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Going gaga for Google
on 18 February 2011
POSITIVE: Android Gingerbread - endless customization- fast, next to no lag- vibrant, colourful display
NEGATIVES:No SD card slot- Android market still needs a LOT of work- applying screen protectors to the contour screen is hell
Had a HTC Desire HD before; loved Android, hated the phone, was just too massive. Bought an iPhone 4; was blissful in a Aldous Huxley, Brave New World kind of way. No challenges, everything was clean and simple. After awhile It kind of felt like I was in a prison, and Apple were always watching me, making sure every feature of the phone was locked down.
Needless to say I sold the iPhone, and bought this. Best decision in my gadget life. Android 2.3 to me is a mile improvement on 2.2. The phone just feels right: people moan about the plastic but did someone forget to mention it's good quality plastic? I prefer the feel of this to the monstrous Desire HD.
Performance? Running apps? Multitasking? It's a fast beast, crunching applications like they were nothing.
Customization? You got it in spades: themes, widgets, everything is adaptable to your own personal preference.
I thought the resolution would be disappointing after witnessing the retina scorching iPhone 4 display. Not so. The super amoled screen is so bright and colourful- that iPhone 4 resolution was quickly forgotten. Also the curved screen is charming, but you might strangle it applying a screen protector.
The omission of SD storage is strange and inconvenient and one of the major downers on this Google party. Alas there is 16GB on board but thats not removable. Speaking of Google, if you're a fan or use Google services like Gmail or Reader you can sync all your Google accounts with the phone. The Google Apps are excellent: check out the new 3D maps or set up your Gmail to get push email straight to your phone.
As for the Android App Market... *SIGH* it's really underwhelming, but it continually improves. Nevertheless, Apple rules the app wars. Google need to tighten this up ASAP but I envisage them making ground with Apple.
Damn good phone, simple as. If you want a brainless experience and are happy to do everything Apple tells you to do get an iPhone 4. If you want freedom to do whatever the hell you like within the software, get Android. If you want the best phone on the market, get the Nexus S.
Suppose I should have mentioned somewhere that it's good at making phone calls too.