My 30 Day Android Challenge…Day 10

I’ve chalked up a full ten days on my Android 30 day experiment and with 1/3 of the challenge behind me, I’m happy to say I’m truly enjoying myself. That’s not to say all is right in the Android world, there are little nagging things that frustrate me that aren’t necessarily better on any other OS, but overall I’m really enjoying this month.

The first thing that has me really in love with Android is the “single sign-on,” or a version of that exists on Android handsets. By this I mean when I download a new app that requires my email, the phone automatically populates existing email addresses and signs me into whatever app I’m working with. That’s not the case with the iPhone and it’s frustrating to not have that option. That’s not say this is something I use hourly, daily or even weekly, but when you have something like this, you really begin to love its purpose. This is one of the single greatest parts of the Android experience I’ve had, and in the grand scheme of things it’s fairly minor. Still, it’s one of those add-on extra parts of the Android world that you don’t truly appreciate until you no longer have it.

On a side note, I have swapped handsets a few times since the four-day report, and I’m using the Galaxy S Blaze 4G right now, though I have used the Galaxy S II as well. My go-to is still the HTC One S and that’s the generally the phone I use when I’m out of the house for long periods at a time. One nagging thing I want to mention is something you’ll likely all agree with, the constant flow of new Android handsets. As a owner of multiple smartphones and overall tech geek, I’m constantly on alert for new announcements. Never-mind my role as a tech blogger, the tech geek in me wants to see new handsets, technology and devices. It’s difficult to “own” something that’s one of the newer devices on the market and still take notice of phones even newer. This argument falls more on the subsidy feature in the US and how aggravating it is to buy a phone with a two-year contract and literally be stuck with it for 20-24 months depending on your carrier’s upgrade policies. More importantly, this has little to do with my Android experiment and certainly isn’t impacting my views on using an Android device day to day, but it’s something I take more notice of as I see new features unveiled on the Galaxy S III that Sense 4 doesn’t have and vice versa. This is something iPhone owners don’t deal with, we only have one phone a year to look forward to. That’s both a blessing and a curse.

One more thing that I’ve absolutely fallen in love with is the ability to replace most of the default apps with something from the Google Play store. This is something I don’t typically do when reviewing phones because I’m trying to use the phone as-is out of the box so I can give it a proper review. When it comes to reviewing devices, starting to replace the Android overlay with launchers and replacement apps takes away from my thoughts on the device itself. With these being my own devices (minus the HTC One S which is on loan from HTC) I’m making huge strides to personalize the device and I’ve asked you on various social media channels which launcher, apps, Twitter apps etc I should play around with. For the record, I’m using Go Launcher now. On a recommendation I installed Handcent as a replacement SMS app and it’s great, fantastic even. The thing is, I know Handcent isn’t the only option out there and I’ve even taken notice of Go Launcher’s own SMS widget. I’ve swapped Gmail for Samsung’s own mail program (and Sense mail when on the One S) mostly because Gmail frustratingly doesn’t allow me to view my mail with a unified inbox. That’s incredibly stupid for Google’s own Gmail application.

The ability to replace apps is something that is wonderful about Android and one of the single best reasons to own a Android device. When it comes to the iPhone, I was using Sparrow mail since it’s release on iOS, an app I swear by on my Mac. The thing is, you can’t make it the default mail app, at least not without a jailbreak. It’s a fantastic mail app on the iPhone and while it has a reserved spot on my dock, I can’t make it a default program. That’s not something that causes me all that much grief, but the ability to replace default apps is ridiculously great for Android.

Apps like Swiftkey are still in my lists of hardcore must-haves and I want to thank Swiftkey for my recognizing my earlier recognition and reaching out to say thank you. It’s I who must thank you Swiftkey folks for making a keyboard that is so bleeping awesome.

So what am I missing about iOS? The one thing I’ve always said is great about iOS is the kinetic scrolling and I stand by that claim. Palm, HTC, Samsung, LG — none of them have developed hardware that matches Apple’s kinetic scrolling, and in my opinion, it remains the standard. That’s not to say others are bad, quite the contrary, but Apple still has the best kinetic scrolling experience on a smartphone, bar none.

All in all, I’m still more than thrilled with how my Android experience is going, save for the idea that I constantly want to try new phones. I really want a Galaxy Nexus, after saying I wouldn’t use it initially, now I want it, at least to try. As a final thought, if you’re asking (or even wondering) if I’m planning on staying with Android when all this is said and one…well, you’ll just have to wait and see.

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  • sidekicker89

    can you explain what kinetic scrolling is?

    • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

      Google it

    • Young Money

      Something that doesn’t matter but is an excuse to think the iphone is still better in some way.

      • http://tmonews.com David

        I believe it does matter, user experience is important and that’s why I mentioned it.

        • Andrew

          Kinetic scrolling honestly doesn’t mean anything. Like someone else said, it’s all eyecandy. But if someone wants the kinetic scrolling feel that the iPhone has on an Android phone, download Espier Launcher. It makes your Android look like an iPhone with outstanding Kinetic scrolling

        • achusaysblessyou

          as you say, it’s eye-candy, and UI is one of the most important elements of any software

        • Roswell_V

          It may be important, but so is the task you’re trying to do, which is stopped so you can have a smooth scrolling animation. Personally I prefer getting what I’m trying to get done, done. If it’s that big of a deal get an iPhone or a Tegra3 device. Direct touch in the Tegra3 helps.

          You should definitely try out the galaxy nexus, still my phone off choice even over the One S

    • http://benpike.net/ Ben Pike

      Here’s a good explanation: http://bit.ly/K291RM

  • fgd31

    > the phone automatically populates existing email addresses and signs me into whatever app I’m working with.

    Is this enabled somewhere in the Android OS? I don’t seem to have this feature…

    • JayDubya

      I’ve only seen it on HTC devices that are running Sense ROMs.

  • Deadeye37

    Glad you’re enjoying Android!

    The good thing about Android handsets being released monthly is that it really helps speed up the evolution of handset hardware/software. The bad thing is that after you saved all your pennies and you finally buy that lust-worthy handset, the next lust-worthy handset comes out and that itch starts happening….

    Personally I’m still rockin’ my G2. I’ve seen many devices come and I’ve come close to selling my device to get those phones. Luckily, I’m a cheap skate and didn’t want to pay for the phone. I’ll wait until my contract is up and get the newest lust-worthy device for Christmas :)

    • lolzerzzz

      Hardware evolution is fine, but the software still lags severely behind. I experience lag on my freaking dual core g2x running CM7. Is quad core supposed to fix that? So many damn bugs and little things don’t allow me to fully get into Android. It does a lot of things, but the details are where Android continues to lack polish.

    • lolzerzzz

      Hardware evolution is fine, but the software still lags severely behind. I experience lag on my freaking dual core g2x running CM7. Is quad core supposed to fix that? So many damn bugs and little things don’t allow me to fully get into Android. It does a lot of things, but the details are where Android continues to lack polish.

  • http://jordanhotmann.com/ Jordan Hotmann

    Scrolling is something that will always look better on the iphone. iOS is written to handle graphics first and foremost and therefore will render scrolling as precedence over page loading or whatever else is going on. You can test this by going to a web page and while it’s loading stick your finger on the screen and scroll around. The rest of the page won’t load until you let off.

    In Android (and windows and any linux os) graphics are part of the main thread at normal priority along with page loading. So it does an ok job at both and not a great job with either. It’s very evident when you go to the applications settings. Android loads up a list of all the apps on your phone and scrolling is terribly choppy until that load finishes.

    https://plus.google.com/100838276097451809262/posts/VDkV9XaJRGS

  • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

    If you for any reason decide to STAY with iOS, it’s solely because you are not the type that likes change. Or you just might like the iPhone so much you can’t leave it behind, I don’t konw. The thing is, iOS is not easier to use than android. That’s just a marketing tool apple has used, and convinced people. Android is just as easy, if not not much better IMO. Using android is so refreshing, because it allows you to do what YOU want to do. Not being tied down to what you HAVE to do. Talk to us on day ’20′ as I can’t wait to hear how you feel.

    You should just take notes of what you like and don’t like along the way, and save the final thoughts until the end. It will make you feel better, :-)

    • MarcusDW

      “Or you just might like the iPhone so much you can’t leave it behind”

      That’s the reason I’d go with.

      I gotta disagree with you though J about iOS not being easier to use than Android. Thing is, you can do so much more with Android that you have more to think about and it is less “plug n’ play”. With iOS being so limited, an idiot can figure it out. I’m just sayin’ I’m just sayin’.

      If anyone reading this is offended then you must be one of the idiot iOS users.

      I bought an iPad because I knew it would be simpler for my wife and kid to use, not that they’re idiots… lol

    • 21stNow

      I disagree with you on iOS not being easier to use than Android. I prefer Android by leaps and bounds over iOS. However, I will say that iOS is easier to use only partially because there is less to do on iOS than Android. Having only one button (home) to press makes things “easier”.

      It really depends on how you look at things. Because I have more options in Android, once I set up my phone to my liking, it will be easier to use than an iPhone. It just takes a while to get everything set-up. The keyboard choices are one of the top reasons I prefer Android. However, I have to allow for side-loading of apps, download the beta version of Swype, then set up my preferences before I am ready to use it for serious typing. Because there are no options in iOS, I take what’s there and start typing on the iPhone immediately out-of-the-box.

      Once I have done this, then set up all of my widgets and homescreens in the order that I want, it easily takes over 2 hours for me to set up a new Android phone. With everything that I would/can do on an iPhone, I’m sure that it would take me less than an hour to set it up.

      • http://www.youtube.com/user/mrjlwilliams?feature=mhee mrjlwilliams (Click here)

        ….

        • 21stNow

          I would think that the time to setup depends on how many and which apps you use. I use several apps that require that I sign in to access the information. One app has over 1GB of data that I have to download once I sign in.

          Setting up a stocks widget cam take 10 minutes alone, if you have a decent sized portfolio.

          For those who use fewer apps and ones that don’t require logins, it would take significantly less time.

  • Demon09

    One other thing you should try that is very different from iOS is using a custom ROM for one of your devices (of course this requires root also).

    I have a G2X and was ready to ditch it until I rooted and installed CM7.2, which led me to install CM9, which then finally led to finding a version of CM9 blended with AOKP called Genesis. The phone is amazing now, and I wouldn’t get rid of it unless new and greatly improved hardware comes out. Having a custom OS has changed the way I use my phone.

    • Wilma Flintstone

      He said that he’s not doing Custom ROMS for this challenge.

      • qpinto

        he should with an old phone or someone lend him one for the challenge. use an old vibrant for a day, and then swap ics passion on it or something of the sort. without using a rooted custom rom phone for a bit in the test, your only putting your feet in the water when it comes to phone customization

        • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

          ICS Passion is
          t?e?r?r?i?b?l?e? not the best. ICZenwich is better and based on AOKP. But, thats just me.

        • qpinto

          i dont have any experience with iczenwich so i dont have an opinion there. when i used passion it was good to me. i will say by using AOKP on my g2x that i do like their roms thus far. it think it would be more of a benefit for him to see and play with the differences. could be something as simple as cm9 or anything of the sort. perhaps miui(not my speed) even. but just to see what the community has to offer.

  • Someguy

    I honestly don’t care about your 30 day challenge, i’m here to get some NEWS.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      Than only read the news articles. Problem solved.

      • rob

        My android “kinetic scrolls” just fine iOS is for retards and people who wanna be like everyone else if you don’t find android superior to iOS in 30 days then please go make another website not one about a shitty phone that T-Mobile doesn’t sell people need to wake up.

        • http://tmonews.com David

          Ok, welcome to the world of objectivity.

  • Pam

    the main email app allows you to use all emails you have in one inbox. All android do this so I don’t know why you can’t mine works fine and I have yahoo gmail msn and roadrunner all in one place in one inbox.

    • http://tmonews.com David

      No no, I’m talking about a unified inbox. I can see all the mail, but I have to go into each account separately. Whereas the Samsung and Sense email boxes allow for a unified inbox. It makes life easier when you’re looking at hundreds of emails each day.

      • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleR85 Nicole Reed

        the HTC mytouch 4g allows that. All androids don’t?

      • 21stNow

        But aren’t you using Samsung and HTC devices? Since you said that they allow for the unified inbox, what’s still missing?

        If you meant to say that they don’t allow for a unified inbox, I have one set up on my Galaxy Note using the native Email app. Let us know if you have questions on setting that up.

        • http://pharaohtechblog.blogspot.com/ Conan Kudo (???????)

          The Gmail app from Google does not offer a unified inbox unless Gmail is set up to pull from all other email accounts from the web.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

        • 21stNow

          That’s why I said use the native Email app. You can pull Gmail through the regular Email app. I have Yahoo!, MSN and GMail in my integrated email inbox on my Galaxy Note.

      • Mark

        That’s one thing I really miss about the Cliq and Motoblur: their Messages widget aggregated not only my Gmail, but text messages, Facebook and Twitter PM’s, and any other email accounts I hooked in as well, all in one stream. I haven’t seen anything in the Play store yet that does that, but if there is something then I’m willing to try it.

  • HYUI78

    iOS is more eye-candy for the massess, thats why kinetic scrolling has priority. On the other hand Android’s functionality and versatility is superb. Also if you are a Google person (gmail, calendar, maps, etc) nothing beats Android (Galaxy Nexus).

    • da__vid

      I’d say scrolling through stuff, i.e. *the main form of interaction on modern mobile OS’s*, is pretty a pretty important functionality. But yeah, whatever.

    • http://www.facebook.com/people/Robert-Simmons/1383027417 Robert Simmons

      I love people that take a phone so personally that they have to insult both the phone and the users of the phone

      • chui101

        I love people that take a phone so personally that an otherwise objective observation becomes a personal attack.

      • chui101

        I love people that take a phone so personally that an otherwise objective observation becomes a personal attack.

  • qpinto

    kinetic scrolling is when you slide down your contacts list or anything and it keeps on going and stops after a certain point. its something that he has to get used to. its like sliding across a dusty floor with socks. after a certain point you know how to do it perfectly. however once you clean the floor up and re wax/seal it, you wont be able to slide the same for a good while.

    • http://www.facebook.com/NicoleR85 Nicole Reed

      I don’t understand this. My android scrolls basically the same as my iphone. Thats one of the issues I don’t have with android.

      • qpinto

        you said it in your post, basically. its not the exact same so the difference is still there. I can strongly tell a difference from what phone im using by kinetic scrolling. samsung, htc, lg, apple all scroll very similiar, but not one is the exact same. perhaps google could make this into an option in system settings. scrolling speed.

        its like buying coke and the store variant cola. it tastes just about the same, but you can tell the difference. its the little things.

        • 21stNow

          Can you explain the difference some more? I still don’t get it. I have used an iPhone and several Android phones and haven’t noticed a platform difference in scrolling. I do notice that it takes different behaviors to trigger the quick jump bar, but I don’t think that that is what you all are talking about.

        • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

          I think there are two main things: whether or not the scrolling is smooth/jumpy, and how much friction is applied to the flings/scrolls. More friction would slow down the fling more quickly. I think iOS hits the brakes faster on flings, and perhaps that makes things appear more stable than Android’s runaway train scrolls.

      • http://www.binarybulge.com/ BinaryBulge

        It’s one of those things that depends on the phone. It’s not the scrolling that’s busted on some phones, but a mixture of lack of graphics acceleration and poor app performance (apps that cause the garbage collector to churn while scrolling is occurring, for example). The YouTube app continues to be poor in this regard.

  • MarcusDW

    David, Sense or Touch Wiz?? I know its a little unfair because the One S is running ICS but overall what do you prefer??

  • bbuchan

    From my experience the scrolling and general touch input on the HTC One S is second to the iPhone, its as close to 1:1 motion i have seen other than iOS.

  • http://profiles.google.com/godtoe Steven Garone

    I know you’re really loving SwiftKey (and they do make a good keyboard) but check out FlexT9. I picked it up and it has all the different features of all the different keyboards combined. Just a thought. :D

  • http://twitter.com/JasGordon Jason

    I tried Swiftkey… not much better then stock keyboard app. Swype will change your world. Its the main reason I will never go iphone.

    • Reverend Ink

      Swype (beta) has been installed on every Android I’ve had since I started flashing the HD2. I can never go back to tap-typing.

      • http://twitter.com/JasGordon Jason

        Super Agree!! I’ve never had reason to doubt David’s motives, but all of this Swiftkey plugging smells too much like a product placement deal. Swype is too dramatic of a difference, Switkey makes barely a difference. The only thing cool about it is checking out your accuracy stats. That held my interest for maybe 2 minutes, then I went back to Swype.

        • tekmonkey

          I’ve used both, prefer Swiftkey, especially the new beta. To each his own, dont take it so personal if someone doesn’t care for Swype. (You assuming payola) I used it for about a year but my main gripe with it was the prediction, it wasn’t very accurate. It may have gotten better since the last time I used it (6 mths ago maybe). What gets me, Swype has been in “beta” for what, 2 years?

    • technicalogical

      For the One S people reading this, as of yesterday Swype is now up and running. I couldn’t take using HTC Touch for much longer!

      • Mark

        Wait… the keyboard that came with my HTC One S _isn’t_ Swype? (Seriously, I thought it was… I generally used the hardware keyboard on my Cliq and never changed the virtual one from the Android default, so I’ve never specifically seen “Swype”… but this one does the “drag your finger across the keys” thing so I thought that was it.)

        • WW

          I don’t know about the One S but HTC has its own implementation (on my Sensation, anyway) of “swipe” typing (which I, for one despise after using Swype on a Vibrant). I’ve Been using the Swype beta since the 2nd week with my Sensation. Maybe I was just used to Swype but I hated HTC’s “finger-dragging” keyboard.

        • Lori Fredericks

          I heard the same – The keyboard on HTC One S has a version of what looks like Swype, but that it is plain AWFUL with it’s implementation.

        • ginkster

          HTC uses Trace, not Swype. Trace is from Nuance, who bought Swype, so don’t expect to see both versions for much longer.

      • Beanz0nToast

        Are you referring to the stock crappy Swype-ish keyboard or did you somehow get Swype installed on your One S? I just tried it again and I get the error that the screen size is unsupported

        • Beanz0nToast

          I rebooted and reopened the installer and it let me download and install it. If anybody else has this problem hopefully that fixes it for you.

        • Beanz0nToast

          I rebooted and reopened the installer and it let me download and install it. If anybody else has this problem hopefully that fixes it for you.

  • Jeff Smith-Thrasher

    For me my phone that I wait for every other year is the Nexus phone. It is the pure experience. aka it is the iPhone of the Android community.

  • DS

    Try k9 mail. it smokes all other android mail apps and is scott free!

    • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

      I like Scott. Why u hatin?

  • https://plus.google.com/102862831744598656090/about Wesley Griffiths

    This video shows a lot of great features of android. He’s using a GNex so you can get a feel for what it’s like. He has a series of these and he links to the next one at the end of each video. I think they are worth checking out. http://youtu.be/NMiY1kSTHZw

  • Calvin

    I tried swiftkey, and honestly, its had nothing on Swype!

    • http://twitter.com/MattLaney_ Matt Laney

      Swype is ok, but I could never get used to the number placement. I just prefer them on top for phone keyboards. I really like the stock ICS keyboard. Thats why android is so great. Its not 1 size fits all anything.

      • 21stNow

        When’s the last time you used Swype? There is a new keyboard layout that has the number keys on top. Unless you are referring to numbers having a separate, dedicated keys on a fourth row on top. Then no, Swype doesn’t offer that.

        • J-Hop2o6

          Yea, there was an update a few months ago that put the numbers on top. You have to go to beta.swype.com to get the update. Wonder why they don’t just put it on Google store? But yea, Swype is much better these days.

        • Marc Klein

          I did this and then was told that the trial expired. Yet I’m still using the X version..

        • joemamma

          it tells you that because there is another update available. this happened o me last week, looked through the settings and noticed that there was an update available downloaded it and the expired notification went away. running stock galaxy nexus with swype beta.

      • WW

        The default Swype on my Vibrant had a freaky number layout. The number layout of the Swype Beta on my Sensation is more the “standard” numbers across the top.

    • Marc Klein

      Swype can get annoying pretty quickly. Don’t know why they don’t pre load swift though

      • http://tmonews.com David

        That would be awesome!

        • Marc Klein

          I think people are under the mentality that Swype is more popular but Swift always saves what I write and allows me to be lazy :)

  • whiteiphoneproblems

    I use an Android phone, but we also have an iPad; it bugs me how iOS makes you re-enter your password every time you update an app, or download a new one. Is there a way to turn that off? (Been through Settings, but can’t find the option.) Thx

  • Carms Perez

    Ha ha ha!!! Lol xoxo Carms

  • Erik Neu

    Family plans are great for upgrades! I have 5 people on a family plan. Is that ruinously expensive? No, because it is our beloved, low-cost TMo. I am on 2 Gb, everybody else is 200 Mb (grandfathered with no overages), for a grand total of $60 in data charges. That gives me 5 upgrades every 22 months, or an upgrade every 4.5 months. I take the latest and greatest, and the family gets my hand-me-downs.

    • http://www.facebook.com/matthew.mueller.399 Matthew Mueller

      Hey Erik. I’m new to TMo and wanted to ask: the 4.5 month upgrade – does that work with every family plan or only if you have a certain data plan? I have 4 lines on a family plan and only two lines are 200 Mb.

      • Beanz0nToast

        He’s meaning on average he can upgrade every 4.5 months (not doing all 5 lines at the same time). example line A has an upgrade now, in a few months line B will have an upgrade. He takes that upgrade with the newest phone and hands his old phone down the chain. If you upgrade all 5 lines at once then this isn’t the same thing. He’s been smart and has his all spread out allowing him to upgrade a lot and hand his phones down the ladder.

      • Beanz0nToast

        He’s meaning on average he can upgrade every 4.5 months (not doing all 5 lines at the same time). example line A has an upgrade now, in a few months line B will have an upgrade. He takes that upgrade with the newest phone and hands his old phone down the chain. If you upgrade all 5 lines at once then this isn’t the same thing. He’s been smart and has his all spread out allowing him to upgrade a lot and hand his phones down the ladder.

  • http://twitter.com/WorkBuddyJohn John Zanatta

    If you should also use a Galaxy Nexus. Then you could try Sense, TouchWiz, and Vanilla Android. It would give you the full spectrum of Android.

  • http://twitter.com/fightcrazy Vinny

    If you were serious about trying the Android platform y0u should pick the best hardware to try. You are far from using the best hardware available. For a stock user experience and getting a very fast and top of the line screen I would say try the Resound from Verizon, very fast, best screen and the 4.3 inch size is perfect. LTE is unbeatable unless you are in T-Mobile’s HSPA+ coverage area which I am, speeds are very fast. But to give Android a fair chance you must use the best hardware. I love T-Mobile but they do not have nearly the best hardware. I am hoping that changes because it will sway many new customers towards T-Mobile. I happen to have accounts with both T-Mobile and Verizon, best of both worlds.
    Good Luck with your remaining 30 days.

    • 21stNow

      I think he’s limiting his experience to T-Mobile devices because he is doing this on the tmonews blog. Maybe if he were doing this on droiddog (I haven’t checked to see if he is double-posting), he would branch out to other carriers’ devices. Just a thought.

    • lolzerzzz

      So in order to use Android, you have to use the best hardware available? Hardly a complement to the OS if that’s true.

    • lolzerzzz

      So in order to use Android, you have to use the best hardware available? Hardly a complement to the OS if that’s true.

      • Beanz0nToast

        Agreed. I am an Android Phanboy but I must say the entry level phones give it a TERRIBLE name. It’s been plagued with bugs from the start but just as those are getting ironed out (majority of them…I realize all phones have bugs) they start dropping CHEAP versions. The idea of the entry level phone is a great 1 (not everybody can afford between $200-$300 [on contract] for the best models), however, the execution of these phones are extremely poor. They’re still loaded with bloatware which in turn causes the phone to have less available memory on an already low memory device. The screen resolutions are fine for a cheap phone and that’s about the only thing they get right (as far as what to REALLY cut and what to just REDUCE a little to make it cheaper). These (s)lower processors are not able to keep up with the newer version of the OS. They’re being marketed as affordable but they’re also being marketed as working. The Exhibit 2 (mid-level) has the HUGE text bug (after all, who calls on a phone anymore?). TMO knows of the issue and still sells the phone with the promise of a software update (however the phone has been out for how many months now and there is still no ETA for said update). Updates are manufacturer made but TMO (carrier) needs to push Samsung’s hand in doing so and stop just saying “It’s coming!”

      • Beanz0nToast

        Agreed. I am an Android Phanboy but I must say the entry level phones give it a TERRIBLE name. It’s been plagued with bugs from the start but just as those are getting ironed out (majority of them…I realize all phones have bugs) they start dropping CHEAP versions. The idea of the entry level phone is a great 1 (not everybody can afford between $200-$300 [on contract] for the best models), however, the execution of these phones are extremely poor. They’re still loaded with bloatware which in turn causes the phone to have less available memory on an already low memory device. The screen resolutions are fine for a cheap phone and that’s about the only thing they get right (as far as what to REALLY cut and what to just REDUCE a little to make it cheaper). These (s)lower processors are not able to keep up with the newer version of the OS. They’re being marketed as affordable but they’re also being marketed as working. The Exhibit 2 (mid-level) has the HUGE text bug (after all, who calls on a phone anymore?). TMO knows of the issue and still sells the phone with the promise of a software update (however the phone has been out for how many months now and there is still no ETA for said update). Updates are manufacturer made but TMO (carrier) needs to push Samsung’s hand in doing so and stop just saying “It’s coming!”

  • J-Hop2o6

    I love that picture. Lol.

  • pjim

    SPB shell, works like heaven on a tmo GS2. Been using it since I had an actual pocket PC.
    Closest thing to Sense on a no Sense device. You gotta pay though, I think it’s 15 bucks, but boy, adds a whole new experience to the phone.

  • Wex

    I hope you do a great comparison FINAL article after the 30 days. Unlike most people, Im not an Apple nor Android fanboy and hate when people just criticize for the sake of criticizing – Its like Dems and Republicans. Having said that, I have a mid-level Android device which Im currently using on Tmo prepaid to save $$. It has not been a pleasant experience and Ive spent way too much time on troubleshooting and problems (also with Google Play/Music glitches). I don’t know if its just a crummy handset but it kinda soured me on Android. I don’t consider myself a heavy user or a techie so I havent rooted or installed launchers or alternate keyboards etc. Aside from all the glitches and problems that Tmo refuses to fix, Id be fine. (this has also shown me how Tmo customer service has fallen dramatically in the last couple of years). Anyway, last year, I got a Mac laptop and I know a lot of folks with iPhones all who are pushing me towards that. Plus I also have read that Mountain Lion OS is going to incorporate a lot of iOS features so it should be easier to sync everything. iMessage means free and easy texting to other iOS devices..and literally almost everyone I encounter and everyone in my family uses and swears by ios. Even my friends in the UK, Canada and Australia all have iPhones. I thought Android would win on paper but there are also negatives. Id like ‘the new iPhone” to have things like free text to speech navigation; I wish they might incorporate some more flexibility (I honestly have never used an iPhone so I don’t really know how the OS differ except from all the pro/con articles I read); I wish they’d do free streaming like Google Music instead of having you pay for iTunes Match…We’ll see how the LTE works. I really hear awful things about ATT…but Tmo has really disappointed me so Im more inclined than ever before to leave. I also like what you mentioned about just having one iPhone every year and not have an Android phone that will feel out of date within a month after activating it. So we’ll see. I like the prepaid prices a lot more…I wish we’d move to a system where you just buy a phone (full price) whether $200 or $800 but then could use it on any network so we’d have true choice. They could offer contract options to save you a few bucks per month or give you some other discount but that would be true choice.

    • MarcusDW

      What phone do you have? It’s very common for mid-level Androids to suck.

      • Wex

        I was sent the Samsung Exhibit 2 by Mike Katx, who is the head of prepaid. Apparently a percentage of devices have problems. Tmobile claims things like daily freezing, power cycling are known issues. Others are having problems with SMS (which Ive had on/off) where you get a text message failure and the ‘fix’ from Tmobile is to switch your phone to 2G whenever you want to send a text. Ive done all the troubleshooting steps and even sent it in for 2 manufacturer repairs in the first 2 months and contacted Mr Katz on Day 3 only to have an ECR tell me to switch carriers. Wont go into other details but its been a nightmare experience and the Tmo customer service has been horrendous. They just say its a known issue; theres nothing we can do. Then they claim they’re working with Samsung on a fix but there hasn’t been a single software update since the phone was released, and Samsung says its all Tmo’s fault. Who knows what the truth is? But I even got to try 2 separate devices and they all have had the same problems. So its pretty much soured me on Android and as someone who was a postpaid customer with Tmo since my first cell phone, Im probably going to become a churn statistic by the Fall.

        • MarcusDW

          That’s messed up how they are just pointing the finger like that.

          I place all the blame on that phone unless you’re saying you used non-Exhibit phones as well. If that’s the case then I have nooo idea.

        • Wex

          Its the phone and Tmobile.  If you look at Tmobile forums, many customers are complaining about the exact same issues and Tmo reps in writing keep saying these are ‘known issues’ but do nothing about it….They tell customers to go elsewhere so you can’t be surprised if they do.  There are still customers buying this phone new and within a week having the same issues with freezing, power cycling, texting etc.  Tmo blames everyone and does nothing.  The phone has their name on it and users are Tmo customers; you’d think they’d want to keep them…At a minimum, if they can’t fix the problems they owe customers a comparable phone.  Don’t just keep saying things like “Im sorry, thats not how the phone works.  I wish I could do something.”  Ive been with Tmo all my life but this customer service experience has been the worst Ive ever seen with any company in any sector

    • Lori Fredericks

      In regards to Tmo customer care sucking – - PREPAID customer care is absolutely completely different than postpaid. I’ve had both and it’s definitely a different department and different level of care.

      • Wex

        Ive had both too since Ive been a Tmo customer my entire life but will probably soon become a churn stat.  Prepaid is definitely worse as its outsourced to foreign countries but domestic has definitely deteriorated – both phone support and in-store which now complains to me all the time that corporate doesnt let them fix the problems and help customers like they used to.  I also had a US-based rep tell me “Ive been on the phone with you for 4 minutes so Im now hanging up on you.” and Ive read various employees post anonymously that they are under time pressures to get customers off the line.

  • Mike Shaw

    Knowing you for a while as i have (over the internets!!!) You will NEVER give up your iphone. Especially if you will be able to use it 3g on Tmos network. Iphone 5 LTE Tmo just saying you would be all over it.

  • poisonoussting

    does trace(swype) work on swiftkey as well?

    • PCJ

      no

  • Rep

    Cool thing on the one s is the auto fill option. You can enter your e-mail first name last name address…etc . So that when you want to order something from ur phone you can without typing all that information in.

    That may be a function on all ics devices I’m not sure

  • saif khan

    Hey Dave If you get a chance you should try out the Galaxy Nexus. I have an unlocked one running on T-Mobile and I’m loving it

  • bleacherbums

    Hey DB you’ll be an android fan when your done with your challenge….

    I bought me my galaxy nexxi and I’m just having a ton of issues and really getting frustrating . Here we go …..
    * signal issues both data and wifi
    * muffled sound both earpiece and main
    * lag issues when scrolling into pages
    * here’s a weird one , I lay my nexus on top of my wallet with 2-3 credit cards, my notification led and ringtone are going nuts ( try it if you have a nexus please )
    * lags on my 5 panels are really annoying
    Google play store tech service are awesome but the Samsung side was pure BULLSHIT PERIOD

    This would be my third replacement should I even bother?
    I’m really eyeing on the HTC one x, one XL, or even the one ROGERS ….can someone PLEASE tell me that this one series will work on tmo 3g/4g network.

    • O2C

      Your Galaxy Nexus has a Near Field Communication chip. NFC’s a set of standards that enable your phone to work with RFID credit cards among other things. That’s probably what your phone’s reacting to with those LEDs and ringtone.

    • http://kevinponeill.myopenid.com/ Kevin

      I had a Nexus S, and I had issues 1, 2, 3, and 5…constantly. It was a piece of sh*t. And getting a new one didn’t resolve matters.

  • bleacherbums

    missing post hmmmm

  • Ted

    I have used both and Iphone 4s and several Android phones. I don’t think one is better than the other. I *prefer* Android because of the huge screens, widgets and customization. But there are things that Ios does better for sure. They are both fantastic and I don’t think it’s worth arguing over.

  • http://twitter.com/ClarkKent113 Kal-El

    Swype > Swiftkey

    • http://profiles.google.com/cortes.ansel Ansel Cortes

      Well For you, I love Swiftkey and i am not gonna tell you it is better because You have your preference and I have mine, I had swype and used it for almost 2 years but i loved Swiftkey more. it just felt natural but then i again i still like Physical qwerty keyboards. :) and rather use that

      • Beanz0nToast

        If Swype had the Accuracy/SpellCheck that Swiftkey has I’d agree with you. I love swype but i HATE going back and fixing words almost constantly. While I’m not a fan of tap-tap typing (i don’t know the correct term for this so i just made that up) SwiftKey is a better time saver for me! My vote is for SwiftKey with a close second in Swype.

  • Getreal

    20 days left until David dumps
    Android, if he is anything like me. I now use an iPhone and there are no competitors, only companies struggling to keep up. My guess (if he is like me) is that David will be crying to come back to iPhone with Android’s crappy UI, laggy, force close filled, freezing, fragmented, buggy OS. That hatred usually takes about 30 days. I switched to Android once (Samsung Galaxy S) and day 10 was still puppy dogs and rainbows over Blackberry. By the end of day 30 I paid $450 to get a new Blackberry.
    http://www.loopinsight.com/2012/01/09/iphone-satisfaction-at-75-closest-competitor-at-47/

    • http://kevinponeill.myopenid.com/ Kevin

      LOL You’re right. I used to have an iPhone, and then I got tired of paying AT&T $120+/month for service, so I figured I’d try an Android phone on Sprint. The HTC Hero was…cute…at first, until I became tired of the lag and the force-closes. I returned it and went back to AT&T. Once Gingerbread hit, everyone (reviewers and such) went on and on about how much better it was, so I thought I’d try T-Mobile pre-paid and another Android phone. I picked up a Nexus S and thought, “This is a Google device. It MUST be good!” LOL at me. Lag, force-closes, constant “Searching for GPS” when trying to use Navigate, music that stu…u…u…utter…er…er…ed all the time (good thing for that 16GB of built-in memory!). After throwing that POS out the window, I thought, “It must have just been a lemon,” and I picked up an LG G2x. Well, it wasn’t the Nexus S. Nope. Rinse. Repeat. Android is a buggy, fragmented, cute-for-a-few-weeks piece of garbage that (somehow) most people actually seem to tolerate. Some even think it’s good (nay…the BEST!). I’m now using an HTC Radar 4G with Windows Phone and, while it has its weaknesses, it gets the job done, will only get better, and doesn’t infuriate me to no end the way Android did.

      Android is cute, fresh, and new for a while, but give it a little time and, if you’re a discerning consumer (you know…the kind that actually expects stuff to work…), it’s utter trash.

  • bleacherbums

    Any galaxy nexus owner here please read my post smack in the middle… DB, tmotech or randomnerd let me know what you think…. thanks

  • BubGump

    David needs an editor!!!

  • BubGump

    David needs an editor!!!

  • BubGump

    David needs an editor!!!

  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=653644262 John Lawrence

    David, my question for you is whether or not you enjoy wifi calling? Initially I know that I would have gone iPhone if they supported wifi calling. I now am not going iPhone for sure unless that feature is added. I can not live without my wifi calling because of the coverage in my buildings at work. I have signal because we have wifi where others do not have any from any other carrier.

  • http://firstyouleap.tumblr.com/ First you leap

    First, I need to say that I am not tech savvy, just trying to get a new 2 yr contract phone that will ‘age well’.

    In light or the recent T-Moblie announcement re: 4G LTE expansion, will the HTC One s be able to take advantage of this new network speed? I am currently with T-Mobile and have found them to be very good in Chicago.

    • 21stNow

      No, the HTC One S is not an LTE phone. There are none out yet on T-Mobile, since the network doesn’t exist yet. If it’s anything like what the other carriers do, you won’t be able to miss the LTE devices when they are released in the future.

  • Bryan Baggett

    David — How ya liking the Android battery life? LOL

  • Bryan Baggett

    David — How ya liking the Android battery life? LOL

  • Jeff Rhine

    Just wanted you to know I’m really enjoying reading about your challenge. Thanks, and keep up the excellent work!

  • http://twitter.com/312O Mr Nice Guy

    How would you compare ios to android as far as overall stability? And why did you change the format on your boots. Pain in the area to post comments now through my phone

    • http://tmonews.com David

      That’s the fault of Disqus, we’re working to resolve it!

  • jmorgie

    I had a Windows 6 phone then got the Android. Biggest downer is that Android is buggy, quirky no uniform manner of presenting user interface. I concur on getting better apps to replace the standard. My highest recommendation is T9 Flex from Nuance (Dragon Dictate); wildly better than native keyboard and voice input.

  • Mark

    http://jrtstudio.com/iSyncr Finally a solution for the iTunes people. Check it out. My brother installed it and basically your computer sees your android phone as an iPod and you can sync up with iTunes! No more excuses about not switching because of the music ability!

  • http://kevinponeill.myopenid.com/ Kevin

    Put some music on one of your Android phones (stored locally) and use them as media players for a while (as most would do with an iPhone), and listen to music while you’re jogging, in the car, wherever. I’ve had three Android phones (HTC Hero, Nexus S 4G, and an LG G2x), and using each of the three, music would stutter almost all the time, requiring a restart to “fix.” Of course, they would eventually begin to stutter again… And Navigate. Ahhh…”Searching for GPS…” This is a classic. Use Navigate for a while and report back, please. In my experience, it works well maybe 60% of the time (maybe). And force-closes, having to clear an app’s data and cache again and again? Well, no platform is perfect, but this happened to me with Android a LOT more than with any other platform, and I’ve used them all. I’m sick of Android phone “reviews” that are written by people who don’t actually USE the phones their reviewing. I’d like to read your final, summary article, because I’m convinced that, of all the mobile operating systems available today, Android is, by far, the most seriously flawed.