No, Your First Impression Isn’t Wrong: Android ISN’T As Nice As The iPhone

Tried Android and feel it doesn’t measure up to the iPhone? TechCrunch would have you think it’s just because you didn’t try it long enough. It’s not the phone, you see. It’s you. And that’s bull.

Fair enough, it’s easy to go from something you know very well and be irritated that something else doesn’t work in the same way, in the way you think it “should” work. One thing I especially appreciated about Om Malik’s Nexus One review was that he lived with the thing as his primary phone. He spent time really getting to know it.

I might do the same with Android myself. And I’m somewhat hesitant to write against the TechCrunch “it’s you” argument as I’m still living with the Nexus One and trying to get to know it better. Then again, I already know enough to blow holes in that argument.

Look here:

iPhone, Windows Mobile & Nexus One Android, Side-By-Side

Those are my most three most recent smartphones. My primary phone is that iPhone on the left, a 3G version from when they came out in July 2008. On the left, the Nexus One from Google that I was given when I covered the Nexus One launch this week.

That one in the middle? That’s my Windows Mobile 6.1 device from 2007. Previously, I’d used Windows Mobile devices going back to 2004 (see Swapping My Treo 700W For The UTStarcom XV6700). Smartphones aren’t new to me. In fact, when the iPhone came out, I thought it was a joke. I had a phone that was faster than what the iPhone first offered, had a flash and a pull-out keyboard, which I thought was super important. I mocked the iPhone (see No 3G, No Keyboard, No iPhone — Thank You Very Much).

When the 3G version of the iPhone finally came out, I bought one for my wife, fully expecting I’d continue using Windows Mobile and mocking iPhone users. After all, my Windows Mobile phone could still do all the iPhone could plus doubled as a modem.

But after literally an hour or less of playing with my wife’s iPhone, I knew my Windows Mobile days were over. Any time I might save with a physical keyboard was totally wasted on the number of menus I had to go through to do anything on the Windows Mobile phone compared to the iPhone. On the iPhone, everything was easy, intuitive, time saving. And I soon learned that I didn’t need an physical keyboard. In fact, the last time I tried one was when I tested the Android T-Mobile G1. I hated not being able to do on-screen typing.

So now let’s shift to what Jason Kincaid in TechCrunch says today:

Imagine if you took a longtime Windows user and sat them in front of a Mac for a couple days. They’d probably complain about superficial things like the change in mouse acceleration and the “unintuitive” button placement (the Close button is on the opposite side of the window). It’s not until a week or two after you start using a Mac as your primary computer that you overcome these issues and begin to fully grasp some of the benefits it offers. No, it may not be for you, but there’s really no way you can tell for sure without taking the plunge and using one as your primary computer. It’s the same way with Android.

Look, I was a long-time Windows (Mobile) user. I was sat in front of Mac (iPhone) for a couple of days. Actually, an hour. I complained about nothing. I knew what to do very fast. So why shouldn’t that be the case for me going from the iPhone to Android?

Jason also wrote:

A week or so later, it clicked. When I want an option that isn’t already visible, I hit the dedicated ‘Menu’ button just beneath the screen. Need to jump to a previous screen in an app or the web browser? Hit the dedicated ‘Back’ button. In some ways, these are actually better than the soft buttons located in iPhone apps, because they’re always in the same place. It also saves some screen real estate.

Again, I didn’t need a week for the iPhone to “click” with me. It clicked almost immediately. And I think that’s the key driver to its popularity. Michael Arrington, when I was on the Gillmor Gang with him earlier this week (video will be posted here later), asked what was the killer app for the iPhone and for Android. I didn’t think there was one for many people, not one “I gotta have this phone because it runs….” type of thing. I thought the killer app of the iPhone was the user interface.

Look, the iPhone did not invent the smartphone. The iPhone, when it emerged, was well behind many smartphones in terms of its capabilities. The App Store? Please. Windows Mobile had plenty of “apps for that.” The problem with Windows Mobile apps was that you had to hunt them down. They weren’t organized in a nice, vetted location. They were scattered all over the web.

But the iPhone blew people away — and to me, it did so because it made a pocket computer that’s also a phone intuitive to use, just as Palm did for PDAs.

Android’s not as intuitive. I’m sorry. I wish it were, if only because I tend to dislike Apple so much because of its closed, controlling nature that I’d like a different phone to use. But right now, I wouldn’t abandon my iPhone for Android. For me, Android remains like some type of weird evolution of Windows Mobile, where you have to constantly go to menu options to get stuff done whereas the iPhone presents what you need when you need it.

Using Tweetie on the iPhone and want to write a tweet? With the iPhone, the compose button is right there at the top of the screen:

Tweeting On The iPhone Vs. Nexus One

But for Android, you have to go down to the bottom and push the menu button.

After you’ve pushed the Android’s menu button, then you have to further pick the Compose button:

Tweeting On The iPhone Vs. Nexus One

While you’re still trying to get the compose window, over on the iPhone, you’re already writing. (NOTE: Per comments below, this is the case with Seemic on Android, not with Twitdroid, where the UI is much nicer. But also see the comments about how my reactions to Androids aren’t based on just this one application).

Finally, after two clicks, you finally get the compose window and can do your tweet, as shown below. But also below, I’ll address something else that Jason raises, how handy it is that Android has a “Back” button always in the same place:

Tweeting On The iPhone Vs. Nexus One

On Android, in the Seemic Twitter app, you can go back by either using the applications Cancel button or using Android’s dedicated “Back” button that I’m pointing to at the bottom. On the iPhone, you’ve got to guess — the Cancel button in the top left will let you do it.

But you know, you guess once or twice, and then you know. I rarely struggle trying to understand how to use my iPhone apps even though they might not have some dedicated buttons in all the “same” places. I think that’s in part because I’m usually only shown buttons I actually need. Also, how many apps do you really use, where you have that much trouble learning how to do things? And don’t forget — on Android apps, the menu options you get after pushing the menu button aren’t all the same nor in the same place.

How about email. I email a lot on my phone. Let’s do some email:

Email On iPhone Vs. Nexus One

On the iPhone, I push one button down in the lower right, and boom, I’m writing email. On Android, I have to push the menu button at the very bottom. After I do that, then I have to push a second button to start writing.

I don’t know about you, but for me, having to push twice to do something doesn’t make the phone twice as good. It makes it twice as annoying — and I don’t need a lot of “livability” time to understand this. Moreover, with the Nexus One, you can’t even have the type of time Jason’s talking about to understand it. You can’t touch it at all. It sold online only. You can, of course, return it if not happy within 14 days. That’s a nice policy and provides plenty of time for living with it.

As for browsing, which is one of the most important things I do on my iPhone, there’s no contest. Without multi-touch, without the ability to pinch and zoom in or flick and zoom out, the Android just feels clunky. Worse, I keep hitting that damn magnifying glass at the bottom of the phone (it’s the fourth one over on the right, at the bottom) thinking it’s a zoom button. You know, because a magnifying glass is an icon often used to represent zooming. But it’s not. It’s a search button. I know, search is often represented by a magnifying glass, too. And I know, I just need to get used to the Android. And get used to needing to tap some place on the page I’m viewing that doesn’t have a link to get the real zoom in and zoom out buttons to appear. Then keep pressing on them to do things that are far easier on the iPhone.

There’s a lot I do like about Android. The built-in voice recognition gets better and better. I’ve done about 20 searches this evening by only speaking into the phone, and the accuracy has been amazing. FYI, as I joke, I cursed into my Nexus One. I discovered it will recognize curse words and replace them with ####!

The screen is beautiful. I love that there’s a removable battery plus removable storage (and even better when you can actually install apps on that storage). The trackball, which I found useless to worse in some instances (who knows where it puts you on the screen sometimes — it has a mind of its own) was actually awesome when using Street View on the Nexus One. Turn-by-turn navigation. Well, as long as I trust the accuracy of Google Maps, maybe I won’t need a new GPS.

Multitasking sounds great but in reality, I’ve yet to see it that useful. I had multitasking in Windows Mobile, and it was nice to toggle between different apps quickly. If there’s a fast toggle with Android, I’ve yet to stumble upon it. If I hold the home button down long, I will get a list of recently accessed apps. But that doesn’t seem to be the toggle between running apps that I was expecting. For the most part, so far, that’s not a killer for me over the iPhone.

Someone asked me if I’d recommend the Nexus One right now. My advice would be to wait until it appears for Verizon, if you really want the Nexus One because you don’t want or need a physical keyboard. I was a long-time Verizon subscriber, and the broadband network was awesome even years ago. I still use Verizon to access the web when traveling with my USB card. It consistently gets me connected in places where my iPhone often won’t.

And T-Mobile? I’ve never used them (in the US, that is — I did use them in the UK). But they seem to have a much less robust 3G network. Right now, if it seems better to AT&T users (and remember, all the world does NOT live in San Francisco, New York or attends CES), that’s because it’s not overloaded with all those data-hungry iPhones out there. But the data hungry Android users will come, and I suspect T-Mobile will encounter AT&T like problems. I’m not sure I’d want to commit two years to T-Mobile. Nor would I want to buy a Nexus One now that becomes a 2G-only brick if you shift to AT&T and which won’t work on Verizon at all.

Would I recommend the Nexus One it over the iPhone? It depends on who you are and what you need to do. For someone new to smartphones, I still think the iPhone would be the way to go. For a more power user, the Android (in particular the Nexus One) is pretty awesome. Certainly if you did get the Nexus One or any of the newer Android phones (say 1.5 and above), you’ve got an excellent phone. You shouldn’t feel a need to defend it against the iPhone.

I know Android will only get better. I hope it does. And I plan to write more about the Nexus One in particular, highlighting some of the things I do like. But this “you’ve got to learn” it stuff. If that’s the defense of Android, then it has already lost — at least this version.


Comments

  1. says

    Very nice, Danny. These are all the same reasons that I will be clinging to my iPhone for a long time into the future. I *wanted* Android to be better, but it just isn’t . Not yet.

    I’m the anti-Apple fanboy. I’m the kind of guy who will buy something just because it’s marginally better and outside the realm of mass popularity.

    I know that things will evolve and everything will change, but for now. the 3GS is just better. I love it, and I’ll stick with it.

  2. says

    Have you checked out Palm’s webOS? It seems to getting dismissed out of hand around the web in general, but I think it’s serious competition here.

    Just a few things with regards to points you make, Android vs iPhone:

    * No Menu button, but the app menu is always in the same spot. Just swipe your thumb down from the upper left corner of the screen – very Mac-like

    * webOS kind of splits the difference with the bottom-of-screen command buttons, offering a row of buttons that appears when actions are available and gets out of the way when not needed.

    * No Back button, but you swipe your thumb right-to-left across the bottom of the device.

    * No Home button, but you swipe up from the bottom of the device. Once to see all running apps, again to summon the launcher.

    * Multitasking on webOS is actually intuitive and useful, with the card UI. It’s always there and takes only simple twitch gestures to access.

    * Pinch/zoom gestures are subtly different and more useful on webOS than iPhone, IMO. On webOS, you can pin a finger on something interesting and move a second away from the point of interest to zoom. On iPhone, you need to move both fingers away from the point of interest and try to keep it centered.

    So far, I think the iPhone’s got a smoother, snappier UI – but I’d say webOS has a more usable UI over both iPhone and Android

  3. says

    Given the big changes in the market right now, both in handsets and carriers, I think any kind of commitment anywhere is a bad idea. 2 years with AT&T sounds just as bad as 2 years with T-Mobile, as you describe. I’ve tried Android handsets, although not the Nexus One yet, and know that with time, they would make sense to me. The iPhone family I know well, having used an iPhone for nearly 18 months, and an iPod Touch well before that. I expect that Android’s current progress is not caught up with Apple, but given their newness, its exceptional on its own that the two are being held for direct competition. I wonder what the situation will be for both in 2 years. Today, Google seems to be making updates faster, even if Apple has a monstrous lead in apps.

  4. PXLated says

    Good post Danny – Even though the Android negatives just keep piling up the Apple haters & open system advocates so desperate to have an alternative just keep coming up with bogus reasons why Android is the cats meow.
    What really surprises me is that potential competitors (Google, HTC, Motorola, etc) have had so much time to study the iPhone (and its ecosystem) and they still can’t come up with something that measures up.

  5. says

    Danny,
    As to touch gestures in the browser, you might try the Dolphin Browser, free from the android marketplace. Pinch to zoom and other gestures seem to work very well.

  6. says

    Bang on, Danny, certainly lines up with my experiences today watching non-geek friends get to grips with both for the first time (both stepping up from moto rzrs – so a good lab test).
    Personally I carry an ipod touch for content consumption and a BBerry for content publishing (still feel like i need the keyboard, definitely need the robust exchange integration), so i’m really hoping a new device will “do everything” and get me down to carrying one thing. Was hoping the droid would be it (realized the non-keyboard nexus wouldn’t) but with Android right now i find lots of “logical smarts” but not enough “fuzzy intuitiveness”. Basically, it’s still too geeky.
    Having said all that, i’m sure they will get there. And probably quite soon. it’s a really exciting time.
    Also – agree with Louise above, locking into 2 years with current carrier models is a tough call. breakng contracts to stay on top of latest innovations that get licensed exclusively to other networks will be prohibatvely expensive. But it looks like Goog are going to blow that model to smitherines soon anyway (i.e. buy the phone, then chose a network – which is how it should be)

  7. says

    I’m an ex-iPhone user who now has a Droid. There are things that the iPhone does much better than Android does and the reverse is also true. However, to pick on a single application to prove your point that iPhone UI is better than Android UI is a bit silly, especially when you’re picking a highly polished, 3rd or 4th generation twitter application on the iPhone to compare it to a shitty Seesmic implementation on Android. I completely agree with you that iPhone applications are, on the whole, much more polished, but there can be huge advantages to having a dedicated back button and context menu for every app. It’s just up to the app developer to use them wisely, and that only takes time and iterations.

    What’s really stupid, and something that I’m surprised no one has brought up yet, is why Motorola and HTC decided to make the Android dedicated buttons touch-sensitive buttons rather than actual buttons. Touch sensitive buttons are nice when they need to change, but as they are, it’s annoyingly easy to accidentally touch and go to the home screen or a search bar when you’re just holding the phone.

  8. says

    Victor, I didn’t pick a single application. I picked three: one for twittering, one for email and one for browsing. The latter two are highly used by many people, I’d say — especially browsing. In all of them, so far, Android doesn’t measure up as easy to use. Not impossible to use. Not bad to use. Actually pretty good to use. But the iPhone is still better. It’s a case of good versus better to me, rather than awful versus better, if that makes sense.

    As for Seesmic specifically, OK — I can go back to the app that I used before Tweetie, Twitterific. It still had one touch writing, if I recall — and it wasn’t that mature of an app.

    I’ve seen this in other apps, too — that to do things, you often have to hit the menu button. That’s very, very Windows Mobile-esque. That there’s a menu options, so you program to use it. I suspect that this is part of how the app developers are reacting to the platform. There’s a menu options, I’d better tap into that button versus with the iPhone, you’ve got one dedicated button that pretty much is useless to the apps. So they don’t use it and think smarter (I’d say).

    But I’m not a programmer, and I sure as heck can’t speak for how app development is done on the iPhone versus Android with any expertise. I can only say how I see things as an end user.

  9. Tim says

    One reason why more Blackberries are sold than iPhones is because Blackberry users have a choice of whether to have a physical keyboard or not. Blackberry users have choice on how to interface with a Blackberry. For alot of people, not having a physical keyboard is a non-starter. Ultimately, giving customers a choice is a big factor in making a product successful. One of the reason why Macs are like 10% of the market is that users either have to accept what Jobs give to them or they can take a hike. With Windows, you can have a $300 netbook or a tricked out gaming monster, and everything in between. The big push for Android is just starting out, and with multiple OS flavors, physical configurations, UI’s, multiple manufacturers, users have choices. They chose Android over iPhone.

  10. says

    I saw your comment there and saw “Twitter” and “Email”. Then I searched and didn’t find any occurrences of either “gmail” or “twidroid”. On Android, Gmail is truly great and Twidroid is pretty good (one-click-post, no prob) and getting better with a refresh every week which is something that’s tough via the Apple store. These absences seem weird to me in the context of this piece, since those are the leading apps in each of those two spaces. What am I missing?

  11. PXLated says

    Tim, I think history shows that the major reason Macs are 10% is computing was driven by “business computing” (until recently) and the desktop business computer market was handed to Microsoft on a golden platter by IBM. There was no way any computer company (no matter their leader or business philosophy) was going to take a major percentage of the overall computer market once Microsoft was entrenched. As a side note, I’m sure Apple/Jobs are just fine with the 10% of computers since it’s the most profitable 10%. Eventually, they might also be happy with 10% of the overall worldwide phone market if it’s the top 10%. I think they’ll probably end up with a greater share than though.

  12. James says

    Using Tweetie on the iPhone and want to write a tweet? With the iPhone, the compose button is right there at the top of the screen:

    But for Android, you have to go down to the bottom and push the menu button.

    You realise this is a criticism of the Seesmic Twitter app’s UI, not Android itself, right?

  13. Imtiyaz Mulla says

    An interesting read, but to echo some other comments, you are criticising Seesmic rather than Android. Seesmic is pretty new app. Try Twidroid, its pretty mature and is very good and has single touch ‘compose’.

    If your point is that Android relies on the app developer to make sensible design choices, whereas the iphone doesn’t, I’m not sure that is right. Not being an iphone developer or user, I don’t know. Are there any iphone apps with bad ui’s? Bad design choices?

  14. says

    James, see my earlier comment about how apps seem to be written generally to overdepend on the menu button.

    Tim, I run Gmail through the Email app. I have a Gmail acct thru my own domain. I don’t believe the Gmail client can handle that. Twitdroid is a good example. I have that on my Android 1.5 phone and it does have one touch composing. Maybe I should switch back: ) But these are just some examples where Android simply feels more awkward than the iPhone. And I don’t expect everyone to agree with me. But I wanted to actually show some examples to counter the main notion. That anyone who finds Android awkward just needs a week of getting used to it. Again, I didn’t need a week to get used to the iPhone. Why would that argument makes sense for Android?

  15. says

    Thanks for wrinting this post Danny. It’s not always fun to read posts calling me out, but it does help identify things that I didn’t do a good job explaining or proving. I’m going to try addressing some of your concerns below.

    First off, I fully agree that the iPhone is easier to pick up than Android for your average consumer. I’d be far more comfortable handing an iPhone to my less tech-savvy friends than an Android device, because it really is more intuitive. On the other hand, I think Android has some things to offer to the people who can make it over that intital hump. I guess I’d compare it to the difference between a bike with training wheels and without them. One is safe for everyone, the other gives you a bit more freedom. (Please don’t take this as a shot against people using iPhones — I used one for years and am not trying to liken them to children. I just can’t think of a better analogy off the top of my head). In any case, your conclusion makes it sound like you share a similar sentiment.

    The point of my post wasn’t really to address which OS was more intuitive — I was trying to point out that there are benefits Android offers that may not be apparent until after you’ve gotten used to the phone. For me, those benefits outweigh any learning curve. Most of the reviews I’ve seen from longtime iPhone users don’t get that far. In fact, parts of your post sort of fall into the same trap. You’re calling out UI issues that you get used to within a few days. Nothing really underscores this for me more than your comparison of the Email applications. In my mind, the Gmail app on Android blows the iPhone’s Email app out of the water. I’m not the only person who feels that way (see Fred Wilson’s post from yesterday).

    Sure, you may have to hit the Menu button to access the ‘Compose’ option. You say this makes executing an action twice as annoying. I guess that might be true at first, but I’ve found that it becomes second nature. You just get used to it. My thumb may have to jump an extra half inch to access that menu, but I really don’t have to think about it any more. I probably wouldn’t have made this UI choice myself, but ultimately it just isn’t that hard to work around. The speed and features of the Gmail app are more than enough to overcome this for me.

    Regarding your point about Tweetie vs. Sessmic: you’re totally right. I don’t think the Seesmic app holds a candle to Tweetie yet. The navigation options should be at the bottom of the screen (as they are on Tweetie), where they’re close to my thumbs. The Compose option is stuck under Menu, likely because that’s how Gmail works and Seesmic is trying to maintain consistency, but I still wish it was always visible. I like Tweetie better.

    To your point about not being able to try the phone out, I don’t think anyone can really figure out if a phone is right for them in the store. Perhaps they can tell if the form factor is alright or if the phone’s UI is so confusing that they could never possibly understand it, but I think the 2-4 week take home period is pretty key. Which is what the Nexus One offers.

    As for browsing, I agree with most of your points. Multi-touch would be nice, but that’s apparently being held up with patent issues so we have to deal without it. The soft zoom buttons offered are okay, and the double tap usually get the job done. But I certainly wish I had multitouch. It’s one of those gripes that I alluded to in my original post that make Android far from perfect, but those pros (awesome Gmail, multitasking, etc.) outweigh them.

    As to your issue with the magnifying glass, that’s actually a standard icon for search in the entire Mac ecosystem. If you look at your iPhone and try to access a search function, you’ll see that it has a magnifying glass icon on it. The same is true for Mac OS X, where the magnifying glass is used for Spotlight search. Android is far from the first to use this, and Google probably adopted it to make Mac/iPhone users feel a bit more comfortable with the OS.

    Anyway, I think your post is right about a lot of things. The iPhone is more intutive and polished. But i still think that Android has more to over once you get used to it.

  16. says

    Dang, quite a few typos in that. “More to offer” should be the last line. That’s what I get for writing a comment at 2 AM and not running spell check, ugh.

  17. says

    Don’t use Seesmic, it’s easy.

    For Android you must to use Twittandroid, TwitteRide or Swift.
    In this twitter’s clients you can write in one step, like iPhone.

  18. says

    Three things (from the perspective of a former WM user who was an early Android adopter and who has briefly tried out the iPhone):

    1. I seem to recall getting to grips with my G1 instantly – hardly any learning curve at all. I am aware though that it is easy to forget small teething problems that one got over very quickly. There may well have been some for me and I suspect if there were some for Danny with his iPhone, he has since forgotten as he claims he was sold on it in an hour.

    2. I think I would find having to go back to the home screen every time I wanted to launch a new app (as I believe you have to do with the iPhone) a lot more annoying than having to click a menu button to find a compose button. The latter as Jason points out becomes second nature and indeed has a benefit in that it increases screen real estate. Who’s to say having the compose button in one-click is more of a benefit than that? I will tell you who – the developer, which leads nicely to my next point.

    3. The Twidroid app actually has its compose button on-screen. It’s up to the developer which options they want on screen vs those they want to hide away under a menu. It is understandable that Danny picked an app that underscores his point but I think it is important to note that this is not something that the OS imposes in any way. How can it then be faulted for it? I mean since when is having a menu a bad thing?

    By the way, I find it incredible that Danny suggests that multi-tasking is not a big deal and yet multi-touch is. Personally I think double tapping to zoom is a more natural gesture than pinching – but I totally admit that this is a preference thing. Multi-tasking on the other hand is a deal breaker as far as I’m concerned. How can being able to switch seamlessly between apps not be an option in this day and age of computing? Oh and please don’t get me started on apps not running in the background.

  19. says

    Where Android shines for me is in the integration to Google.

    If you’re not a Google user – then Android devices tend to be more of a puzzle than pleasure to use.

    After struggling to integrate Gmail to my iPhone using IMAP (slow and laggy on my 3GS) and then the rarely working 100% Google Sync (perhaps the worst performing “beta” ever from Google) I made the leap to Android.

    Android shines in the integration to Gmail (and related items such as calendar and contacts). The use of Google Voice is (for those of us carrying two or more mobile phones) just great — no more having to contact people when I add a phone to my arsenal.

    There’s also other areas where I’ve enjoyed the Android experience:

    - Notifications are not as obtrusive on Android
    - Background applications seem to actually work (iow not many hung battery sucking tasks)
    - Web browsing (while not equal to iPhone it’s not bad and certainly far superior in my view than to BlackBerry)
    - Being able to chose from more than one carrier
    - Being able to chose from “unapproved” apps like Google Voice

  20. says

    Danny,
    Ever considered using a Blackberry? (Storm – If touch is the preference)
    I know that the bundled OS browser does suck, but it does have an excellent intuitive User Interface

    I too agree with many here that a non-stock application (twitter) shouldn’t have been picked up for comparison.Do concur on the Email/Browsing app, since this is something bundled with OS

    There are certain things that can be controlled by the OS Developer SDK; however when it comes to User Interface, at best you see only the User Interface guideline document.

  21. says

    I’m sorta with you on this.

    It’s the same reason I don’t use Macs. After about an hour of trying to use one as my primary computer, I’ve set it on fire and thrown it off a building, and gone back to Linux or Windows to get some actual productive work done.

  22. says

    Danny, Great review. Thanks so much. I was “burned” by the first android phone, the G1, had a horrible experience. Still recovering.
    Yes, T-Mobile service sucks. My wife switched from t-mobile to AT&T is so much happier, and AT&T is not that great either, but so much better than T-mobile.

    Small note/correction on the phones pic.
    “My primary phone is that iPhone on the right, a 3G version from”
    I think that should be “left” instead of “right”

  23. says

    > Yeah, checked. The Gmail app can’t handle Gmail thru Google Apps.

    I think you should try that again. My own domain is hosted on GAFYD. The GMail app on my Android phone has multiple accounts configured, both my gmail.com account and my personal domain. It works.

  24. says

    While I’m inclined to agree, for now, I’d have to suggest that we should all be aware that things change/improve in the tech arena all the time.

    Also, there’s another direction people may be arriving from when they consider buying an android…. which may not have the same comparative issues as an apple user would find.

  25. RosarioM says

    Three things that make Android (Droid more than N1 right now) infinitely better than the iPhone:

    1. The network.

    2. If you don’t like the email app, the browser, or any other core application, you can write your own with your own interface. Google will not prevent you from installing it or even publishing it for profit. Whereas Apple prevents you from installing it on the phone that you bought and supposedly own.

    3. Native Google Voice.

  26. Deathwish238 says

    Yes the iPhone is simpler and more intuitive. Its much easier to achieve this when you present your audience with no options. When everything is chosen for you, what can lead to confusion or raise questions? So yes, some things take an extra press…but with it comes customization that simply cannot be found on an iPhone.

    At the same time, many things take longer to execute on an iPhone, like toggling your wifi or quickly checking your email in the middle of using another app.

    It all comes with tradeoffs. I’ll take options over a dumbed down OS anyday.

  27. jake says

    Do this. Go to vacation, rent a car, put your Droid (or N1) on your dashboard and start Google navigation. Press Home button and start Pandora at the same time running in the background. Alternatively, start some internet radio station (I am not from US so I listen to my home country radio station over internet). Go back to Google navigation (it is in your notification area one click away). Drive. Enjoy the music. There is no apparently for that. Except on Android.

    And I bet Seesmic guys will add that compose button on the top so you can start talking about Android itself, not individual Android apps. Android apps and their UI will catch up, but Android itself is by far superior than iPhones OS. Individual apps are still not (e.g. Tweetie on iPhones is better than Seesmic on Android. But nothing in Android prevents Tweetie to release exactly the same looking apparently as on iPhones.

  28. Jim says

    Fairly good points, but I feel yyou compared the wrong apps. TwiDroid is a way more developed Android app with that all needed compose button (note, i have used Seesmic with not a problem). I do agree that Android’s stock email app isn’t the best. But fot GOOGLE users (IE I use gmail, gcal, gdocs, glife whatever) Android just syncs WAYYYYY better than iPhone (note, now for anyone with yahoo email Android does an absolutely horrendous job).

    The big issue with ATT, in my opinion, is the price. Sprint and TMobile both have better monthly plans. Granted Verizon has the best network, but for many people with either A. not the best credit or B. not high incomes android may be the best option.

  29. PXLated says

    Mark – Please don’t do it in public, if you can help it. And please try not to get any on your droidy fanfoby friends ;-)

  30. says

    Jason, I love your writing generally, and I thought you definitely had a valid point. It can be hard to grab something for a few minutes and say oh, it doesn’t work like this other thing I know, it sucks. I’ve gone through that time and again. I just felt I had a unique experience going from Windows Mobile to the iPhone, where I didn’t need transition time at all.

    I totally agree on the training wheels front. I had a friend who I wanted to get into a smartphone earlier this year. I looked around at the options. In the end, the iPhone was the safe, easy solution for him.

    I’m glad the Gmail app is so great. But I don’t use Gmail. Or to be clear, I used Gmail — the version that Google offers through the Google Apps program. But the Gmail app on Google’s own Nexus One phone can’t handle that. So whatever goodness it has for me and other Google Apps users, I don’t know it. But I do know that the two major activities I use my iPhone are browsing and email. On email, they’re both about equally good. On browsing, I just don’t see how much more it’s going to take for me to get use to the Nexus One making me push those damn little zoom buttons to focus in and out. I know the patent issues are hobbling them on this. I hope they find a way around it.

    Ideatagger, yeah, you’d think multitasking would be a bigger deal. I guess maybe because cell phone screens are so small, I’m not thinking multitasking. Here’s an example. I wanted to tweet and article yesterday. So I had to copy the URL from the browser (which is a pain compared to the iPhone). Then I had to go to bit.ly, shrinking it, then switch over to Seesmic. Now with multitasking, I dunno, on a computer I’d have two windows open and flip between them. On my Android, it’s open one app, then go to the other app. On the iPhone, it’s the same thing. I’m just not encountering a case so far where it felt things work as you’d think they should. I’ll play with it more. The best example was listening to music and working on something else. But I can do that on the iPhone already.

    Wayne, where Android doesn’t shine is also its integration with Google. I’ll do a longer look at this in the future — but the phone really wants you to have a Google Account. You have to have one. And it wants you to use Latitude. And it wants you to share your search history, which is then stored in your Google Account. And there are plenty of people nervous enough about Google to not want their phone suggesting it should do all this tracking. And this is from someone who spends huge amounts of time debunking stupid Google conspiracy theories. If it struck me that way, I just wonder how it will feel to others over time.

    Venu, never used a Blackberry. When I see people on them, I feel like I’m watching a web users on AOL. They seem so old-fashioned and un-smartphone like. And yet, they’re selling really well apparently. So I should play.

    Doug, I’ve said this like three times now, including in the actual review. I’ll do it once more. Then if you or anyone says “you only looked at one app. You’ve only looked at two apps,” I’ll write you off as Android fanboys who didn’t read the article.

    1) Jason argued that you needed time to fully appreciate Android. That was his main point. My main point was that I needed little time to “get used” to the iPhone coming from Windows Mobile. So if Android was a more intuitive operating system (and overall smartphone environment), I shouldn’t need so much time. And yet, apparently I and others do, as Jason argued. To me, that makes the point that the iPhone is more intuitive.

    2) To try and go the extra mile, I showed screenshots from two apps, one of them which is the NATIVE email app as part of the phone. I also explained issues with the browsing experince. Email and browsing are huge parts of my smartphone experience. I think they are huge parts of anyone. So saying “you only talked about browsing” is like saying I felt a TV wasn’t very good because it had a bad picture, and you’re saying, “you didn’t mention the sound.” It’s a TV. The picture had better be awesome. I also was giving a few examples of awkwardness I’ve found over all. Top of my head, copy and paste is awkward. Trying to go directly into some text to edit it is a huge pain compared to the press and hold option on the iPhone. And you really need a good implementation, because when the voice recognition does a 90% accuracy of what you said, losing so much time editing it because of bad edit select makes you wish you hadn’t wasted playing with the voice recognition at all.

    Victor, the G1 is so far removed from the Nexus One (and probably the Droid) not to mention Android 1.5 phones as not to be funny. Definitely look again at Android if you need and alternative. Don’t let that G1 experience make you think that’s how things are now.

    DGentry, I’ll look again. I think it’s complicated by the fact that I have a Google Account that’s also in the name of my hosted account. It sure would be a lot easier if Google wouldn’t ask for a Google Account name for hosted accounts but instead acted like it understood there were some. It’s the same with with the standard email app. They can’t autoconfigure a Google hosted account. You have to do it manually — on your Google phone, that’s disappointing.

    RosarioM, if the network is the problem, that doesn’t make the Android better. That makes Verizon better (and I agree). But point taken. Sadly, we have to make some of our decisions based on the network that hosts these devices.

    As for “write your own interface,” um — seriously? You think the owner of a phone, if they don’t like the way it works, should write their own programs for it? I don’t think most people are programmers who are capable of this. But I appreciate deeply that Android is not limiting what can go on the phone in the way the iPhone does (at least in general — I think there’s still some filtering that happens in the Android market itself).

    As for native Google Voice, I don’t use GV. Playing with it. Agreed — if you love this, having an Android phone probably makes a lot of sense.

    Deathwish238, I’ve just never found it that slow to switch between one app to check my email on my iPhone. I mean, I’ll be rollerblading and looking at tweets on my phone, then switch to email, then to my browser, then back to tweets.

    Jake, I own a dedicated GPS. So when I go on vacation, I put that GPS on the window, then for music, I turn on the radio. And it all works fine.

    But yes, the GPS on Android is much better. I said that in my write up. And I know first hand how useful it is to have a GPS with you all the time. I use the iPhone version often when I’m traveling. I’m pretty sure if I really wanted to have music playing, I can have iTunes playing the many songs i have on the iPhone already without having to go to Pandora to prove how I can have music and GPS as the same time on the same phone.

    Mark, I’m not an iPhone fanboy. Perhaps you missed me explaining I’m no fan of Apple when you rushed to the comment field to post your DroidBoy rebuttal.

    Seriously, I’m not looking for knee-jerk fanboy reactions from either “side.” I am interested in thoughtful comments — and I really appreciate many of them I’ve received. Again to Jason, I really get the point he was making in his original article. I had an opposite gut reaction over the time to adjust idea that I wanted to share. And I’ll say again. It’s not Android=bad and iPhone=good. It’s more — for me — that Android=very good and iPhone=excellent for the things I typically do.

  31. says

    Ah, so Gmail can deal with my hosted account. Here’s the deal, and why I don’t feel so stupid.

    See, the Gmail app says to enter your Google account name. A hosted account is NOT a Google Account. Your email address in a hosted account does not also just magically work as a Google Account name. But I tried entering my email address on the hosted account, then the password for that, which then worked. Which is great — but you’d think Google would explain that better.

    And really first impressions? I’m not a fan of Gmail’s conversation view. So the Gmail app mainly seems different from the main email app by showing conversation views. So I’m not that blown away by it or the fact that even in the Gmail app, you have to Menu to then get to a Compose window. But I’ll try it more — and I totally get some people love conversation view.

  32. says

    Danny, there should be a Share (this page) option in your browser. I say ‘should’ because I’m on a different Android build to yours. When you click it, you get to choose which app you want to use to share the page – e.g. Facebook, Twidroid, ReadItLater, Beelicious (a delicious interface app) etc. If I choose Twidroid, it opens up in the Compose view and the url is automatically shortened.

    The Share option is hidden behind a menu though so you might not like it :-) But seriously, that is one option that I think should be on-screen.

  33. Will C says

    Wrt the iPhone, Android’s weakest point is text editing. Highlighting text by word and phrase is so hard it’s hardly worth it. And copy/paste is inconsistent across various text boxes. I use both the Droid and iPhone and pretty much go to the Droid for everything except text editing, it’s just worlds better on the iPhone.

    Danny’s point about multitasking, though, is a bit silly. What’s the equivalent of running Twidroid, Greader, Task manager, Google Nav in the background and getting notified in real-time in the notification bar? And also, if we’re nitpicking about number of screen taps, Where’s this screenshot? I’m in Twidroid, I go to the browser, done now want to go back to Twidroid: press “back” – one tap. I’m in Tweetie, then to Safari, now want to go tweet again: press home button, press Tweetie – two taps.

    If you’re going to base half your article’s space on arguing screen taps but don’t include the above use scenario, what are you doing?

  34. says

    Great post on why the Nexus One isn’t the next big thing/iPhone replacement. I echo the other commenter’s thoughts that I WANT Android to be better, but it still isn’t there. I as well came from the Windows Mobile world. I mocked the iPhone when it didn’t have 3G, but as soon as the iPhone 3G came out I did switch over and have become a WinMo hater ever since. While I have much disdain for the closed nature of Apple’s mobile OS you have to admit it is better than Windows Mobile (despite recent improvements). I am just hoping that Android comes around soon. I think in another year it might be there, but not yet.

    In addition, Google’s phone “store” is anything but revolutionary. You have been able to buy unlocked phones since forever in specialty stores. You just pay the un-subsidized price, just as with the Google store.

  35. Dave says

    “One reason why more Blackberries are sold than iPhones is because Blackberry users have a choice of whether to have a physical keyboard or not.”

    I think one of the reasons there are more Blackberries than iPhones is because corporate IT departments do not want to support iPhones. I was recently given a Blackberry Curve for work and I’m really not liking the keyboard. The keys are so tiny it’s easy for me to hit multiple keys at once. On my iPhone even if I do hit a wrong key in a word it often gives me the word I’m trying to type, I hit space and keep moving. The other reason is that corporate decision makers have decided on the Blackberry and they don’t want to have to think about swapping to another platform. They’ve gotten comfortable with the Blackberry and if anyone else wants to use something that’s more user friendly, well that’s too bad. Companies have money tied up in Blackberries and it’s easier to recycle them to another user than to update their equipment. Again, I’ve experienced this first hand because I’ve got a hand me down Blackberry. So, I carry two phones now, my company Blackberry and my personal iPhone. Luckily my bluetooth headset will pair to both of them and I can take calls on either phone. Although I can not switch between calls on the two different phones. I pray for the day Apple comes out with a dual SIM phone (no not that butcher job on YouTube) and my company decides to wake up and support the iPhone.

  36. says

    @Danny Sullivan

    I use the Gmail app for my Google Apps for your Domain account. It was set up that way automatically when I signed into the phone with my Google Acccount. Works great.

  37. says

    Thanks Danny for this realistic review of the Nexus One. You could have just posted the screenshots of trying to do things as that has won my support to continue with my iPhone 2G for at least another year.

  38. Sam says

    You mentioned having to go to bit.ly to shorten the URL for Seesmic on Android. I’ve only used Twidroid for my Twitter app on my Android phones (G1, now Nexus One), but Twidroid auto-shortens URLs for you, saving you a step. I don’t know why Seesmic doesn’t do this.

    If you aren’t a GV user like I am (I only give that number out unless people need/want to send me MMS messages, the only real flaw with GV right now), then I can see how it isn’t a selling point for an Android phone. But, for people like me, who use our GV number as our primary number, well Apple’s stern refusal to allow an official GV app on the iPhone (“waaaaa! it changes how something looks!”… coupled with the fact that the iPhone is on AT&T– who I will NEVER do business with again)… well, that sort of does the same thing for us with the iPhone. It’s a deal breaker for us if we can’t use our GV account in the way we’d want to– and are able to do on other phones (and not just Android phones, Blackberry phones, as well)– through an official GV app.

    I’m actually a hardcore Mac fan. I love how Apple does a lot of things. But with the iPhone and, quite honestly, the iPhone fanbois, I get tired of it. And you’ll always hear the iPhone fanbois saying shit like “mutimedia and games are better on the iPhone!” and I reply with things like “get an iPod/Zune/etc. or DSi/PSP” as well as “how’s that non-replaceable battery? How about that non-upgradable memory? How’s AT&T’s shitty service (granted, a lot of people complain about T-Mobile, too, but where I live and travel, service hasn’t been an issue, where when I was on AT&T I couldn’t get service inside my house)?”

    It’s not the iPhone I hate, it’s the fanbois and AT&T. Otherwise I would have had an iPhone a long time ago. But, since I have been using Android for a year, well, I like it. And Android 2.1, with FaceBook integration, Picasa web integration, GV integration, etc. and the sheer sexiness of the Nexus One all make me glad I have and love my Nexus One.

  39. Michael Pitogo says

    Personally I think the iPhone has a pretty good future and the primary reasons for this are because of platform stability. The iPhone has evolved steadily since 1.0 to the current 3.0 and I’m pretty sure they won’t stand still with 4.0 and beyond with the complementary hardware to match. Upgrading to the next version is as easy as getting another phone popping in a sim card and synching. Android is fractured all over with no clear and easy path to upgrade from one device to another. G1 users know this pain. I’m looking forward to the next version knowing the upgrade will be easy and the experience the same with additional features and enhanced performance.

  40. TechGuru_Japan says

    I really liked the Droid mainly because of the multitasking but cannot STAND the camera ! Even though it is higher megapixel and has a flash, it takes terrible grainy, dark pictures and is very slow compared to the iPhone. I wish they would improve the camera software because it is beginning to look like megapixels isn’t everything WHEN it comes to phone cameras. The gmail app on the Droid is also subpar. My main gripe is the terrible camera. iPhone’s camera is still way better.

  41. Sam says

    “Android is fractured all over with no clear and easy path to upgrade from one device to another. G1 users know this pain. I’m looking forward to the next version knowing the upgrade will be easy and the experience the same with additional features and enhanced performance.”

    Um, G1 users can upgrade easily. As long as their contacts are synced to their Google account. I upgraded with no problem.

  42. says

    Danny,

    I came here through TechMeme because I saw Jason’s article on TechCrunch. The quality of comments here is great, and so is your ongoing participation with the discussion.

    To beleager the deceased horse, I think you should compare the best-in-class third party Twitter apps. I don’t even have an Android phone yet but from being on Twitter and reading blogs and tech coverage, I know that Twidroid is considered the best by most people. The two apps a commenter mentioned look promising as well.

    A point I don’t think you’ve really addressed that I think Jason brought up in his original post isn’t whether the iPhone is pretty darn intuitive for the basics for most people or going from a feature phone or pre-iPhone era smartphone is easy.

    I think Jason’s point is that a lot of tech reviewers love their iPhones and they need more than a few days of regular, main-phone usage to unlearn their trained & instinctual responses to a gestured-based GUI.

    In linguistics, there’s a term for words that seem similar and have similar etymologies in different languages — cognates. When you’re mastering a new language that’s similar to one you already know (such as Spanish and French), the cognates can help you learn vocabulary much more rapidly than a newcomer without a similar background.

    A problem, though, is when you run into the faux amis/amigos falsos (false friends) that look and sound similar in both languages but mean very different things. For instance, in English we say “actually” to mean truthful or surprising. In Spanish actual means current or up to date and actuellment in French means currently or at the moment.

    When learning a human language, these false friends can be just as frustrating as the cognates are helpful.

    I think switching between an iPhone and an Android is going to be similar. You’re not jumping from Windows Mobile to the iPhone, which is so radically different (like German to Chinese) you have no pre-conceptions about gestures to let go of to appreciate the switch. With Android, there is. One thing I noticed with iPhones is that double-tapping in Safari tends to open links I don’t want, so pinching is more important. When I use Android phones, double tapping never makes that happen, so pinching in the browser isn’t as important.

    I’ve played with both the iPhones and Droids of friends. Honestly, some things about the visual touching stuff is great and some of it drives me batty. I feel like a n00b when I try to take a photo of a friend with their iPhone and I can’t open the app, and when I do, I keep refocusing the picture by pressing on their face rather than tapping the correct icon.

    One thing you haven’t touched on in your micro review is notifications. With my Curve, when I get a text message or email, the light on the unit blinks red. When I have my Curve on the table at a meeting and the screen is lit, I can see that I have a text. If I hand my Curve to a friend to use or see look up something, they might notice a sound or vibration when I receive a text message, but they don’t see anything else.

    My friends with iPhones, on the other hand, hand me their phones and if I’m trying to take a photo or read a movie showtime, etc., I will see the text message and be able to read its contents and who it’s from. If I’m pinching or tapping, it’s very easy to make the notification go away. If two texts come in at the same time, it gets very confusing very fast.

    As most civilian consumers with iPhones use texting features a lot, this seems like a major device feature that is worse than Android. It doesn’t seem as though there’s a native way to improve notifications without jailbreaking.

    The Android OS, on the other hand, seems much more elegant and unobtrusive.

    The lack of the obtrusiveness of the iPhone text notifications isn’t going to be appreciated necessarily in the first day or the first hour after unboxing when reviewers cover the iPhone — especially if they’re not using it for their main phones.

    Amazing technophile bloggers like Robert Scoble for whom at times Twitter-Is-All probably would weigh Tweetie’s amazingness over native inferior with text message notifications, but the average consumer probably doesn’t care as much about Twitter as text message.

    I would like to see you write a follow-up article after using your Nexus One as your main phone for two weeks as Jason suggests. He still thinks the iPhone is great, etc., etc. but maybe some of the points he’s making will sit better with you after you’ve gone through an immersion.

  43. says

    Will (and Gib), notifications aren’t a big deal to me. I kind of don’t want them. I don’t want my apps constantly going out and checking on stuff and flooding me with alerts. I want them to update when I damn well tell them to update :)

    In part, I prefer that to preserve battery life. In part, that’s just me. When I want to know something, I check. For those who want constant notification, perhaps Android is a superior platform.

    As for your issue about the taps to read something in Twitdroid and how that’s less taps than the iPhone. Well, the scenario for me tends to be like this. I’m in Tweetie. There’s a URL I want to read that’s been tweeted. I click on it. A new screen within Tweetie comes up with the story. I don’t need to tap out of Tweetie. Alternatively, I’m in Tweetie then decide I want to read something, but I have no back. Really no big deal to me. I hit home, tap Safari, I’m there. Yep, with Android that’s one tap of I was in my browser. And if I hold home, and if the browser was a recent running app, I save a little time, I suppose.

    Dave, thanks for the thoughts on the Blackberry and corporate environments. That was really educational and useful to learn.

    Brandon, Gmail App totally worked for me once I understood that my Gmail For Domains address was also a Google Account. Even though they aren’t, which is confusing :)

    Sam, Apple was idiotic on Google Voice. Cost them among other things the support of someone like Michael Arrington. I say again what I said above. I don’t like the closed-minded approach Apple has. I really look forward to a better alternative to the iPhone. Android is getting there. Just for me, not quite. Clearly for many people, it already is — and has come far in a really short period of time.

    Robert, intuitive to me means I don’t have to figure out how to use something. If that drives you crazy as a designer, well, meet your audience. That’s me. Some apps, I don’t have to think about. That’s intuitive to me, as a user of an app. Call it ironic or whatever you want. That’s what I think a designer should be aiming for, an app I don’t have to study to use.

    On Seesmic, and to anyone else who wants to raise it, got the point. It’s a sucky app. As I also keep saying, email and browse still feel clunky, using the native apps. And you know, native apps are important. If I have so spend a lot of time tracking down something that’s improving a bad experience to what’s built into the phone, that’s time wasted. But again, overall, I simply find the Android to be a more clunky interface to what I get on the iPhone. It did not take me much time to adjust to the iPhone from Windows Mobile. It shouldn’t take that much time for anyone to adjust to Android from the iPhone. If you have to give it a week to really get it, I again think that’s a sign it’s not as smooth an operating system as it might be.

    Gib, I totally agree, other aspects like text messaging and placing calls are also really important. Neither of these phones lives or dies, for the most part, on the ability to tweet.

    I do expect to write more about the Nexus One. As I said, there are lots of really nice things to it, also.

  44. says

    Nice overall review. As someone who has worked in UI development in the past, I’ve learnt that everyone has their own opinion on how the UIs should work. You obviously have yours (mostly good, IMO).

    While I am neutral to the iPhone vs Android discussions, I get a bit disappointed when I don’t see the Palm OS thrown in the mix when doing such comparisons. I know the it’s very limited in supplies, but I really hope more people discover how well it stacks up with the “big guys”.

  45. Jack says

    Hi

    Nice job…however there is one thing that you do not mention here. An android phone willl never be as easy to get used to as an Iphone. Why? Because it’s more complicated and you can do a lot to “design” your own phone…..

    To me it is expected that the nexus takes a bit longer to get used to…..what about you?

  46. says

    Very useful review…I am using iPhone for the past 3 years..but now I wish to use Nexus one..any info when it is coming to India?

  47. Apostol Apostolov says

    Android’s reasoning behind the double-click UI aestetics is rooted in its legacy support. When Android came to life, it was supposed to support all types of mobile handset input methods, with emphasis on physical keyboards. It was supposed to be backward compatible to T9 even, with HTC producing a T9 Android budget model this year. The heavy reliance on physical buttons is detrimential to the experience IMHO, so Android might recognize that in 3.0 and move away from the reliance on physical buttons, one can only hope.

  48. Tom says

    A lot of people seem to have missed that Gmail works great in the browser, and that’s definitely the way to do it on the iPhone. Do not use the Mail client. Just go to Gmail in mobile Safari, press the “+” plus sign and tap “Add to Home Screen”.

    Web-based Gmail gives you more than the Mail app:
    ~threaded messages
    ~one-touch archiving
    ~shows labels and allows you to label manually
    ~shows personal indicators
    ~allows you to mark w/star, report spam, mute
    ~has a navbar for calendar, docs, more

    Threaded messages and archiving are super important — you shouldn’t lose those by using the Mail client.

    One thing you give up is push notification and unread badge count, but I get way too many emails to care about those.

  49. Aj says

    I was a long time Iphone user and just got the Droid. And i will say i am an Android convert.

    First of all, I cant believe one of the biggest used examples on this article is how you have to click ONE more item to do something. If you ahd to click like 8 different menu items to go back or to compose, ok sure…but your telling me its worse cause I have to click menu then compose as opposed to compose.
    Not to mention the fact that is a developers choice. The android version can easily have a dedicated one button compose or back if it wanted. Its a software issue the developer can chose to implement.
    And personally I prefer the menu->compose better then just a compose button cause its more “ordered” and universal and less cluttered on the screen. I know on android i can click the menu button and find what i need and not hunt the screen for an option depending on where the developer decided to put the button which can be different from one program to another.

    As for multi task..after having it i CAN NOT go back to iphone.
    When i am doing something in the browser…or using a flickr app…or a paint program to do some touchups or filters on my photos, I can easily open another program..do something else..and go back to the original program and its still there exactly how I left it. It doesnt auto close like in iphone. For instance, i can be listening to music on pandora…while adding a color filter to my photo i took using the photoshop app..then remember “oh crud, i was gonna move a specific movie to the top of my netflix que”…open my netflix app..do what i want..long press my home button and go back to photoshop from the list..and back to what i was doing.

    I agree there are benefits to both. But the few benefits the iphone has is time based…the reason the apps are polished is like others pointed out, most of them are 3-4th versions…they have had time to spruce it up. The android app store is still starting out..but has some amazing apps already. And more each day.

  50. Casper Bang says

    I am a little confused as to what you are evaluating; is it the hardware, the OS or specific applications? In general, the Android interface is optimized to give the user maximum screen real-estate which is why activity stuff is often “hidden” behind the menu button.

    Also, I don’t see what’s so natural about iPhone’s breadcrumb “back” button. It’s hard and unnatural to move your thumb all the way op to the top left side of the screen, at least that’s what I found when using the iPhone.

    Last but not least, Android is geared towards multitasking, handling many applications running at the same time – which the iPhone can’t do at all. Android is still not as mature, the iPhone OS has a 1½ year advantage. However I am finding that Google is closing that gap fast.

  51. agentM says

    You are comparing two operating systems by showing programs implemented in each operating system. It’s like comparing Linux to Windows by show the Office applications for each system, when one application is more mature and better funded. As a mobile application developer I can do everything you showed on the iPhone in virtually any other mobile platform (Android, Palm, Window Mobile, etc). It’s up to the developer to design the UI not the OS. Apple and Google have nothing to do with the application design. True, Android does have dedicated buttons which don’t take up screen real estate. This can be an advantage or disadvantage depending on how you look at it. The back and search buttons are great on Android and very easy to reach from your thumb. As a developer I like that way it pops activities off the stack when using the back button, which is nice to not have to program for. Clearly the Nexus one which buried the Compose option in the menu showed more records on the screen, since they weren’t taken up by always visible buttons on the iPhone app.

    However the Android developer could have made buttons that looked exactly the same as the iPhone buttons, but the reverse is not true. I tend to subscribe more to the philosophy of not burying options in menus. I’m also a web application developer and don’t like using menus in my web applications either for usability reasons as you mentioned. The iPhone forces this design decision on the developer which in a way is a good thing, but it does come at a huge price of screen space, taking the option away from the developer, which could be very useful as applications become more complex on mobile devices.

    As far as development efficiency, Windows Mobile is the easiest and is way more productive than iPhone or Android, probably because it is the most mature right now. It has the disadvantage of forcing you to develop on Windows. iPhone forces you to develop on a Mac (which sucks even more for commercial developers who are more likely to run Windows or Linux on the PC). Android has some weird design decisions that make it hard to write reusable components, such as forcing you to attach context menus to a View from the Activity, strange layout components, and generally immature components. This will improve in future SDKs.

    Regarding blackberries: I’m making a mobile web app for one of my clients right now and they originally asked me to program a JAVA app for the BlackBerry, but I convinced them to go for a web app so we could support Android, Palm, and iPhone and to easy deployment. When I asked how many BlackBerries they had, they told me they had 40,000…
    :-O Now Blackberries on the other hand is something that is easier to pick on. Those are clearly not up to par with iPhone, Android, or WM and have the worst web browser that I have ever seen. Worse than IE5.

    Anyways when it comes down to it each environment has it’s strength’s and weaknesses. Windows Mobile is great for business and barcode apps in the corporate world and excels in productivity for IT applications. iPhone is a cute interface typical of Apple products which appeals to end Users, that want to use the phone for social networking. Android is more desirable to developers who want to play with all the fun hardware toys in their phones, design new media playing applications, and be free of big brother Apple trying to tell them what to do.

  52. cez says

    iPhone is old *simple*
    By comparing iphone with Nexus One is like comparing Xbox360 with Nintendo Wii, they are built for different focus in mind.

    I m one of those people who want to have a powerful and fast processor, a large memory, a clear LCD screen, a good camera with flash, a upgradable SD Card, a replaceable batter, a customizable system, and a gadget that does straight forward cloud sync over my emails, contacts, music, bookmarks, favourites. and iPhone s in no way near what I m looking for.

    I dont play a lot of games on my phone.and I find the cloud sync features other than email on iphone as good as none. Oh, I dont use iTune either despite having 2 Mac at home, instead I use Spotify, that makes the ipod feature useless to me.

    I also think I will more likely suffer from identity crisis by using an iPhone since it seems about every other person on the street has got one of these.

    And the bottomline is iPhone is an outdated technology. People might well choose to be old fashioned and conservative, and stick with iPhone, there s nothing wrong with that. I for one will not consider it at all, unless perhaps they release a newer version that at least match the spcs of Nexus One.

  53. JJ says

    Well, that has got to be one of the worst reviews I’ve ever read……
    For starters the iPhone is the one on the LEFT! Also you didn’t like the fact you couldn’t type on screen with the G1? Er….. it has a soft keyboard as well as a hard keyboard?

    Also you quote ” But you know, you guess once or twice, and then you know. I rarely struggle trying to understand how to use my iPhone apps even though they might not have some dedicated buttons in all the “same” places”

    Really? The Android phone has EXACTLY the same ‘cancel’ icon, how can you guess on the iPhone but not find it as simple on the Android.

    A completely pointless and lame review – FYI, I own an iPhone 3GS….. tsk, tsk.

    Give the Android a few months and our iPhones will look a lot humbler…

  54. says

    AJ, if the iPhone mainly has a time-based benefit, in that you can do things faster because the operating system and apps for it are more polished, that’s a huge benefit. That’s a primary reason I left Windows Mobile (which had multitasking itself) for the iPhone. I understand Android is newer. I said that in my article, and that I expected it to improve. It just not there yet for me. I suspect it’s not there yet for many people. And the idea that you should have to just live with Android for a week to really “get it” when I didn’t need to live with the iPhone for a week is my main argument — not the having to click and extra menu items. But you know, I think people are just bypassing that to gravitate and fixate on a few screenshot examples I showed to further back some of this up. Skip the specific examples entirely — the main point still stands perfectly well.

    Casper, I was comparing the experience of going from one smartphone (Windows Mobile) to another (the iPhone) and how little transition that tool based on the overall experience, the OS and the Apps. I agree. The gap between Android and the iPhone is closing fast.

    agentM, first, as I keep saying, I’m primarily comparing the fact that I didn’t need to “live” with my iPhone to understand it was better than Windows Mobile, so I should feel like I need to “live” with Android to understand it’s better than the iPhone. I totally agree that if you do live with Android for a week, you’ll learn how to do many of the things you might find frustrating if you’re coming from the iPhone. But as I didn’t have to do this from WinMob to iPhone, it suggests to me that Android still isn’t as polished as an overall experience.

    In terms of the specific apps, I talked about three: Seesmic, Email and browsing. Got the point, Seesmic sucks. Twitdroid doesn’t have the problems I showed. Email, while an app, is native to the Android. It doesn’t seem as polished as I illustrated. Browsing is nowhere near as pleasant an experience as on the iPhone, using native app to native app. I think that’s important, especially to me, as browse is one of the major activities I do on my phone.

    I appreciate your developer perspective. It confirms that because iPhone kind of limits the buttons you use, you’re forced to perhaps think more about what buttons you soft create and when and where you show them. I recognize that has disadvantages, as well.

    Cez, I’ll write you off as an Android fanboy. Sorry. the iPhone isn’t old, unless you think a six month hardware gap is THAT old. Actually, old is also arguably good. The iPhone isn’t old — it’s mature. A more grown up operating system that Android wants to be.

    Neither is the iPhone outdated technology. It’s a solid phone that works very well for literally millions of people. I get it’s not the phone for you. I’m glad you have some choices out there like Android. I might eventually switch to Android myself for some of the same reasons you’ve listed. But right now, I find the iPhone is doing all I need perfectly well and more smoothly than Android. That may very well change.

    Robert, there is room for “both of us.” There’s plenty of room in the smartphone space. I think there’s a knee-jerk reaction by some reading this that I’m suggesting that Android is some piece of garbage. I never said that. In fact, I’ve repeatedly said it’s a very nice powerful phone. I just think the iPhone is more polished still for many people, especially people who need a smartphone but don’t need to be out on the bleeding edge of things.

    On the toilet paper, naturally the paper should fall over the top and down the front of the roll. Any other way is illogical. And the toothpaste should be squeezed from the bottom. Oddly, my wife does not understand either of these basic truths.

  55. says

    JJ, yes, I got the right and left mentions mixed up. I’ll fix that. Clearly everything I’ve written is invalidated and has no merit because of that. Thanks for your thoughtful wisdom on this front.

    The G1 didn’t have a soft keyboard when I used it when it first came out. Neither did I suggest that the current versions of Android lacked this. I was pointing out how nice I find it to have a soft keyboard on any device. I’m glad Android gained one and that it has improved as I’ve used the various versions.

    How can I find the Android not as simple as the iPhone. Sigh. Let’s see. I read a review telling me that Android is great, you just need to take a week to get used to it. I recalled switching from Windows Mobile to the iPhone and needing like an hour to get used to it. Thus, I pretty much feel like the iPhone still seems easier to use.

    Yes, I’m sure Android will improve. I said that in my review, which I’m going to assume you missed as you flew past down to the comment box to rabidly defend Android for reasons I don’t get. If you think it’s that much better than your current iPhone, dump your iPhone now.

  56. Casper Bang says

    I think you are getting strong reactions because in general, the blogosphere has been full of biased reviews which looks like they were done by a 12 year old. Engadget’s one is particulary bad, but pcworld’s is just insane [http://bit.ly/4CEzQm].
    Yours is not the worst I have seen, even if I do think you miss a few points. What we need is someone reviewing who never had an iPhone nor and Android device.

  57. says

    Caspar, I wouldn’t call this a review. It’s nowhere near as comprehensive as I’d expect from a proper review. I haven’t tried to position it that way. It was really a counter piece to what Jason wrote — which also wasn’t a review but instead a reasonable call that reviewers, or anyone doing the iPhone versus Android face-off, really need to ask themselves if they’ve fully given the Android a fairshake. Just saying it’s not like the iPhone, it doesn’t do this exactly as the iPhone and declaring the iPhone thus to be the “winner” isn’t helpful.

    So why am I declaring the iPhone the winner here? I’m not. I didn’t say the iPhone is the only phone to have, that it’s a bad phone or anything like that. I said that the iPhone still seems to win to me in terms of being a smartphone you can quickly use and “get” (though Carrie from the Sex In The City movie clearly didn’t — there’s a great scene when someone hands her one, and she doesn’t know what the hell to do with it).

    That doesn’t mean anyone can’t get the Android phone. And it would be interesting to see someone who has never used any smartphone at all try the iPhone, Android, the Palm and Windows Mobile. But you know what? Get two people like that, and they might totally disagree!

    I think I’m getting strong reactions because you’ve got people who feel very defensive about their phones, be it an iPhone or Android. You’ve got some iPhone people who love the iPhone so much that they can’t stand to see anything that might challenge it. You’ve got some Android people who love the phone so much that they can’t stand to see anyone question it. The extremes are more motivated to comment and see things more polarizing.

    I’m not that extreme. I don’t mean to come across that way, if I do. I think the iPhone is a better phone for me and perhaps for a majority of people who want a smartphone that’s easy to use, that doesn’t require much learning. That’s my view right now, but it might easily change as Android matures. But being better doesn’t mean Android’s a bad phone. It’s an excellent phone. Anyone who purchased one might find, in my opinion, it takes a little more time to learn than the iPhone. But after that period, which would be relatively short, they’d have an awesome phone.

  58. Paul says

    “The only intuitive interface is the nipple; everything else is learned,” as the UI designer’s saying goes.

    That’s about the fourth or fifth time I’ve read this phrase over the last couple days in regard to Android. I’s not true. Mothers have to teach their babies how to properly latch onto the nipple. There are nurses who specialize in helping new mothers teach this to their babies.

    But I agree that there is no such thing as “intuitive” when it comes to computers or mobile phones. Just easier to learn.

  59. roboinfo_19 says

    Droid phones have the capability to upgrade firmware over the air–it does not require a sync for this to occur. You might also look at the droid phone as a longer-term investment because of this capability. The app availability and performance will increase dramatically because of open source development. Application success will be based on performance (any droid user can rate/purchase the apps) rather than politics or some other measure. Likely, apps like ‘Google Voice’ will not escape acceptance as occurred at Apple. With customization, your droid can easily and quickly convert from a work device to a play device or anything in between. Finally, look for the droid to eclipse the i within the next 2 years. It certainly has that potential.

  60. DiscoStu says

    Excellent article. I agree – if the potential customer have to invest a minimum of a week to decide if the phone is right for them or not then they have a problem that the Iphone doesn’t.

  61. Sam says

    Danny, while this may not be a review…. most of the reviews out there are written like Casper says. By biased fanbois.

    What’s funny, though, is you can look back on those same sites and see for the iPhone 1.0 review, they said it wouldn’t be fair to compare the iPhone to other smartphones and call it out for what it lacked vs. other smartphones at the time.

    I guess, now, though, everything can be compared to the iPhone. Even though it took a few years for the iPhone to get up to par with other smartphones on the market (and in some ways, like multitasking, it still isn’t up to par).

    Hypocrisy at it’s finest, I guess.

  62. says

    Great article. Its those small things that I love with my iPhone. I dont want to have to open menu’s or ‘click’ things… Otherwise I’d still be using Microsoft products.

  63. Deathwish238 says

    @Christian Sure you dont need to press Menu, but you also have little to no customization in return.

  64. Mark says

    Nice reviews. As for me, I just got rid of my iPhone and went with Nexxus and have never looked back. I suppose I finally got fed up with the concept of buying into a two year contract AND having your phone locked to ATT. One or the other should be sufficient, but both seems to be indicative of a company that exhibits tendencies of a ‘control freak’. I can hardly find a phone that even lasts two years (my iphone lasted 10 motnhs before I brought it in for exchange).

  65. kitephone says

    You’re confusing capabilites of the operating system with application features. The example of Tweetie on the iPhone and on the Nexus One has nothing to do with Android. The Tweet application on the Nexus One could work exactly like that on the iPhone, it’s just that the application developer made it unnecessarily complicated.

  66. Peter says

    I own both the 3GS and was given the N1 as a trial in Australia. The iphone in my opinion is a better media device with the ipod in built. Email seems to work better with the iphone and it is just a lot easier and quicker to get around. In saying that the N1 is a much better phone. The calls are crystal clear and bluetooth is just awesome. I find the track ball handy also. I don’t know which one yet i prefer for work because i take a lot of voice calls which gives the N1 the advantage but i need to email quite a bit also which is better on the iphone. If i was a casual user the iphone would be the go.

  67. Ryan Wallace says

    Does anyone know if 1920×1080 is possible? I have two 24″ monitors running 1680×1050 on Snow Leopard, but I really want them a the higher resolution…any thoughts? I’ve been trying to contact DisplayLink, but they won’t get back with me. Also, I tried upgrading the driver, but it doesn’t seem to work since nothing changes. Either that, or it’s not really upgrading…hmmm???

    Anyone out there getting 1920×1080?

  68. Ian says

    Damn…was really interested in reading your article…the page reloads and the comments (div, I guess) keeps moving up and covering your entire article once the page is finished loading. Sux!

    Dunno if you’ve reached a verdict but I’m here to throw in my vote for Android. It is moving faster and is eaiser to develop for than any other mobile platform. Think beyond phones — android OS seems better on tablet form-factors as well and is even pretty decent on my netbook. Buut my main problem with apple is that they limit the current generation in technology so they can release it later as a ‘new feature’ like Nintendo, constantly milking their customers.

  69. says

    I’m not getting this problem when I check. Hope you can reload and try again. If not, hit my contact form, and I’ll follow up with you more to see if I can figure it out.

  70. eric says

    You’re right it’s not as nice as iPhone because android is nicer than the iPhone

  71. Mike says

    I cannot believe you are complaining about something because you have to hit one more button to write, or there is two options to cancel. Sorry, that seems so trivial, a reflection of the impatient, rushed society we have become (as does all the mistakes in this article/blog). Plus it is complete opinion or preference.

    This does come off as that you are biased because you like the iPhone better. Simpler is not always best for everyone. Some of us have the intelligence to take advantage of those features, not complain about them. I actually prefer the menu button over everything being on screen. As a recording engineer I’m used to having various ways to do functions, lots of workstations are built that way. It is suppose to open options to create more fluid motion, so you can get to something without moving across the device.

    I love Apples in the studio, the Power Mac G5, but do not like the iPhone. The closed, constraining way Apple handles it is a factor. The fact it is AT&T only is big factor (though will be changing soon especially considering the class action antitrust suit just filed against AT&T and Apple for their exclusivity deal). In the end iPhone is just not for me. However, I do dig the Android, just bought the Samsung Galaxy S that is awesome. In some ways the Galaxy S is better than the I4. However, it is too close to say one is better, or nicer, than the other. I’ve been reading so many iPhone user dissing Android, but the numbers do not lie. The Android is quickly gaining market momentum. For me it is all just a matter of opinion. I always like to say that the world would be a boring place if everyone liked the same thing. It depends on a persons preference.

  72. says

    It’s not trivial if a bad interface makes you do more work, Mike. It’s a pain. It’s like saying I shouldn’t complain that my car doesn’t automatically cancel my turn signal after a turn. Sure, I can manually cancel it. But it’s nice when it does.

    Intelligence has nothing to do with it. I’m not dumb. I can make an Android phone do whatever I want. But I could counter and say that some of us have the intelligence not to deal with a clumsy operating system. If you want to get all personal and insulting, that is — which isn’t helpful.

    By the way, since I wrote this, Android has greatly improved — especially with multigesture. And AT&T has remained as terrible as ever. That’s why I’m moving to Android:

    Why I Returned My iPhone 4

  73. Deathwish238 says

    “It’s not trivial if a bad interface makes you do more work”

    It is trivial when you can just use a different app! How do you not get that. You use a mail app and twitter app you didn’t like. Go use a different one. The issue is not with Android, it’s with the app.

  74. Mark says

    Sorry but I just had to comment here. I recently got tired of my iPhone 3GS and sold it for a Samsung Galaxy S (a phone with FAR superior hardware to the 3GS). At first, I was loving the thing. Android allowed me to play with the phone however I pleased. The live wallpapers were great, the multitasking, the gps, the radio…

    After about a week, the initial high was wearing off. The phone had so much room to “customize” but there wasn’t really anything to customize it with. Also, like the reviewer, I grew tired of the “menu in menus” system which is found in Android. The web browsing isn’t as smooth or slick, the pinch to zoom and expand aren’t as polished and the apps just feel like they’ve been made half-heartedly.

    Whenever I’d use an iPhone, I would never have a problem figuring out how to do something. Within my first 5 minutes of using the phone, I was already familiar with the settings menu and where everything was. For android, even adjusting brightness made me look through endless menus to finally find the option.

    Now, I’m sitting here with a Galaxy S regretting the fact that I sold the iPhone. The galaxy is barely 2 weeks old and the resale value is only half of what I bought it for. The iPhone on the other hand, was over a year old with scratches and I sold it for way more than I would ever get for the galaxy. This just goes to show how much everyone wants the iPhone. It still is the most intuitive device on the market in my opinion. Who cares if your phone has a radio? You can stream radio over 3G on the iPhone, or listen to it in your car. Who cares if you have a removable battery? It’s not like people keep their cell phones for 4 years at a time these days. Even if you still do use the original iPhone, you can easily get the battery replaced by a third party vendor and it’s as good as new.

    The world is adopting to the iPhone. Docks, Speakers, even Printers and Cars are built to integrate with the iPhone. Why look in another direction just to torture yourself? Do yourself a favor and get an iPhone, you’ll appreciate the fact that you did.

  75. Tim says

    the world is adopting the Android, actually. Android is now the second most popular smartphone OS and gaining on Symbian

  76. roka101 says

    I’ve tried iphones and recently bought a g2. Android to me just feels like a very basic operating system. I totally agree…everything is two or three extra steps or clicks. This to me is not as big a deal on a desktop, but on a mobile device, I’m on the go and usually in much greater need to do something fast. Apple designed the iphone around how they envisioned people using it. That attention to design is really appealing to me. Blackberries are also designed around some common business work flows. They have that attention to design I just think is missing from android. Google is a company that really doesn’t design good software with the exception of search. I’ve never found gmail particuarly good compared to yahoo, outlook, or thunderbird. I’ve rarely see google desktop on a computer. I’ve used google ad words and it’s interface isn’t nearly as good as some others I’ve seen. Google apps is very cumbersome. Investing in google I think is not really a good idea for people who like things to be elegant and intuitive. Gmail got popular because they gave the most free storage and it was free. Android is not “free.” You pay for your phone plan and I don’t think google competes in the area of paid services particularly well.

  77. Sam says

    Android has evolved quite a bit since this article was written:
    * Multi-touch and pinch-to-zoom is implemented, and works very smoothly on Android 2.3.
    * Android now has the major advantage of wireless tethering built-in.
    * Android also has Adobe Flash.

    I see the Android vs. iOS debate a lot like the Windows vs. Mac debate. They are different in regards to how they work with different sets of features, but in the end, it doesn’t really matter which one you use. All the basic features (web browser, email, etc.) can be done quite easily on both platforms, even if some of the buttons and options are in different places. You’ll get used to whichever platform you’re using over time, and the minor differences won’t matter (that is, unless you need some feature exclusive to one platform).

    I personally prefer Android, with its open platform that doesn’t have to be “jailbroken” to run certain apps simply because they didn’t get accepted to the App Store, and its built-in wireless tethering and Adobe Flash support, but I have nothing against iOS, and could use it just as easily instead if I had to.

    Android’s hardware discontinuity has been criticized a lot, but I personally like it because it gives you more choice in the device you want. Need a hardware keyboard? Get a phone that has one. Want a trackball? Get something that has one. Don’t want either of these things? No problem. This allows you to get a phone with exactly the hardware features you need. iOS, however, leaves you with a large touchscreen and a single button, which is fine if you like that, but if you don’t, too bad. (I’m not attacking the iPhone’s design by the way. I would personally be fine with it, and my current Android phone only has a touchscreen and four buttons.)

    However, Android’s software fragmentation is something I see as a major disadvantage. iOS is the same on every iPhone. It does not vary in any way at all (except perhaps between versions). On Android, the platform is heavily fragmented, and the user interface differs depending on which flavor of Android you’re using. You have stock Android, which Google releases as the default interface, but some manufacturers have replaced it with other user interfaces for reasons I can’t really figure out. HTC has their Sense interface, Motorola has MOTOBLUR, Samsung has TouchWiz, etc. Even worse, it is very difficult to switch between these interfaces, as it requires you to flash an unofficial custom rom to your phone. This isn’t a problem if you get used to one interface and stick with it, but it could be a problem if you switch between phones that come with different ones.

    I should point out, however, that practically all features are available no matter which interface you use, and the differences are not particularly striking for the most part.

  78. says

    I have to say that I am beginning to prefer the simpler and more stable “dumb” firmware phone to Android or any other “smart” platforms.

    Phones should be phones first and everything else later. I also think Android is a bit resource-hungry and a battery sucker compared to other firmwares on phones and smart devices.

    I see Android as neither here nor there; and really, I see a revival of inexpensive handsets that just work on stable, simple firmware with strong basic functionality.

    I am not going to comment on the iPhone, because to be frank, Apple products are too damn over-priced.

  79. Frank Guillen Jr says

    I switched to Android on a beautiful Samsung Galaxy S2 on Oct. 4th. After almost a week of use, I am thinking of returning it and going back to my jailbroken iPhone 4. First, the phones’ email is horrible. I downloaded K9 email and still don’t like it, just doesn’t work as good as the iPhone. Second, Android is glithy. Scrolling is very bad and not very responsive. Third, the system is a battery hogger. I have to turn off all features in order to get a better battery life and even then I get bad battery life from it. I have most features turned on my iPhone and I could play with it through out the day with out worrying of the battery dying on me. Hell even Blackberries worked better than Android. Now, my next platform will be Windows Phone 7.5 mango as soon as a good device comes out, I’ve heard wonders about that new Mango update and how polished it is. But for now, the best platform I have used is the Jailbroken iOS.

  80. MakAttak says

    Frank,
    You are writing this a s a JOKE, correct?
    First let me say, I was a devoted BLACKBERRY user for years. Then along came the iPhone, and since I had taken a brief part of a day to learn crackberry, I still used it more even though I had a perfectly good Iphone 3g right beside it. When the blackberry finally blew up (litterally the sim card melted a little), I decided to try something new. I had used the iPhone on the road as a tech rep for three years, borrrring…. I did not want to rely on a phone that does not support a lot of things I want in life.
    Along came the GalaxyS2 (Samsung) and I was hooked from day one. I rooted it, modded the ROM and now am running CM7 and unNamed ROMS on a phone that has a blisteringly fast 1.6ghz (yes I was allowed to over clock it) dual processor. Smooth as glass, no jerks or anything.. Battery last 26 hours at wide open when you know what you are doing…
    This was done all on the same day that iPhone brought out the 4gs phone after yelling for months that the 5 was on its way.
    I went back to the store to pick up a case for the GS2 and when I got up to the counter all the giggly little pigtail babies were buying their pink i4′s … When the sales guy at ATT saw my case he asked ‘Are you sure this is the case you want?’ What I said? He looked at the case and then tried to explain this would not fit an iPhone.. I was holding my side laughing, and pulled out the GS2. His comment then was, OH MAN I am SOOO envious, and showed me is original Galaxy phone.. Then he explained that with all the hype about iPhone they only had a very few GS2′s available and employees were forced to wait two weeks to get their upgrade. I am already working on a port to ICS and when it is available it just won’t matter anymore. The iPhone (imho) is nothing but a pig with lipstick. The Androids are 24 hour hackers living on Dr Pepper and pop tarts..
    Guess I will buzz over to watch some FLASH and wonder if it is a big security risk like Apple would have you believe… LOL

  81. Frank Guillen Jr says

    MakAttak,
    I still have the phone and I guess I was just pissed that day. I do understand now that moving from something you’ve used for years to something that you have never used will make you feel uncomfortable. But I think I’m going to stay with Android. I think I posted the first comment too soon. Now that I’ve used it for 3 weeks, I’m getting the hand of it and don’t think I could go back to the iPhone, not really because of iOS, it’s more like the tiny 3.5″ screen. iOS is fine to me, of course if you jailbreak it. But I’m going to have to do some research on rooting my phone. I’m new to Android and have never rooted an Android phone obviously so any tips would be welcome.