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Goodbye iPhone….Hello Android

January 13, 2011 1 comment

I have been a loyal iPhone user since the first generation. I have spent lots of cash on the phones, accessories and AT&T. I can honestly say I have a love/hate relationship with the iPhone. Apple is slowly leading the “Your iPhone experience will be what we tell you it will be” revolution. For a lot of people that’s okay, for me it’s not. Like I said, I spent a lot of money on the iPhone and I should be able to do what I want with it.

The deal breaker for me on switching from the iPhone to Android was AT&T. Their service is just terrible, especially in the New York area. I have experienced data issues and more dropped calls than I care to talk about. It has been a very frustrating experience.

Getting back to the Apple controlled experience of the iPhone. For many people, the iOS platform is just right for them. Apple carefully controls what you can and cannot access from your phone via software updates and their App Store. Apple ultimately approves or denies what you can put on your phone by approving or denying applications from going into the app store. In addition to that, Apple also wants you to get a new iPhone every year and that was made even more clear this year with the iPhone 4. Some of the core features on the iPhone 4 were not available on the iPhone 3GS or the iPhone 3G and the new iOS is not even supported on the first generation iPhone. Remember the 1st generation iPhone, the one that cost $499. Now, I can certainly understand that hardware changes make a big difference on this issue, such as the front-facing camera on the iPhone 4. Understood, but it still sucks!

I myself had an iPhone 3GS and it served it’s purpose, however, AT&T’s service killed my experience as it has for many other iPhone users and it is for that reason that I switched to Verizon and got an Android phone, the Samsung Fascinate. I have never been happier. The Samsung Fascinate, in my opinion is better than the iPhone 4.

These are the reasons I think the Samsung Fascinate is better than the iPhone 4:

  • Screen size – The Samsung Fascinate has a 4″ Super AMOLED screen. Compare it to the Retina Display and there is not much difference. The Retina display does have a larger resolution, but I challene you to look at both and say that Retina has a bigger advantage
  • Memory – The Samsung Fascinate comes with 2GB of on board memory and a 16GB micro SD card and it can support up to 32GB
  • Customization – I can customize the the Fascinate pretty much anyway I like. Background, sounds, tones, UI, etc.
  • Swype – This is arguably the best keyboard I have ever used and it can be installed on any Android device. Wonder why Apple won’t support it? Maybe because it’s something better than they can come up with.
  • Browser Choices – The stock browser is great, but you can also download different browsers like Dolphin or Skyfire.
  • Flash Support – iPhone doesn’t have and Steve Jobs don’t like it.
  • Battery Replacement – Enough said! Dumb design decision by Apple!!
  • Maps & Navigation – Google Maps and Navigation, basically I have a free GPS system with turn by turn directions
  • Network – Verizon is hands down the faster and more reliable network. Yes you can’t use Voice and Data together, but it’s a trade off I’m okay with to have better service
  • Price – You can get this phone for free through some retailers or for as little as $40. The iPhone starts at $199.

Regardless of my opinion, you will need to choose your phone based on your needs and preferences. My need was to have reliable service on my phone. Even though Verizon now has the iPhone, I still won’t switch back. I must say that I do prefer the Android OS much more than Apple’s iOS. I look forward to what Google has planned for Android as Apple will as well. Android is penetrating the mobile market like nobody’s business!


My gripe with the iPhone “3G”

So July 11th is the big iPhone day. Apple will likely sell out of their inital stock within a week. I still continue to ask myself, do I really want the new iPhone? I have the 1st generation iPhone, July 15th will mark my 1 year anniversary with this product.

I do like the iPhone very much, there is not a day that goes by that I don’t use it in some way. It is very reliable, well built and very user-friendly.

As each day comes to an end and we get closer to “iPhone 3g” day, I wonder about the software update (version 2.0). Why wouldn’t Apple release the software update to current iPhone owners? To me it would make sense to update your current iPhone base and see how the product works.

However, Apple is not releasing the new update until July 11th. I guess they want it all out in one day. Is this really the case?

Here’s what I think….

I think Apple is releasing this software update on the same day as the iPhone 3g because many of the current 1st generation iPhone owners would most likely not buy the new iphone. What is the real difference? Okay, so you get the 3g speeds, updated design, GPS¬†and better battery life (allegedly). As far as the interface goes…STILL THE SAME. There will not be a different interface for the iPhone, no matter which one you have.

Is the 3g speed really that important? Is it worth trying to sell your old iPhone, purchase the new one and also enjoy AT&T’s drastically increased pricing for the iPhone plan. On top of this, if you are a current iPhone owner, AT&T wants you to add an additional $100 dollars to the price of the phone because of the privelidge to upgrade from 1st generation to iPhone 3g….Ain’t AT&T great!!

Bottom line, I really hope that the 1st generation iPhone user base sticks with their product. The 3g speeds are not worth it especially when there is wifi everywhere and who is to say that you will be using the iPhone in an area that actually has 3g service. I also hope that AT&T comes to their senses and reduces the cost of the iphone plan, they know that the prices are extremely high and unfair.

If you plan to buy the new iPhone, please leave a reply and the main reason you’re buying it. I’m just curious to know.

iPhone 3G…Not sure yet?

If you are an original iPhone owner why would you want to ditch it and go for the new 3G iPhone. I have been asking myself this question all day. I currently have the 8GB version. I have to say that I truly do like my iPhone alot. I actually use it more for the internet and iPod than the phone.

So I asked myself, is there a really good reason or reasons to switch?? My first response was “maybe?”, then I began to think of the pros and cons.


  1. It’s a nicer design
  2. Battery life is better
  3. Of course…3G data speeds
  4. GPS
  5. Price ($199 for the 8GB, $299 for the 16GB)


  1. AT&T is charging a higher rate for the unlimited data plan ($30 for consumer, $45 for business)
  2. The majority of the places I use the iPhone have wifi
  3. I have a Garmin Nuvi 200 for GPS in my car
  4. The battery life on the origianl suits me just fine
  5. Would be difficult to sell for a good price if I decided to upgrade
  6. Doesn’t come with a dock

Weighing out the pro’s and con’s it doesn’t look like I will be upgrading. I’m not going to be missing out software wise because I will still be running the same version as the 3G iPhone minus the GPS. I am also quite upset that these new iPhones are so much more less expensive than the 3G model. I feel that Apple is using the profits of the 1st generation to appease the buyers of the 2nd…..Not right Apple. If Apple wants to get current iPhone users to switch there better be some type of incentive, such as a $100 credit for a trade in and we should still be able to keep our current data plan rates ($20) on our AT&T plans.

Until then, I just can’t see an upgrade in my future.

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