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Android, anyone?

I'm considering switching to an Android phone because I've had it with WinMo and I just...can't bring myself to iPhone. Does anyone have an Android phone? If so, which one, and how do you use it, and do you like it?

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serenity_valley
Jun. 10th, 2010 06:59 pm (UTC)
We don't have them yet, but we're planning/hoping to upgrade our phones to a Droid (Verizon phone running Android). str8ontilmornin can tell you which model we've decided on (the Droid Incredible, I think?) and share all kinds of info about what he learned. I know the HTC Google phone was a close contender.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC)
A coworker came in the other day with the Evo from Sprint, and said that not only CAN you tether it and use it for internet access on your computer, but Sprint specifically allows you to do so in their contract.

I've been a happy T-Mobile customer for years now, but that Evo was extremely cool. And I've heard that you get the royal treatment if you switch providers, which makes no damn sense to me, but then neither does most of corporate America.

Decisions, decisions.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:46 pm (UTC)
I've been looking at the Droid Incredible online. I guess it's time for all of us to give up the hardware keyboard, huh? My friend at work with the brand new Evo says he's getting used to the soft keyboard, and people with iPhones use the voice recognition feature quite a bit.

The Incredible looks like a terrific phone.
serenity_valley
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:52 pm (UTC)
"I guess it's time for all of us to give up the hardware keyboard, huh?"

I suppose, but I don't have to like it. ::grumblegrumble:: The lack of a pull-out keyboard has been the single biggest issue I've had with every smartphone we've looked at. Of the few that have them, the other features aren't nearly as great as on comparable phones.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:00 pm (UTC)
The slide-out keyboard on my current phone has already started to fail, after about 18 months of medium use. It's part of the reason I'm ready to switch (much sooner than I'd normally let myself change phones). Between that, my need for a larger screen, my desire to finally do the whole always-online, internet-phone thing, and some real deficiencies with Windows Mobile, I'm ready to leap. Everyone I've talked to with any keyboard-less phone says they text more than they talk, and have no problem with the virtual k/b, so I guess they're better than they used to be.
serenity_valley
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:12 pm (UTC)
That's good to know. And I suppose we can adapt to pretty much anything, so if this is where the future lies, might as well get on board.

(We're also making the switch to the always-online, internet-phone lifestyle -- heh -- so we're anxious to make the leap. Now if the Windtunnel of Money would just cooperate for a bit....)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:14 pm (UTC)
Yes! Let's all station >ourselves at the end of the windtunnel of money. With big nets.
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emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:32 pm (UTC)
What do you mean by notification system? Like, incoming message/call tones? Calendar alerts? I'd love to know more.
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emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 07:48 pm (UTC)
Oh! Yes, I hate that about my WinMo phone. Several complicated clicks (and not that thumb-friendly, either) to get to the text that just came in.

Thanks for the clarification.
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kernelm
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:45 pm (UTC)
If I could get away from AT&T's iron grasp (95% of everybody I call is also on AT&T, so I never use any minutes), I'd probably get a Droid with Verizon or an N900 with T-Mobile. The N900 is definitely nerdier and probably not quite as polished, but it has a full Linux OS it. I've considered getting one even though I wouldn't get 3G speeds with it on AT&T.

If you get an Android phone, I'd check around and make sure it's running 2.1 and can be upgraded to 2.2 when it's officially released. There's lots of cool new features in those.
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:44 pm (UTC)
Wow, that N900 is pretty cool! 32Gb built in is HUGE. I've never even heard of this Maemo operating system--are there apps? If it had the larger screen, I'd like it better, but for reasons of eyesight and aging, I'm leaning towards that giant four-point-something inch screen that the HD and Evo have. I've even reviewed the rather ridiculous Dell Streak with the 5" screen.

Thanks for the Android tips, too. I always overthink these things! A few clear guidelines are very helpful.
pandarus
Jun. 10th, 2010 08:59 pm (UTC)
fwiw (er, probably not very much, really) my mate has one, and she loves it to bits. But my rec cannot be any more technical than that, I'm afraid. Still - loves it to bits.

(I bought myself the iPhone last birthday, because Apple apparently own my soul, or something. And I do &hearts it v. much.)
emeraldsedai
Jun. 10th, 2010 09:47 pm (UTC)
I'm that way with Google. Go figure!

I'm getting a lot of "love it to bits" feedback from my more technically inclined friends and coworkers on the Android O/S, but then, I get the same from the iPhone aficionados, so there does seem to be a purely personal-bias aspect to the whole question.

Likely both are excellent and would serve me well, and everything else is just perception.
belluthien
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:26 am (UTC)
I love my Droid, except for when I drop it in tea. ;)
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emeraldsedai
Jun. 11th, 2010 04:32 am (UTC)
Oh dear.

Yeah, the moisture-proof cellphone is an elusive dream still, isn't it?
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