This is a story of my experiences with an Android phone after being an iPhone customer for so long.

Sometime around 2002, when I first tried an iPod with the click-wheel at a CompUSA shop, I became a fan of Apple and started to follow them closely.
As soon as I saw the iPhone introduced by Steve on Macworld 2007, I wanted to get one. See below for the video of Steve introducing the iPhone.

And then on the launch date, I stood on the queue at the Apple retail store. While in store, all I checked out was how my websites look on that tiny screen and whether they were readable.
Initially the phone only had Apps made by Apple but still I thought the phone is revolutionary at that time.
Since then I have been buying every version of iPhone (3G, 3Gs and 4) as soon as they are released.
Time to explore
Samsung Galaxy S2 For some reasons, I got tired of the look and feel of the iOS [Operating system for iPhones] after using it for the past 4 years. Also I thought I should not be so blind-folded with Apple and should be exploring the market to see what is out there.

Last week, I bought a Samsung Galaxy S2 (SGS2) to experience Android.
Initially I thought I will “try” the Android phone for a couple of weeks and if it is no good, I can go back to the iPhone, but after a week’s use I sold my iPhone and decided to stay with the SGS2.

Things I like about the Android OS

  1. Much better Phone Application.
  2. Ability to customize the Look and Feel [you can even customize with a new launcher program with more than 4 apps on the bottom dock].
  3. Automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and calendar items with google account.
  4. Android version of the Google Maps with turn-by-turn direction.
  5. Unobtrusive notifications.
  6. Google Voice application(banned on iPhones).

Android is still lagging on

  1. Android even the most latest version as of now, does not support Tamil (and for that matter any of the Indian languages). I hate to see just boxes when I visit my tamil blog. I think Google needs to fix this as fast as they can, otherwise they can not win on the tablet market.
  2. The “browser” on the android is not as polished as the Safari on iOS. I hate to see horizontal scroll bars on web pages that work well with Safari. Safari does a better job in resizing the content to fit into the window.
  3. Searching on the Android market for an App is still a hit or miss. Being a search engine giant, I hoped that Google would do a better job in bringing the best matches for Apps but it did not. Sometimes the search results show completely unrelated Apps.
  4. Also, since the Android market is not curated, you got to be cautious when installing Apps from the market. It could be a spyware. This is never a problem with any of the apps you download on iOS.

With all this stated, I am still enjoying the new phone. Samsung has done a really nice job with their Galaxy S2 phone. Feel free to share your experience or thoughts by commenting on this post.

5 Responses to “Android experience”

  1. Pon Ilango says:

    Dear Sathish,
    Why not u start a blog in tamil?
    Pon Ilango

  2. Prakash says:

    Still the lagging points you have mentioned are something important than the likes. but still you like this! good :)

  3. Sadish says:

    Pon Ilango, My tamil blog can be seen at kirukkals.com;

    Prakash, I wanted to try something other than the iPhone and this is a close alternative.

  4. Sarav says:

    Another samsung plus : Tethering with no extra cost.

  5. Sadish says:

    Thats true too…

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