Archive | April 2010

A new phone, a new lease on life?

I’m a HUGE fan of Microsoft, and almost anything Microsoft does (except for Windows Media Player, still lacking). Ask my friends, I can get a little carried away with it. I’ve always been a fan of Windows Mobile. It is a work horse of an OS for a phone and always ran great for me. I’ve always had more issues with hardware than software, so I can’t blame Microsoft. And that leads me to this post.

A couple of weeks ago I was at a trade show and talking with a customer on my HTC Touch with Windows Mobile 6. I love this phone, been my best phone by far. I was getting into my car and my phone slid out of my hand and into a puddle. Picked it up and kept talking with the customer. After I got off with the customer, I popped the cover off and the battery to let it dry out. A little bit later I reassembled my phone and found that the power button was missing. Looking in the hole where the button of power wasn’t, I saw it floating in there. After a few shakes it came out along with what appears to be the little metal piece that should be attached to the circuit board. Needless to say I was sad, I fought off the tears since I was amongst co-workers. Being at a trade show lacking a phone my boss told me to go out and get a new one. Fortunately there was a Sprint store minutes away.

I walked in and simply showed him the phone and begged for another Windows Mobile phone. He said they had none in stock so I went with the best Android phone he had. I walked out shortly thereafter with the HTC Hero. Angered by Sprint and Microsoft for not having more phones available, I left the store in bitter disappointment. My goal was to keep my HTC Touch until Windows Mobile 7 came out. I was hoping that in typical Microsoft fashion (3rd time’s the charm) that Windows Mobile 7 would be the bees knees.

I spent a lot of time trying to figure stuff out, grunting at things it couldn’t do, or at least didn’t seem intuitive. This went on for a long time. A few days later, I dove into the Market Place and boy was I pleased. I downloaded a slew of apps from games to sound boards to mapping and social networking. So much fun! My biggest requirements were met: Exchange Email, Calendar, Contacts; GPS; Web Browsing. So I entertained my fun side and I will admit that I am a fan of this phone! Not only because of the gazillion apps available, but it really is a nice phone all around.

My favorite features

– Screen is large, clear, crisp, bright and has brilliant colors
– 5 mega pixel camera is sweet (had 1.3 before)
– Battery lasts all day even with web browsing, gaming, GPS and calls
– Social networking hooks are easy to use
– Multi-tasking appears simple and keeps running fast
– Don’t have to worry about memory management or where to save stuff, everything goes where it should

Owning an Android has sparked an interest in me to develop an app for it. I have some cool ideas, both business and personal, that I think would be fun to make and I might make a buck or two. I’ll let you know when I roll something out. 

Has getting a new phone given me a new lease on life? Meh, I’m not that superficial. Has it opened a new world to explore and experience through a fun and easy to use window called Android? I think so!