Sunday, August 29, 2010

I Bought an HD2!

Update: I'm hearing that HD2 prices are sky rocketing, so if you're thinking about getting one, I'd do it soon (I got mine for $200 and the cheapest I'm seeing on ebay is ~$250).

I bought an HD2 on ebay over the weekend :D Hopefully it comes soon, otherwise this week is going to drag! There really hasn't been a device quite as good looking (in my opinion) as the HD2 and now that Android has been successfully ported to it, I have no reservations about using it as my daily device.

My only concern about the HD2 is the 4.3 inch screen, which is prone to cracking due to its size. On the other hand, I don't think I'll be able to fit the HD2 in my pocket, which in turn prevents me from sitting on it and cracking the screen. So the problem is also the solution!

I've been looking into some car mounts for the HD2 since it will be my primary GPS for a while (the charger for my Garmin GPS doesn't seem to be working anymore :/). I've been using Google Navigate for the past few days and I'm extremely impressed so far, though I wish there was a "truck" mode option (I'm usually towing a trailer whenever I need to use a GPS).

I'll more than likely make a video about whichever car mount I go with since I haven't seen too many and now that Android is working on the HD2, I'm sure others could benefit from some information on accessories.

Here's a video showing how you would boot into Android:

I'm digging the case he has...maybe I'll pick something like that up too!

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Awesome. Awesome to the max.

Sooo excited for Portal 2! I really should get The Orange Box before this comes out since I stopped playing Portal on my lappy...

Friday, August 27, 2010

My Thoughts On Windows Phone 7

Windows Phone 7 looks extremely promising. There's no doubt that Microsoft has pulled no punches with its new platform (though there still seems to be no cut and paste at launch, but no doubt that will be released in a future update, albeit with less fanfare than when Apple released that feature for iOS).

One thing that's clear is WP7's focus on gaming. Being able to play casual games on your phone, then the full fledged version at home on your gaming consol is a refreshing idea and it's nice to see Microsoft implementing it at launch. I dig my PS3 and while I didn't really enjoy having an Xbox 360 for the few weeks I had it, if I had  WP7 device, I would seriously consider somehow getting a 360 again.

Another plus with WP7 is that MS is pushing for some consistency with the OEM's hardware and the software itself (something that Android has been getting flack for).

The device of the future was always been thought to be the "all in one". Your one device to do it all: phone calls, texting, gaming, music, video, general computing, but from the looks of it, MS is setting the stage for the user becoming the entity that connects a handful of devices together and controls how they work with each other. I for one am very excited to see how this all plays out.