Note 2

   So the phone I am currently using is the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Before that was an iPhone 5 and before that was a Samsung Galaxy S3. Before that was an iPhone 4S. Well I have been alternating between Android and iPhone for awhile now. Each phone has some things that it brings to the table. Android keeps drawing me back with its flexibility. I also
like the larger screens of the Android phones. The Samsung phones, despite the addition of their own UI, provide a good user experience on Android. Android and the smartphone market in it’s current iteration has begun to mature. So the platforms are really polishing up their product. In every case it is a win for the consumer.

Nikon D60

 

     So I have once again made the jump from Canon to Nikon. Canon is cool, but I really like the ease of use of the Nikons. I also really like how easy to understand the menus on the Nikons are. Everyone has their preferences and it seems like Nikon is mine. I will be putting this new camera through it’s paces over the summer. I am really looking forward to getting out there and shooting with this camera.

Android 2.2

  I have been using Android 2.2 on my Motorola Droid for a couple of weeks now. It seems like a solid and responsive update. It has added features and functionality. The main feature of 2.2 that I wanted was wifi hotspot capability. Sadly the Droid did not get that feature so I am bummed. Android is steadily improving. It is an open and flexible OS. I do miss the UI Polish and games on the iPhone though.

iPad

I bought myself an iPad. I debated this for a bit before I did. I considered what benefit I might get from having one. I then decided that I was going to get the 64 GB 3G model. While I was waiting I decided to get the 64 GB WiFi model. I have WiFi at the main locations I go to. So not having 3G hasn’t been an issue for me. The iPad is more portable than my MacBook Pro. The iPad does 98% of what I use a laptop for. Personally I could get by with just a desktop computer for home and the iPad for on the road. I think it is that good. Of course it is a personal thing that fits my style of computing. Each use case is as different as the individual using the device. So it may not be for everyone. I am excited for the future of this platform as it gets further development. I will keep you posted.

Droid

I have to say that I enjoy my Android phone. Having used it awhile, I don’t see myself going back to an iPhone any time soon. The market is getting more apps and is far more open.

Droid 1 Week Later

  I bought my Droid a week ago on the hopes I could have an awesome phone on Verizon. I am a fan of the iPhone and think that it is the best phone if you want smartphone/media/huge app store. I also am beginning to despise the closed system model, when cool apps get rejected. That aside, I have had the original iPhone and all 3 versions of the iPhone OS plus 2 Generations of iPod Touch. I have gotten tired of AT+T’s poor service in my area and gone back to Verizon only to relent and get another iPhone. I have gone back and forth for awhile now. I have also had on Verizon: Motorola Q, Blackberry Curve, BlackBerry Storm, Blackberry Curve, and finally a plain LG ENV. So I have been on Verizon with the ENV and just using my iPod Touch on WiFi. That worked ok, but when you are away from easy WiFi it is not fun. So along comes Android. I was excited about the potential of Android months ago when the G1 came out. I thought it had potential. It did not excite me enough to move to T Mobile. I told the folks at work that when Android came to Verizon it 2 things would happen. Number One, it would be a game changer on the network with the best service but worst phones and Number Two, I would have one. Well, I have had my Droid so let’s review.

   If you are happy with AT+T’s service then the Droid isn’t for you. Most of these folks have and iPhone. I do not have good AT+T service and when I do have service, there isn’t even 3G yet. Of course they charged me the new 3G Data rate when the iPhone 3G came out. So Verizon is my network of choice. The Droid is in my opinion the best phone on Verizon currently. I think Verizon has partially realized they need to get some decent phones in their line up and fast. Since I have had the Droid I have not carried my iPod at all. Some of the features I enjoy in the Droid are:
  • High Resolution Touch Screen (It is very sharp and clear)
  • Slick User Interface
  • 5.0 Megapixel Camera with Flash and Autofocus (Which makes it good for barcode scanner apps to shop for deals. Also, it does video. It works well with the Qik app, which I found out on accident when I accidentally streamed a video of my foot from my Droid to the web.)
  • Open App Development (It has most of the Apps I used daily in the Android Market already. I am sure due to the popularity of the Droid more Apps are coming. I e-mailed Audible and they say an Audible Android App is in the works. Audible has a BlackBerry App, so I thought why not Android too?)
  • Native Google Voice App (Oh snap! Google Voice on Android is awesome and it wasn’t rejected from the Android Market)
  • E-mail Integration (It loaded all my e-mail accounts with no problem. Of course it sync’ed all my data from gmail, Google Calendar, and my gmail contacts too. 
  • Slide out keyboard (Not the greatest and probably not good for folks with larger hands. I mainly use the virtual keyboard which is quite useable)
  • Google Places Directory (is a great App it shows places and services where I live which is the middle of no where.)
  • Google Listen (is a good Podcatcher and always me to listen to my favorite Podcasts on the way to work.)
  • Droid can be mounted as a drive to move files and folders from your computer. 
   There are some nice features to the Droid and I am very glad I got it. I am definitely keeping it. It will be my one device and I am ok with that. They Droid can be sync’ed with iTunes using a program called Salling Medic Sync. It works well for what I use it for. There are some downsides but not many. The Droid can get a little warm at times during heavy use. The music player isn’t as slick as an iPod/Phone but it very usable and works. The camera can be a bit quirky when starting it, I think this will be fixed in a software update next month. It is a bit heavier than an iPhone, but to me feels more durable. 
   This is just my opinion, take it for what it’s worth. I am sure of one thing though. The competition in the Smartphone space has officially begun.