As most would know (especially if youve ever read any of my blog posts, or just on FB) Ive had my issues with Android.
A good example would be my last look, which you can read about here
But things at work are moving along a lot with our App Dev stuff for Android, so it was only a matter of time before I had to have yet another go.
So this week saw me yet again with a couple of new toys and me prepared to tear my hair out once again.
Firstly, the tablet. A Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1. Now this isnt the latest and greatest tablet available. In fact by the time it was released with its dual-core processor it was out of date with other releasing Quad-core stuff. But, it is well built (for a Samsung) with nice speakers, and a clear bright screen.
Out of the box it ran pretty well. I installed my usual collection of apps (FB, Kindle, G’Reader, Reddit News) and set up my plethora of email accounts.
But it didnt take long for me to get frustrated compared to my iPad.
Its just the little things. Apps hesitating to open, the desktop stuttering between screens, apps randomly crashing. But it was certainly better than my last experience, so I decided to stick with it.
Now the biggest plus for Android is that “if you dont like it, then change it”. So tonight I went looking for a better solution. My first place to look was Cyanogen Mod because of my previous good experience on my Galaxy S1.
All I can say is “Brilliant”. This is what the tablet should have been out of the box. Everything now is smooth, snappy, and quicker.
Problem = solved.
Next, the phone. A Sony Xperia U, the baby of the current Sont range. It shares the same dual-core processor and many other specs os the P and S, but the smaller 3.7″ screen. This phone still only runs Android 2.3. Now, I dont like this current fad with Android phones. In fact when I went into JB I said to the guy “I want a decently specced Android phone that ISN’T the size of a house”.
Any ways, so far its going fine. I have played with different ROMs yet as none have been developed. I operates quic enough with very little stuttering etc. Although the battery life is pretty average so far, but Ive just installed Advanced App kill to keep back ground apps under control and may yet purchase an extended battery for it.