In February 2010 I bought a Motorola Droid smartphone. I’m way into Droid love, which is like tech love, but more specific. The Motorola Droid is a wonderful thing.
Even more wonderful, all this Droid love takes me back to the old days of the Palm PDA (personal device assistant!). I loved my Palm devices. I had a number of them, starting with a Palm Pilot and ending with a Palm TX. I remember the websites, the print reviews, and the endless talk about what to get for your Palm. These devices are all about apps, about what you put on them. Most of the apps I put on my Palms were either inexpensive or free, just like the Droid.
I was a member of a Palm user group. We had monthly meetings at Palm company headquarters. 2001 to 2005 were especially good years. There were refreshments — pizza, cookies, chips, soft drinks and water. There were demos of new apps using a projector, with magnification and special lighting. New devices got passed around. We exchanged tips on how to do things. My Palm user group was in Silicon Valley (northern California) but there were Palm user groups all over the world.
I went to three Palm development conferences, which were extra fun because I had no business or work relationship with Palm. I took notes, using the Palm I had at the time. Memories.
PalmSource Expo 2002. The general public could attend. Here’s the press release I copied to my calendar: “The PalmSource Expo, which will open its doors to the general public on Wednesday and Thursday, showcases the hottest new Palm Powered™ devices, software, peripherals and accessories – all in one place. More than 100 exhibitors present everything from handhelds, smartphones, and other mobile devices, to some of the most innovative travel, personal information management, education, entertainment, health, lifestyle, hobby and game software available for any platform”.
Wow – takes me back.
PalmSource Developer Conference 2004. I went for one day because I got an affordable one day pass on eBay. I still have the notes from the conference, note I took on my Palm. Reading my notes – interesting – there’s starting to be a focus on “wireless” – that too takes me back! In the old days, you got data on your Palm by connecting it to a PC. Wireless was a new thing.
PalmSource Mobile Summit & DevCon 2005. I went for free because I spent part of the time doing volunteer work, counting the number of people in a conference room. We got a mini flash drive for attending. We got PDF files of the talks, and MP3 files of the Computer Outlook Radio talk show, the shows that were done at PalmSource. There are 17 sessions of about 20 minutes each, all talk. Maybe we had longer attention spans in 2005. I’m listening to one now, the interview with Howard Tomlinson from Astraware. The speakers are clear, but I can hear the conference going on in the background. Howard is talking about Bejeweled for the Palm. I still play that game
It was a Palm thing, now it’s a Droid thing. The Droid makes me feel the same way, though I don’t belong to a user group where we meet every month, and I’ve never been to an Android conference. For a look at Droid love, look at the droid forums on http://www.droidforums.net. People talk about the Motorola Droid and about other Android OS phones, with the save loving and obsessive zeal that I’ve seen with the Palm. And the OS is open source and you don’t have to go to one place for apps, though the Android market is quite nice.
Here’s a picture, not of my Droid, but of my Droid case, taken with the Droid. This was supposed to be a temporary case. I didn’t even save the name of the company that made it. I like it so much now I’m going to keep using it. It’s colorful, it protects my Droid and it’s made with recycled products, whatever they are. I brought the plants and the pots they are in from California.
I love my Droid.