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A week ago, I joined a couple of friends for some pizza and pottery painting at the Mud Room. Here’s the results of my limited artistic skills.
Being a long time Android user, I kind of surprised myself when I decided to take the plunge and preorder my first iPhone. What was the tipping point? I don’t think there was any particular tipping point. I think I’ve always wanted to take the plunge but there were a few things that were holding me back. I live in a Google world using GMail, Calendar, Drive, etc., so having an Android phone made sense. The question is, can a Google user live in the Apple world? After having the phone for almost a month, here is my review of the iPhone 5.
The other day I had to go to the Philadelphia Parking Authority (PPA) to renew my parking permit. Because parking in the lot of the PPA office costs an arm and a leg, I decided to try to find metered parking around the area. After driving the around the block a few times, I finally found a spot. If you know how some of the parking works in Philadelphia, you park your car, and then you go to the parking machine and pay for your parking. As I’m pulling into the open spot, I see a man on the sidewalk, looking at his phone. After pulling into my spot, I get out of the car and I noticed that he had moved only a few feet forward still looking at his phone. He happened to be standing about a foot or two past the parking machine. I went up to the parking machine to pay for my parking and the man didn’t know I was there. How do I know he didn’t notice me? All of a sudden I hear a loud noise. It was the noise of the wind passing by. It was so loud that if he were on the phone, the other person on the other line would say, “What was that?” Right after he let it rip, he then noticed I was right behind him at the parking machine. What did he do after? He just moved right along, staring at his phone, not saying a word. I would like to think he was a little embarrassed and didn’t know what to say but maybe he just didn’t care. Who knows? Oh well, it was outdoors and I didn’t inhale. I’m still alive and life goes on. Just another day in Philly.
On November 6, 2009 the original Motorola Droid was released. It was the first phone that I ever woke up for and went to Verizon store about 30 minutes before it opened. I joined 8 other people outside. I got that phone because the iPhone was only on AT&T. That phone served me well in the 2+ years I had it and helped me do things that the iPhone probably couldn’t do… like the time we were on vacation in Maine and I needed to fix something on the server. I was able to tether my phone to my laptop and fix it right there and then.
Not too long after I bought my Droid Bionic, every cool phone in the world was either release or announced… the iPhone 4S, the Galaxy Nexus, Droid Razr. Looking back, I’m happy with my decision to get the Bionic. One thing that I found today was an FM Radio App. Apparently, older phones use this app but they for some reason omitted this from the Bionic. The app requires you to plug in your headphones because it uses the headphones as the FM antenna. I’m not sure if it’ll work with other Android phones but I’m enjoying my Bionic more and more. I should be finally releasing some apps as well in the next few months.
After a little over two months of having the HP Touchpad, I decided that the experiment is over. I recently sold the Touchpad on Ebay. I did sell it for a profit and I have been contemplating whether I should get the Amazon Kindle Fire. Unless the reviews for it are mind blowing, it doesn’t look like I’ll head that direction. Why did I sell the Touchpad? Was it the fact that it didn’t have an extensive eco system like the iPad? Did it have anything to do with the pretty cheap hardware? I would say that these had a contributing factor, but I would say the main reason is pretty much the same reasons I gave when the iPad first was released… I’m more of a content creator than a content consumer. Don’t get me wrong, I definitely consume a lot of content, but I need something that I can program with while I’m consuming content at the same time. Now that I’ve sold my Touchpad, HP can officially kill the WebOS division… or at least sell it.