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
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
- Much better Phone Application.
- 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].
- Automatic synchronization of emails, contacts and calendar items with google account.
- Android version of the Google Maps with turn-by-turn direction.
- Unobtrusive notifications.
- Google Voice application(banned on iPhones).
Android is still lagging on
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.