Its amazing to see what happens when the biggies get together, mean business and really get their act together – Google, HTC, Sony, Dell, Intel, Motorola, Qualcomm, Texas Instruments, Samsung Electronics, LG Electronics, T-Mobile, Sprint Nextel, Nvidia, and Wind River Systems! Woww… The Open Headset Alliance (OHA) is to be really applauded for developing Android, its flagship software product!
I was really apprehensive when I set out to buy an Android mobile in last November, warnings came from everywhere! Android devices are “energy guzzlers”, “Clunky”,… After thinking long and hard, I settled down on a device which had a Li-Po 1700 mAh battery, 1 GHz processor with 512 MB RAM / GB ROM. I was hoping that such a configuration would negate all the flip sides of Android and thankfully, I have had a wonderful experience except for the initial hiccups mainly because due to my intelligent (duh!) approach.
What has really excited me? Here is a quick list:
- Play Store: The sheer variety of Apps available for Android devices will any-day set it apart.. Few apps that I regularly use include Email (Corporate, Gmail), Chat (Lync, Gtalk), Viber, GoToMeeting, Google Sky, LinkedIn, Facebook, Reader and of course games
- Hardware support: 5 meg camera has never let me down… in-built GPS, proximity sensor, gyroscopes,… it is real fun actually.. you will feel the difference when you start using Maps and other utility tools
- Tethering: You know the moment when you have to send out an important document and your wi-fi is down because of a power-cut! Hot spots have saved me half a dozen times.. (In case you are not able to relate to this, you should spend a week in Chennai over Summer)
- Connectivity: GSM, GPRS/3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth.. It’s a walk in the park once you know how to get the settings right.
- Multi touch: cool feature especially when you use them in Games, Maps,…
- Security: Sandbox really trims access to personal data for all the Apps installed
Device owned: Motorola Defy+, Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread)
Other devices owned: Blackberry 8520 (OS version 5.0)
Borrowed, not owned: iPhone 3gs