Friday, February 26, 2010

Kicking Up The Highway

I just finished driving 2 and-a-half hours North up the interstate. I thought that this would be a great opportunity to put my Motorola Droid and the Verizon 3G network through their paces. I streamed my Stoner Folk Rock music station through Pandora the whole way up. About 30 minutes into the trip, Jason called me through my Google Voice number. The Pandora stream paused as the phone rang. Google Voice announced his name in my earpiece and I the button to accept the call. When the call was over and I hung up, the Pandora stream resumed. Nearing my destination, a call came through my Verizon number. Again, Jack Johnson's dulcet tones paused as I answered the call and resumed when I hung up.

A brief stop at a rest stop for some coffee allowed me the opportunity to consult Google Maps. The app read my location via GPS. I input in my destination address, retrieved estimated travel time from the app and called ahead to update my e.t.a. I then hopped back in the car, started the Pandora stream back up and continued on my way.

I must say that the Droid and the Verizon Wireless 3G network performed quite well on the trip up. The Pandora stream never dropped due to gaps in the network. The phone itself held up well. The 50% charge I had on my battery when I left was more than enough to handle the calls and data streaming that I was doing for nearly 3 hours. When I arrived, the phone still had a 15% charge.

Gotta love technology.

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