Not only did Google pre-mail Droid handsets to I/O attendees, today they gave the Sprint HTC EVO 4G out to conference attendees at the Moscone Center, with a 2GB Micro SD card filled with music. Awhile back I tweeted that I wouldn’t accept “free” phones like these, since I cover Google on TWiG and at web sites and magazines where I occasionally freelance, and accepting a “gift” from a company I talk and write about so much seemed like a bad idea. But, I’m not a full-time journalist who has to operate under the kinds of stringent rules that a New York Times reporter does. I’m a developer and independent commentator, and I’m at this conference on my own dime–no press pass, no expense account. So, I’m going back on my initial word: I did accept the phones as part of the $400 ticket price to the conference, and I plan to use them to develop for Android.