Well, after roughly 6 1/2 months of using the BlackBerry Curve 9300 and getting fed-up with the constant low memory issues, I went over to my local Fido kiosk Friday night and purchased the Motorola RAZR XT910 using some of my accumulated Fido Dollars.
I am not going to run down comparisons between the BlackBerry and the XT910 like I did a bit when I replaced my broken iPhone 3G with the BlackBerry device. The reason for this is simple, BlackBerry would get crushed by all the amazing features the XT910 has.
The XT910 from Fido comes with the Android operating system plus 42 pre-loaded applications. Some applications appear to be duplicates, just made by a different company. For instance there are 3 map apps, why anyone would want three is beyond me but I guess Motorola probably already had 1 or 2 installed when Fido added their own stuff.
Since Friday, I have probably added another 30+ apps. I will review some of them in another post because this post is all about the phone.
The XT910 is a very thin phone, even thinner than the iPhone with exception in the area of the HD camera. That area is about the same thickness at an iPhone.
Speed…OMG…This thing is pretty fast, even when app downloads and updates are going on in the background. The dual core 1.2GHz processor really makes this phone fly. Friday night, I was like a little kid, I received very little sleep because all my mind wanted to do was use the phone and check out all the greatness this phone has to offer.
The display on this baby is beautiful and it is nice to be back on a phone with a large screen.
One nice app that came pre-installed is the MotoPrint. It allows you to print from the phone to a network printer. Now not all printers are supported. There are a total of 3 printers at my location but I can only setup 1 of them until I get the MotoPrint software installed on the computer hosting the other 2 printers. I was also able to add my “Print to Adobe PDF” printer so if I create or edit an existing document using the pre-installed office app, I can save it to my main system in PDF format.
Another great feature is the MotoCast. This allows you to access files on any Windows or Mac (sorry Linux, I guess Motorola hates you which is sad since Linux IS the better operation system) computer that has the MotoCast software installed. What this means is no more constantly having to connect your phone to the computer just to sync up a song or photo. It can now be done all through a wireless network. Might even work through your carrier connection but I won’t be trying that, not with current cost of data plans.
Weather – It is always nice to be able to check the weather on a mobile device and the pre-loaded weather app on the XT910 is gorgeous compared to the Weather Eye app from The Weather Network. When you tap the forecast on the home screen, the weather app opens up and you have this beautiful animated graphic indicating the weather outside underneath your weather details. It allows both an auto follow setting or if you wish, you can also setup several saved locations. Myself, I have added Niagara Falls to my saved location list so I can keep track of the weather closer to when friends and I will be heading there for 2nd annual bike ride.
Calendar – This pre-loaded app was a bit of a disappointment to me. It comes off very blah and boring. I would like to have seen a little more colour or flare in this. The app itself has no option to add a network calendar so you need to use an app like ICSSync (review coming in a future post) to access and edit your network calendar.
Well I think that is it. The only thing I do kind of miss from the BlackBerry is the physical keyboard. Much easier to screw up your typing using a touch screen keyboard when your fingers are larger than a child.