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lg optimus t


I got a new phone today, finally replaced the G-1 (that's "ghetto") with the LG Optimus T. Of all the phones that I looked at, none really did it for me; the G-2 was end-of-life, the Nexus S was really expensive, but the Optimus T was free (okay, $0.01 plus $35 T-mobile "One-time activation" fee), and it had most everything but a physical keyboard. I can live with that, right?

In fact, the big revelation for me is that smart phones are truly disposable electronic devices. Cellphones are another story. We still have a Nokia 3390 that we keep around for emergencies and it still provides the same (albeit limited in comparison) functions that it originally was designed to do, with exactly the same performance. The G-1 on the other hand suffered from a crack-screen, worthless camera, an overpriced data plan (that I could not downgrade), and worst of all, Android 1.6. Plus no Angry Birds! How do I explain that to my kids?

So for me, it's all about free phones. Yeah, I took a new contract, so hopefully the LG Optimus T will last two years. Until then, I'm happy with Android 2.2, a decent (enough) camera and saving $180 a year in plan fees. Thank you Amazon-Wireless.

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t-mobile g2


big upgrade to the g1, not only faster, but this supports the 2.2 Android OS, MUCH better camera, SD card, std headset jack, HD video, all around Google goodness.

EXCEPT the hinge issue…
T-Mobile G2 Trouble at Engadget

Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ MSM7230 mobile processor 
Slide-out QWERTY keyboard, unique Z-hinge design 
Android 2.2 OS 
3.7” S-TFT WVGA display 
512 MB of RAM, 4 GB of internal memory 
8-GB SD card, expandable to 32 GB 
5-megapixel camera with LED flash and autofocus 
720p HD video capture
Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 
Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR + A2DP 
stereo 3.5-mm stereo headset 
4.68” (L) x 2.38” (W) x .58” (H) 
Weight: 6.5 ounces 
Included battery: 1300 mAh Li-ion 
Talk time: up to 6.5 hours 
Standby time: up to 17.5 days

On the web:
G2 with Google Phone

webmail and the death of the email client


I know this isn't a great revelation, but it's become quite obvious that web-based email is the way to go. Of course, when I first got email a long time ago, I usually checked it from just one (1) computer. The email client was a good proposition, if not the only one. But now there's so many more places to check email: home, laptop, work, smartphone, etc. that I'm making the switch to webmail for all my email needs. And web-based clients, thanks in part to the rise of Gmail, are refined to the point where they outshine the software clients. So with portability, unlimited capacity, and the ability to check multiple accounts, there's little reason to use a computer-bound POP or IMAP client. I'll miss my little Thunderbird, but not that much.

I've also realized that the number of email accounts I have is far too many. How many do I really need? 1) A primary personal account, 2) one for my website, and perhaps 3) a throwaway account, for those I don't want to give out my name/email address to (though this could be done with an alias). BTW, my work email is an island unto itself. I only use it at work and for work. My wife doesn't even know it.

I've also decided to switch my primary email from the Ameritech/SBC Global/Yahoo!/AT&T account I've had for nearly 10 years to Gmail. Why? It's such a major annoyance to log into Yahoo! EVERY time I open a browser. One really has to wonder what the (not so) good folks at Yahoo! were thinking when they implemented that feature.

Goodbye Yahoo!, hello Gmail.

t-mobile g1: the android

How’s this for an early adopter? I ordered T-Moble G1, the first mobile device to use Google’s Android platform. It’s actually an HTC Dream, but more about that when I get it. As I already was a T-Mobile customer (vintage Nokia 3390), the signup was painless… or was it? The total bill of $210 included a $19 “upgrade fee”, plus a two (2) year contract. I chose the unlimited web/limited text plan for $25/mo.

I have to admit, $200 for a mobile computer is relatively inexpensive, considering the price of the Nokia Internet Tablet, or something like a Treo or Blackberry. And who wants to have Apple’s iPhone when you can have your very own ANDROID? Actually, what really tipped it for me was the low cost data plan, and a recent visit to Microcenter. Yes, my wife did make me cancel my order to Dell for the Inspiron Mini 9 before I ordered the phone, but that was no biggie. I put my hands on Acer’s netbook, and realized it may be too small for comfort and – compared to the Android – too big to lug around.

BTW, I ordered the brown one, but don’t expect to see it on eBay for at least two years!

More at the end of October.

On the web:
http://code.google.com/android/
http://www.t-mobileg1.com/
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HTC_Dream