"IMO, What the author doesn't address though is apps. Ignoring the wealth of apps available on the iPhone seems disingenuous."
I am honestly curious what particular app function that iphone has over Android?
I have yet to encounter something I personally wanted to do that was not available as a free app on android. Is the app difference is based around particular professions, and those people cant find a relevant app on android? Caveat being I am going to buty a $100 app for my alarm sytem.
I am opposite to HUGH in that I am an Android user, and not totally familiar with Iphones, I have used one on occasion I can offer my hands on opinion with the points as related to my experience with Android.
1. Google maps does a great job at navigation and with 2.2 you are able to use complete voice navigation, not to mention if I am looking for a specific store, address, or landmark it shows up each and every time. Not sure how that compares with IOS
2.Notify Bar- I use this every single time I look my phone. It shows me all incoming emails, text, twitters, updates,connection status, music status all in one tiny little bar and all grouped according to the message type. VERY valuable! Drag it down and there is the info in one screen.
3.Widgets- How is organizing your phone how you use it not an important feature? Would you ever use your computer with a home screen filled with every program link shown? No you organize with your work flow and prioritize them. For me, a big plus, perhaps others want to sort thru all the thumbnails, not for me I like the CURRENT info displayed for me in the widget
4.Carrier choice- Not an issue for me as the big players all carry the Iphone in Canada now. And the same goes for Android. In the states I can see this being a major issue. How good is AT&t customer service record?
5.Hotspots- I cant comment and I have not used this function yet but could see using it with my laptop while traveling.
6.Screen size- sure choice is good but too small is useless, and too big is just too BIG
really a moot point Should have been Choice of Hardware not screen size!
7.Voice Actions- I use this every day as well! From asking for directions to a location, to dialing numbers, to searching the internet, to composing text messages(when Im lazy, or its loud around me). My only beef thus far with it is that so far I can not use my preferred music player with it.
8.Faster Browser- I know my pages load faster than the GF's Iphone, by how much not alot but it is faster. If you are you reading this on Chrome, firefox, Opera you are likely doing so because they are faster browsers.
9.More/better buttons-Tough one the iphone is so clean looking but without better day to day usage its a hard one, I do use the menu button many times, home button all the time, back button all the time the only one I dont use alot is the search button and to be honest I did not even know I had it until i looked at my phone just now.
10.Google Voice- still not a viable option for Canadians I belive.
My personal opinions on using Android.