New iPhone to Android user


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  1. Casbah

    Casbah Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi everyone.

    I just got my Droid Incredible last night and so far it's a pretty interesting phone. I've made the move from iPhone to Android and it's a completely different ballpark I see. (mostly because AT&T service and NOT because of the iPhone itself...great phone except for Apple's need to control everything)
    Hoping to get some hints and learning more about it on these forums. First impressions is it's not quite intuitive as the iPhone but maybe because that's what I'm used to. :)

    Now I start looking for iPhone app replacements.

    Looking forward to seeing all your posts!
     

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    Leftyguy Well-Known Member

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    Hi - Welcome to the Android forums - Cheers ;)
     
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    Welcome to Android Forums!! Thank you for registering. :)
     
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    Casbah Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Nice to have the forums here to come to.
     
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    Hi mate and welcome on board. :)



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    Casbah Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thank you all for the nice welcome. Happy to have found these forums!

    Well it's now day 3 on the new phone and last night I was able to get all my files off the iPhone and onto the computer. This weekend I'll move them over. I thought I'd offer some first impressions since it seems like people are switching to Android from iPhone now and maybe they'd be interested in what I've observed.

    First the short n sweet specs for each:

    iPhone: 3Gs, 16gb, Jailbroken (not much more to say)

    Android:

    • HTC Incredible
    • stock 2gb micro-sd card
    • reset to phone defaults
    • using LauncherPro+ (I paid the dev his $2.99 cause it's THAT awesome even compared to Sense which I think trumps Motoblur IMO)
    • Unrooted (until I actually have time to root it)
      Update 8-30-2010
      [*]now rooted and S-Off'd thanks to Unrevoked peeps!
      [*]WIFi tethering working fantastic now that I actually have the version for the Incredible and not the one from the App store.
      [*]Nandroid and Titanium backups are awesome.
      [*]Maybe/possibly updating radio and trying out the SkyRaider Froyo 2.2 ROM. (not sure yet or maybe I'll wait till their ver. 3 gets out of RC state)

    As most here know this phone is much faster than the 3Gs due mostly to the Snapdragon processor. Even though I jailbroke the iPhone there is NOTHING available for them that compares to the customization capabilities of the Android system. One is limited to pretty much just "themes" in the iPhone.

    Now for iPhone +'s
    I've noticed video playback is much better on the iPhone OOB (still haven't found a good app for playing vids on Inc). Along with this Twitter apps seem more polished than Android (but they've had more time to revise them also so that's not the phone or OS fault) I tweeted a video from the iPhone last night and when I played in back this morning on the Inc, no sound. Not sure why because when I clicked on the link in iPhone the sound was there.


    One MAJOR thing for me is the ease of which one can do screenshots on the iPhone and pert near impossible in Android. I use and take ss all the time so this REALLY hurts!
    Update August 30, 2010
    I found a program after I rooted called ShootMe which allows taking screenshots of Android phones simply by shaking the phone. Awesome!


    The audio player in iPhone seems better too along, of course, with gameplay. One thing that might matter to people is that the iPhone is GSM so "could" be used in another country by replacing the SIM but it's just easier to buy a cheapo GSM phone overseas and use it vs. hacking the SIM in the iPhone and prying off the back. These (and the ease of which non-computer people can get it up and running with their music and images) gives Apple a small advantage here. Additionally having the APP store on the web is more useful for browsing than being restricted to using the phone only.
    IMO this is where iPhone's advantages end!

    The HTC Incredible is a fantastic phone all together. If you want music then plug it in and drop it on your card! The phone will find it. Same with videos and any other document. Simply copy them over and point it to the right place. I honestly can say that aside from having access only via the phone to the marketplace that I do like it better than Apple App store. I can start the market and find what I want quickly and just about every application/utility I had on the iPhone and used frequently has been ported to Android including Dropbox, Evernote, Bump, Banking app, a password safe application, Barcode Scanner, Quickoffice, ShopSavvy, Twitter apps, etc.
    Another biggie as you all know is the GPS and incorporation with Google maps. I've used this a couple of times and yesterday to a remote area and it got me there just as good as my Garmin GPS even when passing through area of no Verizon service (which aren't that many compared to AT&T)
    The DInc has Flash built in but I haven't seen much use for it except to display advertisements on websites so I just turn it off. No big deal to me to have flash or not (not really into porn so.....)

    Ok these are some of my first thoughts about the new phone and system. The iPhone beats it in a few but in my opinion I can find a workaround for what's not there "yet" on Android and perhaps will be there once they push 2.2 to the Incredible. Maybe/maybe not.

    Hope this helps some new people and if any of you experts have suggestions on how to get more out of this or App suggestions (too difficult to find a solid answer on the web about apps that aren't just paid adverts).

    Update 8-30-2010
    Apparently one can just copy the files to the new SD card and all is well as long as it's formatted in FAT32​
    Also, there were some folders on the memory card there when I first got the phone and also added when I installed some Apps like B-Folders. Will these be created automatically if I put in a new card or what? Can I format the 2gb card without losing password data or other info?

    Thanks again for the welcome and have a great weekend! :D
     

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