After many years as a crackberry adict I am attempting once again to go cold turkey.
Last time was a G1, last year which lasted less than a week.
This time I have got a Motorola Milestone (Droid in the US).
First impressions? Its crap!
It might be my fat little sausage fingers, but its rarely bothers to respond to my screen clicks, often its seems to do nothing, or do anything but what I tried to click.
well I’ve had it about a month now, I had to do a hard reset to get it to connect to the Google mothership so some of the more interesting features would work. But now it seems to be working ok.
I havent yet sampled the delights of the Andoid marketplace, I’ve had a look but failed to see anything worth downloading. In my dreams I am going to write a few apps.
I think whoever designed that keyboard should be forced to use it and no other for 6 months. The sharper edges of the bb keys make it much clearer what you are pressing. That daft multi pad thingy means you can’t reach most of the keys with your right hand, the letters are way off centre on the keys so if you click a letter most likely you will click at least one wrong key as well.
The screen is brilliant, a bit pointless but brilliant. Trying to do the internet on such a small screen is, for me, not worth the effort, I’d rather read a book and do t’internet when I get to a proper box. Maybe if I find (or write ;-)) some worthwhile apps this will change.
The battery life is abso-bloody-lutely crap. With minimal use (a bit of checking email on (free) wifi, no calls) it lasts 12 hours, 12 hours FFS!! [edit see comments – this has changed]
If I use it at work, I need to recharge it to phone home on a night. my BB would last a week on one charge, I could go away for the weekend without a charger. With the MM I really need a 12 mile extension lead so I can use it at home and at work. And its heavier, noticeably heavier.
I was pretty disappointed when I first got this, but over the last week or two we have started to get on better. I guess for the odd time I need the internet it will be useful (internet on the bb was crap). Maybe if I get the hang of the keyboard (one of the key reasons I got the MM rather than another Android phone.). And once I get this as my ring tone.
Anyone else got any views on the relative pros and cons of bbs and the latest crop of smart phones. All you iPhone fanboys, feel free to chip in, but bear in mind I would prefer a phone I own rather than one the manufacturer believes they still own.