So I picked up one of those Android phones
I wasn't planning on getting a new phone for a while, but when I checked this bad boy out at the Vodafone shop, I figured that I meet as well treat myself.
I got a HTC G2 Magic and its pretty sweet. I was expecting it to be a lot chunkier than it is, its pretty damn sleek. Its been pretty solid so far, the google integration is fantastic. I don't really use my phone for any music/video so I can't really comment too much on that but it seems good enough.
Only a couple of annoying things so far. The battery like isn't great, I get 2 days of normal usage on 3G/wifi which is probably ok for a smartphone, but I'm used to a normal mobile's battery life. The touch screen could be a bit more responsive and the Exchange support is non-existent forcing me to get an extra app (which to be honest isn't that big of a deal.
So anyone else thinking about picking up a new smartphone?? The Palm Pre looks pretty exciting, but I'm sure it will take forever to come to Australia. Anyone had a play with one in the flesh??
Also, your perspective on battery life is screwed up. Two days of battery life is amazingly awesome, and almost unbelievable. My guess is that you aren't using your phone enough. iPhones have to be charged nightly, and G1s have to be charged during the day.
You're like a person who lives in a small town and says "I don't need a car, I don't go anywhere." Sure, but once you get a car, you'll be going.
Personally, I'm back to the barebones phone that does nothing but text and call. I had a treo for a year or so, but right now, I don't miss it a bit. I didn't need to any of that shit at all.
When tabbed browsing came out, you know how many people shrugged? Lots. Look at them now. How about all the people who shrug at Twitter and such, but have never used it.
We're having a sort of situation where the amazing uses of technologies and such are not immediately and apparently obvious. They're sort of like Gao Gai Gar. You have to watch a whole bunch of episodes before it gets good. I do not advocate the watching of Gao Gai Gar because there are plenty of other shows out there that are good from the first episode all the way to the last. However, when it comes to these sorts of things, there aren't really alternatives like that.
Not only do you have to try it before you can knock it. You have to make a serious investment before you can knock it. Of course, we have to work on lowering this barrier for entry to get more people in the gate. However, for the time being, if you haven't made that serious investment, you really aren't qualified to pass judgement.
You say you've had a Treo, but a Treo is really just a joke compared to a modern smart phone. Even the best one doesn't have a fraction of the capabilities of the iPhone, G1, or Pre. Unless you've actually had one of these phones and really invested into it, you can't extract the benefit. It's sort of like people who sign up for Facebook, don't friend anyone, then think it's useless. You've got to get into it before you know.
I think another problem is that people in the US don't realize the "true" cost of these phones. If iPhones weren't subsidized, they would be like, $700+. You can get two netbooks for that.
And I still say the market for smartphones is much smaller than the average smartphone user thinks it is. I, personally, have an expired contract on Sprint, and that Palm Pre looks mighty tempting. But for $20 extra a month (plus the cost of the phone) what do I really get? A device that allows me to waste more time checking my facebook/this forum, that will help me when I'm lost, and play games. I think I can resist that...
EDIT: Had more, but deleted it. I think I read something wrong.
Any recommended apps?
If you are asking for apps, you are doing it wrong. If you are about to ask "Hey what apps should I get?" just shut up. You don't go to the store and say "Hey, what should I buy?" You have a need for something, then you go to the store and get it. Don't just go looking for apps to install. Look at yourself, not the app store. Figure out what you need. Then specifically search for apps that fulfill your needs.
This is yet another major reason that many other people's computers and phones are slowl, crashy, and sucky where mine are perfect and never have problems. Don't just go looking for shit to install for the hell of it. Don't even look at the app store at all. Just use the phone. Then when you find yourself wanting to do a specific thing that the phone can not already do, then and only then should you seek out a specific app to fulfill your need. This applies to all computing devices that allow installation of software.
I already found my main apps (battery meter, facebook, task manager). Most everything else is preinstalled. So, I'm looking for usefull apps I don't know about.
I also love how android gives all apps a 24 hoor tasting period.
As for Rym's "being aware of the world" theory, that only works if everything you would use an app for is mainstream.
EDIT: Hey, I just found one. Neat.