Upgrade Decision

image That’s not the proverbial donkey starving between two equidistant bales of hay. Instead, as Upgrade Now? Or Wait? told you, it’s me dithering over whether to use my 1 year Verizon upgrade to transition to the Blackberry Storm2 (released late October), pounce on the Motorola Droid (released November 6), or wait, such as for the HTC Dragon aka Passion, which may be released by mid-December. Have I made any decisions? Well, sort of.

Passing on the Storm2

image I’m going to pass on the Storm2. It’s a nice incremental upgrade over my Storm. Finally WiFi! Remember the BS that WiFi wasn’t included in the original Storm because it wouldn’t fit? Also, the screen is better supported by and integrated with the device. Open GL support. And there are other improvements.

But incremental is the key word. As some of my students would say, the Storm2 is so … yesterday. The Storm2 is a great device for … last year. It’s what RIM should have released instead of the Storm. But now, the Storm2 pales in comparison to other available large screen capacitive devices.

BlackBerry Gets Attacked by Droids: First Impressions observes:

“There is no comparison between the Droid and Verizon’s previous smartphone champion, my former first generation BlackBerry Storm.  I was pleased when BlackBerry released their OS 5.0 upgrade which brought many improvements.  The Storm OS upgrade was brought enough enhancements that it made my consider keeping it for a while longer.  I’m glad that I didn’t.  The Droid makes the BlackBerry Storm a slow, obsolete device.”

Perhaps a bit harsh. But nevertheless, the Storm2 seems too little, too late.

Motorola Droid – Waiting on Exchange Server issue

imageDroid don’t do business (picture source) worries me. It discusses an InfoWorld article panning the Droid’s support of Microsoft Exchange Server, on which I rely heavily.

The existence of these reported problems is confirmed by Phandroid’s report of coming Droid fixes. Exchange ActiveSync is among those listed.

This issue is (currently) a show stopper for me given my reliance on Exchange Server. But assuming it’s fixed soon, then James Kendrick’s Motorola Droid — Ongoing Impressions is a very objective look at this device, following his What I Like and Dislike About the Verizon Droid.

Anyway, the Exchange Server issue means I’ll dither wait. And while I’m waiting, perhaps I’ll learn more about the HTC Dragon aka Passion. BGR just released a possible picture of its screen. The same article repeats that this device may be released by mid-December.

I wonder though. Since the Dragon/Passion will have the same OS as the Motorola Droid, will it have the same Exchange Server issues? Are the Exchange Server issues intrinsic to the Android 2.0 OS? Or Motorola’s implementation? Or Verizon’s network?

Lots of questions. Hopefully some answers soon. In the meantime, I’ll ride out the wait with my Storm, which, with its new 5.0 OS, is doing OK.

1 Responses to “Upgrade Decision”

  • The Motorola DROID continues to present new possibilities every day. We’ve had it for about 10 months and I have had a Blackberry attached to my body due to the fact September 1998. Being connected is a important part of my existence so I’m generally reachable by loved ones and co-workers. I am a bit addicted towards Marketplace for DROID Applications. When the device had unlimited memory I would check the capacity. I think this OS would be the way of the long term and intend to develop with all of you to understand it by way of and via. Thanks to the content.

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