October 26, 2014

Leaving T-Mobile Behind for Verizon Droid

verizon_droid_openAnyone following the invasion of the Droid can see a plethora of reviews on PhoneDog, Gizmodo, Boy Genius Report among others.  So I will spare you the redundancy since those guys do reviews for a living and are much better at it than I.  What I would like to do is give you my reasoning for canceling my beloved T-Mobile service and leaving behind my two G1s, a rooted Cyanogen 4.0.4  myTouch 3G, two recently returned CLIQs, and my newly purchased Archos 5, just so I could go for broke on a Verizon Droid.

Over the past weeks leading up to the Droid’s launch, I had not even considered going to the store to check one out, much less buying one.  I work in the software industry and in the world of SaaS (Software-as-a-Service), cloud computing, and overall general geekiness, it is hard for me to ignore was Android 2.0.  For me it’s still all about the software and I wanted a device that not only came standard with it but one that should be ready for upcoming updates.  The Verizon network doesn’t hurt either.  What with their ubiquitous 3G coverage I don’t even have to use WiFi in my house as I routinely average 900kbps.

The overall package that is the Droid, not the iDon’t ads or the launching of Droids from a Stealth Bomber, made me reconsider it over the aforementioned devices for its large capacitive screen, faster processor, physical keyboard, and the slim form factor.  This is the phone that I desperately hoped my G1 would be.  Even though I was quite content with it, I couldn’t help but feel that Android was being limited by the current crop of hardware.  I could care less about Motorola personally, they got themselves in the position they’re in now because they were too slow to react to the mobile market and didn’t distinguish their products apart from the multiple iterations of the RAZR.  But what they have built here is nothing less than ground breaking in the context of Android.  Android just seems to be made for an industrial piece of hardware and the Droid delivers on all points even with the poor implementation of multimedia (still!) it easily plays most formats and brings a smile to my face every time I use it.

So far the I have not had any problems other than the phone rebooting itself once in four days and I think that was due to a stray app I recently side loaded.  The UI is just a little newer and shinier but still decidedly Android.  Facebook is more integrated and is now a sync-able account along with Google.  The OS finally feels like a mature version and not so beta (not that there’s anything wrong with that).

Leaving T-Mobile was much easier than I initially thought.  What with the new Even More Plus plans I canceled my line and migrated the remaining five on the myFaves 1800 plan to the new 1500 unlimited text and in the process saved about $125 which now is used to power my new Droid.  So except for the $200 early termination fee that I was fully prepared for, that was only real cost of admission–not including the $199 Droid after MiR.  So all in all, I am very happy with this purchase and I actually think this will be the last of what has been a long series of flings with other Android devices.  I think I may have found the One to actually settle down with….stay tuned.