From a standpoint of a person who likes to customize their technology and be able to do everything with it that the hardware is capable of the iPhone is just not an option for me. I have friends and family with the iPhone and I find that it is extremely limited when it comes to being able to do anything I want the phone to be able to do versus my Android.
I understand that the iPhone is the way to go if you do not know technology very well and are a new or beginner user and it excels at just that as it is easy to use and extremely locked down to create a safe environment for people who would just mess up their piece of technology with any sort of freedom when it comes to using the hardware beyond simple tasks.
Having an Android and several iPhones in my family I find my phone is much more up to any task that comes around like playing movies I downloaded on an HDTV, steaming stuff off of the internet, listening to my music (not itunes), creating mobile access points for other people and so on. It seems that the Iphone 3Gs and iPhone 4 in my family just cannot do even a fraction of what my android can do and if it can do the task then it is much more complicated as Apple tries to lock down everything as tight as possible.
The iPhone is a solid smartphone I will not deny that for a second, but as someone who is an intermediate or advanced user I could not recommend an Apple product such as the iPhone or ipad in good conscience.
If you want simple and easy and are willing to sacrifice having a locked down and not nearly as much access/usage of modern technology then go for the iPhone.
If you want to be able to use every bit of your hardware as it was intended to be used, full access to customization and a "full PC in your pocket" experience that may have a few glitches and hangups (although android is super solid since 2.2) I would recommend Android.
I for one would not be able to stand having the iPhone knowing how restricted and locked down it is, but it is the absolute best device to come onto the market for my mother and her generation that did not grow up in the digital age.
BTW I have a Galaxy S Captivate on Rogers in Canada and I absolutely love it. Running Darky 10.2 (Android 2.3.4 JVQ) totally stable, tons of new tweaks, hacks, scripts and options and also blazing fast - custom roms... another thing the iPhone will never be able to have.
Originally Posted by mr. biggums
you must have a rare indestructible one because i see at least 11 different broken iphones a day either with the front or back smashed on em, although i would say i see more broken/malfunctioning blackberry's then anything else.
I have actually seen more broken (smashed from dropping) iPhones than working ones, haha.
Originally Posted by 2010rig
Quick update: I do like the fact that Android phones give you more freedom to do as you wish with your phone. Plus, I'm a pretty heavy Google Apps user. Use Gmail, Talk, Docs, Calendar daily for example, and they are well integrated with Android for obvious reasons.
I've been reading that the Iphone doesn't have an App for Google Talk for example, which sucks, everytime I use it on my Ipod, it's pretty useless. I haven't jail broken my Ipod, 'cuz quite frankly, I just haven't had time to look into it.
So, my question is, once you jail break an Iphone, do you have more freedom to do as you wish with your phone, like you can with Android? That's one negative for Apple as they are more restrictive.
Another minus for the Iphone is the lack of flash support.
Absolutely not. This only lets you load on pirated programs and have very, very simple access to things that might resemble a file system, but are actually not. Android gives you full access not only to the files on your phone and provides a file system so you can easily load up movies and what not from any source, but with rooting your phone you can have full system access and also load on custom kernels, roms and modems which will never be attainable on an iPhone. Rooting also allows applications to take full control over the Android system which means that applications can do much, much, much more on an Android than on an iPhone.
The thing I love the most about Android is that if you don't want to anything much it is as easy as an iPhone to use and with the latest versions (2.2 and above) it is just as easy to use as an iPhone although if you want to be an advanced user you have the option to go as deep as you want.
I am running a custom Kernel with screen, sound, memory and color improvement, a custom modem for better GPS and signal and also a custom ROM (OS) which greatly extends the options and GUI of android while keeping me on the bleeding edge of software development. On an iPhone this will never be possible.Edited by Exostenza - 8/6/11 at 9:37pm