April 26, 2010 | by Guest
Android is growing faster than many of us anticipated, but it’s not without fault. In light of recent criticism of the Nexus One, I decided to gauge the appeal of the device – and Android as a whole – from a recent convert rather than a long-time enthusiast.
Peter Toledo of Gamertag Radio is an iPhone user who switched to the Nexus One in January. When I asked him to explain how Android managed to pull him away from the iPhone, he agreed to share his story.
As a Technology and Gaming enthusiast, I always find myself wanting the next great piece of tech that comes out. But before I go out and buy a product, I pride myself on researching and doing my due diligence to make sure that I’m getting the most out of my hard earned money. I’ve transitioned through the years with Blackberry’s, Palm Treo’s and ultimately the Apple iPhone. As a full-time Network Administrator and Cisco Engineer, I spend most of my time on a Windows Operating System on laptops, desktops and servers.
I was forced to upgrade my Blackberry after it decided that too many tumbles were enough to dislodge important electronic circuits in the device. I got an Apple iPhone 3G for my troubles. At that time it was regarded by many as the top smartphone on the market, the App Store offered an abundant array of selections for productivity and gaming, as well as allowed me to interact with my car stereo to play music.
The iPhone served its purpose happily for the first few months, before it began exhibiting problems. It first started with systems freezes. Apple technicians blamed it on being tied to Exchange, storing too many emails on the device, and too much content (music, movies, etc). Then the display went out one night. The Apple technician replaced the display and stated I should turn off the phone every couple of days to give it a break. My response initially was “Isn’t this an Apple product? Aren’t Apple devices known for not needing a periodic reboot like Windows devices?” Regardless I knew it was like Obama’s campaign slogan, “A Time for Change.” I started my research looking into every smartphone manufacturer and tried to stay as carrier neutral as possible. I’d been with AT&T for over 10 years and felt that perhaps the grass is greener on the other side so why not just look for the best overall deal taking into account hardware, carrier strength and, of course, price.
It was around this time that the Droid from Motorola was released and I thought I had found the holy grail of smartphones. Hardware and touch keyboard, powerful processor, strong network presence (Verizon), decent sized screen and no iTunes? SOLD! At first glance it was similar to the iPhone I was so accustomed to yet offered me a change of pace. I then got word through a good friend of mine who works at Google that a new phone was in the works. Needless to say my interest was definitely piqued. I went back and forth for the next few weeks trying to decide if Droid or Nexus One was in my future. One week it was Droid, the next it was the Nexus One. While I was able to gets hands-on time with the Droid at the local Verizon stores the Nexus One was a veritable unknown.
For me, my smartphone only needs to do a few things. Make/Receive calls and text messages, check emails, social networking (Twitter/Facebook) and have an app for music and podcasts. I don’t spend inordinate amounts of time playing with apps, so I only need a device that does what I want and does it well.
I ultimately selected the Nexus One. The primary reason was the hardware. In the technology field most devices have a successful lifespan of about 3-6 months until the next latest and greatest is unveiled. The Snapdragon processor on the Nexus One is powerful enough to handle anything I throw at it and waits for more. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve had to sit and wait with the iPhone to get apps to run, only to go back and start it over again if I had to receive a phone call. The ability to multitask with Android devices is/was something I had sorely missed since my Palm Treo.
Another prime reason was my divorce from iTunes. I cannot stand to be married to anything other than my wife, and iTunes is an application I simply cannot stand. It’s slow to load, ultra-invasive and a chore to deal with. I like my content where I put it and in the format I choose. Accessories were another nightmare. I prefer to have a device that can share the same cable (USB Micro) for portability. But in the end, the major thing that sold me on the Nexus One was this nifty comparison chart that I found over at Mashable.com.
I’ve had the Nexus One for about 3 months now and the only complaint I have is related more to the carrier than anything else. Unfortunately, my house doesn’t have the best 3G coverage even though the T-Mobile map says I’m in the middle of the 3G zone for the Miami area. Aside from that, I’m a believer in all things Android now. I’ve even converted my wife who plans on getting the Nexus One on Sprint when it comes out. That or the HTC Evo 4G on Sprint — whichever comes first.
About the writer
Peter Toledo is a geek at heart and loves technology in all its many flavors. A Network Engineer, he also works as CoHost & Writer for Gamertag Radio. Gamertag Radio (GTR) is an independent online gaming website dedicated to the gaming community. Founded in 2004, GTR has grown from a small independent website to one of the largest and most respected gaming information sites on the Internet.
Every week GTR records and distributes new episodic content recapping the news of the past week, including discussions about what is happening in the online gaming community along with interviews and a weekly custom soundtrack highlighting up & coming Hip Hop artists. GTR also regularly reviews games, discusses new downloadable content, talks about upcoming games, while attempting to shine some light on the Xbox Live Gamers themselves who contribute to the gaming community.