Over the past couple of TV Seasons I have become infatuated with an ABC series called “V.” While I sincerely doubt this program will ever win any awards, (who cares) it has, for some reason caught my unwavering interest. Probably because the plot is a little twisted. (as I am)
One of the central characters in the show is the charismatic, yet manipulative alien leader “Anna” portrayed by the lovely Morena Baccarin. Anna’s ability to maintain loyalty and control over her subjects is enabled by use of a telepathic pacification process known as the “Bliss”.
For the past year, or so, I have been pretty cranky, as it relates to my ongoing experience as a smartphone user. For context my cell phone service provider is Sprint. ( I have no beef with them) When I renewed my Sprint agreement, nearly two years ago, my device of choice was a Blackberry Curve 8330. While it seemed like a wise choice, at the time, it was clearly a mistake. The simple truth is this phone is pretty dysfunctional, and unreliable, for any task other than email, calendar management, or of course phone calls.
Any social media application I have added to my ‘Crackberry’ has eventually had major problems. I have sat at conferences, in total frustration, as my colleagues and business associates have all run circles around me with their Iphones and Android devices.
A Little Slice of Social Technology Heaven!
Obviously, at some point I could have opted out, and replaced that “dumb” phone with one that has some real functionality. (at a hefty price tag) Stubbornly, I refused, thinking I could survive till my contract ran its course, (July 2011) and save a few pennies along the way. Finally, this week I said to myself, “enough is enough.”
Yesterday (2/24/2011) I truly entered the smartphone age. I am now the proud owner of an HTC EVO 4G Android Phone. Appropriately, I have nicknamed my cellphone “Anna,” as I have now found my smartphone “bliss.”
Wow… talk about a shocking transition! My user experience with my new Android mobile device is like night and day, compared to that crusty ole Blackberry.
For clarity, I am not a Blackberry hater. Early on, Blackberry (RIM) was the undisputed leader in the mobile device business. Unfortunately their mobile phone technology has not kept up with the times, and companies like Apple and Google have, at least for now, passed them by.
Here are some interesting 2010 Market Share Statistics I found, courtesy of Jacqui Cheng, who, ironically, is Senior Editor for Apple.
My decision to purchase an Android phone was not driven by a preference of that technology, over Apple’s IPhone. I debated the issue of which product to select for some time. My choice was more driven by my need to maintain, an account with Sprint, which unfortunately is not presently able to offer an Apple option. In my mind either product (Apple or Android) is a winner. The clear loser is Blackberry.
Early Opinions of the EVO 4G Smartphone
While it is way too early, since I just purchased my Android Phone yesterday, for me to truly provide a fully experienced opinion, I will offer this early feedback, to any Blackberry user contemplating a change in devices:
- Social Media Convenience — My Android smartphone allows me to conveniently utilize social technology applications, such as Twitter, Facebook, or FourSquare on a mobile device, with a relatively challenge-free user experience. Installation of applications is painless and intuitive. And… the apps actually work (yay!)
- Screen & Keyboard — The significantly larger screen, with the added diversity of a portrait or landscape view, makes both the viewing and data entry process easier, especially for us guys with big fingers.
- Computer-like Experience — The Android operating system has the feel of a miniature computer, which makes me happy. I love the PDF viewer, as I can upload business documents onto the EVO, and view them right there, which is both a convenient and compact feature.
- Email — Viewing and managing email is a dream come true. Whereas with the Blackberry, I was not able to load my personal email accounts easily, due to the use of the enterprise system, that whole process, on the android device, was easy to setup and operates seamlessly.
- Lightning Fast Speed — I tested out the 4G speed and it is unbelievably fast. Time will tell how broad and strong the coverage is, but I am encouraged by what I experienced thus far.
- Multimedia — With the 4G speed I can’t wait to play with all these wonderful features!
As with any technology, I am sure I will find pain points, along the way, with the Android phone. It’s kind of like a relationship … you take the good and the bad when you sign up for the program. I do think I made a good choice with the EVO 4G. I believe “Anna” and I are going to be really good friends. Right now it is truly a honeymoon!
Question: If you are, or have been a Blackberry user, and switched over to another device, such as an Android, or Iphone, how would you characterize the experience? What advice would you offer? Please share with us!