Wednesday, October 22, 2008

The Google Android G1 Phone: Arriving in Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH) from San Antonio, TX (SAT)

Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH)

We touched down at about 6:35a and was in the gate by 6:39a, one minute late.

As we taxied in, I tried the GPS once more and it was still giving an error. I touched "My Location" once more and it revealed that I was actually north of the airport close to Farm Road 1960. Weird. I was clearly on an airport taxiway which I could see on the map.

Once at the gate, I gathered my stuff and headed out. I called up Metro (it was quicker than navigating their Web site) and found out that I had just missed a bus but the next one was in 13 minutes. I went down stairs and noticed that Metro had now hired their own airport staff and had moved their sign from under the Super Shuttle area; good move I think. I asked the guy if I could top up my card and he said yes, so I did. He said that his opening hours were 6:00a to 8:40p.

I then thanked him and headed out to the bus stop. Like clockwork, at 6:56a, the 102 arrived. I was able to play with the GPS on the way home. It was funny as it had difficulty find my location a few times.

The Google Android G1 Phone: San Antonio International, San Antonio TX (SAT) to Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH)

CO278 22OCT08 San Antonio International, San Antonio TX (SAT) to Houston Intercontinental, Houston TX (IAH) 5:45a 6:38a 738 N??225

Flight Time: 0:32
Seat Map

I greeted the flight attendants as I walked past the 19 passengers in the First Class cabin in a 2-2 configuration of leather seats. It appears that one person was running late as there was an empty seat. Or maybe there is one more upgrade to go.

I was sitting close to the front of the plane at a window seat, so I asked the guy at the aisle to allow me into my cloth seat in a 3-3 configuration, and he did. Morning flights are so weird as everyone is so sleepy and this flight was no exception.

We pushed back at 5:40a as the safety demonstration played then and headed out to runway 12R. We waited for a bit and then we took to the runway. It was actually a long bit. As we took of you could see about eight Southwest Airlines (WN) Boeing 737s at the gates; all with winglets. The same for Continental; there was even a Boeing 737-500, aircraft 653 with winglets.

As soon as we buzzed 10,000', I checked the map on the phone and noticed that it still said we were in SAT. The phone was in airplane mode so it was fine and GPS devices are allowed above 10,000'. Later, I got an error message that said 'i Attention There is a connection problem...we'll keep trying", bummer.

The Captain came on a few minutes after takeoff and advised we were at our cruising altitude. Beverages were offered, but I declined as I had already ate at the Presidents Club moments ago.

It was 6:12a when we commenced our descent by the indication of the seat belt signs being turned on.

The Captain and the flight attendant noted that our arrival gate was C24.

It was amazing to see outside as there was traffic backups on all the major highways I could see. Amazing how many people are up at this hour. This area really needs a major mass transit infusion. I wished I could have used the GPS at that time; but we were below 10,000' so that was a no-no.

It looked like we made a really wide circle as I thought I saw the San Jacinto Monument as well as lights from the refineries near the coast before we made it into the airport.

The Google Android G1 Phone: Arriving in San Antonio International from San Antonio, TX

22OCT08 San Antonio International, San Antonio TX (SAT)

We made our way to the Terminal 2 through the construction barriers. My friend tells me that they are going to expand Terminal 1; get rid of the existing Terminal 2 and rebuild it. Oh what a mess.

I collected my boarding pass and then made my way to the gate, stopping at the Presidents Club for breakfast first. I did not think it would be open, but it had opened at 4:45a. Good deal, I thought. I messed around with the phone a bit as I ate.

At 5:20a, I made my way down to the gate and went straight on board with a slight delay due to congestion in the jetway.

The Google Android G1 Phone: Departing San Antonio, TX

22OCT08 San Antonio, TX

I awoke and looked at the time on the phone, it was 4:12a, three minutes before the alarm was set. My friend set it last night, so I'll have to figure this out later. He was intrigued that there were so many settings. The good thing about the alarm, is that each time you use the phone, you are reminded of the alarm time. We were laughing that the phone actually told you how many hours to the alarm time; smart alec!

I pulled the covers over my head and went back to sleep knowing that in 3 minutes the alarm would go off. Sure enough it did although it seemed like forever.

I got ready and we left the house at 4:40a phone in hand and headed for the airport. Traffic was extremely light and we had no issues. Taking the time to catch up some more and using the G1 to denote our position. It did work this time and showed our progress as a flashing dot on the map. We verified with neighboring streets that it was indeed correct. Strange how last night it did not show us where we were when we had it in directions mode. It even showed the airport with runways and all.

At 5:00a, we turned off the highway and into the airport.