AT&T gave me a HTC One X to use for a month as part of their “it’s what you do with what we do” campaign. Their challenge was to see how technology can support my fit and busy life on the go. Since I’m busier right now than ever, my response was heck yes.
It’s been so fun using a shiny new phone! The screen is HUGE and the audio is loud and clear. I want to watch a movie on it every time I pick up the phone. My regular phone is an iPhone 4. I’ll review more about the HTC One X on my next post, but there are definitely pros and cons. Also check back because there’s a related giveaway coming up
I took this as a challenge to really think about and play with how I use my phone to support balancing a busy schedule with an active lifestyle. Here are some apps and functions that have made me more efficient and just plain fun:
MapMyRun- Leave the Garmin at home and track distance, time, pace and calories burned. The app keeps a history of your runs and can share your progress on social media.
Alarm Clock Plus- This is everything I’ve ever wanted in an alarm clock and more. Set your alarm to vibrate and ring, to flash a bright light, to automatically snooze and, best of all, to keep doing it until you solve a math problem to end the alarm or snooze. I can finally make that 6am spin class.
Cardio Trainer- This app has a pedometer, a game to exercise your Android, and the ability to track any workout, from biking to yoga. I love that it has Autopause and will pause your workout at stoplights.
Fooducate- This is so cool. Scan a food’s barcode and the app will give you a detailed report on it, including where it falls on the Fooducate Grading System based on nutrition facts and ingredient list.
Instagram- Photos are drool-worthy and the feed is even more addicting on the big screen.
Facebook- Because there’s nothing like staying connected to your friends and seeing photos from your favorite pit bull rescue groups on a break from a busy day.
Navigation- It’s legit. It’s voice-activated and gives clear, easy-to-follow directions. It saves me from having to look up directions beforehand.
Calendar- The larger screen and easy layout makes me want to use the calendar to organize my day.
Mail- The larger screen (noticing a trend here?) feels more like a tablet so I’m more likely to manage emails away from my laptop.
What piece of technology can you not live without? Garmin, phone, laptop, camera, alarm clock?