Smart phone worth it
So in late July I ordered a HTC Droid Incredible to replace my old Motorola Krazr cell phone. I’ve wanted a smart phone for a while and while the idea of an iPhone is appealing the idea of AT&T as my cell carrier is not. I’d tested out the Motorola Droid and HTC Droid Eris back in January and liked HTC’s tech better. Since then I’ve been biding my time trying to decide if I was going to get a phone or not. After six months of waiting, I decided enough was enough and purchased the Incredible.
After three weeks, I’m very happy. The main things I wanted to use it for work fabulous. Email, address book and calendar are slick. Since I put all my contacts into Gmail before I got the phone, I literally signed the phone into my Google Account and presto all my contacts. My Google Calendar and Gmail were just as easy. Setting it up to talk to OCLC’s Exchange server just took a few minutes of the OCLC Help Desk’s time.
I easily plugged the phone into the rental car and played music off it on my trip to upstate NY. When I neglected to bring the hotel’s address for the IDS conference, Google Maps put me on the right road in less than 2 minutes. Notes were super easy to take with GoogleDocs and I was able Tweet the conference on Twitter. On that trip I honestly didn’t need my laptop.
I also like that I can check my bank account from the phone. Plus the application for Toodledo, which I use to manage my To dos is great. Getting voicemail from GoogleVoice is also WAY easier that before. I’ve also use the web browser to look at my LibraryThing account when I’m at the used bookstore or want to recommend a book to someone and can’t remember the title. Last.fm is pretty awesome too. When I get sick of the music on the phone, I can use Last.fm to stream other music.
A few things I haven’t gotten/found a app for in the Android market yet.
- Grocery list application
- A better way/application to load and read PDF files
- ereader application to read non-B&N ebooks, particularly ones without DRM but also I’m curious if I can read Overdrive book on the Android phone. Unless someone knows how to load and read these with the Nook app
Things I know that don’t exist
- HuluPlus app or even Hulu app. The website sort of works but you can’t watch videos.
- Netflix app like the one for the iPad
- Box.net app – I use Box for storing my files. I have a Dropbox account but have been using Box for a while and like it. The fact they don’t have an app is annoying and combined with a couple other things may cause me to switch permanently to Dropbox.
Also I’m very interested in QR codes. I saw one on a restaurant door yesterday and was curious where it led to but didn’t know how to read it with the phone. Do I need a particular app or what? I’m also disappointed with the crippled version of Skype that I can use to call people but it uses my cell minutes and I can’t use it via wi-fi. That’s just plain stupid.
I’m sure I’ll find more uses down the road but now I’m still a novice user trying to figure out the basics.