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Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 9 Answers

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It’s finally Friday and we have the answers to the Droid Life Q&A Sessions: Volume 9. Earlier this week, we got some great submissions from our readers and its nice to just sit back and go through them, whether they be Android or non-Android related. Of course, we got some Super Bowl questions, along with some questions about how we all first met (online dating), and what we hope to see from Key Lime Pie. If you are ready to take a journey, read on. 

Reminder: K is Kellex, T is Tim, R is Ron, and E is Eric.

How did you all meet?

K:  We met at BloggerSingles.net, a fantastic place for lonely at-home internet trolls to meet other at-home internet trolls. After seeing the commercial during re-runs of Battlestar Galactica and joining shortly after for $14.95 per month, we quickly arranged team LAN parties in my Mom’s basement to see if we would be a good fit as a team. A dozen or so 64oz Mountain Dew Code Reds later, some sticky mice, and the rest is history.

R:  I didn’t really talk with Tim or Eric until we started doing the show. I had emailed with Kellen a few times and even written a guest post for DL. Eventually I decided that I wanted to write more opinion pieces because that was something that I didn’t see a lot of in the Android space. Apple has its MG Sieglers and John Grubers, but I didn’t see a lot of opinion and editorial in the Android space. I don’t think I’m anywhere near Sigler or Gruber’s levels, but I hope I’ve helped spur on the conversation.

T:  Well, I have never met either Eric or Ron in person, but we are Internet BFF’s and we talk almost daily. As for me, I came here as a reader/comment thug and then eventually started “writing” about Android and other random stuff like custom ROM’s. Once I became full time, I took a trip up to Portland to meet Kellen and learn the true ways of blogging. It was a really cool experience and it grew from there. You know, Mountain Dew Code Red can do a lot to a man and his inability to say, “No.”

E:  Back in the day when I was a wee little lad with a wee little Droid, I was curious as how to root and unlock it. Thus brought me to Droid-Life, and I became an avid reader. I watched the rise and eventual fall of Android Life and sent Kellex a message that said, “Hey, I’m Eric… and I like to party” and voila, here we are.

This might have already been asked, but what do you guys do for a living outside of Droid Life?

K:  This is it! DL 4 life.

R:  I work for a local computer consulting company as my main job for now. I also lead worship at an Anglican church in Yucaipa, CA.

T:  As for work, DL is my full-time gig. Beyond that, I spend my time bowling, driving, running around with the pups, and getting in all sorts of trouble with local business owners.

E:  I’m a senior in college so when I’m not writing and not studying for classes I’m doing totally healthy, non-alcoholic activities that my family and community would be proud of.

If you had to guess, when will the Motorola X phone be released?

K:  More than likely this summer, but it could be late spring. I’m actually buying into some of the rumors that Motorola will try to unveil something close to Google I/O, which takes place in May. Keep in mind that they haven’t released a phone in a couple of months, and so far, don’t have anything else in the works that we know of. They can’t wait much longer.

R:  October 17.

T:  Definitely October 17. But nothing is confirmed.

E:  Either this holiday season or next Spring, not what I’d like, but realistic dates.

Do you think Blackberry 10 will steal any market share away from Android and iOS, or do you think that they are really just gambling all-in on something that isn’t within their grasps anymore?

K:  If Microsoft and all their muscle can’t make Windows Phone 8 a player, I have serious doubts about RIM making a comeback with an OS that is 3 or 4 years in the making. I think you’ll see the Blackberry die-hards get excited, along with some tech media that has nothing better to talk about, but the regular consumer won’t care. They are already invested in either Android or iOS.

R:  I think it has been a two horse race for a long time. webOS had a shot and they missed. I hope RIM does well, but I don’t expect it.

T:  It’s not even in my spectrum of thought. As for taking away any market share from Google and Apple, yeah, good luck with that. I enjoy competition for the sake of innovation, but it won’t be coming from BlackBerry 10.

E:  BB has got some serious ‘splanin to do to all of their business market share that they’ve already lost. A lot of companies are now “bring your own device” with the downfall of BB so they will have to show that they have something special to lure people back from Android and iOS. As of right now I don’t know that something special is.

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What is the first thing you look at in a phone?

K:  Used to be the display, but now I really do focus on the entire package. OK, that’s a lie – if it says “Nexus” in the name, I’m buying. I need a phone to have every single new technology that’s available. The Nexus 4 was a no-brainer because it had it all, plus will always be up-to-date with the latest version of Android.

R:  Screen. You stare at it all day, so it better be good.

T:  Size and then the display. If it feels good in my hand and then is nice to look at, it’s onto the performance. Have I mentioned I enjoy the Galaxy Note 2? I probably have by now.

E:  It used to be display, but anymore these days with myself being such a power user, battery life is on top of my list. Never again shall I have a phone with a bad battery life.

What is the one thing you are hoping to see in Key Lime Pie?

K:  Because we have seen a dozen or so emails in the last week – Bluetooth Low Energy support. Actually, we better see that sooner than KLP. I’d have to same cloud gaming support or syncing, like was written by a guest blogger on the site this week.

R:  Google Now on my home screen.

T:  I would love to see a unified messaging service across the platform. On top of that, I need cloud gaming saves and app data saves across multiple devices. I don’t want to have to keep leveling up in Need for Speed. It’s a real pain in the butt!

E:  More Google Now design throughout Android. I think the design team still has a lot up their sleeve and a lot of integration with Google Now left to go, I’m excited where the next version of Android is going to take us.

What do you prefer about manufacturer skins over stock Android, if anything?

K:  I don’t mean to sound Android elitist, but there isn’t anything that sticks out. I’ve given up LTE just so that I can use the Nexus 4 and so far, have no regrets. There isn’t anything from TouchWiz or Sense or Blur that I’m missing.

R:  Motorola’s Smart Actions are cool.

T:  Um, that’s a tough one. Off the top of my head, there isn’t too much I enjoy about skins. Maybe the ability to put custom shortcuts on the lockscreen with TouchWiz is a plus. Oh, the Sense camera software on the One X is great. Anything that adds function to the device I am all for. Tacky skins have got to go though.

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49ers or Ravens? Why?

K:  Can’t stand either team. Sick of hearing about Ray Lewis. Sick of hearing about the Har-bowl. Just get the game here so I can eat fried, greasy foods for a day, drink red beer after red beer, and not feel guilty about any of it.

R:  That’s the sport with the touchdowns, right?

T:  I would love to run out into the streets screaming that the 49ers won the Super Bowl. I really think the team has some fantastic dynamics. A superior running game with Gore, Kaepernick. Great hands with Crabtree and Moss, plus Davis is back in action now. And as long as our secondary decides to show up, we should have it in the bag. Oh, and DO NOT attempt any field goals or we are completely screwed. Why coach decided to keep Akers in is beyond me. I want to like him, but if he continues to miss 30+ yard attempts, I will find him and I will destroy him.

E:  Let me tell you why I hate Joe Flacco. He’s one of the most overrated QBs in the league right now, in my opinion he’s just as bad as Phillip Rivers. Yes I know Flaccos has 8 TDs and 0 INTs in the post season right now, but he’s got 3 tall, fast, athletic WRs that bail him out every time he overthrows one of his patented “long balls.” 49ers and Mizzou grad Aldon Smith are going to stomp the Ravens (unfortunately because I’d like to see Ray Lewis get another ring). Full disclosure: all this hate may or may not stem from the fact that I picked Ray Rice in my fantasy league this year and got screwed by Flacco almost every game.

Are the Nexus 7 and Nexus 10 the best tablets at their respective price points, and is now the time to buy one?

K:  Yes and yes.

R:  Yes and no. The Nexus 7 is probably still a good buy, but I’m not convinced about the 10 yet. I might get a Transformer over the Nexus 10.

T:  The Nexus 7 is still a steal. As for me, the 10-inch tablet market is just not my thing. I don’t use large tablets, but the Nexus 10 is pretty great. It’s thin, performs well, and looks good. Although, there are rumors that a new rendition of the N10 is coming at Google I/O. You may want to hold off until then.

E:  Yes, with the exception of the Nexus 10. With the very plausible rumor that the N10 might be getting a spec increase here in the next few months, I would suggest holding off on that. But the N7 is still my favorite tablet of all time and I use it daily to the point where I need to charge it every night.

  • http://twitter.com/MikeMcDaniel MikeMcDaniel

    You all offer something not often found in the other blogs…. Interesting stories.. I love when you post the new LTE markets for verizon, and you seem to pick up all the little stories that the other blogs do not…. When im looking for interesting stories, I come here.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Btw thanks for answering my Motorola X Phone question. I’m sort of a Motorola fanboy and if the X Phone is all it’s rumored to be I would love to get it for my next phone.

  • Capt. Crunch

    Hey Ron how would you like to see Google now on your homescreen? As a 4×2 widget that shows the cards and you can swipe to see the next one or something else?

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      That could be one implementation. I’m thinking something else. You’ll have to wait for my next article.

  • tyguy829

    Where did this october 17th date for the X Phone come from?

    • http://ronoffringa.wordpress.com Ron Offringa

      That was the release date for the original Droid.

      • tyguy829

        ohhhh. i knew that. I even got the og droid on release day, just didn’t put 2 and 2 together

  • Green

    I’m still new to all this stuff…smartphones, Android. I have learned so much from you guys. Now I don’t sound quite so dumb. :) Thanks!

  • http://twitter.com/CallOnColin Colin Huber

    Let’s go Niners.

  • crediblecurtis

    what about the nexus 4 lol is it really going to be back in stock in February?

  • Kevin Bojarski

    Thanks for answering my question on the Nexus tablets, I am on my way to the store to pick up the Nexus 7 right now.

    • Raven

      And, I actually agree with Ron on the 10″. I have loved my OG Transformer since I got it and am now thinking about getting the latest version. The keyboard dock really sets it far apart from any other tablet and is much better than simple BlueTooth keyboards.

  • EvanTheGamer

    I’ve been frequenting Droid-Life since July 2010(when I got my first ever Android phone, the even to this day the EPIC Droid X) and I continue to come back because of all the awesome Android news and info you bring to us on a daily basis.

    I’ll continue to be a Droid-Lifer from here on out, even after the cows come home!

    Droid-Life 4 Life!

    • Mack

      Same here with the Droid X. Almost swapped it for an iPhone when Verizon got it but thanks to Droid-Life and their rooting instructions I kept the X.

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        <3

        • Mack

          Thanks man, keep up the good work.

      • EvanTheGamer

        Dude, I was sorta in the same boat(sorta, but not exactly). I went to the launch of the original iPhone back in 2007 in Santa Monica(I had no choice; my job at the time required me to wait in line for the CEO. What do you expect? The CEO wanted an iSheep device! lol).

        I actually very much wanted to get that phone for years, but did not want to bite the bullet and convert to blasted AT&T so I waited and waited until the phone arrived at Verizon.

        That day never came so I said, “F it! I’m done waiting around like sheep at a slaughter house. So hmm…what’s this Android thing I’ve been hearing so much about?”

        Then I started researching the best available Android phones. At the time the best was the incredible Droid X, seeing how it just came out and all. And then after that, a few months later the iPhone finally made it to Verizon. lol

        You could say after I got my Droid X and was introduced to the Android OS that I seen the light. You could say that. Because it is the truth.

        I have no regrets and am glad I made that decision, wholeheartedly!

        Android NOW and FOREVER!

        (Yes, I did want an iPhone once upon a time, but I no longer feel that way and haven’t for years..thank the Gods for that!)

  • Mack

    I honestly think Flacco is underrated and I like him. I’m picking Baltimore by 10.
    Never been a fan of Ray Lewis though. Should be a good game.

  • Axel Foley

    “But the N7 is still my favorite tablet of all time and I use it daily to the point where I need to charge it every night.” – This is SO me right now…

    • mustbepbs

      Amen to that. I literally have to charge it every night. It’s always at most in the mid 30% by midnight.

    • JoshGroff

      It’s just so amazing, can’t think of anything I use more.

  • MichaelFranz

    wow 2 of my questions made it in. Even though they weren’t personal ones i was glad to see unbiased opinions :)

  • john

    I feel you Eric

    My fantasy team ;_;

    • EricRees

      RIP our fantasy teams.

  • JDHokie

    As a Niners fan living in Baltimore … I sure hope you’re right Tim.

    • Green

      I’m a Broncos fan and I live 20 minutes from Baltimore and I am so tired of all this purple. Niners are my second team. I grew up in the Bay Area. Would love to see them win.

    • LionStone

      He is right…the Niners have all the momentum, all the components, the Pistol and a hungry young gun that will make it happen. #6 here we come!!

  • mustbepbs

    This is honestly the best Android news site on the web. I always come back here for great reviews, good opinion articles, and great coverage. Sure, I get things a little late being on the east coast, but it’s well worth the wait. The DL Show has been a great addition. Keep up the good work, fellas.

    • Thomas

      Well said, totally agree !!! Cheers boys !!!!

      • http://www.droid-life.com Kellex B

        Thanks for the kind words, my friends. Greatly appreciate all the support!

        • JPose

          “F*cking Awesome!” That’s what I think about this site! Living a life surrounded by iOS is not healthy. This is my safe zone.

    • EvanTheGamer

      Aye, agreed 100000 times over!

  • http://www.facebook.com/jeremy.turnley Jeremy Turnley

    Here’s the think about 10″ tablets – as good as the N10 is, the apps on that particular form factor don’t seem to be up to snuff. I have an iPad 2 now, had a Galaxy tab that I sold and am looking at the Win8 slates. Most of what I do on my 10″ is media viewing streamed across my LAN and RPG aid apps. Even when you have access to the same app on an Android 10″ and an iPad, the quality of the apps is much better on the iOS side, hands down (AirVideo is still the king of local video streaming, despite the efforts to get DLNA support up to snuff). I’m considering a Win8 device, because it removes the need to worry about the apps at all; I can just run XBMC and go (and yes, I know it’s on Android now, but my experiences with clean playback have not been good).

    I am not sure what the deal is with the 10″ form factor and Android that keeps holding it back, but there really seems to be something of an issue there.

  • Droidzilla

    Keep up the great work, DL team! I keep coming back here over the bigger sites because I really trust all of you guys’ honesty, which gives me a lot of confidence in your insights and opinions. That and the more off-the-radar stuff, like ROMs and such. Not too many other sites out there touting the things that don’t actively make the carriers/OEMs money.

    • EvanTheGamer

      AND don’t forget about the Droid-Life/Tato Show!

      Droid-Life 4 Life!

      • michael arazan

        This is my Number one site for android news, the only other site I few is AC because I like to see what is happening in Europe/UK and they have forums there with very nice people who will help you with troubles of any kind.
        But this site is my Android crack that I must view everyday.