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Just gonna leave these here... dunno if it's already been posted but I'm not checkin 16 pages

http://lifehacker.com/5801862/top-10...ne-doesnt-have

http://lifehacker.com/5804230/top-10...utdoes-android
Just a few notes on their list:
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7. Widgets
If you've jailbroken, you can get widget-like apps for the iPhone, but you can only put them on your lock screen—not the actual home screens that you're always swiping through.
Not true. He's referring to lockinfo, and lockinfo can be made to show on your home screen as well. Again, not 100% as customizable as Android as far as looks go, but most of the same info can be shown.

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5. Wireless App Installation
The App Store and Cydia App Store aren't exactly fun to browse on your phone, but you either have to download apps on your phone or plug it into iTunes to sync them all over.
This one just puzzles me. You've always been able to install any app over wifi and 3G. There's a restriction that no apps over 10MB can be downloaded over normal Edge because of how slow it is, but there's a Cydia tweak that lifts that restriction.

The rest are valid, though not all are relevant to me.

Thanks.
Edited by Kaldari - 5/24/11 at 8:32pm
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Because overall its better.
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When I went from my Droid to my iPhone 4 (for Verizon) I was quickly disappointed. NO GOOGLE NAVIGATION! I though, no big deal, I'll just use TomTom. Google Nav is much better than the TomTom app.

Long story short I now have the Droid X. I do miss my front facing camera though and the fact that my iPhone ALWAYS worked and never froze. But, who just wants stupid square tiles around all the time? I like a clean homescreen and don't want a bunch of folders.

I've tried iPhone and 3 different Android devices and I'm an Android guy.
    
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I just like that the main screen feels like a desktop.

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I kinda look forward to a VLC or something similar for Android. Or did I miss a memo?
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A video player? There are plenty. Too many haha.
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Well there's a few more things nobody mentioned. I switched from Windows Mobile 6 to Android a while ago, and have since then been on a quest to find home screen replacements or "shells", the way WinMo had them. I'm getting sick of this standard 4x4 grid, and don't tell me I can go 10x10 in ADW, its still a damn grid! No whats really cool are the following:
- Launcher 7 (WP7 interface - latest update makes it VERY smooth)
- VTL (Tablet specific ADW mod - using it on my Galaxy Tab)
- SweeterHome Beta (Completely custom with popups, trays, buttons, hideable widgets, and custom resizing all these to snap to a very dense grid, maybe 50x50)
EDIT one more that I forgot, its not out yet but it'll be a game changer:
- Onskreen Cornerstone Article


Also what nobody mentioned (I think, I read the entire thread and EVERY post) is the LCD density changer. I don't want my phone's interface to look like it was designed for my grandma. My app button doesn't have to be 1.5 cm x 1.5 cm! I'm fine using a 0.5 x 0.5 cm for icons! My galaxy S's density is so high, the settings page is barely scrollable. I have almost all menu entries on one page. Currently my default icon size is 0.4 x 0.4 cm!

Try doing that on your iPhone!
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This one just puzzles me. You've always been able to install any app over wifi and 3G. There's a restriction that no apps over 10MB can be downloaded over normal Edge because of how slow it is, but there's a Cydia tweak that lifts that restriction.

The rest are valid, though not all are relevant to me.

Thanks.
Android does away with the menial task of manually updating individual apps via the App Store by simply letting the Market automatically download updates to any or all of your apps - both free and purchased. You could also click on Update All and the Market does the updating simultaneously regardless of app size or count. In regards to your purchased apps, they are tied to the Google Account you bought them with; once you lost your phone, upgraded your device or added another Android to your arsenal, you could simply register it with your account and everything you bought (or installed if it's on Gingerbread) will be automatically synced to your device. Simple, really.

And yes, forgot about the LCD Density Changer. If some of you folks want a smaller or larger-looking UI and fonts, you can just adjust the density of the screen to do it. An important thing if readability is of prime importance. If I'm right, there's no direct iOS equivalent to that feature.
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Android does away with the menial task of manually updating individual apps via the App Store by simply letting the Market automatically download updates to any or all of your apps - both free and purchased. You could also click on Update All and the Market does the updating simultaneously regardless of app size or count. In regards to your purchased apps, they are tied to the Google Account you bought them with; once you lost your phone, upgraded your device or added another Android to your arsenal, you could simply register it with your account and everything you bought (or installed if it's on Gingerbread) will be automatically synced to your device. Simple, really.

And yes, forgot about the LCD Density Changer. If some of you folks want a smaller or larger-looking UI and fonts, you can just adjust the density of the screen to do it. An important thing if readability is of prime importance. If I'm right, there's no direct iOS equivalent to that feature.
The app store has an Update All button, and all apps can be installed on new devices, though installing them all on the new device can't be done in mass over cell phone towers like with an install every purchased app button. Updates can be done that way, but just not initial installations.

Apps can be resized with a Cydia tweak, and other mods can be resized if the developer added that functionality themself. But I don't believe there's a universal way to resize any part of the UI like that. Sounds cool.
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For what its worth, I never found the density changer useful. I went from iOS 3 to Blackberry, to WM6.5, and to Android. You sound like you would be happier with Apple, just saying, because its familiar. I'd say this thread isn't a good way to find the merits of Android. Play with it. You'll know. Just saying.

Android 1.5 < iOS3 < iOS4 < jailbroken iOS3 < Android 2.1 < Rooted Android 2.1 < jailbroken iOS4.
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I'm sure someone mentioned it, but it's the most important to me. Control, and customization/modding.

With the new Cyanogenmod 2.3.4 nightlies you can manage permissions for specific apps. For example, if you don't like one permission that an app has, you can revoke it.
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