So I have had this phone for nearly three days now and I must say I love it.
One of my favorite features is swype.
Swype is a method of typing on a phone fast and easily.
This has upped my typing speed massively on the phone.
I have been able to find all the apps and games I could want with little exception.
The phone does feel a lot faster than the iphone and is nicer to hold even though it is bigger.
The oled screen is bright even in sunlight.
It does get got when I play some heavy 3d games but so did the iphone.
So I am very happy with it.
So, my new phone is on it’s way to me now! The new Samsung Galaxy S II.
I should get this in 1-2 days, then I will be transferring my contacts etc across!
Features I’m looking forward to:
- Firefox for Mobile
- Winamp for Mobile
- Wireless Music Syncing (Winamp feature)
- Developing for it without needing to pay an Apple Developer tax!
Features I’m not looking forward to:
- Android Upgrades relying on the Phone provider and not Google.
- Change (although people say change is a good thing!)
Well, it has been decided – I am going for the Galaxy S II. I will try to milk it out of O2 on the 23rd of May!
So – the first person to send me £300+ gets my iPhone 4 and I will throw in the Battery extender I have!
On the 22nd of May O2 will offer me an upgrade on my iPhone 4 and I have been looking at the new phones available.
One of the phones I have been looking at is the Brand new Samsung Galaxy S II. This is an Android 2.3 phone and runs a dual core 1.2GHz processor (Faster then the iPhone 4’s Single core 1Ghz processor). It can also take SDHC Memory cards to expand the storage. Oh and the Camera is 8MegaPixels.
So I am torn – should I stick with my iPhone 4 where I have lots of apps I have paid for and just wait for the iPhone 5 as and when – or should I lose all my paid apps – and switch over to an Android phone?
I like the more freedom that you get from Android, but I like that on iPhone’s you have a much more stable App store. The apps I see for Android always seem buggy and due to the massive range of screen differences – some don’t like big screens!
- Open architecture
- Upgradable memory
- User replaceable batteries
- Adobe Flash Support
- Less stable app store
- Would lose all the apps I have purchased
- Would need to spend more money getting the apps again
Well, the pros do outweigh the cons – but still..
WHAT SHOULD I DO?
Want more Android in your house? How about Android in your house. Google wants to think of “every appliance in your home” as a potential accessory for your phone. The opportunities are seemingly endless, the sort of thing we’ve seen in the Zigbee and Z-wave areas, but sadly this implementation doesn’t actually seem to be using any of those standards. The team teased ideas like lights turning on and off based on calendar events, applications talking to washing machines, games automatically adjusting for mood lighting, and basically little green dudes taking care of all the menial duties in your house.
One amazing demo was a concept, Android-powered device hub called Tungsten. Using RFID embedded into CD cases the device was able to detect the CD and add it to your library. Another touch and it started automatically. Yeah, the use of CDs is a little quaint, but the potential is there for amazing things in the future. We’re not sure exactly when these accessories will be launching, but the first are expected before the end of the year.
There is a small know feature of Windows 7 that will allow you to feed your desktop background from an RSS feed.
What use could this be? Well desktop artists like Ryan Bliss (Digital Blasphemy) create several new images a month and you may not want to download them manually.
Ryan has a Picasa album of his free artwork for people to look through (http://picasaweb.google.com/digitalblasphemy/OfficialDigitalBlasphemyGoogleWallpapers#).
So, as a demo I have create a theme file that will be feed from that.
DigitalBlasphemy – Download this file and extract the .theme file and double click it to set it up. It will ask if you want to download all images – you should say yes!
I am going to look at creating one that uses good free 3D images and putting them together as examples!
Well, I’m slowly getting to grips with my new iPhone. I can now publish posts on the move. So now any time I feel like it I can add my thoughts to the Internet. I can include pictures and videos.
So you can look forward to many new posts from me about all sorts of technology while I am out and about.