How my new phone is changing my life

So I have a new phone. The Motorola Droid X2.

You can totally ignore the rest of this post if you want to. I’m going to relate it back to my writing, but if you don’t care about phones, just stop reading now. I won’t be offended in the least. One of my favorite things about the Internet is how you can find out the real deal on just about anything, so when I find something I really love (especially something expensive), I like to talk about it.

I used to have a Blackberry Curve.

Verizon Blackberry Curve 8330 Cell Phone Pink (Refurbished) with 30 Day WarrantyBecause I really only needed a phone for email and text messaging (I’m not an app person), my Blackberry worked just fine. Mostly. Usually. Until it would freeze when sending an email. Or text messages would be delayed 20 minutes. The ONLY two apps I had on my Blackberry were Facebook and Twitter, and neither of those are hugely intensive apps. I could get to YouTube (if I needed to entertain my preschooler while waiting at a restaurant), but more often than not, the videos would time out.

I couldn’t read Word documents. The internet interface was HORRIBLE. Want to read a web page on a Blackberry? Forget about it.

Again, I put up with it because I liked having buttons, and I really only wanted it for email and texting.

But let me tell you, the minute I got a text message saying I was eligible for an upgrade, I was all over it.

Now, I used to be the type of girl to go out, slap down her credit card, and buy something without thinking about it.

Then I met my husband.

Now I’m very careful about my money. I read product reviews. I ask people for opinions.

I looked very carefully at the iPhone 4, the HTC Thunderbolt, the LG Ally, and the Droid.

My husband has an iPhone 4. I’m not opposed to it, but I’m not a fan of the on-screen typing.

Several people trashed the HTC Thunderbolt, saying the battery barely lasted 2 – 3 hours. Since I like to plug my phone in all night, then not worry about it all day, that was a killer for me.

My stepson has the LG Ally. It’s nice, but I’m not a fan of the flip-out keyboard. I have no idea why. It’s a personal thing. He loves it.

When I went to the Verizon store, I was pretty torn between the Droid X2 and the iPhone 4. I even said that to the salesman, and said, “Help me make a decision.”

He said, “Do you want to link it to your iTunes?”

No. I have an iPod, and I will never use my phone to listen to music.

He said, “Then, it’s a toss-up.”

Really, it was. They were exactly the same price ($199 with a two-year contract). He said the iPhone has better apps, but the Droid has many more free apps. The Droid has a much bigger screen than the iPhone. But — as I learned later — the Hulu Plus and Netflix apps are not available on the Droid X2 yet. (They are available on the older Droid X, however.)

Motorola DROID X2 Android Phone (Verizon Wireless)But again, I really cared about the phone for email and texting. I wanted to have something my husband didn’t have. (This is a big deal. My husband is a tech guy. He has every “toy” under the sun.) So I went with the Droid X2.

The on-screen keyboard is taking some getting used to, but it’s not bad. I had to play with the settings because it included a setting that would automatically “guess” your next word. I suppose that’s convenient if you say the same thing to forty different people, but I got rather sick of typing “phone” and having it automatically add “input” when I hit the spacebar. (I don’t even understand that. Are a lot of people typing “phone input”?)

I also find the “autocorrect” rather amusing. As I told my friend Alison the other day, when I typed “effing,” it automatically changed it to “edging.” When I typed “f**king,” it had no problem with it. Clearly Motorola doesn’t want me to be coy.

The Word app is stellar. I didn’t realize how nice it was until my editor sent me the back cover copy, and all I had to do was click to download, and there it was. In beauty on the screen. (Reading a word doc on the Blackberry was similar to reading a calculator, circa 1984. Grainy, pixelated, and hard on your eyes.)

I just discovered I can use HBO Go, and it’s awesome. The picture quality is amazing.

The camera takes incredible pictures. The Blackberry took pictures that looked like I’d used an old Polaroid.

Here’s a picture taken with my Blackberry:

Here’s a picture taken with my new Droid X2:

So there you go. Nicer pics. Easily as nice as my Canon Powershot.

The Droid does have a Blogger app, but the reviews said it was a battery hog, so I didn’t bother to download it. I can’t see myself doing a lot of blogging from the phone. It does have a nice Twitter interface and Facebook interface. I did download Tweetdeck, but that’s not really a phone app (not for me, anyway), so I uninstalled it. The Gmail app is fanTAStic if you use Gmail, because it automatically syncs to your computer, and automatically knows everyone you’ve ever emailed (whereas in the Blackberry, even if you emailed someone from your Blackberry once, if you didn’t add them as a contact, it wouldn’t remember their email address).

The screen is huge, which I love. Much bigger than the iPhone. I had been considering getting a tablet, but now I don’t think I’ll need to.

My husband’s iPhone on the left, my Droid X2 on the right. 

Does anyone else have a Droid? Do you use it to manage your writing career? Do you like it? Can you recommend any useful apps?

Anyone else have a Blackberry and want to throw it at the wall? On that, I feel your pain.