Last year one of the goals that I ignored was to create one Android application. Android is an operating system for mobile devices like phones and tablets. This year I want to try again. I have no idea what the app will be but I just want to do something basic to get back into coding. It will hopefully stretch me some and lead to other apps and projects.
I have been using Android since I bought the Motorola Droid on the day it was released October 17, 2009. If the iPhone was available on Verizon originally instead of AT&T this story may have been different. I have been using “smartphones” since around 2004 I think. I have been doing some research on all the cell phones I have purchased over the years dating back to around 2002. The first cell phone I used was senior year of college that Kyli bought for me. I can’t find the model number but it was just a basic flip phone. I had a palm pilot around that time and saw the value of email, calendar, etc on the go. The funny thing was there was no internet on that device so what could I have done with it? Ha! When it came time to upgrade cell phones I decided it was time to stop carrying a palm pilot and a cell phone. So I purchased my first smartphone the Samsung SCH-i600 which ran windows mobile. This phone was expensive but it did have data.
I have had more smart phones than dumb phones. All but 1 of my phones had internet. I have always been an early adopter of technology and I have paid the price for it. Here is a summary of the phones I have owned.
First Cell Phone – unknown model but it was just a basic flip phone that had a small external screen and keypad/larger screen when opened. I can still picture it but after searching extensively I haven’t run across it yet.
Samsung SCH-i600 – Windows Mobile 2002, 200MHz processor, 2.2 inch 176×220-pixel screen, and weighed 5 ounces. The original price was $499. (pictured above)
UTStarcom XV-6700 – Windows Mobile 5.0 and has EV-DO, WiFi, Bluetooth, 64MB of RAM, 128MB of flash ROM, a miniSD memory card slot, a 1.3 megapixel digital camera, a 416MHz processor, a 2.8-inch, 320 x 240 LCD display, and a slide-out QWERTY keyboard for $299.
LG Voyager – 2.8-inch, 400-by-240-pixel touch screen, stereo speakers, 2 megapixel camera, Bluetooth, EV-DO, 3G, GPS, and 4.69 ounces for $299.
Motorola Droid – Android 2.0, Wi-Fi networking, 5-megapixel digital camera, 3.5 mm headphone jack, Bluetooth, 3.7-inch 854×480 touchscreen display. It also includes microSDHC support with bundled 16 GB card, free turn-by-turn navigation from Google Maps, sliding QWERTY keyboard, and Texas Instruments OMAP 3430 processor running at 550 MHz. The original price was $199.
Samsung Galaxy Nexus – Android 4.0, 4.65-inch 1280×720-pixel HD Super AMOLED curved glass display, dual-core 1.2 GHz TI OMAP 4460 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1.3 MP front camera and 5 MP rear camera, 4G; Wi-Fi a/b/g/n; Bluetooth; GPS, barometer, NFC, and 32 GB of internal storage. The original price was $299.
Well that was a fun tangent. I will work on a post just about my Galaxy Nexus with details about the software and configuration. All that to say I like Android and need to work on an app. Have any ideas? Let me know.
P.S. I was glad to see one of the biggest Apple fanboys has become a Google employee as of tomorrow.