I have no reason to ever go back. I've gambled a bunch of times and always lost with Android, no reason to take another chance.Great write up, I often wonder if I will go back to Android. The one thing I miss most about my Droid is Cyan's ROM's. This guy did amazing things with his custom ROM's. The X was just over themed and could not run a true custom ROM or kernel. I am happy with my IP 4. You reminded me of some annoyance's, I don't think I will be heading back.
Matth3w said:See full review here:
I believe that I have come full circle. I absolutely hated Apple products (except for basic iPods) up until the iPad came out. I tried the iPad out in Best Buy and was amazed. Ever since, I have been on the iDevice bandwagon. I still won't use a Mac computer, but as far as the mobile devices go...
Anyhow, being that I've been an Android user for so long, I figured I'd post up a comparison between the two for those thinking of switching but might be on the fence.
Hands down this goes to the iPhone 4. Yes, the screen size on the Droid X is much larger, but the quality is much better on the iPhone and that makes all the difference to me. Text, pictures, and everything is much clearer. Think about it this way: would you rather have a 55" non-HD TV or have a 46" 1080p HDTV...that's about the difference to me, and for me, I'd pic the HDTV over the non-HD any day of the week.
This is HUGE for me. The number one frustration I have ALWAYS had with the Android OS and even aftermarket keyboards is the phone always seems to lag because I type on it too quickly. This is NEVER the case with the iPhone/iPad/iPod Touch and probably the primary reason I switched.
Also, the keyboard works wonderfully. Somehow, and I can't figure out how Apple does it, but no matter how big the keyboard is on the Android, I can always type faster on an Apple keyboard. It boggles my mind.
In addition, the Apple devices NATIVELY support Arabic keyboards, something that Android devices still cannot do, last I checked. This is also a huge deal breaker for me.
As an Android user since it's inception, I can say for certain that the Apple App Store is far superior. However, it has also been around for longer so there is a possibility that the Android store will catch up some day. But for now the App Store isn't inherently better, it's just that there is a bigger market apparently so developers are most likely to develop an app for iDevices FIRST if not exclusively. I can't count how many times there was an awesome app in the app store that I waited over a year for to come to Android.
The downside is, many apps on the Apple Store are more expensive than apps on the Android Market. For example, you can get Google Sky Map for free on the Android Market, but you have to pay for some sort of equivalent on the App Store.
I still find the App Store far superior.
Hands down, any Android device wins in this category. The iPhone has some great GPS apps available, but most of them are between 30 and 60 dollars, whereas every Android device comes with Turn by Turn Google Maps navigation...something I never felt the need to stray from. Right now I am using a cheap (or maybe it was free?) Mapquest Navigation app for the iPhone. It works decent, but it's nothing as good as Google Maps TBT that comes with Android.
Speech to Text
Nonexistent on the iPhone and Dragon Dictation is worthless, so hands down this goes to Android.
The iPhone definitely seems less durable than my Motorola Droid X. It also looks more quality, but if you drop it, I'd say you're done for. I bought the Square Trade warranty for $99.
Most people say that the Android has widgets and that makes it better, but frankly, most Android widgets suck and just drain the battery so I don't miss them at all. Yeah you can have the weather right on your desktop, but I can get the weather from an app in one click. If you're jailbroken you can add the weather to your lock screen anyhow.
I don't know how they do it, but no matter how fast of an Android phone I've had, nothing compares to the lagless nature of iOS. I've overclocked my Android phones, optimized, you name it. Still not as seamless as iOS.
The iPhone seems to be a lot louder than my Droid X in terms of ringtones and call volume. This wasn't a deal breaker for me by any means on the Droid X but it was worth mentioning if you have that issue.
The Android devices tend to have better notification systems. The pop ups on the Apple devices can be annoying and of course most Android phones have some sort of LED that let you know you have a notification without having to turn on the screen.
Despite the megapixel difference, I don't notice a picture quality difference. If I want to take a high quality picture, I'm not using a phone camera anyhow.
One thing I thought would be irrelevant to me would be the front facing camera. But as it turns out, having one is just awesome. I use FaceTime all the time because I live thousands of miles away from my family. Today I chatted with my cousin while she was at my grandmother's house and I was able to see them for the first time in months and I also gave them a tour of my new house. Very spiffy.
If you aren't frequently separated by distance from your family/SO this might not be a huge deal to you, but it's a pleasant surprise for me.
If you have GMail, the Android phones are going to be inherently better at handling your GMail. However, I had many problems with the GMail application on my Android device, and I wasn't alone. No solution was ever really found, but sometimes at random messages would get stuck in the outbox even when on full signal with wifi. It appeared to have something to do with the way Android OS handled cache but we never really pinpointed it. It was few and far between, but it happened.
I know some old geezers hate Facebook, but the Facebook app for the iPhone is infinitely better than the app for Android. You can tag photos, and actually get regular notifications, unlike the Android version. Why such a difference I have no idea...
EDIT: I went into the office today where I NEVER had signal with my Droid X. I would have to lean out the window just to send a text. Today with my iPhone I texted, played Words with Friends, got emails, sent emails, and made a few flawless voice calls. I was the only one in the entire office (including one of my NCOs that has a Droid X) that could do any of that. Everyone else had to go outside to make calls. Granted, my battery drained like a mofo, but it was too easy to plug the phone in next to my desk. People were borrowing my phone all day to make calls to soldiers. Very odd that this should be the case, but for whatever reason it is.
This was always a huge contention to people, that the iProducts can't play Flash. I had Flash on Froyo 2.2 Browser on my Droid X and it was HORRIBLE. Make no mistake about it, it's about money for Steve Jobs/Apple, but at the end of the day he is still right - Flash is garbage on mobile devices. Period. Most websites with Flash have flash ads, flash banners, flash menus, etc. The phone ran like utter crap trying to process all that junk. Most of the good websites have HTML5 anyhow - even the porn sites. lol