HTC Thunderbolt

I recently received my HTC Thunderbolt and have been loving this phone.  I was able to get it rooted and have figured out how to load custom ROM’s on the phone.  Life is now good.  I am no longer shackled to that damned Motorola Droid X.  It started out as a good phone, but Motorola screwed it up royally with their shitty Moto Blur interface and their half assed updates.

The Droid X almost had me turned away from Android, but I had to take a step back and do some digging on the forums and found that the Thunderbolt, even though its bootloader was locked, could be unlocked, and thus giving me free reign on my phone.

So now, I am back at the helm and hacking again.

Sync Your DROID X With iTunes

So I have found a web site with some instructions on syncing your DROID X with iTunes.  I can only assume this will work with other Android devices.  I was previously using DoubleTwist for this task, but DoubleTwist still has some work they need to do before they over take iTunes when it comes to media management.

The downside to DoubleTwist is that it is not an open source project so I can not grab the source code and contribute to this project.  I need to start emailing them and find out how I can contribute.  I believe in the Android platform and want to help it succeed.  It’s a very cool mobile platform and I see some very nice things on the horizon for hit.

Has much as I used to hate writing code, when you are working on projects that you believe in, writing code can be a very good thing.

2 Weeks With The Droid X

So I have had my Droid X for 2 weeks now.  The phone has been amazing.  There were some issues with it in the beginning with the syncing, but that was my fault for not setting it up correctly.  The phone has a beautiful design to it, and a beautiful screen to match.

The Motorola developers and designers behind this phone really went all out.  It’s a great device that feels good in your hands, and has a good weight to it.  The phone has a 4.3” screen on it that is gorgeous and bright.  so bight that if you do not turn it down, the battery life diminishes a lot.  Even with the screen not on full brightness, it is still gorgeous.

The battery life of this phone has gotten a lot better since the Android 2.2 update.  I can get through the entire day now and not have to charge.  The touch screen took some getting used to, then again, I’ve been using an iPhone for the last 2 years.  The differences in their virtual keyboards are subtle, but enough to feel different.

There are a couple of things that I do miss from my iPhone.  The battery life if the iPhone 3G, while I do not like iTunes, I love how it can manage the apps for the iPhone, and the amount of apps in the iPhone App store.

Those are all things that I do believe will come to Android, it’s just a matter of time.  As someone who was a die hard iPhone user, I have no regrets about moving to Verizon and Android.  And by the way…can you hear me now?  The call quality and so far, no dropped calls is amazing.

Anyone looking for a smart phone, you have to at least look at the Droid X.  My other recommendation would be the HTC EVO on Sprint.

A New Player Has Entered The Game

So I just found out that a friend of B’s works at T-Mobile.  She got me to looking at the Samsung Galaxy S on T-Mobile.  It’s an Android phone with a 4” screen.  I’ll make a trip to the T-Mobile store and play with it to check it out.

It has 16MB of on board storage, plus it supports up to a 32GB microSD card.  Yes, when it comes to cell phones, I’m easily swayed by who has the best feature set.  While the HTC EVO has a slightly larger screen, the Sansung Galaxy S and it’s 16GB on board storage, and additional 32GB of storage capacity,  make for the better option.  T-Mobile here I come.

Leaving The Empire

I was finally able to play with an HTC EVO today.  I love this phone.  The screen looks amazing.  I don’t know how it looks compared to an iPhone 4, but it’s damn sexy.  The only issue for me is that the phone only has 1GB of internal storage, but supports an SD card up to 32GB.

At the end of the month, I am leaving The Empire, and joining the Rebel Alliance.  I have done some searching, and while a lot of the apps I have on the iPhone 3G are not on the Android Market Place, most of the apps I have on the iPhone I don’t use.  While there at the Sprint store I did a few searches and my most used apps are on the Android Market Place.

And, to make it even sweeter, my bill is going to go down by $30 a month.  I can see that savings account growing more and more.

Yet Another Disappointment

So after finding out that the Samsung Captivate did not have the hardware to be a wi-fi hotspot, I started looking up the specs on the HTC EVO.  Turns out it only has 1GB of internal storage.  How in the hell do you have a smart phone is 2010, with the amazing feature set that the HTC EVO has, but you cripple it with only 1GB of internal storage.

Not sure what I am going to do not for a phone.  But I need to do something soon.