Originally Posted by will281
So because of ideas like this I see my next phone....
- Saving me Money (don't waste mine)
--- A phone with a webcam that has the physical capability to perform video recording but doesn't make me buy new hardware to receive the feature (3G vs 3Gs); provide it now
--- A mic that can perform voice phone calls and with a software upgrade also perform a desktop search feature, nope have to pay for that (3G vs 3Gs)
--- What Android can do to help - Install Google Voice App and use it on the carries cellular lines, save my minutes (thanks for the money) - Want turn by turn directions install Google Maps Navigation app, how much is that? Free / Apple $50+ (thanks for the money back)
--- I want tethering, I can enable it with simple xml hack, but there goes my SW/HW support.
--- What Android can do to help - Install Android Proxy App, can I still get HW support? of course (also thanks for the money savings)
Hmm. Seem to be several misunderstandings here about 3G vs 3GS:
- The 3G mic works fine for voice calls. (I made the assuption you meant VoIP calls.) I use Skype on it all the time on my 3G and it works pretty well. There is the issue of not being able to use Skype on cellular network, but that is purely policy/software and now that ATT has relented, we should see a version that runs there also with nothing more than SW upgrade.
- The Google Voice app was not VoIP and would not save you from using carrier minutes. It was to do the usual hack of GV dialing your cell, then the called party and splicing the two calls together. That being said, I am not happy with Apple in blocking the app. The web app in the works is likely to be fine, however.
- My 3G is now running "desktop" search after just a SW upgrade. Did not need to upgrade to a 3GS. [Edit: I guess you meant voice-based desktop search. Well, hard to see how a HW upgrade is unavoidable. The 3G CPU is kind of gutless for this sort of thing. Would have been nice to see voice dialing in the the 3G tho, so you have me there...]
- Re free nav: Certainly room for competitive pressure on Apple and the navigation industry on this issue. Personally, I feel that a navigation app that does not work when not connected to the network is a lose, but that is just me. But, is there any reason why Google could not offer this same navigation function at the free price point on the iPhone? Turn-by-turn directions are a different use-case than Google Maps so if TomTom can offer it on the iPhone, don't see why Goggle can't also.
- Pricing for supported tethering on other platforms are more or less the same as for iPhone. Sure there are hacks that allow a few geeks to do it in an unsupported and TOS-volating basis, but for mass-market, support tethering I don't see any difference. Now you and I may be geeks and do this, but it has little bearing on the market in general. If more than a few users try the former, don't delude yourself in thinking that the carriers will not come down heavy on this. Verizon is certainly no different that the other in this regard. (I know this from personal experience :-))
All the above being said, I am glad Android is there to keep the pressure on Apple.