Hello all! In the next couple of weeks I'll be getting my first smartphone, so I suppose I'll be trying to lose a bit of my newbishness here. After a bit of research, I'm thinking I'll go with a Droid X when it comes out in a week. A little advise about that would, of course, be appreciated.
I suppose I ought to share a bit about myself. Right now I'm a rising third year medical student just about to start rotations. There's quite a bit of medical software available for smartphones, thus giving me a reason to own one. I'm definitely a tweaker, so I'm glad I don't have to go with some fruity locked down device. OTOH, I keep telling myself that this smartphone will mostly be for "serious business", therefore I'm going to try to tone my tweaking down a bit, relatively speaking of course. By "tweaking" my point of reference is a person who triple boots DSIM'd Win7, Gentoo, and Haiku, plays around with OpenWRT on a couple of routers, and has a Pandora on the way (my "fun" device). Me rooting my phone is basically a given, though I'm going to try to not touch the firmware. (I'm aware of and irked at the signed boot loader.)
I'm thinking the Droid X will best fit my needs for a few reasons. First and foremost is the battery life, since it won't do for my phone to die a third of the way into my shift. Second is the speed, since I'll probably have the attending physician breathing down my neck while I'm looking up a drug interaction or something. Third is the resolution, because I'll be doing a lot of reading on the device (also why I'm shying away from AMOLED, since RGBRGB > RGBG for subpixel font rendering). Fourth is a preference for Verizon so I'll have a hope of getting a signal while I'm doing rotations in rural clinics.
As far as I can tell, that basically leaves just the Droid X and Ally. The latter is a bit behind in every area though. The phone price is such a low part of the TCO that it's not really a factor. Also, I think I'd prefer a thin phone, though I'm definitely a function over form kind of guy. (Heck, when I was looking for a laptop I almost wound up getting one that only came in pink because it best fit my technical specifications.)
So, is my reasoning sound, or is there another phone that I might ought to consider? Either way I'm sure I'll be spending a lot of time here figuring out how to use whatever it is that I wind-up getting.