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Will the Droids ever have as cool apps as Iphone?


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  1. waku

    waku Member This Topic's Starter

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    I just got my Fascinate phone and am finding it to be far less then the Iphone. The Iphone has better games i.e. Ironman, you can easily download movies to it through Itunes, it has the big hitters in the comic industry DC and Marvel....the list just goes on and on.

    Is it that the Droids technology is just inferior to the Iphones?

    Thanks!
     

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  2. Fisz

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    Pretty dumb question, I'm assuming you're a troll but I'll indulge you anyway.

    iPhone's are commercially huge, which means more people and companies are willing to dip their developing hands into it to promote their companies, make money from app sales, and remain in the public consciousness. iPhone's are well-made but Android phones can surpass them easily in hardware and software. If you're not finding the applications you want on your Android (though I doubt you have one) then you should look harder. Sometimes you actually have to be creative in your approach. iPhone users just want everything handed to them with zero customizability.

    Basically, you're asking why Linux doesn't have all the same features as Windows, when in reality Linux has that and more, you just need to learn to look.
     
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  3. waku

    waku Member This Topic's Starter

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    So enlighten me...just how DO I get DC and Marvel comics on my new Fascinate? I'm not a troll just really annoyed by all these cool things I see that are ONLY ON THE IPHONE /endrant

    I do understand your point that the Droids are more new and not as huge yet. I'm really hoping that in a year or less they will surpass the Iphone or at least get on the same page....it all kind of reminds me of the PS3 vs XBOX arguments.
     
  4. sitlet

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    Google it, i'm sure you will find something. Just because there isnt an app for it, doesnt mean it cant be done.
     
  5. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

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    Please see all the other threads identical to this one (also on every Android forum site I've run across). :rolleyes:
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    It's anyone's guess. Odds are as Android gains ground that more developers will be attracted to it. Does a bigger app market and more developers guarantee that Android apps will be as polished or identical to those on the iPhone? Not at all. There are no such guarantees.

    Next time do your due diligence before making a purchase. If apps like the iPhone's matter to you then make them a priority on the list of things that you're looking for.


    This is a very common mistake that people make. Android is different from the iPhone. Inferior/superior depends on what you're looking for. There are things that the iPhone excels at and things that Android excels at (and vice versa). As an example, show the the equivalent to Tasker on the iPhone.

    If you want the apps and iTunes ease-of-use then the iPhone probably is a better fit for you. Selecting a smartphone is about finding the device that suits you best. Not shopping for the alleged "best device out there".
     
  6. Draiko

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    ^ Well said. I assume there was something about the Fascinate that attracted the OP to buy it instead of an iPhone in the first place? I myself expect that with time more apps will migrate over to the Android platform as sales figures for Android phones continue to climb. We are already seeing some of this happen in the games market. If the OP is willing to wait then perhaps the apps he wants will make their way over. If not, then perhaps it was a bad choice by the OP to get the Fascinate instead of an iPhone in the first place.
     
  8. sookster54

    sookster54 Well-Known Member

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    Oh dear. I have an iPod Touch and I hardly use it other than iTunes (haven't bought an album in ages) and full version of Angry Birds, other than that the Androids fit my uses much better and it has real multitasking.

    He probably thought the Fascinate was an iPhone, seeing that Samsung's Touchwiz is a copycat of iOS.
     
  9. bigbadwulff

    bigbadwulff Well-Known Member

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    Comics? Really?
    Wow that is reason to switch to an iPhone...
    Comics??
    Comics.

    Uh...

    Isn't there an internet site for them? You know you can actually get an internet signal about anywhere on Verizon.?
     
  10. Apples

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    In the US, more people own an android-based smartphone than the iPhone.
     
  11. IAmSixNine

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    Once android has been around as long as iPhone then i am sure we will see vast improvements.
    Your comparing a device thats been around several years longer. Give it some more time and i am sure we will see MORE development. Afterall Android users are not limited to 1 carrier or 1 device.
    Also developers must take into consideration the multiple hardware platforms as well. This slows down development.
     
  12. Snipe315

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    I'm new to this forum and even I know the answer to this stupid question!

    The hardware specs on most Android devices match or exceed those on the iPhone.

    The difference in the number of applications available to each platform can be sumed up in one word...

    TIME

    The iPhone has been around for several years. The Android line of phones has barely had its first birthday. No one with any common sense expects the number of Android apps to match or exceed the number available for the iPhone any time soon.
     
  13. sookster54

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    The iPhone came out in 2007, Androids came out in 2008, several years eh? Anyways, the evolving of iOS has been very slow compared to Android's, so much has changed with the Android OS.
     
  14. Mortus

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    Well lets put things in perspective of what these devices are shall we?

    The IPhone is a device with One-Size-Fits-All hardware designed for the "Consumer User", there is only one phone for the whole platform that gets updated over time, but it has a massive library of software. On the down side very little personalization can be done to the phone. IPhones are also sometimes adopted for business but my impression is that this was not the target audience for the device.

    The Blackberry is a device with a more varied hardware base designed more for the "Business User" and as such the software offered is largely geared to that audiance. Like the IPhone is seems to lack any real ability to personalize the phone.

    Android based phones have a VERY widely varied hardware base however from a number of handset manufacturers with a number of target audiences. For example HTC seems to aim more toward the "Consumer User" where as Motorola produces much "Business User" oriented phones. Software for Android phones are currently more limited then that for the IPhone, but not nearly as limited as that for the Blackberry, and the software can be highly customized and personalized.

    So in the final analysis, Apple and RIM have far more focused platforms, they tend to do a limited number of things VERY well, but often can't be expanded beyond the scope of that focus. Android phones are designed to be less focused more customizable within the same platform and also has the foresight to let handset manufacturers focus on target markets they reach best.

    As many have already stated, it's picking the right phone for the right individual. For me personal expression is important, it's why I favor Myspace Profiles over Facebook, and is also one of the reasons Linux is also more esthetically pleasing to me, and also why I prefer Android over IPhone or Blackberry. It's my choice, just like I choose to have a Qwerty keypad which is not an option on the IPhone platform.

    Meh, it's all choice and excepting the consequences of choosing badly.
     
  15. nkk

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    He said line of phones. Remember that Android has not had any real phones to be succesful until relatively recently. I do not think he was refering to the OS so much as the current line up of phones (dating back to Droid one on VZW), which is the first line up to be succesful in any commercial sense.

    -Nkk
     
  16. sookster54

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    Didn't T-Mobile release the G1 back in 2008? 2010 is Android's year, a huge boom of models and sales, but there were models from 2008 and plenty from 2009.
     
  17. Rob_A

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    There are like 5 comic readers for Android. Download the one of 'em, google the comics(CBR format), copy them to your Micro SD card in the phone, enjoy.

    What else?
     
  18. Bob Maxey

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    The iPhone is certainly cool, no doubt about it. Bot, cool apps as cool as the apps for the iPhone? Well, considering what it takes to develop a great application, it seems to me that a developer will naturally want to create apps for the biggest market. I dislike apple, but if I were a developer, I might first try to get something into the app store.

    Seems to me, developers will try to port their iPhone apps to Android, as the market grows, if that is possible.

    From reading the web, it is clear to me that the Android platform is gaining speed and Apple is not the big dog it once was. Seems to me, as the Android market matures, you will find plenty of "cool as the iPhone" apps on the Android Market.

    I think between the time Android flexes its muscles and Apple starts to lose market share, the biggest developments will be creative and clever court battles and settlements.

    Then, something far cooler than android or apple will arrive and we will be asking the same questions. A good thing, because if we were immediately satisfied with what is available, nothing cool would develo

    I love my Zio. Inexpensive, it is running an old version of the OS, with a fixed monthly data plan that will not exceed sixty bucks and owned by a clueless old fart with strong opinions. For example, lots of people like their phone but they want an app that looks like the app available for ibrand X phone. Whatever ibrand X is. They want other cool features of ibrand x, but for their phone.

    People get their new phone and immediately, they want to Root it, not fully understanding what that is. Their OS is not good enough, they want another one, giving their phone very little time to make its bones.

    Or they want apps as cool as apps on the iPhone and they are upset that they cant find them. Seems to me, we are never happy; again, a good thing.

    I am not criticizing anyone, just observing human nature I suppose.

    Cheers,

    Bob
     
  19. Crumm

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    I also have a iPod touch and now find no use for it since getting the Android. I can customize the android to do what I want it to do rather than what apple wants me to do. I might add that I don't own a PC, I have a Mac so I am not anti apple. AT&T is also a big negative for me as their coverage in my area is terrible.

    I do use I tunes on my Mac but I use doubletwist to load iTunes onto my android so the iPod stays home. Better options for audiobook players on android too. I have been using mortplayer and it is great. The few simple games I have seem to have better graphics than the apple device but I don't know about the functionality of more complex games as I am not a gamer.
     
  20. Fisz

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    As has been said, you can download them on a computer then put them on your phone. I did this and I have about 100 issues of comics on my phone, ready for me to view at my leisure. Some of them are just jpeg's in folders, and some are in .cbr and .cbz format. Not to mention about a dozen books in .PDF or .epub. As for movies, same principle, though I personally wouldn't want to watch a movie on a phone, nor download one to it either.
     
  21. docanthrax

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    So far as I've seen with iPhones its all "Wheee look at my new phone. Wow! Its Awesome!!!"....then 3 weeks down the line, they're downloading an app to tell if they're a good kisser...

    The main reason I went for an android phone was after looking on ebay. It gets a bit scary looking at all the faulty iphones.

    True though our apps aren't as varied as iphones...but thats no big thing really though is it? When itunes has about 200,000 duplicate apps all to do with twilight/a-team etc.

    And comic readers for android are awesome!
     
  22. DolphinDroid

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    There was only one device in 2008 (G1 in October) which was released on T-Mobile, thus virtually no sales.

    The next device was not released until July 2009 which was the MyTouch 3g (again T-Mobile).

    It was not until October 2009 before devices were released on Sprint, then November 2009 before anything on Verizon.

    The point the other poster was making is that the iPhone immediately sold over a million phones and several million more sold before the App Store was even released (July 2008). Android was not big until the Droid was released in November 2009.

    Developers need to make money. They pay attention to numbers. There were enough numbers to get the attention of developers to iPhone when their app store opened. The Android Market opened in October 2008, but there were not enough numbers to matter to developers until November 2009.

    This means developers have only been really paying attention to Android for close to a year while they have been paying attention to the iPhone for over two years.
     
  23. Fisz

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    I can't agree, so far the ones I've tried are mediocre. I much prefer to use the default Gallery to view them, since it has such smooth scrolling, switching and zooming (SGS). I've yet to see a comic viewer that was as smooth as this. So far they're either slow and unresponsive, or TOO responsive. Since I have so many comics I can't cut them all down into a series of jpegs, sigh.
     
  24. maverick777

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    And as much as I like T-mobile, one of they things the absolutely suck even when they have a decent phone, their marketing sucks. Verizon's Droid campaign marked the true beginning of Android. I consider the G1 and MyTouch the Android beta period. The iPhone had Apple's marketing engine to help it along. Even if you're an Apple hater, you have to admit, they are one of the best if not THE best company in the world at marketing their products. And good marketing almost always sells more products than a superior product with no marketing.
     
  25. atmasters

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    I have learned a lot from reading from all of you on this matter. I have had my Desire for just over a month and love it. It is still a little battle when I am hanging with my buddy's with the Iphone. Tell you the truth I was interested in getting the Iphone as well but I like to do a little research and found that the Desire was what I was looking for. I am all about trying new home screens and changing up my music player and I can go on and on. I am always on my phone making it do cool things. An Iphone owner would say big deal because they can not do this very easy. I am not that big on games but it will be nice when the big game developers start pumping the games out for Android and they will it is just going to take some time. I have emailed a lot of company's that have an app that i want and that is out for the Iphone and they all say that they are working on a Android app... I am so happy I went with my phone and as I like to change everything on it all the time lol I am always looking to test a New Android phone in the future...
     

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