With the new IPhone 5.0 release just around the corner, I still wonder why this apple smart phone has so much hype when Droid Phones offer the same features. I admit I was an owner of the 2nd and 3rd generation IPhone and enjoyed them when they had no other competition. It was the Droid family of phones which made me decide that I could never go back to another type of phone operating system again.
I am an avid Gmail user with more than 100 contacts. I also use the Google documents, calendar, and maps. Even when I owned my IPhone, I found it a tedious process of synchronizing my Gmail contacts with those on the IPhone. It was only until I activated my Motorola Droid X that I saw how seamless a process it was to own a Droid. I provided my Gmail login and like magic all my contacts, and calendar items populated my phone. My twitter, facebook, and other social networking accounts all work in concert with the android system. Google, a company that thrives around the internet, seems to have a better grasp of how to integrate its phone operating systems and apps to provide a better experience for users. I had little complaints with the Droid X but it did require rebooting often.
I have since upgraded to the Samsung Charge. The bright, colorful touch screen is great. It is on the Verizon 4GLTE network, so watching movies on Netflix is an added plus. With the android, I can use it as a phone, music device, movie player, and navigation system. There is no need to carry any other device.
I have very little negatives to say about the android system. However, my new Charge requires so much battery power that I must keep a charger with me throughout the day just so that it will not die on me.
Since I started with Apple ITunes years ago, I have lots of music in the Digital Rights Protected format. Droid allows me to play DRM protected music but I cannot use other software like real player or double twist to manage my music unless I pay Apple an upgrade fee; Thus creating a huge negative for owning Apple these days.
IPhones and Androids have similar features and apps, and are found on any carrier you like. So what is the difference? Google is an internet based company that makes its living off of internet applications. Google has become an expert in making applications that run on 3G/4G networks while leaving the device development to the cell phone companies. Google will definitely be a leader in internet based technology for years to come.