After contemplating getting a new phone for a long time, I finally pulled the trigger last month when T-Mobile introduced their new MyTouch 3G phone (here's a current commercial
). I was waiting for an Android
phone before getting a smartphone.
The Android OS is not as polished as Apple's iPhone, but that's only a matter of time. Because of it's open architecture, tweakers everywhere are modifying the software continually (much to Google's benefit). I've already loaded modified versions of the OS on it, making the user experience much more satisfying.
Just as with the iPhone, you can download software to do a multitude of things, from tracking speed, direction, change in elevation, and elapsed time on a hike (thanks to GPS), to consolidating all those membership cards (e.g., your grocery store card) with an app that displays the bar code (for any card) that's readable by bar code readers. Apps like scientific calculators, stop watches, and news aggregators seem trivial.
The cell phone market will be flooded with new Android phones by Christmas this year.
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