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Yes, this is my droid....

Sat, 18 Dec 2010

I have finally succumbed and laid my Palm T|X to rest; we've had some good times but it's now worn out and, well, no one supports Palm OS anymore. So where to jump to? Windows 7 is too new and remains an unknown entity. Certainly the OS and hardware will take a few years to bed down. The iPhone is good but I can't buy Apple products on principle... the proprietary tie in and lack of configuration options makes it a no-go (although an iPod touch would make a good PDA). That really just leaves Android which is maturing nicely. And what moved me from push to shove was the recent availability of the Orange San Francisco, which is simply a rebadged (locked) ZTE Blade. All for 99 including Android 2.1 and a variety of apps. Its amazing value for money and comes with the following none-to-shabby specs:

Qualcomm MSM7227 600MHz processor
512MB RAM
2Gb microSD card
UMTS 900/2100 MHz
GSM 900/1800/1900 MHz
HSDPA (3G+)
3.2 megapixel camera with autofocus
3.5" WVGA (800x480) TFT capacative touchscreen
WiFi 802.11 b/g
Bluetooth
FM radio
GPS
Accelerometer

There is a good review here. That's pretty much everything you could want; the 512Mb RAM is pretty generous and whilst the 600MHz processor isn't the fastest around, the lag is not particularly noticeable at all. And, unlike the iPhone (!), you can expand the memory (users have reported success with 32Gb cards) and, believe it or not, replace the battery!!!

I've spent a bit of time looking at unlocking and flashing the phone, as well as the extensive suite of apps of MarketPlace. More blog posts to follow.

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