I Have Joined the Robot Army.

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Jul 182010

The main reason for the switch was that AT&T said that Apple won’t let me unlock the iPhone I spent 2 years paying for on contract. Okay, fine. I can’t fight you, but I can never buy your stupid phones again.

Then AT&T told me “unlimited” wasn’t in their vocabulary anymore.


So now I’m using a Nexus One on T-Mobile, with a month-to-month unlimited plan that’s the same cost as my old AT&T plan. We’ll see how long it lasts.

I’ve had the Nexus One (I’m going to call it the N1 from here on out) for a little while now, and I must say that it’s a great little phone. Unlocked, it cost about $550 US (ouch), but it’s a real trooper.

I got it unlocked to avoid more contracts–that $300 you save up front isn’t worth the $2000 you pay on the contract–and so that I could use SIM cards from other carriers when I travel overseas.

The main reason for picking the N1 was that as a Google developer phone, Google will roll out updates to it relatively quickly.

It comes with a stock version of Android, with nothing skinned over it, and that also means faster OS updates as well.

It also means that it doesn’t come with any bloatware.

There are some limitations: the onboard memory is small. Google’s own apps are not movable to SD for some reason they do not wish to divulge, so the onboard memory is always crammed full, and I’m already getting low memory warnings.

It supports up to a 32GB microSD, so that’s one thing in its favor.

Also, the touchpad tracking is a little off. This can cause great consternation at inopportune moments. Like when I’m driving and it decides to wipe out my route. Thanks for nothing.

Finally, no stock Japanese keyboard for non-Japanese phones.

But really, those are the only complaints I have about the phone, and they really are minor, because in every other area, it saves me so much hassle, it’s not even funny.

Google Maps is total lifesaver. There’s nothing on the iPhone that comes close.

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