10 responses

  1. Robert
    March 9, 2011

    hi! I enjoyed reading your summary – a pretty good collection of what is there to know in everyday use about these devices. A question: can you check your calendar while talking on the iPhone?

    • Gnorb
      March 14, 2011

      I haven’t tried that, but I think you can. (I really don’t see why not.) On Verizon’s network you can’t sync your calendar while talking on the phone, unless you were connected to WiFi, but you can perform other actions while you talk, like play games, take notes or, probably, update your calendar.

  2. Gnorb
    March 14, 2011

    I read this on a forum somewhere and feel it relevant:

    I have been a fan of Android, but I really do think Google is starting to screw the pooch with Android.

    They have no minimum spec, so you can’t assume your phone will run the same programs others will run- a problem you don’t have with iPhone or Win Phone 7. Google allows makers to skin the OS, which means you are locked in to your manufacturer for OS updates. If you bought in thinking you could upgrade and gain features, sorry- you’re wrong. So far most Android phone manufacturers have been pretty meh about giving new updates. Google has been putting out new OS versions every few months, but if you’re lucky, your manufacturer will give ONE update for your phone before they quit supporting it. Furthermore, that skinning means that the maker can indeed restrict the utility of the phone. You can get around that by rooting the thing, but that is really only for power users and has been becoming increasingly difficult.

    Android was a great idea, but I think Microsoft’s approach with Win Phone 7 showed that there were flaws in Google’s implementation. Android still has much to offer someone willing to get down and dirty to install custom ROMs, but for those who just want a functional phone that is reasonably competitive with the others on the market, it’s becoming more an issue.

    In a few months I will likely jump platforms. While there’s a lot I like about Android, the drawbacks are increasingly becoming deal breakers for me.

    This right here is the reason I’m still unsure about going back to Android, why I’d put up with Apple’s crap and just unlock the damn thing.

  3. Carl
    March 15, 2011

    Hey Gnorb,

    I find myself agreeing with nearly every point you make. Coming from the Original Droid to the iPhone 4 (my wife had the iPhone 3G and she was also squarely in the cold, dead hands camp of switching). I moved to AT&T in Dec, just outside the window for Verizon. No big deal.

    I had jailbroken my Droid because I was so irritated at how long it would take for software updates to come out after they were released and the original Droid CAN handle tethering which enraged me when Verizon said it, “lacked the hardware”to do so.

    I just wanted to say I agree. There are trade-offs for both systems and you set them out very well here. The only major thing I would add is OS updates. Not a huge deal to most people probably.

    However, the fact that Apple announces a new iOS then pushes it to EVERY DEVICE that can support it on the day it says it will is huge. Android can take months if ever to get an OS upgrade and as usual, those are where the big new features and fixes are found. That’s why I had to jailbreak my Droid. I wanted Android 2.2 and Verizon kept dragging its heals about releasing it.

  4. Carl
    March 15, 2011

    Also, the other biggest thing hurting Android (and making them a pain to support at the corporate level) is the skinning of the OS. A big reason I chose the Motorola Droid was because it was a “Google Experience” phone. Meaning it ran Android without a third-party GUI on top.

    Some people may love the HTC Sense of the Motorola Blur but I prefer the vanilla Android experience.

  5. ben
    May 1, 2011

    How much for iPhone? Pm mw

  6. Paola
    June 22, 2011

    I’m still on the fence. Someone mentioned to the issue with viruses on the non-iPhones. I really am interested in the Motorola Atrix, but thinking I should maybe wait for the iPhone 5. Contract is up in July….

  7. archnaid
    August 2, 2011

    To me, the biggest issue with Android is permissions for apps. With the iPhone, you’ll get a little pop-up asking if you want an app to use you location; on Android, if an app asks for that permission to install it, then it’s free to use that information transparently – and whether the app is in the foreground or background.

    There are things about the iPhone I like – Gnorb has mentioned some here – but I don’t think I could be a convert. I like the power and choice Android gives me, and the look and feel.

    I also have no problem with rooting and installing ROMs and whatnot, so some of the other issues don’t really bother me either. And, because Android is Linux based, it really does open up a whole world of good things (for the more technically inclined). IPtables-based firewall, Privoxy, ability to overclock/underclock, apps which can insert themselves in between the APIs for getting permissions… The last one is really cool. I can stop an app from getting whatever permission – permanently, or on the fly (when it tries). Newer apps that do this can even spoof data the offending app asks for to prevent crashes.

    Not everyone’s cup of tea, certainly, but more me, the iPhone is just too restrictive. Haven’t had my hands on anything Win7, though.

  8. Chris1233224
    February 27, 2012

    Hey thanks for the summary. Now let me explain my side of the story. For my class field trip we’re planning to go to Washington DC for a 3 night stay. On behalf of this my dad announced that he would buy me a phone to take along with me. Excited, I asked him for an Iphone4 due to the fact that I owned an Itouch and I used it all the time. Although, all my excitement and enthusiasm came to end when he assured me of the antenna issue for the Iphone4. Not wanting any problems with my first phone, I decided to get an Android instead. This excitement didn’t last long either since I found out that you could buy bumper cases that could fix the antenna issue for the Iphone4. Quarreled by these 2 smartphone options, I decided to search the web to find which smartphone was best suited for me. My most found answers was android although when I scrolled down to read the reviews the were a lot more ios fans over android (based on a wide range of websites). Please Respnd!

  9. Gnorb
    February 28, 2012

    @Chris1233224

    Simple answer: if you really like what you have in iOS with your iTouch then stick with that. If you want to try something new, go for Android, but give yourself a little time to get used to the differences. There are downs (battery life’s not usually as good, fewer peripherals usually available, lower re-sale value, app quality not as high for the majority of “second tier” apps) and there are ups (GREAT Google integration, usually better/more advanced hardware, 4G, included HDMI ports and DLNA functionality, more easily-available options to modify your phone), but that’s true for everything.

    Go to a store and play around with an Android phone for about an hour. Experiment: connect it to a bluetooth headset, try to find all the apps you’d like to use, take pics and movies and try texting someone, browse the web, etc. If you like what you see, go for it.

    Word of warning: if you’re dependent on the iTunes/iBooks market for anything (audiobooks, magazines, movies) be forewarned that you won’t be able to use your stuff on Android. Non-DRM’d stuff, like AAC music, should be usable in Android, which now has a large number of music apps.

    Best of luck.

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