Still demanding more out of my cell phone



From cell phones to computers, quality is improving and costs are shrinking as companies fight to offer the public the best product at the best price. But this philosophy is sadly missing from our health-care insurance system. ~ Arizona Congressman John Shadegg (R)

I like my Motorola Droid, I really do.  But it has some fatal flaws.  But so do all the other phones. 

Blackberry’s are great for communication, have dedicated hard buttons and configurable hard buttons for important stuff – but they stink as multimedia devices – even on the Storm 2, surfing the net is awful.

The iPhone is really usable, but it’s on a mediocre network, and has low video recording quality.  I’m sure Apple will be correcting that with the next iPhone, but this one – meh.

The Palm Pre?  Great interface (better than either iPhone or Android IMO), but tiny little toy phone.  I want a big screen you dummies.

And don’t get me started about the unusable WinMo devices.  I had one for four hours before I put it aside in disgust, and returned it the next day.  I love the size and form factor of the HTC HD2, but I won’t go back on WinMo, nor T-mobile.

Sure, the Nexus One is a neat phone, and it might even be usable once Verizon carries it.

Anyway, I spend way too much time trying to get my phone to be my electronic slave.  Today I finally got a Gmail icon that will show how many unread messages I’ve got.  All that work for such a small thing.  Of course, right now, it’s not reading “38” – it’s reading “err4”. Sigh.

Palm3z1 One day perhaps they will make a phone with all of my requirements – one day soon in fact.  Just not yet.  “What are your requirements, Mr. Demanding” you ask?

  • Bluetooth call activation
  • Bluetooth stereo
  • High quality video recording and photo
  • Big enough screen to surf the net in native HTML without zooming in (5 in?)
  • A great browswer

I think it will happen in the next year or two.  But man, I’ve been waiting impatiently since I got my first Palm III.