Whoa.. first of all, I gotta apologize on not posting for quite a while. 5 months to be exact! This is what happens to a non-regular blogger who is taken over by social networking!! I’ve been more active on Facebook and Twitter as it’s so easy to post and share that I’ve forgotten that I actually own a blog. My bad.
Ok, now for some updates. I have finally broken free from Windows Mobile after 9 years. I started out in 2001 using that bulky “gameboy-ish” Casio E-125 with Windows CE all the way to HTC HD2 with WM6.5, going through all iterations of Windows mobile from WindowsCE, PocketPC 2003, 2003SE, WM5, WM6/6.1 and finally WM6.5.
I’ve been eyeing on Android OS for quite a while and I felt that due to it’s age, it’s got to have the best of Windows Mobile and iOS (Apple). There were 2 things that were stopping me at the time. 1) No front facing cam phones, 2) Lack of apps. Well right now, I can safely say that those barriers are off. Android growth has been awesome, with the app market bustling with all kinds of apps everyday. Also the fact that Android is available on almost all mobile phone manufacturers says that the trend is gonna be uphill for a long time, unlike some fruity company.
Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S. Besides it having Android in it, the main thing that caught my attraction for this device is it’s hardware. It’s super AMOLED screen is one of it’s kind, making it thinner and more energy efficient. Not to mention it being brighter and more viewable under sunlight. Secondly, it has a front facing camera. There’s hardly any other Android device like it. I don’t think Android 2.1 (Eclair) comes with video-calling. This goes to show that Samsung did put some effort into adding this functionality. Lastly, it has a hummingbird Cortex A8 processor running at 1Ghz.
Not impressed yet? It prolly performs as good as the Qualcomm 1Ghz processor that was on my previous HD2 but the Hummingbird has a PowerVR SGX540 GPU that churns out 90 million triangles! Check out this chart for comparison. If numbers don’t work for you, check out the video below that compares this monster against the HTC Desire running with the Snapdragon:
I’ve played Quake 3 on it, and yes, it’s amazing. Here is the detail comparison article. Ok, now for all the downsides (as always). This phone tends to be laggy at times due to poor IO design by Samsung. The geniuses at XDA-dev managed to come up with a fix for it that sure does improve the situation and makes the phone a whole lot faster. However, we are all waiting for Samsung’s official new firmware with the new Android 2.2 (Froyo) which supposedly address this issues.
Secondly, GPS isn’t as good as it was on my previous HTC devices. Galaxy S variants on other continents faced bigger issues, but I didn’t think it was that bad for me here in SG. My first fix happens within seconds most of the time. However, I feel that the GPS is not that sensitive to environment changes. Car stopping in front of a fly-over can cause loss of signal for a while. In the whole, it’s still very usable for me. I just need to find a suitable GPS software. Lastly, the device feels “plasticky”, due to it’s lightness and also it’s plastic gloss back. I’ve never been a fan of glossy surfaces on mobile devices so I went on to G-mask it! Check out the pics of G-mask clear leather surface:
Frankly, the light weight doesn’t bother me. If it feels right, it grows onto you. Despite having a G-mask skin on, I somewhat felt like having some kind of case to protect the back better. This phone being thin (9.9mm) and light, I can afford to have something unique on! I ordered one of these from Ebay:
I should be expecting this case within a week. Hardware aside, Android is very much polished in terms of UI and speed of use. Everything is all very fluid and looks fantastic. I’ve never seen so many high resolution icons on my mobile device before! Multi-tasking works in a subtle manner. Some apps stay in the back like music player, e-buddy messaging client and some just terminate when you hit the back button. Some have to be manually exited to terminate certain functions likle Ndrive (GPS nativation) and some games. 3D games play like they do on a PSP!
Well, being a Windows mobile fan, you might be wondering why I didn’t wait for Windows Phone 7. Reason.. I can’t wait! Furthermore, WP7 UI seems to look crappy for now. I also don’t wanna search high and low for apps. Android is definitely worth trying out for anybody. The iPhone on the other hand has restrictions like music synching through iTunes and no widget support. Besides, iPhone is more of a fashion device rather than a geeky tweak-able device.
Allright.. this is all I have for now. Not sure when I’ll be back to blog again.. LOL. To end this, here’s a picture to all the iPhone fans out there: