Originally Posted by Alex of the West
i heard that iphones have a lot more apps, but that they all cost money as opposed to the free android apps, but is that the case? better battery life is definitely a plus though. im hearing that smartphones seem to have notoriously bad batteries. does the iphone have an app similar to the mango where you can download a bunch of manga for free? ive never read manga, but i think i might try with an app like that.
i saw a youtube video of someone playing supermario on a smartphone which to me means emulators must work!
that being said, which good phones have a keyboard that pops out AND have a good size screen?
If you desire a smartphone with a slide-out keyboard, only Android phones provide you with that option. For Verizon, you can check out the Motorola Droid 3 with an upgraded 4-inch qHD display and dual-core processor. Unfortunately, AT&T is a bit more limited in terms of choices in form factor so you will see almost everything with only a full touchscreen.
As for battery life, I have to admit that the Android OS does not exhibit the same longevity as with other platforms but with some tweaking you can get great results. Some methods include underclocking the processor or even undervolting the battery. And yes, Android (and iOS) do have some game emulators, ranging from GBA and SNES to N64 and even PSX.
However, the other thing we talk about when we say 'ROM' is a custom firmware that's available by rooting (gaining admin access) an Android device. Once a device is rooted, access to the recovery image and bootloader are available, thus allowing the user to install a customized ROM to replace the default stock one. For example, the stock HTC Sensation has HTC Sense 3.0 UI built into it, but if you root your phone you can install bone-stock Android (like the Nexus One/S) or an optimized one from indie devs like CyanogenMod and MIUI.