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Windows 7: Android Phone or Iphone 4?

26 Sep 2010   #1
Prof Kerfuffle

Windows 7 Professional (x64/SP1) /Linux Mint 16
 
 

I have commented on a lot of your posts I know but Android, I have a Nexus One on 2.2 with flash
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26 Sep 2010   #2
Everlong

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Android.
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26 Sep 2010   #3
Dinesh

Windows® 8 Pro (64-bit)
 
 

Both have their own advantages and disadvantages. I like iPhone 4 though.
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26 Sep 2010   #4
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Depends upon what features you want. My wife has an iPhone 3GS and I have a Motorola Droid 2. Both have their plusses and minuses.
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27 Sep 2010   #5
joe7dust

Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit
 
 

Can you elaborate on the pros/cons? I think we could have figured out that pros/cons exist between the 2 phones, but it would be nice if you contributed something to the thread.

Me personally I like my iphone but hated the lack of a keyboard. Texting on the screen is terrible especially with large thumbs. I haven't looked at the droid yet, but I'm sure it doesn't have anywhere near the amount of apps that iphone does.

Basically if you need the apps get iphone cause there is no way around it AFAIK. Take droid advice from someone else. My next phone is definitely going to be something like the Palm Pre, iphone style large touch screen with full keyboard underneath. I can live without the apps, but I know some can't.
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27 Sep 2010   #6
Everlong

Windows 8.1 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by joe7dust View Post
Can you elaborate on the pros/cons? I think we could have figured out that pros/cons exist between the 2 phones, but it would be nice if you contributed something to the thread.

Me personally I like my iphone but hated the lack of a keyboard. Texting on the screen is terrible especially with large thumbs. I haven't looked at the droid yet, but I'm sure it doesn't have anywhere near the amount of apps that iphone does.

Basically if you need the apps get iphone cause there is no way around it AFAIK. Take droid advice from someone else. My next phone is definitely going to be something like the Palm Pre, iphone style large touch screen with full keyboard underneath. I can live without the apps, but I know some can't.
There's quite a few Android phones with a physical keyboard, like the Sony Ericsson Xperia X10 mini, HTC Desire Z, Motorola Droid, Samsung Moment etc. Though in terms of smartphones, I wouldn't class the Palm Pre's 3.1" screen "large".

Pros with the iPhone is it has probably the best looking screen, great resolution on it, wide range of apps.

Cons is it's propriety, not open source, they're trying to push video calling, but it can only work over WiFi and to other iPhone 4 phones, it's not 4G when it quite easily could have been, in England, the price of a contract for it is a lot more expensive. You need to pay around £60-70 a month before you get the phone for free, otherwise you're paying £200-300 upfront for it.


Pros with an Android phone, wide range of different phones. Not everyone likes a full touchscreen phone, open source, Android Market is getting more and more apps every day, even more so with Android 2.2 as you can now install apps to SD, Android phones competing with iPhone i.e. the HTC Desire gets ranked better than the iPhone 4 in some places.

Cons, harder to develop for. You have to take in to consideration the wide range of mobiles for Android is probably Android's biggest weakness, but standardisation takes time. Google didn't release a spec sheet that all phones must be to use Android, like Microsoft did with Windows Phone 7. The Market is lacking in some areas in terms of apps, but that'll fix itself like I said for one of the pros.

That's just a few simple pros and cons for both. Android 2.3 should bring some good stuff to Android as well. And the increase in Android market share has increased a lot in the last year or so.
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27 Sep 2010   #7
Win7User512

Windows 7 x64 / Same
 
 

I have been using Android for a couple weeks and still think I prefer it over iPhone. No weak AT&T network for me, I like the apps (with more coming) and I stay with Verizon. It is open source, so it's less restrictive than iPhone dev. And it is projected to have even more marketshare over the coming years.

It's nice to have competition in smartphones.
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28 Sep 2010   #8
gladson1976

Windows 7 Ultimate x86 build 7600 (XP, 98SE, 95, 3.11, DOS 7.10 on VM) + Ubuntu 10.04 LTS Lucid Lynx
 
 

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28 Sep 2010   #9
mlevy

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Maximum PC just did a "deathmatch" and rated Android over iPhone and BB, though Android and iPhone did tie in several rounds, those were counted as a 'win' for each in the final tally.

I have a Droid, for those that are concerned about using touch-only, check out Swype, it's in Beta and you need to register for the Beta but it is a GREAT alternative keyboard. For those that use Trillian on the PC, there's now a version for Android (beta still but it's getting there). I've had my Droid since late November and haven't been angry with it at all. For more apps than in the normal market (or easier browsing of them) check out AppBrain Android Market - find the best Android Apps and Games With the account on the site linked to your phone (site is a Google login), you can use the site to queue installs for the phone, then the app on the phone will start the market download and install.

You can also install non-market apps on Android. Trillian is one example of that. Just need to set a checkbox in the Development menu to allow non-market apps.

Oh yeah, I had to tether a PC to my Droid for internet access to activate an iPhone because the iTunes store wouldn't go through our company firewall. No root (jailbreak in iPhone terms) was needed for the tether...
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28 Sep 2010   #10
blackroseMD1

Windows 10 Tech Preview 9901 x64
 
 

I've used an iPhone over an extended period of time, and I liked it ok at the time. Recently got the EVO, which is my first Android phone, and I would never trade it for Apple's offering. Straight out of the box, it's a much better phone for power users. Plus, Android is open source...first thing I did was root it and throw some custom ROMs and kernals on there. That brought improvements in both speed and battery life, plus the ability to overclock and use programs like Wireless Tether.

Android FTW.
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