One Year With Google Android
I've been using Android for pretty much a year now, so let me share with you some of my thoughts and experiences. I picked up an HTC Hero in early April of last year; I'd been using a Blackberry Curve 8900 prior to that, and I always felt a little restricted with Blackberry OS.
Although there were newer devices such as the Desire just launched, the Hero was the logical choice of Android device for me, due to its compact form factor, unique design, and good performance. I really liked the Hero; it did pretty much everything my Blackberry did to a better standard, and also added a few cool new features. Best of all, though, it was a Google experience. I use as many Google services as I can, even if there are better options on the market, simply because I like everything to be in one place (in this case, all contained in my Google account). This includes Gmail, Google Calendar, Docs, Talk, etc. This brings me onto what I think is the strongest selling point of Android: syncing. All I had to do was sign into my Google account on my shiny new phone and all my data was synced to my phone. It was the same with social networks; all of my Facebook friend details was combined with my existing contacts, unifying all the mess into an organised and slick interface—HTC Sense.
I only used my Hero for less than a month, as I was getting poor service on the network. I cancelled my contract, got my money for my phone and first month back, and decided to pick up an HTC Legend on a different network. It was the spiritual successor to the Hero, and took all the features of the Hero and made them better. In the end, I was glad that I switched to this device, as the Legend has been bulletproof for the past 11 months. HTC Sense is a terrific UI enhancement to Android, and adds another "layer" to Android's organisation of chaos. That's what's really impressive about Android; the unification of everything into one thing. For example, I have all of my Google contacts synced (backed up) to the cloud, while simultaneously combining each contact's social networking details with their standard contact information, such as home and mobile phone numbers.Continued on the next page