17 November 2011
The built-in speakerphone isn't all that loud in a noisy car when it cradle on the dash. I was disappointed that the volume doesn't get all that loud. Some of the Android apps don't appear to work with a Bluetooth speakerphone. I don't have a Bluetooth earpiece but I doubt it would matter.
The stock battery while is ok if you the type that turns it off during working hrs like me. It has a good standby time on it but if you start using apps that drain the battery you better carry another with you. I bought the extended battery when I bought the phone. This battery does ok but it too can drain if you're surfing the web quite a bit. I naturally set the device to not download updates unless connected to WiFi.
I was kind of disappointed that it didn't come with a car charger. This is a must have accessory especially if you're using Google Latitude and Navigation. Both of which are great apps but can be an extreme drain on the battery. Unfortunately if you're trying to use the car charger you can't use the type of cradle I have. I had to turn it up side down because of where the USB port is located on the bottom left hand side. Of set it in the cup holder. Very disappointing.
Google Latitude is a very nice app.. It has some nice feature for locating resturants, coffee shops, etc.... It's been fairly accurate. What's nice is when you find the place you want to go you can tap on the blue arrow and it will automatically launch Google Navigation. Unfortunately, you can't hear the audio through the Bluetooth speakerphone.
That's it for now.
05 November 2011
If you read my blog you know that I finally purchased a Droid X2 in July. I have fat fingers and it was quite hard to tap the corrects keys sometime. I also couldn't do it very fast. A friend of mine who is a gadget hound told me to download Swype. Unfortunately it's not available in the Anroid Market App sites. You have to download it direcltly from http://swypeinc.com
The install is very smooth. I had no hassles and the instructions on their site are a step by step screenshot. I was very impressed.
I've been using this for several months. I give a two thumbs up rating or 5 stars depending on what system you want to use. You have to make sure that they have a version for your particular model phone.
If you want to see it demonstrated watch on their YouTube channel here. http://www.youtube.com/myswype
02 November 2011
I really wanted to wait until the 3rd or 4th generation phones were out before I bought a MCD.
In Oct there was a Android update. It seems to have fix a thing or two. Lately though I'm beggining to wonder. I've been having issue connecting to my Bluetooth speakerphones I use in the car and to wireless networks. They don't automatically connect like they used to and I have to go into settings to manually connect. OK, Verizon you can fix it any day now.