The forum was insistent about introductions so here's how I found myself here.
Despite working as a C/C++/Java developer for 20+ years, I've never been big on phone technology. My first wireless was from Qualcom and it did what I needed it to do -- made phone calls. Then we moved out of the Sprint PCS service area and my employer provided a Nokia on the Cingular network because the wired switch was maxed out. AT&T took over, employer provides discount and is also the only provider with acceptable coverage. Eventually I acquired a Centro which merged 2 devices into 1 and would actually sync calendars with the office GroupWise system. I could also write my own applications for it using the Palm SDK. I got it from a big box store so it had no data plan and I never used the browser, email, or other web applications. After 3 years, it died and my choices ranged from super-basic for cheap to iPhone4 for big bucks so I ended up with LG Phoenix which will, no doubt, drag me into the 21st century.
I was sad to learn that this phone has disabled easy sideloading and I wound up here to begin the process of learning about Android in general and the specific implementation I have. Maybe somewhere along the line I'll feel brave enough to take it to root but despite its name, I doubt that it will be able to re-create itself from ashes so for now I'm mostly going to lurk and learn and maybe ask a question about where I can go to find out more. The Android SDK is probably going to be added to my toolkit if for no other reason than to learn about application structure.