Originally Posted by sranger
Say what you want, there are some really good Android phones... Two family members chose the HTC Thunderbolt over the iPhone 4. In fact one had an AT&T iPhone 4 and preferred the Thunderbolt because of the larger screen and 4G connectivity....
I am on the fence between the Thunderbolt and iPhone myself. Right now I am leaning toward the Thunderbolt....
The Android OS is still more buggy than IOS, but it does have some nice features that are missing from IOS or are better implemented in Android...
1) Voice commands are excellent in Android.
2) Voice text entry in excellent in Android. ( Works on virtually any text field )
3) Google maps and navigation are excellent in Android.
4) You can download virtually any file and transfer it to a computer via USB... ( Very handy in my Work )
5) G4 Connectivity...
6) I can charge the phone from almost any USB device without having to have a $$$ proprietary cable.
7) Like it or not, the flash player works pretty good in the Thunderbolt for sites that require it....
8) I like the kickstand.... It is simple and works good for conf calls and watching videos...
I am not knocking the iPhone, but if you guys think that the Android phones have no appeal, you are mistaken......
Individual tastes and preferences should in fact determine which phone you buy. One of the things that is successfully driving Android uptake is a wider price range for the phones, and they are on all the carriers. That being said, you have perhaps inadvertently, reinforced the usual commentary that comes up in here - that the LATEST (or ones like the benchmark Nexus') work very well indeed. That however doesn't help the millions of average consumers (not necessarily tech savvy) who have earlier models that haven't been updated by the carriers, don't have Flash capability, or 4G chipsets. I flipped back up the thread and didn't really find anyone who had said that Android phones had NO appeal, so that is a rather spurious counterpoint. The fact that they are selling as much as they do obviously woud make that statement patently false. However of my friends who are sporting the latest Android kit I can provide direct counterpoint (by way of personal preference of course - not saying your preferences or experience are invalid) to your enumeration above:
1) None of them use voice commands. When I asked why I got either a shrug and a "I don't bother" or "not good enough". Oddly I use voice commands on my iPhone with consistent success.
2)Since most of them are cube-farmed voice dictation is a non-starter and most of them type faster than having to dictate and correct - the general feeling being that their typing is more accurate than the dictation package - and they use a lot of technical jargon, which causes additional issues apparently. On my iPhone 4, I use Dragon Dictation for those few times I need to take notes quickly, but it's not a high demand function.
3)Google Maps and Navigation ARE excellent. I've had no issues on my iPhone with maps or navigation - maybe I just don't know what I'm missing.
4)Filesharing on the phone is not common among my friends but we all are required to meet certain government-mandated security procedures - which restrict file transfer via USB devices. Files I need I have available via cloud storage and a specially secured & encrypted Storage Stick when transfer is required.
5)There is hardly any 4G deployed in our market area. In fact most of my friends have 4G turned down because apparently it is annoying to be mid-stream on a data connection to be handed off to a tower without 4G. Don't know myself - not an issue for a 3G device.
6) Two of my friends had to get their phones replaced after frying them on inexpensive charging devices. The rest have enjoyed that relative convenience unscathed. Given the poor standards around those devices, I have no issue with the 30pin connection.
7) None of my friends, except at first when we discussed their phones have talked much about how good Flash is on them. Several have grumbled about some Flash issues, but it wasn't a major selling point for most, and a minority haven't gotten OS updates or rooted theirs to be able to use it. I frankly don't miss it. At all. I have it switched off on my computer as well. And don't miss it there either.
8) It may be the kind of people I hang with, but extra "features" like "kickstands" inevitably get broken off, wear out or aren't used much. Most of us have charging docks for our phones while working.
I don't dun my friends for their smartphone choices, I respect their ability to assess their needs and meet them in the best way they can. But for the average user, (the marginally techy person) the "Android is still buggy" comment weighs more heavily than a kickstand, intermittent 4G speed, file transfer or Flash ads. This is why the iPhone produced by one company can sell as many as all Android phones made by 5 different companies. Android is useful in that it is eroding down into the feature phone market very successfully, and will materially grow the smartphone market for the next few years. But Android is really mostly about geekiness, features and openness, not a polished and reliable user experience. It is the same reason why most people buy furniture from a regular furniture store and not the unpainted furniture store.