So yesterday I picked up my new Droid X. I don’t think it was a secret I hated the BlackBerry Curve 8530 with the blazing passion of a thousand vengeful Greek billionaires. (In defense of BlackBerry, it might have been me, not them. It was just bad chemistry between the OS and I, in no small part due to the fact Google owns my life.)
Of course, after 2 years with iPod Touches and 3 or so months with a BlackBerry, I now get to learn Android. Not a huge learning curve for me, probably due to a long-term relationship with iTunes apps, but a little bit. The awesome, friendly and knowledgeable Verizon rep walked me through the basics before I left the store. Ironically, the one thing we didn’t cover was how to answer a phone call. (I figured it out in a hurry when my sister called later in the evening.)
One thing the BlackBerry had that I loved (until one of the eleventy billion software updates they do a week broke it) was bedside mode. When I went to bed and plugged it into the charger, it changed the settings so only phone calls came through. The Droid X doesn’t have that (although there are rumors I can get an app for that), so I was awakened in the wee hours by a rather brilliant green flashing light letting me know I had an urgent email from Bed, Bath & Beyond offering me something-percent off of something. Thank goodness I didn’t get a text or the sinister “Droid” might have killed me.
Forgot to practice with the alarm clock last night, though I did set it to 6am. It didn’t make a noise, unfortunately, but the vibration woke me up. I had just figured out how to shut it off when my phone rang in my hand. It was my husband, calling me from downstairs because the forgotten but not dead BlackBerry alarm was going off in my purse. Today — figure out how to make the alarm make noise and kill the BlackBerry alarm.
So far I have mad love for the Droid X, although I hit 70% battery at 9:30am. Ouch. And it doesn’t seem to have a “ring”. It’s all music and sinister Droid voices telling me I have an incoming call. But no straight-up telephone ring.