- 10-09-2011, 01:36 AM #51
Both phones have the positives and negatives and I think for many iPhone users nothing outshines their choice of product/os. For me personally the only place android handsets "outshine" iPhones is with the ability to completely customize your screen(s). I do like high end android phones but there are so many different specs, versions, levels of quality and companies producing them I think it is much harder to get a cohesive and factual opinion on the OS. Even though I like the phone I currently have (Evo 3D) I prefer everything on my friends iPhones's.
- 10-09-2011, 01:58 AM #52iPhone Nanite
- 4 Posts
I don't think any Android phone will ever overtake iOS. I have a few friends who own android phones and one friend told me this exactly "Droids are better, dude it's $60 for this or $200 for an iPhone it's such a waste of money droid can do more stuff anyway"
Android is just becoming a second-thing to iOS. Sure, this device is beautiful, yeah all Nexus are, but that doesn't mean I am going to drop my (imaginary) iPhone for this!
- 10-09-2011, 02:55 AM #53
- 10-09-2011, 06:09 AM #54iPhone Intermediate
- 103 Posts
What it boils down to is personal preference and choice. I have never understood the, for lack of a better term, "war" between Apple and Android. I think the more choices people have, the better. To be honest, the main reason my son is the only person who has any Apple products is the cost. He bought his own iPod and the family pitched in and got him an iPad for Christmas. I just can't afford those things. For the record, I don't have a Galaxy tab either, but I do have an Acer laptop and Asus netbook because I was able to catch them on sale. I also have an NS4G that I was able to upgrade to for for free. It isn't that I don't like Apple, it is that for those of us with less disposable income their products overall are just priced above us.
My son wants the iPhone very much and I am going to do my best to reward his academic achievement with one. He hasn't asked me for one because he knows I can't afford it. I feel really bad as a parent because I have to say no a lot of times because of money, but maybe that is part of the reason he is so driven.
- 10-09-2011, 06:10 AM #55
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- 10-09-2011, 06:38 AM #57
- 10-09-2011, 07:22 AM #58
Yes Carrie don't be afraid to say no haha. I don't have kids but I did grow up in a single parent home and had to work hard and either purchase myself or pay the difference between the basics and what I wanted. It helped me learn the value of a dollar and gave me a strong work ethic. I grew up in a wealthy area and I know plenty of people that were handed anything and everything and most of them turned out ok too but while it might suck at times as a teenager to not be able to have the latest and the greatest in the end I appreciate and respect my mother for how hard she worked to provide for me and it made me appreciate the luxury items I did get even more than if I was able to get whatever I wanted when I wanted. It sounds like you are doing a great job with your son and I'm sure he shares the same sentiments as I do at least most of the time lol
- 10-09-2011, 12:06 PM #59
Everyone expects that the next generation of Goog-rola phones will run "pure" Android. We'll see if Samsung, HTC, etc. are pressured to go along and strip away their layers and the carrier bloatware. I doubt it.
- 10-09-2011, 12:40 PM #60
Here's an example. Let's say the Nexus Prime turns out to have a 4.6" high resolution display that matches the Retina display in the iPhone. That will be great for someone who needs a larger display because they prefer larger fonts and have large hands. But it won't be that great for someone who has smaller hands and prefers to use the phone in one hand. A larger display also requires more power, so battery life could be compromised. That might not matter for someone who's willing to carry a spare battery or always has access to a car charger.
Pros and cons to everything. Like you said, everyone is free to choose what package of features and compromises they prefer. Just be sure you understand what the pros & cons actually are.
A nephew asked my advice a few months ago about selecting his first smartphone. He had a long list of reasons why he wanted one of the 4G Android phones. I didn't bother to try and talk him into waiting for the 5th gen. iPhone, but did warn him that most reviews said that battery life stunk with the 4G phones. He said he understood that, but his friends assured him that he would be able to install power management apps and tweak it so that battery life was fine.
So he got the 4G Android phone and a couple of weeks later sheepishly emailed me saying that battery life sucked big time. But otherwise he loved the phone, so he'll have to adapt by either carrying a charger or a spare battery. He's in college and carries a pack all the time anyways, so it's no big deal for him. But that might not be the case for someone else.
Few of us here have hands-on experience with every single phone that comes along. But many of us do read lots of reviews. So note any critical comments about a phone or OS and then do some research about it. And preferably spend time actually using a phone. These are touchscreen devices and UI responsiveness is a huge deal that affects practically everything you want to accomplish on it. Any lag, stuttering or sluggishness will get annoying very quickly.
- 10-09-2011, 01:02 PM #61
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- 10-09-2011, 04:06 PM #64
I hope Ice Cream Sandwich is excellent. I hope it introduces new features and new UI touches. I want it to raise the bar. Then I hope iOS does the same, and Windows Phone as well, and even RIM. I may or may not buy one of their products, but I hope each continues to raise the bar. Last thing I want to see is stagnation in products and OS development. We've had plenty of that in the past. In the end, it's better for us that the competition continues to make things difficult for each other.
- 10-09-2011, 04:20 PM #65
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- 10-09-2011, 04:49 PM #67
I don't ever see anything outshining the iPhone ever...they all keep trying and no one comes close in my opinion...
Just sold my iPhone4 to buy the iPhone4S and Ive been using the Droid Incredible for the last 3 hours and Im ready to toss this thing out the window! Oh it already needs the battery charged, shocking!!
- 10-09-2011, 04:54 PM #68
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- 10-09-2011, 07:19 PM #71
I know this may start a furry but "open" is great, but how does it apply to the masses and general consumers.
Both android and ios are great. It depends on your needs.
Bottom line is I'm glad we have the freedom of choices/options. It's breeds developemet and pushes tech technology.
- 10-09-2011, 08:02 PM #72
- 10-09-2011, 08:11 PM #73
I jumped on the Android bandwagon last year, tried the Aria, returned it and then go the Atrix. After all of that I came back to iPhone for 3 simple reasons:
1. Ease of use - pretty much ready to use right of the box, put in email address and good to go. With the Android it would almost take me a week to get it close to what I wanted.
2. Battery life - moderate user, battery would die on Android within 8 hours, on iPhone could last couple of days on one charge.
3. Apps - although Android is getting much better in this department they, in my opinion, won't catch Apple anytime soon.
For those of you that like Droid, great happy for you but I'm not worried about them taking over the smartphone world, at least not my world.
- 10-09-2011, 08:30 PM #74
- 10-09-2011, 09:43 PM #75iPhone Nanite
- 3 Posts
I have very mixed feelings about this. I have to say the specs from the Nexus Prime sound pretty impressive and should definitely be considered competition, but I also think that Apple's iPhone's are so well established that there's no way the Nexus Prime and Ice Cream Sandwich can get as much hype as the 4s.