I don’t like writing posts with a low useful content quotient, but here goes.
After having only one new (i.e. not used) phone in eight years - and the one new one was a Treo 700p, obsolete when I bought it - I decided to bite the bullet. I bought a Droid! While I was almost dead-set on it before I even held it in the store, my feelings of love at first sight were even more clear when I started to play around with it.
So, here’s a little overview of what I did first, what my plans/questions are, and what’s next.
- Unpack everything and start to figure things out. Test phone, SMS, data.
- Setup IMAP email for my personal account (need to look into IMAP-IDLE).
- Go through the entire Settings menu and try to set things up. Find out that the default apps can’t be removed. The app screen, by default, is pretty full…
- Export my contacts from my Palm (no sync cable, had to use php-pdb to export a CSV, then manually edit ALL of them in Gmail.
So after having the phone for about 12 hours, here’s what I’ve installed on it:
- Listen (Google Labs) - Great podcatcher app. The speaker is a bit too quiet for easy listening on the drive to work, so I’ll need to get one of those FM radio interfaces.
- AnyCut - allows creation of arbitrary shortcuts on the desktop, including direct dial.
- ConnectBot - full-featured SSH client including key-based auth and storage of multiple user/host settings.
- Meebo IM - IM client. It does AIM, which is nice, but doesn’t do IRC.
- Android Battery Dog - App that graphs battery voltage, temperature, capacity over time and also stores a simple CSV log (which I intend to parse out later for historical data).
- Bookmarking for Delicious - Allows saving of bookmarks to del.icio.us (but not retrieval).
- To Do List - A very simple To Do list app, until I find something that works with Google Tasks. No syncing.
- VoiceMemo (JavaCodeLand.com) - A really simple voice memo app.
- WiFinder (PGMsoft) - Pretty much useless. Shows a scan of WiFi networks, but only shows encryption, channel number, and signal strength in bars.
The few problems I’ve noticed so far:
- The touch-sensitive buttons along the bottom row (specifically the search button) seem to be right where my thumb wants to rest when holding the phone in landscape mode.
- As others have mentioned, the camera quality isn’t great, but it’s much better than my Treo 700p.
My list for future research/development:
- WAP pages for my web-based personal finance app, fuel log, etc.
- IMAP IDLE
- Tasks/to do app that syncs with Google Tasks.
- A Cycle System app.
- How to quickly mute all sounds on the phone.
- How to do tones by person or group for not only ringtones (phone) but also SMS, Email, etc. Also, a way to set certain hours of the day when audible alerts will be disabled, other than a specified whitelist (email, SMS, etc.)
- Verizon Visual Voicemail
- Do some development with the geolocation JS API.
- Console on the phone?
- SCP/SFTP program.
- TV listings (perhaps a WAP version of my script that pulls from SchedulesDirect (unfortunately, due to their redistribution policy, this is a private, authenticated page).
- Nagios checker/notifier
- RSS reader
- WAP page for PHP EMS Tools callin.
- How to handle IMAP folders?
- Script to backup Gmail contacts, other data stored with Google.
- Thunderbird Gmail contact sync.
- A wifi scanner/survey software that shows all of the important stuff like signal strength in dbm, noise floor, etc.
- Something like kismet that integrates the GPS and wifi scanning.