My 30 Day Android Challenge…30 Days Completed

To call the last 30 days a wild ride would be putting it mildly. Uprooting your entire mobile experience for something completely different is both thrilling and frightening at the same time. I set out to challenge myself to use a system that I was familiar with, but had never really given myself to. The 30 day Android challenge wasn’t just for me, it was also for you as well, to see how the world looks when you try and cross what seems like an impossible boundary these days.

Now, what’s my conclusion? Let’s just get right to the nitty gritty and ask, am I going stick with Android? Yes, I’m still using it, I’ve got the phone set up exactly the way I want to and I’ve got a metric ton of app exploration left to accomplish. Still, my iPhone looks at me lovingly and yes, I miss iOS a little. There are a ton of high points for both operating systems and there are things I miss about iOS after 30 days:

  • Ecosystem: I’m very tied into Apple’s ecosystem with a MacBook Air, iPad and iPhone. It’s a tough break and I use iCloud for my calendars and appointments more than I use Google Calendar lately and while they sync together so I’ve had all my appointments on my Android device, it’s still a better all-around ecosystem.
  • Email: Some of you may have spoken with me this week or seen my tweets as I sought out a better email client for Android. I have to say and I may take some flack for it, but iOS has a better email experience hands down. Whether or not I am using Apple’s default mail program or Sparrow, it’s just better. Gmail on Gingerbread sucks, no zoom, pictures are always too large and it just irritates me. Still, I find it better looking, though less user-friendly than Samsung’s own TouchWiz email app. Sense email is the best, of all the email apps I’ve used during this 30 day challenge, unfortunately I have to send the One S back to HTC. If I could somehow transplant Sense email over to Samsung devices, I would still feel iOS has a better email experience, but the separation would be minimized.
  • Camera: The One S is fantastic. However, I feel that the 4S is better. While I know this is a completely opinion-based conclusion, I do feel the 4S has the best camera on the market right now. Emphasis on right now though. It’s surely possible that the balance could tip in Nokia’s favor, Samsung’s favor or anyone else’s by years end. Right now, the title belongs to Apple in my humble opinion.

Okay, so with those three things in mind, let me emphasize part of the Android experience I have not only grown to really enjoy, but also found invaluable in part of my daily mobile life:

  • SwiftKey: No surprises here considering how much praise I’ve given this app over the past 30 days. I know there is a camp that loves Swype and for very good reason, but Swiftkey has not only saved me over 10,000 keystrokes (they told me the), it makes texting, emailing, tweeting and just about everything else that involves writing on the Android platform more enjoyable.
  • Google Voice: OMG. This is so amazingly useful I can’t even explain it. I have two phone numbers that I use for two separate purposes. My main number, my actual phone number is provided to friends and family and that’s generally the only people I give that number. Everyone else gets the Google Voice number and I’m talking everyone, from the Doctor, to the plumber to the neighbors. Right now I have Google Voice set to ask me before every call which number I want to use, though I can set it to be the default option. Either way, this rocks.
  • App Integration: Quite possibly one of the single most tossed around reasons for using Android is the interoperability of apps. This is a great, great thing and one of the major reasons that has me considering staying with Android full time. The ability to send pieces of info to Pocket, Dropbox, Evernote or any of the other dozen or so apps I have installed that are part of my work and personal workflows is invaluable and even in 30 days, I can tell how valuable interoperability is.
  • Widgets: Okay, for many this is a big, big deal and I can understand why. I’m not a widget person, I’m a simple home-screen kind of person, so I don’t like the clutter of widgets on all my screens. Still, the option is what’s important, not whether or not you use them. There are basic options that are worth having quick access to: Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, etc.

Here’s a list of the most important apps I’ve been using that I’ve found invaluable over the past 30 days:

  • Baconreader: For reading Reddit
  • Barcode Scanner: For obvious reasons
  • Disqus: For managing comments on the go, otherwise known as policing the trolls
  • Download All Files: Improved download manager for files
  • Dropbox: It’s Dropbox, need I say more
  • Evernote: File management
  • Firefox Beta: Tried a number of browsers, used this for the last few times on Gingerbread
  • Flipboard: I’ve expressed my love for this unique news app quite a bit
  • Flixster: Movie times
  • IGN: I’ve got a little gamer in me
  • Minimalistic Text: Text widgets on the home-screen
  • Pocket: I couldn’t work without this app
  • Rdio: Sorry Spotify fans, my allegiance is with Rdio
  • Slice: Because I love watching how much I spend on Starbucks and apps each month
  • Solid Explorer Beta: A terrific file folder explorer for Android
  • Starbucks: If you know me, you know I drink Starbucks Hot Chocolate every single day
  • SwiftKey 3 Beta: For reasons I’ve already stated
  • Twitter: I may be in the minority, but I like the layout of the official Twitter app
  • Google Voice: Again, for reasons stated above
  • WordPress: Correcting those grammatical mistakes I catch on the go
  • Words with Friends: My wife loves it, therefore I must love it

The bottom line is that I really enjoyed my 30 days with Android and while the challenge is over, my SIM remains in my Android device. It hasn’t made me love my iPhone any less, but it has made me appreciated both platforms a little more, especially with regards things like app interoperability, something that makes Android an amazing platform.

So what’s next? Well, quite a few of you have asked me to immediately follow this up with a Windows Phone challenge and I’m willing to do that. I do have a Lumia 710 sitting at the ready and according to a preliminary question I asked on Facebook, there are plenty of you who want to see me try. Rather than putting another poll up here and ignoring those who have already voted on Facebook, I ask you (and I ask so little of you) to take a moment and head over to and take the poll. 

If you’re wondering if I will completely stop using the iPhone, the answer is no. I’m a phone geek and I’ll continue to utilize whatever phone is right for the moment. Right now, the iPhone would be my go-to device for traveling since it has the best camera. Android is my OS of choice right now, but that brings me to another discussion which I tried to make sure wouldn’t influence my Android challenge and it didn’t. I love the One S, it’s a great device in every way, except I still think it’s to large for my own personal tastes. I’m not someone who likes phones above 4″, which puts me at a major disadvantage in the Android community. There are few phones that are power players in todays wireless game that are 4″. In my eyes, the Blaze 4G is the perfect size for a device, just perfect. It may not be a perfect phone, but hardware wise, specifically a footprint standpoint, it’s as perfect as I’m likely to get.

I’ll be sad to see the One S go, it really is T-Mobile’s best device, at least until the Galaxy S III drops. It’s truly an awesome device and I’d highly recommend it. I want to send a special thank you to Jeff at HTC who helped make the One S available to me for this challenge, HTC’s PR team is first class.

I hope you all enjoy the challenge and I ask you once again to head over to the TmoNews’ Facebook page and take the poll regarding a move right into a Windows Phone challenge.

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  • Robert Beier

    Totally missed the email discussion…have you tried Enhanced Email? I wouldn’t say it is for everyone, but until ICS drops on the Blaze–and possibly after–it is my favorite email client. 

  • Ryan DeArmond

    I give you much credit for this as so many iphone users stick there noses up and try to put down android as if it is non existant. they are both good platforms for different reasons. but the availability of Google will soon dominate Apple since it is a closed source. but only time will tell. also in my humble opinion.. I think the One S camera is better than the 4S. when you take a picture on a 3.5″ screen, of course it looks better because of the density of the pixels. but when I take photos from both and display on a large format. the One S wins. That camera is amazing. but dont get me wrong. the 4S camera is also amazing. nothing is wrong with 2nd place

  • Luke Driscoll

    For google voice, you could add voice plus.  You set your phone to always use google voice, then in voice plus. For your case would set it to default all calls out through google voice, then create a contact group called “direct” or something like that, and tell voice plus to make all calls to “direct” contacts to go through your regular number:

  • Luke Driscoll

    To enhance google voice you should install “Voice Plus”.  Then you would set google voice’s settings to “all calls”.  Then create a contact group for all of your friends and family, let’s call that “direct”.  Then in voice plus, you can default your calls to go through google voice, and then tell voice plus to use your cell number to call your “direct” group.

    • Nich

      can you not use google voice on an iPhone? or is it just harder?

      • Yes, as an app but not as a default app, which only Android lets you do.

      • TheWhiteLotus

        Google Voice doesn’t have anywhere near the level of power and integration in iOS. It basically just is free texting on iOS.

    • Milind

      I use Voice Choice to set the T-Mobile numbers so I can take advantage of free T-Mobile to T-Mobile calling.  That’s the one drawback of using Google Voice.  All the mobile-to-mobile free calls ends up costing money since the intervening Google Voice number no longer makes it a mobile to mobile call.

  • Wait so even when you’re not at the office I’m not allowed to Trollz? My plans are foiled, damn you Disqus. 

  • Cybersedan

    Excellent read, your open approach to this trial seemed to have yielded very sound results.  So many people on both sides of the OS aisle simply refuse to even touch the other device and condemn before even trying.  I have never tried an iOS device, but given the opportunity I’d definitely love to give it a 30 day whirl myself, that’s the only way to know for sure if it’s for you or not.

    However your results seem to be in line with what I expected, Android while not as “smooth” and buttery beautiful (as some may say) as iOS.  What it truly touts is it’s powerhouse customization attributes, interoperability, true multi-tasking and of course the tons of handset form factor choices, something for everyone in every price range.

    • Schultzi

      Your point is exactly what makes it hard for us ‘regular folk’ who are not techies or phone experts and don’t have the money to spend on buying unlocked phones from all different platforms.  I just have been using a smartphone for less than a year.  I was a long time Tmo customer but was so fed up and wanted to save money – at least in the short term.  Everyone I know has an iPhone – literally EVERYBODY – from family and friends in various countries to it seems 95% of the new people I meet…and they all love it.  My family even encouraged me to dip by toe in Apple by giving me a Macbook Pro for my birthday last year.  Now I was able to get a free Android phone from Tmo – contract free to use on prepaid.  So Ive been using the Exhibit 2 but its been full of glitches.  Some say it has software issues – some say it has RAM issues – Im not an expert except to say it doesnt work smoothly and Ive had tons of problems…and also had problems with Android itself (things like Google Play and Music which their reps also tell me are on their known issues pages_ all of which has been very frustrating.  Now sadly this has affected my view of Android. Some say its not fair to compare a midlevel Android to an iPhone and thats probably true but thats all I have to go buy.  Im only paying $30 a month so Im saving a lot and the LTE iPhone is going to be very tempting…especially since I keep reading (and I guess we’ll know in a few weeks) that the MacOSX and the IOS are going to have many of the same features that will make it even more seamless…and honestly, not being a tech expert, its a lot easier to buy a computer or phone when you don’t have hundreds of models to choose from…and Apples tech support is hands down better than every other tech company Ive dealt with.  So Im torn..and Davids article didn’t really help me much…Also cuz many of the apps he commented above seem more related to business which I don’t need and wouldn’t use.  I like that the iPhone ‘just works’ as people say….So hmmm.  Back to the iPhone for a sec, it is interesting with recent reports that iPhone is going Prepaid to compete with lower level Androids…First Cricket and now rumors that Boost will get it by Fall too (at least the 4s which makes sense since the LTE iPhone will be the a-tier)…Its gonna make Tmobile stand out even more as the only carrier without this device.  I read an article where they said even paying the Cricket price, people will break even in six months.  What kept me from starting with iPhone was not the iPhone price – its not about phone prices- but the monthly plans…and the postpaid fees – from activation fees to all those mysterious ones that can add 20% to your bill….If iPhones are now on prepaid, they’ll grow even more….So we’ll see…Although Ive been with Tmo for six years now, I let my contract lapse because I was just very unhappy with their customer service and how many of their reps acted…so since I got a free phone, I decided to just convert to prepaid for the time being and see what happens….I wish it was easier to switch carriers and phones and we had true freedom….but like David says once you’re in an ecosystem it makes it hard to switch…AllI know is I don’t hear my iPhone friends every complaining about anything with their phones and they sure hear a lot from me

      • rhonin

        One of the problems I have with a post like yours is the “don’t” and “never” phrases.
        Maybe we run in very different circles.  I have never run into a group where there were no complaints about a phone / OS – they all have issues.  If one starts with the gripes, others roll out theirs.  Human nature.

      • Cybersedan

        Very interesting response, and not one that I’ve never heard before. There is this notion that iPhones “just work” and while that may be true to some degree it doesn’t mean that you or everyone that uses one will have a problem free experience. There isn’t a device or OS that is perfect.

        I believe the “just works” reputation more applies to the out of the box operation, no screens to configur, just an app tray with a wallpaper that adds more screens as you download apps.

        I happen to know way more ppl with Android phones than iPhones which is more in line with the almost 2-1 market share lead Android has. And I have heard iPhone users complaint about their phones, whether it’s the limited customization, small screen or the fact that siri doesn’t actually work as great as it does in the commercials, the device is not without its faults.

        Finally, you are correct that one of the pluses with Android is responsible for many of the negative experiences people have. You can’t expect the same performance from a budget low end phone as you would from a high end phone. Honestly I wish at times that all Android phones were high end. But it’s a much different animal that iOS, it’s simply not possible, quality control is very easy when one company controls the hardware and software from concept to production. But walking out the store with a free android phone and expect it to perform like an HTC One X would be like complaining your Toyota just doesn’t seem as impressive as your neighbors BMW.

      • Hi Shultzi,
        You made an excellent point. I used to think like you while buying phones earlier and used to attempt getting value for money and the only person who wins is the company who dupes you with a second rate phone. If you want a real smart phone, there is no question of buying a second rung one. Second rate androids are no fun. Having said, that if you buy a first rate “flagship” android, it is absolutely wonderful as I learned, and is definitely more economical than an iPhone every which way look at it. Except for certain services which are there only on iPhone for reasons which are not technical (monopolistic and restricted practices), which would change soon as the number of high end androids proliferate more, a top end android is a better phone than iPhone. 
        Where I live, we get to buy only fully priced , unlocked phones and the price differential with iPhone is unbelievable. A Galaxy S2 cost me INR 30,000 while an iPhone 4S (the comparable phone) was there for 50 to 60K. The most important consideration for me was the compatibility with the DLNA on my Flat Screen LED TV and the freedom to put or take out what ever I want. If you are buying a second rate android phone, iPhone would be way better. But if ou are willing to buy a first rate Android, you would never regret it. Mind you, the phone the author mentions here is not the best phone around and it does not even have Ice Cream Sandwich. I upgraded the OS of my phone a few days ago, and it is a wholly different beast now. 
        Always buy the best phone that fits your use. 
        Having said that, there is a place for cheaper phones as well. Those who mostly use a phone as well…. “a phone”, and does not want all the juice, it may make sense to save some money and still be better than the old feature phones. 
        Ultimately if a way of life. 
        If you are the kind who follow the beaten path where you want things to be “chosen” for you, where you dont want to ask questions or dont have the urge to tinker or customize, then iPhone is for you. 
        If you are a power user who really wants to dictate the phone experience, then there is nothing like the Android magic

    • TheWhiteLotus

      He didn’t try a Nexus device. Nexuses are smooth and buttery and more beautiful than iOS. Always go with a Nexus.

  • bitbank

    Thanks for a pretty well balanced review. The only thing I would add is that you should try the “pure” Android experience on a Galaxy Nexus. The Sense and TouchWiz versions used to be an improvement, but ICS is better. I find the email, calendar, sms and other Google apps to be better than their “skinned” equivalents.

    • Milind

       I second this.  I think that David may well find the Samsung Galaxy Nexus to be the perfect Android phone for a couple of reasons.  One is size and the second is the stock email, calendar and agenda apps on ICS are excellent. I’m running CM9 on my Vibrant and I can’t tell you the night and day difference between ICS and Gingerbread.  Even in the early days of using ICS passion with some of the bugs, it was impossible to go back to Gingerbread after using ICS for a couple of days.  Of course I’m talking about vanilla ICS. No idea what the TouchWiz and Sense on ICS feel like.

      I’m with David on the image quality of iPhone photos.  Based on comparative reviews I have seen on various sites, images taken from the iPhone seem to have a more natural color reproduction, albeit the noise in low light iPhone images seemed very high.  Almost every outdoor photo I have seen of the 4S seems overexposed.  Still, the frame rate on the 4S is simply amazing.  What would be interesting is to get photos from both cameras and do post processing to see which one is actually better.  When I’d compare the photos taken from my EOS 10D with some photos from some Sony cameras, the 10D photos looked softer.  But after PP, I got better results on my 10D images than the sometimes over sharpened and over saturated Sony images.  Of course this is a different context and not too many folks are going to be doing an PP of phone camera images.  Convenience and immediate sharing is the key so if you are able to set the defaults differently in the One S, one might get similar results.

      • Too large, that’s why I’m not using it.

        • VegasDude73

          Galaxy Nexus too large? As in display size or actual phone? I doubt its much larger than One S… at least in display… only .3 inches from what I recall.

        • Just the physical device, it’s just more than I care for, the Blaze is about the damn perfect size for me!

        • TmoNews_Inuyasha

          I’m guessing you have small hands…And you know what THAT means, don’t you?

          Small gloves. lol

        • Damn skippy!

  • GinaDee

    I just recently went back to the iPhone after a fair shake at Windows Phone 7 and 2 of the hottest Android devices on the market:  HTC One X and One S.

    Android has a lot going for it and the variety and customization is great.  But there still is a very obvious lack of quality control with apps across the boardd and that irritates me too much.

    And thumbs down to HTC for obvious RF issues.  My phone kept losing service completely in areas where my Galaxy S2 would work fine. 

    My favorite apps like:  Sirius XM, Spotify and Pandora would constantly freeze, hiccup, skip or fail to load when I needed it and this really turned me off. 

    I’m still going to give the GS3 a shot but will return to iOS again when the new one hits later this fall.

    Am I bored with Apple’s OS?  Yeah and the hardware design of the iP4s is a bit long in the tooth.  But from a functionalty perspective it just works.  In the end that’s really all that matters to me.

    • Uhoh

      So you used HTC One X and S?? But they are released on different carriers.. confused how this task was accomplished.

      • Both can operate on the AT&T network. The One S has HSPA+ 850/1900 support.

      • GinaDee

        I have business accounts with all 4 national providers so I try pretty much every hot phone that comes out to the market.  

    • TheWhiteLotus

      Never buy a non-Nexus device.

  • rhonin

    Nice review.  Well done!
    I am in pretty much the same boat you are currently in – Android main phone (SGS2 Skyrocket – love the LTE) with iPhone as my backup.  I did try a WIn7.5 phone for a week and returned it – it was missing critical functionality for me to work.  Other than that it wasn’t bad.

  • tspx23

    touchwiz and sense suck. resource hungry pieces of crap. it’s only fair to test the nexus or even a cm9 based build to iOS. 

    • Wilma Flintstone

      “It’s only fair” The age old excuse.  It’s only fair that ALL OS’ get a chance to shine as well but of course that gets overlooked if it isn’t a popular OS nowadays.  Not defending WP or Tizen but it is only fair that new OS’ get the chance to shine just like the popular ones did when they first released.

      • tspx23

        I wasn’t saying that this review wasn’t fair. It was, it reviewed sense and touchwiz vs iOS. I’m just stating that google did not release those versions of android, and thus it’s not the true android experience. There is a tremendous difference between the sense interface and stock google software, it’s like comparing two different devices altogether.

    • I felt that way about Sense until I bought the One S. I loved CM7 and ICS on my G2. They may be resource hungry, but the One S is still very smooth and responsive – all day long!

  • Wilma Flintstone

    I must say David, I applaud you for doing this.  Kudos for at least trying another OS, which is more than I can say for alot of OS fans.

    Some of that stuff I’ve never heard of such as Baconreader, Rdio and Solid Explorer Beta.  Come July 11th, I’ll definitely have me that Note or GS3, Possibly the Note due to the Nexus devices coming in November.

    and I’m going to get that Nokia PureView 808 which will probably be my main phone as Nokia devices are usually stable and have great signal strength.

  • xnifex

    You should try Reddit News

  • Agonzalez

    I definitely think you should try WP7. I recently switched from a Samsung Vibrant with ICS to a Nokia Lumia 900. I think it was a very wise decision. I absolutely love Windows Phone. It obviously needs a little work since it’s so new but I think you should give it a go. It’s a shame Tmobile doesn’t have better Windows Phones. I looked at a 710 but compared to the 900 it wasn’t going to work for me. The 900 looked nicer and has a better build quality, camera, and 4G LTE. Please try Windows Phone, I promise you’ll love it. 

    As for the review I loved it. I’m glad you enjoyed your Android Experience and did it with an open mind. A lot of people need to read this. Keep up the good work! 

    • TheWhiteLotus

      WP7 blows. It has no dev support, and is redundant. It’s only holding real innovation back by stealing some users away from Android.

  • TheWhiteLotus

    Nice article. I switch from iPhone to Android too and never looked back. A few point I’d like to make: always get a Nexus device. They’re the real point of reference you want to use for Android. Never use a task killer. And always use Google services. You may think the ecosystem in iOS is better, but it isn’t. It’s the ease of understanding the ecosystem that is better in iOS. Try Google Music and you’ll see what I mean

  • ostate

    You keep saying the 4s has the best camera.  Did you actually take comparable pictures and print them out (especially a pic in low light)?  Don’t get me wrong, your opinion is yours and I respect that.  But from my One S vs my friends Iphone 4s, My HTC has had a better picture quality agreed on by both of us every time.

  • J-Hop2o6

    Nice challenge and write up David. Surprised Android has a hold on you a bit, even tho your invested in Apple SW also. I would like to see your next challenge with the SGS3, then the one of the best next Nexus devices.

  • jobber99

    You’re ok with the edge-only speeds of an iPhone 4s on Tmobile?

  • TMoFan

    David you did a fantastic write up of this challenge, and I admire that you didn’t descend into the fanboyism that typically dominates these kind of sites. I echo the calls for a Windows challenge!

  • smithgo

    I really enjoyed this challenge as i have been an Android fan for years. I agree on everything you just described about the experience, except for the iPhone camera, I know it is your opinion and i respect it but technically most reviewers will agree that HTC has the best cameras in the market and this one particularly is really awesome to me is the best by far. anyhow thank you for taking this time and for not making it another fanboy article that puts apple up there were they like you to put them. i am telling you once you get used to Android it is extremely difficult to  go back, you may find yourself out of control of your own device and bored with iOS.

    • loueradun

      I agree to a certain extent, but I think the problem that most people have with Android camera’s are not necessarily problems with the camera, but more about taking pictures in general.  You have to have a steady hand, and a decent light source.  If you have neither, I think the iPhone produces a better photo.  If you have either of the above, the results are better, but if you have a steady hand and a light source, then you are going to get a great shot from an HTC phone.

      iPhone’s seem to be a little better at getting the focus correct in low light.  Android could use some work in this area, but ICS is definitely better.

  • You have done an honest job. Some of the advantages of iOS ecosystem is due to the first mover and the consequent network effect. As an android user, I am missing apps like inkling but I dont think that is enough to move to an iOS ecosystem. I like my choice more. 
    As for your email problem, gmail on ICS is very good. ICS solves many problems of Gingerbread such as wifi proxy etc

  • Rob

    “Camera: The One S is fantastic. However, I feel that the 4S is better.
    While I know this is a completely opinion-based conclusion, I do feel
    the 4S has the best camera on the market right now. Emphasis on right
    now though. It’s surely possible that the balance could tip in Nokia’s
    favor, Samsung’s favor or anyone else’s by years end. Right now, the
    title belongs to Apple in my humble opinion.”

    I’d say you’re wrong on that – cameraphone crown still belongs to Nokia with the N8 – no other camera phone can match it for image quality, until the 808 PureView comes out, which we already know the iPhone 4S camera pales in comparison to.  Symbian/Nokia Belle might not be the most popular smartphone OS with it’s complexity making it not as smooth/basic experience as iOS, but it does have the best imaging devices for quality.  With the N8 the native camera interface isn’t great, but there’s plenty of 3rd party apps that do better jobs, and the 808 interface looks amazing :-)

    Sorry…I just get fed up of the N8 continuously being overlooked and forgotten about! It’s a few years old, but still holds the crown :-)

  • WW

    Sorry to go off topic but I just saw a new(?) commercial with Carly riding through the country (U.S.A., not back roads) counting cell towers to the “tune” of one-two buckle my shoe, three-four shut the door…  

    Not as stupid as it sounds.  Anyone out there seen this ad?  Keep an eye out for it.  IMO, the most attention getting of the “Challenger” ads so far.

  • beakerzor

    what is the app “slice”?

  • Luisfabianhdz

    Excellent post but I have only one question, battery?? How long does it last?? I’ve had android phones before and battery was a big issue. I’ve been told by tmobile’s representative that battery one Htc one s and new Samsung battery is bigger and last longer, is it true??

    • Miss_emily_nicole

      I have the One S. The battery last longer than my previous phone(G2) and it charges fairly quickly. I would say that I use the phone a lot since I like to play games so it really depends on what you use it for.

  • Lolthisismyname

    As for the best camera on the market comment, I would urge you to check out the MyTouch 4G Slide. It beats every other camera I’ve used by a long shot, including the iPhone 4S. Zero shutter lag, tons of features including HDR and panorama, as well as my favorite: It’s got a dedicated physical shutter button that you press to quickly access the camera no matter what program you happen to be using at the time. Bonus: It has a physical keyboard!

    I know some people seem to love to hate physical keyboards but personally, I love them and wish there were more high quality devices with hardware controls.

  • jelliottz

    I’m glad to see your input. I’ve bounced between Android and Windows Phone. I think it would be great to see you do another challenge, but I’m not sure if the Lumia 710 is the best choice. I’ve had all 4 TMO WPs, and the Lumia was my least favorite. It was the only Windows Phone that I have ever experience lag. And it happened a lot. I think the Radar may be a better choice, and the extra .1″ does make a difference.

    Best of luck which ever way you go.

  • Dumbazz

    Sorry you’re wrong.
    The N8 sucks.

    • a_rob

      Wow, what an intelligent comment.  I’m hoping you’ve just misread what I said…I’m talking about just the camera aspect specifically – on ALL properly done technical tests the N8 still beats all other mobiles for image quality.  As a handset it’s underpowered and so the OS experience isn’t as smooth as it should be so I’d concede that – but that wasn’t the point I was making. The camera and the images it produces are better for quailty and colour balance than what else is available.

      • Lori

        So, are you looking for a phone or a camera?

        • a_rob

          A good phone with a feature rich OS and with a good quality camera…with my N8 I win on both counts :-)

      • Lori

        So, are you looking for a phone or a camera?

  • Frigolay

    I enjoyed reading your related posts over the past 30 days. I converted from iOS to Android about a year and a half ago from a 3GS to a G2. I enjoyed that phone and then purchased a Galaxy S2 last summer as soon as it came out. I like it a lot but Gingerbread started getting bit tired and I was also frustrated by the lack of communication regarding ICS. I then decided to purchase an unlocked Nexus when Google started selling them so that I would get updates straight from Google. I love this phone and ICS. It’s a much cleaner and refined experience than Gingerbread.

    I recognize it’s a difficult issue to address but Google needs to do something about updates. This is an area that Apple handles extremely well. It is very frustrating to drop $500 on a phone and then either not get updates or wait 6 months or longer for them. I typically don’t wait to get a new phone until I am upgrade eligible so I end up paying full price.

    I had simliar frustrations with email on the S2. It’s default email client for imap and exchange is horrible. I settled on Enhanced Email and I like it A LOT. I tried a few others but this was the only one I found that handled imap and exchange accounts equally well. All of the others focused more on one account type over the other. At 9.95 it is a bit expensive but I have not regretted the choice at all. And it is cheaper than some of the other clients.

    • Dswagg2k10

      the reason android phones have such a hard time coming out with updates is because Google makes their stock OS update, but the manufacturers modify the software for the different phones so it takes longer for the manufacturers to get there is straight. 

      That being said, one thing a lot of the manufacturers are doing differently now, that may not be directly linked with updates, is making less model phones. HTC, Samsung, and I think a few others will make 1, 2, or 3 phone per year per carrier instead of 6 to 12 a year. Meaning less updates will have to be updated by the manufacturer. 

  • I find it difficult to believe that someone used an Android phone for 30 days and didn’t report any app force-closes, reboots (or needing to reboot just to get any miscellaneous thing to work again), music stuttering, GPS lock issues, Android-typical random quirks, etc. It’s like everything was cake, which is a far, far cry from the experience I had with three different “high end” Android devices.

    I really wish some prominent blog editor would actually say things the way they really are with respect to Android.

    • Justamazing

      My one s doesn’t force close or have proble. it just works no issues except with madden 12 which idk if that’s an ea issue or my phone

      you are upset because he had a good experience. lol

    • Michelle V. Phillips

      iOS may not have “force closes” but there was plenty of random screen freezes. No OS is free from flaws.

    • loueradun

      Just because some manufacturers have software issues, does not mean that all androids do…  Android is about choice… if you buy a cheap android, you get the cheap android experience, I have owned the HTC G1, HTC HD2 (with Android), HTC G2 (aka HTC Vision), and the HTC Sensation.  I have also used the OG Droid, Samsung GSII, Samsung Galaxy Nexus, and a few others.  I had some of these issues on the G1, generally because I was waiting for the system to close down applications and free up memory, so the app was waiting for extended periods of time causing it to hang.  Th only other device that I recall having issues with was a Huawai Ascend for Metro, but seriously what do you expect?  The thing had the same processor as my G1.

      If you are having issues like this on a current high end android, then either the software that you have installed that’s crashing, or the manufacturer was rushed getting the phone out and didn’t fully QA the software.  Has nothing to do with Android.

    • Jason Gardner

      Considering there are more app “force closes” in iOS ( )  I imagine it was a welcome change.
      It’s a positive review, and it’s unfortunate it didn’t match your experience.  No reason to suggest nobody purchase cars because you haven’t crashed your Vespa.

  • poopie

    Waste of time

    • ogopogo

      Yes, yes you are.

    • ogopogo

      Yes, yes you are.

  • tehboogieman

    If you keep android check out Voice Choice as an add on for google voice. Once you set it up, it will automatically direct your calls to use Voice or call direct without Voice. 

    • Cory Schmidt

      Voice Plus is another option that does the same thing based on contact groups. I’ll look into Voice Choice as Voice Plus is a little un-intuitive to set up.

  • Jwin

    Dave, did you take the pictures from each device and print then out or did you just view them on their respected phones. The reason I ask is because the iphones picture appear to look better on the device but not so much printed out. especially low light pictures.

    • I didn’t print them out, no. I don’t bother printing out images usually so how they look on the computer is how I draw my own comparisons.

  • now_onTMO

    Thanks for sharing your experience with us.. The iphone is a good’s simple, easy to use, fluid, great app selection, and I see this thing everywhere.. LoL.. I like android for its great features and functionality, some of my favorite apps are already being ported to android and I’m happy about that.. Only thing I’m not happy about is the lack of flash support for the browser on the rest of android versions as google will focus on html5.. how long will it take for html5 to be completely useful on browsers? I watch videos on my phone and tablet’s browser so it’d be a big loss for me if flash disappeared on jellybean.. hopefully html5 would be integrated everywhere by then..

    Do a windows challenge and share us your experience with it..

  • 74emails

    I was using an iPhone that work gave me and as my personal, I had a Nokia e7 with symbian belle. I never touched my Nokia and got used to the iPhone . as soon as my contracted ended I replaced the Nokia with HTC one s. I love it so much that I never touch the iPhone. I think the iOS is great but android ics has made huge changes. I know iOS is simple and people like simple, but if they don’t make any changes to it, it will be out dated. think palm OS.

  • Carms Perez

    LOL David this is the part where I say “I told you so” Android > iOS for mobile Buhahahahaha! XOXO Carms

    • I never said I was dropping the iPhone, only that I’m continuing to use Android. BIG BIG difference there missy!

      • dkbnyc

        Come on over to the light!  We have cookies!  

        • **cough***laced with arsenic***cough***

  • M Salomon88

    Definitely appreciate your candor in doing this experiment and I could not agree more with your conclusion. I don’t have an iPhone but working with it and using it I did come to appreciate it as well. I will not move from Android but I respect Apple and the integration of its products. I used to be a Android fan boy but not anymore I respect both products and they are both great in their own right. Just as you had your opinion I have mine that I prefer Android. I actually like a blog that can be objective. Thanks for your post, enjoy this site thoroughly :-) 

  • InvisibleHand

    You should do it with WP7. You’ll never go back to Android even considering the weak app availability.

  • Jays_on1

    So whats the verdict David? You going to go for WP7? Couldn’t find the poll on Facebook..

  • oryan_dunn

    Which pocket

    How about updating the post with Google Play links for the apps you reference above?

  • Brandon Dean

    Wait, you werent using a 4.0 Device? I heard you reference Gingerbread in the post. 

    • I used the HTC One S, Galaxy S II and Galaxy S Blaze 4G during the challenge.

  • Ron

    I agree with how good SwiftKey is!  I’ve been using my GS2 for about 4 months now and was still not enjoying texting on the virtual keyboard.  I was missing my Blackberry!  I tried the standard keyboard and also Swype.  Now after using Swiftkey, I must say I’m really enjoying texting again!  It really does make typing much faster!  Thanks TMonews for recommending!

  • Clams

    You should do Windows Phone challenge on a higher end device than the 710. Honestly, you should hold off on the WP challenge until WP7.8 drops for existing phones or wait for the rebirthed WP8 devices in the fall.

  • I second this motion! Laziest. Blogger. Ever….


  • a67543210

    You CAN`T do attachments in the apple email client. How is it better. 
    You should have checked links like this to know the truth about iOS and Android:

  • nick K

    @davidtmonews:disqus Just curious, now that it has been a few months since the 30 day challenge, what is your phone usage distribution android vs ios?

    • That’s a good question, I was about 95% Android after the challenge up until the iPhone 5 launched. After I got my hands on an iPhone 5, I’ve been using that pretty much by itself with the exception of SIM swapping into review devices. I’m not sure what Android devices will make me swing back that way, it won’t be anything that’s 4.5″ plus though, I’m tired of big phones!

      • nick K

        I came from ios as well, then to Galaxy S2, but i’m reluctant to go back to a new iphone. I like smaller phones too, so maybe the Galaxy S3 mini is a decent strategy for samsung

  • Dion Mac

    Test 2