Those of us who are avid mobile users would often have 2, 3 or more smartphones. I thought I’d share my current active devices and my thoughts on how useful these are.
My current main smartphone is a webOS device, the Palm Pre2. This is an unlocked GSM model sent to me courtesy of HP’s developer programme . I have in addition a Palm Pre which is a backup webOS phone. The Pre2 running on webOS 2.1 is a great phone. The UI is slick and fast and there are no lags like the lesser powered Palm Pre. I don’t recall seeing anymore “too many card errors” as the Pre2 has double the Ram. Battery life is decent and I can get more than a whole working day’s worth of juice with push mail on all the time on 3g mostly (and some Wifi). The Pre2 is used mostly for data (email and web surfing), SMS and occasional outgoing phone calls.
I habitually carry with me a second phone used mainly for incoming phone calls with the hospital. Running a different OS allows me to try out apps on other platforms. Last year, I acquired a HTC Desire which is my first Android phone. It’s not a bad device and works well, is reasonably stable but my main grouse is the paltry storage. Even with Froyo (2.2) many apps could not be moved to SD. Nevertheless I could install a fair number of apps and there are good free utilities including what I find important for work: call filters which will screen out unwanted phone calls (I use the free Easyfilter app). Battery life is pretty good and excellent with data turned off and Wifi left on the whole day (I don’t have a second data plan). The sad thing about the Desire is the phone conked out after about 3-4 months. I wasn’t getting any audio for incoming calls (including via Bluetooth) except of for the speaker phone. The Desire is now undergoing repair.
As a replacement, I got an iPhone 4G. I am no stranger to iOS as I already own an iPad and iPod Touch. As expected there are tons of apps in the App Store. The UI of iOS and Android are not as slick as webOS in my opinion but when it comes to apps, nothing beats Apple at this point in time. It’s a pity though that a simple thing like a Call filter is not available in the App Store! I understand one has to Jailbreak the phone in order to install a utility from Cydia which does this but the work around I discovered after a bit of research is to use a Silent ringtone.
So right now, I am carrying a Palm Pre2 and an iPhone 4G with me on a daily basis. It’s a happy marriage and I get the best of all worlds