It has been almost 3 years since my last mobile phone upgrade .. I finally gave up on Blackerry – which, in the end, was not a hard choice. In 3 years, there had been almost no change in their products – and things were fairly dated even 3 years ago. Shame on you, Blackberry.
My only alternative was to go Droid. Sure, the iPhone 4s actually covers all my initial complaints that I had with the 3G.. but I just couldn’t do it. Too many words to eat, and I just can’t catch that Apple Fever.. as I already have Googlitis. It was time for the all-Google experience.
Kim and I went on a quick trip to Mexico in March – which was what finally prompted me to upgrade.. I needed something with wifi to use while lounging at the pool.. and it might as well be a new phone.
I went to Costco and let myself get talked into the Droid BIONIC by the sales rep there. He said no one had ever returned one.. unlike the newer devices (Razr and Nexus). I was not looking to spend $200+ on a new device.. and I landed the BIONIC with piles of free accessories (including car dock and spare battery) for a mere $50.. while retaining my unlimited data. Not to mention it had 32Gb onboard with a free 32Gb card – pretty awesome.
So.. what’s the deal? After 2 weeks with the phone (that’s as long as you have to return then now, eesh).. I was still content. The “Droid Does” theme is very true. This thing.. does. It just works. It does all the things I want it to do, and then some.
Yes, its huge. Yes, I still hate typing on the touch screen. Yes, I still hate taking pictures without a dedicated button. But such is life. 2 months in, I’m still happy. Its a very fast, capable device, that hangs with the latest and greatest. It looks good, works very well, and (as long as I turn off 4G), it lasts through the day pretty well. Streaming music in the car, and Google Navigation have pretty much replaced the need for an iPod and a GPS device.
The phone doesn’t hang, The web works. There are apps for everything, and they work. Apps are updated regularly. Updating them is cake. Its quite, quite nice.
I still miss the size of my Blackberry. It was manageable. I miss typing on keys, and I have to say, using the ‘mouse’ on the BB is still more accurate most of the time. But alas, Blackberry never bothered to put decent software on their devices.. I must now learn to evolve.