Which phone to buy?


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    Hi,

    I am going to start development on one of the android phones. Which phone would you recommend for developers, which is stable enough, quick to deploy software, fairly recent version of android >2?

    Thanks
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    mkg Member This Topic's Starter

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    Please suggest which android phone could I buy?
     
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    I use the HTC Desire, great phone. Runs Android 2.1
     
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    mkg Member This Topic's Starter

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    How is it better than Hero or anything else? How do I find out which phone would be the best for a developer?
     
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    Schwin97 Well-Known Member

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    I would choose whatever phone is going to get the updates from Google sooner than later. The new phones are backward compatible, so you could make sure the app works on all versions of the OS. If you get a phone that doesn't support 2.1 (and 2.2 whenever it finally gets released), then you will have to only check how the phone works in software emulation - not the best way to test a product.

    FYI - not an expert, and I DIDN'T stay in a Holiday Inn last night...
     
  6. powell

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    Generally speaking, every phone which is able to run Android O.S. is fine. You could only consider this:

    1. Older devices has slower processors and input/output interfaces (that includes USB). Loading my program through USB to HTC Magic takes about 5-6 seconds, loading the same program (from the same PC) to Motorola Droid takes about 1 second. That could make a huge difference, if you do this many times when debugging,
    2. Depending on the application you develop, It is sometimes convenient to have hardware keyboard, which can be also emulated on PC, so it is not so big deal,
    3. Debugging process can take some additional memory, so SOMETIMES it is good to have device with more memory (but personally, I do not see the difference in my environment),
    But, to tell the truth, if you already have ANY device with Android on board, it will be O.K. to start developing programs based on it.
     

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