My Experience: From iPhone 2g -> 3g -> 3gs -> Droid


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  1. Stangs55

    Stangs55 Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    I've been with the iPhone since I camped out on launch day of the original iPhone. Since then, I've made the launch day upgrade to the 3G and then the 3GS. To say that I am "dependent" on my iPhone is a bit of an understatement...honestly, I've been rather addicted to it. It has truly revolutionized how my day-to-day activities play out.

    With that said, I have finally been forced to give it up for one reason: the network (or lack thereof). AT&T is absolute horsesh|t. Maybe you've had a different experience and have good coverage where you live and I'm happy for you. But I do not. I live in Houston and work in the medical center as a physician where I am dependent on my cell phone for communication and patient care. Unfortunately, the iPhone is only a gadget where I live and not a phone. For example, I can get in the elevator in the basement of a building with a person talking clearly on a Verizon, Sprint, Tmobile, Cricket, and Boost phone and ride all the way to the top floor without any of them missing a syllable. Me? Not only do I have zero bars in the basement, I have zero bars on the top floor. In fact, I can only think of about 3 places where I can get reception. Add that to an average 20-25% dropped calls OUTSIDE the hospital and you've got utter sh|t no matter how you cut it.

    With that said, I've had to come to a decision: what do I want/need more? The best gadget in the world or a cell phone? Sadly, you cannot have both. Enter the Droid. Finally, a device that looks like it could offer the functionality of the iPhone on a robust network. So, with much trepidation, I opened a new Verizon account and picked up the Droid on launch day keeping my iPhone 3GS for the trail 30 days. Here's my report card so far:

    iPhone (quick thoughts for comparison)
    Hardware: 95/100
    Almost perfect sans poor battery life. It's SO fast. EVERYTHING snaps when you open an app, close and app, reply to an email, or scroll a page--there is INSTANT responsiveness when you touch your finger to the screen. I'm lightening fast on the virtual keyboard. The camera takes outstanding pictures and wonderful videos that I can trim and edit. The screen is gorgeous. The hardware vibrate toggle makes me wonder why every phone isn't that easy.
    Software: 99/100
    Beautiful and elegant yet functional.
    Network: 0/100
    Unacceptable.
    Total score: 194/300 = 64%

    Droid
    Hardware: 75/100
    The Droid does feel great in your hands. The metal casing screams durability and the weight makes me feel like I'm holding a tool, not a toy. Since I'm nearly as fast on my iPhone's virtual keyboard as I am on my laptop, I have no desire for a physical keyboard here and this dings the Droid a few notches in my book, but that's just personal preference. I would have preferred a single solid piece of metal that doesn't slide-out on accident (though, this has rarely happened thusfar). The screen is gorgeous as well...but while the extra vertical height is appreciated, they did this at the expense of a little bit of width. This is counter-intuitive in my mind because the virtual keyboard relies on width to properly space its virtual keys--with decreased width comes congested keys. The volume up/down button is flimsy and feels like it's going to fall off. Also, there's no hardware vibrate toggle for me to easily switch on the fly without activating my screen first. The camera takes improperly exposed pictures with poor color saturation and is very slow to focus. And 256mb of maximum app storage is just silly.
    Software: 75/100
    Android has potential, but I'm afraid it's its own worst enemy in that there will never be standardized hardware, which will put a ceiling on the quality of the apps that we see. Devs on the iPhone know exactly what every handset can and cannot do and may adjust their software accordingly--Android devs have no such luxury. The biggest problem I have with the OS right now is that it feels SO sluggish in comparison to my 3GS. For example, when I go to the Marketplace and start to scroll the list...there's often a delay before my finger is registered and again from when the finger motion starts and stops. This leaves for an almost disorienting experience as everything you do lags behind your motion and stutters until it seems that it buffers what's on the screen. It may not be a big deal to some that do not know better...but after living on an iPhone, it makes me feel like I've stepped back 10 years in time. They HAVE to improve the responsiveness.
    Network: 100/100
    AT&T guys that may be reading this...it really is amazing. I have yet to drop a single call since Friday morning whereas I would have dropped literally dozens of iPhone calls. I finally have a phone and a reliable way for my family to get in contact with me. It's amazing.
    Total: 250/300 = 84%

    In the end, I'm going to be keeping the Droid. It's not an iPhone killer, but it's certainly the next best thing...add that to the ability to actually use it as a cell phone and you have a real winner.
    Now...where were those latest Verizon iPhone rumors...
     

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  2. koticphreak

    koticphreak Well-Known Member

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    Based on Verizon's ad campaigns... I wouldn't be surprised if the iPhone never comes to Verizon.
     
  3. uberjeff

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    The latest iPhone rumor according to one of the Apple Insider sites (can't remember which one) is 3Q 2010. They were reported to be sourced from one of Apple's Asian hardware manufacturers who have been reliable in the past. According to the rumor the next iPhone is set to use Qualcomm's new CDMA/EVDO/GSM/EDGE/etc. chipset and be a one device for every carrier solution. It is also supposed to be smaller and lighter with a 2.8" screen. The post I read was yesterday so I'm sure a google search would probably turn it up. Its the first rumor I've heard that seemed to have even a grain of credibility.
     
  4. quentinfisher

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    Completely agree with you, I'm a huge Apple fanboy and have been wanting an iPhone since they came out, but AT&Ts network would rob me of the joy I could get out of owning a iPhone lol. I'm praying for a Apple/Verizon deal although I see the same problems plaguing VZN should they get a iPhone. Remember AT&T has the most smartphone users on their network, and with millions of iPhones using data every day it's hard to meet the demand of data.
     
  5. dmodert66

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    Yeah, was on Engadget and other tech sites yesterday/today. 2.8" screen? I don't think so. Not interested in a SMALLER Iphone screen. Also, I wonder why it will be CDMA/EVDO/GSM/EDGE? I see no listing of any 4G technology, which should be starting to become more widespread by Q3 '10 (I know, at least with VZ's LTE, it won't have full penetration until 2012, but bigger markets should have it by Q3 '10).

    More interesting to me is the Iphone Tablet. Recently, Jen-Hsun Huang from Nvidia has been spouting alot of praise for Apple. Yesterday in Dubai, he is pictured with a tablet that could be an Apple product (just a personal opinion) that is a tablet. If the tablet is Apple, and is using Tegra (Nvidia's mobile chip), it could be quite interesting! Especially if it comes to Verizon (which is rumored to be the case)...

    **EDIT**
    Just to make it clear, all of my post is industry insider rumor speculation, so take it as you will...

    **EDIT2**
    Forgot to post link of the Engadget Article with the tablet...Here you go... : http://www.engadget.com/2009/11/09/nvidia-ceo-shows-off-mystery-tablet-makes-zero-statements-about/
     
  6. Legacystar

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    umm idon't think this is entirely true because lots of my apps are installing on the SD card
     
  7. dmodert66

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    I don't own the phone, but from what others have said, most apps are VERY small and DO get installed into the ROM. Most or All of the data though is installed to the SD card, so app size shouldn't be much of a problem...
     
  8. uberjeff

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    I too was hopeful for LTE in the next iPhone, but its hardly surprising that it won't be out in 2010's release. LTE will be so limited next year with the only major deployment in the US being Verizon with 30 markets. All the info I've read suggests that the initial LTE devices will be almost exclusively limited to wireless data cards. Plus if Apple releases a 4G iPhone in 2011 they'll get all the fanboy crowd to upgrade again regardless of cost. Win - win for Apple.
     
  9. Legacystar

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    yah most apps are tiny like under 1mb so if 250 apps isn't enough for people i don't know what to say lol
     
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    Yeah, I forgot that most products (if not all) will be limited to data cards next year..Oh well...If the 4G Ipod comes to VZ (and assuming I don't like a new Android offering better at the time) I will be due for another upgrade in 2011 anyway... :D
     
  11. quentinfisher

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    Wouldn't the Droid get super sluggish with a lack of interal memory though? I imagine it'd start closing apps and such when multi-tasking with a low amount of memory available.
     
  12. Legacystar

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    it does if you have to much running but i havn't really run into that yet
     
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    Unfortunately some games are huge and I'd like to be able to have an all-in-one device which includes playing games. And if the iPhone can and the Droid Does... theoretically it should be able to too, right?
    But other than the slide-out keyboard, everything you mentioned is more on the "software" side. The hardware is more than capable of doing all of the things you've mentioned--the camera included--but the software isn't all there yet to bring it out.
     
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    from my experience with both an ipod touch and iphone 3gs, the droid opens just about everything faster. often i click the setting on the ipod touch and wait a good 2 seconds for it to open. not with the droid
     
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    With games and other large programs only the exe file needs to be in the onboard memory; the rest goes on the card. Google also has already stated they will be removing this limit.
     
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    It's no longer, waiting for Verizon to get the iPhone, now it's, who cares, the DROID does it better... It's taken me a few days working the DROID to fully appreciate how much better it is than the iPhone. Google's OS is a game changer.
     
  17. Rix

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    So what you're saying is that the milestone has abolsutely no chance against the iPhone in european countries (there so no significant gap in quality of networks over here)?
     
  18. shotinthenads

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    As for me, I had the iPhone 3G, the 3Gs. My user experience is better with the Droid than it was for the 3Gs. This is the 1st iteration of the Motorola Droid. What will they bring next year at this time? It is all a matter of perspective. I really enjoy the Droid and I am not swearing as much as I did with the iPhone (mostly dropped calls and data issues).
     
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    I think this is a good point. This is the first generation of the Droid and yes, they have had the luxury of learning from iPhone's mishaps and improvements, but I believe it will only get better from now forward.

    I love the Droid, I am sure I would have liked and iPhone too, but ATT sucks so badly I didn't bother with it. If they make an iPhone that rivals the Droid or a next generation Droid that rivals the first, I will check them both out and see what is better. I am an apple fan (as I type from my macbook), but I am a bigger fan of having a cool phone that does what I want it to do regardless of who made it. The cell service is paramount to me and the company who makes the phone is secondary.
     
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    Unfortunately, your apple fanboism is quite transparent in your "review". 99 for software vs 75 for droid? No flash support, no multitasking? Gtfo. Droid gets dinged for physical keyboard instead of dinging the iphone for not having one? Gtfo. All I use is the physical keyboard. I have no issues with speed. As faster or faster than any iphone I've used. Maybe you got a lemon.
     
  21. syntrix

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    You also have to remember that the best phone is not for everyone. Some people will love iPhone because it's not a very smart phone. I've owned iPhones, and they can't compare to Droid.

    I can also give arbitrary review percentages:

    Droid = 127%
    iPhone = 8%

    The important thing is that one is greater than the other. :) You should see on another phone where one superiphonefanboi will never buy a droid because it has a large moving part (the keyboard). Some of the stuff I hear online is just plain silly sometimes!
     
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    For those of you Apple fanboys out there hoping for a switch to Verizon, the Iphone will NOT...I repeat...NOT be coming to Verizon.

    A family member of mine works for R&D at VZW, and that rumored Apple/Verizon talks over the summer? Never happened. VZW has absolutely NO desire to work with Apple, as that would be going back on their "Verizon is now Open" campaign. They are very supportive of the Open source movement, and committed to Google.
     
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    Indeed, the folks I know that work at VZW back-office have stated that VZW will not carry any smartphone that does not have a removable battery. I highly doubt that Apple will capitulate on that feature. Face it, the Droid is here, and we'll see a few more Android based VZW phones, some inexpensive entry or focused market phones like HTC Eris, and some powerhouses like the Motorola Droid. Just look at what VZW has done with consumer Blackberry devices?!

    For the iPhone fanboys.. how many apps were in the app store when the iPhone was released? How 'bout 1.5 years after the introduction of the platform? I think Android is growing much faster than iPhone did, and it has the benefit of being multi-carrier, multi-manufacturer.

    Personally, some of the software I used on my iPod Touch is/was more polished than what I've got on my Droid, but then again, I haven't read through all 10,000 apps yet :D... anyone want to suggest the best Solitare game?
     
  24. syntrix

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    Is there a site that documents the # of apps in itunes over time? Looks like 100,000 consumer sold droids over the weekend:

    AppleInsider | Motorola Droid estimated to have sold 100,000 in first weekend

    And careful with Apple's number, they typically include wholesale and non-delivered orders in their numbers!
     
  25. CRPercodani

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    I owned a iPhone 3G and it was a really good device, when it comes to games the Android Market can't even touch what the App Store has to offer. But that is about the only real advantage I see, for normal apps Android can and will easily be able to do everything the iPhone can and more. It will take some time of course, but remember the iPhone is huge and has thousands of developers who don't just do it for fun, they do it for income. With this huge marketing campaign VZW has started I think we will see a lot more Android developers stepping up and growing the Market.

    Apple has the clear advantage of only having one phone, made by one manufacturer. The developers know exactly what type of handset will be used when they are writing a application so there isn't any guess work to do. Android is running on multiple handsets by many manufacturers so it will take some time, but look at Windows, it has millions of applications and the OS runs on hundreds of thousands of machines, so it is definitely possible to develop a application for different sets of hardware.

    Android is open, plain and simple. Anyone can grab the source code off the AOSP tree and compile their own customized Android ROM, granted it can't just be flashed to the DROID without first gaining root access, but the reason for that is pretty simple. If ever jane/john doe could use a custom built ROM then Verizon/Motorola would be FLOODED with calls about problems with the device/os. Without knowing what ROM build they are using then they can't really give any real support for the issues any user might be having. I know from my G1 that any ROM is gonna have some problems, some more then others. Forum threads with those ROM releases had hundreds of pages and thousands of posts with users reporting errors and whatnot. They generally got fixed whenever the developer had time to do so, but it wasn't his job so you could have to wait a few days/weeks.

    I know the DROID can't be a iPhone killer, no one phone ever will, unless it is made by Apple. BUT with the next few years promising us hundreds of new Android devices that very well could be the iPhone killer. This is David vs Goliath in a way, and we all know who Goliath is in this adaptation. Time will tell what phone is the winner.
     

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