Jul 26 AT 1:52 PM Dustin Earley 20 Comments

Meet Android and Me: Dustin Earley

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Hello, dear Android and Me readers, and welcome to the most interesting article you will ever read on this website. My name is Dustin Earley, but you can call me Dustin. Prepare yourself for the journey that has been the last five years of my life: the story of how I came to be writing this very biography.

Enough with the joking, I can’t keep it up forever. Compared to the rest of my life, the last five years have been extremely boring. But in the best way possible. It was 2008 I had just quit working as a cash manager for the local minor baseball team, and I wasn’t sure what to do with my life. After high school in 2003, I opted to skip college and focus on work among other things for awhile. I won’t go into the details, but suffice to say I was headed nowhere. By 2008 I made the decision to stop devoting my life to nothing and see what kind of classes the local community college offered.

It was around that time that I bought my first “smart” phone, a Sidekick Slide. Music, movies and cell phones quickly became my life’s passions. For the first year of college, I took digital media production classes and became hopelessly addicted to buying and selling phones. After moving from the Slide to a Sidekick 08, I spent 2009 trading my way around a handful of phones. I used a G1, original iPhone, iPhone 3G, myTouch 3G, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour and Motorola Cliq, before settling with the G1 again.

By the end of summer 2009, I was spending most of my days outside of class researching how to hack Android and participating in TmoNews forum discussions (I was obsessed). Sometime between September and October, I was asked to moderate the forums on DroidDog.com. I used to bother John Walton, the managing editor at the time, about spam on the forums through Twitter. He eventually made me a mod to deal with it myself. Between October and December some interesting things happened.

I was made a mod of all the PhoneDog network site’s forums, and PhoneDog itself, and I wrote my first blog post about cell phones. It was right when the original HTC Passion, aka Nexus One, rumors started. I took to my now-out-of-commission Blogger and wrote about how Google could change the cell phone industry by embracing VoIP with the Nexus One and cut out carriers as much as possible. John saw the article and asked me if I wanted to write for DroidDog.

Fast forward to July of 2011. Thousands of blog posts later, I was getting ready to leave the site and move to my new home, Android and Me. Just a few short weeks ago, I passed my two year anniversary with Android and Me. We’ve gone through some changes over that time (never would have guessed I’d be working for PhoneDog again), but we’re, me and Android and Me, stronger than ever for it.

In my personal life I continue to go to school part time, dabbling in communications and computer programming. I now live with my girlfriend of five years and our dog, Liver. I watch a lot of Netflix (Doctor Who, Star Trek, Fringe, etc.) and play a lot of video games (Halo, CoD, MineCraft, Trials). Pretty typical boring nerd stuff. Much like Android and Me, I won’t be going anywhere any time soon. Hopefully, I’ll continue writing and working my way through life with my pen as my sword. I hope you’ve enjoyed my articles and that I can continue to educate, entertain and irritate you for years to come.

RIP Beard

RIP Beard

What I’m most excited about

Android and Me is busier than ever. We want to continue to grow, and I’m just excited to be a part of it all. Expect to see a lot of awesome things out of AaM in the coming months. In my personal life, I’m excited for fall. It’s too hot.

What I’m going to be doing with Android and Me

I’ll be continuing on with what I always do. A little bit of news, some opinion pieces here and there and the occasional app or hardware review.

What devices have I owned?

Motorola v60i, Nextel i860, Samsung a930, LG EnV, Samsung SGH 429, Sidekick Slide, Sidekick 08, HTC G1, original Apple iPhone, iPhone 3G, myTouch 3G, Palm Pre, BlackBerry Tour, Motorola Cliq, Nexus One, Samsung Vibrant, HTC HD7, BlackBerry Bold 9700, Nexus S, iPhone 4, myTouch 4G, Galaxy Nexus, iPhone 4S, Nexus 4, iPhone 5, Galaxy S4 and a handful of devices I have either forgotten or couldn’t find the name of.

What phones do I daily drive?

Right now, I’m back and fourth between the iPhone 5 and a Galaxy S4 running the Google Play edition ROM (which is fantastic BTW).

My sister, my brother, and me, living the dream of the 90s

My sister, my brother, and me, living the dream of the 90s

Facts about me:

I’m only 4’10″, very short.
I’ve been to dozens of concerts, but Marilyn Manson or Rob Zombie were my favorites.
I’m the oldest of three kids.
I have a Min Pin named Liver.
My all time favorite video game is probably Final Fantasy VII.
My current obsession is the X Files.
I drive a 2001 Honda Civic
I’ve lived in three of the most dangerous cities in the US (Michigan can be a bad place).
The Nexus S was my longest used phone so far.

How to get a hold of me:

Email – [email protected]
Twitter – @du57in
Google+ – Dustin Earley

Dustin Earley: Tech enthusiast; avid gamer; all around jolly guy.

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  • http://www.jaxidian.org/update/ jaxidian

    Hi Dustin! Welcome? Ain’t you been here longer than me? ;-)

    BTW, thx for the grill help!

    • Dustin Earley

      I think I’ve been here once or twice before. Hah. And you’re welcome.

  • clocinnorcal

    I have been coming to this site since I bought my first Android phone (MyTouch 3G circa 2009) and remember you coming aboard. I have always enjoyed your articles because of your fresh perspective on certain rumors or issues. I believe a lot of blogs need more speculative opinions sprinkled in their current mundane format. Best of luck to you in the future and thank you for keeping A&M interesting.

    P.S. I also remember Nick when he was just “user” and his transition to “blogger” here at A&M.

    • Dustin Earley

      Thank you. Maybe I should start a weekly rants column or something.

      That was long, long ago. :)

  • w9jds

    Welcome! Enjoy the scenery…

  • www.phonewbie.com

    Why did you cut the beard?! Noooooooo! lol

    I see you’re an iPhone fan as well, nothing wrong with that. How do you feel about iOS 7 vs Android 4.3?

    • Dustin Earley

      iOS 7 is strange. I’m still on the fence about what I’ve seen so far. I think Android 5.0 will be a better comparison. Right now though, with the changes that have been made to iOS 7, 4.3 almost feels more mature.

  • Angie Wimberly

    Love the picture at the end!

  • Dr.Carpy

    Hey Dustin! I also have enjoyed a lot of your writing, especially the raw ones where you unmask that with Android there are some wrinkles and blemishes. Google has enough cheerleaders! Honesty is refreshing. I’m glad you’re sticking around to keep some of the continuity to the site. I have also spent time in Detroit, and for that city’s sake, I hope they get Robocop. Damn! That place really is dangerous!

    Hey yeah, I want to know why you shaved the beard too! That was SWEEEEEEET!!!!

    • Dustin Earley

      Thank you! I greatly appreciate the kind words.

      It was hot and very long after awhile. Perhaps it’s time to bring it back.

  • snowbdr89

    Uh did this turn into a dating site?

    • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

      Do we have a love connection?

  • Nathan D.

    Welcome, although I feel like this is way over do since you been making columns for a while now. Anyways, looking forward to more of your articles in the future.

  • franrich

    So you’ve stepped from the shadows to the light. Welcome knowledgeable one

  • Joel

    Great summary of the Dustin we’ve come to know and really like (cant say love, I saw sean’s love connection post lol)
    good to know youre a fellow Honda man like myself (just picked up a white 2013 accord last friday :-)
    Our daily routines r almost identical (except I watch hulu now more than netflix lol)
    keep up the great work.

  • coolguyjohn

    4’11? no way….

    and isn’t it a bit odd you use an iphone as much as android? or admit to it on an android site. just saying..

    • Dustin Earley

      I definitely use Android more. As a matter of fact, my iPhone was just put out of commission. And I don’t know if I’ll be buying another one any time soon. But I don’t think there is anything wrong with using more than one operating system. Both have their good and bad points.

  • Sameer

    Some day i also want to write for androidandme, unfortunately i software developer and its very hard for me write general language :(

    • Sameer

      Absolutely correct, I am interactive with English from last 10 years, but still i do not feel commendable while writing it