The iPhone is a fantastic device and probably still the best smartphone available when you consider quality and the ecosystem it lives in. If you use a Mac, then the iPhone is without question the best smartphone to use. If you still live in the PC world, it’s still a great option but Android can be a very good second best.
Switching from iPhone to Android has become a smart thing for me to do for financial reasons and this article outlines some of what I have run into in making the switch.
There are many more options available for Android as compared to only about 3 for iPhone (iPhone3G, 3GS, and iPhone4). The iPhone is very hard to beat in quality because it has a glass front with a steel bezel and other materials that are extremely well put together. Android devices appear to be made to last about 2 years (typical contract length) and reality is that most smartphones will go relatively obsolete before they break.
Once you’ve adjusted to the touch interface on the iPhone, the switch to Android is easy depending on how your email is set up. I have been transitioning to Gmail and with Android, emails, contacts, calendar are all well integrated. Again, if you use a Mac and it’s mail and calendar system, you will probably want to stick with iPhone. My pet peeve with iPhone and Mac is lack of a good, integrated Task list. Gmail has an integrated task list and calendar and there are many apps that work with it directly although it has it’s own flaws.
When I purchased my iPhone, there was only one option for carriers but now there are two and probably more coming. Right now, iPhone is only available through the two major premium carriers and plans start at around sixty dollars per month with very little included. My plan, which included enough to make the device ok for my moderate business and personal usage, was around $ 114.00 per month including taxes,etc. Many more options are available with Android depending on the carrier. Research is necessary to find the best deal. Cost of the applications appears to be comparable.
The iPhone app store was a game changer and is very elegant in the way it is set up so if you are a normal user and just want things to work, it is very good. There are, so far, many more apps available and I had no problems with any of them until I upgraded to IOS3. Some of the apps began to get glitchy and they still will just shut off in the middle of using them. There are many apps available in both the app store and the Android marketplace but, I have to say that the iPhone apps are, in general, much more reliable and elegantly done.
In terms of searching for apps, the app store wins hands down because there are really almost no “junk” apps in there. The Android marketplace, however, is very cluttered and you have to sort through hot babes wallpaper and all manner of fart apps to find something useful. It is easier to use the Android market online to search for apps.
The iPhone out of the box will be very intuitive and trouble free and a joy to use. The Android can come close but not without some fiddling. I have loaded apps onto my iPhone (16 GB 3GS) as I wished for almost two years and not once did I get a memory error. The Android (LG Optimus) came with a 2GB card and I got memory errors almost immediately upon loading apps. Of course, an 8 GB card solves some of that but you have to load an app such as Android Booster or Advanced task killer and you will still get the memory issues occasionally.
I am finding the Android to be just fine and it does probably 90% of what I’ve managed to do with the iPhone. I believe, going forward, that Android will probably pass up the IOS devices and will be a very viable and expandable system. The included and built in turn by turn navigation and voice commands make it potentially much better but I’m still getting used to all of that.