I recently bought a new Android(Froyo) phone. I don’t like cell phones much, neither do I use them much. I dunno whether it was because of my boring old Symbian or something else. However, things changed after I bought Android. I loved it!
Its cool and flexible user interface and great user experience blew me. I started using phone. I started texting a little. I started using Twitter! I browse web there. I play Angry Birds. My classes are lot less boring now.
So here are few things that I loved about Android :-
- User Interface/User Experience (UI/UX)
- Wide range of free and interesting Apps. There is app for everything I need and they work very well.
- Attractive as a developer (though I hardly see myself doing any serious mobile development, but still its attractive because of its Open Source model and flexibility for customization)
- Awesome integration with Google. This is a killer feature. GMail, Contacts, Calender and everything synced seamlessly.
- The notification system.
However there are few annoying things. Everyone knows Android takes lot of battery power. Sometimes I feel as if acts more like Windows than like an Linux based operating system. Also -
- Many applications force to install themselves in internal memory. Too bad for people with less phone memory.
- Many application force to run forever in background. You kill them, they start again. They start at boot time. Frustrating for people who installed a lot of apps. They eat RAM and CPU for nothing.
Above two are most annoying things. I strongly believe user should be given freedom to decide that. Why should a Facebook app run forever in background, when I use it once or twice a day? Why should Flickr app run forever when I would use it once in a week at most? This is extremely irritating. Hopefully this wont be a problem after rooting followed by few little mods.
So the verdict – I like it. However a normal user should be given a little more freedom. This is a quick review, with my limited experience with Android.