Hi, I’m Matt, and I am a gadget junkie… (Hi Matt)
I do enjoy cool gadgets, so on occasion, my blog posts will highlight a cool new gadget I’ve discovered. First, let me introduce you to the core of my gadget universe.
Since I had my first Personal Digital Assistant and my first cell phone, I wondered whether the two would ever be combined. I was annoyed at having to carry two devices. They also filled my pockets, putting one or the other at risk of getting scratched up by my keys. Even then I knew I would never be a holster on my belt geek. The only guy to ever wear a non-firearm holster and make it look cool was Constantine “Dino” Houpis, who wore his pitch pipe in a holster. But I digress…
Getting to the point, the Motorola Droid X is by far the most elegant convergence of devices I’ve ever seen. When I paid the $199.00 (after mail in rebate) I got:
• A Cell Phone
• A PDA
• An internet device
• An alarm clock
• A GPS Device
• An iPod
• A gaming device
• An FM radio
• An 8 megapixel camera
• A video camera that shoots 720p video
• A calculator
• A Kindle
• And more…
The Motorola Droid X has some cool accessories, which is the icing on the cake. I have a charging cradle that is in my truck that, when I set the device in it, “tells” the device it’s in the truck. The device then renders a whole new interface with large, easy to see and use buttons and easy access to GPS Navigation using Google Maps.
There is a charging cradle that sits at my bedside which, when the Motorola Droid X is placed in it, “tells” it that it’s an alarm clock.
You can connect the Motorola Droid X to a television using an HDMI cable.
Using Google Goggles you can most items and/or their barcodes and identify the item, often showing where the item can be bought locally (using the GPS functionality) and for how much.
Using Google Sky Maps you can point the device at the sky and name the constellations you see.
So as you can see, this is the answer to my long standing device convergence dream.
There are a couple of drawbacks:
Battery life is poor. You have to be diligent about making sure that services are turned off when not being used (Bluetooth, GPS et al). This dramatically improves the battery’s stamina. Charging units (from Motorola) are inexpensive through non-Verizon outlets and I’ve heard tell of an extended life battery. With judicious usage and charging capabilities at the places you settle (desk, vehicle etc.) you can manage the batter issue just fine.
Some applications are a little fluky due to the open source nature of the architecture. Android Marketplace applications rated 4+ are probably a pretty safe bet.
To restate, the Motorola Droid X is the most elegant and complete handheld convergence device I’ve seen to date.