Why? Here’s what I’m excited about:
- First ever Android device
- First HSDPA/HSUPA smartphone on T-Mobile USA”s new AWS network
- Open source, linux-based OS/platform
- Full integration with Google mail, IM, contacts, calendar, and maps (including Street View)
- Android Market application store and Amazon MP3 music store (DRM free)
- Copy & paste, background processes
- Capacitive touchscreen and hardware keyboard
- WiFi, dual-band 3G, GPS, and compass
- 3 megapixel auto-focus camera
Here’s what appears to be missing:
- No Bluetooth DUN (tethering), ObEx (file transfer), and A2DP (stereo audio)
- No multi-touch functionality
- No standard 3.5 mm audio connector (adapter required)
- No video recording and camera flash
- No integration with Google reader and docs
- No UMA support
- Not so sexy design
Frankly, I don’t understand what the problem is with the lack of Mac/PC sync software for Android!
Pinky: There’s no Mac/PC sync software for Android! There’s no iTunes/iSync, ActiveSync/WMDC/WMP support…
Pinky: Gee, Brain, what are we going to do?
Brain: The same thing we do with every non iPhone, BlackBerry, or Windows Mobile device, Pinky – use USB mass storage to transfer media between the Mac/PC and the phone’s memory card.
Pinky: But what about contacts/mail/calendars?
Brain: Well, we only have to sync contacts/mail/calendars between the Mac/PC and the Google account – the device handles the rest :)
Brain: Pinky, are you pondering what I’m pondering?
According to the HTC Dream/T-Mobile G1 manual (PDF), the device supports USB mass storage, so media sync can be as simple as drag-and-drop. Contact/mail/calendar sync is done transparently between the phone and your Google account. Nay desktop, yay cloud :)
Furthermore, there’s plenty of software available to sync media between iTunes and a USB mass storage device:
- iTuneMyWalkman for OS X
- SyncTunes for OS X
- Media Sync for OS X/Windows
- SyncMyPortable for Windows
- Mass Storage Synchronizer for Java
If you really must use Windows Media Player (poor you), it natively syncs with USB mass storage devices.
To sync mail there’s always IMAP.
And here’s how to sync calendars between a Mac/PC and Google calendar:
So there you have it. Ultimately, it’s only a matter of time until someone adds iSync or ActiveSync support to Android…