09/26/2011, 07:22 PM
I used an HTC Evo Shift 4G on Sprint for almost a month. I had always planned for it to be temporary, to test out the phone so I could help my son with his and possibly hack it to work with a Touchstone. For a little while, it seemed like it might win me over completely. I gave myself time to get used to how Android does things.
Today I switched back to my Pre 2, and it was a relief. I love how it feels in my hand. I love the keyboard. I love webOS notifications, multitasking, and exhibition mode. I love gestures. I love my in-car Touchstone.
The Shift was a little too heavy for my car Touchstone. I could have replaced the metal disks with magnets to make it work, and I still might fool around with getting all of that working some day. I liked the selection of Android apps, though some of them would crash the phone and had to be removed. I also had to remove the moving backgrounds and some widgets because they really slowed things down. The battery life also made my Pre 2 look good.
One time I was about to head off somewhere with the Shift. I pulled up Navigation and told it where I wanted to go. Then I finished getting ready, got in the car, started Pandora, went back to Navigation... and it had exited and had to start over. Grrr.
I am keeping the Shift as a wifi only device for now. The killer app for me is Ankidroid, as I use Anki for learning Japanese characters, and Ankidroid will start bugging you if you forget to study for too long. I would love Anki for webOS.
Next I want to save up for a Touchpad.