Personally, I do not have a smart phone, but I have seen both in use and they are both nice. However, you may find this thread interesting - Google Android Locks Users Out of Thier Phones [webmasterworld.com]
What do you need it for ?
Android gives you choices in hardware, software and pricing options, not to mention stuff like replaceable batteries and SD cards, the basics.
iPhone is pretty much one size fits all, didn't fit my needs.
if you get an android step 1: wipe it and install cyanogen.
I am fairly happy with my Android tablet. Its not a brilliant device, but great value for money. You get a much bigger choice of devices with Android.
It is open, so if you do not like Google or the manufacturers implementation, you can often replace it. If you might do this get something supported by Cyanogen Mod.
People are doing some interesting things with Android. What I want is this:
because I really like to be able to plug in a decent screen and keyboard - which is what I usually do with my netbook.
|People are doing some interesting things with Android. What I want is this: |
That is a nice feature.
yea start trying to use your phone as your computer....get ready for some frustration.
I have an iphone and make the following comments.
1) It comes with no instructions worth a toss, and the device is not as intuitive as apple seems to think. Perhaps it is because this is only my second apple device and I am so used to windows and PCs, but some basic things took me ages to work out.
2) It is incredible to me that one is unable to easily drag and drop files from the iphone to your PC.
3) Similarly bluetooth is very limited because it seems impossible to link the iphone to a PC in the same way that I could with my previous Nokia not-so-smart phone.
4) Why does everything have to go through bloody i-tunes? I loath i-tunes and would never actually buy anything from the place, but the only way I can transfer my music files to my phone is using this clunky, overly complicated, and time consuming system.
5) I get occasionally annoyed when sites which use flash or flash videos don't work.
Apart from the above it is a useful device and the more I use it the more useful it becomes. I just wish it was more compatible with other operating systems.
I didn't want a smart phone at all. I was a Verizon customer and my Motorola RAZR "flip phone" died.
I was paying something like $69/mo with no texting, no web, and limited to 850 minutes of phone time.
After years of happily not texting, web-surfing or GPSing from my phone, I was suddenly faced with having to either; A). use the worst piece of junk plastic phone from Verizon to "just make phone calls", (and still commit to them for 2 more years and pay their outrageous rates), or B). start looking into other options and other carriers.
I saw a MetroPCS ad that said $50/mo includes all taxes, fees, etc -- and includes unlimited phone, text, web and other (Android) features like voice activated search, built in GPS, (which talks nicely to me even when I don't pay attention to it and mess up and miss a turn)...
I paid $129 for a HUAWEI phone that can take 5 meg pictures, videos, record voice, store it on a SIM card, surf the web, (using the carrier or WiFi), is a good GPS unit, tunes a guitar, (I installed "gStrings" free Guitar Tuner), it's a nifty "Flashlight" (using an app that turns the entire screen bright white), and I sometimes access WordPress mobile app to access one of my blogs from my phone.
Best of all --- I have no contract... I literally pay $50/mo -- PERIOD.
To go with iPhone you are looking at a much higher entry cost, (and as soon as you buy the phone they will come out with a better one and you'll be ostracized by swanky up-to-date iPhone owners who will poo-poo your 3-month out of date model), and you'll be stuck paying close to $100/mo with any carrier that offer iPhone... and you will have PC / Apple compatability issues.
I can plug my phone into a USB cable and drag and drop anything...
I also installed the Android / Eclipse SDK on my PC and wrote a basic Android RSS Reader app in about an hour.
I'm not a phone-music listener, by my daughter is and has a lot of music on her phone, she also uses Facebook on it and everything else that teens do with phones... I now text and find it more convenient than a phone call in many situations.
My Vote: Android based (and MetroPCS if you have it near you).
I am waiting for the Samsung Galaxy III to come out in a couple of months. That is quad core and Android. Either that or I will get the Galaxy Note.
I do not need a pad as I have a laptop so the smartphone is ideal, and I don't do anything apple.
I got Samsung Galaxy S - and I love it - the S II is just way too big for me - not comfi to hold in hand - apple - I guess I woul buy it more for the 'I've git apple phone ' feeling - but then is it still so trendy?
Samsung Galaxy Precedent here, Android, love it. Took some getting used to, if you have fat fingers like I do you might like the keyboard slide-out better. I'm on the StraightTalk pay as you go plan (Sprint backbone, pretty sure,) unlimited **everything** for $45/month, no contracts.
Samsung Galaxy Ace here. So far I have had no issues with the phone or the software. But as mentioned, there is a learning curve with the Android software.
|4) Why does everything have to go through bloody i-tunes? |
Because they want to punish you.
Try moving an iPod or an iPad to a new computer for some real frustration. I am keeping my old PC alive in the basement that is solely used for iTunes (which I refuse to update the iTunes software on) because I gave up trying to move my devices.
I would love to know the whole story behind iTunes. I suspect somebody at Apple has their whole career centered around that piece of garbage and refuses to surrender.
|StraightTalk pay as you go plan (Sprint backbone, pretty sure,) unlimited **everything** for $45/month, no contracts. |
Is that WalMart's deal ?
I dont have a adroid or iPhone, also have to choose a new this year and it will be a iPhone or phone with Windows 7/8, I would never go for a android
|I would never go for a android |
You say that now until you actually want to do something simple like swap out a battery or upgrade to a bigger SD card.
... or avoid iTunes, the deal killer
Currently not doing cell/smart... but ordinary necessary use for mobile telecommunications would suggest Android since Symbian is deprecated these days (bye bye Nokia and that decent, reliable service...about the time I pitched it all). Rim powered "smartfones" are almost as useful, but losing market in some parts of the world with $50ish/month plans. These days, my trusty landline at $9 a month does all I want, though my "roaming" is about 11 tethered feet from the base set as I pace back and forth yakking with clients and customers. The web side is $14 a month to my not so mobile desktop... and is a bit less than a whole lot of other plans, including the (in our area) $105/month service iPhone.
Not "phone", but do have laptop with all the gadgets grabits for mobile.
You pick and choose, and do your homework, too!
iPhones are for people that want a smart phone.
Android devices are for people that want to personalize their smart phones.
Once you really understand what Android offers, you'll never be satisfied with an iPhone.
Ok - I am now officially - in love with my Andriod but then I fnid that in so many cases I do not even know the options I have for the phone -
My #1 issue with my (Android) smart phone is how difficult it is to just make a phone call, (or answer a phone call, or switch between current and "call waiting" call).
It's great for texting, GPS, taking pictures, etc.. but someone has to put out a smartphone where "phone calls" are as easy as they were on a dumbphone.
I'd choose the one that does not lock me to use its carrier network when I go outside of the country I live in. The one that does not spy on me. The one that does not force me to use proprietary software that I need to install on other devices if i need to transfer data from it. The one that is not advertized by every carrier out there as soon as some new cool "App comes out of the closet" which makes you think you made a mistake and makes you head spin. The one that is not bloated with freeware that dials "home" every time the button pushed..
I guess the one that has what you will use it for, and nothing more than that.
Droid-Shmoid, Iphone-shmyfone... so noooone of the above, sorry...
incrediBILL - iphone is sure not perfect, no sd, flash bla bla, but I also mentioned a phone with windows7/8 which a getting great reviews
|iphone is sure not perfect, no sd, flash bla bla |
...an ex-Apple guy has developed something to run Adobe's Flash on iPad, (but article doesn't mention iPhone)
OnLive Desktop Plus gives iPad superspeed Flash
Feb. 23, 2012
...this comes after Apple refuses to support Flash -AND- Adobe announces they are dropping Flash for mobile:
Adobe Admits: Apple Won, Flash For Mobile is Done, HTML5 is the Future
Nov. 11, 2011
I am pretty happy with my el cheapo Huawei ascend and MetroPCS unlimeted talk / text / web at $50 a month, too.
You really need to look at a coverage map and find out how the coverage is in your area. There is decent 1G coverage at my home, and good 3G coverage at the store (about 4 miles away).
At our other store, which is in a major metro area, coverage is HORRIBLE. My wife's calls are ALWAYS getting dropped.
So go figure, but I get all the features I need for $50, so am pretty happy with that.
I'm on my 3rd iPhone - very happy with it as I have my work apps and games fine tuned and working the way I want
@J_Rad, depends on your needs. If all you ever use is a web browser, a phone if probably adequate, and smart phones are becoming pretty powerful.
Lots of people told me how horribly underpowered netbooks are, but I have been using one as my main PC for three months and I am quite happy with it.
I heard so much freezing trouble with iPhone - is that true ?