Saturday, March 6, 2010

Life with Nexus One, part II

I still love my Nexus One! I just wanted to comment on a couple of things:

  1. Battery life
  2. Swype beta
  3. QR Codes

Battery life

Regarding battery life...I was at a LARubyConf a couple of weeks ago, and my battery drained like crazy all day both days, even though I wasn't really using it all that much. My theory? 3G signals were weak but present, so the phone was constantly trying to connect to a 3G network. Solution? Turn off 3G, problem solved!

Seriously, do we really need 3G anyway? I mean, it's nice to have faster networking, but that's why God invented WiFi, right? I'd much rather have WiFi than some proprietary cell network.

Swype beta

I joined the Swype beta this morning. So far I haven't used it much, but it really is a lot faster than typing on a touch keyboard. You basically just drag your finger from letter to letter and the predictive text system does the rest. Check out this smackdown video and prepare to be impressed!

QR Codes

I really love the QR codes that often go along with reviews of Android apps. It's so easy to just scan the QR code off the screen and go right to the download for the app. It's really sweet.

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