Meet the Members: Rebekah Johnson (@GirlGoneGeek)

by Shara Karasic

Rebekah Johnson, from St. Louis, MO, is one of the most beloved members of AndroidApps.com, with many fans of her app lists that always hit the zeitgeist of what is going on with Android. From Best Google Apps for Life in the Android Cloud to Best Android Games for Ninjas, Rebekah’s lists with super-detailed app descriptions make her a true “go-to girl” at AndroidApps.com.

1. Tell us about yourself - where you live, your job, things you like to do.

I live in Missouri and work in healthcare, doing everything from website maintenance to event planning for the operating rooms at my hospital. Don't ask me to take care of a patient - I'm clueless there! - but I love being in this industry. I'm also a Brand Ambassador for Nintendo (currently loving my new 3DS), a J. Crew junkie, and a biography addict.

2. Which Android device or devices do you own? Why did you choose Android? How do you customize your device?

My first Android was an EVO 4G. I love the Android developer community, there's so much to do and try with so many Android devices out there. I recently got a Galaxy Tab.

3. Do you root or not? If you root, why?

I rooted my EVO 4G almost immediately after getting it in 2010. One device rooted, one not yet. (I am actually pretty happy with the Galaxy Tab’s TouchWiz interface and the 2.3.4 Gingerbread update, so I haven't rooted it yet.) I like to see what my EVO can really DO, especially because it was touted as this amazing superphone that can do everything but make me a salad. For me it's all about being able to customize my devices to make them look and function exactly how I want. I'd file myself under "Never Satisfied" in that department though.

4. Is there a particular category of apps that interests you the most?

I like things that make my life easier and make my devices look better. Since I prefer a clean look for my phone, I like trying out text-based widgets and icons and different launchers. I did a series of three lists on Apps for the Minimalist.

And as far as making my life easier - I like things that sync. Calendars, note-taking apps, email and messaging apps. If I can keep track of things from my phone, my Tab, AND my PC, so much the better. I think my list for Apps with Awesome Google Chrome Extensions covers most of those.

5. What are your top apps and why?

Evernote - Oh my, would I ever be lost without this list-maker, note-taker, stay-organized app. And it syncs on my phone, my tablet, and 3 computers!

Google Maps - Probably lost without this too.

Google Voice - I use this for both voicemail and text messaging on both my phone and my tablet, and with the plugin in the Google Chrome browser, I never miss a message.

Twidroyd - This is my new favorite Twitter app, it renders fantastically on my tablet and has a great LivePreview function.

Miren Browser - Simple and clean to look at, easy to work with. I tried tons of browsers on my phone and when I got my tablet, this was the only one I bothered installing.

7. What apps are popular among your colleagues and friends?

I think everyone I know uses Pandora, and a lot of my blogger friends use the apps that tie them into their blogs: WordPress, tumblr, and so on.

8. Give an example of a time an app was truly useful to you.

I was using My Tracks when I was hiking a trail I'd never done before. There was a badly-marked split in the trail and I wasn't sure which way I wanted to go - the long loop or the short one? The sign didn't say! I didn't know the terrain so I had no idea which to take. I set a wayfinder point in My Tracks so I could see right where I was when the trail split, and follow how long I'd been on the loop I chose in case I wasn't sure whether to go back and try the other or push on to the end. Fortunately I didn't have to turn around, but it was quite nice to know that if I had, I'd have known where to re-route myself.

8. What other AndroidApps.com member do you admire the most and why?

I think arvid is an excellent reviewer and curator. And anyone whose reviews really give information about using the app in question - not just "I like it" or "this app is bad" - you guys are awesome.

9. Do you have any URLs you’d like to share?

I'm on Twitter @sweetcrackers1 and I have a techie-tumblr of Android and Wordpress stuff at girlgonegeek.tumblr.com.

10. Anything else you'd like to share with the Appolicious audience?

Don't be afraid to try a bunch of apps that SEEM to do the same thing - you can always uninstall what you don't like. The Android Market is your friend. Other reviewers are your friends. There are tons of apps out there that have similar functions, give different ones a shot till you find the best fit for your needs... and then write a list telling everyone else what you've tried!

View Rebekah Johnson’s app library here.