I received a new cell phone last week and with my Samsung Intercept I’ve joined the Android revolution. I have to say that this thing is nothing at all like my previous Windows Mobile 6.1 phone. Nope, not even close.
When I first powered it up late last week I was actually pretty overwhelmed. After 5 minutes I got frustrated and set it down for a bit. Since then, however, I’ve been in love – I just had to learn the “droid way” of doing things. With WinMo, those hardware buttons really aren’t all that critical. With Android? Oh you better know what they do and when they do it.
Yeah, I love this thing. The size is just right. The slider keyboard initially felt odd but after just an hour or so I’ve adapted and love all the keys readily available. The screen is easily readable and the processor seems plenty fast.
The Intercept’s buttons can be a little fussy. The back button doesn’t always seem to register and sometimes the home button seems to register too well and I end up in the task switcher (which is a nifty find, btw). With use and practice I’m finding just the right touch to mitigate both issues.
I love the built-in messaging app. With the ability to show all the history helps make it feel more like an IM conversation.
I’m bummed that there’s apparently no Skype option for non-Verizon androids. What’s up with that?!?
The Evernote Android app is beautiful — and rather disappointing. My dream of building check lists (deployment guides, for instance) on the desktop and using mobile to check off tasks as they happen remains unfulfilled. I can add to existing notes but not modify them. Phooey. Looks nice for data capture on the fly though…
The eWallet Android app is kind of disappointing as well. Oh, it works well and is quite useful, but currently the only sync is via USB cable to a PC running eWallet desktop. The fact that is read-only is a buzz kill. If it has to stay read-only I hope maybe they’ll consider a network sync – we already have a beta web sync that works just fine.
I’m in love with the Aldiko eBook reader. I first tried it last week and had issues with page size and margins. Read some stuff on the web that indicated I wasn’t alone and I uninstalled it. This past weekend I decided I’d try again – maybe I could manually set the width or margins or something. Much to my surprise the issue was gone after the reinstall! I haven’t checked to see if perhaps a new version was released; I’m just enjoying it. Looks like my ebook organizer Calibre will convert and sync directly to it. I look forward to trying that soon. (right now I’m re-reading the original Tarzan and loving it)
The Samsung didn’t seem to come with the default calendar gadget – and a smart phone that doesn’t show upcoming events on the main screen is just goofy (imho). Fortunately, I found Smooth Calendar right away and really like it. Does just what I need.
Speaking of calendars… you know that google offers public calendars for things like sports schedules and holidays. I have a few connected to my calendar. I can’t seem to figure out how to get them to sync over though. I ended up finding the same calendar over a Yahoo, exporting it to iCalendar and then importing that into my calendar as a new one. Kludgy, but it worked.
All of the above gripes aside though, I really do love this phone and the Android OS. It sure didn’t take much to adapt to it and stuff just works so well.
If you have any great apps (or games, I need some fun!) to suggest please drop a comment. Thanks!