March at last! My Blackberry has been dying for some time now because it was unable to handle all of the data I loaded on it. Frustratingly, it kept dumping its memory, causing me to lose all my texts, emails, bookmarks, and app data. It was time for a new phone!
Around January, Verizon began sending me upgrade notices so we looked into it, but as it turned out, it wasn’t time for the “New Every Two” upgrade that comes with steep discounts… I had to wait until March for that. Why Verizon kept sending me “You’re eligible for an upgrade” emails and mailers, when I wasn’t eligible until March is a mystery to me. Unfortunately, looking into it made me start coveting the Android mobile operating system from Google, and thanks to some deliciously sci-fi commercials by Verizon, the Motorola Droid in particular.
Verizon’s deceptive upgrade advertising aside, I waited patiently until March, but when the beginning of the month arrived and I didn’t jump at the chance to run to the Verizon store, Jaci began to wonder. I dread going into that store because of the soul crushing customer service I’ve had in the past, which may have explained my reluctance. However, as the Ides passed and my Blackberry complaints became more verbose (and slightly vulgar), Jaci finally confronted me.
I explained that I was now awaiting the release of Google’s Nexus on Verizon. Even though I held no hope of the iPhone on Verizon, Nexus seemed like an Android iPhone killer, whereas Droid had only been doing ok. Google’s phone page said Nexus would be available to Verizon customers in “Spring 2010″. Jaci finally convinced me that waiting would only cost me more frustration, and that since she was also eligible for an upgrade, she would get a Droid as well. I could have held out on my own, but with her mobile life, I knew we needed her phone smart. So we spent the next two hours at the Verizon store, and left with our souls mostly intact, but our wallets lighter.
It was worth it.
Android is an amazing OS, and the phone is solid. In fact, I have written this entire post on my phone in the Android WordPress app! The browser, the screen, and the speed is amazing. Only the keyboard is a bit tough… and my thumbs are hurting from this post, but otherwise, I’m very happy she talked me into this!
In fact, one of the first things I did was design custom wallpaper for our phones. Android wallpaper is 640 x 480. Below are some examples of what I came up with. (Note that these were beginner attempts, and in fact, neither Jaci nor I are using any of the wallpapers!). Here’s the thing- even though you can of course add your own pictures as your iPhone wallpaper, Android is open sourced, so it makes customization seem infinitely possible. I can’t wait to try writing some Android apps!
Anyway, this is a really long post to write on a phone, no matter how amazing it is, so feel free to make comments below!