I've been a committed Android user for a couple years, since I bought an HTC Magic. Android appealed because it is "open". The source code for the system is publicly available and anyone can use it or change it. The Android platform isn't locked to a single app market. I've owned several Android phones: HTC Magic, Nexus One, Acer Liquid, Huawei U8120, Samsung Galaxy S. Each in their own way has been awesome - either in function or value or both.
Today it was time to receive a new phone as part of a user preview opportunity offered to me by Geekzone and Telecom New Zealand. It's an HTC Sensation. The Sensation is a dual-core, 1.2GHz, 4.3" S-LCD screened, Android v2.3 / Sense v3.0 piece of handheld magic that would run best on the Telecom XT network.
This opportunity kills two birds with one stone for me.
First stone: Yes, I'm an Android fan and this smartphone would have appeal on that basis alone. Done. Sold. Count me in.
Second stone: I've been a Vodafone customer for the past few years, first on pre-pay, then for the past two years on account. I've been generally happy, but two things were causing me problems.
First, I walk to and from work and that takes about an hour and 20 minutes. As I walk, I use my Android smartphone for doing all kinds of data-using things: Twitter, Facebook, email, upload videos to YouTube, streaming video to my phone... and more. But for 20 minutes - each way - along Sunset Rd in north Glenfield (Auckland), I get virtually no usable data connection at all on Vodafone. That's been frustrating on a daily basis over the past year.
Secondly, I travel to Canada every year or so to visit family. I'm usually there for several weeks. I have a Bell Canada mobile account I bring out of suspension for use on my trips there. But Vodafone's 3G data frequencies (900MHz and 2100MHz) are a poor fit for use in Canada and much of the North America, whereas Telecom XT's 850MHz and 2100MHz are a perfect fit for Rogers, Telus and Bell Canada and AT&T in the US. So it makes sense for me to have a phone that works to full data capability in New Zealand and in North America. On my last trip to Canada a few months ago, I had to buy a separate phone to use while there. I'd rather just use one phone for both places.
With those things in mind, I was ready to give the Telecom XT network a try, provided the service was good and the price - especially for data - was right.
I'd been told my new HTC Sensation should arrive today. The phone on my desk rang - internal call. Oh yeah....It's the courier. After a rapid walk to the door, a quick signature rendered, the white box with the HTC Sensation in it was mine.
I grabbed a co-worker and we made this video of the HTC Sensation unboxing. Time for some serious play.
About the author:
Steve Withers (LinuxLuver) has worked in IT in New Zealand (National Bank, Caltex, NZ Dairy Board, IBM, AT&T, Software of Excellence) for most of 30 years, moving from mainframes to mobile as technology has evolved and networks have become faster, cheaper and more accessible to everyone. An enthusiastic supporter of Open Source software and tools, in 2009 Steve embraced Linux-based Android as the way to go in personal tech for freedom loving peoples everywhere. Steve loves cool new stuff that makes him feel like he's living in the future.
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