I got purchased myself a Samsung Galaxy S about 3 months ago. In Luxembourg, you got it free when subscribing to a data plan (49€/month) for 2 years. As I was waiting to buy an Android device for some time I took this chance.
Now I have been using this device for 3 months and this phone is great and annoying at the same time, sometimes I love this device and sometimes I just hate it. It’s my first “Smart”phone, so first of all I noticed spending a lot more time with my Phone than ever before, and at the same time using it less for calls. You don’t call people anymore, or even text messages are out, you do email, twitter and/or facebook.
When I started using the Galaxy S, I was even thinking about reading the instruction manual…, it was hard to get going with Android without any advice…not because it is so complicated…but there are so many things you can do with it. I guess getting started with the iPhone is easy as the only thing you can do is browsing for apps.
Things that frustrated my the most, and is still a major point for me is the battery life of the Samsung Galaxy S, by using it for your daily emails, RSS and some browsing the battery needs to be recharged every night. And if you want to use it for making calls, be aware because the talking time for me is just below 1 hour. This is quite unacceptable for an High-end Android device. (so always carry a micro-usb cable with you).
What I really like about Android is the way to handle contacts. You have one contact, for example Paul Smith, and you can group all the accounts you have with this person under one contact entry on your phone. So Android can pull automatically your contacts picture from Facebook. Accounts that I group are Gmail, Facebook, Twitter and last.fm.
I am still running version 2.1 of Android as without a windows computer it is impossible to upgrade to the newest version Froyo 2.2. And my first try to get the phone connected to the Samsung software Kies failed.
I will make a series of posts explaining what is good and bad about Android, what is nice to have and things to avoid. So stay tuned