Is this the showdown of the year? In the smartphone world, we would argue that it is. If you're looking for the world's best 3G smartphones right now, (No 4G networks in Charleston anyway) you're likely considering two specific choices: Apple's iPhone on AT&T & Verizon Now or HTC's DROID Incredible on Verizon Network. Both phones provide an excellent user experience, and both are as cutting edge as they come. Both also offer very different and distinct experiences, with one coming by way of iOS 4.3 (newest version of Apple's mobile operating system) and the other Android 2.2 (most widespread version of Google's mobile operating system to date) with HTC's Touch Sense user interface.
In other words, both of these devices are competing for the same title as the best on the market, but each one is its own beast, with its own list of pros and cons. Most of the pros and cons of the phones are ironically the same though. If you're in the market to upgrade your own handset and can't seem to choose between these two super-phones, Ive owned an IPhone for about 2 years. I now own the HTC Incredible!
They are both about the same physical size, the resolution on the iPhone is a tad bit better, (my old eyes cant tell the difference) but unless you are an absolute MAC freak, The HTC is the phone to buy. Right now Verizon even has a special at $149.99 with a $50.00 mail in rebate. Thats right! One of the coolest, phones on the market for $100.00. I was so torn between the two, so since Im not an absolute MAC guy, the price, and quality and just the all-out fun of the phone, I have the say the HTC is for me! Check it out for yourself. http://www.htc.com/us/products/droid-incredible-verizon
Let me ask you this question. Do you have a smartphone? Do you want a smart phone? I have had a PDA (personal data assistant) or smart phone now for over 11 years. I started with my first digital assistant, a Compaq iPAQ. This thing was the greatest! It actually kept all my contacts, calendars and tasks in a digital format. I synced it to my desktop two or three times a day. I also had my cell phone and my 20GB iPod. I was a total tech head! Then a year passed and Verizon had just started really marketing their Smart Phones. It was the Samsung SCH-i730. This phone was so sweet. I actually got emails on this thing! My calendars, contacts, tasks and emails all synced wirelessly. I was a mobile office! I had my smart phone and my iPod. I was ready to take on the world. Ok so, lets fast forward past the next few phones to today.
Two weeks ago I just got my Droid X. This phone is EVERYTHING I need. All I can really say is WOW! I have had lots of phones in my day; this by far is the best. I am a Verizon Wireless user so I never got a chance to really experience the iPhone. I have setup a lot of them. I just never got to use them in my everyday life. So I did not really know what it was all about. Let me just say that was dumb of me. I can do everything from email to watch HD movies on my phone. I can even play HD video to my 62 TV at home. The phone has an HDMI out! Are you kidding me? Ok enough about my phone.
All I am trying to really say is that the world of mobile computing is like computers were 10 years ago. Smart phones are still a very new technology. They are still learning what these things can do. Each phone that comes out is faster than the one before it. The new iPhone 4G is getting closer and closer to that Dick Tracy watch I used to dream about when I was a kid. Heck who am I kidding I would love to have one now. I have found myself spending more time on my phone consuming data than ever before. On my blackberry the screen was so small and the roller ball was not very friendly. I only really used it for work. I used to love my Blackberry. However, I did not realize how much I was giving up for so many years with my Blackberry. I now carry one device with me. My phone! It has an 8MP Camera, 720P HD Video Camera, GPS Navigation, Phone, MP3 Player, Video Player, Games plus all the other stuff the phone does. My wife calls it the other woman. I might have to agree with her. In the mornings, I dont watch the TV any more I watch my PodCasts on my phone. I prop it up on my dresser and press play. While I am getting dressed I can keep up with the latest in technology news. I even was joking around in my networking group this week, and said that it may even save my life one day. I took all of my reward program cards that were in my wallet and on my key ring and scanned them into my phone using a great little app called KeyChain. Now, I when I need to present my rewards card. I just present my phone. I am telling you it has made my wallet half the size! My chiropractor has to love that.
Even though I am in technology every day, no one can keep up with it all. The social and casual uses of these phones are what I really like. Application vendors out there are trying their hardest to make applications that really help us. Google has an application called Buzz. The function of this let you comment on what youre doing or thinking. It keeps track of where you made this comment using your GPS. Well imagine if your friends went into a new restaurant and loved it. You dont know they went to this hip new place and you go and check it out. When you arrive you check out the Buzz about the restaurant. You know what they ordered and how it was because they commented about. It is like twitter but with GPS. I am just starting to use it so we will see where this takes us. Like I said before the mobile platform is changing very fast every day. All I can say is enjoy it. It has really made a difference in my life! I even have my own light saber now!