iPhone vs. Droid

November 24, 2009

I had an opportunity to play with the droid for a little while this weekend. Most of my observations are superficial and based on simplistic understanding of the device.

The Droid phone from Motorola is bulky. That’s understandable since it packs more battery and has a real keyboard, instead of the touch screen-based one that that the iPhone has. Unfortunately, Motorola could have done this more stylishly. The phone has a lot of sharp edges and didn’t feel gentle in my hands. It looked like a brick to me. Now I don’t mind the sharp edges. The Razor was a sharp looking phone with a lot of angular surfaces but it really looked like was something new and different. The Droid unfortunately reminds me of phones from the turn of the century.

Now as far as the software goes, I thought the UI was kind of clunky. The droid has a higher resolution screen, yet it fails to capitalize on it by using contrast and shades. In a way the UI reminded me a lot of Windows 3.1. Even the latest incarnation of Windows has adopted a color and contrast scheme that echoes OS X aesthetics. I suppose this is a reflection of Droid’s Android OS roots in Linux but even Linux has started to soften its tone.

Now lets come to the software. I’ve never been able to figure out the point of widgets on a phone. There is a limited screen space on a phone. Every app is friggin’ widget. What’s the point of an app that’s already smaller than a limited app on the phone.

The only thing that’s going for the Droid right now is its open development model and the Java programming language. The iPhone with its development tools limited to Macs only means that developers have to invest a lot more money to start developing for a iPhone. I think Droid and Android has some way to go before it can challenge the iPhone. What they probably have to do is to make sure that the Android experience does not splinter along handset manufacturing lines (like what happened to Windows Mobile) and keep  improving its looks.


BodyWorlds @ the Franklin Science Institute

November 24, 2009

Bodyworlds

If you’re going to be in Philadelphia between now and Feb 9th 2009, I strongly suggest paying the Body Worlds exhibit at the Franklin Science Institute. Unfortunately, photography is not allowed so I don’t have any pictures but here’s the link.


Philadelphia 2009: T-13.5 hours

November 21, 2009

Staying at the Ramada Essington, the start line is a little over 12 hours and 12 miles away.
I’m only 1 hour off my travel schedule. Lets hope that doesn’t happen during the Marathon.

I wish I had not procrastinated when I was making reservations for the hotel. I would have preferred to stay nearer the start line. I knew that I was going to run the Philly Marathon since May, so I really have no excuse for not planning my stay as I should have.

Anyway I need to prep and then go to bed.


Pandora

November 20, 2009

Pandora has begun to really dissappoint me. When I first discovered it I really enjoyed it and I discovered a lot of good music that I wouldn’t have heard otherwise.

I was even willing to stick with the service when they started placing ads between the music. Unfortunately now the music recommendation system has declined so much in quality recommendation that i can’t to be on the site formore than a few songs.

I’m not leaving pandora. Pandora has left me:(


Red prejudice

November 18, 2009

Somebody told me that in star trek: the original series, if a character or group of characters was wearing a red uniform and was sent down to an alien planet by captain Kirk the character or group would end up dead?

Has any one else noticed this?


Slimdx

November 18, 2009

I’ve been working on some graphics work using SlimDx. I really like the library but the documentation is sparse in some places


Sometimes…

November 7, 2009

I miss being a student. I need to get back to learning stuff !