Switching From Windows Mobile To Android

I became eligible for a new phone from Verizon on November 10th.  On Black Friday, November 26th, I finally made my decision.  I had been thinking of holding out for Verizon to get a Windows Phone 7 device, but I just couldn’t take my Windows Mobile 6.1 phone any longer.  Plus Dell had a great deal on the Motorola Droid X – $79.99.  It could have been $49.99 if I had the primary line (my wife’s phone has that designation), or even $9.99 if I were moving to Verizon as a new customer.  But, $79 is still one heck of a deal for a Droid X.

The first thing I worried about was that this phone would be just a bit TOO big.  I always carry my phone in my front right pants pocket.  It’s not.  It’s perfectly sized.

The next thing was the learning curve from Windows Mobile 6.1 to Android.  And that was surprisingly low.  It took me a little while to figure out certain things, but that should be expected when moving to a new device.  For instance turning on WiFi, deleting programs, and moving icons to the home screen were all not completely obvious.  But they weren’t really hidden either.

The market was front and center on the home screen and made searching for apps simple.  And once you find one it’s one-click to download and install it.  Talk of Android apps is all over the place on on the internet, so there’s no problem hearing about new ones, both good and bad.  I had a list I was interested in long before I even bought the phone.  For instance, Tom wrote a great post on this site a while back about Camera 360, so that was one of the first I added.  The apps you start with will depend on a lot of things.  I have DirecTV, so I added their app for accessing and programing my DVR.  My kids and I have a fantasy football team and Yahoo makes a really slick app for tracking your team.

Beyond those personal apps, everyone should probably look at adding Google Maps, Google Reader, WeatherBug, and Twitter.

Moving to Android has been really painless.  If you have heard talk of Android being somewhat geeky then you have only heard part of the story.  It can be as Geeky as you want, but version 2.2 can also be simple for any user, no matter what their level.

Living With The Sprint HTC Evo

I’ve been living with my HTC Evo now for a few weeks, long enough where I can make a few informed observations about the device.

The Evo’s 4.3 inch multi-touch screen is superb. I’ve been surprised by the brightness and readability of the Evo’s screen even in a vehicle or outdoors in sunlight. The screen is big enough to be useful, yet the device still fits into a regular shirt pocket.

The Evo is fast and responsive. It seems that no matter what programs are open, the Evo remains just as responsive — there’s no wait for programs or configuration screens to pop open. The other smart phones I’ve owned in the past are dog-slow and sluggish by comparison.

The HTC’s “Sense” user interface that sits on top of Android is a winner. Popular social networking sites are slickly integrated right into every aspect of the phone’s functionality, making it possible to share most everything you can think of with a couple of taps.

The WiFi hotspot feature is also a tremendous convenience. It does have its quirks though. I’ve found that if I have opened up a bunch of different applications in the course of using the phone, if I then open up the WiFi hotspot feature, something will go wrong after a few hours and turn off the battery’s charging circuit. Something I have installed and am running may be causing this to happen. If I reboot the phone and then run the WiFi hotspot feature, this problem doesn’t occur and the battery keeps charging when it’s plugged in to AC power.

The integrated GPS is able to quickly find a signal. There are two GPS navigation choices that are included – Google Navigation and Sprint Navigation. Both work exactly as expected. I find myself making the most use of Google Navigation and Google Maps. The ability to search for businesses in a local area based on the phone’s own GPS location is extremely useful and I typically find I use that feature several times a day.

4G is currently not a good reason to buy an Evo because 4G coverage is currently extremely limited. This situation is in the process of changing. In the meantime, I’m happy with Sprint’s 3G coverage. I knew about this 4G limitation going in to getting this phone, so it’s not a problem for me. In reality, it’s likely going to take two or three years before 4G is widely deployed. I’ve been a Sprint data customer for more than 5 years, so I’ve witnessed (and lived with) the process firsthand of them going from 1XRT service that was limited to the eastern half of the country to widely-deployed EVDO Rev “A” 3G service.

Android is light years better than Windows Mobile 5, 6 or 6.5. When Android needs to pull data from the Internet it quickly pulls it without fuss or muss. All the versions of Windows Mobile I’ve dealt with have a “Dial-up Networking” routine they have to go through just as if it was a desktop computer connecting via a modem, which is slow and sometimes prone to fail. Windows Mobile data connections must be manually closed when not in use or they can drain the battery. Android just does what you expect it to without jumping through a bunch of hoops.

The Evo’s main 8 megapixel camera is very good, and the interface allows instant uploading of photos to services such as Flickr and Facebook. The front-facing camera will work with a free program called “Fring” that will allow two-way video conferencing, but I’ve found Fring’s interface confused and somewhat unreliable.

Sprint appears to be blocking the uploading of videos recorded on the phone even through the phone’s integrated browser when signed in to YouTube. However, I was able to email a video as an attachment to my YouTube account.

The Evo’s “HD video” recording capability is not anywhere close to HD standards. Furthermore, the sound quality of recorded video and audio is quite poor. The Evo is not a replacement for a real video camera. It is only fair to note here that all iPhones, iPod Touches, and iPads have superior audio recording capabilities. Also the iPhone 4’s HD video recording capabilities are obviously quite superior to the Evo’s.

Overall, I’m very pleased with the HTC Evo. That being said, keep in mind that it requires expensive voice/data plans if you wish to take advantage of all its capabilities. Furthermore as a two and one half year plus Sprint customer I’m satisfied with the quality and speed of the Sprint network.

GNC-2010-05-14 #575 Machine is Fired!

Well as many of you experienced on the last show the audio went downhill at 1:11 minutes. Tonight it happened again! Backup recorder saved the day, meanwhile the machine in question has been fired and a replacement has been ordered from Sweetwater. Having issues like this is unacceptable to me at this point. Otherwise show went off without a hitch and I have a pile of stuff to share. Their will be a meetup on 5-22 in Coldwater Michigan. Listen for details. Special version of Geek News Central Insider coming be a Insider!

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Prom Dress wars!
More Botnets controlled by Twitter!
Fungus Conspiracy!
Mini Bluetooth Keyboard.
iPhone for Verizon?
STS-132 Launch Today!
Pirate Bay ISP Ordered to shut em down!
Netural Net Neutrality Bill?
Fiber in your City?
Judge Rules against Limewire Chairman.
EC2 taken out by Car.
End of the World?
Subway has Lost It.
Hulu says no to HTML5.
Skype 5 Way Video Chat.
Skype no to Windows Mobile 7.
** Secret Mission of the Terminator!
Sony Looses more money.
Bing Navigation.
Have a 100k for Space Ticket?
PS3 Supercomputers Locked Out.
Adobe’s Hail Marry.
Philip’s LED bulb.
13 Port USB Hub.
Privacy and Facebook Origins.
North Korea attains Nuclear Fusion? ;)
Gold Dispensing ATM Machine.
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Verizons plan to crush all carriers.
Broadband Demand Up!
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GNC-2010-02-15 #552 It only takes one!

Every show has it’s trolls tonight one took it to a new level, very sad individuals play games like this. Lots of tech news and information just like always. Next show will be a early live recording hope you join me on Thursday night for the live event.

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Will Google fail in 1gbps roll out?
FCC may force carriers to share!
Verizon 4G on the Way!
Sports Hacker wanted in France?
4 Trillion Degree collision?
Some cool iPhone Apps.
California Steampunk Gathering!
Comcast = Xfinity!
UK Linking is not Infringing!
7.2 Billion stimulus being blocked?
Spirit is parked for Winter.
Shuttle Mission Extended!
Blip Downloads bad for Media Device Viewing!
Windows Phone 7 Video.
Windows Mobile Comparison.
Bug Labs 2.0
Is Wi-Fi on School Buses a good Idea?
Use for those old Projector Slides!
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WAC to deliver on App Standards?
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GNC-2009-11-17 #528 Little Rough Tonight?

Never let your Audio recorder start doing a Virus Scan in the middle of the show. 15 minutes had to be re-recorded tonight which sucks.. You know me no editing but when the audio was blank I had to do it twice. Probably better the second time around anyway.

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Cisco and Logitech Get serious about Video Conference!
Google Hires Don Dodge!
Some Online companies to get congressional spanking this week.
Who do your Believe NYT or Computer World?
Windows 7 Tricks and Tips on Explorer.
Paul Allen Lymphoma announcement!
Windows 7 Zero Day Threat!
Unfriend Word of the Year!
Twitter to tweak Suggested User List.
10 Black Friday Tips.
Apple Post printer driver updates.
SSL not so Secure?
100 Million Core Computers by 2018?
FreeCreditReport gets over 1000 domains in ruling.
MPAA/Sony reverse course on small Muni Wifi.
American Airlines fires considerate employee!
Shuttle to ISS.
Progress docks at ISS.
Water on the Moon!
Where goes the programmers goes the Money!
The Future of Super Computing!
Does AT&T have egg on their face?
Apple and Evil Patents!
Apple rumored deals on Black Friday.
iPhone Apps now reviewed by Computer.
Find dining that fits your diet.
What are the odds?
What is Twitter really for?
Startup Dont’s
Has your world changed?
Google Translation Services significantly approved.
Chrome Extensions Site Launch?
15 Chrome Extensions!
Apple Tablet yet a reality?
Windows Mobile dying off fast!
Psystar Guilty Guilty Guilty!
Psystar Crushed!
Viacomm Lawyer relates P2P Lawsuits to Terrorism.
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GNC-2009-10-12 #519 Off to Vegas!

Ok folks one show at home and then off to Vegas, there will be no Friday show this week due to BlogWorld and New Media Expo make sure you check out some podcasts over at TechPodcasts.com. I will be back with you from Florida a week from today with a early evening live show.

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Some Startup Commentary
Snow Leopard Killing user Accounts!
Hyperdrive testing at Hadron Collider? Whats Next?
The inventor of web says he is sorry!
Apple Time Capsule has its own countdown!
More info on Comcast Botnet Battle!
Ultimate Media Converter.
Digital iPhone Cheapskates?
Winer on Future Safe Archives.
Windows Mobile 6.5 Bad reviews!
Sidekick Failure due to Third Party.
T-Mobile allows cancellation of Sidekick Contracts!
What caused the Sidekick Failure?
Data, Data, Data Everywhere!
Photoshop on iPhone!
Twitter not doing Videos Native.
New Jailbreak for iPhone 3.1.2 Available.
100 Years of the Sky is Falling.
App that can save Lives.
45 Vintage Fonts.
More details on Font Suite against NBC.
20 Fantastic iPhone Apps for Parents!
The battle against company behind Pirate Bay.
10 Billion to get schools and Libraries wired with Fiber!
NASA Happy Public Disappointed!
Dyson Blade free Fan “Amazing”
Zune MarketPlace for Mac?
Brit hacker may find new home in Fed Pen!
Getting a unemployment check do not have ads on your Blog!
IOC not happy with Olympic Pictures with CC License.
Radio Stations to pay Performance Fees (Serves them right)
Gourmet Magazine dead because of Bloggers and Twitter Users?
Redskin Fans Read Up..
Soyuz and Clown back from ISS.

GNC-2009-10-05 #517 Live from Washington DC

One of my better road shows in a while hope you agree. My combat nap that I took once arriving in DC on the Red Eye really helped. Lots of ground covered in this show. Comments can always be sent to the voicemail hotline at +1-619-342-7365 and comments emailed to geeknews@gmail.com. Question how many would like a special extended version advertising free premium version each episode?

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Google Refines Search Capability!
Republicans road block Net Neutrality?
Mac and PC’s in same households “Gasp”!
AVG 9.0 released!
Will Pirate Bay survive Google De-Listing?
Private Space Enterprise heats up!
Two Space Tourist at a Time to ISS in 2012
Apple Mistakes Food Store Logo for Tech Store Logo?
Sad Copyright Tale!
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Flash 10.1 Universal Mobile Format?
Adobe Flash and iPhone.
iPhone Apps and Adobe Flash debut!
Fountain of Youth in Chromosomes?
Freedom of Speech and Assembly trampled!
100,000 Hotmail accounts Hacked!
Mobile Broadband stretched to breaking point!
Super Smart – Smart Meters for UK Homes!
Hollywood on Pirate Bay war path!
Proxy Servers get around regional website blocks!
Windows Mobile 6.5 Marketplace Open!
How Google deals with Spam on Websites!
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GNC-2009-05-15 #477 Monster Show Longest of the Year

Monster Show tonight longest of the year audio comments and e-mails are flooding in keep it up. Voice Mail hotline is +1-619-342-7365 or email geeknews@gmail.com. Apologies on the last shows Audio it is squared away tonight. Jet Lag got the best of me on the last podcast! Huge tech line up tonight, I am still on the road..

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Cyberwarfare with China
Real Takes the Battle to the DVD Copy Association
FCC to run DTV test on May 21st
Sweden Government comes collecting to Pirate Bay
Boxee write up in Business Week
Gmail makes it easy to move from AOL, Hotmail and Yahoo!
Google Outage causes panic!
Fake Windows 7 Infected with Botnet
Space Debris misses Shuttle
HP Laptop Battery Recall!
Are you a Metal Gear Fan?
iPhone Slingplayer debate continues
Windows Mobile 7 Requirements
Will Hubble Replacement Match Up?
Clear to Launch in Atlanta Next Month!
The air is full of Drugs
Artist to get Paid by Radio
Three Strikes for everyone…
AT&T Network is Saturated whimper whimper.
Reporter should Loose cell phone like a child
Programmers that care about Users keep application size down!
Create your own Social Media Page
Bye Bye TechMeme
Amazon MP3 worth checking out.
Senate Blew it in Credit Card reform. No Guts
New Progress to ISS
Rover Stuck in the mud!
Hubble Spacewalk #1 so far so good!
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GNC-2009-02-17 #452 I cover a wide assortment of Tech Tonight

Some new initiatives announced early in the show where I will be offering some for pay podcast consulting to 10 podcasters for the first 6 months. Lots of tech and I talk about my upcoming travel schedule.

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Windows Mobile 6.5
Pirate Bay Inquisition has begun.
Synthetic Life from DNA
Electric Car Battery Wars
Delete Painful Memories?
Aliens in Contaminated Rivers?
Why Legislate Digital Devices in Schools?
Do you need a Converter?
STS-119 Delayed
Size of Universe
Non Tech (New Beer Tax)
Ten NASA Achievements
Google Analytics Tutorials
Canadians Watch out!
Michelin’s e-wheel
Windows Mobile 6.5 Review
Lego Mindstorms feedback wanted!
Picking a wireless Provider
Clickball a new Hyperlink Sharing Application
Twitter Groups
Blog Twitter Response Stream
Sony Vaio P (Bad Review)
Twickie
Adobe Flash for Smartphones!
Apple says Jailbreaking iPhone is illegal!
Fireball in Texas Sky
Twitter + Enterprise is a Must!
Tips on Linked In for Job Hunters.
Nokia introduces Thinner SmartPhones