Iphone vs Droid

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    Aug 26, 2010 3:42 PM GMT
    versus-iphone-vs-droid.jpgSo I have an iphone and I'm contemplating switching to a droid. Any thoughts?
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    Aug 26, 2010 6:00 PM GMT
    no dude, this is the hot debate on this forum, you can find a thousand threads on this topic but anyway, ill just copy paste my answer from another thread.

    btw the Droid is old news and definitely not match for an iPhone 4, if you really want Android go for a decent one like the EVO.
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    Android is Open Source, its like getting a Linux PC...actually Android is using a Linux kernel. Advantages? Source code is totally open for developers and you can pretty much tweak your phone the way you like it. Unfortunately most people cant read computer programs let alone mod them.

    Android phones are not company specific so obviously theyre not carrier specific, thats a huge plus.

    When it comes to applications, imagine what a pain in the ass it is to develop software for an open source platform that is being distributed by so many different manufacturers. There is no control over the Android store whatsoever, so you might pretty much download applications that will decrease your phone performance or worse not even run at all on the specific Android handset you own...Now try to imagine a couple of these apps multitasking. Google doesn't have any control either on manufacturers who produce Android enabled hardware. This means that you might be getting a brand new phone with an outdated and flawed Android firmware, this will represent a major security issue and also apps crashing all over the place or the inability to install apps until you update. Finally the interface is not so intuitive, it looks kinda messy in my opinion.

    The iPhone is only available with AT&T(in the US), thats a problem right there. Theres also the overblown antenna issue(over 97% of iphone users dont really get any dropped calls due to the "dead grip" and besides Apple gives you a free bumper).

    The Apple Store is very controlling. It bans a whole bunch of apps that shouldnt be banned in the first place. However it also offers reliability and pretty much guarantees that their apps are safe and fully compatible. Also the interface on the iPhone is easy as it gets, the screen response is pretty good and so are the algorithms for scrolling and other multi touch gestures.

    Apple makes the hardware AND software for their device making it a sure deal compared to Android that outsources to other companies like Nokia, Motorola, HTC etc and still these companies offer a variety of Android phones with different specs and performances. Its difficult for any Operating System to perform properly on every piece of hardware built for it by totally different companies that get their components from totally different sources.

    Finally the overall hardware quality of the iPhone 4 is pretty impressive. Holding the best screen ever built for a smartphone, an underclocked custom built processor that was also used on the iPad and still able to keep the title for the thinnest smartphone one out there.

    The reality: None of the iPhone 4 competitors actually catches up in terms of overall quality(hardware + software + design + usability). Android is a good option for those who love to tweak their phones(I know computer programming but Im definitely not using my own and only phone for experimenting purposes). Most users in the US will tell you Android is the best but a lot of them dont even have the option to get an iPhone since they're either on a contract with another wireless carrier or they just simply hate AT&T. I would definitely choose an iPhone 4, all things considered.

    I want to buy the iPhone 4 but its impossible to get one, here in Canada every carrier offers the phone and you can also get it at retail price directly from the apple store without signing any contract...being that said, its sold out coast to coast.
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    Aug 26, 2010 7:59 PM GMT
    I've had AT&T and I've had Verizon, and both were nightmares in terms of billing and customer service. I'm on T-Mobile now and really enjoy it.

    The whole "Vertical Integration is Good for Consumers!" thing is hogwash. Yes, it allows Apple more time to fine-tune the device, but there are still legal and ethical issues to consider aside from "Phone work good! Me like phone!" The restrictions on App development are a direct result of vertical integration.

    I think you're massively overstating the problem of software development for an open-source platform. I know Windows isn't open-source, but it's analogous to Android in this situation. Ultimately, more software is developed for Windows because it's open to so many more users. Windows has it's problems, but it's not a conga line of crashes and viruses as Mac advertisements (and online fanboys) make it out to be.
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    Aug 26, 2010 8:28 PM GMT
    sexyactionnick saidI've had AT&T and I've had Verizon, and both were nightmares in terms of billing and customer service. I'm on T-Mobile now and really enjoy it.

    The whole "Vertical Integration is Good for Consumers!" thing is hogwash. Yes, it allows Apple more time to fine-tune the device, but there are still legal and ethical issues to consider aside from "Phone work good! Me like phone!" The restrictions on App development are a direct result of vertical integration.

    I think you're massively overstating the problem of software development for an open-source platform. I know Windows isn't open-source, but it's analogous to Android in this situation. Ultimately, more software is developed for Windows because it's open to so many more users. Windows has it's problems, but it's not a conga line of crashes and viruses as Mac advertisements (and online fanboys) make it out to be.


    I didnt say it was a problem inherent to Open Source Platforms. I wouldnt get Mac simply because I cant find the software I need for actual work without spending 6 hours googling.

    If youre a BB user and you cant find the software you need for your enterprise software infrastructure then simply dont get an iPhone.

    So talking about the Android Market(the place youd get your apps) its only available to 14 countries and only 9 of these can actually sell apps(Canada not included) so software wise in the smartphone industry the AppStore(the place youd get your apps for iPhones) opens more doors for developers and users to sell and buy apps respectively meaning it has better software distribution and(due to their app control process) better software quality than Android. Nowadays if a company wants to make money selling software in most cases theyll go for Windows....meanwhile if a company wants to make money selling software for smartphones it wont be through Android but iPhones/iPads. Smartphones are not PCs or Macs, they have their separate little world with a totally different set of rules.
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    Aug 26, 2010 9:17 PM GMT
    photoshopped picture guyWhen it comes to applications, imagine what a pain in the ass it is to develop software for an open source platform that is being distributed by so many different manufacturers.

    I guess you never said that.
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    Aug 26, 2010 10:06 PM GMT
    Currently I have the iPhone 3G and really wanted to get the IPhone 4 in white. Now I've heard it won't be available, at the latest, until January '11. I kind of wanted a new phone when I go on my travels in October. I do like the Droid, but I've spent so much money on iPhone apps (idiot, I know) that I would hate to have to start all over again with the Droid.

    For those with the iPhone 4 (black) would you suggest waiting it out until the white one comes out (hopefully with everything fixed) or just throwing in the towel and getting the black one now? My contract has been up, so I can upgrade whenever I want.
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    Aug 26, 2010 11:28 PM GMT
    sexyactionnick said
    photoshopped picture guyWhen it comes to applications, imagine what a pain in the ass it is to develop software for an open source platform that is being distributed by so many different manufacturers.

    I guess you never said that.


    lol photoshopped? Thanks for the compliment, first for thinking I know enough Photoshop to do such an amazing job with my pics and second for thinking I look too good to be real. Thanks ure sweet.

    Finally please make ur points more clear, that quote didn't imply anything right or wrong, it's up to the reader to consider if this favors him or not. So again, make a point we can debate about or let's instead just talk about my photoshopped pics.
  • CalebH

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    Aug 26, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Charlitos and sexyactionnick, You are both hot and I think it is so cute when you both fight.
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    Aug 26, 2010 11:58 PM GMT
    Ill stick with my blackberries
  • Mikeylikesit

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    Aug 27, 2010 12:03 AM GMT
    ahhh.....the good'ol Crackberry....LOL
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  • Space_Cowboy_...

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    Aug 27, 2010 12:15 AM GMT
    RuggedRanger15 saidIll stick with my blackberries




    Dingleberries what? icon_eek.gif
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    Aug 27, 2010 12:31 AM GMT
    charlitos saidFinally please make ur points more clear, that quote didn't imply anything right or wrong, it's up to the reader to consider if this favors him or not. So again, make a point we can debate about or let's instead just talk about my photoshopped pics.

    Classic debate strategy. Dismiss my points without bringing any of them up, simultaneously implying that your points are clear and well-thought out. It's like a strawman, except you're creating a false image of yourself instead of your opponent.

    It's bullshit. I'm not going to get into a pointless fight about phones with someone of your...limited faculties.
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    Aug 27, 2010 2:04 AM GMT
    sexyactionnick said
    charlitos saidFinally please make ur points more clear, that quote didn't imply anything right or wrong, it's up to the reader to consider if this favors him or not. So again, make a point we can debate about or let's instead just talk about my photoshopped pics.

    Classic debate strategy. Dismiss my points without bringing any of them up, simultaneously implying that your points are clear and well-thought out. It's like a strawman, except you're creating a false image of yourself instead of your opponent.

    It's bullshit. I'm not going to get into a pointless fight about phones with someone of your...limited faculties.


    Dude u didn't follow up debate u barely managed to spit out 5 words which were barely enough to make up a sentence with very poor meaning. What points are u talking about lol, I think someone is posting on imaginary forums icon_rolleyes.gif
  • Mepark

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    Aug 27, 2010 4:58 AM GMT
    How about aluminum vs. plastic. icon_lol.gif


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    Aug 27, 2010 5:08 AM GMT
    Mepark saidHow about aluminum vs. plastic. icon_lol.gif





    hard glass vs plastic icon_cool.gif
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    Aug 27, 2010 5:53 AM GMT
    Geez.. we need a dedicated sub-forum for this topic, since it comes up every week. icon_lol.gif