Confessions of a smart phone hopper
So, being an iPhone owner and pretty loyal (with some exception) to Apple, I guess it kinda goes with the territory to be anti-Android by default. Well, I figured if I was gonna be anti-Android, I couldn't base those decisions on blogs and reviews, but I'd need to find out for myself. So, I went out and got one of the top of the line Android phones - figured if I was gonna do it, might as well do it big. I got the Samsung Infuse 4G. At first, this phone was amazing. Ran very smoothly, had a similar to the iPhone UI, so I was able to not have to experience a lot of a learning curve, some awesome homescreen widgets, and that beautiful 4.5 inch screen! (which Netflix looked AMAZING on btw).
Three weeks in, and the honeymoon phase was over. At first, I thought Android really showed me up. Then I realized that Apple knows what it's doing (even if it is a bit more closed off than then open platform of the Android market). Here's what were the deal breakers for me: I had to use apps in order to kill off tasks that were using too much CPU and causing the phone to slow down, I had to use another app just to get decent battery life, in short - lots of micro managing that I wasn't used to having to do with the iPhone. Then those widgets ... oh, how I loved the widgets ... but apparently they use more data than expected. I check my data usage often since I'm on the 2GB plan, and I average maybe 10-25mb per day depending on my usage (I'm around a lot of wifi). I noticed that in a 4 hour period away from wifi, those widgets used over 127mb of data. What the heck! .. I'd be over my limit in no time! On top of all this, the Android platform needed a good reboot or battery pull every couple of days just to stay snappy. So lame.
In short, I soon had buyer's remorse and couldn't wait to get back to my iPhone. I timed it perfectly as I barely made it back to Best Buy in my 30-day period to return that phone. Now, I can honestly say that I don't like Android - not just because I love Apple and it's to be expected and I read some tech geek's review - but because I actually tried it for myself. I wanted to love it. I wanted to love that Infuse. But fate, and smart technology, overpowered that.
- 08-24-2011, 12:08 PM #2
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- 08-24-2011, 06:59 PM #7
I had an iPhone 4 and decided to give android a try. I had a Galaxy S and then a Moto Atrix 4G. At first it was fun to mess around and flash custom roms, etc.
Then I got bored of having to mess around, flash custom software and constantly reboot it just to get it to run as smoothly as my iPhone 4 did out of the box.
The hardware in the top of the line Android phones kicks arse, but the OS needs work and is too fragmented.
I am happily back on my iPhone 4
Beamed over the interwebz from my iPhone 4 on iOS 5 b6 using Tapatalk.
- 08-24-2011, 08:09 PM #8
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- 08-27-2011, 06:24 PM #12
I did the same thing, only in the opposite direction. Was an android user, but decided to try the iphone since I had never used one before. Really happy with the iphone, and I love the integration with apple tv. I don't really have a whole lot of bad things to say about android though. Both platforms seem to have their ups/downs, in my opinion.
- 08-27-2011, 07:21 PM #13
The only thing I miss about android phones is the fact that I don't have to go through 4 phones before getting one that don't have light leakage, yellow screen. Now my phone has "lines" going left to right on the screen. Once iOS 5 is out I'm taking it to apple for another (6th) phone.
I hated the widgets use on my droid 2, drained the battery quicker than anything. I can't even do half the stuff on the droid as I can on the iPhone.
- 08-27-2011, 07:32 PM #14
The main two things i miss about my Blackberry(world edition, cant remember series number) is the physical keyboard and BBM which was about as good as it got when it came to IMs.
The main things i dont miss about my BB is the massive memory leaks with 3rd party apps to control it and the track ball that crapped out every month or so.
I went thru 5 track balls and 2 phones( due to the sensor under ball going out) I had the phone for 15mo.
I did miss crackberry but then i found its iphone counterpart.
- 08-29-2011, 11:14 AM #15
- 08-29-2011, 10:54 PM #16
Yeah, I had a Blackberry Curve back in the day, then the Nokia E71x, then the iPhone 2G, then another Blackberry, then the iPhone 3G, then another Blackberry, then back to the 3GS, then the iPhone 4, then I tried another Blackberry (lol, notice a trend?) then once again back to the iPhone 4 ... then most recently that Android .. and voila, back to the iPhone 4 yet again. I'm not too sure why I kept going back to Blackberry so much when I knew it couldn't beat out the iPhone for my preferences. Oh well. The iPhone is like that one relationship you keep going back to even though you try to have flings with other people during "breaks", hahaha
- 09-01-2011, 12:04 AM #18
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- 09-01-2011, 02:46 AM #20
I'm incredibly tempted to try out an Android. You can't ignore its presence in the market so it must be good. I've had a Blackberry, and I currently got an iPod Touch 64GB (another reason why I don't want an iPhone at the moment) so Android it is.
- 09-01-2011, 01:46 PM #21
I'm gonna purchase the Droid Incredible to try it out. I currently own an iphone 4 but it's getting boring IMO. Then again, I am a phone/tech junky and am constantly swapping phone every couple months. if I do get the incredible, I'll most likely buy the iphone 5 when it comesout. I know, I have a problem. lol
- 09-01-2011, 04:45 PM #22
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- 09-03-2011, 09:46 AM #25
Android phones have cheap feeling hardware. Plastic and stuff makes it feel chinsey, I really like the iphone 4 hardware, it is solid, and has a premium feel to it that I have not found in any other phone.
Android as an OS is awesome, except it has NO regard to how it uses your resources (battery, data, etc). All these cool widgets and some great apps that constantly run in the background draining your battery, which most users have no idea how to stop them. There are FAR too many tweaks that need to be done in your settings to get optimal battery life etc. Most users will not even bother or know how to do this, so they get $hi++y battery life and a sluggish phone, I have had NON of these issues with my iphone 4.
BLOATWARE, BLOATWARE, BLOATWARE.... Android, c'mon, it is freakin' ridiculous. We pay hundreds of dollars for a top of the line phone that the carriers FILL WITH GARBAGE APPS that we DO NOT want, and cannot delete. These apps start on their own and run in the background and the ONLY WAY to stop it is to root the phone. This is probably one of the top annoyances I had when I had an android (Evo 4G).
Apple may not be as open, and I am not proclaiming Apply Fanboism, because I am a fan of cool gadgets, not from a particular manufacturer. I may someday switch back to Android, but in my opinion, they have a LOT of work to do first. And the fragmentation issue is real, there is just no way they are going to maintain a smooth user experience with so many different handsets out there, and then let HTC, Samsung, Moto, etc. slap a new interface on top of it (sense, motoblur, etc).
I am pretty sure I will be sticking with apple at least through the iphone 6.... then I will have another look at Android.
EDIT: Maybe my biggest annoyance was actually battery life... real life tests (with standard battery) at the end of a typical day, my Evo battery would be down to 30% (or less if I was in an area with poor network coverage), my iphone 4 has never dipped below 60%.... take that for what you will. Android battery life sucks compared to iphone. Now what if I stay out late and can't connect to a charger? The android phone is DEAD.... iphone can go all night, many times I will go 2 full days between charges.
Last edited by eye4ni; 09-03-2011 at 09:55 AM.