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!
We can only hope that there'll be some excellent cross-pollination between Sun's team and the folks at NeoOffice. NeoOffice has done a good job of delivering added value to OOo, and it would be a shame to see that good work fall by the wayside as the OOo core evolves to include its own Mac-native UX.
I'm sure mine is not the only voice encouraging the teams to find ways to cooperate and bring the best of both to OpenOffice's Mac user community.
Date Night! On those seemingly rare occasions when everything falls into place and events proceed as though following the script of a romantic classic, it's good to savor the moment. I've been savoring now for 28 hours...
My wife and I escaped our home last Saturday night to enjoy an evening of unfettered relaxation. We'd engaged the kids' favorite babysitter, and left the house with a simple plan, only 3 generally-defined destinations.
We arrived for Catholic Mass at the Basilica of St. Mary in Minneapolis at about 4:30. We were early, and discovered a wedding party just departing. As we entered the church, I was drawn back to my childhood attendance of Mass at St. Mary's Catholic Church in Sleepy Eye. Though the church of my childhood is somewhat less grand than the Basilica, the notable similarities helped inaugurate our evening with pleasant reminiscence.
Once Mass had concluded, we returned to the car and drove the 3 blocks to the Walker Art Center for a wa…