Originally Posted by geekdad
I disagree...the tech savvy know that there is nothing on a IOS device that cannot be done as well or better on an Android device.
I have owned both the iPhone 4 and an HTC EVO. They both have great qualities! But the EVO in my humble opinion blows the iPhone away. I am NOT an Apple hater by any means I have in my house right now 2 iPhone 3Gs, 2 iMacs and Macbook Pro and an iPad so I am an Apple supporter through my purchasing decisions. I wonder how many people that are slamming Android phones have ever actually owned one!
Watch this video about HTC Sense and tell me it does not blow you away...http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Kax24GN1458
There is so much customizing you can do from every aspect from the HTC Sense overlay to custom ROMS that Apple cannot compete with......
I watched that video, twice, and am quite impressed!
I like the user-centric customization capability.
The scenes make sense (pun), for a user on the go)
I really like the reflow of zoomed text to match the size of the display.
That said, I have some comments and questions.
It appears that the user-centric customization is limited to a few Android and/or HTC-supplied apps (contacts, mail, SMS, browser, FaceBook, Flickr, etc.):
-- Are these Android or HTC supplied apps?
-- can you integrate other apps, especially 3rd-party apps like a twitter client, notes, collaborative apps?
-- Is this capability available on any other/all HTC Android phones?
-- Sense is a skin, and as such it fragments the Android UX (although in a good way)
-- What versions on Android are required/supported?
-- Does Sense run on all models of HTC phones, and to what extent?
-- Does Sense have any effect on performance, data usage or battery... it appears as if those apps are multitasking & preloading content?
-- How difficult is it to customize sense... are there helpers?
-- Is the customization carried forward through updates of the Sense skin?
-- Is the customization carried forward through updates of Android?
-- Does Sense or Android provide any APis for developers to integrate their apps?
-- It appears that Sense is independent of the underlying OS... is, say, a win version coming?
-- If so, will you be able to port your Sense environment across platforms?
It is admirable what HTC has done here. Other than Palm, this is the first UEX, I've seen, that could challenge the iPhone.
The iPhone has some SDK-level constructs that support inter-app communication (notifications, etc). But, without JailBraking (or an Apple implementation) it would not be possible to Skin iOS with a Sense-like UI.
Even then, 3rd-party apps would need to do some extra work, conform to some protocols, implement some standard (minimum) features, etc... to take advantage of a Skin like Sense.