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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Windows Phone 7-A Refreshing Change

October 19, 2010 at 4:32 pm (Smart Phones/Tablets)

You must have heard about the new Windows Phone 7 soon to be released. As usual, everyone is asking whether or not it can beat the iphone, and now Android devices as well.

Anyone who has done even a little research into this new Windows Phone 7 must have noticed how original and different the Operating System of Windows Phone 7 is. You must have noticed the new system of tiles that are the home page, and display all the relevant information you need, all in real time. The tiles flow up and down, as well as side to side, giving the user a very smooth and rich experience. Everything you could ask for is easily obtainable through these tiles. This phone is a refreshing change.

If you compare it to Android, which is a fragmented mess; you will see just how beautifully put together the Windows phones are. When you compare it to the iphone, you will see just how much more information is available to you without having to open an app to tell you. Microsoft got this Operating System right. I don’t know how they did it, but they did.

If you are a gamer who uses the Xbox and Xbox live, you will find the Windows phones to be the richest, most exciting mobile gaming platform out there. The gaming experience on these phones is like no other devices out there. If you are a gamer, it is worth getting the new Windows phone 7 just for that reason. It is that good.

If your job demands that you work with documents each day, you will find the Windows phone to be a irreplacable tool in your work day. The quality and level of the Office software on the Windows phone is like nothing you have ever seen before. I guarantee you will fall in love with how easy and useful the software is to work with on these phones. It will become an indispensible tool.

If you are just an average consumer, who needs a device to do not just one, but many different tasks, and to do them well. This is your new device. If you just want a new and refreshing mobile experience, that is exciting, robust, and rich in features. This is your new device. If you are just tired of everything that is out there in the mobile world, and you are looking for something new and exciting. Look no further. This is it.

I dare you to do a little research, watch a few videos, view a few demos, and learn about the new Windows Phone 7. You should be warned in advance. You will probably see what I see, and fall in love with it as well.

Do not buy into the hype that the Windows Phone 7 is doomed to fail before it even gets on its feet, as the media would like you to think. Apple has them so convinced that the iphone is the best, that they forgot how to open their eyes, and their minds. Windows Phone 7 is not anything like the iphone. They did not copy the iphone. You will not have the same experience as you have on the iphone. You are not meant to.

This is original and refreshing. New and different. Rich and robust. I dare you to try it out, but be warned, you may never go back to your iphone or Android device.

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