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Desire - a week after - Ed's journal
Desire - a week after
So I've had the Desire for a while now, and thought I'd follow up on what I thought of it.

It's still pretty damn fabulous.

A contact list that plugs into facebook - whilst I find facebook obnoxious and annoying, being able to use someone's facebook profile as part of my phone list is awesome.

Twitter is growing on me, for mobile chuntering - SMS sized updates, but broadcasty. But lightweight and open API, so less annoying than facebook as a result.

Anyway, I'm finding the processor on the desire, and general stuff on it is well designed, responsive and active. The 'widget' system and general memory management of Android really does come through as superior to winmo.

There's a bunch of good apps to be had, and the 'intents' system in Android makes it very easy to drop in a replacement subsystem for e.g. handling SMS or mail.

It's not all sweetness and light - it seems the Desire ROM hasn't been approved by Google Market yet, meaning some apps aren't available.
And battery life - well, I'm used to the notion of daily charges, and some stuff eating battery alive. It's very easy to run your battery flat if you do things like turn on the GPS, Wi-Fi, backlight, stream some video using your cellular radio, etc.

Part of that is 'new toy syndrome' though, because I have been playing rather a lot. It does seem to survive a day though, which is the minimum I'd demand-but I doubt it'd do much better than 2 days, even at a push, unless I was being very careful.

Apps worthy of a mention - I'm quite liking:
Terratime - 24 hour solar clock. (paid)
Google Sky Maps is very good.
Shazam - listens to songs, and identifies them.
Google googles - takes pictures of stuff, and image searches them.
Appbrain - application management via web interface.
BatteryLife Widget - shows the battery, temperature and voltage.
Wi-Fi Analyzer - to see what's going on with the wi-fi in the area, like what networks are on what channels (lots of people seem to run defaults)
Tricorder - looks like a silly frip, but is actually quite a nice way to experiment with the build in sensors - audio, gravimetric, magnetometric.
Google maps is nice, especially as they've now added in turn by turn navigation on Android.
PowerManager is also a very nice thing to have - it'll automatically adjust settings based on power source, such as AC powered, low battery, etc. (so it'll shut off wi-fi/bluetooth/gps when you're on low battery, that kind of thing)

And for a bit of gaming fun, Jewels, Cubicman and RoboDefense are all quite entertaining.

And it's still on a bit of a good contract as well, so can't really complain. Very happy with this.
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ephrael From: ephrael Date: April 23rd, 2010 06:28 pm (UTC) (Link)
Any luck on a LJ app that works?
erjholton From: erjholton Date: April 23rd, 2010 07:06 pm (UTC) (Link)
Dammit, stop giving me tech-lust!

And who are you on Twitter?
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