I’ve had an iPhone for more that a year and a half. I waited in line at an AT&T store the at the mall in Capitola in Santa Cruz, CA in June of 2007 to get the first iPhone. I love my iPhone, and I’ve been generally happy with it since I’ve had it. Sure, there a f ew things here and there that I would change; I’d like better email service, and there should be a landscape keyboard available in every app, but on the whole it’s one of the best devices I’ve ever owned. Everything was grand, until recently.
In the last 2 or 3 months, I’ve had trouble talking on the phone. Specifically if I just hold the phone to my face, sans bluetooth or headset (you know, like a normal phone) then people on the other end can’t hear me. It’s an issue for me when my phone doesn’t let me talk to other people. I went to my local Apple store and asked about getting it serviced. They don’t do servicing. If it’s outside of warranty (which mine is) then I can do one of three things:
- Deal with it
- Buy a new 3G phone
- Pay $200 and they’ll give me a brand new (or refurbished) phone of the same type
- Full size (and quality) screen, comparable to the iPhone
- Multiple nav options (touchscreen, roly ball, keyboard)
- Full QWERTY keyboard – that’s RAD!
- Google branding and software – that’s a nice, reliable, comfortable thought
- It’s new – always fun
- Let’s me push back emotionally against the Mac Fan-Boy feeling I sometimes have (I don’t like feeling like a super-devotee to anyone)
- It’s on T-Mobie – some people count this as a negative, but I’ve found T-Mobile to be very reliable in my home and work place, and they have the best customer servicve that I’ve ever encountered in a mobile carrier
- 3MP camera – this is a nice upgrade from the 2MP camera on the iPhone, and I’m hopeful that they’ll come out with a video-recording application, which Apple steadfastly refuses to do (or allow)
- The phone freezes up sometimes – apps can take 7-10 seconds to load
- Email pull is actually slower than the iPhone, and I was hoping for an improvement
- The SMS interface (and the email interface) just doesn’t compare with the iPhone
- It’s a handsome device, but the quality / heft / experience of holding it and using it just isn’t as nice as the aluminum backing on my iPhone
- As a media player (music and video) it just doesn’t come close
iPhone vs. Google Phone on 12seconds.tv
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Great post. I’ve read a few reviews about the google phone but haven’t seen a side by side comparison yet so this was super helpful. Too bad about the email, I thought that may be one area that google could overtake the iphone.
Android is still rough around the edges and lacking in many areas. I’d say the Blackberry Bold, Javelin, or Thunder are the more polished competitors. Not to mention, the Blackberry platform is getting SlingPlayer Mobile any day now and the Slacker music app – neither of which are available on the iPhone. (yet?) Though the iPhone handles Yahoo IMAP and contacts. Important for me, and it sounds like you too.
This is exactly the matchup I wanted to see. The iPhone’s a dream if you play in Apple’s sandbox (mail.app, MobileMe), but I’m hoping for a phone that plays as nicely with the Google suite. Sorry to hear its not there yet, but I’m looking forward to the next few rounds of Android phones.
Thanks for your comment, glad you liked the post. Yeah, I was hoping that with Google software behind it the phone might handle email really well. Alas, it was less than I hoped for. Maybe the BB Bold will be cool enough to switch for. Doubt it though. 😉
Totally. I think you’re right on, and that Android will get better and better. And I’m into the Bold a lot also, it would solve my keyboard issues, and give me a camera (with a flash) that does video recording which is sweet. But, it still won’t be as good of a media player (an iPod) as the iPhone is. Hmmm. No perfect package yet. Thanks for the comment.
I am in the same boat as far as the G1 since its the first Android phone and thus has the hardware/software kinks to be worked out in the public QA sphere.
If the G1 came out like this I would have got it right away – http://www.googleandblog.com/slick-google-android-phone/3215/
Do you agree?
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