I’ve been considering switching cell phones for a while. My BlackBerry Curve has served me well for almost two years. It was my first smartphone, and introduced me to the world of mobile Internet. My two year Verizon Wireless contract was due to expire on March 8, 2011, so I’ve been sniffing around for a while, reading reviews of many products and touching display models in various venues.
I liked the BlackBerry for the most part, but found that some of the apps aren’t friendly. The screen seemed to be getting smaller as time went on, probably because of the massive screens I’ve seen on other models. My BlackBerry model does not have a touch screen, so all of my interaction was done with the keyboard. This was not a problem for me, but I knew that I was missing out on some pretty nifty tricks by having to always punch keys instead of sliding my fingers.
I like the BB keyboard, however. It works well, was easy to figure out, and is dependable.
While shopping around, I couldn’t help but be attracted to the Google Android operating system and the phones that have been built to use it. I’ve seen the Droid X and its huge screen, and thought about how much fun it would be to have that thing to tinker with. But I’ve heard people who have smartphones with no keyboards complain about how hard it is to learn to type on a touchscreen. I knew that I would probably be frustrated for a while with such a device, especially if the touchscreen was very sensitive and unforgiving of unintended minor swipes by errant fingertips.
I decided to overlook the touchscreen issue and try one of those phones anyway. But I had to wait until till March, based upon my contract terms.
Then I got a flyer in the mail from Verizon Wireless. See the photo above.
The flyer promoted the Droid Pro, a smartphone made by Motorola that’s equipped with the Android operating system. The first thing I noticed on the flyer was that the phone has a keyboard. In fact, the keyboard looked much like the one on my old BlackBerry.
The flyer also said that I was eligible to upgrade RIGHT NOW!
I hope you don’t think I could have refused such an offer.
So now I have a Droid Pro, having taken possession of it on New Year’s Eve. I can’t begin to express how gratifying the Android operating system is, or how cool the online experience is, or how wonderful the list of fantastic apps is, or how functional the real keyboard is, or how nifty the touchscreen is. I am really at a loss for words . . .
I’ve already blogged with it, taken photos with it, emailed photos with it, made videos with it, watched YouTube videos with it, and downloaded a dozen apps with it. I can Facebook, Myspace, and Tweet with it. I can read the news, read books, watch sports, and watch wacky dogs doing hilarious tricks. It is a handy tool, with a screen nearly twice the size of the BlackBerry Curve.
I realize that we’re still in the honeymoon period. So I expect to find some annoyances with the Droid Pro. So far, I’ve noticed that the keys are a bit harder to punch down than those on the BlackBerry. The battery seems to be draining down pretty fast, but that might be attributable to the hard work I’ve been doing, downloading apps and transferring data around the world. The call audio quality is different than the BlackBerry, and I’ll have to adjust to that. As time goes on, some adjustments will have to be made to accommodate the Droid Pro’s idiosyncrasies. I feel that I’m up to the task.
I just hope I have some time left during the day to go to work.