The bargain-priced off-contract Palm Pixi Plus I picked up last summer went terminal with major malfunctions of the touchscreen. I got a new 2-year verizon contract android phone, the Pantech Breakout. Its the low end of Android devices, and I liked it because its the smallest smart phone they offered. I just don’t want to have to carry a brick in my pocket. All phones w/tactile keyboard were thick and heavy.
- Android apps (its OS 2.3)
- GPS run tracking program is accurate and usable
- excellent voice recognition and voice prompted search
- 4G with front camera for face calls
- google navigation good enough to drop verizon navigator
- much better camera than the pixi
- much faster than the pixi, capable multitasker
- speakerphone mic works when connected to car audio
- no free wifi hotspot
- Android OS instead of WebOS
- no tactile keyboard, I make errors every single time using touchscreen keyboard
- larger than I would like.
- no capacitive touchstone charging available
- no flash on camera (and no flashlight)
- shorter battery life, but I’m managing it well, see below
- marque time display does not show when phone is locked (this is a clear UI design fail)
- Pixi had a silence rocker switch, and a keyboard key for the @ sign. Nice UI touches.
The best android tip I’ve come across so far is the battery saver application Juice Defender. Try it, it really works. Otherwise, my ‘droid experience has been pretty good. It has a built in task manager that displays and kills applications, so I don’t have to engage with the ad supported app Task Killer. I haven’t figured out shortcuts for highlight, copy and paste yet. Haven’t tested or used any bluetooth functions yet. My biggest complaint is the phone came jam packed with junky apps that I can’t remove, and I’ve run out of internal storage already and have to put additional apps on the micro-SD card storage.
Did I mention the size? Its the smallest I could get, but I’ll bet money that the current trend towards large-screen phones is going to reverse, and we’ll see some more compact devices in the next year or so.