Another week with the Droid

When I last posted, things weren’t looking so good for my use of the Droid, and I had pretty much convinced myself that I was going to have to swap it out for the Eris. Fortunately, I didn’t do that and instead decided to give it another shot. I did a factory reset to wipe everything and start fresh, and then I proceeded very slowly. Rather than installing the somewhere around 40 apps that I previously had all at once, I started to trickle them over a period of several days, and I also switched things up a bit by choosing alternatives to what I previously had when there was a feasible other option. I’m happy to report success this time, and I haven’t had a crash or reboot all week.

Now that it’s stable, my fanboi status is back in full force. I really love this phone. It’s really fast, the display is incredible, the already-good browser is much improved over the G1, and I’m even starting to accept the crappy keyboard (and I actually typed much of this post on it while standing in line to see Lars von Trier’s Antichrist). I’ve used the car mode and Google Maps Navigation a few times, and I’m very happy with it, and find it a significant improvement over the VZ Navigator app I was previously using on my Blackberry. The voice search has never misunderstood me, which is really impressive.

Last night, I finally got up the courage to try putting the UnboundID LDAP client on it to test it out and it works just as well as it did on the G1 (actually, quite a bit better because it’s faster and on a better network). I hope to give it a much-needed update and make it available in the market in the near future.

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