30 days with the Enemy: HTC One X (Day 29) – It’s over

So, this will be my final installment on my 30 days challenge with the latest and greatest Android phone. My last one was only a few days back, but since tomorrow is Sunday, I decided to end it today. After all, it’s one day short, I never work on Sundays – and you deserved to hear my final thoughts and conclusion.

If I could sum up my thoughts in a sentence, it would sound very similar to almost every other Android experience I’ve had since switching to iOS a few years back (G2, Nexus One and Galaxy Nexus): Although the handset and hardware “wowed” me at first, after a few weeks, I just get bored and frustrated. Why?

1. No Apps

I said this plenty of times during the course of the challenge, and it’s a recurring theme. The Google Play store is loaded with hundreds of thousands of apps, and I still haven’t found a single one that’s better than the same app on the iPhone. Being made to be used on different devices with unique capabilities means that developers often test their software on hundreds of phones and tablets. Not being able to tailor-make it for two device screen sizes like they can with iOS, means that there’ll always be something lacking. Almost every great app appears on iPhone before Android (if it appears on Google’s market at all).

2. Unreliable

Ever since I got my first iPhone, I’ve never had it randomly restart/reboot itself. That’s 5 iPhones in the space of 3 years. The One X has done it at least 2-3 times a week since new. Sometimes it’s the hardware design and poor button layout that’s caused it, other times it’s just a random occurrence. Not to mention the number of times an app has crashed, or the phone has freezed while trying to open a simple email attachment.

3. Slowing down

Initially, I was amazed at how speedy the phone was. It handled everything I could throw at it and more. Towards the beginning of this past week, it started to get sluggish. So, as anyone would, I opened the task manager in the settings to close down some running apps – only to find there were none apart from the browser, which wasn’t doing anything particularly intensive. And  yet, over two thirds of the RAM was being used, for just being on. That’s more RAM than my iPhone has access to, just to have the phone powered up.

Good Points:

I know, so far this article seems like one big complaint against HTC (or to some of you, it may seem like a swipe at Android). It’s neither. These are my experiences, and so now – to the good news and the things I really enjoyed.

1. Chrome Beta and Gmail

Despite being a little buggy and frustrating at times, I love the user interface of Google’s own beta browser. It’s quick, intuitive and much easier to use and better looking than Safari on iOS. That’s why I was so excited when I heard the news that Chrome could be coming to the App Store very soon.

2. The Display

The HTC’s huge Super LCD display makes the iPhone’s seem pale, lifeless and insignificant. However much I love the Retina display, the One X’s 4.7″ panel dwarfs it, and reproduces blacks and colors much more vividly. To me it says that the next iPhone’s screen does need to be larger, and it needs better color vividness and a higher contrast ratio. The One X’s panel also blends seamlessly with the hardware, thanks to the slightly curved edges. And the icons all seem to float on the surface – unlike iDevice’s where the actual display feels a little distant from the touch sensitive panel on the surface.

3. Design

I love the shape and feel of the One X. Although I still feel like it’s a little on the large size, I really enjoy the design ethos, and the lightness. I’d happily swap my glass and Aluminum iPhone for a unibody polycarbonate one, if it meant that the phone was more comfortable to hold.

Would I live with one?

Short answer: no. My entire digital life revolves around Apple, and, to have anything other than an iOS running smartphone is counterproductive. If I had a windows PC, and didn’t own anything Apple branded, and had to choose a smartphone that wasn’t an iPhone, the One X would definitely be my first choice. It’s easily the best Android phone out now, and will be even when the GSIII is launched. Having spent time with both the One X and the new Galaxy, I’d say that HTC’s device is far superior, and Samsung are approaching insanity when it comes to loading a phone up with non-essential gimmickry.

What are your thoughts on the latest Android handsets? Do any tempt you to switch from iOS, or would you sooner have no phone than a Google powered one? Tweet: @TiP_Cam

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  • jz7641

    The first problem with an android vs iPhone argument is that android covers such a large variety of devices from cheap to high-end, and different software versions. I would think a good comparison may be a new nexus device vs a new iphone. However, the new nexus device has a poor camera and (owning one I can say) some apps are incompatible even tough it is stock ICS android. 
     
    I agree with the app aspect in regards to timing. I have used android phones for years and I do get frustrated when I see an app come out which appeals to me, only to learn that it wasn’t released for my particular device yet. That is a huge android problem. An app may be released for some android versions but not all, and there is no guarantee that my particular device will get the app. That is why I got a nexus, but still have the issue. 
     
    I would say that the Gingerbread vs of Android’s OS fixed most volatile issues such as freezing and crashing for the most part, and ICS is even smoother, but with android I always feel like I’m using an unfinished device, as if there is just something missing. There are great apps, but depending upon your device, they may not work at all, so many people with Android phones will have different user experiences. 
     
    Also, switching from one android phone to another can cause some confusion because they are not truly universal in terms of settings, available apps, etc. 
    Another app issue is screen size. I love that I can get a larger screen from android phones, but dependent upon the app and the phone model, the app may appear stretched and somewhat ugly (I’m an artist and have sold work through galleries, so I am very visual, and extremely critical of graphics, resolution…etc). 
     
    Don’t get me wrong, No OS is perfect. But I think the android vs iPhone arguments always falls to fragmentation for me. There really is no universal appeal of android, because some android phones are honestly complete crap (the t-mobile comet for instance, moto charm..etc).  And from a high-end android point of view, the devices are too different to really group together. I mean a Droid Razr is very different than Galaxy s2 or and HTC one s, and nexus stands out from each of those. 
     
     
     

  • Tonybabo

    @jz7641 I think this is a well said post and I agree with you.

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

    I find it funny how Cam has almost the opposite review that David on tmonews.com has. They both dropped the iphone for an android, and Davd seems to be really enjoying it and having a completely different perspective. Should go check that review out lol. 
     
    Apple or Android fanboyism aside, after reading through the article I think Cam is just a *tad* biased and wasnt giving the android a fair shake. As he said “My entire digital life revolves around Apple”. I think Cam was going into this challenge already determined how it was going to turn out. He was looking for negativity and reasons to say one thing on apple is better than the other. Thats not right Cam. The idea of a challenge like this is to see how you like android, not how much you can prep to bash it. 
     
    I am not saying one system is better than the other. I am an android fanboy, I will admit it, but I am not going to say everyone should have an android. Most of the issues people have with android come from P.I.C.N.I.C. (look it up, its an IT thing). I troubleshoot android, apple, windows, and other devices all day long. Both sides of the fence have plenty of trouble. apple isnt immune to this either. 
     
    However, some people will love android, some will love apple. If either phone works for you then go with it. Not everyone wants widgets, some people need customer launch screens. Android has more options and has broader appeal than apple. Apple is more fine tuned for the consumer market, but has great limitations and hindrances. Just how it is. 
     
    My point is that regardless of the phone or brand you like, if it works for you and makes you happy then enjoy it and have fun with it even if not everyone shares your opinion. If it doesnt work, then find something that does. 
    Cam, in this case, was undertaking a challenge of putting aside his Apple fanboyism and finding out if he could enjoy android, but I think he took the opportunity to be biased and bash android and find things he could hate, more than things he could love. Anyone can find things they hate on any platform, apple or android or otherwise. Its really not that hard to find something wrong with android or apple or palm or anything. Whats harder is to put your bias aside and really make a fair and balanced opinion about how it would be if Cam wasnt such an apple fanboy and didnt have a little steve jobs bobble head in his car and didnt kiss a poster of steve jobs every night before going to bed. It was a challenge to put aside your own tastes and see what its like to live in the android world for a bit. Cam, you couldnt do that. Instead you took a challenge and made it out to be a chance to bash something that others love. 

  • grauiphone

    Bottomline: Steve Jobs is was (and still is) right, Android is fragmented! Yes, Android has come a long way with some cool features, and yes, one day (hopefully) it will get there, but it is still buggy as heck. The ONLY way Android will ever get there is if Google takes full control. To many super GREEDY phone manufacturers taking advantage of and exploiting Android’s open source for $$$. That is the problem. 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @grauiphone Why is fragmentation such an issue to people. Sure, that one app may take a bit to be updated to the new device, and you may not able to play random game number 839 on device 398. However, when it comes down to it, android still updates more frequently than apple does, and I would rather have more choices in my devices than just “Do you want an iPhone or and iPhone?”. 
     
    So c’mon. Get off the fragmentation issue. Apple has its fragmentation issues as well. Or did we forget that even the most recent ipad and iphone dont have all apps shared, even some basic stock ones. Not every iphone runs ios 5, and not every country has the same setup. (i.e. siri issues in the UK). 
     
    Im my opinion the fragmentation is more of a blessing than a curse. It means those of us who dont want a one size fits all device can go android and pick our flavor. Those of us who need specific things only on the iphone can go there. … and we can all be happy and enjoy your device. Whether its apple or android or palm or windows or linux or something else. 
     
    BTW, there are google specific devices (like the nexus, or stock setups on android with many carriers. However, those devices dont sell necessarily better than one device or another. People speak with their wallets when it comes to what products they like and android has been shown to be the preferred option. Not any one android device, but the OS itself. It doesnt mean that everyone should buy android, it just means that most people dont want an iphone as their only option, and so they tend to go to android or windows or something else and with people making such a consumer statement that the availability of choice means more consumer interest then that should also go to show that fragmentation is not so much as a hindrance as it is a benefit for android. 
     
    …and of course OEMs are greedy. They dont make phones because they give all profits to the blind or give free devices away to homeless shelters. They make phones to make money. Apple is by far greedier than any other OEM out there, and just because they make your preferred device doesnt mean they are saints. Steve Jobs was shown to be one of the greediest CEOs out there. Though, big deal. Companies make money, we buy products, they make more products, we buy them, the circle of consumerism continues. As for android…they had every intention of OEMs customization ad making changes. Thats why it was the open handset alliance, and its called open source. They want people to customize and make it their own. thats been a big part of android from the beginning. So to look around now and try to say that there is something wrong with that when it was the original intention and is making android the number one throughout the world, is like trying to say that it would be better if all houses looked the same and functioned the same and that its a problem because you cant always take a front door from one house and make it fit on your house, and that bathtub in your neighbors house is too big for your bathtub. Its because things were designed to be different. 
     
    I know I am rambling, but heres my point. Android was made to be different and not made to be such a walled garden like apple. If you want a walled garden, one size fits all, no other options available type of device…stick with apple, be happy, enjoy it, and go about your way. If you want a phone that has more options and can be modded, rommed, and just about everything changed on it to your liking, but with some compatible issues with the ecosystem, then go with android. .. be happy, enjoy it, and move on. 
     
    Stop trying to make your device sound better just because you think fragmentation is an issue that will make me go “Oh you’re right. I cant stand fragmentation. Oh no. Get me an iPhone.”

  • boundtobeafraid

     @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse Yeah, cause everyone wants to be tied to a phone with a 2-year contract without getting ONE single update. Fragmentation IS an issue, and it’s not only about the software updates, it’s about the apps as well.

  • boom1234

     @boundtobeafraid  @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse the only difference is that pretty much every app works from android version 2.0+ so saying they won’t work because of no updates is pure and utter apple fanboyism at its finest. And actually android phones get lots of updates they just may not be the latest OS but pretty sure bug fixes are important and count as an update.

  • Tonybabo

    @boom1234 @boundtobeafraid @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse Why would I want a phone that can’t get the latest OS? That Sucks!!!! I’ve seen more people like me get phones only to be fazed out of updates a few months later!!!! That drove me crazy!!! Apple still updating 3GS three years later. Sorry that a major problem for me

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse @grauiphone To me it makes me feel like the company doesn’t give a crap about you after you buy there phone. Once on to the next one I’m just a guy who has a phone they don’t care about. They spread themselves to thin. Apple has one phone. They put everything in that phone and it last a year on market. Then they don’t totally forget about me when the new phone comes out. That’s a big deal in my book. Apple comes off to care about there product as many android companies don’t give a rats ass!!! This is the impression I get.

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouseI’m sorry but after getting burnt with android phones I think he is right on. Fanboy is a stupid name. Are you a android fanboy? Of course he is a apple fan there products are better then anyone else. I bet more people agree with me then would agree with you. It’s fact that’s why everyone is switching to apple products. It’s ismart

  • Afinely92

     @BillThomas As far as lag goes, more than likely it’s carrier bloatware.  Apple devices don’t have bloatware because Apple doesn’t allow it.  I had to restore my iPod touch multiple times now because of constant freezing. I’ve had it since Christmas.  Newest Version, latest update.  I have Pandora and Facebook and that’s all besides my music.  And Yes, you are right you can’t say the same for Android.  Unless you are on a Nexus device.  Which has no carrier input, updates straight from Google.  Carriers determine whether or not a device will get updates or not, Google sends the update, mind you not 3 iterations of it, to the Carrier and they put all their software on it, load it down and slow it down, and if it doesn’t meet the Carrier’s threshold, no update for that phone.  If you are tech-savvy, and which I assume most Android users are, not that iPhone users aren’t, then  when you don’t get updates, you can rely on the Dev Community.  My phone came shipped with Eclair, got a Froyo update officially, Samsung and Google ok’d the GB release for the international version, but it never made it state side. Then there was Honeycomb, which doesn’t matter bc it was Tablet UI only.  And now is ICS, or 4.0. My phone, the Samsung Galaxy Vibrant, the first official Galaxy device is running what their 3rd iteration is running. Just as quick and smooth as ever.  The main problem I find with Updates on Android, is not Google’s OS, nor phone.  It’s the Carriers and Manufacturer .  

  • Anonymouns

    I am not sure on what facts you based your experience but I own a Galaxy SII (t-mobile) and had never experienced such thing. The phone runs anything you throw at it and the battery lasts an entire day
     

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo  So you’re telling me that your 3GS was updated with retina display apps, siri, and all the newest and best that apple has to offer? BS. 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo  Maybe you should take another look at the motives. Apple doesnt really care about updated to the consumer, they care about making money. They do a yearly release because most people start getting discounts with carriers every 1-2 years for upgrades. So they release one iphone one year and get people to upgrade to it. Then next year they release the “s” version of the same iphone and snag in the people who didnt upgrade last year because their upgrade period was this year instead, but those people dont want last years model, so a slightly revamped model will do just fine to suck them in. Then next year they go all out and suck in the majority of people, then one more year and get another “s” model that sucks in the stragglers with a slightly revamped phone. 
     
    Apple times things right. They release upgrades with new phones, and systematically stop supporting old ones. They make you think “hey its old it doesnt need an upgrade and apple knows whats best”, but what apple is really doing is making you want that new feature that only comes in the most recent couple of models, so you buy the phone. Afterall, If they stop providing the newest of new to phones two years old, than those two year old phones will not be likely kept by those consumers, and those two year old phone buyers will not have been two years since they last bought a phone meaning its time for them to get a new subsidized phone upgrade. Who are they going to pick? Apple assumes they will go with the newest iphone. After all, its the smart thing to do right?
     
    Whats funny is that even with android being able to do so much more than apple, people still complain. That two year old android phone can still do more than any iphone, including the 4s. People clamor over themselves thinking “its got android 2.2, its so awesome, look at all the features”. Then 2.3 comes out and people say “2.2 sucks, It cant do anything, I must have 2.3″. Its not that the older version is any worse off than a newer version, or even that the newer version fits a  need better, but because consumer mentality is “newer is better”. Its why an iphone 4s that is basically an iphone 4, gets bought so much, Its why apple releases on the dates it does, because it knows how to play the consumer. Its why, when then second ipad was announced and released, apple gave people who had just bought the original ipad a 100 buck refund because they didnt want those people taking the device back within their return period and causing a backstock of old devices right when the new ones were being released.
     
    Apple, Motorola, Google, Nokia, Microsoft, and all the others. They are out for your money. Trying to make it sound like Apple is some sort of saint because they made you believe their marketing hype and you played right into the ploys, doesnt make them really a saint of a company.
    What would make them a saint, is if all the profits they made had at least something funneled into charity. If we saw steve jobs in a soup kitchen, or giving old iphones to battered women’s shelters. Ive seen more charitable acts done by cigarette companies than done by apple a hundred fold.
     
    Apple cares….ha…..thats a laugh.  They even named a service “Apple care”. What better way to make you think they put some thought into something and its not about the money, then to name is something all sweet and plushy like that. This is the reason apple fanboys bug me sometimes. So quick to try and blindly follow apple no matter what. To basically sit there with their iphone user manuals in their hands praying to the almighty steve jobs.
     
    Its not the products, its not even the false marketing thats the main issue. Its the blind consumerism. Im an android fan. However, before that I was a windows fan. I will change my loyalties based on what a company does, not because of the logo they place on a product. I tried to get a HP Touchpad because I liked it, and I wanted some of the apps they had that *gasp* apple or android did not have. However, android seems to be the best bet for my lifestyle and needs. If that changes, then so does my brand preference. Apple fanboys, on the other hand,have a hard time with giving up their blind faith in apple’s marketing.  

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo Man. you really like the vague arguments will little evidence. Here, let me try “Everyone is switching the windows phones because they are better”. Ha. Kinda fun to argue with no real thought behind it. 
     
    In reality, Apple has its spikes in sales, but people are really switching to Android. In fact, more people switch to android from apple, than switch to apple from android. If you watch the market shares closely you can see that apple drops while android spikes. Apple has its moments in the sun too. Especially around new device releases and increased marketing. However, its short lived. The growth from android compared to the growth from apple is like watching a formula 1 car (android) race a prius (apple). 
     
    However, if apple works for you then enjoy it. Have fun with it. Take it to the movies and make out with siri. Just be sure to not slobber too much, or be too rough. We all know how fragile the iphone is, lol. 
     
    BTW, of course I am android fanboy. I even say so in my posting. Did you not even read the posting, or were you just too quick to retort because your blindly believed you knew better since you are an apple user?

  • Cubster

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse @Tonybabo

  • Cubster

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse @Tonybabo Ikr androids stocks are sooo much better that’s why apple has sold over 178 million iPhones and there’s only been 5 iPhones yet androids only sold around 100 million and they have what 5000 different phones oh and yes I do have sources to back this up anyone who makes big articles like the ones you do is very unsicure I would be too though if I was a fan of something so over rated and glitchy

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse ok forgive me if I miss something but I think I get the basic idea of what your saying. Apple is a company of course!!! They are out to make money!!! Of course. I’d be a fool to think other wise. First off I’m not a Apple can do nothing wrong type of guy. I don’t think that. My problems with them would be In areas that have nothing to do with products. I don’t like for instance how they have got in trouble tracking what people do. I fundamentally have a problem with those type of things. Let’s face it all these companies do it. Google may be the worst. I do not like there labor practices. Most all these companies do it.My experience with for most of my life were with all non Apple products. I actually never owned a apple product until 2010 when I got the 3GS because of utter frustration with my phones, my computers everything. I’m not a programmer, I can’t tell you about technical things all I can tell you is when I switched products to Apple for the first time in my life I was happy with my products and actually enjoyed using it. To me this is the most important thing.

    Does Apple milk products? Yes they do. Now you can say this is to milk every dollar they can and there is truth to it but I think there is more that goes along with it. First off if the competition put out a much superior phone they would force apple to come out with newer products but lets face it besides a few features apple may not offer the older Apple product can still compete. If iPhone never came out there would not be a Android we would be stuck with same crappy phones because these companies have proven there reluctance to innovate. Say what you want about Apple but they have a desire to create. This is proven with many of there products. Finally when Apple releases new products they get it right. They may have problems here or there but usually they get most out of the technology. Reality is every company wants to copy what apple did with a technology. Look how companies rushed out with “iPhone killers” iPads, look at how voice technology is now like Siri. Why didn’t these companies do that. When will we wake up and see a android phone that creates its own market. A phone that changes how we use it. Sure they throw features in but most of time it’s rushed to market in order to say hey look Apple doesnt have this. Companies are companies they all want money but history has proven Apple is the company that will advance how we use things. For that I respect them. You may not agree but time will tell let’s see the next big thing for phones and I bet it’s apple who starts it. Sure it maybe technology already out or a feature used in phones before but with Apple it will be done in a way that changes how we use phones. That’s just the way it is. I have to support a company who is more likely to really advance things. I want android to thrive, I want them to get to the point I use a phone and say wow!! My iPhone doesnt seen so good anymore. To this day I have not seen that. Yes android phones are getting better then when I owned one and that’s good. If they both push each other it’s benefits is the consumer. My bottom line is as of right now Apple products are the only products I’ve actually enjoyed and have not had problems with. I’m just a normal consumer, I can’t tell you about specs and how Os’s work maybe if I did I would be a android guy but I’m not so I go on what works all the time, what is fun to use, what is pleasing to look at and what company has the ability to wow me in the future. I respect yours and every android users opinion.

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse Vague arguments? How is saying I like this product because it works better then anything I used before vague? That specific. Yes more people are switching to android then before but that’s because they release tons of new phones a month. There are tons of android phones so yes it’s going to attract people. Its funny cause everyone I know is switching to iPhone. I will take my iPhone with me, I’ll promote it to anyone who asks me. Say what you want about Apple but truth is people care about the next iPhone not the next 20 android phones due out in a few weeks. You want to call me names that’s fine but I think your posts sound as if you are trying to convince yourself. You know how you can really tell the satisfied consumer from the non? Posts like yours. I hear and read more android users bash apple or there customers then apple customers bash them. Why? I think this is because Apple customers do not care!!! They are happy with there product and no it doesn’t matter what these android phones do, have, claim to have they are Happy. There happy because the product is good not because they blindly follow. Just give in dude get a real product you’ll be happy with now if you will excuse me Siri is calling me to make out!!! She just poured a glass of wine.

  • ArkAngel_X

     @Tonybabo  @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse  I personally am an Android OS user, but what gets me is what they put out as the next best thing. Now, I’ll be honest, i was hoping to see an iPhone that blew the phone war out of the water, but when the iPhone 4S hit, it was a flop, when it was announced, it was already outdated hardware, they pulled people in with “Oh look! Siri! FaceTime!” For those wondering, I have a G2x yes the phone was plagued with problems, but I as a regular Android user knew there was going to be a Rom out there soon that fixed 90% of it and there was. But with people saying Apple is “Spearheading” innovation, is like saying Glue tastes like Chocolate, some people may think “Yeah, Apple is taking the phone to the next level.” When the iPhone 1G came out, I was impressed, I will admit, but then the “iPhone killers” came out and it drew my attention, because it took what the iPhone did and expanded on it. Now though, Apple has my attention, wether it be rumors, or just plain facts, if i can get the exact same specs as my G2x, but on an apple platform, i’d be happy, i’d will convert over to “Appleism” but if we have another flop like the 4S, Apple is no longer an innovator in the technology field. 
     
    the Apple care though, that is a decent deal, it depends on who you get at the genius bar. (why they call it a genius bar i have no idea… i personally think its the most retarded name in history) i have a friend who has taken his iPhone in for repair, one guy said it would cost him $100 with apple care. took it to another guy the SAME day, guy did it for free. If its anything they need, its consistency, Apple isn’t consistent with anything really, but alot of phone companies aren’t , look at LG, the ROM community has been wating for a good 3-4 months for an official ICS release on the G2x. Apple and alot of phone manufactuers need to take their heads out of their asses and say, “we need a phone that does EVERYTHING and syncs to EVERYTHING.”

  • AdrianAcevedo

    @Tonybabo Man!!! U told that guy. He talks a lot and I hate when people; especially Adroid lovers, rant on on how Apple sucks and how we Apple fanboys BLINDLY follow Steve’s Jobs’ path, but the truth is we are not blind. In fact we can see perfectly. The truth is there. It Just Works. Apple products, regardless of what others say, are outstanding. If apple doesn’t do something, no one will. Sure, they make something simple, but isn’t simple better?? Why would anyone want a cheap immigration of anything (Android). I every android smartphone except the low end ones, and besides a big screen they don’t compete. Apps for android down right suck. I’m sorry. Can anyone tell me of a worthy app iPhone cannot do. Nope! If Android does, it’s prob something Google or something. But as for REAL APPS, there isn’t. Watch the keynote for the first iPhone. It hasn’t changed all that much. Meaning, even older iPhones still compete with most smart phones. Most people chose iPhone not because the logo, they chose iPhone because how simple it is to to do something that can be confusing to some. Apple all the way, until somebody else can really show them up. Not just copy them and TRY to out do them.

  • AdrianAcevedo

    @Tonybabo That was funny at the end. Our ladies are named the same lol! I also agree. I’m tired of these android vs apple wars. I don’t even care about them anymore. I just can’t stand how Android people are ganging up and becoming a society solely to attack apple people. So dumb. At least it feels like that. Omg, Android is so customizable, we have bigger screen, we are better. Sure!!!!! I don’t care. I’ll stick with my iPhone. Like everyone else. Y??? Because it works!!

  • Tonybabo

    @AdrianAcevedo Thanks bro!!! I agree with you. More then anything else the most important thing is do you have a good experience and enjoy using a product how can there be anything more important then that. I have bad experiences with android. Everyone i know complain about it. That said I don’t bash it, I think there are people who have opposite experiences and that’s great. I’m glad for them. This site is today’s iPhone, yet there are android users who hate apple but still secretly respect the innovation and they want to see what it is. I do not go on android sites I care less. I think that most apple consumers attitude. When I had android I remember that some apps I couldn’t even use. I hated that. Look at Siri when it was announced all these sites were flooded with android has voice big deal, Apple is copying. Yet months later the android phones sound more like Siri!! Facts are stubborn things are they not. What gets me about that guy is he kind of trying to make fun of me about liking Apple. I’m on a Apple site and he is trying to take shots. While I make out with Siri he reboots his phone. What do you think about next IPhone? I have this feeling it’s going to blow people away!!! I got a entire feeling that we will even hear from jobs in some type of video. When i looked at switching to iPhone my initial though the first time I used it was “wow texting is so cool on this” I enjoyed it and that was most important.

  • Tonybabo

    @ArkAngel_X @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse I respect your post because it didn’t contain trying to call people names. Your honest with what you like and how you feel. I respect that.

  • Tonybabo

    @AdrianAcevedo Here is a funny story. Just Yesterday my sister had it with her HTC. She went and bought a 4s she called me up to tell me she was addicted to it and can’t put it down. She cursed me for telling her to try a iPhone. So her husband comes home and is kind of giving her a hard time about IPhone. A few weeks ago he bought the newest android phone there was. He is one of the most pro android guy I know. Everytime I visit he shows me his latest greatest phone. I’d play around with it thinking this feature is cool or this is but it never is the experience I have even after being use to my phone. I could never get him to even play with my phone try it out. He is the most anti-iPhone guy. He refused to even try it. So anyways he comes home gives her a hard time, making fun of her with all the things they call Apple users. So at night she is coming out of shower and catches him using her phone. He is like “this isn’t any good”, “screen size sucks”. All those things. So today they go to best buy to get a case for her phone. While there buying a case he comes walking over with a bag in it is his new iPhone and apple tv!!! She is like what are you doing? He looks down at the floor and mumbles “your phone is awesome, I can’t stop thinking about it” when I heard that I was cracking up cause he was so anti-iPhone!!! I told her to have him call me so I could give him a hard time but he hasn’t yet!!! It was funny especially if you know him.

  • boundtobeafraid

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse @Tonybabo We’re talking about software. You cannot give an iPhone 3GS a retina display just with a software update. That has to do with hardware, what we’re saying is that after 3 years it’s still being updated and running iOS 5. I do agree with the Siri issue though, apple should have allowed it at least on the iPhone 4.
    The good thing is I’m not stuck with iOS 4.

  • ArkAngel_X

     @Tonybabo  @AdrianAcevedo  There are people like that, I used to be like that, but to sound “fanboyish” the iPhone 4S while it was a flop, took me in and had its way with me. I love the fact that everything “just works”. But it does have its issues,  i have big beefy sausage fingers, so the 3.5in screen is a no go for me. It feels solid in the hand, but at the same time, it feels like if i put it in my back pocket, it’s gonna snap in half. so, if they can get it nice, solid, and have a fair sized screen, I will pay the nice, $400 Craigslist price-point for one. Unless they pull a fast one and toss the iPhone to T-Mo so I can sign my soul over to DT and get one for the contract price.

  • MicahMadru

     @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse I’ve always found David to be far more ballanced and fair with his articles so it doesn’t surprise me.

  • wudini007

    If your answer to “Would I live with one?” start with “My entire digital life revolves around Apple” then the 30 days (or 29) were a complete waste of time.

  • nlee350

    I must agree with you that iOS is probably much smoother than Android in terms of fluidity since there’s less crashes and lags in general but I disagree about Android app’s weakness. I actually enjoy many apps on Android better like Google+, Facebook, Dropbox and What’sApp. Say I took a photo and I want to share it, its easier to share them with the two-pronged arrow button from the gallery than on iOS. This might be because I’m still bad with the iPhone 4s. Well, i think iPhone 4s still has the best still-image camera in lit-up environments. And for RAM usage, your handheld or computer should use as much RAM as it has. Unused RAM = wasted RAM. Say you can run photoshop on a computer with 4 GB RAM, you’ll probably use 3 GB of the RAM usage. But if you use a 16 GB RAM computer, it’ll use like 10 GB RAM on photoshop.

  • tyrantx619

     @Tonybabo sure thing. the 3GS has all the features and functionality of iOS5… I can’t imagine how you can make such ridiculous statements.  Not every apple device gets the latest and great nor do very old low end android devices get ICS. Think before you post

  • tyrantx619

     @RaduTanasescu really?? apple invented touchscreens, finger styluses etc.  you must have been born yesterday since such devices existed in the late 90′s/early 2000′s and mostly ran windows mobile software.

  • Tonybabo

    @tyrantx619 What I’m saying is that they update the phone the best they can. Sure there are features that just can’t be put on a 3Gs like retina display. However there are still updates. Android phones after six months will never update you phone again. That’s what I’m saying. So you think before you post. Be logical of course I’m not saying it can have every new feature in a update but they do the best job.

  • boom1234

    @Tonybabo except retina display has nothing to do with an os update. And android phones get updated after 6 months it takes at least that long for new os update lol

  • tyrantx619

     @Tonybabo If we are going to continue this “Think Before you speak” schtick I would like to point out several things
     
    1. I don’t see nearly the amount of backlash/complaint from the average iOS user about the features lacking in their watered down iOS5 update for their older iDevices as compared to a similar Android user who is mad because they are on Gingerbread still.
     
    2. Android is constantly updating and users receive OTA updates on a regular basis addressing newer software. I have several devices which came with Eclair that were then incrementally updated to gingerbread in its various forms until they were updated to the latest Gingerbread version of Android.  They did not get watered down software upgrades either. they received the full level of software.
     
    3. There has not been any major Android software releases between Gingerbread and Ice Cream Sandwich (with the exception of honeycomb which was for tablets only)  
     
    4. Many will complain that they do not have the latest and greatest software the very moment it comes out (which reaks of serious entitlement and self importance if you ask me).  There are various reasons every Android device is not upgraded on Day one of software release (which in reality should be called a developer release so as not to make the masses froth at the mouth for something they do not have yet).  Carriers want to ensure that the software is tested and tweaked to work with their various networks and devices prior to pushing it out to consumers half-baked) Why that is a bad thing I do not understand.
     
    5. The Android development is huge and if there is a particular function, feature, software release or user interface there that you want on your Android device it can be had as simple as flashing a new ROM.  You have the choice to wait for an officially sanctioned release (with carrier bloat) if you wish or you can load up the newer, more powerful custom software of your choice)  For example I have every feature and function of the new Galaxy S3 running on my SGS2 (and the phone hasn’t even been released for sale in the US yet)  Hell I have the ability of setting up my phone(s) to look, act and function like a windows phone or an iPhone if I so choose.  That is the real power of Android, infinite form factors, features, choices and options.  
     
    Any and all mobile operating systems have their own inherent bugs/issues (iOS included) which eventually get resolved. What it really comes down to is personal preference as to what suits ones need or desires.  I have no problem recommending an iOS, Android, Blackberry or Windows (I owned at least 2+ of each such brands smartphones) device to people since it ultimately comes down to what suits their needs best.  You can can the fanboyism and vitriole.  Its an Apples and Oranges comparison anyhow.  The continued competition and innovation from all smartphone companies is in the best interest of the consumer.
     
    People on either side of the fence who make Carte Blanche statements that all of Android is crap or all of Apple is crap are just plain ignorant.

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo  @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse You claim you dont blindly follow apple, but you spout the same thing every blind apple fnaboy consumer says. For example 
     
    YOU SAID ” First off if the competition put out a much superior phone they would force apple to come out with newer products ”
    MY RESPONSE “Why do you think Apple is rumored to come witha  larger display, better notifications, better resolution screens, siri, etc. ts because all these things we being done before apple. There is not a SINGLE thing apple did first. Not a single thing. What theyd o is tell you thats its revolutionary and magical and amazing and that they made it happen and you believe it. ”
     
    YOU SAID “If iPhone never came out there would not be a Android”
    MY RESPONSE “Seriously? You do realize that there were already innovative devices out there. People going in their own directions, many of them wrong, but people had touch screen devices like the iphone, people had full web browsers. Hell, windows phone even had apps for it before the iphone. I know, because I was installing them (oh and installing flash on my phone …something apple still doesnt have hahaha) Not to mention android was in development, albeit in a different form factor, before apple was.”
     
    YOU SAID “look at how voice technology is now like Siri. Why didn’t these companies do that.”
    MY RESPONSE “Actually, siri wasnt done by apple, and vlingo and many other companies had similar tech already on the iphone and android and blackberry and windows mobile and many other platforms. It was just that siri happened to be marketed with the new failure of an iphone. The 4s would have been an even bigger flop without siri but people latched onto the “beta version” of a product and many regret it but still smile and nod along with apple marketing because otherwise they would have to admit they were wrong to buy into a new device that was essentially last years model.”
     
    YOU SAID “history has proven Apple is the company that will advance how we use things”
    MY RESPONSE “I will agree that apple marketing, not their products, changes consumers minds to move to using a new type of tech. However, their products are not innovative or new. There have been similar products on the shelves well before apple was a glint in steve job’s eye.”
     
     
    Those are my minor comments. If you like your phone, then great. Enjoy it. Thats why I say that its not really the products that get me about apple. Apple makes some decent products and I would gladly use some of them (but never pay for them). However, its the fact that apple takes reality and twists it to their whim and them puts out commercials and speeches and marketing and tries to make people wait in line for weeks for what , essentially, is no better than a mid-range windows mobile phone. 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo for me personally, I dont come here for “innovation” I come here because I work with tech and I like to be informed. Like a mechanic who drives a ferrari but still checks out whats going on the world of toyota and ford and honda. 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo  @AdrianAcevedo Funny story. Glad he found something he likes. I hate fanboyism in the way that it makes people blindly follow a brand name. Im kinda anti-fanboyism. I dont have any shirts that say Hollister. I will never buy an Ambercrombie hoodie, or anything like that. I do research everything I buy…and I mean everything. I spent about an hour today researching 20 dollar small hand vacs just for cleaning the areas around the edge of my couch. ha. The funny thing I have used apple products. A macbook pro, an ipad, an iphone. All the latest models with all things included. I just cant see ever paying for an apple product. Id be forking over money for something worth half the cost. The macbook pro we had was horrible, and there is a reason apple had to make it support windows. The macbook po had the battery glitch where it would whine loudly until you smacked it. Literally, you had to smack the device in order for it to stop whining. We named it the “Banshee”. It was ear piercing at times. The iphone has so many bugs that the people I know who have one have just about been ready to chuck their out the window. I have a family member who was almost ashamed when I was trying to get him to check out a website on his iphone and he couldnt even load the page and my phone did in like two seconds. Another family member has a serious disability cant move, and was sold on the iphone because the apple “genius” told his siri would work without EVER having to touch any button for any purpose AT ALL. Literally, lied through his teeth. We jailbroke it and got some hands free voice activiation for siri, but there are so many other bugs trying to work through and they are wishing they never bought the thing. The ipad in use was actually provided by a company (Im not givign any names here) that was trying to go to ipads (the latest model) and go paperless because of it. Lets just say that the movement to go to ipads has failed because of such limited support and functionality of the ipads. Its still used for video calls (tango, haha) and minor use, but otherwise its just wasting space. Those are my stories :) 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @MicahMadru I agree. I was kinda sad to see tmonews start linking up so much and becoming so integrated with phonedog media. It was kinda a downgrade. lol

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @AdrianAcevedo  @Tonybabo Android is more vocal about apple because its just so much easier to find flaws with apple. And to laugh at fanboys i.e. “The 3.5 inch screen is so awesome, its amazing, those bigger screens are worthless and people should go back to 3.5 inch screens like apple, because apple is so innovative and amazing and ….wait apple is rumored to be going to a 4 inch screen….hail the 4 inch screen, its so amazing and wondering, and apple is so innovating because of it, and there is no one int eh world as amazing as apple because apple has a 4 inch screen.” lol. I also find it funny how people say “Because it works”. 
    There is not a single device, phone, tablet, computer, etc ever in existence that does not have a laundry list of issues with it. Apple just hides it better. By teaching their sales agents to lie about issues (remember anntennagate? and the leaked scripting?), and by deleting forum posts and entire forums with negative feedback. I troubleshoot many things, including iphones and ipads and apple products. I often find those products harder to fix because everything is so locked down that you cant even do what you need to do to fix it.  

  • Tonybabo

    @tyrantx619 I can’t argue much of what you said. Atleast about it comes to the choice of the individual person. I also agree that competition is a good thing for the consumer. I have not seen or used a SGIII so I will not make judgement on it. SGII I knew two people who got rid of it for a 4S. It’s been since the 3GS was released that I switched to IPhone so like I’ve said before I only base the information on what I experienced. I’m sure Amdroid is a lot better then it was and that’s good but I do not use it. If the ever come out and offer something I see as new and Far different then I’ve ever seen I would buy it. That I have not. I think people here take my comments to say there phone is not as good because it’s not iPhone. I’ve never said that. I’ve said my experience with android was a disaster. Most people I know switch. That’s my experience it’s not a reflection on anyone else’s.

  • Tonybabo

    @boom1234 That’s great. I’m so glad they finally do. My phones they never gave one update, another they gave one made my phone freeze up. Then when I called Sprint they said I had to buy a new phone and they sell me the new HTC at time but needed another two year contract. I said just give me a basic phone as a replacement for next 9 months a basic flip phone they said I still would need a two year contract. I got off the phone went to At&T bought a 3GS, got home used it and a 100% difference. That is what I go on. Nothing else. Like I’ve said I’m sure the phones improved but they already lost me and paying the early termination fee was worth it. I have not been happier with my phones since.

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse @AdrianAcevedo First off do you really consider a larger screen size as a innovation? You are much more knowledgable technologically then me and I don’t consider it at all as a innovation. If I had to choose between screen size and retina display I would consider that more innovative Then a larger display. You know what truth is I have owned last three iPhones, first iPad and the newest one and yes I have never had one issue with my phone. When I use it, it works. So you can say they have problems but I don’t see it and I’m happy with my product!!!! That’s all that matters to me.

  • Tonybabo

    @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse That’s very understandable. I find it interesting reading.

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo  @TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse  @AdrianAcevedo I would consider a larger screen an improvement and an innovation just as I would consider the retina display an “innovation”. There is nothing really there but a change in hardware. The retina display was actually less of an innovation because all it did was duplicate pixels a couple times over. It didnt change much except that. Whereas the bigger screens and different screens are implementing better tech in amoled, super amoled, super amoled plus, lcd, super lcd, and tons of other random names. There is so much more to a screen than pixel density, but apple likes marketing things as if they are totally awesome and no other company could come close. As for just the size of the screen alone. Yes, I do consider it innovative. Look around you. People still fight over who has a bigger tv screen, bigger computer screen, etc. People like big screens, and are more likely to buy a 40″ 720p screen than a 30″ 1080p screen. Pixels and resolution come second to screen size. People want it big and pretty, and when you are sporting a small screen like the iphone it doesnt it still looks sad compared to 4 and a half inch 720p super amoled displays that have higher resolution, bigger size, better color and contrast ratio, etc. 

  • TheOneandOnlyAnonymouse

     @Tonybabo Why would you assume this. I would assume apple would just cram it all into a box and put a logo on it and a little polish and then pay off the judges and market a commercial using computer generated products that behave little like the actual product. lol

  • Majicmazo

    Hahahaha wow really dude… Okay clearly u must be working for apple…. Every paid app on ios is free on android… The one x is faster smoother and bigger and louder then any iphone, androids are much easier to custimize and put custom roms on and root and overclock… The list just goes on and on and on.. Ive had both phonrs and honestly i would never recommended ios to anyone

  • randomprice

    @Majicmazo well, I think people don’t want android for the exact things you’re naming. Not everybody, but the average user doesn’t care about customization, custom roms and such. They want their phones to work right out of the box. The ones who want to hack their phones, can jailbreak the iPhone and do many of the things you say iPhones can’t. Free apps, customization (although not as good as on android but still). The list goes on and on.