Dump the Iphone for the Droid? Any comments?

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    My wife and I have been on Cingular/AT&T for a long time now. She has just had a basic Motorola Razr while I have an Iphone. I upgraded to the 3gs last year and really enjoy it. The problem is the service, as many of you know or have heard about AT&T. I live in a city, and as long as we are in the city, the service is good. My wife just took a job in a small town just west of here, and she gets no service in the building she is in. Even my Iphone goes dead when I am in there. I get one or two bars while walking around in the town. They need more towers, but I digress....

    My wife recently came to me and said this isn't going to work. She is tired of not having a phone when she is at work or on the go. Sure, when she is in the city, it works well. However, she just can't handle knowing that the service is going to not be available when she is at work. She wants to move to a new provider.

    Now, I am ok with moving to a new provider. There are some issues that I need to address such as paying $200 to port our numbers to Verizon and cancel our AT&T contracts. Another thing I have to investigate is the smartphone contract. What happens if I want to upgrade a year into my two year deal? Whats the cost?

    The biggest issue though is moving from the Iphone to the Droid Incredible.

    I love my Iphone. Sorry all you droid users. At the same time though, I am wondering just how I am going to like this droid phone. I played with the new Incredible in the local Verizon store close to me and it is pretty neat. I really didn't get a chance to go through all the apps in the app store, but I loved the service. My at&t service in the store was at 1-2 bars while I was at full bars with Verizon. I could surf faster on their network than I could with AT&T.

    With all the things I liked about the Droid incredible, I am wondering if anyone else here has made the jump from the Iphone to the Droid. What opinions do you have? Any regrets? Any feedback?

    Thanks for your time!
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    My SmartPhone History

    Alright, my "smart" phone history is: the Samsung Behold to the iPhone 2G to the G1 to the iPhone 3G to the Droid. Frankly when I first switched from my first iPhone to the G1, I missed a lot on the iPhone, namely it's sleek interface, the themes (on a jailbroken one), and the variety of apps that were available to it. I also missed the physical feel of the iPhone compared to the G1's bulgy yet somewhat sturdy feel. The G1, however, eventually grew on me and I started getting into it. The bulging feel of it made me start looking for another option, so I got an iPhone 3G on tmobile. Now I missed the 3G service (since I'm using tmobile), but I was glad to have something I knew back... However.... about a month and a half later, I got bored with the iPhone, and now that I've satisfied my iPhone longings I finally did what I should have done a long time ago. I made the big switch from Tmo to Verizon and I have to say it's one of the best things I could have done. Verizon has the best service out of all the carriers in my opinion and the Droid is not lacking in features. Coming from the iPhone 3G's camera/video recorder. I have to say the Droid beats it. I'm back to an interface that I know and love. I also have everything I need on this phone, and I'm completely happy with my switch from the iPhone to Android (namely THE Droid)

    dancedroiddancedroid​
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    Thanks for letting me know your experiences. The Iphone has been the best smartphone I have ever used. To move away from it makes me a little nervous. I am a techie guy though, and I enjoy having an awesome phone. The customization of the Android really intrigues me. Since I have never owned one, I cannot answer just how cool this feature is, but it really makes me curious. To hear your experience just makes me more interested to move to it.

    I suppose for someone who loves technology such as myself, the Droid may be a better fit than the Iphone.
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    I think if you are moving from an iphone and don't mind the touch keyboard you should check out the incredible. Otherwise, yes get the droid.
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    The incredible would be my first choice. I have been reading about some of the challenges with the incredible though. I still think that a lot of these issues will be fixed in updates to the phone. I do love the touch keyboard on the Iphone.
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    there's a Verizon iphone coming later this year if you don't mind waiting. otherwise, Droid.
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    Has that been confirmed? So far all I have heard are rumors. I think June is when they would announce it. I think I can get my wife to wait for a month or so.
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    What challenges?
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    I have read about some service related issues with the Incredible on this forum. I also know an OTA update by HTC was pushed out so maybe that relieved some issues.
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    Nightfall. Trust me, you'll love the droid.
    There have been threads on iPhone vs Droid, and why the Droid is a lot better.
    The only reason you are even considering the iPhone is because you haven't played with the Droid enough I know, but trust me and this forum that you'll fall for it, have an affair with your past desires and make a new family and runaway from your friends and eat berries for the rest of your life with the droid.
    ..ok cancel out the unrealistic parts.

    I actually think I'd stick with the original Droid rather the the incredible. Which there is also a thread floating around about that too.

    All in all it shouldn't be a question or a hard choice at all, just put a blindfold on, put your arms out and fall backwards and let the droid catch you.
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    i havent played with the incredible yet, but from ive seen and read, its the phone to have. i wouldnt bother with the moto droid. i have it, and it's no secret on this forum that i hate it lol. it may be just my phone, but mine is extremely laggy, the browser scroll/zoom is very very choppy, battery life is horrible, to the point i dont even want to use the phone anymore. the touch screen response is nothing like what your used to on the iphone.

    i would go to a verizon store and spend a GOOD amount of time playing with each phone before you move. ive told myself that if the iphone comes to verizon i'm jumping ship. i love how open and customizable android is but to be honest, all this multi tasking crap is not useable in the real world since my phone is so laggy.

    another thing to keep in mind is battery life, be ready to charge these phones more than once per day. the camera is no good IMO, i like the camera on my super old samsung Flipshot a lot better. the video recording sucks because of the awful pixelation you get on every shot.

    in the end, i think it varies from individual phones and how theyre built. some people say theyre phone is butter smooth, some say its a lag monster, like mine. much unlike the iphone; every one i pick up is as smooth as silk :D

    good luck!
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    Since I don't perfectly know your preferences, I can't exactly say but if you like customization then the Droid/Incredible is for you. IMHO, since Android is more open source than Apple ever will be, it'll continue to grow at a faster rate. I guess since I had to go through jailbreaking, not updating and everything. it just felt good to have a reliable phone.

    Also, if you prefer touch keyboards over physical keyboards, then check out swype for android. it's amazing. Easily the best software keyboard in my opinion.
    If you like physical keyboards like me, then the Droid should satisfy you

    Edit: I agree with Jcardona, it varies on which phone you get. Mine has been great from day 1 and I've had no complaints about it
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    Custom ROMs (mainly Bugless 1.0) has been said to really help.

    Also it sounds like it is only your phone that is apparently bad?
    Are you rooted with ROMs that may help your situation?
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    yeah ive been rooted for a long time using several versions of bugless beast. currently i'm on the 2.1 0.7 BB rom and was running 1ghz. battery life became so bad taht i had to scale it back to 550mhz. when i was OC'd my battery would be down to 15-20% by 6pm, after unplugging it at 8am. now that im back to 550mhz i can get 14-16hrs, but of course the phone is on standby for most of that time. i hardly touch my phone anymore
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    Well I am running BB .7 now with a 1Ghz kernel clocked to 800 Mhz. I get about 16 or so hours out of it and that's it. If anything I would wipe the phone and do a fresh install of BB v1.0 and the kernels suggested by Pete. Also note that by being on standby all day and getting juiced my guess would be that you are either in an area with a really crappy signal or have a bad battery. In any case I would start at a minimum by redo'ing the phone from scratch. Lastly, check to see what is eating your battery. If it is cell stand-by what it your time without signal?
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    I was an iPhone user for about 3 years, and owned the 2G, the 3G, and the 3G S. I loved it. I was certain I would never not own an iPhone (or different Apple made phone if they ever manufactured one). I overlooked the very spotty coverage in my area, the slow browswer speeds, and the frequently dropped calls and undelivered texts.

    Then after having quite a hard time dealing with AT&T and Apple customer service when I had issues with my phone, I decided enough was enough, and it was time to move on, and break away from Apple, AT&T and the iPhone.

    I promptly cancelled my contract with AT&T, sold my iPhone, and got a Motorola Droid, and haven't looked back or missed my iPhone once. I love everything the Droid can do. The biggest thing I enjoy more than the iPhone is the extensive customization you can do (without being jailbroken or rooted). If you are rooted, the possibilities are endless.

    I highly suggest making the switch to Android.

    I have nothing but good things to say about the Android OS, or the Motorola Droid. I guess if I had one complaint it would be that the Facebook app isn't as good as the one for the iPhone, but that's easily remedied by just using your browser to use Facebook.

    Go Droid!
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    Do you have any proof of this aside from speculation? Everything I've seen shows the exclusivity contract with AT&T has been extended to 2012.

    OP, I've never been with any provider other than Verizon, so I cant provide any firsthand experience, but I have spent plenty of time with my friends and their iPhones and no service, and my full bars. I'll never make the switch, no matter how slick they make the iPhone. A fancy phone that doesnt make phone calls is completely useless to me.
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    Didn't make that jump. Moved from a terrible WinMo phone so I was easy to please. But here are some things to consider.

    () Don't count on the long-rumored introduction of the iPhone on VZW. It may happen; it may not. It may be an iPhone; it may be another Apple phone. Whatever conventional wisdom held even three or four months ago has been more or less knocked into a cocked hat by the havoc created by Google o/s updates and a flood of new phones.

    () Although VZW is widely considered to have better coverage than AT&T, it's a good idea to check the coverage (before switching) where you live and work. It won't do you much good to switch and have excellent coverage where your wife works and give up good coverage where you live. That's unlikely but not unheard of.

    And as long as you're going to switch carriers, you might want to consider the EVO 4G from Sprint unless you already know the coverage won't meet your needs.

    () If you like the look and feel of the iPhone you'll probably be happier with the Incredible than with the Droid. The latter is easier to customize (at least currently) but the former is a far more polished consumer device.

    () For the foreseeable future the iPhone will continue to get most apps first and they'll continue to have greater functionality. The fact is that the iPhone is a single device with a single stable version of the o/s.

    That doesn't mean that the android platform won't have advantages here and there (e.g. Flash 10.1 support.) But the fact remains that the iPhone will usually have 10 options for a particular kind of application while the Android has five. That's irrelevant if one of the five meets your needs, but it isn't irrelevant if you need a particular niche app that the iPhone has and the Android does not.
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    You're absolutely right, its not unheard of. I picked up a Nextel phone when Direct Connect first came out. I had to deal with their crappy phone coverage and customer service for all those years! The only place I had coverage was my house, go figure. I finally made the switch to Verizon a few years ago and have service everywhere......but my house.

    I picked up an extender from Verizon and it definitely helps, but it can be a little buggy. If I am on a call and I get within 5 feet of the extender sometimes I will lose 80% of my call volume. That would be my only complaint.

    But regardless I don't see myself leaving Verizon. There is a huge National Park nearby that everyone drops calls in, except Verizon customers. I can count on one hand how many times I have dropped a call since I have been with them. And the customer service is great as well. I am a big fan of Apple portable devices and for years I was DYING to get an iPhone, but I refused to leave Verizon. Now with Android I am fortunate enough to get the best (or better) of both worlds.

    Now when the Verizon iPhone rumor pops up I only get remotely excited. I have no intention on switching, but a device like the iPhone deserves to be on a network like Verizon.

    Wow, that turned into a lot of rambling!
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    I did. Made the mistake of going with the Eris though, which reallllllly tainted my opinion of android/VZW. Few weeks ago I bought a Droid second hand, though, and I literally miss NOTHING about my iphone at this point. Service is better. Battery life is better (not by a ton, though). The fact that its open to what YOU want it to do/look like/etc, and not closed off like Apple makes a world of difference.

    As far as apps go, Android is getting better and better. Even in the few months since I made the switch, its gotten a lot better.

    Think about this: Android 2.1 can do damn near everything, if not more than iPhone OS 4 is capable of. By the time firmware 3.0/4.0 come out, I'm sure Android will be on top by miles.