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Hello Aria: Follow-up

Well, it has been a month since I made the move from the HTC Fuze and Windows Mobile 6.5 to the HTC Aria and Android. At this point, I couldn’t be happier with the move. I truly LOVE my Aria.

What I love:

1. Size: Small, thin, and light. Fits in my pocket comfortably. The screen is bigger than the Fuze, but smaller than the iPhone; very readable and easy enough for typing.

2. Battery life: The battery lasts a long time. With moderate use (e.g., some calls, email, Web), the battery will last up to two full days (I actually haven’t seen how long it will really go).

3. Apps: The Android Market has tons of great apps, both fun and practical (I’ll post another article with my specific apps later). And I haven’t paid for any of them!

4. Customizability: Very easy to tailor and organize.

5. Google Voice: One number for both my office and mobile phones.

6. Visual Voicemail: What a time and hassle saver!

7. Stable and reliable: Never a lock-up or crash.

8. Fast: No waiting for apps to open.

9. Elegance: The Aria is just a beautiful phone. Great lines, simple styling.

10. Total Google integration: I now have Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Contacts, Google Voice, Google Talk (but not Google Docs). I have jettisoned my MS Outlook on my PCs. Life has gotten simpler and easier.

11. Google community: People have been great about answering my questions and helping me with problems as I’ve learned how Android works.

What I miss:

1. No voice command using Bluetooth (I’m waiting for Froyo to be ported to Aria; rudimentary version already available).

2. Couldn’t install apps from outside the Android Market (problem solved as HTC released an update to their HTC Sync that now allows “sideloading” (still unclear if that release was intended or a mistake).

2. Can’t think of anything else!

Perhaps WP7 will be the “game changer” that many believe that it will be. But, for now, I’m a full fledged Android convert.