So, I’ve dived in and grabbed a T-mobile G2 (also known as the HTC Hero) that runs Android and I’m completely addicted.
It’s all designed around the idea of real time – twitter suddenly makes more sense, Facebook status updates appear next to the person’s phone number, their latest profile photo appears when they phone. Friends in Singapore who start a google chat come straight through to the phone, all makes me wonder when I will have time to turn it off.
You only have to try the awesome layar app or even just the ‘stars at night’ to realise augmented reality is super cool. A kind of ‘sat nav meets the Wii’ interface to hyper local data.
Android will win over iPhone in the end for the same reason Windows beat Apple last time round. It’s cross platform stupid.
Now to make some apps. If only I could put the phone down long enough to do so!
As a techie I test drive the various “synchronise my online calendar with mobile phone” approaches.
Generally it’s been an abject failure requiring more tweaking than I’ve had time for so I’ve resorted in 2005, 2006 and 2007 to a highly effective “paper based single user portable calendaring solution” (also known as a Diary).
No longer! I now have an N81 Nokia Phone
which is less expensive than the iPhone but still features the Wi-fi capacity I need to keep this cost effective (i.e. free).
For my calendar, I’ve ditched the home grown approaches and got Google Apps
to manage my tobyberesford.com email domain. Since most invites and meetings now come over the email, I enter 90% of my engagements into my Google Calendar.
Then I used a cool little product called Goosync
(N81 is too new so I used the N80 profile instead), and registered with them. I entered in all my Google domain details in Password Authentication and went to their auto config screen.
They SMS-text-messaged me a config file, which I saved on the phone (automatically it sets up a Sync profile), then I went to Tools Sync GooSync.com – selected my office Wi-fi and Hey Presto all the calendar entries were on my phone. Yippee.
Ok so still a bit of tweaking required…. but a lot easier than last year. Now all I need is a way of synching my Facebook events into my Google Calendar…