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Should I go with Android or an iPhone 4?

I’ve got an iPhone 3GS and was thinking of upgrading to an iphone 4. But some of my friends have Android phones and love them. Should I get one? Which is best in your opinion?

Most Useful Answer Stelph  Feb. 11, 2011 at 15:44

Ive been bouncing between iOS and Android these last couple of weeks and really it depends on what you currently use your phone for, what you expect and how much effort you are willing to put in! Personally coming from iOS to Android I found that iOS is a lot more "polished", the equivalent apps that I use day to day (i.e ebay, facebook) all seemed to work better on the iPhone than on Android, and the App store on the iPhone is much better than the equivalent on Android. However Android is a LOT more customisable (e.g. you can have apps that turn on and off your ringer when you are in the office as it checks the GPS, widgets are great for checking information quickly ect) so if you are willing to put the effort in in the initial set up Android can be a much better experience. Connecting to the PC is a personal preference, some people like the ease of loading music/films ect onto an SD card for Android where TBH i found I actually quite like iTunes. It may be a complete dog and slow down my PC, but it does everything I want and make it easier for me to find everything in one place!

Personally I stuck with the 3GS as ive paid quite a bit on apps ect, plus I have Jailbroken my iPhone and loaded several apps that fixes a lot of the drawbacks like biteSMS and a lockscreen app.

HOWEVER - MY MAIN RECOMMENDATION IS DON'T GET A NEW TOP OF THE RANGE ANDROID OR IPHONE AT THE MOMENT!

Apple strictly stick to a 12 month upgrade cycle so in 4 months the new iPhone 5 will be out, also Google are launching the new Honeycomb software (2.4) and there are several dual core Android phones coming out in the next month or two so consider that before buying a phone/signing a new contract

http://www.theandroidphone.com/dual-core-android-phones-in-2011-95851/

If you'd like to try android, keep the 3GS and get an Orange San Francisco (£99 new so cheaper 2nd hand) and try it out, then you can make your own decision, a lot of it is your own preferences

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Stelph  Feb. 11, 2011 at 15:44

Ive been bouncing between iOS and Android these last couple of weeks and really it depends on what you currently use your phone for, what you expect and how much effort you are willing to put in! Personally coming from iOS to Android I found that iOS is a lot more "polished", the equivalent apps that I use day to day (i.e ebay, facebook) all seemed to work better on the iPhone than on Android, and the App store on the iPhone is much better than the equivalent on Android. However Android is a LOT more customisable (e.g. you can have apps that turn on and off your ringer when you are in the office as it checks the GPS, widgets are great for checking information quickly ect) so if you are willing to put the effort in in the initial set up Android can be a much better experience. Connecting to the PC is a personal preference, some people like the ease of loading music/films ect onto an SD card for Android where TBH i found I actually quite like iTunes. It may be a complete dog and slow down my PC, but it does everything I want and make it easier for me to find everything in one place!

Personally I stuck with the 3GS as ive paid quite a bit on apps ect, plus I have Jailbroken my iPhone and loaded several apps that fixes a lot of the drawbacks like biteSMS and a lockscreen app.

HOWEVER - MY MAIN RECOMMENDATION IS DON'T GET A NEW TOP OF THE RANGE ANDROID OR IPHONE AT THE MOMENT!

Apple strictly stick to a 12 month upgrade cycle so in 4 months the new iPhone 5 will be out, also Google are launching the new Honeycomb software (2.4) and there are several dual core Android phones coming out in the next month or two so consider that before buying a phone/signing a new contract

http://www.theandroidphone.com/dual-core-android-phones-in-2011-95851/

If you'd like to try android, keep the 3GS and get an Orange San Francisco (£99 new so cheaper 2nd hand) and try it out, then you can make your own decision, a lot of it is your own preferences

discojake  Feb. 11, 2011 at 17:42

Agreeing with Stelph, the iphone is a lot more polished and operates more intuitively. I've not used Android much though, only a few minutes here and there, and I've never got down and dirty with apps and the like.

It's funny though, because there sort of seems to be a distinct Android Vs iphone arguement developing, the same way with the PC vs Mac thing :)

JanSt / MOD  Feb. 11, 2011 at 18:10

Yeah, discojake... and as with Windows PC vs Mac both parties on the smartphone frontline are missing the better 3rd way :p

Android does some things that even a jailbreaked iPhone doesn't do: like easy file-access/transfer without iTunes. Both have a lot to learn about email-syncing, and moreover, the more succesful Android gets the worse obviously the quality of churned out handsets(just like PC/windows laptops.)- just compare the HTC Legend versus the much more successful Desire! The Legend is of a build quality that the Desire can only, you know, desire.

I hate the Apple spin-machine, but at this stage I'm really Android tired. And, ***blush*** between the two I'd probably go for an iPhone 4 (or none...)

But Stelph is right, it depends so much on what you want/need/despise...)

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