For the last two years, I’ve been an iPhone user. I had the iPhone 3GS and the iPhone 4. Back when I bought the iPhones the iPhone was the phone to get. It was the phone everyone wanted and it didn’t matter who you were, people wanted that phone.
This was back when Android was still starting out and trying to get its act together and develop a viable ecosystem around the platform. It was still a fledgling platform that had issues and nobody but the geeks wanted it. That’s not to say that I’m not a geek, I’m a geek but I also wanted a phone that worked and worked correctly right out of the box with no tweaking and fixing. It’s now that I believe that Android is finally there.
So fast forward to a week and a half ago. I dumped the iPhone 4 and bought a Samsung Droid Charge on Verizon’s new LTE 4g network and so far I love the experience. I look back on what I was using on the iPhone and I have to wonder why I didn’t jump to the Android platform sooner. The experience is amazing.
That’s not to say that the transition wasn’t all clean and pretty. Oh no, there are definite things that I don’t like about the Android platform but thanks to the modular design of the Android platform you can change those things that you don’t like about it and truly make the phone your own.
For instance… these are the things I didn’t like about it.
- The default keyboard on the Samsung Droid Charge. So I replaced it with Smart Keyboard PRO. It’s a breeze to type on and a much better keyboard to use than the default keyboard.
- The default SMS program. So I replaced it with Handcent SMS.
- The default media player. So I replaced it with doubleTwist Player.
- The default launcher or “Home Screen” on the Samsung Droid Charge which is TouchWiz. I found it to be clunky and sometimes unresponsive. So I replaced it with GO Launcher EX.
- The default web browser. So I replaced it with Dolphin Browser™ HD.
This platform is truly capable of being customized thus giving you the power to truly make your Android experience your own without someone else telling you how it should be.
In the future I’ll post about other things that I may run into when it comes to the Android platform. But for now, this is it.