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Thinking of making the switch

Discussion in 'Android General Discussions' started by northpen, Jul 6, 2010.

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    I've been an iPhone user for two years, and I'm considering making the jump to android, specifically Droid X.

    I know the Droid X won't be perfect either, but with some of the issues on the new iPhone still being ironed out, the Droid X seems pretty appealing. Not to mention, AT&T is pretty ridiculous most days.

    I have to say, Swype + Verizon seems really appealing.

    I'm curious if there are others who have made the switch, and what they have missed about iPhone and like about Android?
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    Lies.

    Hmm...didn't know they had even started :D

    Truth

    Go play with an X. You'll never look back. Android rocks like no other. I have had Winmo phones, BB phones, iPhones and Android phones. None of the others can do half of what my Droid can do.
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    I have to agree. I am in charge of the wireless devices for my company, and I have tested every unit out there. The only reason some people are not using android units is because they don't want to pay for the app to have full exchange support. And since froyo is just around the corner, they are just waiting. We also have blackberries in our environment, but they don't even compare. Iphones are cool, but way to proprietary and Apple is way too difficult to deal with when it comes to repair. Besides, I can take a bricked android phone and have it back up and running in 15 minutes. Switch to android, you won't be disappointed.
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    I'm a former iPhone user. I switched for one simple reason. AT&T! Their coverage and 3G is terrible!

    For me the Droid has been a great phone. I would recommend it to anyone. I've not seen the X so I'm not able to voice an opinion.

    Here is a link that may help Motorola Droid X Review | Android Phone Fans

    Personally, I believe by moving to VZW you will be better off no matter what phone you select.

    Mike
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    I am currently an iPhone user planning to switch to Droid X. My understanding is that Exchange support is native in Android? What is not included?
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    Coffee maker, Ferrari and 3 wishes. Otherwise it's got pretty much everything. dancedroid
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    Well it depends on whether your running Android 2.2 or 2.1. If you are on 2.1 and your company has security policies requiring a PIN password then you will have to use an application such as touchdown. If they do not require it you will be able to get your email, however you will not be able to accept or decline meeting invites from the device. Now if you are on 2.2 then you will be able to do all those things inherently through the android operating system.

    Make sense?
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    PIN? Of course I need a password to log on. I thought I'd be able to accept meeting invites though like I can with my iPhone.
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    Well this is different from just your email password. Does your company currently require that you have a PIN to unlock your phone? Also if you make sure to pick up a newer android device that already is on the latest android 2.2 (which there aren't too many yet, but will be by the fall) then you can accept meeting invites just like the iphone.
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    I have Exchange on my Droid. I've used it with 2.0.1, 2.1 and 2.2. I used the Corporate email app and I've not had any issues.

    Mike
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    Then your company does not use any security measures to protect their data on mobile devices. Also the meeting requests would not have worked until 2.2.
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    Not true! PSU is very very concerned about security!

    Mike
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    This is my personal phone although I can expense my monthly bill. I can access my Exchange account from any phone that has Activesync. So now my question is can I or can I not accept meeting requests? If it makes a difference my company is currently using Exchange 2003.
    Thanks for the help.
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    LOL!!! You'd be surprised how many companies are not secure with these features.

    Once again it all depends on what version Android operating system comes with the device you are purchasing. Most devices out right now have 2.1 which does not support it yet. However from all the news and rumors by the end of the summer most android devices should be updated to 2.2, which at that point they would support it. You can also purchase an app (I think its $20 one time fee) which will give you full support no matter what version of android you are running.
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    As the former IT director in my division, I can assure you my staff and I were very cognizant of the issues and risks. Our users very well trained. The security officer in my division was certified by SANS in two different areas so I'm comfortable saying PSU was and is concerned about security on mobile devices!

    Mike
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    I'm sure PSU is concerned about it, btw PSU??? I'm not trying to say any IT staff out there is not aware of it, or making policies to protect their information, it just amazes me how many are not. I'm currently moving into a new position at a new company which does not currently have any particular policies implemented and that will be part of my job to make sure they are implemented. We can only hold users responsible to a point, as I'm sure you know, information security is much the responsibility of information security officers.
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    Agree that many companies are not aware and do not take any steps to secure their data or train their staff/users. It is a long and often painful process getting users to understand the risks and their being responsible for their device.

    Good luck with your new job. Check out the SANS site. They have a wealth of information and draft policies that may assist you implementing policies.

    Thankfully, I'm retired now so the only device I need to worry about is my own :)

    Mike
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    LOL! I'm sure you are enjoying your retirement! I hope to someday, unfortunately being only 30 I have a long way to go! Thanks for the recommendation, I will definitely check out the SANS site.
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    Actually, the Exchange support is still pretty weak, even in Android 2.2

    One key issue for myself is the ability to sync other folders in addition to the INBOX (for example, I like to have a copy of my recently Sent Mail). You can browse through your Sent Mail, but you have to wait for it to download to the phone (instead of being automatically synced).

    The 3rd party Android app for Exchange is called Touchdown and the functionality and features are really way ahead of what is built into 2.1/2.2. Plus the developer is constantly making additional changes to the app. What I would do is try the built-in Exchange support and also download Touchdown (you get a full 30 days to try it for free) and see which app works better for what you want to do.
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    I was an iPhone user for 3 years, and owned the iPhone 2g, 3g, and 3G S, for about a year each. Although it is a great phone, and can do a ton of stuff, I have not looked back once since switching to Verizon and my Moto Droid.

    I switched for 2 reasons:

    1) This could be just my own bad luck, but I had terrible experiences with the Apple (not AT&T) customer service whenever I had an issue with my phone. Whenever I had an issue, the phone reps would tell me I either had to buy a refurbished phone, or a brand new phone. They never seemed to offer any repair or replacement services. Even when I took it to the Apple store in Mall of America with a burnt pixel (which was only one of the issues with the phone at the time) and they wouldn't replace it. I have a friend who has received 3 new iPhones from that same Apple store for burnt pixels, so that frustrated me.

    2) You all probably know this, but the AT&T 3G coverage was terrible in my area. I would constantly drop calls while at work, the number of bars I would have would drop drastically for seemingly no reason and texts, emails, and data wouldn't load very fast unless on Wifi.

    With Verizon and my Droid, I have maybe dropped 2 or 3 calls in the 4 months I've had it (knock on wood lol).

    I no longer have to call/deal with a separate company if there's an issue with my phone. I simply take it to Verizon, and they straighten me out (with a lot less hassle than AT&T or Apple).

    Most importantly what I like about Android vs. iPhone is the customization options you have with a Droid. Before iPhone 4, all you were able to do was move your icons around, and change your lockscreen image. Now you are able to change your background image (I had a phone when I was 16 that could do that, and Apple just now decides to make that a feature?).

    All in all, I prefer my Motorola Droid over the iPhone, although both are great devices that have a lot to offer. It's really all about what you need the phone to do.

    Good luck with your decision!
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