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2009/10/06 - Google, T-Mobile, & Me

posted Oct 5, 2009, 9:51 PM by Rick Anderson   [ updated Oct 5, 2009, 10:14 PM ]
I've had a Palm device since the mid-90's when US Robotics came out with the Palm Pilot Professional and have used the Palm Desktop to sync my data and organize my life ever since that time - that's a lot of history (over a decade) of device use.  However, over the past couple of years, the benefits of cloud computing and accessing my data from any internet connection has been encroaching on the concept of desktop/palm syncing model.  About three weeks ago my Palm Treo phone died and the opportunity to review my data organization emerged.

The Google phone - the most intriguing concept was to move 100% into the cloud and purchase a Google phone from T-Mobile.  After a few days of sitting on the fence, I jumped over to the other side and haven't looked back.  I wanted to wait a few weeks before reporting to see if my excitement for being in the cloud is still high and I can honestly say that it is - in a word - awesome!

I chose the Google G1 model because I liked the idea of a tiny qwerty keyboard versus a touch screen (Palm Treo had a tiny qwerty keyboard).  Here's the really cool part - I was up and running in less than 30 seconds.  Turn on the phone - enter in my rick at zingodia e-mail address and my password - from there the G1 synced into my Google Apps account and instantly I had all my contacts and calendar data.  I could call, text message, e-mail etc. without any further setup - amazing.  In addition, there's GPS with integration into Google Maps, integration with my Google documents and tasks, and the ability to use my phone as an internet device for my laptop.

The end result is that anyone moving to Google Apps for their business, organization, or household will benefit tremendously by moving over to T-Mobile and the Google phone.  One integrated database synced across a multitude of devices because it's all hosted in the cloud.

I've started a new page called Android, Google and T-Mobile for further information.