Apr 2, 2010

Android 2.1

My reviews have slowed to a crawl. My apologies. The reality is every time I get the gumption to pull down a game I'm now forced to look at what games I have and delete some to free up memory given that my whopping 256MB of storage that I can use for apps is full while an 8 GB SD card sits virtually unused in the back. That frustrates the heck out of me. What moron said "I've got an idea..."? I thought Google only employed the absolute brightest of minds?? This has to be one of the biggest gaffes in mobile history. So what do I need to do to fix this? Root my phone?

That said I'm happy to see Android 2.1 FINALLY make it to my Droid. And it only took 3 months?? I was almost getting ready to write my bitch post about it still not being available. Look, Android's biggest black mark as far as the press goes is fragmentation. I can forgive them messing this up with the first couple of Android devices... admittedly because I'm not one of the poor souls that purchased one... but now that they KNOW it you'd think they might change. I know it might be Motorola's fault and it might be Verizon's fault... there are lots of people to point the finger at and they all probably want to point it at each other. I see that in my own business. I run a POP3 mail server (no SMTP) and whenever there's a mail problem with sending it still must be us and not the ISP because we're not the same size as Comcast (and actually try to equip our people with knowledge to solve problems versus a simple script).

Nonetheless, 2.1 hit my Droid this morning and so far so good. Pinch zoom is nice to have in the default browser and it seems to work pretty well. I also really like the idea that I can always used text to speech for an input box versus typing although I haven't been able to use it as much as I had hoped. Whenever I use it in public people look at me like I have Tourette's Syndrome. I'm sure in the future it'll become more acceptable to talk to an electronic device, but not yet... And until someone creates a way to root a 2.1 Droid I have to wait to fix my app storage issue.

Review of a great FPS coming in the next 24 hours...

1 comment:

  1. Sorry, this is commenting on a post written 26 days ago, but yes, root your Droid. Not only does it allow you to save Apps to SD, it really allows you use your phone to its full potential. I just had my Droid replaced and, if you follow directions carefully, it was a breeze to unroot and get a new one on warranty. The first thing I did with the new one was root it. Also, unless you have a mac, rooting your Droid on 2.1 is easy, granted you need to backup all of your apps because you'll have to factory reset it. Anyway, the moral of the story is root it. You won't be sorry (unless of course you brick it. You'd be sorry then, probably.)