Monday, June 14, 2010

Why I Choose Android HTC EVO Over iPhone 4

I just agonized over my next smart phone decision and I thought I should share.  I am out of contract with AT&T on my iPhone 3G.  I had always intended to wait for the expected June announcement of the next generation iPhone, and so I did.  In the meantime, HTC/Sprint announced the new EVO.  Of course, right on schedule, Apple introduced the iPhone 4.

I agonized over the choice between the EVo and iPhone 4.  It came down to the following:
  • iPhone's lack of support for Google Services-In particular, the rejection of the Google Voice app for the iPhone really irked me last year.
  • The iPhone 4 just didn't wow me that much.  Yes, it is a snazzy piece of hardware, but I'm not swayed by sexy, because I know that today's sexy phone is tomorrow's clunky beast.
  • Sprint EVO's availability on a carrier other than AT&T
  • EVO equation: 4G+1GHz Snapdragon processor=FAST!
  • The Sprint EVO can serve as a WIFI hotspot (for an extra fee) for multiple devices.  That's awesome!  The next generation iPhone has tethering 'capability' for a single device but AT&T doesn't offer it yet.
  • I'm a tinkerer.  I don't mind messing around with a phone.  If I were recommending a smartphone to my wife or mother, I would tell them to stick with iPhone, with its "it just works" usability.  That sort of slickness is cool, but ultimately just not as important to me.
  • The only area where the iPhone seems to be superior is number of apps and games.  I researched the former, and all of my key apps are available now or in beta for android.  As for the latter, I don't really play games on my phone.
With all of those things in EVO's favor, it seems like it was a no brainer.  Still, it was a tough choice.  The deciding factor was

Thursday, March 4, 2010

Monday, February 22, 2010

Vid of Week 2010-02-22: Inception

This is my most anticipated film of 2010 (July release date), for three reasons.  It is directed by Christopher Nolan (The Dark Knight and Memento) and stars some of my favorite actors working today.  No, not Tom Berringer (though he's in it).  I'm talking about Leonardo DiCaprio, Ken Watanabe, Ellen Page, Marion Cotillard, and Michael Caine.  Oh, and I am a sucker for a great sci-fi story.  This one looks like it potentially fits that bill.

Monday, February 15, 2010

Vid of Week 2010-02-15: Wattvision

Social media and the green movement were bound to spawn a service like this.

Monday, February 8, 2010

Vid of Week 2010-02-08: My Favorite Superbowl Ad

Love the shoutout to some of my favorite comedies of all time. I also liked the Snickers ad a lot.

Monday, February 1, 2010

Vid of Week 2010-02-01: Final Season of Lost Promises to Be More annoying Than Ever

Lost Season 6 premieres tomorrow!

I love The Onion. And I love that Damon and Carlton, the producers of Lost, participated in the joke. It reminded me of this.

Final Season Of 'Lost' Promises To Make Fans More Annoying Than Ever

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Why I Won't Be getting an iPad

Only the biggest, baddest model would even be of interest to me.  $829 without a camera, multiple apps, GPS, USB?  Same apps as the iPhone?  4:3 screen?  Are you kidding me?  My Kindle and iPhone do me fine, thank you very much.