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One Step Closer to Switching

I liked Android, I really did, and I thought my G1 was the best phone I’d had to date when I got it. I’ve had Motorolas, Nokias, Sidekicks, a Dash and another Windows Mobile, but out of the gate, the  G1 and Android was better. But there were 2 things that weren’t polished on it and didn’t work well for me.

  • Reading
  • Music

Those might not be important for most people, and certainly aren’t for this ZDNet writer. But they are for me. I used my phone to do these things, primarily in this order:

  • Read
  • Music
  • Social Network
  • Text/email
  • Games
  • Phone

Kind of funny, huh? It’s a PDA for the most part that makes phone calls. It converges, and it allows me to do a lot when I’m in motion, which seems to be constantly. Despite the fact that I work at home, I’m not always at a PC, and a cell phone needs to do these things for me.

The iPhone does this, and that’s why I switched. It just works better overall. Not at multi-tasking (it doesn’t) and not necessarily with some things I would use more, like calendaring, but it does things well enough for me.

That might be changing with Amazon finally moving the Kindle app to Android. If that had been done last year, I might have stuck with my G1, or upgraded to a MyTouch, but it didn’t, and I didn’t.

Now if there were a good music sync app, I’d be interested. As much as I’d like to say that I’ll keep the music on my phone, I have a lot ripped to my PC, and I often manage my playlists and get organized on my PC. Same for apps. Some things work in a pinch, but they aren’t what I want to do on a regular basis. Sometimes I just want a larger screen to work with, and for organizing music and photos, I want a PC to help.

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