Soon to be former iPhoner?


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  1. thefanmyj

    thefanmyj Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Hi, all. I'm an iPhone user in NYC who is fed up with AT&T. The last straw was last night when the network couldn't handle a call to 911 --- while I had 5 bars on my phone! Anyway. . . I'm seriously considering the EVO. It's sold out everywhere, but I had a chance to play with one at a Sprint store today. I'm new to Android, and was very impressed with the interface. I downloaded the NY Times app to see how it would render. Before downloading, I saw a screen that said, "This app will have the following permissions" (or something along those lines). And when I looked closer, I saw that the app actually has a lot of potential control over the phone's features. Is this typical? As an iPhone user, I've never been notified about what permissions an app has (besides location-based apps). Is this simply a matter of "don't download an app from an untrusted source?" Am I being too big-brother about the whole thing? Or is there a way to control how much reach an app has into the guts of your phone?

    Thanks to any and all for feedback!
     

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  2. imyourhero

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    Had all three generations of iPhone thus far. EVO crushes them all IMO. I am completely happy I made the leap. Plus I am enjoying the savings and better service. Welcome my friend.
     
  3. RoboMonkey

    RoboMonkey Well-Known Member

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    Welcome. The short answer is yes, every app will tell you what it has access to on your phone before you decide to install it. Just stick with well reviewed apps and you'll be fine.

    There is no way to say an app can't have access to x on my device. I'm sure it's the same on iPhone they just never told you. :)
     
  4. LiquidLife

    LiquidLife Well-Known Member

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    +1

    Apple locks down the iPhone so the average user doesn't ask questions. Talk about big brother, Apple is worse then our government. :)
     
  5. JunBringer

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    Yeah if it's the NYT I doubt you have much to worry about.

    Also I just switched from 3GS to EVO and seriously doubt I'll ever turn back.
     
  6. thefanmyj

    thefanmyj Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Thanks for the feedback, folks!

    This thread concerns me. Think it's a fluke? Or a serious production problem?
     
  7. JunBringer

    JunBringer Well-Known Member

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    I don't think you have to worry about it any more than any other phone having a defect. There are thousands of people on this forum with EVOs already so there is bound to be some people with problems. I think you'll be happy you switched over.
     
  8. RoboMonkey

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    Not on my phone, so I can't speak to it.
     
  9. geomens

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    Not on my phone either. Just be glad you did not decide to get a Palm Pre. Great software but crappy hardware.
     
  10. GaryColeman

    GaryColeman Well-Known Member

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    I understand your concern.
     
  11. justinholt123

    justinholt123 Well-Known Member

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    i like my evo
     
  12. OldRoman

    OldRoman Well-Known Member

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    I recently ported my iPhone # over to my EVO. I call AT&T to double check the iPhone account was canceled (and it was). My ETF will be $125 along with whatever service will be on my last bill. So now I'm totally Evo'ed!
     
  13. TopherG

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    No real policing of apps in market place. Google relies on users to flag malicious apps.... So basically you download whatever you like and if you get your identity stolen or have your contacts stolen and sold to a 3rd party it's your fault. This is a big deal breaker for me! I'm not going to download apps that have access to personal info on my phone for no reason other than to possibly exploit my private info.
     
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    That has got to be the most idiotic view I've ever heard of in my life. If you're downloading apps you SHOULD be downloading, you won't have any issues to ever worry about. Unless you try downloading JiggleMyButtinYourFaceForFree or something, I can't imagine how you could ever get in trouble with an app. It's pretty fail safe, and heck, read a review every once in a while.

    But hey, seems Apple has brainwashed you, go run back. Your loss, not ours.

    PS: Why are you on an Android site if you hate the idea of what Android is and represents? Go away and stop trolling if you don't want Android.
     
  15. Bootup

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    The apps do the exact same thing on iPhone (access whatever info is needed to do their jobs), you just don't get the warning screen and the choice.
     
  16. TopherG

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    Evaluating the security of Marketplace Apps - Google Apps Help

    http://androidforums.com/android-applications/26102-please-guys-apps-marketplace-safe.html

    If you don't think this is an issue you're setting yourself up. I'm not trolling OP asked if it was safe... well, it's not. Sorry, I'm not going to read thru pages and pages of reviews to make sure I'm not getting screwed by downloading an app... I shouldnt have to. Google should do a more thorough review process of apps.
     
  17. NOBAMA

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    This.


    Only gripe I have is that the apps aren't nearly as polished as the iphone's. One big drawback for me was the Facebook app. It's pathetic via Android... but hopefully someday they will update it. All in all, I am happy to say that im officially done with Iphone Legacy. lol

    Evo ftmfw
     
  18. dsa1971

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    It's not really different from when you install apps on your pc or when you install an iPhone app and you have to create an account with them which requires name, email, address, etc
     
  19. thefanmyj

    thefanmyj Well-Known Member This Topic's Starter

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    Um, hostile much? Let me get this straight: "NY's coverage is good," but "You will never get good coverage EVER." How does that work?

    In that case, I don't imagine it will be a huge issue for me. There are a few basic apps I use regularly: news, facebook, twitter, money exchange rates, some music apps, sports scores, a few games (chess, solitaire, suduko). My only problem now is finding a Sprint store (or RS or BB) that has the Evo in stock. So far. . . no dice.
     
  20. justinholt123

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    i like the iphone so much
     
  21. Sundown

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    If you're okay with Apple chewing your food for you then enjoy your iPhone. However I'm an adult with a modicum of common sense and I feel pretty safe downloading apps. Mind you I tend to stay away from the ones that advertise nekkid ladies.

    Plus if you'd done any homework you'd know there are several apps out there can do a pretty good job of protecting you from yourself.

    By the way... what OS did you use to read this forum and post? How do you know that OS isn't running some trojan?
     
  22. FRMiPhoner

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    I have been an iphone user since day one, I decided to switch to the evo opening day to see if there was a light beyond the apple tunnel. so far there are some pros and cons, im still learning about the os, apps, and this rooting business.

    just a warning if ur used to the iphone, the battery life blowz on the evo, I find myself constant checking the task killer to try and preserve my battery life.
     
  23. dan330

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    constantly checking... i wonder if that affects the battery life in any way?? :p

    try to forget about the battery and turning on the phone to check the task killer.
    killing apps that the phone wants to keep running... you waste power to kill it... the phone waste power to bring it back online when you are not looking.

    I am so much happier .. forget about task killers... let android do its thing.
     

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