While we’re all waiting for Winnie the Blue to show up, I’m heading out on a roadtrip! This weekend I’ll be on my way to Salem, Oregon, where a job interview and testing await me on Monday. Along the route, we’ll be passing through Wichita, Salina, Denver, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Boise, Portland, and – of course – Salem. And do you think I would let this opportunity pass me up, a chance to make trades elsewhere in the nation?
With me will be going two phones – the HTC Surround posted on the Barterzone! page and an HTC Inspire 4G I just picked up this morning. I have to admit, the Inspire really did very little for me, and it didn’t take long for me to switch back to my Samsung Focus. Here’s what I posted about my Android experience on Google+:
Well, I bit the bullet and bought an Android phone today. I’ve got to be honest with you, I don’t find myself all that impressed. Now, you might be thinking, “Oh, you must have picked up one of the lower end models”, to which I am forced to reply, “No… no, I picked up an HTC Inspire 4G, which has been compared favorably to the Samsung Infuse and the Motorola Atrix”. There are just too many things about the Android OS that feel unfinished.
It took all of twenty minutes for me to realize that the phone – despite its huge 4.3 inch screen and solid metal unibody construction – was not for me, twenty minutes to go from my Samsung Focus to the Inspire, and then back again. Did I not give it enough of a chance? Of course I didn’t, but first impressions are the ones that matter, and the first impression I got from that phone was that it just didn’t run with the smooth precision to which I had grown accustomed with iOS (on an iPhone 3GS) and Windows Phone 7 (on the Focus).
Now I have two options. I can take the poor thing back to the store and open up my upgrade again so I can pick up the new iPhone that will (hopefully) come out this fall, or I can try my luck at Craigslist and see if I can trade it for a HTC HD7S. For now, I’ve given the latter a shot, posting sale messages for Wichita, Salina, Denver, Cheyenne, Salt Lake City, Boise, Portland, and Salem (Oregon), since I’ll be driving through all those places this weekend. If I don’t get any bites on that journey, well, I have two weeks to return it with no questions asked. (The third alternative, of course, would be to give the phone another shot, but that would mean buying yet another case (fifty bucks for an Otterbox!) and more screen protectors. I’m not sure that’s a viable option for a phone I’m still not convinced meets my needs.)
Here’s to options, and to choices. I know someone is going to have my Geek Card™ revoked for not hopping on the Android bus, but when Google (and its partners) polish up their OS a bit more, then maybe I’ll join the ride. Until then, I’ll go back to Windows Phone 7 and/or iOS, both of which feel as though they’re ready for prime time.
And… that explains what I’m doing, too. I’d like to trade the HTC Inspire 4G for a HTC HD7S, and it would be extra-groovy if I could do it during this weekend’s journey. Like I said, though, I’ll also have that snazzy little HTC Surround with me, and who knows what else I’ll bring along?!
Maybe I’ll see you – or hear from you – this weekend!