Finally, I have joined the Android army. This is my first post on smartphones, since I never used one earlier. My choice is Samsung Galaxy S5660 which indeed is a great phone to have.
First of all, Galaxy’s S5660 (codenamed Gio) competes with the HTC’s Explorer in the market. Even though the latter is (a bit) cheaper than this one, I would say Gio is a better choice. Multiple reasons for it.
- It looks more beautiful than HTC’s explorer
- According to claims (can’t confirm this but) Explorer’s camera is known to be not up to the mark (view a sample of Gio’s camera here)
- It has a better processor of 800 MHz as compared to Explorer’s 600MHz
- It has better internal memory
- It gives you access to Samsung apps
- Price difference is not much.
- Samsung is Samsung
As you unbox this phone, the first thing that disappoints you is the fact that the screen guard is printed with logos. You cannot continue to use your phone this way. You need to remove this screen guard, leaving your phone vulnerable to scratches. I recommend purchasing a separate screen guard at the time of purchasing your phone.
Now since this is my first smartphone, I was initially a bit taken aback to learn about some features of Android. Android comes from Google and you need your Google account to use most of its online features (like Gmail, Market (now Google Play), Gtalk, etc.) Even though you can add/remove accounts under Settings > Location and Security, the primary account cannot be removed without a factory reset. You cannot even remove the password from it. So in case your phone is stolen, be prepared to get driven by paranoia. Save yourself from the hassle of changing passwords and stuff.
I found only one efficient workaround for this. Get a new Google Account, separate from your basic account. Keep your Android phone away from your basic account unless you really need emails on your phone (and all that Contact sync stuff). But believe me, Mail is the only useful feature of your account that you can sync on your phone. All the rest is basically crap. You won’t need contact syncs in majority of the cases (since my cell phone contacts are pretty different from my Gmail account contacts).
If you want to chat using Gtalk, simply tell your friends to add your new account to their lists so they can see you when you are online.
Once you have created a new account and configured it, congratulations, you can now enjoy all the features of Android. This includes basically app downloads. Without apps, a phone cannot really be considered a smartphone. The first apps I downloaded were MoboPlayer (since VLC is not supported by S5660), some news apps, a dictionary app and some games.
Android is a great mobile OS to have. It is robust, fast, stable and combines the stability of the Linux kernel with a beautiful GUI.