Originally Posted by cadarn
This article is absolutely pathetic. Just the droid? No droid2, no droid x? Only one droid phone is on android 2.2? Another lie. Incredible. With an iphone4 and a droid x in my home, the iphone sure looks pretty, but the droid x does what I couldn't even begin to on the iphone. It's pretty doubtful this guy's ever been in a verizon store let alone used an android phone.
1. No ridiculous syncing.
2. Voice activated commands
3. Flash websites
4. Free ringtones
5. Better Google apps
7. Better notifications
8. Download apps from any source you like
9. No need for a computer to download updates.
10. Expandable storage
11. Much easier to use your phone as a portable hard drive
12. Free turn by turn voice navigation
13. Built in FM radio
14. I can replace the battery myself if needed
Interesting that you are making number 8 a "feature". To me it is a feature that I can find all apps in one place. So, too, it is a boon to iOS developers who don't have to worry about hosting and monetizing -- they have a simple business model that is obviously serving their purposes very well as many have declared their intention to develop for iOS only.
I have several free turn-by-turn voice navigation apps. You just have to look around. Check out the Navmii series of apps. I have UK & Ireland, and Netherlands free. I think some countries may be 4 bucks or so. No one says you have to buy the TomTom app -- TomTom is just trying to recoup for not being able to sell their hardware, because a dedicated satnav device is no longer needed.
I have 64GB of storage on my iPad, 32 on my iPod Touch -- no matter how many hundreds of apps and dozens of movies and books and thousands of songs and photos I put on them, I can't fill them up half way. 16GB is plenty on my Phone. I have a three and a half year old iPhone Classic, and with thousands of photos and songs, I still can't fill its storage up.
And the battery's still going strong after 3.5 years. Again, funny you should make a replaceable battery a "feature". Most normal people consider it a feature not to have to mess with this kind of thing, especially when the hardware is of such quality that it is a rare iPhone that needs to have it replaced. The iPhone'll get, what, five years-old, and someone else in the family will be clamoring for it; or you can still resell it unlocked for a couple hundred bucks.
Download what kind of updates? App updates are done on the phone over the air. You get a constant notification of how many of your hundreds of apps have updates available. The App Store app shows you exactly which ones. You can update them individually, or everything in one go. Touch the update button once, it instantly downloads and updates apps in the background. My data such as contacts, calendar, bookmarks, etc. all happens automatically over the air, not even aware of it. How is that "ridiculous"?
For the OS, I am glad it takes care to do things a little differently -- makes a backup of data, checks all the sync prefs, transfers all the apps bought over the air onto your computer, then installs and checks the OS update. Happens several times a year -- about the only time I ever sync my device to my computer. How ridiculous is that? How often does an Android user upgrade the OS on his phone?
11. That is debatable. I have loads of free apps that connect my iOS devices to any computer wirelessly via IP or VNC etc. Then there are all the great internet services such as Dropbox. Instant syncing with folders on my Mac's desktop. I share through Dropbox, since people love to diss MobileMe; but MobileMe's iDisk is a great storage and syncing service, too. Very simple and seamless. Then there is the photo kit cable -- gives you a USB or card reader dongle for the thirty-pin connector. Someone complained about proprietary cables (not true -- a number of manufacturers make them) -- but the truth is, all kinds of open and standard things can be done from and made for that one port: charger, sync'er, usb, video-out, storage card slots, credit card readers, diabetes blood testers, you name it. It's only up to the imagination of developers now.
You might get better Google apps, but there are better iOS apps than Google apps -- ask any self-respecting developer. There are apps for voice activation also (maybe not for search using Google, but it's not always a great idea to speak searches out loud
). Plus, I use Dragon Voice for note dictation.
Notifications have been fine -- I have apps that push stuff through all the time, a little notice pops up over the screen, and they have customized sounds associated with them.
You might notice that all these "clever" things that you and others list and tout for Android, really have to be listed and touted for Android. No-one has to say a thing for iOS, just try it out and see what great and imaginative apps developers have the ability to make for iOS. Most of the things you list are particular hardware features (not available in every Android phone), or particular apps, or customizations added by the carrier. There is nothing particularly inherent to Android that you can't say about iOS or some great app you can find in the app store.