During summer I wrote a small blog post on my thoughts on replacing my iPhone 3GS for an Android device. Frankly, the introduction of iPhone 4 had left me underwhelmed and as such the post could at the time be used as a point of leverage for preparing myself mentally to take the Android plunge. In the end I opted for the Samsung Galaxy S with Android 2.1. (Eclair) – not sure what to expect I fired the up the phone – and all hell broke lose – or… things changed… and in a lot of ways things changed for the better.
I am a geek
First impression – my God what a screen and what an overall nice look and feel. Second impression – this is sloooow and laggyas hell – and Samsung makes the worst PC software ever (note… there is currently no software for Mac-users in order to update new firmware and transfer computer content to you Samsung Galaxy S…. but if the software would have been in same miserable shape as its PC counterpart, I would not let it near my Mac even if my life depended on it). So… what to do… enter: geek-mode.
Rather than just accepting the state of things I started digging into optimizing my Samsung (and Android) experience… and it turned out I was by no means alone. I quickly got acquainted with XDA Decelopers and their forums for Android in general and Samsung Galaxy S in particular. I found myself learning a whole new vocabulary with terms like rooting, SuperUser, Recovery Console and Odin PDA flash and the likes… and I loved it… but… would I want my dad (or in fact any other family member) to get an Android phone (or at least a Samsung Galaxy S) – Hell no!
Making my Samsung Galaxy S usable
Again… loved (and love!) the screen… but hated the laggy feeling – and missed some of my favorite iPhone apps. It quickly dawned on me that my Android phone suffered from bad coding in the carrier made rom (yet another sexy concept) that comes with the phone – and that the “über-geeks” over @ XDA had a fix for my woes. It was a lag-fix that was applied through an application downloaded from the market… that same application also “rooted” my phone (same as jail-breaking on iPhone) and did some other tricks that I to this day am unaware of.
So… there you have it… had it not been for the geeks, and had I not been a “small geek” I would properly have attempted to turn my phone in and gotten an iPhone 4 instead. But…. now… as they say “The first cut is the deepest” – this means that I am now throwing geek-lingo left and right, am trying custom-made roms for my device and pushing the phone to its limits and beyound (which explains the “Force closes” and instability experienced by some Android users).
So I guess the real confession here is that without being a geek (to some extend) the Android/Samsung experience would have had me run back to Apple and iPhone and lie flat on my back and pledge my eternal support for iOS… but it did not happen…