First Real Impressions Of Android

I figure its about time I put some initial thoughts together on my impressions on Android. Specifically the HTC Incredible 2.

Having been an avid BlackBerry for some time, I made the decision to approach my Android experience with an open mind. A fresh start with a new operating system platform and a totally new device form factor.

My initial thoughts on the touch screen keyboard were less than pleasant. I had been dead set that I “had to have” my physical QWERTY keyboard done in traditional RIM style. Knowing that I did not care for the slide out keyboards, I opted for the touch screen only design. I know this would take some adjustment getting used to it.

Device setup and activation went fairly smoothly with help from a VZW rep on the phone. After setting up emails and contacts were synched I moved on to installing apps. Naturally, I started with Twitter, Facebook, WordPress and foursquare. The latter three were simple enough, download the Android version. Twitter on the other hand was a challenge with the plethora of options available for Android.

Twitter
I decided to install Issimo because I’ve been a huge fan of the way it handles mentions on BlackBerry. What I can say about this app is its not the same as the BlackBerry version. Its better.

My little bro suggested I try Plume which I did. Overall I like it.

Twitter for Android and HTC’s Peep are OK. Though certainly there are better choices.

I am not sure what the fuss is about TeetDeck. I don’t think even the best skin could make it appealing to me. Though some may like it, I don’t.

Browsers
It is my opinion that all native browsers have room for much improvement. My search for the perfect browser was rather short. Having heard great things about Dolphin Browser HD I had to give it a look. Impressive is how I would describe it. A keeper for sure.

Being a big fan of the Firefox browser on my PC I naturally checked out the Android version. I couldn’t figure out how to zoom in on the screen. I may have missed something in settings. No zoom = its of no use to me.

Opera Mini was far too slow for me on opening. In fact I didn’t even get past the “loading” screen.
Opera Mobile, on the other hand, is a snappy performer. I haven’t spent much time with it yet. I think it stays for now.

Keyboards
It looks to me that the Better Keyboard may be one of the more popular keyboards with all its vast assortment of skins. There a skin for everyone.

While I was in the middle of perusing the plethora of keywords in the Market I got a message from @Adam80460 asking if u wanted to test a new Keyboard he had been working on. Naturally I agreed. I am impressed and can’t wait to see it in the Market.

@QBall45

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