Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:18 UTC, submitted by Oren
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless With WebOS out of the picture and the Blackberry Playbook as good as gone as well, we really only have iOS and Android left until Windows 8 comes out. I’ve finally gotten around to getting an Android device myself and spent the last week trying to see if my theoretical knowledge of the system and what I remember from the last Android device I had (which ran 1.6, viewed as ancient in Android land) fits reality. Read on for a full tear down and comparison on the two OSes.
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Comment by werterr
by werterr on Wed 30th Nov 2011 21:46 UTC
werterr
Member since:
2006-10-03

If there are only these two choices I have to say IOS. Because in my experience Android just does not work.

And it's better to have something crippled that works then something that does not work at all.

Than again I bought the N9 so I would have a phone for the next couple of years until something better comes out.

Maybe black berry will surprise us in the future with an QNX based phone OS ;) or maybe Nokia will again see the light or somebody else continuing Maemo / Harmattan.

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RE: Comment by werterr
by WorknMan on Wed 30th Nov 2011 22:14 in reply to "Comment by werterr"
WorknMan Member since:
2005-11-13

If there are only these two choices I have to say IOS. Because in my experience Android just does not work.


Actually, Android does work... you just have to stick with vanilla Android, or something close to it. This means, for the time being, don't buy any Android phone that doesn't have the 'Nexus' name on it. Pass on all the bullshit skinned 'Frankenandroid' phones and their 3-6 month update cycles.

For tablets, it's the Asus Transformer all the way. Get the Prime if you can afford it (which will be out in a week or two), or the first gen one if you're on a budget.

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RE[2]: Comment by werterr
by darknexus on Thu 1st Dec 2011 01:10 in reply to "RE: Comment by werterr"
darknexus Member since:
2008-07-15

Couldn't agree more. All of these manufacturer and carrier-specific Android roms are a headache. It puts me in mind of the days of Windows Mobile (ugh!!!!) when there were so many slightly different versions of that beast, all with their individual quirks. That is, I've found, an inevitable downside to free software. Fragmentation is a given. Hopefully, Google's more strict requirements for their approval (which most manufacturers do care about, for the Android market if nothing else) will at least curb this excess of fragmentation. I doubt we'll ever be entirely rid of it however.

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RE: Comment by werterr
by Slambert666 on Thu 1st Dec 2011 06:07 in reply to "Comment by werterr"
Slambert666 Member since:
2008-10-30

If there are only these two choices I have to say Android. Because in my experience iOS just does not work.


Fixed that for ya...

And the reason for the fix is twofold:
1. iTunes, this program is so bad that it on its own completely destroys anything good that iOS has going for it.
2. Codecs, only a few codecs works on iOS

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RE: Comment by werterr
by lemur2 on Thu 1st Dec 2011 09:51 in reply to "Comment by werterr"
lemur2 Member since:
2007-02-17

If there are only these two choices I have to say IOS. Because in my experience Android just does not work.


Even though I don't use it heavily, I have an Android phone. It is a low-end Huawei IDEOS X3 (U8510) which cost just $99 AUD for a smartphone. It works just fine. My wife has a Samsung Galaxy S Android phone, and it too works just fine. My son has an HTC Salsa phone running Android, and it too works just fine.

The only member of the family who is having trouble with their smartphone is my daughter, whose phone keeps cutting out all the time. My daughter has an iPhone, and so she spent a great deal more money on it than any other family member spent on their phones.

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