This is, by all accounts one of the bigger things I’ve ever done since the founding of TmoNews. So let’s just jump right in, for 30 days, I’m giving up my iPhone completely and going all Android. I’m calling it the “David’s going 30 days with the HTC One S since I know most of you would love to see me drop all signs of iOS in my household Android challenge.” Well, that wouldn’t be entirely true since I’ll still have my iPad and using that is part of the daily workflow. So there’s my one disclaimer. Otherwise, it’s pure Android for 30 days and who knows — maybe beyond that as well.
So here’s what I need from all of you. I need your help, I need your help with apps, customization, games, tricks, tips and more. Now, let me add that because HTC provided me a phone for the purpose this challenge, there will be no rooting, this is strictly a “consumer experience” challenge. I’d love to root, but it’s not in the works for this experiment.
So how do I feel about this? I’m both excited and a bit nervous, you get so used to one idea — but I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Now, it’s not like I’m an Android virgin, I’ve obviously used it before, as I’ve done a ton of reviews of Android handsets. Lately, I just feel like I never spend more than a few days on one operating system. I have a problem swapping out phones quite frequently, at least my wife calls it a “problem.” I call it being a geek but that’s neither here nor there. This time, the gauntlet has been thrown. Will I be converted? Most importantly, will you help me through this?
I’ll be blogging my thoughts every few days, with some thoughts, questions, concerns, ideas, and so on. I hope you’ll all follow along with me on the blog, @tmonews and even my our Facebook page.
There’s a second announcement here as well. As of the past two weeks I’ve officially taken over DroidDog.com for the foreseeable future. So not only am I spending 30 days with a Android device, I’m now writing about Android most days as well on both TmoNews and DroidDog.com. There will be some posts that wind up on both sites, but DroidDog.com will go a little more in-depth into the Android world. We’ll talk about hacks, tweaks, ROM’s, customization and all the good stuff you’ve come to expect from your Android smartphone.
The challenge begins…now. Leave your thoughts below and tell me the best places for customization, themes, icons, twitter apps, google reader apps etc etc. You get the idea. The single most important part of this is my promise to be fair and impartial throughout the challenge. Let’s get cracking!