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Alright let me break it down from my experience. I've owned an OG Droid (Motorola Droid/Milestone) and currently I have an iPhone 4.


Audio players/apps
Android: I tried Winamp, had to use some other app just to play FLAC files, don't remember the name right now, the stock player and Pandora

iPhone: I mainly use the "iPod" app and I converted most of my FLAC's to Apple Lossless -- which btw believe it or not there is no difference in audio quality between the two formats

Storage:
Android: You can switch SD cards around like others said
iPhone: Kind of stuck with whatever version you buy 16GB or 32GB

Sound quality:
Android: Sounded very lacking felt like the volume and power output was a bit low. It felt like a feature that Android just had so it could be there. Some songs I had to turn the volume up almost to 90% on headphones which was a bit scary. The speakerphone on the OG Droids is probably one of the best that I've heard on a phone

iPhone: Compared to my OG Droid I feel that my iPhone has better SQ. The speakerphone on this phone is probably right up there with the OG Droid in my opinion. The volume on the iPhone does seem a little bit limited but it doesn't require me to turn it up near 90% or even ALL the way up when listening on headphones.

Battery Life:
This was pretty much the same on both devices for me. My usage is typically light texting, few phone calls here and there during the day and some games to pass the time. Software updates and custom roms will make your battery life differ. Currently my iPhone is winning the battery life department but this is subjective to what apps and how much you use your phone etc.

Other comments:

My OG Droid did not play FLAC stock. It took a good amount of work to get it to work with custom roms as well. The only one I remember it working out of the box was Cyanogenmod.

Now while it is true that you can customize the Droid to no end. I did enjoy that but it started becoming a distraction and I started getting ROMs that interfered with the PHONE function of the Droid. After a while it started getting old. Again some people enjoy messing with their phone all the time. I just got tired of having phone call issues, your results may vary.

The main reason why I switched to the iPhone was integration. I have a Macbook, which comes with iTunes, my car and my dad's car has iPod/iPhone hookup capability so it's seamless integration for me. Also the Bluetooth on the iPhone in my experience has been a lot easier to deal with vs the Droid as well.

If you have a 3.5mm jack on your car setup then this is a non issue you could go with android or iOS.

I had to disable the media feature on my Droid (which let's me stream Bluetooth audio -- pandora, etc) for it to seamlessly connect to my Kenwood unit. Again this may not be an issue for you.

I have to say overall my iPhone has better audio quality for my setups as well.

Keep in mind my comparison is between the OG Droid hopefully it gives you an insight on the software at least.
Edited by mbp - 5/12/11 at 10:42pm
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android. I can customize everything about my music experience on the fly and the audio quality is second to none!
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Make sure you look into the specific android phone for sound quality as it varies by makers and models just a side effect of an open OS
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iPhone: I mainly use the "iPod" app and I converted most of my FLAC's to Apple Lossless -- which btw believe it or not there is no difference in audio quality between the two formats
Obviously their is no difference in sound quality they are both Loseless formats.

FLAC = ALAC
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Make sure you look into the specific android phone for sound quality as it varies by makers and models just a side effect of an open OS
Yep i can agree to this .
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Make sure you look into the specific android phone for sound quality as it varies by makers and models just a side effect of an open OS
This, it depends if your talking about speakers or headphone ports though. My desire puts out more than good enough sound out of the headphone port, the speakers I'm not so lucky though
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Make sure you look into the specific android phone for sound quality as it varies by makers and models just a side effect of an open OS
+1 I know my Galaxy S Captivate has a dedicated headphone amp and with Voodoo Sound app, you have control over everything.
    
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+1 I know my Galaxy S Captivate has a dedicated headphone amp and with Voodoo Sound app, you have control over everything.
Also has 5.1 sound from the 3.5mm well kinda...
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All Galaxy S phone have great sound with Voodoo sound. I've used doubletwist witch I'm currentely using. Minuit player witch was ok, didn't really like the stock one.

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This thread got me intrigued. I was presented with the same choice a few months back and I went with Android (Galaxy S). My reason was primarily because I have an iPod that I have hooked up to my Jeep. And it was such a pain to put music into it. I am a big time Apple Jail challenged. So, having to use itunes everything to sync it up was getting to be a problem. Especially if I reformat the computer and redo the entire itunes setup. One time, it wiped my iPod clean ! (told you I am challenged ! lol ). Anyway, I vowed to stay away from getting cornered like that. So got my android and I can simply drag and drop songs from my comp to my SD card. Happy camper!

EDIT: I still suffer through the iPod in my jeep as the head unit takes only a iPod. But the last time I put any new music on it was like over a year ago ! lol
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