iPhone 4 review from a droid user
So I had a 3GS, got fed up with AT&T and went back to Verizon on a Droid about a year ago. At first I hated Android. But I loved the fact that I could make phone calls and justify the $30/month data fees.
The plan was always to return to the iPhone, I was planning on getting the 5, but I got suckered in with the white iPhone 4. I'm also trying to rationalize my purchace with the following- 1) iOS 5 will have bugs. 2) iCloud will have bugs. Will we have to pay more for iCloud stuff?
Anyways, back to the review
Hardware- both are solidily made. But there is a difference. The Droid is tougher- I've dropped it, thrown it in bags, basically treated it like a dumbphone. Bulletproof. With the iPhone 4? I'm babying this. But I think it also has to do with how it looks as well- the Droid is just another phone, the iPhone has always had something special to it, especially the white one.
Going back to iOS, it's all very familiar. But I do miss the free GPS, widgets, and live wallpapers. But I love the apps on iOS. iOS is butter smooth... unlike my stock Froyo build. The notifications are lame on iOS. I miss the notification bar and miss the caledar widget. But it's all old hat to me. Both OSs are fine- you say tomayto, I say tomahto.
On the Droid, if you hold down the power button, you are presented with a menu with 4 options- silent, airplane mode, power off, and something else. I always put my phone on airplane mode- traveling (it's safer and saves battery life), and certain places where I work, I get no signal, so I might as well put it on airplane mode.
Retina display- To me, it's the same quality as the Droid. But what I like about the iPhone is that you can adjust the brightness better- larger range.
The funny thing was I tried to make a call in a part of work today that had I know the signal is weak. I tried calling and got a "called failed" and "could not activate cellular network"... I had a flashback to AT&T service and for a second thought about returning this for a Captivate or Thunderbolt. Then I made a call- crystal clear. It blew my mind away- an iPhone making a call! Accessing the internet without that stupid indicator twirling away not doing anything!
I think I get a bit of the deathgrip on this.
Case wise, I don't know what to do- if it were a black one, I'd slap a bumper or case and be done with it. But I love this white iPhone. I'm thinking about just putting a film on it... I'll have to see what options they have at the apple store tomorrow. Right now I still have the original plastic sticker on the back. Even with the 3GS, I had issues with putting on a case. I bought one and then used it intermittently.
- 05-01-2011, 09:43 AM #2
i came from a fascinate back to the verizon iphone...
my major issue is, as i have a mission critical job, and my phone is a good part of the critical-ness of my job, i needed a phone that could be a toy for the down time, and yet, when i need to make a call in the heat of the moment, it would work.
far too often, the phone calls would fail on the fascinate due to software issues, and at times would fail to HANG UP due to software issues... if this occurred once, it was too much. as far as the iPhone. Fascinate vs the ViP, both are Verizon, so essentially equal in cell coverage, i've misconnected far less calls on the ViP, and when i hang up, it hangs up.
- 05-01-2011, 02:39 PM #4
I came from the Droid X to the iphone- While i do miss some of the customization that the droid allowed- I do not miss the OS- Android is no where near as stable as IOS- I dont have to pull a battery- when an app freezes on the iphone- it force closes itself. Also the battery life blows android away. thats just my take- thats why there are many phone choices out there...
- 05-01-2011, 04:10 PM #5
- 05-01-2011, 08:35 PM #6
- 05-02-2011, 11:20 AM #7iPhone Nanite
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Former DROIDX customer
Bought the white Iphone Friday. Love the phone and everything about it. Hated the OS on the DROIDx. I would constantly have to pull the battery out.
I do miss the Facebook widgets and some of the customization on the DROID. However the battery life was horrible even with the extended battery. I have no regrets. The only regret that I have is that I cannot spend all the time I need going through the Itunes store.
- 05-02-2011, 12:14 PM #8
- 05-02-2011, 04:03 PM #9
I'm os agnostic in the last two years I've had the iPhone 3G and 3GS, the palm pre minus, bb bold, bb tour, hero, g1, droid x, nexus one, nokia n96, e71. Out of all those webos is the best!!!! But has no apps and **** hardware. Android is a mess but functional as a Swiss army knife. I always come back to iOS it is the easiest to live with day in and day out. Apple by far makes the best hardware software combo.
- 05-02-2011, 06:41 PM #11
I have seen a few threads about the Droid X and iPhone battery life and my experience is the opposite. Same sort of use where I turn off WiFi and location with both phones and the Droid X has more juice at the end of a day.
The more mature app market is a nice apple feature but I do miss some Droid X features. I get the iPhone popularity in many levels because many people will not tweak an Android phone to make it right for them.
- 05-02-2011, 06:50 PM #12
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- 05-03-2011, 07:43 AM #13
I have a droid Incredible. Just bought my wife an iPhone4. Reason being, she needs a dumb smartphone and I don't want to spend all my time making her phone work for her. The only real advantage I have seen in her phone is the battery. It is full on twice the life as my Dinc!
The thing I HATE is that apple thinks they are smarter than all of us and we should follow what they give us like lemmings. The Dinc is totally customizable and does what I want. I can access setting at EACH program and make adjustments as needed. Her iphone I have to search out what little adjustments I can do.
I get very frustrated with her phone. Guess that is all good though because she loves it and that's all that matters
- 05-03-2011, 05:55 PM #14
Thing is the iPhone does all the functions of a modern smartphone most people never change settings or need to. I have used every OS except windows phone 7. I can't think of anything significant and legal that android can do that iPhone can't.
Few more thoughts regarding the switch
-the lack of the green light that flashes telling me I have a message on the iPhone is both infuriating and a relief. I can't tell by looking at the iPhone if I have a message or not. But at the same time, I can put my phone in front of me in a meeting and not have that blinking light driving me crazy
-the iPhone brings out the OCD in me- I'm worrying about scratching it, what happens if it falls, etc. The droid? Don't care. I don't do "will it blend" tests on it, but it's not a worry for me to have a case, fret over a scratch, etc.
-battery life- the iPhone simply destroys my Droid. Simply amazing.
-the lack of lag on iOS is amazing
-I had such a bad experience with AT&T that I still am amazed that I can make calls and use the internet on it.
-the app store is brilliant. easy to find things and so may great apps.
-keypad is about 532 times better than the Droid's. In fact the touchscreen is far better than Droids.
-the google apps & widgets are missed
-the lack of flash? I had it turned off on my droid. Not really an issue.
-I like Android's spell check better.
-notifications are annoying.
Overall though, I am extremely thrilled with my WViP4. This is what the iPhone should be like- not an iPod touch with AT&T service.
- 05-03-2011, 09:17 PM #16
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- 05-04-2011, 03:05 AM #17
- 05-04-2011, 07:09 AM #18
-Long press dial pad for speed dial
-Navigation from location fields in appointments
-Widgets for fast control of WiFi, radio
-Not married to iTunes
There are also iPhone features I like that compensate for what I don't like and I suppose my iPad 2 takes care of the dinky screen size.
- 05-05-2011, 03:20 AM #19
- 05-05-2011, 10:42 AM #20
It does not mean I'm selling my iPhone, iPad or Apple stock today or tomorrow. I'm just not the sort who would be lined up at the Apple Store if they added some cuteness to hammers and toilets and started selling the iSlam or iFlush.
- 05-05-2011, 06:37 PM #21
Got moms an iPhone for mothers day and added a another line to the parent's account so I could picked one up for myself just to use for a week or two. Even jail broken this phone is so boring and restrictive. The hardest thing to get over is how everything exist in it's own little isolated app. It is just nonintuitive. What's acceptable on my iPad makes we want to throw the iPhone into a wall. Didn't help that I'm living in a new city and have been using Google Maps/Nav constantly. Everyone suggested Motion X, but Google Nav just dumps all over it. I'll keep the iPhone through the weekend just to see if it's a Android bias at play, but I doubt it.
Also, Verizon is expensive as hell for family use.
- 05-05-2011, 08:22 PM #22
You might want to try waze if you don't want to buy a navigation product. I like it much more than the free MapQuest. You should check what it's about first because the community aspect might be something you like or don't like.
You can make the iPhone more suitable if you keep settings handy.
You might also want to make sure you know how you can play audio via double press when locked, what the head phone mic buttons do. Also give it time.
It won't be an Android phone. Getting a new phone for a power users can be like a date where it takes a few weeks of digging deep to decide if you're in love or not.
- 05-05-2011, 09:53 PM #23
Quite a few people find the iPhone very, very intuitive... enough so that the few iPhone models out compete evenly in numbers with the plethora of phones running Android. I personally love that everything is in an app... but I like my phone to be organized to the minute detail. To be honest, I can't imagine how something isn't in it's own little app... if you have to tap or click on something to open it, it's exactly the same as an app, essentially. It requires the same amount of effort, that is.
Give it some time. Bring it back the day before your trial is up if you're not happy, but make sure you give yourself time to get adjusted to iOS - you're obviously having trouble making the transition. If you figure it all out and you still don't like it, by all means return it and get a phone that will make you happy
- 05-06-2011, 12:06 AM #24
That type of integration is sorely missed on iOS. Also, I can't tell you how cramped this screen is coming from a 4.3. My Evo is not that much wider, thicker or longer, but using the iphone is like going back down to a 17 inch monitor when I've been using a 24 inch for the past year.
People say that Android users are cheap, but i think its just that we are spoiled. I needed a wifi tether app and was taken aback by the cost of the options in Cydia. I'm using MyWi free trial right now. On Android the best wireless tethering app is free and more robust. I couldn't believe I was limited to WEP security in MyWi, and found no way to setup up MAC controls. Wireless Tether is free on Android and offers WPA2-PSK along with MAC access control.
Don't even get me started on the notification situation, lack of toggle for settings and voice input options. iOS is like a trophy wife that looks good but is horrible in the bed and can't hold a conversation, while Android is pretty, but a little rough around the edges. Her intellect runs deep and she is a freak in the bed. She even invites her friends to join in to ensure all your needs are met, yet still you can mold her however you like until she is just right for you and will let you give her a complete facelift when you want something different.
- 05-06-2011, 08:01 AM #25