iPhone vs Droid operating fluidity?

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  1. jimnutt

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    Actually, the iPhone/iPod touch resolution is closer to one third that of the Droid, not half (853 x 480 = 409440 pixels versus 320 x 480 = 153600 pixels or 2.66 times the number of pixels). Given that the processors are roughly the same speed it's not surprising the iPhone has more fluid scrolling. It's also the 3rd generation of the software and hardware, so it's had plenty of chances for optimization and tweaking.
     
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    You are correct in that Apple chose to make their UI smooth and use hardware (GPU) based rendering however the resolution will definitely have an impact on how much work the CPU/GPU has to do. Also people with jailbroken phones running multiple apps admit their phones do start to lag. It's not like iPhone OS is some magical piece of software that can manufacture memory on command. Android, built from the ground up to handle 3rd party app multitasking will do a much better job than any person running a hack (on an OS not designed for it) can do.

    And BTW smooth transitions and animations between screens are not a good benchmark by which to judge an OS IMO. To me it's more of a gimmick than anything else as my Droid, running at the stock speed, is just as fast or faster than an iphone 3gs opening, closing, and switching between apps. And that's with running multiple widgets and 3rd party apps in the background.
     
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    I totally agree with you on this. People on here have to stop flaming other people when they complain about their phone. The iPhone has a smoother UI, get over it. The Droid is better we all know that, but their are some things that can be worked on. You shouldn't have to OC your phone to 1.1ghz to get the same UI performance as the iPhone. That being said, I absolutely love my phone and would never go back to an iPhone. The Droid is far superior to the iPhone in every way except for fluidity.
     
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    +1 and +1.

    Apple made a series of design and engineering choices for the iPhone, all of them aimed toward the objective of providing a satisfying user experience in a consumer device for those who neither expect nor want to carry around a computer that makes phone calls. That objective triggered a series of features and limitations.

    If, for example, you want to sell a device that does not require (or even allow) an occasional battery pull to straighten out a malfunctioning operating system, you'd better have close to a bulletproof o/s, limitations on multitasking, and ironclad control over the applications that can be added to the phone. And if you want to sell a device that consumers will perceive as having consistent and predictable performance, you'd better design a UI that reflects that consistency since "smoothness" is the most obvious clue an unsophisticated user has that the device is operating as he/she expects.

    The android approach is fundamentally different. Not better. Not worse. Different. It opens potential that the iPhone cannot match. It also imposes burdens the iPhone doesn't have to deal with.

    Over the last few days I've experienced several unexpected errors and twice had to pull my battery to straighten out the problems I was experiencing. My reaction was to uninstall the most recently installed apps and updates and monitor the Droid's performance. Had the same thing happened to my wife she would likely have stormed into a Verizon store and demanded that the phone be "fixed." And when the local VZW employees didn't have a clue, she would have returned the phone and made a beeline to the Apple store.

    iPhones are brilliantly designed consumer devices. Android phones are works in progress. I enjoy tinkering with my phone just as I enjoy tinkering with my computer and my motorcycles. My wife (and most consumers) has other priorities and interests. My wife experiments with recipes. I follow a recipe slavishly and wouldn't think of substituting an ingredient. Different strokes.
     
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    as for the battery pulls... I have owned an iphone for 4 year and never once needed to pull a battery... lol so that battery pull limitation is just silly.
     
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    The iPhone is not immune to having to hard reset it from time to time... it may not be in the form of a battery pull. But pressing and holding the home button and power button preforms this. Equal to a battery pull.
     
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    No doubt. Now compare that user experience to removing the back of one's phone, setting it aside carefully, removing the battery, and carefully reassembling one's phone. As noted, Apple gives a high priority to a satisfying user experience.

    P.S. According to my friends who own iPhones the frequency of hard resets is considerably less than is the case with the Droid.
     
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    owned an iphone 3gs and it is a very good device. But the clock speed of the iphone 3gs is set to 600 as compared to the underclocked 550 of the droid; and yet the droid does many things better. To add to that the iphone only rune one app at a time and the droid does multiple. I am not taking anything away from the iphone, it is a solid device and I still recommend it to people who has att. I switched to verizon because of apple care's poor service and went droid. I have to admit that for the first month I was complaining and wanting to trade it in, but that was because I was wanting the nfl superfan. This forum helped me realize the capabilities of the device and what it can do. The common complain from new people to the device, including myself, is it does not do what my old device could. But majority of the time it can and it can do it better, The problem with the droid, which is not a problem, is that it comes out of the box bare and it allow the user to customize. If you come from an iphone where it is all set up for you; it takes awhile to realize that the device have the capabilities but you decide if you want it or not. The only complain I have about android is the market organization, but it is improving.
     
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    That is because the iphone runs one app at a time so there is no two apps that can conflict.
    2) The only time I had to do a battery pull before I rooted was once when dolphin browser locked up my device. Other then that the battery pulls I have performed was because of rooting. And since the iphone can not root, overclock, wifi tether, or install custom roms, why would they need to do a battery pull.
     
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    Precisely. ^ This rarely gets mentioned.

    3GS was an awesome device, I'm anxious to see if Apple truly ups the ante for their 4.0 device. My Droid is just as fun, while being more useful to boot.
     
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    I have yet to hard reset my Droid. Go visit the Apple forums and come back and tell me about a satisfying user experience. When a hard reset does not work, guess what? It's a trip to the Apple store. When a battery malfunctions? Same thing. At least you can swap out yours.

    I had an iphone (3g) for a year so I have an idea of its user experience. I probably had to do a reset 5 or 6 times and I don't think it went a week without an app crash. And this was a non-jailbroken phone.

    With the Droid, you have the choice of installing pretty much any app, and with that choice comes responsibility and a greater chance of issues from bad / malfunctioning apps. Given how stable and how well Android tends to recover from these situations I can surely forgive a battery pull now and then. Jailbroken iphones crash left and right too for the same reasons - third party software/ utilities. It comes with the territory.

    You can't have your cake and eat it too. And how hard is removing the battery cover? You make it sound like it's some complicated process that requires tech support.
     
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    its funny that people complain about battery pulls. im basically just a normal user as of now (no rooting) and ive never had to do a battery pull in the near two months ive had the phone. im sure it all depends on what youre running on your phone but it cant be a complaint if its caused by the user
     
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