Returning to an Android

Images-1I remember walking down the street in 1993 and seeing this guy walking down the street with this HUGE phone attacked to his ear.  I thought to myself how ridiculous it was that he had to be walking down the street with a phone conducting business.  Couldn't it just wait until he got back to the office?  It just seemed to insane. 

Fast forward many years and that is how we all conduct our lives.  I have had a Treo, Blackberry, iPhone, Android and I know there were others.  It has been a revolving door of phones in our entire families livess.  The kids had the Motorola flip phones.  It is amazing how far the phone revolution has come.

I had an android and really liked it but found it too heavy and clunky.  I decided it was time to move to an iPhone.  How could I have waited this long?  Guess what, I stayed with the phone for two months and switched back to an Android.  Why?  Google. 

Phones to me are like cars.  Cars are just about getting me from one point to another as long as they are relatively comfy and the user interface is intelligent (although I have yet to find one car that truly is).  A phone needs to have email, google maps, my calendar, my contacts and hopefully some apps that I really want.  I use Gmail and it just isn't that seamless on an iPhone so I returned this week to an Android.

I got the Samsung Galaxy 2 Android Skyrocket and I love it.  Super fast and easy to use.  The one negative is that it is a bit big for my hand but I have tiny hands.  I am sure some people think that is nuts but at the end of the day it is all about the user interace and speed. 


Comments (Archived):

  1. kenberger

    Phenomenal phone. And way better with Ice Cream Sandwich. I’ve hacked mine to ICS; supposedly the official release will start rolling March 1.

    1. jonathanc

      I have the same phone and like the screen structure better than my old iPhone. And the 4G browser speed, especially the upload, blows my home wifi network away. But the battery life is miserable and, so far, ATT doesn’t allow you toggle back to 3G (which would save on power consumption). And my old eyes like the bigger screen.

  2. Rohan

    Used to love my treo 650. sweet memories!Now I love my iPhone. My mom just switched over to an iPhone and loving it but I guess in her case (and mine), gmail usage isn’t that much of a deal breaker. I find the gmail app pretty good. That’s also because I still love outlook and that’s my collection box at the end of the day!

    1. Gotham Gal

      i get it.

      1. Rohan

        Happy Friday and weekend! 😀

  3. ellen

    We had to wire our first   phone into  the car.  They had to drill holes all over the place.  There was an antenna placed on the hatchback of my Datsun 280z car.  It was about $2000, and the motor had to be on accessory  for the phone to work.It was heaven though as first and then after awhile I could never have pleasant peaceful rides in the country again.

    1. Gotham Gal

      that is old school!

  4. William Mougayar

    Wow. That’s a surprising switch…I don’t mind the gmail, calendar and contacts on my iPhone. I sympathized with you when you went to the iPhone last year. The Galaxy’s large screen is certainly nice for browsing or video. Now you’re back in Fred’s camp ;)Which carrier do you use? 

    1. Gotham Gal

      at & t

  5. John Revay

    Your reason for switching back to the Driod platform was Google.What specific Google app runs better on the Driod vs the iPhone.Calendar, Mail, VoiceWhat do the children now use?  Our oldest daughter who is a sophomore in HS has a non smart LG (w/o a data plan) – she chooses this…Our younger daughter who is in 8 th grade just got a iPhone 4S 

    1. Gotham Gal

      kids have iPhones but they don’t care about google email.