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Why makes you select Android (EVO) over iOS4 (iPhone)?

Discussion in 'Android Lounge' started by pfretty, Jun 29, 2010.

  1. pfretty

    pfretty Member
    Thread Starter

    Jun 23, 2010
    Writer, blogger, gadget columnist
    What do you see as the key reasons to select Android over the other options? How does Froyo impact this decision?


  2. certifiedfryguy

    certifiedfryguy Active Member

    Mar 29, 2010
    I waited until the iphone release day to finally choose. I was off contract with verizon for a few months now, and was looking forward to the Incredible but then i held off for the Evo. The size of the incredible was much more to my liking, but the added bonus of the front camera sold me on the Evo.

    Why i chose the Evo over the iphone is because of the 2g cap on data with AT&T, the lower monthy price with Sprint, plus the ultimate deciding factor was when i walked into a best buy mobile they actually had a evo in stock. I would've had to wait a while for the iphone. so i jumped on the Evo bandwagon...
  3. kenn

    kenn Well-Known Member

    Jun 26, 2010
    Open platform and Verizon's network...
  4. belushi

    belushi Member

    Jun 29, 2010
    Well...As a most likely future EVO owner who currently has an IPhone 3G, I thought I would go ahead and chime in.

    The short is I want to be able to tether my phone and I'm not going to accept a 2G cap for $25 plus pay an additional $20 in order for the privilege to tether my phone (e.g. no additional data, just the privilege to hook a wire between my phone and laptop). Plus, I have a family plan and Sprint's plans are great in that area (e.g. I'll pay no more and the wife/kids will also get data enabled phones).

    With that said, I have to admit that I am a-bit concerned about the marketing aspect of these Android phones. Apple has been in the hardware/OS business for a long time and treat their phones in the same manner. I have had the IPhone 3G for well over 2 years and have always received the most current updates to the OS.

    While these carriers/phone makers have been in the phone business putting out basically a variety of phones without much thought in terms of an upgrade path then moving on to the next model (e.g. leaving the older models to wither and die).

    Plus, the number of models these guys are putting out. Just doing a count on Android Forums home page, HTC has 15 phones out. A maintenance nightmare; unless of course they have no intention of maintaining all those phones.

    So given I don't expect many maintenance release after I buy, I am going to wait until hopefully mid-July and jump over to Sprint where I'll get me and the wife two EVOs and the kids (e.g. older kids) two Samsung Intercepts (e.g. the Samsung Moment replacement which sounds like will not receive anymore OS updates). I guess if you want an OS update beyond maybe the next release or two, you have to buy a new phone.

    Note, not trying to offend anybody, just laying out my observations. Android as an OS is great, just think these manufactures are going to drive it into the ground unless they get their act together by putting out quality products that they plan to support.
  5. knebel22

    knebel22 Well-Known Member

    Apr 20, 2010
    Teaching Assistant
    Orange County, NY
    My husband has worked for Verizon for 44 years.

    Our son was tempted to change until I told him he had to pay.:D

    All kidding aside Verizon has always been good to us. Great customer service and coverage.

    I'm loving my new Incredible.
  6. clarson

    clarson Member

    May 5, 2010
    I live my incredible but I do agree that keeping the software up to date may be an issue going forward based on the number of phones that the different manufacturers atte pumping out.

    Sent from my Incredible
  7. IOWA

    IOWA Mr. Logic Pants

    Dec 2, 2009
    Network Admin
    You can hold an android phone anyway you want to make calls. Haha.

    Tapatalk. Samsung Moment. Yep.
  8. vbetts

    vbetts Well-Known Member

    Mar 24, 2010
    AT&T is expensive. I pay $55 a month for unlimited everything except land line minutes. The 3gs I honestly wouldn't mind, but I can't afford it.

    Iphone plan that's cheapest
    MINUTES-450 anytime minutes, 5000 night and weekend minutes(starts at 9pm), additional minutes 45 cents Free mobile to mobile(AT&T only) $39.99
    DATA200 mb limit, additional $15 per 200 mb $15
    MESSAGINGpay as you go 20 cents per text 30 cents per video or picture.
    FINAL COST $54.99

    Iphone plan closest to my current plan.
    MINUTES-900 anytime minutes, unlimited night and weekend minutes(starts at 9pm), additional minutes 40 cents Free mobile to mobile(AT&T only) $59.99
    DATA2 GB limit, additional $11 per 2 gb $25
    MESSAGINGUnlimited limits $20.
    FINAL COST $104.99

    That's double than what I'm paying and I get less than what I have and pay for now. And I get a lot already.
  9. takeshi

    takeshi Well-Known Member

    Dec 6, 2009
    Primarily Apple's app store policies though there are other reasons as well. I don't need them telling me what I can and can't load on my phone. Multitasking for any app was probably the next biggest reason. The iPhone being tied to at&t was probably the next after that.

    Froyo wasn't relevant to my decision (made long ago) though it is gravy. :D

    I don't see why you'd think people would be offended. However, I'm guessing you didn't observe Motorola and Verizon pushing 2.0.1, 2.1 and, soon-to-be 2.2 to the Droid. :p

    ...or that IOS4 isn't supported by all iPhones?

    I don't disagree with what you're saying. Just pointing out that generalizations don't always hold in all situations.

    Ouch! :D

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