About a month ago I made the move from BlackBerry to Android, with the help of the Samsung Galaxy S2 I chose for my upgrade. It took less than a minute for me to become an Android fan, and in those seconds I also got my gmail up and running. After a few weeks, I was so smitten that I decided to get the Galaxy Tab 10.1 too. Which may just be my favourite thing in the world right now.
There are still endless debates on Android vs iOS; Galaxy Tab vs iPad 3, etc etc. Yes, iPad has the 4G thing. Yes, the screen may be marginally better. But for me, I honestly don’t see how I could want anything more from a tablet and phone. The touchscreen is amazles, the layout is techtard-proof, the software is seamless and the battery life is surprisingly good (especially on the tab). As for the Google Play store, the apps selection is almost overwhelming, especially coming from BlackBerry.
My favourite app on the tablet so far is the Kindle one – last night my tab battery was flat after I forgot to charge it, and I wanted to continue reading the book I had purchased via the app. After getting ready to sulk or read something else, I went to the ‘archive synch’ feature on my actual Kindle, and the book was there. Not only was it ready to read, but it had saved my place too. Maybe I’m easy to please, but that was seriously cool!
In terms of the phone, I love the alarm clock, camera, multiple desktops, message preview bar, apps and easy of use. I almost miss the different notifications that were on my BB, but the joy of not having that effing indicator light more than makes up for that. I also love the app synch – if I check email on my phone or tablet (or even main gmail on laptop), I don’t get annoying notifications across all my other devices. Ditto for Twitter – whichever I read first will send notifcation. Facebook is a bit slow, but messages and notifcations are a lot easier to access compared to BB. As for the voice activation feature… Siri has some good competition!
Both phone and tablet easily fit into my bag, and the covers for both are just as pretty as the gadgets themselves. If I really wanted to (and I may just want to when winter hits proper) I could work in bed, with access to all of my Google and regular docs, IM clients and everything else I need. I could watch movies all day in bed, read in bed and just about go anywhere with my precious gadgets.
After 2 years of BlackBerry, it’s like upgrading to a Porsche after driving a Golf. All I need now is to upgrade software to ICS and I will be sorted!