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With over 20 years of experience in large and small systems design and implementation. Currently based in the Raleigh NC area.


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Over the years I have used a number of different types of phones. Windows Mobile, Blackberry, Nokia, and now Android. Until the Blackberry, which was my last phone (and I still have one issued from my office) I had never found a phone that “just worked” especially with email and messaging. The Blackberry did, and does, excel at those functions.

My last personal phone was a Storm 1 which was Blackberry’s first touch screen phone. The Storm 2 was an improved version that fixed some screen press detection issues from the first model and it added Wifi.

Over the last few years I have watched others acquire and fall in love with their ‘Droid’s including a number of iPhone users which surprised me. Our office has until recently only supported Blackberry phones, adding iPhones within the last year or so. When I spoke with our internal telecom folks they confirmed they were evaluating Android phones, but felt they still were not secure enough out of the box for corporate use and SOX compliance.

That being said, as a personal phone, the Droid Rocks! I am impressed with its speed, the number of apps available, and the overall design. It is not as “flashy” as an iPhone but it does everything that I care about and more.

The model I bought is the Motorola Droid 2 Global from Verizon. It is currently running Android 2.2 for it’s OS, 2.3 is just around the corner. It has 8 gigs of internal flash memory and can handle up to a 32 gig SDCard. (I currently have 2 8 gig cards, one for backups, and have ordered a 16 gig card!)

Being a geek at heart, I “rooted” the phone which means gained superuser access to the OS on the phone. And opens a number of doors for further modifications down the road. Also being a geek meant I have already setup a development environment and built and deployed the obligatory “Hello Droid” application.

I will be writing of my development experiences with this new platform here often, to start off I thought I would share my current application list to give you an idea what I am using.

Zedge: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.zedge.android
XDA: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.quoord.tapatalkxda.activity
WRAL.com: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mylocaltv.wral
Wireless Tether: http://market.android.com/details?id=android.tether
Winamp: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.nullsoft.winamp
Win7 Clock: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.toggles.win7
Wifi Analyzer: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.farproc.wifi.analyzer
WeatherBug: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aws.android
Weather Widget Forecast Addon: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.weather.forecastaddon
Weather & Toggle Widgets: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.weather2
Vlingo: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.vlingo.client
VirtualTENHO-G: http://market.android.com/details?id=jp.bustercurry.virtualtenho_g
Twitter: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.twitter.android
TweetDeck: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.thedeck.android.app
Tricorder: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.hermit.tricorder
Titanium Backup PRO: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackupPro
Titanium Backup: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.keramidas.TitaniumBackup
Terminal Emulator: http://market.android.com/details?id=jackpal.androidterm
Talking Tom Free: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.outfit7.talkingtom
Stock Blue: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.adw.theme.stockblue
ST: Red Alert Free: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.oldplanets.redalertwallpaper
ST: Red Alert: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.oldplanets.redalertwallpaperplus
Solitaire: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.kmagic.solitaire
Skype: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.skype.raider
Silent Time Lite: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.QuiteHypnotic.SilentTime
ShopSavvy: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.biggu.shopsavvy
Shopper: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.shopper
Shiny clock: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.clock.shiny
ShareMyApps: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.mattlary.shareMyApps
Sense Glass ADW Theme: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dtanquary.senseglassadwtheme
ROM Manager: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.rommanager
Roboform Bookmarklet Installer: http://market.android.com/details?id=roboformBookmarkletInstaller.android.com
RealCalc: http://market.android.com/details?id=uk.co.nickfines.RealCalc
Package Buddy: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.psyrus.packagebuddy
Overstock: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.overstock
OMGPOP Toggle: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.toggle.omgpop
OI File Manager: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.openintents.filemanager
nook: http://market.android.com/details?id=bn.ereader
MyAtlas-Google Maps Navigation ext: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adaptdroid.navbookfree3
MSN Droid: http://market.android.com/details?id=msn.droid.im
Matrix Live Wallpaper: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.jarodyv.livewallpaper.matrix
LogMeIn: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.logmein.ignitionpro.android
Liveshare: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cooliris.app.liveshare
Kobo: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.kobobooks.android
Instant Heart Rate: http://market.android.com/details?id=si.modula.android.instantheartrate
IMDb: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.imdb.mobile
Home Plus Weather: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.skin.weather.homeplus
Handcent SMS: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.handcent.nextsms
H7C Clock: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.clock.skin.h7c
GTasks: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.dayup.gtask
GPS Status: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.eclipsim.gpsstatus2
Google Voice: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.googlevoice
Google Sky Map: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.stardroid
Google Reader: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.reader
GoMarks: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androappsdev.gomarks
Goggles: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.unveil
Glossy Black Weather: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.weather.skin.glossyblack
Fox News: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.foxnews.android
Foursquare: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.joelapenna.foursquared
FBReader: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.geometerplus.zlibrary.ui.android
Fandango: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.fandango
Facebook: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.facebook.katana
Extensive Notes Pro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.flufflydelusions.app.extensive_notes_donate
Expense Manager: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.expensemanager
Espresso UI (LightShow w/ Slide): http://market.android.com/details?id=com.jaguirre.slide.lightshow
Engadget: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.aol.mobile.engadget
Earth: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.earth
Drudge: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.iavian.dreport
Dropbox: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dropbox.android
DroidForums: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.quoord.tapatalkdrodiforums.activity
DroidArmor ADW: http://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.addesigns.droidarmorADW
Droid Weather Icons: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.weather.skins.white
Droid 2 Bootstrapper: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.koushikdutta.droid2.bootstrap
doubleTwist: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.doubleTwist.androidPlayer
Documents To Go: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dataviz.docstogo
Digital Clock Widget: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.maize.digitalClock
Desk Home: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cowbellsoftware.deskdock
Default Clock: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.clock.skins.defaultclock
Daily Expense Manager: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.techahead.ExpenseManager
ConnectBot: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.connectbot
Colorized Weather Icons: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.widget.weather.colorized
Chrome to Phone: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.chrometophone
CardStar: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.cardstar.android
Books: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.android.apps.books
Black Ipad Toggle: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.androidapps.toggle.widget.skin.blackipad
Black Glass ADW Theme: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.dtanquary.blackglassadwtheme
Bing: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.microsoft.mobileexperiences.bing
BeyondPod Unlock Key: http://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.beyondpod.unlockkey
BeyondPod: http://market.android.com/details?id=mobi.beyondpod
BeejiveIM: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.beejive.im
Beautiful Widgets Animations Addon: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.levelup.bw.forecast
Beautiful Widgets: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.levelup.beautifulwidgets
Beautiful Live Weather: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.levelup.beautifullive
BBC News: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.jimblackler.newswidget
Barnacle Wifi Tether: http://market.android.com/details?id=net.szym.barnacle
Barcode Scanner: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.google.zxing.client.android
ASTRO SMB Module: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.metago.astro.smb
ASTRO Pro: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.metago.astro.pro
ASTRO Bluetooth Module: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.metago.astro.network.bluetooth
ASTRO: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.metago.astro
AppBrain App Market: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.appspot.swisscodemonkeys.apps
App Drawer Icon Pack: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adwtheme.appdrawericonpack
androidVNC: http://market.android.com/details?id=android.androidVNC
AndroidGuys: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.handmark.mpp.AndroidGuys
Android System Info: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.electricsheep.asi
AndFTP: http://market.android.com/details?id=lysesoft.andftp
ADWTheme Red: http://market.android.com/details?id=adw.theme.red
ADWLauncher EX: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.adwfreak.launcher
ADW.Theme.One: http://market.android.com/details?id=org.adw.theme.one
ADW.Faded theme: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.xrcore.adwtheme.faded
ADW Gingerbread: http://market.android.com/details?id=me.robertburns.android.adwtheme.gingerbread
Advanced Task Killer Free: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.rechild.advancedtaskkiller
Adobe Reader: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.reader
Adobe Flash Player 10.1: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.flashplayer
Adobe AIR: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.adobe.air
3G Auto OnOff: http://market.android.com/details?id=com.yuantuo

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Posted on Tuesday, January 11, 2011 7:57 PM | Back to top


Comments on this post: I have finally traded my Blackberry in for a Droid!

# re: I have finally traded my Blackberry in for a Droid!
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I also just got my first droid (samsung epic) and love it! As a c# dev I don't care for the java much, but I will manage or look at monodroid <grin>. Anyway, enough rambling. Keep us updated here and there on your adventure!
Left by DBuckner on Jan 12, 2011 10:27 AM

# re: I have finally traded my Blackberry in for a Droid!
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I have had several Droids.. But hey, that is one heck of a list you produced! Awesome.. I'll be looking it over closely. Thanks.
Left by Wesley on Feb 22, 2012 11:56 PM

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