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Product Review For The HTC Android Phone: easy to use device or techno headache?

Updated on November 23, 2011

Go go HTC Android Phone, Data NOW!!!

Since both my wife and my daughter have laptops in my family, we decided it was time for dear ol' Dad to get some sort of mobile data internet capability and voila, we bought the 3G network Android Phone. It's really something else, a quality device to be sure. Not the technological nightmare I was fearing it might be, like some sort of VCR of the third millenium here to confuse even the more adept thirty year old.

The version I have works on the 3G network, it costs me an extra $30 month on my Verizon family plan, to have unlimited data. So far I enjoy getting notices real time on my email accounts combined with texts and Facebook status changes and comments. At first it seemed ridiculous but now of course it's already status quo for me. Seriously when I took a hike through the woods near my house with it for the first time the feeling was strange, to be able to send pics live to Facebook or capture videos to download at the next wifi hotspot. Being able to access any website, all while watching finches and woodpeckers fly around the trees and fields where I hiked with my newborn son. The Android phone has little weather change graphics on the front of the phone, so when it's foggy a moving animation of fog comes on the screen by the temperature. If it rains, little windshield wipers come out, it's clever.

Also, the Android phone has helped me lose some weight.

It's true. There is an application called Slacker which I'm sure many of my readers are already familiar with, but it's new to me! It's basically a sort of Pandora radio, with a free version based on your song or artist type, or a paid up grade with out commercials. I just about passed out on a five mile run yesterday when Jane's Addiction's Mountain Song came on, I started sprinting, my Android phone in an armband case where my old MP3 player used to go! Pretty neat stuff. You can also tune in on the regular FM band.

The New HTC Android Phone


Two internets! What the?

That's right friends gather round in awe of the other internet! Wait Ben! I already got the best internet there is you say! It came in a box and we let it out in the backyard and now the internet feels at home!

That's just great, glad your internet feels at home, hope it doesn't poop in the yard much.

But the other internet that I speak of here is the mobile internet . For some reason, in my naivete, I thought all internets were the same! Not so not so. The mobile web is a bit abbreviated, but it's getting much better. I formerly had a Motorola phone where the web browser was clumsy and pathetic! This newest Android version is done well. It's not perfect, it's still an abbreviated version, but you can navigate most aspects of a website without much hindrance. I've noticed for example, on Facebook when someone comments on one of your images, it will let you know. However when you try to click on the comment it just takes you to your profile and not the image itself. So there are little glitches here and there, but I still stand by this version.

There are a multitude of apps to be downloaded on the HTC Android phone, so far I've only divulged in a download of The Anchorman (movie) quotes about tiger cologne etc. etc. etc.

The camera and video on my phone are top notch. It takes great panoramic shots, and the timer is easy to use. I still haven't figured out how to sync my youtube account with the video recorder, but I think it's just a matter of working a few kinks out.

Lastly, the voice recognition is superb. It quotes a few hilarious lines incorrectly occasionally, but overall it works great. You can use it for google, or navigator which btw, works incredibly well also. The looks from teenagers that I teach when I spoke a text reply was worth it's weight in gold!

I recommend the HTC Android phone, it's a high quality technological phone that can be figured out by regular people.


November 2011

Just one last note on my Android phone, there is one major downfall I've noticed, battery life! I am lucky to make it half the day without losing charge, it's unnerving. Still an excellent phone though beyond the charge problem.


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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      I know what you mean Katie. Except sometimes, it's almost too much, like anything with the internet I suppose, sometimes I need a break! I like reading hubpages from my Android phone, but leaving feedback with the phone is a little more difficult for me so far. It makes me wonder if you are able to actually write some of your articles from the phone? If you can that's pretty amazing skills sunshine!


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      katiem2 7 years ago from I'm outta here

      I own a HTC Incredible Droid and LOVE it! I can't imagine life without it. For a content writer it comes in really handy, I work from my phone while I wait on my kids. It allows me to be productive when I other wise be just setting... :) Katie

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks kschang, I wonder how the moto Droid compares? I really didn't like my last motorola, sorry I can't remember the model, flip phone, with a fish eye camera and even though it hardly had any usable features, still kept a lousy charge! I hope HTC's proves better. Thanks for the education man!


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      kschang 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      Droid Incredible is indeed an Android phone. :) I have a Moto Droid and review Android apps for fun. It's amazing that this phone is getting replaced soon... Less than a year on the market!

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Ingenira, so true so true. It's true, there's a free app called "slacker" that works like and it's the first time I've had a device that I can take running with me. Now I just have to wait until it gets above 32F so I don't freeze to death out there!

      I wish you a wonderful new year to Ingenira!!!


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      Ingenira 7 years ago

      Oh, I love mobile internet. Really helpful when I am on the go and need to search something on the net.

      And wow, the android phone helps you to lose weight ! That's certainly a refreshing news. Good for you.

      And happy new year, Ben. Wishing you have a wonderful year ahead.

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      kschang kudos to you for calling me out, I was afraid someone would ask, lol. After double checking, I have an HTC Droid Incredible. Which, since you seem to be in the know, is the same as an Android phone right? All which can be categorized under the "smartphone" category, correct?

      Thanks for pointing out the detail.


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      kschang 7 years ago from San Francisco, CA, USA

      So WHICH one did you actually get? HTC makes a dozen Android models...

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Interesting points jobister and angles on the Android phone that I wouldn't have noticed. I didn't realize that the Operating System would change that often (or at all really) but now I know! I am just gathering what you are talking about with "bloatware" as I perused downloads and there are a lot with poor reviews, but I am glad they at least have reviews so that we don't blindly buy crapola!

      Happy new years bud.


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      jobister 7 years ago from Anaheim, California

      The only problem I have with the android phones is that the Carriers decide when they will update the OS. It should be user based. I used to have an HTC android phone but its two OS versions behind now and I feel like I have no way to update the OS. Also I am disappointed with my carrier because of the amount of bloatware the phone came with.

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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hillary! 3G, 4G, G6, I don't know what half this stuff means, hahaha. But all I know is it's pretty great how fast technology runs up and pulls on our shirts isn't it?

      First I've heard of the Samsung Vibrant thanks for adding the alternative to those who don't find the HTC Android their cup o tea. I find the Android to be fairly intuitive, strangely I had trouble with the less-than intuitive quality of mac computers when I bought a cube years ago! So I get the incompatibility, sort of a incomprehensible subtly, either it fits or it doesn't.

      I'm with you on the manual, phewy!

      Happy new years!


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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Hey Mike, my wife talked me into getting an Android too and I'm glad she did. Like you, I have to ask for help (teenage daughter) or look things up if I need to delve deeper in to using the thing. But mostly it works well, and I'm finding it to be a useful device with a low frustration threshold, haha.

      Happy new year bud!


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      Hillary 7 years ago from Atlanta, GA

      Happy New Year Ben and I'm glad you're enjoying your new droid. I too have been trying out the new android phones..first had a T-mobile HTC Google smartphone that claims"4G speed" and does have a great internet interface. It's got a sturdy slide out keyboard, but overall, I thought it was a bit clunky and somewhat non-intuitive when it came to assigning ring tones, organizing music and my address book. So...i switched it out for the Samsung Vibrant which is just like an iphone, but, like with Verizon packages, I can get phone insurance and an unlimited internet package with T-Mobile. The bottom line for me is that if I have to read the manual it's too much trouble! Oh must get the free app - google sky map! Awesome. Have fun and thanks for a great review!

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      Mike Lickteig 7 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      A friend talked me into getting an Android and although I am technologically inept, it is the first phone I have ever enjoyed owning. Sometimes I need advice on how to use the thing, but it is a great phone.

      Happy New Year, my friend.


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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks Hello, hello researching this HTC Android phone was easy since I own it! Now I hear adds for upgrades to the G4 network and also Android phones with stereo speakers, but I like mine just fine. Stereo speakers on a device that's so tiny doesn't impress me much. I'm more into how easy most of the usual functions are, they're not hidden in some list or catalog like my older phones.

      Happy New Year!


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      Ben Zoltak 7 years ago from Lake Mills, Jefferson County, Wisconsin USA

      Thanks katrinasui, just bumped into using the Android and so far so good!

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      Hello, hello, 7 years ago from London, UK

      Thank you for doing all this reseaqrch and sharing the information.

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      katrinasui 7 years ago

      A great review of the HTC Android phone. I didn't know that it is a wonderful product.


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