• Samsung captivate

    I am playing around with this Android phone to get familiar with with the Google side of phones. I have owned an iPhone since the 3G and have been interested in Android for a while.

    I have installed some of my common applications and my sim card and the testing has begun. I guess the first question is to root or not to root? Especially since at&t has blocked apps not in the official marketplace which rules out swype which is an amazing application for text entry.

    The keyboard seems to be missing my voice entry as well. Time to customize this beast.

    Edit: I have found swype and the android keyboard in the settings menu.

  • Android 1.6 first experiences

    Two days using an android phone and I’ve experienced a dead battery and a pretty responsive phone. I am used to the iPhone interface and most of the first hours of use is just getting used to the differences between these two phones. It’s always fun to kill a battery due to the increased use of a new device.

    Purchasing applications is much the same the iPhone’s app store except this is tied to my Google account. One more step to owning everything about me I suppose. I very much enjoy the integration of gmail, maps, chat and other Google services. Google docs would be an awesome addition.

    I’ve downloaded a couple games and a Google map update. I haven’t setup all the services I currently use on my iPhone regularly and am very curious about an apples to androids comparison.

    Email lets me set labels and archive email while I check in on the phone which is really nice. I have the Google application on my iPhone, but it’s nice to just have it in the default email application.

    I’ll be testing out some phones with Android 2.1 in the next Month or so and will update my thoughts at that time.