- 10-07-2011, 10:58 AM #26
- 10-07-2011, 11:17 AM #27
- 10-07-2011, 11:57 AM #28
The Nexus Prime event scheduled for next Tuesday has been postponed. Samsung & Google are trying to spin the story that they are doing this to respect a mourning period for Steve Jobs. I heard a CNET reporter comment a few days ago that they were having a hard time drumming up interest for the event in San Diego. Since the actual phone will not be available until late-Oct./early-Nov., I think they want to pick a venue where more reporters can show up to hype the unveiling.
ICS is still Android. It has appeal for techies who love to tinker with settings and stuff. But the huge majority of smartphone users don't want to bother with that. They just want to be able to get things done with their smartphone.
People are underestimating the impact of Siri. It is not just voice recognition. Think about how much time you're going to save with these simple commands:
• “Text Ryan I’m on my way”
• “Remind me to make a dentist appointment when I get to work”
• “On May 19 remind me it's Dad's birthday”
• “Read new email”
• “Send email to Joe”...followed by dictation.
For those who use Twitter & Facebook frequently, you can now dictate your comments instead of tapping them out on the glass keypad. Wolfram Alpha integration is going to be a godsend to students doing research for homework.
I suspect eventually Siri will be able to navigate to bookmarked websites on Safari ("daring fireball") and go directly to apps buried in some folder ("open doodle jump").
When full reviews of iPhone 4S come out, ICS better pack some serious upgrades to get people interested. Most of the hype I read on the Android forums about the Prime is focused on specs and the form factor. Very little about how the phone will make your life simpler and better.
Last edited by DrewBear; 10-07-2011 at 01:36 PM.
- 10-07-2011, 12:52 PM #29
- 10-07-2011, 12:56 PM #30
- 10-07-2011, 12:59 PM #31
- 10-07-2011, 01:00 PM #32
- 10-07-2011, 01:51 PM #33
One thing about Android is that after the new Nexus Prime is out, with in a few months there be a better Android phone out. Better processor, more memory better screen or something.
With Apple you get 16, 32 or 64 gig and black or white. Next April you get 16, 32 or 64 gig black or white Iphone 4gs. I like that about apple. You buy it and it is the latest and greatest phone (if you buy when it comes out) for about a year or so.
Just a thought!!
- 10-07-2011, 01:53 PM #34
- 10-07-2011, 02:25 PM #35
The thing with android is even if you dont get updated to the new os right away all the core apps still get updated as soon as it's available. Yeah the new os upgrade is nice but isn't something you need to have unless there is a glaring vulnerability which usually gets fixed quick if thats the case.
- 10-07-2011, 02:26 PM #36
- 10-07-2011, 02:52 PM #37
The one thing I think Apple has really done is master the user experience with iOS. I've tried Android. It was so choppy, and felt like it took a lot of drilling down to do the most basic tasks. I'll stick with iOS, especially now that the new notification system is coming out and task syncing with exchange is part of iOS 5.
- 10-07-2011, 03:07 PM #38
- 10-08-2011, 04:06 PM #39
I will agree though that the rate the OEM's crank out Android based phones out paces Apple's forced upgrade path of obsolescence and by that method a great new Android phone does seem to launch every two weeks.
The upcoming Nexus Prime aka Droid Prime aka ICS 4.0 phone has a strong chance of being a hot device. The specs, design, 1280x720 Super AMOLED+ display, 32GB of storage (rumored) 1.2+1.5Ghz processor can and will take on the iP4S and in some cases show case what Apple didn't given the iOS community.
Now I can say all of that given the fact I have owned way too many Android phones in the last year looking for the "best" of the group only to be disappointed time and again. So I am back here again having pre-ordered my iP4S 64GB Black so I can have the awesome camera, tons of storage, and simplicity of syncing with my MBP.
I like all things tech so I see no issue in noting one platforms achievements vs another, how one platform pushes another to the next level and back again. That is what makes tech fun.
- 10-08-2011, 04:09 PM #40
- 10-08-2011, 06:23 PM #41
- 10-08-2011, 06:26 PM #42
- 10-08-2011, 06:42 PM #43
Neither phone, OS, or platform is better than the other. Both have there strengths and weaknesses. Use what is better for your needs and others will do the same. I just don't get why people feel the need to bicker back and forth arguing whether Android or iOS is better. There is no general correct answer, it will depend on each persons individual needs.
- 10-08-2011, 06:46 PM #44
- 10-08-2011, 06:46 PM #45
- 10-08-2011, 06:49 PM #46
Yes, some features are exclusive to newer models, but iOS devices still receive the updates and compatibility... Most Android phones do not.
And if you want to talk about obsolescence, iOS has absolutely nothing on Android. Every 3 months a new Android phone comes out from HTC, Samsung, etc... and it has a new firmware version or fancy new hardware. Android users scramble to replace their 3 month old devices with the latest thing, because their device probably won't get the update for a month or two, or never.
My friend had a Milestone (Droid, but in Canada) and it was almost a year before he got the firmware update to 2.2... And when he did get it, it crippled his phone to hell making it way slower than before (and slower than the 3GS I had at the time).
- 10-08-2011, 07:14 PM #47
- 10-08-2011, 07:23 PM #48
That said, fragmentation is not Android's main weakness. It's the overall user experience for the majority of consumers. Now the "strengths" of various form factors and geekability will mean that Android phones still sell well, but they'll do so at lower average prices compared to the iPhone. And those lower prices could also be considered a strength.
I just don't get why people feel the need to bicker back and forth arguing whether Android or iOS is better.
- 10-08-2011, 08:20 PM #49
- 10-08-2011, 10:04 PM #50
Contrast that to all the functional improvements in iOS 5. You could argue that half of those only bring it to parity with Android, but the point is that they're still practical improvements for millions of existing iOS 4 users.
When you jump to iPhone 4S with iOS 5, the list of functional improvements jumps considerably. Here are what I think are the most significant features, the ones that Android phones will be trying to catch up to in the following months...including the Prime.
• Camera. It's not about the megapixels. It's the speed it takes to get to the first shot and the short delay between shots. It's also low light sensitivity of the sensor and video stabilization. This camera (hardware + software) will easily allow the average consumer to take the best photos and videos from any phone camera out there.
• Siri. This goes way beyond voice recognition and Android Voice Actions (simple commands). Wait for the reviews to come in on this. I think Youtube reviews of how this actually works will blow people away.
• iCloud. Photo Stream. iTunes Match. Reminders. AirPlay.
Apple explains these better than I can: Apple - iOS 5 - See new features included in iOS 5.
And here's where I think Android phones may still have an advantage over the iPhone:
• Navigation/Maps. We'll have to see if Siri does anything to change this, but for now the integrated text-to-speech directions are top notch.
• Google services: Mail, Docs, Calendar, etc. I think Apple has matched this with all of their services, but if you are already fully invested in Google's services or use it for work, the Android version of all these are better than the iOS version. At least for now.