I was all set to buy Garmins top of the line unit this holiday season, but my wife & I decided to get iPhones instead. Even with all of its bugs, replacing my 1490T with another GPS just wasn't exciting. We're both happy with the purchase. Sorry Garmin, maybe for Xmas 2013...
So, are you using an iPhone app for navigation? Or still using the 1490 for that?
At this point Android is vastly superior to the iPhone.
I says this as I use a Galaxy S2 device and the iPhone 4S on a daily basis.
If anyone is planning to buy the iPhone now, I do feel a bit sorry for them. iPhone 4S cannot compare to the top Android devices. My iPhone 4S is nice, but I use my Galaxy S2 way more.
Since you have both can you give specific points on what is better.
Not trying to start something, it's just since you actually use both I would value your opinion over someone who is just a fanboy of either.
Thanks for your "personal" opinion on the Iphone vs. the galaxy II.
I guess numerous reviews and users will either agree or disagree with you. That is why we have options and users have preferences.
One of the many reasons why I love the iphone over any android phone is because Apple NOT the carrier owns the software updates. With the iphone we get updates and new features on a timely basis. With an android device you never know when you are getting the next great version. Look at all the android users waiting for ice cream sandwich.
Did you iPhone guys ever get that update to remove Carrier IQ?
We can play all day on this back and forth. Yet again...
Sure, there are a whole host of things, this is just a tiny partial list:
1) no Google maps turn by turn navigation on iPhone
2) 3.5" screen is very small compared to the 4.3" screen on Android
3) iOS leaves a ton to be desired. For instance no way to tell what sizes my photo / video files are, without having to connect to the PC. Had a strange bug where an App gave notifications, but there was no way to change the way it gave notifications or even disable it, since it didn't show up under the notifications setting. Volume in apps sometimes mysteriously stop working, and no setting in general / Sound or app would show what was wrong. Occasionally that was because there's a less documented 3rd sound setting in the multi-tasking bar that is muted. Crazy!! The list of bugs/lack of basic features go on and on...I could write a novel if you like.
4) no file system. Can't store documents / files to be used by various apps, which is a huge pain.
5) iTunes software is the worst, and I mean the worst software ever. Using it to manage the iPhone is a pain.
6) No expandable memory, but iPhone 4S is very expensive so you can't really afford to buy the larger memory models, so you're kind of stuck on what you can really use the iPhone 4S for. I don't put much videos on there because of lack of space, and I have to frequently remove videos / photos because of the space issue. On Android I pop in a 32GB microSD card, and voila, more space!
7) You can have one keyboard on iPhone, that's it. No way to use anything but the stock keyboard, which is just adequate in my opinion. On Android I can use Swype, SwiftkeyX, Gingerbread, etc etc. Look at http://damnyouautocorrect.com for funny iPhone keyboard errors.
8) No way to reject calls and send it to spam / voicemail on iPhone. Android has a few solutions that allows you reject spam calls.
9) arguably one of the worst UIs ever, funny especially as most people think iPhone has the best UI. The settings are a mess - there could be individual app settings located God knows where in the app itself, or an app setting under the general "settings" menu, or under Settings sub-menus, such as "notification" or "location", or sometimes not at all!! Good luck trying to figure this out because there is no overall guideline on how to develop Apps that have uniform settings that are easy to manage by the user, the victim of the circular Apple button that can only do one thing. Android on the other hand has its settings pretty cut and dried. Most app settings are within the apps, with the exception of global system settings which you would expect to find in general settings and you do. It's just so much easier to use Android compared to the simple and yet archaic UI on iOS.
10) notifications were awful on iOS 4. They haven't gotten much better on iOS 5. I still get phantom notifications at random times. Eg I'll get two or more SMS notifications on my phone while it's charging. When I go look at the phone to see what I got, I only see one SMS message...what the hell? This is never an issue on my Android devices, where notifications are plain, simple, and reliable.
This is just a partial list off a long list of things I've noticed in using iPhone since 2008, and Android since 2009.
I'm no fanboy of either platform, but as a regular user it's clear Android has caught up and surpassed iPhone in many ways.
If you want the best phone, it's an Android phone, no doubt about it. Apple innovates far too slowly, with a new model each year, and iOS updates that take forever.
At this point I understand people want shiny gadgets with Apple logos on them, but once you've used both extensively as I have, it's clear there's no comparison - Android is vastly better.
You're most welcome.
My opinion counts more than many others because I use both as my daily phones for a long time now. Can you say the same about Android phones, or are you just an iPhone user?
Apple is a very greedy company. They disabled in-app purchases for the iOS Amazon Kindle and Barnes & Noble Nook app, because they wanted a 30% cut of the book purchases!! Imagine if you had the same thing on your Windows PC - where Microsoft demanded a 30% cut of everything you purchased on your PC!!! Insane!!
Also funny thing about the updates. People have ported Siri from the iPhone 4S to the iPhone 4, and guess what - it works exactly perfectly fine!!! Why didn't Apple enable Siri for iPhone 4? Oh that's right, because they want you to pay for a new phone when your existing phone, iPhone 4 could support the feature perfectly fine!!
So don't talk to me about Android updates, when Apple screws its own customers on the software updates!!!
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