Android – HTC Desire

Thoughts on the Android HTC Desire so far – in comparison to using an iPhone 3GS and a Nokia N97:

It comes close to the iPhone experience, definitely better than SYmbian (N97), although like any OS it takes getting used to the way things are done. The text entry via virtual keyboard is not quite as good as the iPhone, but the installation of apps is simple via the Android market app (Symbian Ovi Store sux in comparison!). The main difference to the iTunes Store is the presence of some dodgey looking apps that are blocked in iTunes!
Android is better at Google integration than the iPhone – but not a lot, but the iPhone walks all over Android as a media player. File and application management in Android are completely unintuitive, and third-party file manager apps are clunky – Symbian wins here!

Almost all of my favourite mobile apps are available on Android from the Android Market now, here’s a few:

  • Flashlight
  • VNC
  • Barcode and QR Code Reader
  • BibleReader
  • Delicious App
  • Evernote
  • Fring
  • Goggles
  • GMail
  • Google Sky Map
  • gReader
  • Layar
  • Maps
  • Market – for downloading apps
  • MixZing – a media player – limited formats
  • Navigation
  • PDF Viewer
  • Picasa
  • Pixelpipe
  • Qik
  • QuickOffice
  • Route Recorder
  • Google Talk
  • Task Manager
  • Twitter
  • Twonky Server
  • UStream
  • Weather
  • WikiTude
  • WordPress
  • YouTube

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