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Just for fun / iPhone or Android?


Q: We often get asked what is the best phone to use, iPhone or an Android phone. Here is an opinion from one of our mobile gurus in the know:


A: Quick way to summarise the 2 platforms...

iPhone = apps platform, more apps, higher quality apps + very closed

Android = apps platform + more customizability + live wallpapers + widgets + not so closed (however manufacturers still lock some features despite it being an open source OS), there are some good apps but not as many as on iPhone - however it is catching up and many iPhone devs are now developing for Android too.

Best thing to do is go into a shop and try one out.

The 2 best Android phones currently available are:

Samsung Galaxy S

By the end of Sept both these phones will have Android 2.2 on all networks, this brings things like Flash 10.1 (if you want it), Chrome to Phone (anything in your Chrome browser on your PC can be sent to your phone with 1 click, e.g. if you are on Google maps it'll load google maps on your phone and transfer any data, such as route you searched for) and it's generally faster.

However Android 3 operating system is available in Oct, which by the end of the year or early 2011 should bring a new range of 4" 720p devices (iPhone 4 pixel densities + bigger/better).


Let us know if you think differently. 

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    Mostafa Berg MOSTAFABERG

    I still prefer the iPhone, I love the iOS 4 , I'm a Mac Fanboy, so this might be biased, as an End-user, I prefer the iPhone as I feel it's made with real high quality materials, the phone feels perfect inside and out, the software is solidly built, I love the intuitive UI, the phone doesn't need a manual to understand !


    As a developer, I hate the way the Appstore works, too many signatures, too many errors, very bad documentation and tools..

    I haven't tried developing Android apps, but I'm sure it's easier than Apple's platform !


    the Android might be more "Open", but I still prefer high quality than Openness. (this is against my philosophy , but for Apple I'll change ;) )


    hope i made a point

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    You certainly did. 

    Great to hear your App Developer viewpoint. 


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    Jon just released a good comparison summary, and opinion on the new big screen Android. 

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    So, is the Nexus S the best phone on the market today? Well, in terms of hardware, yes it is – but only just. The HTC Desire HD has an even bigger screen, with brighter and more vivid colours, plus all the benefits of HTC Sense. HTC hasn't confirmed it will get 2.3, but if it does then there will be a lot less reason to look upon the Nexus S so favourably.

    The Nexus S will be favoured by people who want to take the phone and make it their own, perhaps by adding a new homescreen launcher, a snazzier web browser and a more powerful messaging app, but if you leave it as it is, it lacks the excitement as HTC's Sense UI, or even the Samsung TouchWiz front-end that comes on the Galaxy S.

    But, in terms of future proofing, and taking into account the blistering performance, we must acknowledge that it's the best Android phone out there today, even if its time at the top of the table may be short lived when a load of new models are announced in the coming months. [ source]


    Mostafa, interesting to reflect on, in that article where they say:

    "as it stands, the phone simply doesn't lag at all (I'll ignore badly coded apps that you might download that would mess up any device). As you open up menus and swap apps, or fire up the on-screen keyboard, everything is every bit as slick as you'd expect from a device sporting an Apple logo."

    ....certainly backs up your good quality rather than openness preference. Would be interesting to see the stats on how many consumers think that it's a slow phone rather than a badly coded application that's since been installed.  

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    Are you ready for a fight? The  HTC Sensation and the  Samsung Galaxy S II: two smartphones overflowing with superlatives, high-end specs and consumer appeal. We’ve already given the Galaxy S II a thorough going-over and  come away mightily impressed, but how does it stand up next to the Sensation, with its extra pixels and polished Sense interface? Read on for round one of what’s likely to be an extended war.

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    Having used both the Samsung Galaxy S 2 and the iPhone for some time, here are my observations when putting them head to head:

    iPhone - editing text is much easier. Scrolling is so much more intuitive on the iPhone. With the Galaxy, it is near impossible to get to the far right of a small text box when you've already written the text. Anyone else share the pain of "Select Word" popping up when your trying to place the cursor?!?! The iPhone is much more like a computer's mouse, where you click and drag. The Android doesn't come with predictive text, like the Apple does, so I downloaded FireKeys free from the Market. Although it does the job, its frustrating that you have to tap on the predicted word rather than pressing space, which feels more natural, as you do on the iPhone. 

    Samsung - downloading files is much easier. Download from any website, rather than being restricted by iTunes. Although, it is a shame that if you lose your data connection during a download the download fails, rather than resuming where it stopped. Maybe there's an app for that! 

    iPhone - learning curve, much quicker on the iPhone, everything is intuitive and easy. The Android wasn't so intuitive, with a few frustrating moments trying to figure what to do next. That said, once over the hurdle, they both compete equally. 

    Samsung - Battery slightly better on the Samsung, but you still need to charge every day with heavy use. With a replaceable battery, unlike the iPhone, it offers the opportunity to upgrade when battery fatigue sets in. 

    Samsung - Gmail, wow, they have really cracked it on the Android. The iPhone was infinitely frustrating, constantly crashing, not sending mails, waiting forever then not being able to receive mail. The Samsung is a breath of fresh air, emails are there first time, every time. Sending is painless. 


    So all in all, I weigh up in favour of the Android, however if Apple/Google would sort out their Gmail application then it would be a close difficult call. I can't help but think Google aren't going to make that effort!

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