Friday, September 02, 2011

iPhone vs. Droid: The Views of a Reluctant Adopter, one day later.

So, 11 days ago, I got a Droid X2 to replace my Droid Eris, which died an ignoble death (dropped from a height onto uneven pavement. Smash).

So I went and got the Droid X2, and a serious protector for it.

The Droid X2 has a lot to recommend it. Large screen. Fast everything. On the down-side, it's big and heavy and doesn't easily fit into any pockets I own. But, since I generally carry around a purse anyway, that wasn't a deal breaker. I was really very happy with the Droid X2 - when it was working.

And therein was the rub. Five times in the ten days I owned that phone, it crashed. Needed a hard-reset type of crashed. To perform a hard reset on the Droid X2, you need to remove and replace the battery. Which was covered by the serious protector, that was so serious it was nigh unto impossible to remove. Now maybe you don't think five major crashes in ten days is a lot, but I do. So back to the store I went. And this time I got an iPhone 4. (I had considered getting a different Droid, but I'm starting to have doubts about their quality control).

So let's talk about the iPhone 4. There is a lot I like about it, but I'm having a bit of trouble adjusting to other parts of it. How do you download music from Amazon's cloud onto to it? How do you set your In Case of Emergency numbers? How do you import contacts from, say, Facebook, without sending contacts TO Facebook? Can you set the current weather to be visible at all times on your main screen? How do you teach it to be quicker to suggest words (like your email address) when you're typing?

These things were easy in the Droid.

Things I like better in the iPhone: speed, screen sensitivity, camera, the phone itself. I'm sure that as I learn to do the other things I want to do, I'll stop wishing it would do things like the Droid did, but I hate the learning curve.

First world problems, much? What's new in your life?


Jeff said...

Good luck. I'm still with a blackberry, which has been smoked by the android and iphone.

My wife enjoys her iphone but it seems I can upload photos and such to facebook quicker than she can on the iphone.

Go figure.

Andy said...

I have a Windows Mobile phone, before they completely revamped their OS. It crashes all the time. I'm lucky if I can send a text. I'm considerably luckier that I rarely do anything with my phone other than text.

My wife has an HTC Evo 4G, which she loves loves loves.

Mummy/Crit said...

I have an iPhone 3GS that is a replacement for my original that had some weird hardware/software malfunction when I upgraded to iOS4, wherein it would crash while I was on a call. it took 2 calls to Apple to get anything to happen (but the something that did happen was a reconditioned phone, and mine was out of warranty, so yay Apple, I guess.

I'm not sure how to fix your problems the one about the autocorrect not learning is an interesting one, as mine doesn't seem to've learnt anything in 2 years ;-) I'd've thought it would've too...

ICE I just set using one of the fields (the one it sorts by). I only have one in there but I guess you could label them ICE 1 and ICE 2? Not sure about importing contact as this is my first smartphone, and I don't really use contacts anywhere else. Actually I think there's something in the iTunes settings about importing/exporting and which takes precedence and when...? I don't think you can set the weather app to run all the time, but you can probably get one that does, but it'll kill your battery I reckon...