Last Updated: Sep 12,2009
Please help me decide
Using something else you have found the limitations placed on the (otherwise highly usable) iPhone.
I would say Android. It's a far more open platform than iPhone and far more user friendly than WM. The device you want is not yet available though. If you can wait around a short while there's a whole load of Android phones about to hit the market.
Thought so... what devices are coming through with larger screens?
I've been going through similar issues with Windows Mobile vs. iPhone vs. Android. My primary media needs are for podcasts (98% audio) and audible books. Verizon is the carrier that works at my home, so iPhone was not really an option. I wound up getting a windows mobile phone and an ipod touch 2nd gen.
I was surprised to find that downloading and selecting podcasts works much better on WinMo than iTouch. The iTouch cuts off most of the title, making it virtually impossible to distinguish between casts and books. For WinMo, I bought news reader. With it I can setup podcasts and download easily without ever having to connect to my desktop or needing some type of desktop management software. I can also read the full titles even on a small 2.8" screen.
The main problem I've had with WinMo is in playing video (as you found), and the browser that works about as well as it did with the original pocket pc.
The browser on the iTouch is heads and shoulders better than the winmo one.
I'm currently waiting for the motorola sholes, which may be delayed but we'll know more today. It looks like an Android winner. I'll keep my iTouch and lose the Windows Mobile.
I have to admit to considering the same solution - my son has just got a 3GS and therefore has a surplus 8GB 2nd gen Touch... i am not really keen on this as I already carry a Blackberry Curve for work and that would mean three devices!!
You are right RSS on WinMo is better than iPhone - in fact I have just used my HTC Touch 3G (another story - soon to go to ebay home) to download the phandroid Podcast which I spotted on this site.
BUT and it's a massive BUT the video playback is just a killer for me...
On another note is there an Android application for converting/copying Windows Media Centre TV to the phone. This is a great feature in WinMo and can be easily achieved in Windows Media Player.
So still looking for the perfect solution - I know it's out there!
Your probably right - I am excited about Android. I really want to see it on 3g connected netbooks - that is my perfect solution. Instant on with large high resolution touch screens... at present I have a Macbook Air with Windows 7 on it. Best "thin and light" at present but it can be improved on....
I was in a similar situation- 3GS vs. Android, but I was upgrading to my first smartphone. It's not like a upgrade for 3G owners
I ended up with the 3GS and no gadget envy yet.
I was pretty close to holding out for the i7500 or the myTouch 3g, but I ended up going with the iPhone.
Android is not quite ready in my opinion; it's getting there, but not ready yet. Here's what made me hold off on Android
-I shouldn't have to download task killer and manage background processes myself.
-Still no official ability to store apps on the SD card and the internal memory doesn't have enough space... ehhem HTC
-Battery life sounds awful
-Rogue apps that slow the phone down; I've read people here where their phones get slow and quirky and deleting apps until the responsible app is removed is not my idea of fun.
-Hardware- It's been a HTC monopoly on Android and I'm so glad to see other companies releasing phones. Not the biggest fan of HTC. Gimmie a CLIQ over a Hero.
I say give it another year or two before it matures and is a viable alternative.
I too have a iPhone and would jump on the MOTO if it were on AT&T. Why won't AT&T come out with Android. The HTC Hero looks great also but again not coming to AT&T.
All very interesting thanks you
Also not sure I can wait 2 years - naturally impatient!!
If the only thing you need the blackberry for is Exchange at work, I'd just ditch it. You can connect to Exchange through the Android phone. Heck, even the iTouch will connect to it. Is there any other reason to keep it? Then you can do away with the downtime when either the BES server has issues or RIM loses Internet connectivity.
Use the iTouch only for things Android doesn't support, which becomes less every day.
Get the Android phone you've got your eyes on, or else get one from Ebay once they're available there. If you're on AT&T, get an unlocked G1 from ebay and try it out. As the new phones come out there should be a slew of them. You can do that without having to change your contract. If you like it, then pick your favorite new Android phone without worry. If you don't, then get an iPhone.
The new Motorola CLIQ does look interesting, I've read that the bottom keyboard part is as thick as the 3GS. Anybody know what the internal memory is?
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This is why internal memory is important; not even a year has passed with the G1 being out on the market.
Again, this is a reason why I didn't go Android. My 32GB is fixed; but at the very least, I will not have space limitations for OS updates and apps.
This is another reason why I think the Android market does not do as much business. Space limitations.
I think the Samsung i7500 is the only Android phone that does not have this issue- 8GB of memory
The Sprint Hero has 288 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
The T-mobile Cliq has 256 MB RAM / 512 MB ROM
No where near the 32GB; however, much better than what's on the G1.
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