07-18-2011, 10:59 PM
I did the Android thing for awhile, but found it unsatisfying. I would say that if you enjoy tweaking and tuning your gadgets, then an Android phone might be fun (although it gets old eventually). If you want something that works consistently and doesn't require a lot of babysitting, get an iPhone.
The final straw for me was when HTC's UI would crash when I went to answer the phone, necessitating a wait for the UI to 'reboot' before I could answer the call (which I usually missed by the time it did its thing).
Another big problem with Android is the one thing they like to tout as a feature over the iPhone: Multitasking. Yes, it multitasks like a banshee... the trouble is, Google never bothered to apply any user control to it. So, basically all apps run all the time (very few offer you the option to close them) and there's no way built-in to terminate them. So your already terrible battery life is reduced even further until you get an "App Killer" and religiously terminate apps that you've run. And pray that your particular brand of Android doesn't have any firmware-launched apps (like Skype or CityID) that are launched by the OS - because if you don't root the phone, you'll never be able to kill them - they just launch over and over.
And then there's the apps - the whole point of a Smartphone.... let's just say that the best Android apps are not as good as the worst iPhone apps. Between bad UIs, poorly made apps, games that will only run on certain screen sizes and minor OS revisions, and the fact that NO ONE polices the app stores (you have to actually run an anti-malware product), apps are a nightmare to manage on Android.
Whew, that was a mouthful. I could write more on Android's deficiencies, but suffice it to say that like most Google products, it's a very appealing 'work in progress'.