1. tourstagefan's Avatar
    I'm taking this one step at a time. I decided to keep the iphone rather than returning it and waiting for the Thunderbolt. I am not all that crazy about the idea of jailbreaking. I know that 99% of users love it, but I am the guy who wants to keep things stock if possible, and avoid and bugs or issues with my phone that I probably won't be able to track and fix. I rooted my Evo and loved the ability to install custom roms etc. but they were buggy, and caused me more trouble than they were worth.

    I think I will wait until iOS 5 and see what it brings. If apple doesn't offer a better notification system with iOS 5 I will go ahead and jailbreak. Who knows, maybe I will get brave and do it before this, but I'm just not in a big hurry to do it.

    The first week I had the iphone, I was getting very frustrated with the missing features I had in Android. But now, I have become used to iOS and I'm starting to like it for what it is, and not what it is not. There are plenty of things that I like better on the iphone, and they outweigh the negatives at this point. I am glad I decided to keep it.
    Glad to hear it!
    03-02-2011 09:40 AM
  2. Entertainment72's Avatar
    03-02-2011 10:06 AM
  3. P0stalTek's Avatar
    Android devices I've owned....Original Droid, Ally, Fascinate, Incredible and Droid X...in the beginning, they are smooth and fast but then they become slow, sluggish and very laggy. I do love the notifications and Google voice turn by turn directions is fantastic. But I have TomTom on my iPhone and am customizing the notifications more since I JB it. For me personally, I'll never go back to Android.

    This fella said what I'm going to reiterate.

    I don't fault the opinions on the notifications system and that sort of thing. Oddly, it didn't bother me at all until after I jailbroke my iPhone. Now I SEE the glaring problems in some of the iPhone software.

    That said, jailbreaking made everything better for me:

    Notifications: LockInfo
    SMS/MMS: biteSMS
    Customization: Themes/Gridlock/folderenhancer
    Calander: I don't use much tbh, but LockInfo displays them on the lock screen
    Navigation: I intend to get Navigon, but have never used Droid Google Maps to be fair.


    Now, I do realize that jailbreaking isn't for everyone, but for me it took a phone I was already excited about and made it... 1000% times better.

    Now if I could only find a JB app that makes me french toast!

    Good luck in whatever you decide.
    03-02-2011 01:26 PM
  4. aslondon's Avatar
    I'm new here. I recently switched from a DX to an Iphone 4 32g. I really liked the Droid X, but it started doing funky things requiring a major reset of the phone, too much like BB storms I've had in past. I have a macbook pro at home and I have always lusted after an Iphone. Have been with VZN for several years and have been pretty satisfied with their coverage and customer service. They may not have all the esoteric answers that enthusiasts want, but they seem to try. Anyway, I'm pretty impressed with the new phone. It seems to have good sound quality in and out, as long as I hold the phone so I am talking in to the mic and not the speaker port! It's taking some getting used to, but I think it's a keeper. Love that screen
    03-02-2011 04:18 PM
  5. GolpherZX's Avatar
    Battery. Hands down the best part for me. Today I used the iPhone to listen to music while at the office, then while working out in the basement of a big concrete building (no 3G), navigation via waze and all night playing games and reading this forum. 25% battery now. Never would have had that with my evo.

    The iPhone just works and I don't have to tweak everything to get it to work well for me. Accessories being available is nice as well. I can go to a local retailer and get a speaker dock or other accessory if I need one.

    In the end, and I can't stress this enough, it is a personal decision what you like better.
    03-02-2011 11:01 PM
  6. ladyc0524's Avatar
    Just got my VZ iPhone today and I am completely in love! No lag, great battery life, beautiful screen, and tons of apps. The Droid 2 will be put in the closet!
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    03-02-2011 11:20 PM
  7. jayhawkfan18's Avatar
    Got my VZW iPhone 4 about a week ago and don't miss my Incredible one bit. Battery life is a HUGE difference and no lag at all!!
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    03-03-2011 11:16 AM
  8. Heather_S's Avatar
    I truly hope i too will come to love my ip4 as much as you lot. I really want to love this phone, it is so pretty to look at and feels good in the hand... But i'll be tossed if i don't miss SOOO many things about my DX.

    The screen is the main thing, i was really used to all that room. And my swipe..
    03-03-2011 01:08 PM
  9. jayhawkfan18's Avatar
    There are certain things that Android does well but overall I just feel like the iPhone is a much better quality device. I like that all of the apps work together with the pop up notifications and the unread counts. 3rd party apps on Android would rarely work seamlessly like they do on iOS.
    03-03-2011 01:39 PM
  10. JRoid's Avatar
    Had the motorola droid, then went to the DINC. Battery life was horrible on both. I dropped my Incredible, screen cracked and didn't want to claim on insurance because the iPhone was coming out. So far so good, and I have waited patiently for the iPhone with temporary phones. Miss the notifications, but other than that, I am happy.
    03-03-2011 02:22 PM
  11. trjnberry's Avatar
    I truly hope i too will come to love my ip4 as much as you lot. I really want to love this phone, it is so pretty to look at and feels good in the hand... But i'll be tossed if i don't miss SOOO many things about my DX.

    The screen is the main thing, i was really used to all that room. And my swipe..
    I have been reading these forums for a quite some time now and you seem to be a protypical Android user based on several of your prior posts, so I wonder why did you to upgrade to the VIP? Curiousity? Try something new? I am up for an upgrade in 2 weeks and I am very interested in the HTC Thunderbolt but like many other Verizon users, I have this "craving" for an iPhone. It seems to me that an Android user needs to be a programmer to enjoy their phone. I have no interest in rooting the device, so do you think a stock android is better than a stock iPhone?

    I am sure that i am not the only one reading this thread, sitting on the fence between Android and iPhone as their next phone upgrade. It's great to read how cool the iPhone is compared to a BlackBerry, but when 30% of the Android users on Verizon are buying the iPhone, that's a pretty big percentage if Android is all the excitement and greatness. Listen to any ATT users in San Francisco or New York and you'd think everyone hates ATT and yet Verizon didn't get any 30% conversion. So, is the Android mostly hype?
    03-03-2011 04:56 PM
  12. Heather_S's Avatar
    I have been reading these forums for a quite some time now and you seem to be a protypical Android user based on several of your prior posts, so I wonder why did you to upgrade to the VIP? Curiousity? Try something new? I am up for an upgrade in 2 weeks and I am very interested in the HTC Thunderbolt but like many other Verizon users, I have this "craving" for an iPhone. It seems to me that an Android user needs to be a programmer to enjoy their phone. I have no interest in rooting the device, so do you think a stock android is better than a stock iPhone?

    I am sure that i am not the only one reading this thread, sitting on the fence between Android and iPhone as their next phone upgrade. It's great to read how cool the iPhone is compared to a BlackBerry, but when 30% of the Android users on Verizon are buying the iPhone, that's a pretty big percentage if Android is all the excitement and greatness. Listen to any ATT users in San Francisco or New York and you'd think everyone hates ATT and yet Verizon didn't get any 30% conversion. So, is the Android mostly hype?
    It was mostly curiosity, i have read so much about it and must admit i wanted to see what all the hoopla was about..

    I am just not WOW'd the way i had hoped. Is this do to my building it up in my head? I don't know. Is their a natural learning curve when getting used to a new device? I am sure there is. I don't hate or even dislike the ip4 at all.

    I am just going through withdraws on a few things is all, i am sure in time it will all iron out. Now, would i get one again if i had it all to do again? THAT my friend is the $64,000.00 question..

    Maybe not, knowing whats coming in the next few months. Did i just go for the shiny pretty new toy? Perhaps. But i do feel the ip4 to be a powerful capable device that like ALL devices has it drawbacks. NO device is the holy grail jesus phone. So i guess knowing what i know now, i may have waited. Simply because i sorely miss my swype and notifications dearly..

    But i am no hater or fangirl, i will make the best of what i have. I have never been one to blast someone Else's choice. Use what works best for you.

    As for being a programmer? Not so much. Everything i learned to do on my DX i learned out of curiosity, NOT necessity. I do enjoy a bit of tinkering about. But my DX did just fine before. I didn't need to do anything to it all.

    So there you have it luv. I am slightly more than content with my ip4, but do miss many aspects of the Android system.
    So i ordered a XOOM yesterday to quench my Android thirst

    Cheers

    H
    Last edited by Heather_S; 03-05-2011 at 03:55 PM.
    03-03-2011 07:52 PM
  13. Heather_S's Avatar
    so do you think a stock android is better than a stock iPhone?

    It appears i over looked this very important question. I do apologize.

    In a word no, not better, just different.

    The Android system offers a bit more for the user, but they are things you may have no interest in doing. Or you may be able to JB your iphone and do.
    It is after all person preference
    .
    I do think that they both offer something to most.

    I rooted my DX, again for fun not necessity, but it did notifications and a few other things bone stock. Things i am no finding out my ip4 cant without app's or JB'n. So that was a little bit of a let down, but my own fault for not looking into it before jumping.

    And there is really not a plain vanilla Android out except the OG Droid. Pretty much all Androids since have a factory supplied UI. Some good, some not so good.. But thats neither here nor there.

    Cheers

    H
    03-03-2011 08:07 PM
  14. durangojim#AC's Avatar
    Had a droid then a dinc which I broke the screen on. Had vip4 for a week and really like it. I do miss android google maps and all the integrated voice actions.
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    03-03-2011 10:17 PM
  15. gonzoguy24's Avatar
    Just wanted to quote this guy cuz I switched from a Droid incredible.

    All the pros you list on here for the iPhone outweigh all of the cons you list. I had an O.G. Droid and an Incredible. You are also leaving out the fact that the iPhone just works, all the time, like you expect it to. This is not always the case with the cheap plasticy Android phones.

    Switched to iOS from Android and could not be happier.

    I was always rooting and running a different custom ROM to try and get a better experience out of android and it was very taxing. My new iPhone 4 is amazing.

    I will be getting the iPhone 5 in a few months at full price. That is how much I love iOS.

    $35 restocking fee, at least at the Verizon store.....

    I was a HTC Evo user and decided to switch from Sprint to Verizon for better cell coverage in my area. I decided on the iPhone because I wanted one since their initial release, but never considered switching to AT&T because of inferior coverage (they don't even have 3G in my area). I liked Android, a LOT, but was convinced that I would love the iphone just as much... boy was I wrong.

    I may get flamed for saying this, since this IS an iPhone forum, but IMO, Android is king here... there are just so many things that I took for granted in Android that iOS simply does not offer, or is incredibly difficult and/or needs jailbreaking to accomplish. Here are a few of my MAJOR complaints:

    1) Notifications - They absolutely suck in iOS, plain and simple. The drop-down notification bar in Android is awesome. In iOS, notifications are just blue popup windows on your screen. Sometimes they get hidden behind new notifications and just disappear, and sometimes they seem to dismiss themselves, while other times they will just stack on top of eachother. Very annoying....

    2) Calendar - Not up to par. I like to be reminded or nagged when I have an appointment alert, and have the option to snooze the alert for a given amount of time. This is not possible in iOS that I have found. You get a single alert, and popup window, that is easily lost in the shuffle (see above). There is also no week view in the stock calendar, only day or month. There are a lot of great calendar apps in the app store, but none that completely satisfy all of my needs.

    3) Navigation - Android users need to be thankful for Google Navigation. It is awesome and iOS does not have anything even close to this, especially for free. There are TomTom apps in the app store that offer similar functionality (sans the google search integration) but cost anywhere from $25 and up. Google nav is priceless. The iOS maps app is similar to the google maps app that I had on my blackberry a few years ago. A decent map application, but leaves me wanting more.

    4) Customization - I probably don't need to go here, everyone probably knows enough about this. In iOS, what you see is what you get. Sure, you can change the wallpaper. But anything else is too much of a pain to be worth it, or requires jailbreaking. Could not believe how difficult it was to add some ringtones to my iphone. Unless you purchase them in itunes, it requires downloading, converting, changing file extensions, and syncing them to your phone in itunes.... in other words, hardly worth it. Also, there is no customizing the SMS tones or email tones, period. What apple gives you (10 choices or so) is all you get, you can't even add more.

    Also, I really like having the option to change my keyboard in Android (I love swype), as well as SMS apps etc. Forget it on the iphone, not happening.... This is just the tip of the iceberg, smartphones are all about customization, I like to have the freedom of choosing what I want.

    5) Google integration - I am a Google Apps (for my domain) business user. I use GMail, Google Docs, Google Voice, Calendar, and pretty much everything else that Google offers. All of these services are pretty tightly integrated in Android. In iOS it is a bit too cumbersome. I am able to use most of these services still, but they are scattered throughout many apps that do not work well together.

    Okay, so there are my gripes. I cannot say that I am completely dissatisfied with the iphone, because there are plenty of things that it does very well:

    Netflix app - I have been wanting this for a while now. I got it, watched a movie, and that was it. Probably won't use the app again. I am rarely in a position where I really need to watch a movie on my little smartphone screen. It is a very neat app to have, but I don't need it.

    Skype Video Chat - I was really disappointed that Skype had not released this for Android yet. I had a FFC on my Evo, but no skype app to video chat with anyone.... still kinda bummed that it isn't released yet, since I will likely be going back to android.

    Facetime - This is very cool.... very very cool....

    Other things worth noting:

    - Screen is very nice
    - Battery life is quite exceptional (this is the big downer for most android phones)
    - iPod integration is a plus
    - There are more accessories for iphone
    - The iphone hardware design is second to none, I love the way this phone looks/feels
    - More/higher quality apps in the app store (android is slowly catching up, though)
    - Really nice camera (my Evo had a very nice camera too)

    Everyone can call me names and shun me from the forums here if you would like, but I am just being brutally honest. The iPhone is beautiful, a really nice phone. But coming from Android, iOS has a LOT of catching up to do.....

    I am going to return the iphone next week and wait for the Thunderbolt. I might try iPhone again someday, but right now it is just not for me....
    03-04-2011 08:48 AM
  16. eye4ni's Avatar
    Just wanted to quote this guy cuz I switched from a Droid incredible.

    All the pros you list on here for the iPhone outweigh all of the cons you list. I had an O.G. Droid and an Incredible. You are also leaving out the fact that the iPhone just works, all the time, like you expect it to. This is not always the case with the cheap plasticy Android phones.

    Switched to iOS from Android and could not be happier.

    I was always rooting and running a different custom ROM to try and get a better experience out of android and it was very taxing. My new iPhone 4 is amazing.

    I will be getting the iPhone 5 in a few months at full price. That is how much I love iOS.
    It took me a week to get past my frustrations. I have since started to enjoy the phone much more after I realized that it is not an Android, and I shouldn't expect the same experience. I really like the iphone. The biggest plus for me is the battery life. I can actually use this phone without an extended battery or worrying about plugging in throughout the day.... it is very impressive.

    I also really like the app selection/quality. It is what makes a smartphone enjoyable and useful, and iphone nails it.
    03-04-2011 10:25 AM
  17. chris.zacher452's Avatar
    I had the original droid but it seemed every update made the phone worse. I just bought the fascinate a couple months ago and it completely locked up on me twice in two days. The bad thing about it locking up is that it was over night when I wasn't even using it. After about a year and three months of android I was done. They are talking about other OSs before most of the new phones have an OS that was out a year ago. I have had a good experience so far with iOS even though it has only been four days.
    03-04-2011 11:20 AM
  18. Heather_S's Avatar
    Just wanted to quote this guy cuz I switched from a Droid incredible.

    This is not always the case with the cheap plasticy Android phones.
    If you had a cheap feeling plastic feeling Android phone you must have been on an HTC device. The Motorola Droid phones are well known for their very solid firm feel and are quite sturdy.. So not All Androids feel that way.

    HTC devices are well known to be creaky and flimsy..
    03-04-2011 12:45 PM
  19. Lynx's Avatar

    HTC devices are well known to be creaky and flimsy..
    While I do like HTC devices and their form factor much better than Moto, this is a very true statement lol.
    03-04-2011 01:31 PM
  20. jayhawkfan18's Avatar
    HTC devices are well known to be creaky and flimsy..
    I also agree with this statement. My Incredible would always creak and the battery door was made of a very cheap plastic. I was always afraid I was going to break it when I had to change my battery halfway thru EVERY day...
    03-04-2011 01:40 PM
  21. H_D's Avatar
    The Motorola Droid phones are well known for their very solid firm feel and are quite sturdy..
    Not the Atrix...
    04-11-2011 11:09 PM
  22. takeshi's Avatar
    I have always liked the look of the iPhone, but never used one.
    Try one. You can read all you want of other people's opinions but they may or may not be relevant to you. You can't beat first hand experience for determining these things. Test drive!
    04-11-2011 11:32 PM
  23. Jtshurtleff's Avatar
    For the people who think this phone has bad notifications, jailbreak using greenpois0n (took me literally 2 minutes including time to search for and download the application) and get bitesms. It destroys anything android has and if you get lockinfo you get all of your info on your lockscreen PLUS you get a drop down menu. Even an unstable jailbreak is more stable than crappy android software and 99% of android apps suck. The only good ones are ones they got after iOS got them.
    04-12-2011 07:50 AM
  24. ajonesma's Avatar
    I switched from android to iOS because I was sick of how slow my EVO was running. Had to have antivirus on there, since android's are prone to virus's, which slowed it down even more. But I love my iphone
    04-12-2011 08:09 AM
  25. H_D's Avatar
    Had to have antivirus on there, since android's are prone to virus's, which slowed it down even more.
    Not true^^^
    As long as you are not sideloading any pirated apps, you should be fine downloading from the Android Market avoiding any potential viruses.

    On topic: I switched from an Evo to iPhone because of the smoother user experience and enjoyed my iPod Touch so much that I wanted to use it as a phone.
    Last edited by YaBoiD; 04-12-2011 at 07:24 PM.
    04-12-2011 07:21 PM
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