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My new EVO!


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Ok, so I finally got my new phone after a year of dealing with the growing disappointment (formally known as the Palm Pre). My wife got her EVO a couple of months ago and I have been jealous ever since. So last Saturday I finally was able to make the trek down to the store and purchase the phone of phones. This post is going to be a quick review of my phone and a couple of the apps that I am using.

First off, the picture that is attached is of my home screen. I am using ADW.Launcher Pro and so far have been loving it. I think this is where I will start my review. The customization possible on the Android operating system is nothing short of Linux like. That is good and bad. The good is that anything you want to accomplish is possible; the bad is that you will spend hours trying to accomplish just about anything which is a major time suck.

So far the hardware has been great. I have had no performance issues to really speak of. I have seen some lag with ADW.Launcher but I attribute that mostly to the fact that I am using a Live Wallpaper and the amount of crap I put on my phone. The camera has been pretty good so far, but not great. I have gotten a couple of nice photos but I need to get outside to try and take some better pictures but it is too damn cold out there. WiFi, Bluetooth, 3g has all been good. Setting up Bluetooth in my car to connect to Microsoft SYNC was crazy simple (way easier than the Pre).

The software is outstanding for the most part. There are some real gems out there but I have also found a ton of duds. The duds will happen (how many fart apps are in the iOS app store) so I am going to ignore those and focus on the greats.

Tasker - Absolutely amazing app that has a bit of a learning curve. This app took me 3 days of playing with before it finally all clicked on exactly how it works. If I would have sat down and read a tutorial I probably would have been better off, but what can I say, I am stubborn. Basically this app allows you to setup various tasks to run based on different events. If I move away from the cell tower near my house it automatically turns off my WiFi. If I plug my phone into ac power it will automatically bring up the desk clock. If I am scheduled to be in a meeting it will automatically silence the ringer. If it connects to SYNC it will automatically start up Pandora. These are just a few of the things this app can do. It is absolutely great!

Swype - A keyboard game changer! I have never been able to type as fast on a mobile device as I can with Swype. For those who don't know, Swype allows you to type by swiping your finger across the keyboard to the letters of the word. It is amazingly accurate! I decided to mess with it and tried to type something like "I am a lover of procrastination and evasion" and it picked up every word of it without issue. The best way to get a solid idea of what it can do is to watch the videos located on their site. Stunningly useful app.

ADW.Launcher Pro - Great home replacement app. Lots of great features and very nicely customizable.

Those are my favorite apps. There are a few others that are nice and do great things or have already been talked about to death (Angry Birds) so I will not talk about them again, but needless to say, the Android platform is starting to catch up to iOS, it will just take a little bit longer to get there.

So far, the only issue I really have had with the phone is streaming video to it. I really want to stream my movie library to my phone over WiFi and I just cannot get a consistent experience to save my life. I have tried Orb, TVersity, Twonky, and VLC, and nothing will consistently give me the video I want. This is my only major disappointment.

All in all, a great phone, amazing capabilities and all for a really good price right now (I got mine for only $99). I can't recommend the EVO enough. Even my non-techie wife loves hers.

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