered getting a cheap Android phone instead, but with a budget of $100 the lower spec'd Android offerings left me unimpressed so I decided to give the Nokia Lumia 521 a chance. I'd heard mixed reviews and opinions about the devices and wanted to test one for myself.

It's been interesting to say the least, some days I feel like "OMG, come on first pay day so I can get back to my beloved Android" and others I'm like "eh, it's not so bad".

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