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The New Phone…

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As many of you know, I have had my blackberry for 2.5 years. It’s the same phone and is completely trashed. I have been holding out for a better blackberry, or a more useful iPhone. I finally decided to get purchase a new phone and it is….

An HTC Evo.

I am sad I lost my keyboard and BBM. But that is ALL I’m sad about. I like it for its faster internet, larger screen, access to helpful apps, customizable, syncing contacts with facebook, excellent google maps accessibility, and more. I had several opportunities to race friends to search locations of bars, restaurants and googling facts last week while I was in Chicago and even though I stayed on the 3G network, it was still INSANELY faster than the iPhone. And the iPhone was INSANELY faster than any of the Blackberry’s.

I thought I would hate the keyboard. I actually like it a lot. I’m still getting used to it but am almost up to the same speed of writing emails as I was with the BB keyboard. I’m sure I’ll be faster than I was before within a month.

My only beef is the battery. I’m a heavy user and prefer to keep my music playing whenever I’m doing anything… and I tend to make a lot of calls, emails, and search read online when I’m commuting or walking to perform errands. The battery needs to be recharges a little more frequently than my BB did but at least it doesn’t just kill the calls at 10% without warning like the iPhone.

A friend told me “Well you have Sprint, Sprint sucks.” She’s clearly an idiot. Sprint charges me $105 per month for unlimited everything, I have not had ONE dropped call in the 2.5 years I’ve been with them (that I can remember). AT&T is great if you have an iPhone… otherwise why would you pay more for slower speeds with a company that was a former monopoly which continues to tie up a contract with “the coolest phone?”

A few key apps I love:
• Yelp. Perfect for NYC and was very helpful in Chicago.
• NY Times. I loved that I could access pages and pages of news while underground and on the plane
• NY Subway Map. It’s just helpful to have, you know?
• EasySleep. I have never had a more soothing train ride than when I rode the PATH and listened to “Pink Noise”
• Advanced Task Killer. This just makes sense if you own the Evo. Get it and save your battery.

So there you have it. Good job to everyone at HTC!


Written by Michael Donovan

30/07/2010 at 12:28 am

Posted in Design

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