After 3.5 years with the iPhone, last September I decided to give the Android a go. Apple was good to me in the beginning, offering a major life improvement when i switched from a standard cell phone. I loved having maps, my personal calendar, email, and music with me all the time. Huge improvement. But ever since my wife got the HTC Incredible (an android phone) in the summer of 2010 I was jealous. Her phone was faster in most ways compared to mine, which had poor reception at home and work, where i spent most of my time. The wife would consistantly leave me in the dust on roadtrips as well. She also had Verizon, and I had AT&T, so I was eager to switch carriers. Last fall after losing my iPhone i looked into the android options and decided it was time.
At first the main reason I wanted Android was control. I love Apple, they design better than anyone, but at the end of the day I was tired of always doing things the apple way – I wanted more control on how to manage things that are as personal as your mobile device. In other words, I don’t care how awesome your hammer is, everything is not a nail. I prefer a swiss army knife.
After about 9 months, I have mixed feelings on the switch, so I’d thought I’d list my pro’s and cons
Droid Bionic Pros:
- 4.3 inch screen is bigger than 3.5 of iPhone. I prefer bigger screen when using the touchscreen or watching videos/pics. It still slides easily into my pocket, too.
- Supposedly faster with Dual Core. Having a dual core means if some app messes up, even if its in the background, it won’t bring your phone to a grinding halt. In practice it doesn’t seem faster, and several times a week it is dramatically slower (unlocking can take several seconds, oh the horror).
- Android Hardware
- I love having a back button. I hate that Apple doesn’t have that – only has the “home” button.
- I also love the menu button. Apps take advantage of that better providing a better and faster way to get what i need.
- Android Software
- Notifications bar. New email, text, voicemail, app msg, whatever. You’re always 2 secs away from getting what you need.
- I have not rooted my phone yet, but plan to. That opens up even more possibilities. Not so much on Apple.
- Pro – Google.
- I am more like google than apple. That is, I rather have more data and more features available to me then have that one button positioned just right.
- Google Account integration. If you’re a google user, with gmail, google docs, maps, etc, then this is for you. Integration is so natural it blows me away. Especially contacts – facebook and gmail merged is so sweet.
- I love that i can sync my mac with my bionic without using wires. However, i’m still not excited about the delay it takes to go from my computer to google then to my phone.
- Although both iPhone and Bionic suck when your photo needs a flash, The droid has 8 MP and a nice video camera – a step up from iPhone.
- More storage. Bionic has internal card and removable SD card.
Droid Bionic Cons:
- Bionic has Bugs
- Sometimes I must reboot to get data connection to work over phone network (when not on wifi). This is better than it used to be, but still buggy.
- Google calendar interface is jumpy – When looking at agenda view, it will jump backwards a week or more. Just annoying.
- Freezes for a few secs sometimes, while i’m typing (which screws up your flow) or during a transition or animation (like unlocking phone). This happened alot on iPhone, too.
- No screen capture by default
- Video Player not good
- I miss Apple’s Music/iTunes sync
- I got used to iTunes, and once i setup sync with my iPhone, I loved just plugging in my iPhone and having things just sync. I could easily organize music and podcasts (i get news and stuff daily) on my computer, then in a few mins my updated playlists are sync’d.
- I miss Apple’s intuitive interface.
- Basic things apple does really well, like size of buttons, how much info to display on a page,