This post would never have been written if it wasn’t for AT&T’s exclusivity with iPhone. Although I love to hate Verizon, they have excellent service, and after waiting and waiting and complaining, I broke down and traded my EnV 2 for an android phone. Here are the pros and the cons over my apple experience in a neat little list.
A vast majority of the apps are free. I have so many apps that I forget what half of them do, and I’ve only paid $4 total for them.
The native Swype keyboard makes text input a breeze, and would have made my decision between Droid 2 (which has a keyboard) and Droid x (which does not) a lot easier. When I now use a mobile Apple product, I find myself frustrated by the s-l-o-w-n-e-s-s of the typing.
The homescreens allow widgets instead of just shortcuts to apps. I can scroll through my screens and view my upcoming appointments on the calendar widget, the weather on the weather widget, my friends’ recent twitter and facebook posts with the social media widgets, browse my rss feeds from the news widget, etc. While I also have app shortcuts on the screen, it’s nice to have actual content at a glance.
Multi tasking! I hear that the new iPhone has this, but it’s nice to have several different apps running. With the Droid, I can be running on the treadmill with a cardio app running, have music in the background (Sirius, even!), and be texting all at the same time. This makes me happy!
No Netflix, Hulu Plus, Flipbook, or Words with Friends apps. If these existed, my Droid experience would be complete, and I would never look back!
I had to buy a $3 app so that my phone would play nice with iTunes. It has native syncing to a PC, and I have a Mac.
I am totally a Mac fan, and am disappointed that it didn’t work out for me to have the latest Apple phone, but so far, my Droid is out-performing my experience with Apple mobile devices.