Linked by Thom Holwerda on Mon 3rd Jan 2011 23:19 UTC
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless You may not have noticed it, but in the past six months, we've been experiencing a true massacre. Not one written in blood, but one written in microchips and touchscreen displays. The scene of the crime? The United States. The perpetrator? Google's Android. The victims? Everybody else.
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iPhone on Verizon
by WorknMan on Tue 4th Jan 2011 00:01 UTC
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If iPhone comes to Verizon, I would seriously consider jumping ship from Android, depending on what features they put into Honeycomb (Android 3.0).

The reasons for this are as follows:

- I'm tired of the crapware that carriers are shoving into OTA stock ROMs, and the OEMs who are putting custom 'trinkets' on top that I don't want. And to get a custom ROM with just vanilla Android and WITHOUT all the crap, you have to wait for your device to get rooted, and then wade through a bunch of half-finished custom ROMs, where random features (such as wifi and GPS) don't work. I know a lot of people get off on this kind of thing and that's fine, but it's just not how I'd like to spend my free time. (Of course, the quality of custom ROMs probably depends on which phone you have, which is a problem in itself.

- Whereas Apple releases new OS updates for all their phones at the same time, you have to wait for weeks (or even months) on most Android phones, or else do the root/custom ROM thing, and have to put up with the same shite I mentioned above. Of course, you could always get a 'Google' phone to solve all these problems, and end up (in the US) on a carrier where you'd have to walk outside and stand in the middle of the street just to get a signal.

- With the iPhone, you have access to many, many more accessories. I can't even find a f**king armband for my Android phone.

- iPhone is still the 'de facto' standard for phones, so if there's a cool new app/service coming out, it's probably going to be on iPhone first.

- I think it would be easier/better to keep up with iPhone-related news/blogs, because they're only concerned with one or two phones, whereas Android blogs are always talking about the 300 different phones that'll be out in the next month, or updates/news about current phones that you don't own and have no interest in.

- I can't play 'arcade mode' on the Android version of Fruit Ninja ;)

Of course, I'm not an Android hater and realize that it's infinitely more customizable, but rarely (if ever) do I use any of that stuff, such as the battery-draining widgets that most folks seem to be enthralled with. I've played with my dad's iPad and for the most part, I like the way it works out of the box, so there isn't much I'd want/need to change.

As for the ideological 'Steve controls everything', that's what jailbreaking is for ;)

The only thing that's holding me back at the moment is AT&T.... I just can't deal with them. Though their service seems ok in my area, their customer support is absolutely atrocious.

Edited 2011-01-04 00:02 UTC

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