To Be Or Not To Be -- My Android And Me

Real Estate Agent with Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103

Just a few days ago, after months of frustrating and ongoing issues with my old blackberry, I finally bit thebullet and bought a new android phone.  Late to the party on this level of smart-phone, I did my due diligence, scouring the internet for information from the ultimate experts -- users.  I found, in my search that there appears to be a hard fought skirmish between HTC Evo proponents and Samsung Epic devotees.  They fight dirty, resorting to name calling when all else fails.

Ultimately, I probably chose to go with the Epic 4g because a client of mine warned against the abysmal battery life of the HTC android.  To be fair, she uses Verizon service and I, Sprint, so the phones are different on some levels.  After spending hours in the Sprint store on a Saturday just to look, I found myself walking away with my beautiful new phone with a spectacular super amoled screen, a speedy processor and the factory installed upgrade to Froyo 2.2.

After a couple of hours of play, I was like a kid at a playground.  I didn't want to stop tinkering with my new toy.  Forced to, however, by a sputtering battery and a literally red hot phone, I plugged it in, let myself wind down and went to sleep.

Sunday, I was amazed to see the quality of the photos I could produce with the 5 megapixel rear facing camera.  Had I been able to figure it out, I would have played with the video, which I hear is not at all bad.  A bonus with the camera is the incredibly wide angle of the lens, producing some interesting real estate shots.  So, by the end of the day, I was wildly in love with this little piece of technology and ready to dress it with all kinds of accessories.

South Bellmore waterfront home

In the end, and I must admit it made me laugh out loud, I determined this sweet little phone with some already downloaded great apps was a superstar at everything . . . except for its seeming inability to make or receive a phone call.  Oh I could dial out well enough, but the ravenous battery, with what had to be a monstrous tape worm, couldn't hold a charge long enough to sustain my voice, making the conversation sound like Morse code. 

I have since found this magic pill call Advanced Task Killer.  It closes superfluous programs running in the background, draining the battery.  Day one I had to recharge the phone three times.  Outrageous and hardly viable.  By today, the charge lasted over 9 hours, a vast improvement.  I want this marriage to work between me and my android, even though I have yet to figure out how to answer a call when the phone rings.  Astoundingly, it's not as simple as opening the phone or tapping on a little green phone icon.  Not this one.  Apparently you have to drag the notification of the call to one of three options, "answer," "ignore" or "ignore with message."

I must say, mobile phones have come a long way.  My first one was called transportable.  It was a Panasonic and was the size of an attache case.  Take a look at it here.  Amazing how far technology has taken us.  Just scroll down a little and there in all its glory is the phone I waited months for, way back when.

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Comments (20)

Cheryl Brewer
Mike Bowman - Grapevine, TX
Selling Homes since 1997

Awsome Pictures! I love my Sprint Htc. The battery is a pain though.

Mar 22, 2011 04:46 PM
Lynn B. Friedman CRS Atlanta, GA 404-939-2727
Atlanta Homes ODAT Realty - Love our Great City - Love our Clients! Buckhead - Midtown - Westside - Atlanta, GA
Concierge Service for Our Atlanta Sellers & Buyers

Dear Geri -

You said -"After a couple of hours of play, I was like a kid at a playground. I didn't want to stop tinkering with my new toy."

How did you know what I did when I got my Motorola Droid?  Love at first sight!
I cannot believe I waited so long to make the change to a smartphone! 

Have a happy day-

Mar 22, 2011 04:46 PM
Christopher Taylor
Corpus Christi, TX

You are so right, the new phones have some amazing apps, however, they sure can drain a battery quickly.  By the way, great pictures, like the way you were able to copyright them.

Mar 22, 2011 04:49 PM
Kathy Clulow
RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage - Uxbridge, ON
Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results

Geri - you have to love the improvements to the "cell phone" over the years I can still picture my first that sort of looked like a regular phone with a box in the trunk now you can almost wear them on your writs and do just about anything you can do with your computer.

Mar 22, 2011 04:59 PM
Jon Zolsky, Daytona Beach, FL
Daytona Condo Realty, 386-405-4408 - Daytona Beach, FL
Buy Daytona condos for heavenly good prices


A very interesting post. I have I-Phone 4, still have no clue about so many functions, but get and receive calls, no problem. YEs, it has a camera, and even HD, and it has video, but it is for friends and family, not for work. For that we have the top of the line 21 mega-pixel Canon, which cost arm and a leg, but you can't beat the quality

Mar 22, 2011 05:00 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Cheryl - the battery on these workhorses is an issue, but it seems a worthwhile trade-off.

Lynn - The Motorola Droid got such great reviews.  It wasn't an option with Sprint.

Christopher - Thanks.  I thought the quality of the photos was better than a lot I've seen on the MLS.  Adding the copyright is easy in many photo editing applications.

Kathy - It was funny back then, the size of the "phones."  We were so thrilled to have them at the time.

Jon- I wish they didn't have all the proprietary issues with cell phones.  I have two, one with Sprint service, the other with ATT.  I would have gotten an iPhone but in this area they're known for having issues with dropped calls.  I couldn't risk it.  I'm in awe of your work camera.  Mine is a Nikon D60, which has some limitations, but I love it.  I just don't always have it with me.





Mar 22, 2011 05:12 PM
Peter Pfann @ eXp Realty Pfanntastic Properties in Victoria, Since 1986.
eXp Realty, Victoria BC - Victoria, BC
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Hi Geri,

great story, in a way I am glad you are reporting on this, as we arejust in the process to work towards new phones, your pictures are great, interesting that answering a call is like an afterthought.

thanks for sharing

Mar 22, 2011 05:17 PM
Bill Pohl
Tetra Homes, Inc. - Loveland, OH

Geri, you are right to have gone with the Epic on the Sprint network. Samsung does build some nice phones. I am on the Verizon network and I currently have the HTC Incredible and it is a marvelous phone too. Kinda makes me wish I was 30 years younger so I could watch the advance of electronics.

Mar 22, 2011 05:31 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Peter and Linda - There appear to be a number of really nice options out there depending upon which carrier you use.  Let me know what you wind up choosing.  Good luck with the process.

Mar 22, 2011 05:31 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

I'm with you Bill.  It would be nice to be around for all the changes in technology that are sure to come.

Mar 22, 2011 05:39 PM
Steve Matsumoto
Winderemere Homes & Estates: waterfront condos, second homes - Oceanside, CA
First Time Home Buyers - Oceanside, CA

Nice photos.  I have droid incredible and the battery life is awful.  Even given this limitation it is amazing what this phone can do.  When my upgrade comes...iphone.

Mar 22, 2011 07:38 PM
Roger D. Mucci
Shaken...with a Twist 216.633.2092 - Euclid, OH
Lets shake things up at your home today!

Only you could make me LOL talking about a phone Geri.............I hope this marriage lasts too my friend.

Mar 22, 2011 11:10 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Steve - I'm so impressed with mine as well.  Even though my other phone is with ATT, I'd be afraid to get an iPhone here till they resolve the dropped phone issues.

Roger - The thought of starting your day with a smile gives me great pleasure.  Hope the rest of the day keeps the smile on your face.

Mar 23, 2011 03:12 AM
Craig Rutman
Helping people in transition - Cary, NC
Raleigh, Cary, Apex area Realtor

Goog luck wit hthe new phone Geri. If the rest of it works as nice as the pictures it takes, you'll be very happy with your choice.

Mar 23, 2011 06:09 AM
Myrl Jeffcoat
GreatWest Realty - Sacramento, CA
Greater Sacramento Real Estate Agent

My daughter and son-in-law both have Droids, and love them.  I continue to be amazed at the quality of photos that are produced from them.  I must agree we've come a long way with technology and cell phones.  I can remember being one of the first, if not the first Realtor in the Sacramento area to even have a pager.  The first cell phones that weren't attached to your car, were large cumbersome things, with no functionality other than to place or receive calls.  They had none of the apps, photo taking capability, and functions we see today.  20 years ago, who would have thunk it:-)

Mar 23, 2011 02:55 PM
Geri Sonkin
Douglas Elliman Real Estate 516-457-7103 - Merrick, NY
Long Island Real Estate & Staging Expert

Craig - Thanks.  So far, so good.  I can even answer a call now. :)

Myrl - I have to laugh at the thought of those early phones.  It was heavy and the phone itself was tethered to the case.  Then, over the years phones got smaller and smaller till some of them were tiny.  Now they've become viable alternatives to computers.  I can't help wondering what's next.

Mar 24, 2011 02:53 AM
Michele Norris
Crystal Realty - Incline Village Nevada - Incline Village, NV
((( Buy or Sell, Call Michele ))) Lake Tahoe NV


You live and work in a beauiful place in our world. Isn't technology fun?!

Mar 24, 2011 02:38 PM
Leslie Prest
Leslie Prest, Prest Realty, Sales and Rentals in Payson, AZ - Payson, AZ
Owner, Assoc. Broker, Prest Realty, Payson,

I have a Motorola Droid, and absolutely love it. I charge the battery once a day, and it is fine.

Mar 25, 2011 10:04 AM
Tim Peterson
Wisconsin Realtor Safety and Concealed Carry Classes - Madison, WI
Realtor Safety Training Classes

Hi Geri-I bet that first phone was easy to answer phone calls on and had about 6 times the range of your current one-now they are all mini computers

Mar 25, 2011 05:52 PM
Debra Davis
Keller Williams Realty Atlanta Partners - Snellville, GA
Realtor - Atlanta, Decatur, Snellville, Loganville

Geri, wonderful quality of these photos with this phone. I know you will enjoy using it.

Mar 27, 2011 02:46 PM

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