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Android

Posted: Wed Feb 24, 2010 4:11 pm
by Hawkeye
Guys

I'm in the market for a new phone, and so far the HTC HD2 (Win Mobile 6.5) is at the top of the list. However..... it looks like HTC are going to bring out an Android 2.1 based version of the HD2 called the Supersonic (yeah I know, but HTC have a funny thing when it comes to naming their phones, like the Hero, Legend, Desire, Mega etc).

Has anyone out there had any experience with Android? Is it worth waiting a few extra months for? What are the down-sides to Android? Browser any good? etc

Hawkeye

Old phone = HP Business Navigator = "disappointing" :(

Posted: Thu Feb 25, 2010 1:06 pm
by Shardin5
I have a Droid, wife has a LG Incite, Oldest has a iPhone. I FREAKIN love my Droid over the other two.

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 2:27 am
by Hawkeye
Hmmm.... methinks I'll wait a few months to see what comes out of the woodwork from HTC. Alot of speculation at this point and I'd hate to go for the HD2 running WinMo only to find an Android version surfaces a few weeks later.

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 3:03 am
by BitMask
What ever you do, stay away from the WinMo phones. You will be disapointed with them if you don't like your HP.

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:49 am
by Hawkeye
The disappointing things of the Ipaq Business Navigator included:

:( Regardless of how well you'd configure it, the voice recognition software would work less than 20% of the time.

:( The GPS took flaming ages to sort out a signal, and would go completely awol if running third-party gps apps.

:( Small screen needed a stylus to drive it.

:( iPhony users would go around saying "oooooo look at my phone its the best phone ever made", and you wouldn't have a phone that could wipe the smarminess off their faces

Re: Android

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 6:58 am
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:Guys

I'm in the market for a new phone, and so far the HTC HD2 (Win Mobile 6.5) is at the top of the list. However..... it looks like HTC are going to bring out an Android 2.1 based version of the HD2 called the Supersonic (yeah I know, but HTC have a funny thing when it comes to naming their phones, like the Hero, Legend, Desire, Mega etc).

Has anyone out there had any experience with Android? Is it worth waiting a few extra months for? What are the down-sides to Android? Browser any good? etc

Hawkeye

Old phone = HP Business Navigator = "disappointing" :(
The HTC HD2 will be not be able to be upgraded to Windows Mobile 7 Series when that becomes available late this year.

Android is like a poor man's iPhone, but it's improving and gaining ground fast. You have the convenience of choosing pretty much any cell phone provider. Unfortunately Google knows every single freaking thing you do with it.

iPhone is the king of the hill and the 4th gen iPhone model is getting ready to be announced in May with a release date of late June or early July. I would hold out for the next iPhone's spec's to be released first. Also that's going to drive the prices of the others down.

Re: Android

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 4:11 pm
by Hawkeye
Havok wrote: The HTC HD2 will be not be able to be upgraded to Windows Mobile 7 Series when that becomes available late this year.
I've heard the same (official) announcement myself, although I've also heard contradictory leaked info. Considering the bad press that WinMo has been getting, the fact that Phone 7 won't run WinMo apps, and that its a chance to jump from the Microsoft ship, I'm not too worried about Phone 7 at this stage. Plus I kinda like running with the underdog :)

Havok wrote: Android is like a poor man's iPhone, but it's improving and gaining ground fast. You have the convenience of choosing pretty much any cell phone provider. Unfortunately Google knows every single freaking thing you do with it.
Yeah its the new kid on the block, but as it's open-source it's gaining ground and applications quickly. From the forums it would appear that the HD2 running Android 2.1 would make the ideal combination, but no plans from HTC to release it as Android. The Supersonic fits the bill, but I'm unsure wether there'll be a GSM version (it looks like its bound for the CDMA networks in the USA). I also like the open-source movement for some reason, possibly due to the freedom of customisation etc. How does Google get hold of the info you mentioned :?:

Havok wrote: iPhone is the king of the hill and the 4th gen iPhone model is getting ready to be announced in May with a release date of late June or early July. I would hold out for the next iPhone's spec's to be released first. Also that's going to drive the prices of the others down.
In terms of popularity, you're probably right, in terms of phone spec, doubtful as the Nexus One and HD2 both give it a very good run for the money. Sure they have their bugs, but I understand the iPhone is not perfect either.

There's a number of brands out there that I just can't bring myself to buy into, namely Subaru, iPhone and FaceBook. The reason for this is to do with all the hype, popularity, mainstreamness and (most of all) that owners/users all go on about how "you got to buy this cos its the best thing ever". Sure the Subaru does handle well, the iPhone is a polished product with a slick interface, and Facebook is Facebook, but for me there's better gear out there. Anyone else out there have a list of popular products they cant bring themselves to purchase :?:

The 4th gen iPhone will be impressive, but by that time the Scorpion (1.5GHz dual core) should be on the market, and hopefully running GSM mwhahahaha :twisted:

Re: Android

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 7:15 pm
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:
Havok wrote: iPhone is the king of the hill and the 4th gen iPhone model is getting ready to be announced in May with a release date of late June or early July. I would hold out for the next iPhone's spec's to be released first. Also that's going to drive the prices of the others down.
In terms of popularity, you're probably right, in terms of phone spec, doubtful as the Nexus One and HD2 both give it a very good run for the money. Sure they have their bugs, but I understand the iPhone is not perfect either.

There's a number of brands out there that I just can't bring myself to buy into, namely Subaru, iPhone and FaceBook. The reason for this is to do with all the hype, popularity, mainstreamness and (most of all) that owners/users all go on about how "you got to buy this cos its the best thing ever". Sure the Subaru does handle well, the iPhone is a polished product with a slick interface, and Facebook is Facebook, but for me there's better gear out there. Anyone else out there have a list of popular products they cant bring themselves to purchase :?:

The 4th gen iPhone will be impressive, but by that time the Scorpion (1.5GHz dual core) should be on the market, and hopefully running GSM mwhahahaha :twisted:
I will bet hands down the next version of the iPhone (4th Gen) is going to blow away anything that HTC or Google has put out, hardware and software wise. Apple knows they have to step up this time around because last years 3GS was nothing but a tiny bump up. This 4th gen iPhone is going to be an evolutionary jump. It has to be to keep Google at bay.

Are you saying you don't want to be my friend on Facebook?

Re: Android

Posted: Mon Mar 15, 2010 8:27 pm
by Hawkeye
Havok wrote:
I will bet hands down the next version of the iPhone (4th Gen) is going to blow away anything that HTC or Google has put out, hardware and software wise. Apple knows they have to step up this time around because last years 3GS was nothing but a tiny bump up. This 4th gen iPhone is going to be an evolutionary jump. It has to be to keep Google at bay.

Are you saying you don't want to be my friend on Facebook?

Hmmm, I guess only time will tell. The only downside to shelling out the bucks is knowing that whatever I get, it will be obsolete / superceded by the next planned version within a few months. The market and tech is moving quickly and a big phone-war is expected on the horizon around the latter part of this year as everyone brings out their big guns.

As for Facebook, I'd be your friend if I had an account :) Are you saying you don't have enough friends on Facebook?

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:43 am
by Hawkeye
Looks like the HTC Supersonic will be released / announced in few days time. Only trouble is i'm betting it will run on CDMA, not GSM :(

Might have to wait for the HD3 with Windows Phone 7 to come out later in the year :hurryup:

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 6:43 am
by Gavan
Hawkeye wrote:Looks like the HTC Supersonic will be released / announced in few days time. Only trouble is i'm betting it will run on CDMA, not GSM :(

Might have to wait for the HD3 with Windows Phone 7 to come out later in the year :hurryup:
Do they still have a CDMA network in NZ? I am sure they will release the phone in OZ as well and it will run on GSM / UMTS. You could always get it from here.

Re: Android

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 9:08 am
by Havok
Hawkeye wrote:
Havok wrote:
I will bet hands down the next version of the iPhone (4th Gen) is going to blow away anything that HTC or Google has put out, hardware and software wise. Apple knows they have to step up this time around because last years 3GS was nothing but a tiny bump up. This 4th gen iPhone is going to be an evolutionary jump. It has to be to keep Google at bay.

Are you saying you don't want to be my friend on Facebook?

Hmmm, I guess only time will tell. The only downside to shelling out the bucks is knowing that whatever I get, it will be obsolete / superceded by the next planned version within a few months. The market and tech is moving quickly and a big phone-war is expected on the horizon around the latter part of this year as everyone brings out their big guns.

As for Facebook, I'd be your friend if I had an account :) Are you saying you don't have enough friends on Facebook?
One nice thing about the iPhone is that Apple has updated the OS each year with the hardware. So That means I was able to upgrade my phone to OS 3.0 (for free) and have just about all the features of the 3Gs on my 2nd Gen 3G device. I would imagine Google will do the same with their Nexus One.

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 3:47 pm
by Cardno
I have a nokia.

Apparently you can look at things on the interweb with it. Maybe one day I will try that....

Posted: Sat Mar 20, 2010 4:42 pm
by Hawkeye
Gavan wrote: Do they still have a CDMA network in NZ? I am sure they will release the phone in OZ as well and it will run on GSM / UMTS. You could always get it from here.
Yup, Telecom currently have two networks - the "old" one running CDMA and the new XT one running GSM. I'm told the old CDMA network will be switched off in two years time.

I got my last phone from aussie ebay, trouble is I think the Supersonic is solely intended for the U.S. market running CDMA. At least playing the waiting game will mean the HD2 will be dropping in price :)