November 13th, 2012, 09:50 PM
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Originally Posted by tpriddy
After years of Android happiness with the original Motorola Droid and much frustration with the Samsung Droid Charge, I bought an iPhone 5. I kept my unlimited data by upgrading the Motorola RAZR V3C on my plan for the iPhone5 purchase and then transferring the iPhone to replace my Droid Charge.
o The iPhone5 HW is a very cool, black monolith, very thin, very light.
o The LTE radio is much better than on the Droid Charge.
o The battery life is very good; I charge it nightly, but it doesn't get below 50%. I had to plug-in the Charge every day at work and every trip in the car.
o The iOS virtual keyboard is crap. In portrait the Q and P keys are so close to the edge, they often do not register the touch. And Swype is not available.
o Not having Android's magical back button is maddening.
o All UI navigation is poor: no home screen, no widgets, no app drawer. iOS has a nice app for settings but it's not fully implemented and it's frustrating guessing wrong, is it in the settings app or in the app's settings?
o Finding the better app for any job is difficult and can be expensive; the App Store's ratings are manipulated worse than the Android Market's. Did I mention how bad the keyboard was?
o Oh, and in the world of 2GB data plans instead of unlimited data, having iMessage default to using data plan instead of our unlimited text messaging is criminal. My niece was just burned to the tune of $50; she sends 10,000 messages a month.
There are difference in navigation, same goes for switching to any new platform. An iMessage uses an absolutely minuscule amount of data (about 1 K) and is no way required to be used.
I find the selection of apps on iOS to be far superior and prefer the on-screen keyboard to any on Android. The good points for Android are the ability to customize and choice of hardware.