I have to say, I'm impressed by the features. The Droid is almost compelling enough to pull me away from AT&T and the promise that (eventually) my wife will let me buy an iPhone (she already has hers ;) ).
I say almost because, while the software side of the Droid (Google Android 2.0) shows promise as a formidable competitor to the iPhone OS (some might call it "Mac OS X mobile edition"), it still lacks the industrial design elegance and comprehensive hardware/software integration of the iPhone. I worry about the hardiness and longevity of devices with so many mechanical elements (full qwerty keyboard, slide out screen). The iPhone has only two hardware switches, no other moving parts, and so not much that's subject to wear.
Still, the Droid has some unique features (the "car-friendly UI" and turn-by-turn directions), and the fact that it's on the Verizon network with comprehensive 3G coverage nationwide makes it an attractive alternative for anyone who needs a handheld computer that overcomes some of the limitations of the iPhone on AT&T.
The Droid is one more clear indicator that the smartphone market will continue to diversify, heating up competition between carriers as well as between device makers. BlackBerry, iPhone, Symbian/Nokia, and now Android, will continue to push the envelope in handheld network computing and communications.
I can't wait for Christmas to see if Santa leaves one of these gems for me!
On My Own - Doing It By The Numbers Over the weekend I got my first call on a consulting opportunity. A few calls later I realized something - I hadn't figured out how to price my "product!" It's pretty hard for someone to buy something (or even determine whether they're interested) if they don't know the price. Of course, that realization came after I nailed down something even more important...my resume. I promised lots of friends, colleagues and former co-workers that I'd let them know how things are going, so I plan to catalog the steps in my process here on my blog in the unlikely event that someone else decides to pursue a similar path. I know this has probably all been written about before, but some of us are just too darned bull-headed to learn lessons from other people and need to make our own mistakes, carve our own paths. Step #1 - Define Your Product (aka Update Your Resume) I know most people probably keep their resumes current by looking at what t…
First Day Started today with coffee in bed until 9am, then got down to business.
Earlier this week, after being notified I would be leaving my employer, I decided to take advantage of the company's Employee Purchase Plan (EPP) with Apple. I walked into the Ridgedale Apple Store and picked out a Mac Pro dual Xeon quad-core 2.8GHz CPU, an Apple Wireless Keyboard, a couple of 20" Apple Cinema Displays, and the 10-user edition of Mac OS X Server. I decided that, as part of defining my work, I needed to make sure my productivity wasn't hampered by under-powered technology. I want to be able to do some serious computing, and there's nothing more powerful and affordable than the Mac Pro. I'm happy to say that I'm writing this entry on my new Mac Pro, although I haven't yet installed Mac OS X Server (that'll come later, once I've planned out disk partitioning and digital workspace mechanics). Working (and Living) Green One of the things I've neglected u…