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Author Topic: Why My Mom Bought an Android, Returned It, and Got an iPhone  (Read 10120 times)
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« on: August 02, 2011, 04:59:34 AM »

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Seeing the basically useless state of the phone on initial boot, I told my mother that I’d take the phone for an hour or so and give it back to her “cleaned up.” I deleted apps. I configured notifications. I set up accounts. None of it was easy, and every step of the way I ran into really bizarre problems. The elegant Google widgets that come with stock Android were stripped out of the phone. The camera app, besides looking like it had been designed in 1995, just wouldn’t rotate when I turned the phone on its side. Apps that worked on my Droid Incredible crashed as soon as I opened them on the Charge. After about an hour of poking and prodding the battery had dropped from 95% to 50%. Completely frustrated, I turned to the internet, where confused users were posting questions with titles like “Should my battery last more than 6 hours?” and “I think my phone is broken…”







from http://www.betabeat.com/2...ned-it-and-got-an-iphone/
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« Reply #1 on: August 02, 2011, 05:04:57 AM »

Androids for geeks. iPhone for newbies. Kinda like Linux for geeks, Windows for.. point and clickers.

edit: Didn't read the OP link or anythin; Just sayin'.  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: August 02, 2011, 05:21:59 AM »

I hate it when carriers create their own custom UI and change it from the standard Android interface.

I really like the Stock Android experience. If the carriers would just compete on hardware and leave the software to Google and app developers, I think that the experience would probably be a lot better.
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« Reply #3 on: August 02, 2011, 05:31:19 AM »

well,
the message is confusing, article a bit contradictory - says his XYZ (Android) phone is fine, so the problem is not with Android, or is it...

As often the comments are where it gets thrashed out
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« Reply #4 on: August 02, 2011, 08:27:35 AM »

I saw this one comment, and had to re-post:
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"When technology delivers basic needs, user experience dominates" - Don Norman, The Invisible Computer.

Does everyone understand this now?

That sums it up, IMO.
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« Reply #5 on: August 02, 2011, 09:08:57 AM »

Androids and Iphones are the same to me. They could be converse shoes or adidas trainers, you still put them on your feet to walk round town. A phone is for calling and texting, and with these two as long as you can have a browse on the net thats what matters. Of course, IMO.... undecided
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2011, 09:50:01 AM »

Androids and Iphones are the same to me.

They're almost the same to me. smiley

One is made by an evil company, while the other is partially made by a company that professes to not be evil. tongue Grin

But functionally, they're pretty similar.

Apple has much better standards when it comes to UI design though.

I mostly use my phone for reading news though... Not much more.
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« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2011, 10:07:51 AM »

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« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2011, 01:28:15 PM »


Dude, you know that like, Apple, Google, OS warz and whatnot are all like, totally troll bait, eh? tongue
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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2011, 02:05:22 PM »

I mostly use my phone for reading news though... Not much more.

When it comes down to it, I mostly use my phone for reading books.  A few other things, but when you boil it down, all of that extra stuff to most people is just window dressing.  One, maybe two functions other than the basic.  But we get so caught up in all of that other stuff that we've done just find without before- and that's what they build their business model on.  huh
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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2011, 02:24:31 PM »

I mostly use my phone for reading news though... Not much more.

When it comes down to it, I mostly use my phone for reading books.  A few other things, but when you boil it down, all of that extra stuff to most people is just window dressing.  One, maybe two functions other than the basic.  But we get so caught up in all of that other stuff that we've done just find without before- and that's what they build their business model on.  huh

Phone = consumption.

Desktop/laptop = creation.

The limiter? Input. We need good speech to text before anything changes.

However, the current STT business models are stifling it.

e.g. With MS Office you can create infinite documents, but with STT business models, they charge you per word. Not a good way forward.
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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2011, 02:47:31 PM »

I mainly use my phone to make phone calls ... because, it's a phone.

I have used it to browse the web (well here actually), on the odd occasion. Ad I'll even admit to sending a text message now and then. But to me - Bells & whistles aside - It's a phone.
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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2011, 02:51:05 PM »

I mainly use my phone to make phone calls ... because, it's a phone.

Yeah... I'm just not that popular. smiley
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« Reply #13 on: August 02, 2011, 03:09:19 PM »

I mainly use my phone to make phone calls ... because, it's a phone.

Yeah... I'm just not that popular. smiley

Me either.  The only reason that I have a cell phone is for emergencies.  Most people just aren't important enough to need 24/7 connectivity that a cell phone brings.  It's more for convenience than a need, truthfully.
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« Reply #14 on: August 02, 2011, 03:44:11 PM »

I mainly use my phone to make phone calls ... because, it's a phone.

Yeah... I'm just not that popular. smiley

Me either.  The only reason that I have a cell phone is for emergencies.  Most people just aren't important enough to need 24/7 connectivity that a cell phone brings.  It's more for convenience than a need, truthfully.

 Thmbsup cheesy Thmbsup

For me it's a work issue; I got my first cell back when I was freelancing. Now it's just for clients and the office to run me ragged.

The wife calls now and then too ...  Or send the occasional how's your day going text. That's about it.
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« Reply #15 on: August 03, 2011, 12:44:03 AM »

...Or send the occasional how's your day going text...

We use Skype for that. Or Facebook. smiley
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« Reply #16 on: August 03, 2011, 02:07:16 AM »

I've a touch screen phobia and i'm trying to avoid touch-screen based phones for next few years. (thanks to blackberry and sony erricsson and all those Quturee phones cheesy ). I guess 2012 will be the year when i'll not be touch-screen virgin.  Wink
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« Reply #17 on: August 03, 2011, 04:57:01 AM »

When it comes down to it, I mostly use my phone for reading books.  A few other things, but when you boil it down, all of that extra stuff to most people is just window dressing.  One, maybe two functions other than the basic.  But we get so caught up in all of that other stuff that we've done just find without before- and that's what they build their business model on.  huh

Same here, I think I've read close to a hundred books on mine over the last 4 months I've been in the UK.  I'm finding I can rip through them quite fast on the small screen, (320x240).

About the only other things I use it for are a couple of games and positioning, (not navigation).
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« Reply #18 on: August 03, 2011, 05:17:00 AM »

Doesn't anyone use their phone for pron?  huh
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« Reply #19 on: August 03, 2011, 02:56:42 PM »

The problem with anecdotal arguments like this (aside the mis-quoting of a linked article about return rates on *some* phones being 30-40% - think about how that could even be possible for all Android phones for a moment), is that there are always many counter anecdotes. In fact I have a friend with an iPhone 3GS who has been pretty frustrated with it for a long time now and is about to sell it and get an Android phone. He is *not* terribly technology savvy, in fact he sounds less savvy than this guy's mom (she uses Tumblr, has more devices than my friend). He's seen my phone (Samsung Epic 4G) and has looked at a lot of others in local stores and can't wait to switch. He's taking his time to get the best device he can, which only makes sense, and I'll agree that's an issue with the Android landscape right now - there *are* some legitimately crappy devices. But this is not the first anyone has heard of frustrating cell phone experiences, often due largely to carrier limitations, bundled apps, etc. Even on old "feature phones" I saw this quite a lot. Some phones would just have a terrible reputation, yet users would struggle with them for years sometimes, maybe in part because they expected less of them, in part because there were fewer options. Android definitely needs to tighten things up but if anything high(er) return rates on *specific* phones like the Charge should help signal to carriers and phone makers alike that these issues won't be tolerated. Hopefully that's the case. Meanwhile the *overall* Android market is strong, outselling iPhone and taking over some 50% of the worldwide smart phone market. Make of that what you will.

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« Reply #20 on: August 03, 2011, 03:13:28 PM »

Sort of off topic, is there a good Android equivalent to an iPod Touch yet? (I'm not ready to give up my $15 a month NET10 plan yet)
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« Reply #21 on: August 10, 2011, 05:54:06 PM »

Doesn't anyone use their phone for pron?  huh

OMG! Is that what the freak in the next aisle was jiggling to!??   Cry Grin

Though that thought has always bothered me when I seem people squirming in their seats while squinting in to their i/android phone... scary!.
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« Reply #22 on: August 10, 2011, 09:04:35 PM »

Sort of off topic, is there a good Android equivalent to an iPod Touch yet? (I'm not ready to give up my $15 a month NET10 plan yet)

AFAIK that's basically what an Android Tablet is, since an iPod Touch is essentially an iPhone without the phone.

So just go for a small Android Tablet/Non-phone and you've got an Android Touch. Thmbsup
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« Reply #23 on: August 10, 2011, 10:47:25 PM »

A Dell Streak might be an option for android ipod touch type.
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« Reply #24 on: August 16, 2011, 06:26:23 AM »

A Dell Streak might be an option for android ipod touch type.

Thanks for the suggestion, I'll check it out.
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