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Re: Reluctantly returning my VIEW- and a Review
I was also on the fence about taking my View back. For me, the 7" form factor is a no brainer. It's big enough to see what you are doing, but small enough to take everywhere. Because I spend a lot of time in my truck, it has to be easy to use while dash mounted.
I started with a Samsung Galaxy Tab. It's screen totally locked-up at full brightness twice in the first 4 days. Seems it couldn't handle Google's Browser, Dolphin, Opera, Google Navigate, Gas Buddy, 4 email accounts updating every 10 minutes, a book open in Adelko, opening a Solitaire, Backgammon or MaJong game every time I have a few minutes to kill, etc. My second one just crashed a lot when multitasking overloaded it.
But (and I didn't realize these things until after I returned it), I could use a bluetooth headset for speach to text to do things like jotting down notes to myself and replying to emails while driving. And it wasn't terribly distracting to do these things while driving because it's screen was very easy to read when mounted on the dash in the car.
But it didn't multitask well, so I replaced the Galaxy Tab with a HTC Flyer (and turned on mobile hotspot on my phone). One of the first things I realized (probably because the default fonts are smaller), reading email messages, browser screens, and just about everything I did while driving is more distracting with the Flyer. But the biggest annoyance was that Navigate would be taking me to an appointment, the phone would ring, and I would be driving around in circles for 1/2 hour... So as I saw it, my choice was to buy a MiFi device or replace the Flyer with a View.
The View's 3G radio solved the Navigation problem, it's processor speed and working memory allows it to multitask with ease. And it's black case is more businesslike. But it has two flaws that put me on the fence about taking it back. First, using it while driving is a lot more distracting than the Galaxy Tab was. Second, it's lack of the bluetooth Hands Free Protocol (HFP) makes speach to text nearly impossible without a wired headset.
My 30 days was up on the 3rd. Instead of taking it back, I bought the charging dock and the car charger. I figure (hope) rooting will make it possible to add the missing bluetooth profile and make whatever screen adjustments are necessary for it to be as readable as the Tab.