Do I make the plunge??

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    Hey guys I need some advice. I currently have an iPhone 3gs jailbroken on AT&T. My wifes has verizon an her contract is up. She shares a plan with her mother. I am thinking about jumping ship from iPhone to verizon for a droid. I have read lots of reviews an have been following this forum on a daily basis. I am mind of skittish though.

    I mean I love my iPhone. I love getting free apps through installous ( not saying I promote piracy but more of the fact that some apps I just wanna make sure are worth it) the lite versions only go so far. Pricing is a huge deal though. I mean for the price of my iPhone my wife and I can have two. Kind of crazy.

    So I guess I'm asking is it worth it?? I have been reading about the htc passion and am wondering do i wait and hope for that or do I get the droid?? I'm so used to multi touch it would be weird with out it. I understand once Rooted it will be available but what about gestures? will that be supported to? The camera is another question I have a newborn so pictures are important do you guys think the camera will get better? Games and apps are not a huge seller but will the graphics of games get better? I compared for instance gangstar and NFL 2010 it seems to be nigt and day between the two.

    Any help would be appreciated and let me know what you guys think and help convince me to switch lol.
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    I had an iphone since day 1 of the original release. I had att/cingular/ameritech wireless for what seems like 8 years. I loved the iphone and I am even a developer for a few apps.

    That being said, I bought new service and the droid to check it out. The iphone seems to get more and more restrictive in app approval. I called verizon and had them port my number and cancel my att iphone line after 2 days. The multitouch is nice. But double clicking is easier. You will get used to it very quickly. The feel of this phone isnt as easy to find the power button, but its more solid. The screen is much more crisp.

    The network is amazing as well. Data seems to connect faster that ATT, calls are way more crisp and I have yet to have one drop. It was a daily thing with att and I live in Detroit, one of their largest 3g networks.

    I think if you come with an open mind to a droid youd love it. If you come looking for reasons to prefer the iphone you wont like it. Get one and try it out, you have 30 days. You can port your number at a later time if you decide to keep it.

    As an app dev I do not promote piracy in any way. But I haven't paid for every song I have ever dl so I wont be all holier than thou. That being said, apps are just as easy to dl and install on the driod as they are on a JB iphone. I won't offer any advice on how to make this happen.
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    just so you know, in the android marketplace there is a 24 hour return policy, you said you like to use installous to test apps before you buy them, well with android you can purchase them and return them if you dont like them, and its legal
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    Good Call, Newton
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    I did not know that....that is pretty amazing. Another reason the Android Market Place is phenominal
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    yeah, i used the return policy for better keyboard, better keyboard made it easier to text but the resolution was just too low to keep, so... i returned it, it was a piece of cake, you just find the app in the marketplace and it'll say "uninstall & return" as long as its within 24 hours, and from what i understand you can do it with any app
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    I def. plan on coming with an open mind. I guess it will just take some getting used to...I guess my biggest worry is buying it and maybe i should have waited. I keep reading about this passion coming out. I guess my biggest worry is the camera and how slow it is. Like I said I have a newborn and I use my phone a lot for pictures. Once rooted will a rom come out helping the camera? That is great that there is a 24 hour return policy. I had read about that but wasn't sure just how true it was. As a developer do you see the games graphics getting any better? I mean they are not very good on the android from what i have seen.
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    Wow +1 indeed.

    I had no idea and I'll definitely keep that in mind when I'm purchasing apps in the future. One more reason why I love my droid!
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    i used to swear by iPhones/iPod touches, and I'm a HUGE mac fanboy. I run a mac for business needs, and would only buy apple products for the longest time.

    My brother currently still uses his iPhone 3Gs and loves it. Although recently, his calls have been getting dropped all over the place (the amount of iPhones on AT&T is apparently sucking on their coverage bandwidth in lack of better words. My droid however, can do almost everything his iphone can, PLUS 5 more apps, PLUS a keyboard, PLUS a much better camera, AND I'm on verizon, meaning i really never drop calls :p

    tl;dr to me, its VERY worth it, and I'm a huge mac fanboy
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    its actually even better than a refund really, its sort of phrased poorly, when i hit "uninstall & return" on better keyboard i got an email saying my order was cancelled so technically it never even removes your money, it actually cancels it instead of returning it
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    ah, come on. Thats no different than every time they release an iphone the rumors of the next come out. And they are always released a year after the next so its out of contract. New tech always comes out, so waiting can be good, and it can just be bad. Witht he success of the droid(if the numbers are at 400k sold) youll see more.

    Arent there already rumors of the next iphone? 5.0 megapixel, dual camera, built in rfid pay system blah blah blah

    The camera does need some work. The focus isnt as good as the 3gs point to focus. But I am willing to bed you see something similar in an update, or a root rom maybe.
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    Ya your right on that note. I guess and if worse comes to worse the rumors are that the iphone will be on verizon wireless next year anyway so I could upgrade if I had to. Are there other camera apps on the market like the iphone has? At least until this one gets fixed? Also how is mms? one of my biggest problems with the iphone is I will get an mms with a spread sheet and a sound clip and sometimes just a funny clip but I cant watch both at the same time. Is this the same on the android?
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    Well, one more thing to note, and not to sound like a Verizon fanboy, but part of the reason I went from my LG Chocolate 3 Personal phone to the Droid is that 30 day policy. If you don't like it, within 30 days, you can return the phone and service. I did that also when I switched from t-mobile to Verizon cause one, T-mobile's service in my area proved to not be helpful when the Gap Fire in Santa Barbara took out most of the City Power grid and my phone service dropped, but Verizon didn't (Probably because Verizon also had a large market share of the Local Phone Lines, thus larger Mobile Tower support infrastructure in place)

    Given I was impressed with Verizon's signal strength in my area, where T-mobile was really spotty at best, I stayed with them.

    In the case for the Droid. I wanted to check out how it would work and so far, from a shaky beginning to a "Hey, this is cool.", even with some things not being at the same par as the Blackberry for some things, but better than what I have come to be used to with the Storm... While I use the storm for work, as it is company provided, I like the droid as a personal phone because it does a bit more than my chocolate and it is like having an iPhone for music and internet browsing, as well as a newer TomTom. :)
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    I haven't received any mms with sound as of yet. But I can tell you sending pics to phones or emails is way easier on the droid. In emails there is an actual attach button! No taking the pic first then having to tell it to go to an email.

    I will have someone send me a clip with sound later and report back.

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    There is a rumored update coming in December that should fix the camera issues. Although if you change some of the settings on the camera you can get pretty nice pictures. I spent a lot of time playing with it and the pictures I have taken are pretty decent. I suspect they will only get better once the auto focus is fixed. Pretty sure it is not a hardware issue, just an issue with the program so you would just install the update and tada!
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    I was an avid iPhone user, I jumped on board when they were first released.
    I have had my Droid for a little over 4 days now and have already canceled my AT&T contract.
    There was little I could not get, app wise, on the droid that I already had on my iPhone. What really won me over though was the call quality and coverage of the verizon network.
    I would say to you, "do it" I dont think you will regret it. Oh and btw my iPhone was also jailbroken, if I hadn't done that I would have given up on AT&T years ago.
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    I, too, am a big Apple fan. I only use Macs at home and have had all 3 iPhones (2G, 3G and 3Gs). I decided to try the Droid last Monday without porting my ATT number to see how the service was in the area of my house. I found that Verizon had way much better coverage and I don't drop calls inside the house. So, I ported both my numbers from ATT to Verizon just two days after I bought the droid. As far as the droid is concerned, I'm pretty much happy with everything and I think it does everything that an iPhone can do. Only negative I can point out is battery life which is slightly worse than the iPhone 3GS.
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    i also came from an iPhone. But I did a lot of research and then spent some time mucking around with the Verizon store-owned Droid to ensure I liked the following:

    - look and feel
    - overall responsiveness
    - all 3 keyboards (physical, virtual portrait, and virtual landscape)
    - the screen itself
    - the ability to do basic phone stuff (make a phone call, write a text message) (everyone has their own way of designing a phone OS, but if you can't do the basic PHONE stuff, the it's no use)

    I was amazingly surprised at the Droid. I know it sounds dumb, but if you can sit back and say "I'm riding the bleeding edge of a huge wave of technology that will only get better over time", you'll realize that there's growing pains, and the learning curve is steep, but ultimately rewarding in almost every way.

    The iPhone is great, don't get me wrong. It is easy to use, designed to be easy to use, but in my opinion it was very restricting. The fact that you jailbroke your iPhone says it all...the phone does enough to be good, but not enough to be great, and it requires jumping through hoops to get it to do that. I was tired of jailbreaking mine all the time.

    Then again, we're all sitting here trying to root the phone, so I guess we're in the same boat =p

    In short - I loved the iPhone, but I love the upside of Android better. I didn't even wait the 30 days to try it out. I just went head first!
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    I read somewhere on this forum on a camera thread that there is a fix in beta testing right now. the guy who posted it was one of the testers and he said it takes care of ALL the problems people mentioned having. That update is supposed to be on december 11th according to various posts in this forum
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    Hopefully the update does address a lot of the problems!