The last few blogs that I have written, as well as a few in the past, have been about the Apple iPhone. I had been using a Windows Mobile 6.2 device myself for the last few years and only had the pleasure of using friends’ and family’s iPhones. My phone was dying and I was going to see about upgrading to an iPhone (the only reason I hadn’t got one before was Verizon didn’t offer them until this year). After talking with a friend, he suggested I go with an Android.
I was thinking about getting an Android, but because of all the friends and family that have the iPhone, I was going to get an iPhone myself. I liked a lot of the apps that they have and wanted to be able to “play” with some of the features and things I have been writing about for the past few months. So, after seeing the Android first-hand, I knew it was going to be for me. For starters, it had the ability to have Adobe Flash Player installed on it, which the iPhone does not (why can’t Apple and Adobe come to some agreement?????). Next, it had an appealing interface to it. While I was used to going to the “Apple Store” for apps on friends’ iPhones, I was new to the Android “Market”. It was very easy to search and find exactly what I was looking for.
The only down-side to the Android that I have found so far is that my favorite app, Magic Piano, on the iPhone has not been written for the Android. Most of the other apps and other things that I had on my previous Windows Mobile 6.2 device, as well as a few additions I wanted, I was easily able to get for free on the new Android. For the first time, I am able to check my auto insurance coverage anywhere I want, see where I am by using Maps (including directions that rival the TomTom and Garmin) with appropriate GPS, and be able to listen to music using the Pandora app. As these are all free, it is like an early Christmas present.
So, what mobile device do you have? An iPhone, Android, Windows-based, Blackberry (perish the thought!!)? Or do you still have a device that is not a SmartPhone that can do all these fun things? What are your likes and dislikes about your device? Is it easy to use and have all the things on it you wanted? Are you able to do what you thought you could or are you disappointed that you got it and think you would have been happier with another device?
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I just called my parish priest to administer the Last Rites. You would be wise to do the same.
A few weeks back Google and Verizon formed an unholy alliance to combat the speeding locomotive that is Apple. They even hyped a "game changer" that would be announced in a few weeks. While I hate that phrase in all of its various uses, I at least raised an eyebrow since it came from Google's nerdy boss. Last night the new ads hit talkie boxes across the country, promoting the mysterious "Droid", and at the same time, talking down the iPhone in regards to features it doesn't have. Features like taking pictures in the dark, a physical keyboard, and baking cakes. Ok, one of those is fake.
But surely such a product would not come from the anemic Motorola? Right? RIGHT!? WRONG. Leaked specs of the Motorola Droid have come out thanks to the ‘Boy Genius Report', and I will present some of them to you in a completely non-biased fashion. Maybe.
First off, it has the mystical physical keyboard. Since losers around the planet complain about using virtual ones all the time, well, you can shut your mouth now. It also sports a 5MP camera, with flash. That's a pretty big step up from my measly 3PM with no flash. I am officially the biggest nobody on the planet now. Thanks Motorola. It also runs Android 2.0, the latest and greatest from the Google. Not too shabby. Capacitive touch screen? Check. The coolest thing though, is that when docked in its charger, it becomes almost like a mini "multimedia station", which can display the weather, time, etc. Nuts, my stupid iPhone can only display the time when docked...$30 straight up cash, anyone want this thing?
In all seriousness, I've been waiting for a good Android handset to come out and make the OS worthwhile. Pretty soon it's going to be on more phones than any other OS, but who cares when the hardware can barely run it? That looks to change with the release of the Motorola Droid. Listen, if you throw in Google Voice and a $199 price point, I may mosey on down into that Verizon kiosk with the salesman that has bad B.O.
Kidding! I want nothing to do with a company that pushes awful VCast down my throat with every ad they make. Nobody wants to watch MSNBC on their phones, dummies. Viva iPhone!