Hello Android, goodbye Blackberry!

Hello Android, goodbye Blackberry!

Like leaving Facebook, many say that ditching one’s BB is unthinkable, undo-able. At least changing phones isn’t a Hotel California-type experience. My move wasn’t done consciously – I was interested in several BB models, but having been offered a deal on a Motorola Milestone (Android), and liking the reviews, I made the move. And I’m glad I did. While it’s not the latest of it’s kind (the Droid 2, and Android 2.2, have been out a while) it’s a brilliant phone, for many reasons. The Motorola Milestone runs the Linux-based Android operating system. ProsAs you’d expect from a system owned by Google, it’s tightly integrated with all Google products. (Hint: clear up your Google Contacts before using your phone for the first time!). Gmail and Google Calendar, obviously, but also Picasa photo albums, Google Maps, GTalk, YouTube, etc. It also has it’s Apps Market – around 70,000 applications to enhance your phone. And this is one of the exciting things about the phone, thousands for free apps. I was never enamoured of the Blackberry AppsWorlds. What’s more, I can write my own now! I love the ‘massive’ screen – at 3.7 inches and 854×480 pixel resolution, using the phone is a real pleasure. While I do like having a slide-out keyboard, I’ve no complaints about the on-screen keyboard and rarely use the physical keyboard. This is the first phone I’ve had with wi-fi, and combining this with apps that can tell when you’re close and connect to a preferred wi-fi spot is a awesome ability. Not unique to the Android for sure, but powerful all the same. ConsI was...