Three months with my new Android phone.

August 16, 2011 at 1:06 am (Smart Phones/Tablets)

In my past entries, I wrote about how I like the iPhone, and how it cannot be beat. I wrote about Android and how I didn’t really care for it. Well, bought a Motorola Droid X2 a few months back, and my life has not been the same. Let me tell you about it.

After being an iOS user for years, I was convinced that was as good as it gets. I figured I knew everything about Android and all the devices that ran it. Boy, was I wrong. I was under the impression that the Android Marketplace was nothing but a malware infested dump for sub-standard apps. The fact is, nothing could be farther from the truth.

First of all, I need to describe my experience with my Android device. As I said, I have a Motorola Droid X2, which in contrast with all the negative reviews is a beast of a device. The speed and power of the Nvidia Tegra 2 dual core processor in this thing is just amazing. In fact, there is an app called TegraZone, which is basically a collection of games designed specifically for devices that run the Nvidia dual core processor. All the other Android devices that do not have this kind of power cannot run those games. That said, the games in that app are of console quality. The look incredible, and they play incredible as well. You have to see it to believe it. They look outstanding on my Droid’s 4.3 inch QHD display.

My Android device runs the latest version of Android, which is Gingerbread. Trust me when I tell you this; Android is a very smart, and very personable operating system. One of the biggest characteristics of Android that blew me away was how personal you can make it. The ability to add widgets to the home screens and all the other little tweaks you can make to the device through the operating system is what I didn’t know about. They are what made me fall in love with Android.

To make this fairly short and to the point, it is simply this that turned me from iOS to Android. iOS runs well, but there really isn’t much to do except run the apps. You can’t add widgets, such as live news headlines. Basically what you get is what Apple gives you, and that is very limited. With Android, you can do so much to make your phone personal. You can add live widgets to the home screen. You can use live wallpaper, which adds an indescribable personal touch to your device. The little things you can do to your device with Android is really what makes the whole experience personal. It really feels like it is “your” phone. Not Apple’s.

The apps in the Android Market Place are also truly amazing. Since Apple isn’t there rejecting apps they don’t like; you truly get a well-rounded choice of apps that do just about anything. The apps are getting better by the week. Everyone makes a big deal about the freedom in submitting apps to the Google Market Place. They act like it is a malware infested cess pool. You simply have to use some common sense. Not any different from when you are using the internet on your computer. There is also free malware and spyware software that runs on your device just like the protection you put on your computer at home. It scans every app you install, making sure there is no malware included with the app.

The bottom line is this, I was in love with my iPhone until I experienced Android for the first time. Since then, iOS and I had a falling out. I now love Android and my Android device. I love the freedom that comes along with it. Finally, I have a device that really, truly feels like it is mine.


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