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Verizon, Ad Blockers, and free apps.
iPhone is on Verizon and rumored to be on other carriers with the release of iPhone 5.

AdBlocker can be downloaded from Cydia.

I've heard that Android Market has more free apps than App Store, but I also hear most are garbage. Are most of the useful apps on your phone free?
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No i can assure you ive had plenty of exp. modding iphones/ipods.
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I really like the choice of hardware available. I absolutely love the hardware keyboard on my Droid/Milestone2, I hate typing with the software keyboard.

My Dad is thinking of ditching his Iphone 4 so he can get a phone with a keyboard - he has a fair bit of trouble with typing, even after a few months.

If they came out with an Iphone with a keyboard, I'd probably jump ship as it is so much easier to handle media on Ios.
Yeah, that's a common theme I find. The physical keyboard is a deal-breaker for many, regardless of the OS or anything else.

I personally have no problem using the software keyboard and am not crazy about the added bulk having on brings. I might have big thumb bias though.
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I've heard that Android Market has more free apps than App Store, but I also hear most are garbage. Are most of the useful apps on your phone free?
Free? Most of the best things are free.

Pulse
Feedly
Taskos
Go Weather
Catch Notes
Evernote
GoSMS
Go Launcher
Launcher 7
MoboPlayer
Winamp
Tune-In Radio
ShootMe
Terminal Emulator

and lots more...
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Another thing I could argue for Android is App Capability. What I mean by this is that apps could enable certain functions within the core Android system when the stock form cannot. For example, you want lossless FLAC music or native MKV video support for your phone. Just download an app that can do this (PowerAmp, MoboPlayer, Rock Player, etc.) to play those kinds of codecs without a hitch. Widgets in particular are very customizable in terms of functionality; you can set different font sizes, alignments, background transparency and polling update frequency within its settings menu.



Left: Embedded subtitles and audio tracks in your favorite anime show? Don't fret, Android's got you covered.
Right:Multiple options for setting up your widget. Cool, no?



One feature that branches out of this is the interaction between apps, even those that are far different from one another. Say for example, you've been browsing some cool news in Pulse, and found a really nice article to share. You could easily post it to your Facebook, Twitter etc. account, email it to someone, or even export it to Dropbox through a popup menu. Most news aggregators do this, which allows for a faster, more intuitive media sharing.

And finally, the integration with Google services has been phenomenal. Sync all your contacts, calendar events from PC to phone and vice versa, and you could use the Chrome-to-Phone feature for better web browsing. If you have downloaded tons of apps (free or paid) into one device and you somehow have to exchange it for another, you have no need to worry. Android allows the user to sync his/her paid apps to the new phone just by logging in the same Google Account credentials. And if it's running 2.3 Gingerbread, one has the option to sync everything previously installed on an older phone - from widgets to paid applications. This cloud/OTA syncing is very seamless and useful.
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Sync all your contacts, calendar events from PC to phone and vice versa, and you could use the Chrome-to-Phone feature for better web browsing. If you have downloaded tons of apps (free or paid) into one device and you somehow have to exchange it for another, you have no need to worry. Android allows the user to sync his/her paid apps to the new phone just by logging in the same Google Account credentials. And if it's running 2.3 Gingerbread, one has the option to sync everything previously installed on an older phone - from widgets to paid applications. This cloud/OTA syncing is very seamless and useful.
iPhone can do all of that.

The other points are good, though I have to say I don't do too much movie watching on my phone. Just every blue moon. I have to tell you, I'm strongly considering switching. I just hate the lack of games in Android market and other highly-polished apps in general. Pretty much everyone agrees that App Store is superior, but it seems like the gap is closing rather quickly.

We'll see what the iPhone 5 has in store. The main thing that's going to hurt the most is losing all the apps I've paid for. I'm pretty sure I can get over that though. If the 5 barely changes anything up (as forcasted), I could be green pretty soon.

By the way, does Android have anything like Cylay (mobileme alternative)?
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iPhone can do all of that.

The other points are good though. I have to tell you, I'm strongly considering switching. I just hate the lack of games in Android market and other highly-polished apps in general. Pretty much everyone agrees that App Store is superior, but it seems like the gap is closing rather quickly.

We'll see what the iPhone 5 has in store. The main thing that's going to hurt the most is losing all the apps I've paid for. I'm pretty sure I can get over that though. If the 5 barely changes anything up (as forcasted), I could be green pretty soon.
Yeah iTunes can do most of the sync, but what really sets Android apart is the option to do everything wirelessly through OTA. That's a main selling point as Google does away with the need for a proprietary media management service.

Losing apps due to a transition is really a bother, but don't worry since most likely there are free equivalents in Android. And if there are paid ones, they are usually somewhat cheaper in the Market.

EDIT: If you want good games, then seriously consider getting a Tegra 2-powered Android phone. Tegra Zone has already a handful of HD games that are certainly competitive to the iPhone's offerings. Also, you can actually play your favorite GBA/PSX/N64/etc. games via emulators. It's not allowed here to discuss this any further, but I'm just giving you the heads-up that game ROM emulation's been a big advantage of Android since the Market actually has the needed apps for the job.
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Yeah iTunes can do most of the sync, but what really sets Android apart is the option to do everything wirelessly through OTA. That's a main selling point as Google does away with the need for a proprietary media management service.

Losing apps due to a transition is really a bother, but don't worry since most likely there are free equivalents in Android. And if there are paid ones, they are usually somewhat cheaper in the Market.

EDIT: If you want good games, then seriously consider getting a Tegra 2-powered Android phone. Tegra Zone has already a handful of HD games that are certainly competitive to the iPhone's offerings. Also, you can actually play your favorite GBA/PSX/N64/etc. games via emulators. It's not allowed here to discuss this any further, but I'm just giving you the heads-up that game ROM emulation's been a big advantage of Android since the Market actually has the needed apps for the job.
Cydia offers emulators.

And I'm not sure if you saw my edit, but does Android have a Cylay (mobileme alternative) like thing?

With it I can track the phone, lock/unlock, display a message, set off an alarm, backup data remotely, get SMS forwarded to me, see recent calls, take a photo, disallow the phone from being turned off, and remote wipe from a website for $20/year.
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I know there's an app largely similar to a tracker/remote wiper.

McAfee Wave Secure, Lookout Mobile Security are your best bets.
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iPhone is on Verizon and rumored to be on other carriers with the release of iPhone 5.
Wasn't an option when I was last up for upgrade.

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AdBlocker can be downloaded from Cydia.
Somehow I doubt it's terribly effective without jailbreaking, which on Android is literally plug phone in --> click button on PC --> done.

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I've heard that Android Market has more free apps than App Store, but I also hear most are garbage. Are most of the useful apps on your phone free?
Uhh...EVERY app on my phone is free. Every single one of them, and I've got so many on there I'm starting to wonder if they're causing it to act strange. I've got everything from soundboards to levels to GPS speedometers, they all work great, and none of them costed me a penny. Which is handy, since it won't bill to the carrier and I don't have access to a card.
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I know there's an app largely similar to a tracker/remote wiper.

McAfee Wave Secure, Lookout Mobile Security are your best bets.
Cool.
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Uhh...EVERY app on my phone is free. Every single one of them, and I've got so many on there I'm starting to wonder if they're causing it to act strange. I've got everything from soundboards to levels to GPS speedometers, they all work great, and none of them costed me a penny. Which is handy, since it won't bill to the carrier and I don't have access to a card.
Yeah, App Store has numerous free apps too. I got well north of 90% of my apps for free. Recently released apps are actually made free many times for a weekend or week to get it out there and start word of mouth. I've gotten many that way. There's actually a couple apps I use that list free ones and track ones that have recently gone free, among other ways to filter.
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