Android phones Vs. iPhone 4

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    Despite the iPhone 4's key new features, the battle for buyers is intensifying as several top-notch phones powered by Google's Android mobile software are now on the market. Innovation in this arena no longer belongs only to Apple, as shoppers have a rich array of choices for phones that run apps, shoot crisp video and inform you instantly what your friends are doing.

    More important, these choices come from all carriers in the U.S., not just AT&T. That carrier advantage has led to a booming first quarter for Android phone sales and product shortages are being reported by the carriers.

    How is Apple responding?

    New iPhone features
    The iPhone 4 will offer a host of new features that should appeal to existing iPhone owners and new buyers. Primarily, the key features Apple CEO Steve Jobs announced at Monday's World Wide Developers Conference revolve around video.

    The iPhone 4 can record in high-defination video (at 720p for 30 frames per second), a front-facing camera that should work nicely for video chats with the recently upgraded Skype app as well as Apple's new FaceTime feature. At least initially, however, FaceTime will only work between two iPhone 4's and only over Wi-Fi.

    Besides the addition of the front-facing camera, the iPhone 4 has a 5-megapixel camera on the back with an LED Flash. Images can be focused by tap, while photos and videos can be geotagged. That means the digital data that comes with the image will include the location of where the image or video was taken. Jobs unveiled an iMovie app for the iPhone, a potentially powerful mobile editing tool that should please Spielberg wanna-bes.

    What the iPhone still lacks
    One iPhone 4 feature that wasn't included: A deal with a new wireless carrier. That means phone makers like HTC, Motorola and Samsung can continue to sprinkle innovative and interesting Android products across the nation's carriers.

    While Jobs cited a study by Nielsen at the company's World Wide Developer conference that shows the iPhone leading Android phones 28 percent to 19 percent in market share, he left out that Android phones outsold the iPhone in the first quarter. There's a good reason why. There are now dozens of them.

    The best Android alternatives
    One new Android phone comes with big and beautiful screen, the 4.3-inch HTC Evo (Sprint, $199) and another model is exceptionally quick, the HTC Incredible (Verizon, $199). Other phones, such as several models from Motorola and its innovative MotoBlur software, tap into the social networking craze that has captivated the nation in the last several years.

    These phones are doing well in the marketplace too. According to a Wall Street Journal report, the HTC Incredible is on back order at Verizon and customers wanting new models won't get them until June 28. Meanwhile, several Sprint stores reported long lines when the HTC Evo was introduced on June 4th, with shortages in some markets.

    The Evo, which runs on the Android 2.1 operating system, is a very desirable phone and includes some features found on the new iPhone 4 and some that are not.

    The Evo has an 8-megapixel camera (better than the iPhone 4's 5 megapixels) and includes Sprint’s mobile “hotspot” application so you can use the Evo to connect a laptop to Sprint’s network. That last bit is called tethering, a feature the new iPhone is expected to have but Jobs didn't mention during his keynote. The Evo has a front-facing camera, like the new iPhone 4.

    Like the iPhone 4, the Evo shoots video in 720p high definition. Combined with the faster upload speeds, I was able to upload small videos to YouTube from the road. Bigger videos did have trouble with uploads, however, and worked best when in a Wi-Fi zone.

    There are potential drawbacks with the Evo, however.

    In my tests with the Evo across Chicago, the 4G connection was unpredictable. The phone would switch from 4G to 3G to even slower speeds as I walked down the block in my neighborhood. That pattern repeated itself as I used the phone across the city. However, at home, the Evo recognized my home Wi-Fi network with ease, just as other Android phones do consistently well.

    Another issue is battery life. The Evo will use the battery faster than existing iPhones -- which aren't noted for their long charges -- and certainly faster than the iPhone 4, if Steve Jobs' claims are true. If you buy the Evo, make sure you leave room in your budget for an extra charging device.

    The big-screened Evo even comes with a kickstand, perhaps a first for a mobile phone. This is a terrific feature for watching media on the phone. Of course, a kickstand by itself will not scare Apple or buyers who really want an iPhone, but it's the type of useful feature that can be found on several Android phones. And increasingly, Android phones are becoming much more useful.

    Source: Yahoo News/appolicious
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    This is the start of a war... a bloody war. "This is for the record. History is written by the victor." Steves thinks he has won, but Google is about to steal the throne.

    We can only wait and see what happens from this.
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    The only thing the iphone 4 has that no other android smartphone has is the retina(spelling?) display, but i think we will see the same resolution displays on android phones soon.
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    The new iPhone will sell like hotcakes. The display is gorgeous. The user interface is polished. The (limited) multitasking will meet the needs of about 99% of users. The performance will be more than adequate and more importantly, predictable. The only thing holding it back will be its network.
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    LMAO! So Sprint still sucks in Chicago, even with 4G? hahahahah
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    They didn't show the funniest part of Steve's keynote. When both the wifi and AT&T 3G failed, he asked the audience if they had any suggestions. Someone yelled out "Verizon!"

    Here's a CNN link that talks about it:

    Apple CEO has live technical issues - CNN.com
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    I have to agree with this. I would get one if they came to Verizon. My main reason is the display and the extensive collection of apps.
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    Most people will site the screen as one of the critical reasons to upgrade from their old crappy iphones - the droid has a screen with 240 dpi - the difference is less noticeable comparing the droid screen to the iphone4 as compared with the iphone 3gs (163 dpi) vs. the droid (240 dpi). I really don't think the new iphone will grab any android users, more likely (and typical apple) the existing users will upgrade (a la ipod), and this is all apple needs to make billions.
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    I strongly dislike how Apple runs their company, but I can't deny how sexy the new iPhone is. I'm sure it will be a huge hit, but I am a loyal user of Android.
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    I've invested far too much time learning and tweaking my Droid to ever switch unless a vastly superior product comes out (and I'd probably stick with the Android OS), and it's not even a consideration until if and when IPhone comes to VZW.

    I've seen my future, and it's Cloud+FIOS+Android.
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    I have to say, as much as I love my Droid and my wife loves her Blackberry; we would both drop them today if the iPhone came to Verizon. In a heartbeat.
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    I switched from a 3gs and have no plans on going back for the 4...I am happy with my Incredible and will most likely sell it to one of my crew that have Moto Droids when I get ready to upgrade when and if the next big hit makes it worth the move...
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    Wow geotagging!?

    Welcome to 2005 Apple
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    The screen is nice. That's it. Yay?
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    Going from Android to iphone would be like throwing a free roaming chicken into one of those dark sheds where they step on eachother and sleep in theirs and others ****. I see nothing appealing with the iphone
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    Not to mention, besides customizing the phone to your liking, the paid apps becomes a deterrent to switching, as well.

    Who wants to invest $30-$50 or more paying for apps and then turn around and do it all over to switch to Apple? Not to mention, I don't care how great IPhone is, there's still a learning curve to set-up all the apps and do your back-ups, etc...

    Mostly I think BB is the one at major risk as the others catch-up on doing the email thing right. IPhone and Android users I think will be reluctant to cross platforms because, so long as their phone is doing what they want, it takes more than just some prettier widgets and little sleaker phone to get people to switch.

    Don't care what anyone says, there is little true differentiation at this point as far as content and function (BB and corp e-mail aside).

    Camera and ram are the only two reasons I legitimately see myself upgrading this phone before it dies, and unless a new Droid is as painful of a switch as other alternatives I'd be unlikely to change.
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    I wouldnt say nothing...

    The new physical design is nice. If I could put android on it, I might buy one...
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    Yes but slightly smaller........
    Nope definitely not
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    I got to be completely honest, i would also. Theres a lot of apps i love on the iPhone that i cant get on Android.

    I love my Incredible though and it aint going nowhere unless the iPhone hits Verizon.