I’m Leaving The iPhone Behind And Going Android Only For 30 Days, Can I Be Converted?

This is, by all accounts one of the bigger things I’ve ever done since the founding of TmoNews. So let’s just jump right in, for 30 days, I’m giving up my iPhone completely and going all Android. I’m calling it the “David’s going 30 days with the HTC One S since I know most of you would love to see me drop all signs of iOS in my household Android challenge.” Well, that wouldn’t be entirely true since I’ll still have my iPad and using that is part of the daily workflow. So there’s my one disclaimer. Otherwise, it’s pure Android for 30 days and who knows — maybe beyond that as well.

So here’s what I need from all of you. I need your help, I need your help with apps, customization, games, tricks, tips and more. Now, let me add that because HTC provided me a phone for the purpose this challenge, there will be no rooting, this is strictly a “consumer experience” challenge. I’d love to root, but it’s not in the works for this experiment.

So how do I feel about this? I’m both excited and a bit nervous, you get so used to one idea — but I’m looking forward to seeing how this turns out. Now, it’s not like I’m an Android virgin, I’ve obviously used it before, as I’ve done a ton of reviews of Android handsets. Lately, I just feel like I never spend more than a few days on one operating system. I have a problem swapping out phones quite frequently, at least my wife calls it a “problem.” I call it being a geek but that’s neither here nor there. This time, the gauntlet has been thrown. Will I be converted? Most importantly, will you help me through this?

I’ll be blogging my thoughts every few days, with some thoughts, questions, concerns, ideas, and so on. I hope you’ll all follow along with me on the blog, @tmonews and even my our Facebook page.

There’s a second announcement here as well. As of the past two weeks I’ve officially taken over DroidDog.com for the foreseeable future. So not only am I spending 30 days with a Android device, I’m now writing about Android most days as well on both TmoNews and DroidDog.com. There will be some posts that wind up on both sites, but DroidDog.com will go a little more in-depth into the Android world. We’ll talk about hacks, tweaks, ROM’s, customization and all the good stuff you’ve come to expect from your Android smartphone.

The challenge begins…now. Leave your thoughts below and tell me the best places for customization, themes, icons, twitter apps, google reader apps etc etc. You get the idea. The single most important part of this is my promise to be fair and impartial throughout the challenge. Let’s get cracking!

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  • Lee72artis

    Oh and you might want to try rooting your phone. Consider your challenge more of a project to find out if Android is right for you.

  • TMoFan

    This will be interesting, for you and for us readers. A few apps I can’t live without:

    There’s a UK & World News app that is a feed for the BBC. There’s a nice little widget that you can use and set it to whatever category you want. (i.e. sci/tech, most popular, etc). I get most of my world news from this; It’s so much better than the official app from the BBC.

    Zedge as many have mention here is really good. Offers a lot of customizations from wallpaper to ringtones.

    Kingsoft Office does a good job at opening and editing word docs. It has a lot of features and it’s totally free.

    Astro is a fantastic file manager. Use it almost daily.

    Obviously all of the Google apps like Gmail, Google Drive, Play Music, etc, work very well together.

    Enjoy the ride! I think it’ll be hard to covert you, but you never know.

    • Svetzy02

      I second Astro. There are a lot of apps that may or may not be useful depending on how you use your phone, but I can’t imagine Astro NOT being useful. Also, I’ve had pretty good luck with beyondpod for podcasts.

  • Bbman335

    I didn’t realize the point was just to list apps that Android has that the iPhone doesn’t…in that case, why would David need recommendations? He could just read that lame blog you posted, right? I actually mentioned apps I have used…yeah, I used Juice Defender, when I had an Amaze, but I don’t need it for any other phone I use..is the fact that Juice Defender is available for Android an indictment on the entire platform? I don’t think so…I think you may want to re-read my post and see that I was really just providing a list of apps that I use in response to David’s request for apps that we recommend…with heavy sarcasm because I continue to think this whole exercise is a joke. I guess people on this site want an echo chamber and would rather ban people who they don’t agree with and label as trolls…then there are plenty here to ban.

  • oneiopen

    Just watch a flash video in the browser, you’ll never go back

  • StonersLane

    Now you finally get off that Edge speed for some real fake 4G. And what’s with your picture?

  • LoveTmoNews

    I never EVER give advice for apps, but ONE that I love (that isn’t allowed on iPhone) is SwiftKey.  Best text prediction ***ever***.  And, because Apple doesn’t allow developer access to it’s keyboard interface, they cannot make a version for iPhone (they even confirmed this).  Get that for your Android and you’ll never look back.

  • dkbnyc

    Does anyone really care?  

  • Lester Green

    I think Lee72artis has a great idea of keeping a journal of your experiences for us to read.  Brilliant!  You know, since T-Mobile has one good phone rolling out about every 6 months, you should have some extra time (I know, I know, not fair, not accurate, but it was fun to post!).  :)

  • http://twitter.com/PhantomWraith PhantomWraith

    I wasn’t really a Fan of the flip clock so If you don’t really care for that clock I would recommend beautiful widgets to get a digital clock with the weather also being customizable to whatever you desire.

  • http://twitter.com/TallDarkAnd_ Corey

    Not sure if this comes standard on the One S but if not Swype is a must have

    • Marc Klein

      NO it’s not. Swift Key is better

    • zifnab

      HTC Sense has a keyboard similar to swype… or at least it does on the Sensation… I don’t notice too much of a difference between the two

  • JrzDroid

    Nova Launcher 
    Clockr
    Google Chrome
    Super Android Battery( if you like retro battery mods)
    Wallbase HD wallpapers(sweet wallpapers)

  • Cupcake

    My two must have apps are SMS Popup and SMS Backup.  And a good virus checker is McAfee.  Its a little costly (there’s also a free trial) but worth it.  Good luck and have fun.  I think Android will eventually win you over!

  • coolerthanu

    You have to go with Tweakdeck. It’s just like Tweetkdeck but gives you better Facebook updates. If you like a clean look for your phone, look for minimal text widgets and themes. Circle launcher is a great alternative folder app. With changeable folder icons. And last but not least, Vlingo for hands free driving

  • SkylerTmobileGuy

    shoulda tried a galaxy s 2…htc one sucks

    • Cycad007

      The HTC One S only has a *BETTER* UI overlay (Sense 4), support for Microsoft SkyDrive, DropBox & Google Drive, faster processor, latest OS, better camera, and better build quality than the Galaxy S2.  It also snagged PC Mag’s Editor’s Choice award and many other glowing reviews from various publications….if you think that “sucks”, then I can assure you that you’re quite delusional.

      The upcoming Galaxy S3 may be better…but not the S2.

  • TYLERDERK

    HANDCENT=  for messaging.
    LAUNCHER PRO= to put apps across bottom of screen and to make apps go up and down to scroll much faster.PULSE= for news apps I have Wallstreet journal.bbc news,popular science etc,,,on mine read articles and lets you know when new ones come out.TUNEIN RADIO= radio station and police scanners from all around the world.Beauty of Android you make it how you want it not how Apple tells you how you should do it and what you should pay them .

  • Flavio Martinez

    The apps I use the most are:
    IMO.IM – I know that there are many IM clients but the interface on this apps is really nice. It feels like an app that was designed for Android, I had Meebo but it looked like a bad iPhone port.

    Amazon MP3 – I like being able to access my music from the cloud. I also like the music player.

    Whatsapp – I use it for keeping in touch with my friends overseas. Feels like a cross between IM and SMS. Allows you to send text, pics and more.
    Handcent – More powerful SMS app. Some people like GoSMS, you might want to look at that as well.
    Astrid – A very useful to do list, syncs with Google tasks.
    360 by Teliportme – Takes panaromic pictures. I was overseas recently and a fellow tourist with an iPhone was using Microsoft Photosyth to make panoramic pictures. I was plesed with how seemless it seemed. I had purchased Panos and I started it up…but it wanted to connect to the internet to authenticate the license. I was overseas and it was $15 a MB so I had data switched off. Panos defaulted to some demo mode and it took forever to stich the photo. I have tried 360 and not only is it free, it is much better than Panos.

  • Deadeye37

    The best bit of customization IMO is GO Launcher EX and Agenda Widget +.   GO Launcher is very customizable.  My favorite customization that I use all the time is the Quick Access bar at the bottom (where you normally see the dialer, contacts, text message, web, etc).  GO Launcher lets you customize the shortcuts there.  It also gives you 15 slots (5×3) on that shortcut bar.  I put my most used apps on that shortcut bar.  So when I work out, I swipe the shortcut bar to the right to get my heart rate app and MyFitnessPal for tracking.  If I’m going to drive, I swipe to the left and then select Waze (one of the best crowd-sourced GPS/traffic apps).  I have several other apps on that shortcut bar that I access a lot (Winamp for MP3 playback, Pandora, camera, media folder containing all my media apps, etc).

    The GO Launcher apps are good also.  My favorite aspect is that they are scrollable.  Is use the facebook and the Note/ToDo widgets the most.

    Agenda Widget + provides a scrollable calendar along with the ability to have multiple calandars synced to it.

  • Michael Brooks

    Must have apps:

    Friendcaster
    Tweetcaster
    Getglue
    Beautiful Widgets or Beweather
    Stair Dismount
    Google Drive
    Nes.emu
    Scoremobile
    SuperGNES
    Zedge

    • YoullLoveThis

      Google Currents 
      Google Music 
      Any.Do

  • Iz_2

    a great idea..  a good phone to test phone for the challenge..  however.. you should at least keep a 2nd rooted phone handy as well… just to show the comparisons/limitations vs rooted phones (for us geeks)..  but i predict that you won’t be disappointed..   go android!!!!

  • hg

    Google+ is a great addition as well.  I don’t care for the social app but the instant backup of my photos   & videos to my google account is very practical. 

  • Tre Goolsby

    Must Have Apps:

    JuiceDefender Ultimate
    Lookout Mobile Security
    Notification Toggle
    Barcode Scanner

    Best Social Apps:
    Facebook for Android or Friendcaster
    Twitter or Tweetcaster
    Instagram
    GroupMe 

  • Iz_2

    i think the biggest thing you’ll come away with, is the feeling of ownership of your device.. and the savings on apps..  there are plenty of wonderful paid apps.. but there is abundance of free apps that do just as well or better than many of the paid apps.. i’ve been an android man since the G1, and i’ve only paid for one app (clockwork mod pro)..  i’m a rooter..  and i love it..  

  • Tjbunch1228

    Hopefully if you go back to iPhone, your credibility as the primary moderator of DROIDDOG isn’t questioned…

  • rwc1792

    I welcome this.  I’d like to do more customization with my phone, but don’t have the time.  Just the topic has introduced to me some apps and widgets that could be useful for me.  Thanks

  • chefgon

    If you really want to get the most out of switching to Android, you have to understand the different approaches to apps that each platform takes. iOS trains your brain to think of an app as a monolithic thing. It has an icon, that icon launches the app, you use it until you’re done and then you leave the app. Android obviously has a lot of apps that are the same way, but it also has quite a few apps that follow a very different model of providing background services without UI and those are probably Android’s biggest benefit.

    For example, one of my favorite Android apps is called Page Ring. There’s no UI to it, really. It’s just a process that sits idle in the background until a text message comes in, and if there’s a text message containing a code word that you set up it’ll automatically set your ringer volume to maximum. My wife knows my phone’s code word so that she can get my attention in an emergency even if my ringer is turned off.

    There’s another one called Hearing Saver that sits in the background and waits until headphones are inserted or removed and then automatically sets the media volume to a certain level. I use it to mute to volume when headphones are removed and then set it to 30% when they’re put back in again. It’s especially handy if you use your phone to play music in your car, because you usually have to crank the volume up all the way for that and now you’ll never accidentally explode your ears out of your face when you put your headphones on later and forget to turn it back down first.

    I have another one that turns on the screen for a few seconds when a text message comes in, one that auto-syncs my phone’s clipboard with the one on my PC, and one that turns on my WiFi when I get home from work.

    I’m not a big user of “novelty” apps, but I do really like the apps on Android that enhance the core activities that you use your phone for with new features that feel like they’re built into the OS once they’re installed. They do it all invisibly in the background with absolutely no intervention from you, and as far as I’m concerned that kind of convenience is really what technology is all about. It’s easy to miss them if you’re a long-time iOS user because you’re not used to looking for that kind of thing; it’s easy to fall into the mindset of your phone only being able to run apps that are full-screen pieces of UI that you interact with directly, and that would make you miss out on a lot of what makes Android great.

  • Keith Southern

    Apex Launcher is a great choice for an ICS stock feel once you grow tired of HTC Sense.
    SwiftKey X is the best keyboard, and you can try the beta version for free from their website.
    Screen Filter saves battery life when using your phone indoors.
    Swipepad lets you quick launch up to 12 apps/shortcuts with one swipe.
    StatusBar+ and Metro Messenging Beta will give you a lil bit of Windows Phone ui.

  • Howie

    Wow, how do you deal with EDGE on a daily basis!  It’s so s-l-o-w!

  • KoseKid

     I work with customers on a daily basis troubleshooting and customizing their Android, and Windows devices at T-Mobile.  If you want some help, suggestions, or a IOS equivalent I can help you out. 

  • KoseKid

    Also… How about a WP7 30 Day challenge? or better yet, i’ll pit my Radar against your HTC One, or iPhone 4s…

    • Tortionist

      I wouldn’t go that far. Windows mobile 7.5 is great and very smooth, but you just don’t get the serious extra functionality that you do with Android. I immensely enjoy my HD7 with windows 7.5, but I miss the added functionality that Android offers, to even mid range smart-phones. I would pit the Radar against the I-phone though, not Android. If there were a scale for functionality and customization. Android would be on one end, the I-Phone on the other and windows mobile and Blackberry would be in the middle.

      • KoseKid

         What functionality are you talking about?  I know you can root an Android phone, but aside from games I’ve lost nothing switching platforms…  i’ve also pitted my Radar against the new One S, it’s a great phone, but when it comes to social media, email, web pages, and stability WP7 has dominated.

      • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_22F4BJBKQ4EDLR5DYRTQKQTUM4 DJSA

        What functionality are you talking about other than rooting?  I imagine the only real feature WP7 doesn’t offer would be VPN (still can’t understand that one) but as of mango I haven’t ran into a feature I wanted that I couldn’t download an app for or write one for, but maybe our needs differ.

  • Philosoraptor

    Another thing, download the Chrome Browser and set it as your default. If you’re coming from wp7 or the iPhone, the default browser will drive you nuts because pinch to zoom is really jerky. Chrome is pretty smooth.

  • Mmmaxheadroom

    Two words. Dolphin browser.

    • This;

      3 words…Dolphin mini browser.

  • NotAg1

    But…oh that’s right…no SD card :)

  • Tortionist

    David, I gave you my advice. There are a lot of other people on here that have good advice as well (as far as apps go) so, you should have plenty to choose from. Good luck and enjoy. You rock for being willing to try it out. You’ll have a great experience. I know I did, coming from The Blackberry Pearl in 2008 to the G1. I’m not saying you’ll convert, but I would be shocked if you didn’t at least enjoy it. You’ll have a lot of added functionality to your phone. Have fun because that’s what it’s all about. If you convert, great we welcome you. If you don’t convert, at least you’ll have given it a fair shake. That’s a lot better than most people do. You gained some serious cool points in my book. Keep up the great work. I’ll continue to check your site twice a day like I always do, for updates on how it’s going and what you think. 

    • IRIE4IPIEIR

      this

  • Mike

    This has been bugging me a little bit, but I see the only reason behind this is the fact that its going to generate Pageviews for Tmonews which in turn is going to generate more ad impressions which will eventually find its way into the pockets of Tmonews. 

    We don’t really need to watch someone go from the iPhone to an Android device.  It happens all the time.  They learn what apps to use by googling, experimenting, joining XDA, etc.  David reviews enough Android devices that finding his way for a month to compare shouldn’t really be an issue.

    This is sort of a poor way to just make more money.  Look, HTC GAVE him a phone to do this.  How many average folks get a free phone from a major company just to see if he can be converted to Android? 

    Sorry I really enjoy reading this blog – and generating a pageview – but not for something like this.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      You can’t seriously sit here and tell me that you think this is going to generate enough NEW traffic that page views will increase to generate more revenue? This post is for my existing audience, which already generates a set number of page views per month. A few extra thousand views doesn’t equate to extra money in my pocket. Didn’t anyone recognize this when Gizmodo got a picture of the iPhone 4? They said point blank, a few hundred thousand extra page views doesn’t do anything if its only a few days. I get what you’re saying, but it helps to understand the ad market a little better before jumping to greedy conclusions.

      More importantly, the ONLY reason behind this is because I thought it would be fun. If I wanted to be greedy and grab more traffic through crappy challenges and baiting headlines, I could do a lot of other things, a 30 day Android challenge would not be one of them.

      • IRIE4IPIEIR

        Ignore this guy, even if he is telling the truth, I am interested to see what happens, as I’ve been a follower of this blog probably since you started it, but I do have a recommendation for you, although the HTC One S is a nice phone, HTC Sense gets im the way, so I would say you should wait to do this with a different device, maybe Galaxy Nexus, or SGS3, TouchWiz(IMO) isn’t as bloated as Sense. Goog luck, but I think you will end up sticking with your iPhone, I couldn’t see myself switching to a new OS after all these years, I’ve purchased too many apps and games, I’ve spent too much money in the Play Store and I enjoy Android more than any other OS anyways.IRIE4IPIER

        • http://tmonews.com David

          I appreciate the support, but you guys don’t get it, there is NO chance a single post, or even a single story over the course of a month will translate to more money. It takes significant jumps in traffic to see a big rise in dollars.

        • IRIE4IPIEIR

          I know, thats why I said to ignor the guy, I don’t understand how a post such as this would generate more page views, just stupid, I understand this post was meant for you main followers, a new-commer to your site could care less what you are using.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Absolutely, new readers to this site are generally enticed by the idea of a T-Mobile specific news site, or the leaks surrounding a new phone. They 100% could care less what phone I’m using.

  • now_onTMO

     or you can keep both phones and enjoy two different OS’ at the same time..

    i bet you’ll enjoy android more.. ;)

  • Jb82

    Would be more interesting to try wp7.   It is an OS few want to try but those who do get hooked.  Lovely OS.

    • IRIE4IPIEIR

      Maybe you did, everyone I know who tried it, didn’t like it and exchanged it for either iPhone or Android, all you WP user should really go away, mad annoying.

    • Adg_00

      I owned a G1 and a Vibrant and deiced to try the HD7 when it came out. I gave it an honest chance and returned it at the 2 week deadline; now I have a rooted Sensation. I hated hot the wp7 felt like a childs toy. I think the idea is cool, but for practical use it is not where it needs to be. 

  • Dell can suck it!

    All the people with android phones are stupid. We are all just waiting to liberated by apple? WTF?

    I want a galaxy note. I have a htc g2 now and I would have bought a streak.

  • fechhelm

    The one app I’ve found I can’t live without is shush! 
    When you turn your ringer off for a movie, this app turns it back on afterwards.It’s activated when you silence your ringer using the volume buttons. You don’t need to remember a special app. Once your ringer is off, it asks you how long to stay silent. I use it every night, so my phone won’t wake me up, and I use it almost every day for different occasions.

  • mrjimilee

    So I’ve switched to a blackberry for work related purposes also,since then I’ve been using my ipad way more. Are you going to swear off the ipad for anything other than workflow purposes?

  • tspx23

    david do you have t-mobile? Curious because any smartphone with edge seems crippled.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      I believe I’ve answered this question no less than a dozen times in this thread!

  • http://twitter.com/timmyjoe42 tim bennett

    To be really fair you need to do 30 days with a Windows phone.  :)

    • Curtis Mullins

       Or pass on it. WP7 is boring and shallow. I hope you like the way it looks because you can never change it (even though you can make an android look like WP7 with a free app).

      And I sell phones so I get to play with all the new ones all the time. I currently have a working Lumia 710 and 900 at my kiosk, other than some rather minor (camera resolution, screen size) differences, they seem almost identical in operation and use. Which you might chalk up to a good point, but it really just makes you not give a crap when a new one comes out.If it doesn’t perform any (or substantially) differently, why should you? You cant add storage, most of the batteries are irreplaceable, app development is anemic at best, and availability is pathetic on the first and third largest carriers.

      Windows Phone 7 is the answer to a question nobody asked.

      • YoMamma

        Yeah but unlike Android… No fragmentation. I am not an android or windows or even an iOS lover by any means, but to say that windows is garbage is to answer a question no asked you in the first place. All these operating systems are great for each other as they lead to better development and better thought out strategies. I have a nokia n9 and as much as I love love love my phone, I dont expect everyone else to be sold on it… windows is not shallow. Maybe the person at the booth is shallow for wanting the newest fancy thing in android… but hey we all are man, thats why we all love tech so much… we are shallow and pitifully nerdy, and I wouldnt have it any other way 

        • Curtis Mullins

           “Yeah but unlike Android… No fragmentation.”

          I have been using Android since the day it launched on TMobile in 2008. Fragmentation is a boogey man invented by people who dont have legitmate gripes to heave at Android. I have been selling phones for years and I have literally NEVER heard a customer ask, or complain about fragmentation, even in the widest interuptaion of the idea.

          People, on the other hand, do ask and complain about removable storage and batteries.

          “but to say that windows is garbage is to answer a question no asked you in the first place.”

          Actually I believe the entire point of allowing comments on posts is to invite people to leave their opinions. Much like you just commented on mine. If I wasn’t invited to comment on WP7, you weren’t invited to comment on my statements.

          “as they lead to better development and better thought out strategies”

          Or they muddy the market and confuse consumers, all while burning perfectly useful capital.

          “Maybe the person at the booth is shallow for wanting the newest fancy thing in android…”

          Maybe the person at the booth wants a phone that is substantially different than the first generation WP7s launched almost 2 years ago. And maybe that is being picky to you.

          “we are shallow and pitifully nerdy, and I wouldnt have it any other way ”

          And some of us are in sales and don’t like having to waste time explaining a phone no one is going to buy, and having it take shelf space from stuff that does make us money.

        • YoMamma

          Funny thing is fella, Im in cellphone sales too. They do sell… If you listen to what the consumer wants and not what you want to give them. When a person scared of smartphones comes in wanting a smartphone that isnt too tough to use… more often than not windows is a good way to go because its ” so shallow ” it makes it easier to use. I was using your own words against you with my comment of answering a question no one asked, oddly enough that seemed to have slipped right by you smart guy. Oh well… you stick to your perfect android and sell just your android and I’ll just have to mosey on by and deal with making sure to keep an open mind and trying to rightfit my customers the first time the right way instead of dealing with returns and complaints about forcing a phone on someone. though Im sure a supa-star like you NEVER has any returns at all, or at least so you’ll say. 

          have a good night… im bored with this now.

        • Curtis Mullins

           ” because its ” so shallow ” it makes it easier to use. I was using your
          own words against you with my comment of answering a question no one
          asked, oddly enough that seemed to have slipped right by you smart guy.”

          What are you talking about? Nothing slipped by because there was nothing TO slip by me. You weren’t using my words against me, you just told me I had no place stating my opinion about WP7 on an internet message board devoted to the discussion of phones, using the same verbiage from one of my totally irrelevant prior comments. Yours is just a stupid comment that you apparently thought held a deeper literary significance than anyone with a greater than middle school reading comprehension would apply.

          “Oh well… you stick to your perfect android”

          Show me where I said Android was perfect.

          “dealing with returns and complaints about forcing a phone on someone”

          So now I force phones on people? Riiiiiight

          “have a good night… im bored with this now”

          Yeah and you probably need to get to bed before your parents find out how late you are up.

        • http://twitter.com/Rezzenonne Rezz T

          I’ve went over 30 days with the HTC Radar 4G. For the first month, it was the best thing ever in my mind. But then it got boring. No popular games, hardly any apps that suit my needs and the ones that were there (Except 4&Mayor) were lackluster and poorly thrown together. Even Android wasn’t that bad a year or so into it’s life. In the end, I sold it and bought an unlocked Galaxy Nexus from the Play Store.

        • baopham

          WP7 is already somewhat fragmented bc of the 256mb vs 512mb RAM issue (skype doesn’t work with 256mb windows phones).  WP7 and WP8 will be fragmented, all the Nokia Lumia 900 people will not be getting upgraded to WP8 (confirmed).  Programs should work though but you will still be running a WindowsCE kernel vs the WindowsNT kernel.

      • MattB

        “Or pass on it. WP7 is boring and shallow.”
        It may be shallow for phone-geeks like you and me, but the truth is there is a market for that. There are plenty of people who aren’t very tech savvy that are intimidated by the very versatility that you and I love about Android. Truth be told, there is a huge segment of consumers that could do _everything_ on a WP7 device that they can do on and Android — simply because they aren’t going to dive that deep into the functions to begin with.

        Additionally, there are things that WP7 actually does a great job with. I love how they took the frequently used apps (facebook, twitter, email, etc…) and integrated them into the OS in a way that makes sense.
        I love Android, but when I’m in one of my weeks in which my Android tablet follows me everywhere I go, I _always_ switch my phone to one of my WP7 devices because of the simplicity they offer. Its refreshing.
        “Windows Phone 7 is the answer to a question nobody asked. ”

        Listen a little closer to your customers — plenty of them have been asking, even if indirectly.

      • gwhyte01

        You sound like a brainless idiot.

  • This;

    I would say my favorite part about android is the widgets. Things like the power widget, weather, color note, music. Almost endless really. And the navigation by google is pretty good!

    • now_onTMO

      i agree… it’s all about the widgets!  LOL

      they make the UI less boring..

  • now_onTMO

    fave apps:

    swiftkey
    beautiful widgets
    root explorer

  • TrevorMadden

    I would

  • Bleacherbums1

    Good luck and obviously enjoy it !!!! Screw this haters …. widgets baby !!!! Try tango
    But the new Sense 4.0 is actually cool.

  • loso

    download go sms. it will still let you use the emojiis that are so popular for the iphone.

  • Draigons Fire

    Poweramp for music and Tweetcaster and friendcaster for Twitter and Facebook. I also use HD widget all the time.

    • Draigons Fire

      I also forgot Spotify.

  • IRIE4IPIEIR

    The Galaxy S2 is better for sure, HTC Sense sucks ass, bloated junk, it hides Android 4.0′s beautiful UI from the user, butt-ugly UI from HTC, HTC phones suck ass. The only star of the phone is the SoC and the AmOled screen.

  • F033x

    I for one love HTC Sense, atleast 3.0 onwards that is, touchwiz has a horrible dpi look, and vanilla just bores me over time not to mention the lack of uniformity.
    Sense carries a ton of useful widgets with great animations,  and sense 4.0 is no exception.

  • http://twitter.com/bruce_leer0y Ray

    Good luck on your journey, I wish i had the opportunity to do the same.