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I'm in the market for a new phone in the coming months. Android is raved about quite a bit on these forums, so I figured this would be as good of a place as any to get swayed toward it.

I've done my share of Googling, and it seems like things people tout about Android can be done on a jailbroken iPhone.

So, aside from not having an SD slot and removable batteries, which don't bother me, I'd like whomever to give a concise list of features/reasons why they like Android over the iPhone.

I'm not looking for opinions on Apple as a company, their marketing, Steve Jobs, or any kind of fanboyism BS. This is about the capabilities of the OSes - period. Be constructive and concise or GTF.O.

What we've found out so far:

swype

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FULL flash support (though iPhone has limited support through "frash" on Cydia)

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Android nav is clearly better

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Tasker and ability to mount network drives
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Originally Posted by SkinBob;13612729 
I like how with my android i can mount a network share such as my nas drive and watch mkv videos from it on my phone. Not sure if you can do that on ios.

Another plus i find is the tasker app where i can set the sound and wifi to turn off and on at certain times of the day so its silent when i go to bed and wifi turns off when i go to work and turns back on when i return.

Physical keyboard and other form factor options available

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Edited by Kaldari - 5/23/11 at 6:03pm
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It's mainly all personal preference. A few things you might like Android over iOS:

-Bigger choice of phones/hardware
-Better selection of carriers.
-I don't know the exact number, but it seems like there are more free apps in the Android market.
-More overclocking/benchmarking support if you like bragging about numbers.

That's about all I can think about.
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-Customization
-True multitasking
-Widgets
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Originally Posted by ImmortalKenny;13611545 
It's mainly all personal preference. A few things you might like Android over iOS:

-Bigger choice of phones/hardware
-Better selection of carriers.
-I don't know the exact number, but it seems like there are more free apps in the Android market.

That's about all I can think about.
Yeah, the hardware is one of the things talked about quite a bit.

Though you can technically get a faster phone for the money with Android, I just view it from a user experience perspective. If the OS and all games/apps run smoothly, I honestly don't see the benefit. A physical keyboard would be one benefit if you need that I could see, or maybe some people want a bigger screen or X form factor.

As for carriers, it's rumored that the next iPhone is going to be available on even more carriers, but you know how rumors are. rolleyes.gif
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-Customization
-True multitasking
-Widgets
Those are pretty general. What are you saying you can do or view with your phone that an iPhone couldn't do with those things? Cydia apps add all of the above to a great extent.
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Really like the above post said it all opinionated, but i think what wins alot of people over is the amount of android phones compared to the one option you have when choosing ios.
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4G ftw
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Originally Posted by 10halec;13611663 
Really like the above post said it all opinionated, but i think what wins alot of people over is the amount of android phones compared to the one option you have when choosing ios.
Yeah, that's the one solid thing I give to Android is the variety of hardware, like I said in my last post. I actually prefer not to have a physical keyboard though and some of the screen sizes are border-lining too big for the pocket, so I actually like the iPhone as a form factor.
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From what I can tell having owned my Android for 3 days (rooted it yesterday), is that once it's rooted you can pretty much install any modified Android OS you'd like and do anything you'd like.

I've used my brothers iPhone and iTouch before, but just didn't like iOS that much. It felt clunky. My regular stock + htc sense felt loads more intuitive to me than iOS ever did.

But again, that's to me. Everyone is different.
    
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Originally Posted by W4LNUT5;13611723 
From what I can tell having owned my Android for 3 days (rooted it yesterday), is that once it's rooted you can pretty much install any modified Android OS you'd like and do anything you'd like.

I've used my brothers iPhone and iTouch before, but just didn't like iOS that much. It felt clunky. My regular stock + htc sense felt loads more intuitive to me than iOS ever did.

But again, that's to me. Everyone is different.
What specifically are you doing with it though? Like putting some sort of info on a lock screen or other place, arranging applications, is the "feel" better?

I'm looking for real-world examples of what the rooted OS can do differently (better).
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I'd have a look at this before you buy anything too: http://lifehacker.com/5804230/top-10-ways-ios-outdoes-android
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