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    Default Apple User's Guide to Android


    Sample Android iPhone Theme Created with ADWLauncher

    If you are new to Android Central, Welcome! You might already be a member of our sister site, TiPb. Android Central has the resources you need to make your switch over to Android fun.

    With Android's , for almost every top iPhone app, there's an . Fans argue over which phone is best but both can get the job done. Switching to Android is like driving a new car: everything is there but laid out a little differently.

    The difference between Apple and Google is philosophical. Apple takes a one-size-fits-all approach with one phone, one on-screen keyboard, and one store. Apple offers no widgets, removable batteries, 4G, Notification LED, microSD, NFC, DLNA, turn-by-turn navigation, or Flash. The quickest way to simplify something is to take out features and options. It is like a shoe store with one style shoe, only in size 7.

    Android takes the opposite approach. Android phones come in every size and style from 2.5" to 5.3", with physical keyboards and without. There are dozens of basic Android features below still not in iPhones. Not all will be important to you but some will be. Plus you can change settings and customize your new Android almost any way you want. You can set almost anything including having the phone vibrate when you touch a key. The more features and options, the longer it takes to set up initially, but it's worth it.

    Android gives you freedom of choice over almost everything. But freedom, by its nature adds complexity. For many, it is a price happily paid.

    Choosing a Phone
    See the Phone Comparison for specs on many of the top new phones. Over the two or more years you might have this phone, you may spend $2,000+ so get the one you want. Android is evolving so quickly that no phone stays on top for long so get the best you can. Let's start by considering the basic features.

    4G - Speed Thrills
    Make sure you get 4G (or LTE). Monthly plans are often just as much for slow phones as fast ones. You may have this phone a long time. Don't get one that is already slow. To turn 4G on:
    • Tap Home > Menu > Settings > Wireless > 4G.
    • To add a 4G icon to a home screen: Long-press an empty spot on a home screen then tap Shortcuts > Settings > 4G.

    Get the right size for you

    What is the Right Size Phone? Only you can answer that question. Android phone comes in sizes from 2.5" to 5.3". A survey of 5,000 phone owners found that Only 9% Want a Screen Under 4". See what feels right for you. Don't let anyone tell you the one size phone you are to buy. See the Sizing Chart: What is the Right Size Phone?

    Notification LED
    a Notification LED for incoming or missed calls, emails, texts, Facebook or calendar events, etc. Most Androids not only have a Notification LED but the Flashlight Alerts app can also turn the camera LED into a notification LED (tutorial).

    microSD
    A microSD card is about . 16GB microSD costs $20 or . Get a "Class 10" microSD for fast 10 MB/s speeds. The 64GB microSDXC cards are under $200 and are supported by microSDXC compatible phones such as the . The app frees up space on your phone by moving apps to your SD card.

    Removable Battery
    Apple will for $85 but you lose your phone for . Android replacement batteries are typically $30-$50. For most Androids, you can pop off the back cover and put in a spare battery. Better yet, get an extended life battery.


    Video Calls
    Flagship Android phones typically have 1 or 2MP front cameras for HD video chat. That coupled with 4G gives you an amazing opportunity for Video Calls. Android Qik, and give you free unlimited video calls over WiFi, 3G and 4G. .

    LED Displays
    The iPhone 4S LCD display is nice but Apple uses that are always on with an LCD layer blocking light to produce colors. Organic LED phones like the Galaxy Nexus and Galaxy S II don't need backlights so blacks take almost no power because the LED's are off. but not this year.

    DLNA Mirror Video to TV's
    DLNA allows you to see whatever is on your phone on your compatible TV, Blu-ray player, PS3, or Xbox so you can watch HD movies or make presentations right from your phone. iPhone 4S only works .

    Full Facebook Sync
    Most Androids automatically update with Facebook friends' photos, status, messages, phones, events, birthdays, emails, and notifications. Incoming calls pop-up with updated Facebook profile photos. The free app does even more. Full Facebook-iPhone integration may .

    Flash
    Much of the web including this site rely on Adobe Flash for multimedia but on the iPhone. Unfortunately the HTML5 standard to replace Flash is still not finalized. But you will have Flash now.

    NFC
    that the new iPhone would have Near Field Communication (NFC) for instant payments, keycard, and ID like the Galaxy S II, but it didn't. Android NFC can share a contact, photo, song, application, and video or pair Bluetooth or WiFi devices. See the Google NFC Demo.

    Good Vibrations
    Set your Android to Vibrate (Haptic Feedback) if your phone must be quiet. Almost all modern phones have this option...except the iPhone. To set your Android to vibrate, tap Home > Menu > Settings > Sound > Silent Mode ON and Vibrate ON. Apps like Executive Assistant lets you customize repeating LED, sounds, and vibration reminders for missed call, emails, texts, calendar, tasks, Facebook, Twitter, etc.


    Setup Your Phone

    Once you have chosen your phone, let's get started having some fun with it. We will find your old features and try out some new ones. You can click the Getting Started button at the top of any page for more help.

    Gmail
    is at the heart of Android's Cloud Sync and once you are on Android, Apples limitations are removed. You will get notifications when Gmail is pushed to your phone, full Priority Inbox capabilities, and can forward multiple email accounts to your Gmail. See the Gmail Tips.


    Your Contacts and Calendars
    You need a Gmail account if you don't already have one to transfer over your calendars, contact names, birthdays, email addresses, and phone numbers. Transfer your iPhone/iPad to Gmail if you haven't already ():
    1. Connect your iPhone/iPad to your PC using the USB cable.
    2. Open iTunes on your computer and select your iPhone or iPad and click the iTunes Info tab.
    3. Check "Sync Contacts with" then select Google Contacts from the drop-down menu.
    4. Tap Configure and enter your Google email address and password.
    You can also sync your iPhone to Google . Here are more on syncing Outlook and using the program (). Also see the Contacts Tips for more.

    Sync to the Cloud
    Android syncs to the cloud. On your phone tap Menu > Settings > Accounts & Sync > Add account > Google > Contacts, Gmail, Calendar, etc. Then add Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, and other account syncs as well. Most Androids can sync to all of these accounts automatically. When someone changes their home phone on Facebook, your phone will be updated as well.

    Your Photos and Videos
    1. Backup the photos and videos to your computer using the USB cable if you haven't already:
    - - On a Windows PC, Click My Computer > {your iPhone} > Explore. Drag all of your photos and videos to a new folder on your PC.
    - - On a Mac, open Image Capture and set up a new folder as the destination and click Download all.
    2. Copy photos and videos from your PC to your Android: Connect your Android to your PC with the USB cable.
    - - On your computer, create a folder on your phone called Pictures if it is not already there.
    - - Sill using your computer, drag the photos and videos to your phone's Picture folder then disconnect your phone.
    3. Reboot the phone: Press Power for 10 seconds > Power Off > Wait 20 seconds > Press Power for 10 seconds.

    Your Music

    iTunes music is owned by Apple and even the file name is encoded to make is nearly impossible to find on your iPhone. The good news is that you no longer have to use iTunes! (.) Use the steps above to set up a Music folder on your phone if you don't already have one and drag your music files and folders (copies) from your computer to your phone. Here are some of our favorite : (), , , (), and . and are not so they can be moved to a new phone without issue.

    Battery Life

    Android phones are fire-breathing dragons with a big displays, powerful 4G, and a half-dozen other radios. But if you know the Power Management Tricks, you can get a great battery life.

    Live Icons

    A Live Icon is an icon that updates with information. The iPhone Calendar icon is a good example. With Android there are endless 1x1 widgets that use the space of one icon. For instance, the iPhone Clock Icon is stuck at 10:15 and the Weather Icon is stuck at 73°. These are and Live Icons using .

    Toggles

    Toggles are simple widgets that lets you change settings without going through menus (and a to Jailbreak an iPhone). But you don't have to break anything with an Android. This can keep your display on whenever your phone is charging. To put your Power Control Widgets on a homescreen, long-press an empty spot, then tap Widgets > Power Settings. Popular free Toggles include the Curvefish , , and widgets but there are .

    Widgets
    show live information on-screen without opening the app such as weather, email, calendars, and almost anything else. Here are some favorites:
    • - The amazing clock widget in words instead of numbers.
    - Estimates battery time left.
    - Day and date in a 1x1 widget. ( with color options)

    Endless App Options
    Apple has the iTunes company store. The Android Market has endless apps and the same app on Android is often less expensive or even free. But that is just the beginning. Google allows you to have access to competing markets plus lets you "share" your actual app files with a friend.

    Free App of the Day
    Here is another app you will never see on an iPhone. The Amazon Appstore offers thousands of apps at discount prices including the "Free App of the Day".

    Paid Apps for free
    Here is another great market to try. has a constantly changing assortment of normally paid apps for free including mature content.


    Get the Rest of the Apps
    Android has apps you won't find on the iPhone. puts the real battery percentage in the Notification Bar. has the temperature. You can now also have the full version of to identify places, products, books, barcodes, and translates text in a photo. Plus you can have the full to send texts for free, read voicemail transcripts, and more.

    Notifications done right
    Apple's new iOS 5 Notifications brings some features of Android's Notifications and the Android Executive Assistant app to iOS 5. As a first attempt, Apple has done well but Executive Assistant offers so much more control over repeating notifications, ringtones, vibrations, etc. Take a look. See the Notification Tips for more.

    Don't just backup, share
    Apple's lets iPhone users backup information. But the point of a document is to share it. ( for 2.25GB for free) lets you backup files for instant use on almost any smartphone or computer, not just Apples. But more importantly, you can share your documents with others.

    Let's Work Together
    let anyone you chose edit files on almost any PC or smartphones including Androids and BlackBerry's as well as iPhones, iPad's, and Macs.


    Try before you buy
    The Android Market gives you 15 minutes to try out an app on your phone to see if the options and features are right for you. If not, uninstall it for a full refund. Apple still gives but you have them now!

    Theming
    Theming is to Jailbreak an iPhone (and break your warranty). But with apps like ADWLauncher it is easy to make your Android look like an iPhone or anything else. Here is a simple way to change icons and the wallpaper to look like the iPhone 4S in the example screen shot at the top.

    Folders
    iPhone lets you put up to 12 apps in a folder. The free Android app takes folders to a whole new level. You can have more than 12 apps in a folder and sort the apps as you like. You can change folder icons and customize shortcut icons and names. The screenshot at the top shows Settings, Newsstand, and Game Center folders. See: Folder Organizer Tutorial.

    Visual Voicemail

    Most flagship Android phones come with Visual Voicemail that lets you see the caller's photo when you play their message (Oh, that's who that is!). The . In addition, many Androids will show you their updated Facebook photo and Status when you look at their voicemail. See Visual Voicemail for details. Tap here to see a sample.

    No music store limits
    You no longer need to buy music from iTunes. With Android you can buy music from Google or you can opt for a number of competitors. for instance offers almost every song available, typically for about 30% less than iTunes. The best part is that is not so songs can be moved to a new phone without issue!

    Music for free
    has nearly every song as well...for free.


    True Hands-free
    The iPhone Siri app requires you to push buttons to use it. Vlingo can turn on and operate totally from your voice. Still Siri has included many of Vlingo's other features and was an important step for Apple. How to use Vlingo is below.

    Navigation
    The iPhone 4S has and no . With Android, turn-by-turn navigation is included for free.


    Real Live Wallpaper
    Live Wallpaper is animated. The , , , , slide down your screen, and . It's fun to see how the Live Wallpaper responds to your touch or movements. See the Live Wallpaper Tips.

    More than just an Apple Newsstand
    The is an iPhone folder for iTunes media subscriptions, typically costing $1 to $5 a month each. With Android, you can have a Newsstand folder for all of your media content. With so many free media apps in Android, you may not see a reason to pay for subscriptions. (How to create folders)

    Find all of your friends
    Apple Apple's Find my Friends app finds friends with iPhones excluding the who have other phones. The Latitude feature in Google Maps lets you find friends with all different sorts of phones.

    Swype
    That icon is for the keyboard holder of multiple World Texting Speed Records. Apple prohibits the use of any keyboard but their own, so no Swype. Android lets you use any Keyboard you like. See the Keyboard Tips.

    Take control
    With your computer, you take for granted that you can see your files. iPhones do not give you this control but Android does. Apps like and let you cut, copy, and paste files as you need.

    Predictive Keyboards
    You can have a real predictive keyboard now. Keyboards like can be even faster for many users than Swype. SwiftKey users can easily break the world record because SwiftKey learns what you have typed once and then predicts your words.

    A Games Center for all of your games
    The iPhone is for iTunes games. With Android you can also have a Game Center folder for all of your games from Android Market, Amazon, Getjar, and dozens of other sources.

    Multitasking
    With Android any app can multitask. Android Multitasking automatically saves your work when you go to another app. You can start an email, start a text, open a web page, listen to music, and you can go right back where you left off in the email. Long-press Home to see your Recent Apps.

    Open Source
    . No one is licensed to modify the Apple keyboard, email, browser, contacts, or other Apple apps. . If a developer doesn't like a stock Android keyboard or other app, they can change it and re-release it back into the Android Market. Google uses licensing to reduce fragmentation so .

    Bluetooth Mouse and Keyboards
    ← See that mouse pointer? The Galaxy S II lets you to connect a Bluetooth wireless mouse or keyboard. This along with HDMI mirroring allows easy control while on an monitor or HDTV. See this video showing USB Host, Bluetooth, and HDMI out from .



    USB Host
    USB Host lets you plug in a memory thumb drive, PS3 Game Controller, mouse, or keyboard into a micro USB Host adapter as shown in these videos at . Play a game on your phone with a real controller

    More Icons
    You can place up to 16 apps per screen on an iPhone but you can move them around any way you like even leaving gaps between icons! Plus the Android () app lets you have 4x6, 5x6, or 5x7 icons per screen, with 20+ apps per folder. Plus you can change icons and nest folders in folders just like a PC.

    Try Out Some Apps
    Here are a few more of the many Applications you may want to try. Here are links to more tips and some key apps.
    and Google must be installed for searches to work properly.
    • Flashlight: Turn your camera LED into a flashlight with an app like .
    • lets you tap a preset brightness or set any brightness you like.
    • Email Tips + add many features. Corporate users: check out () or ().
    • Messaging Tips + Consider or • to replace the messaging app
    • Browser Tips + Consider great options like or •
    • Lock screen: - Disables lock screen, phone opens fast. • ($2) lets you customize it.
    • Simple Theming + (, ), (), ($0): change Icons, layout, and theme without rooting.
    • Facebook: (free, ) expands options for Facebook notifications, events, contact & profile sync, photos, etc.
    • Backup Tips: ($5) - Automatically backup messages, contacts, bookmarks, home screens, alarms, dictionary, etc. .
    • Folder Tips: () - Sets up folders, change icons, and increase from 4x4 icons to 4x6 or even 5x6. See: Folders

    So much more...
    This is just the beginning. The Getting Started has help with a number of topics including, Settings, Email, Backups, Keyboards, Folders, Favorite Apps, Extending Battery Life, and much more.

    Have fun and don't be afraid to ask any questions. - Milo

    See
    • BlackBerry - Palm webOS & Apple User's Guide to Android
    • Phone Comparison
    • 37 Features Still Missing From the iPhone 4S
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    • Sizing Chart: What is the Right Size Phone?
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    • (missing features)
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    • Using Folder Organizer to "Theme" Home Screen Icons For Free
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    Default How To Use Vlingo's Voice Commands

    has included many of the features of found in the Android app, for over a year. Vlingo even pre-dates Google . 30 states now have text while driving bans so apps like Vlingo have become increasingly important.

    Vlingo is free in the iTunes App Store and . One big upgrade over Siri is that Siri is not hands-free. You must still push buttons on the iPhone to use Siri. Vlingo's lets you just start by saying, "Hey, Vlingo."

    Details
    • Learns: Vlingo learns and at recognizing how you speak.
    • Bluetooth: Vlingo also works with Android A2DP compliant headsets.

    Setup
    Tap Menu > Settings to change settings.
    • InCar Settings to change the Wake up command, etc.
    • SafeReader to set up how Vlingo will read and announce texts and emails.

    Examples
    Here are examples of commands Vlingo can answer on screen or by voice.

    Call, Email, or Text
    "Call Mom mobile" - "Call taxi" - "Call tow truck" - "Call Best Buy" - "Call plumber"
    "Redial"
    "Text Will; Let's grab a late lunch."
    "Email Janet; Are you available to watch Hunter this weekend?"
    "Email John; Subject, Running Late; Message, John, I’ll be 10 minutes late for the meeting."

    Find
    "Find a sushi restaurant"
    "Movie times in Boston"
    "Hotels in Seattle for tomorrow night"
    "Beach front hotels in Miami"
    "Downtown hotel in Dallas."

    Social features
    "Where are my friends?"
    "Twitter status; Excited for the new season of Gossip Girl."
    "Update Facebook status; Headed to New York for the weekend!"

    Directions and Maps
    "Get directions to 1600 Pennsylvania Ave"
    "Navigate to Statue of Liberty" (the boat dock, not the island comes up)
    "Map of New York"

    Alarm Clock
    "Open alarm clock"
    "Set alarm for 30 minutes"
    "Set alarm for 7 AM"

    Search
    "Get directions to the Smithsonian"
    "Why do some sunsets look red?"
    "Where is Harry Potter playing?"
    "Find Italian restaurants nearby"
    "Find sports bars"
    "Golf courses near Orlando"

    Other Apps
    "Open calendar" - "Open calculator" - etc.
    Music: "Play music"
    Browser: "Go to Google.com"

    Find Answers
    "Who was the tenth President of the United States?"
    "What does poison ivy look like?"
    "Search: population of Portugal"
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    Default The Quick Way to "Theme" Your Android

    If you answer "Yes" to these questions, you may not want an iPhone. The iPhone 4S is stil missing these features.

    Do you want:
    1. A faster 4G/LTE phone?
    2. Any size other than small?
    3. A real Notification LED?
    4. microSD option to add 32GB or even 64GB?
    5. Removable/Upgradeable Battery?
    6. HD Video Chat not VGA Chat?
    7. LED Display?
    8. DLNA for presentations or watch movies on your TV?
    9. A full Facebook Sync (photos pop up when they call?)
    10. Flash until HTML5 is ratified?
    11. Near Field Communication (NFC) to share a song or app
    12. Controllable Haptic feedback (vibrate on key-touch)?
    13. Full Gmail (Priority Inbox, etc.)?
    14. Live Icons?
    15. Toggles to turn settings on/off?
    16. Widgets to see apps without opening them?
    17. Amazon Appstore with the free paid app of the day?
    18. Other app stores like for free paid apps?
    19. music options and .
    20. Notification bar apps like the Weather Channel for temperature?
    21. Full Notification control: how often to repeat, vibrate, LED, etc.?
    22. 15-Minute free trial on apps?
    23. Theming to change your phone into anything?
    24. Visual Voicemail with Contact Photos?
    25. True hands-free Voice Commands?
    26. for free?
    27. Live Wallpaper?
    28. , the keyboard that set the typing records?
    29. A Real predictive keyboards like ?
    30. To connect a Bluetooth wireless mouse or keyboard, PS3 game controller?
    31. USB Host lets you plug in a memory thumb drive, PS3 Game Controller, etc.
    32. To see, delete, rename, or move actual files just like on a PC?

    See the Apple User's Guide to Android and the Phone Comparison for more.
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    Default What is the Right Size Phone?


    4.5" Phone Sizing Chart showing the Keyboard

    What is the Right Size Phone?

    Only you can answer that question. Go hold the different phones. Take time to play with them and try out the features. After a half-hour or longer, what feels right to you?

    Android Central's recent Readers Choice survey found that Only 9% Want a Screen Under 4". That makes sense because that is about how many wear Women's Small or Men's XS gloves or smaller.

    The chart shows reaching with your right thumb only while holding a typical 4.5" phone. Hopefully this is not while driving or in class because that would be wrong, right?

    Notice how the keyboard is positioned right over the easiest area to reach with one hand? But let's break this down a bit. When you are typing on a laptop or PC, what size keyboard do you prefer? 15"? 17"? 20"?

    You probably didn't say 3.5". Even a 10" tablet is pretty small to use both hands but you can easily use a two-thumb keyboard like the .

    For those times when you are typing and holding the phone with one hand, take a look at the sizing chart above. Look at how the SwiftKey keyboard is optimized for one-handed typing:

    Green is an average Men's Medium glove (size 9)

    [HL]Yellow[/HL] is a Men's Small glove (size 8½)

    Red is a men's XS Extra Small glove (size 8)

    Again, no sizing chart can tell you what will feel best to you. That's why phones have screen sizes from 2.5" to 5.3". Plus the current phones are so thin and light that they all feel smaller.

    In the end, phones are like shoes. Try them and see what feels right for you. Don't let anyone tell you the one size phone you are to buy.
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    Good post; I noticed on the alternate browser links you linked to Dolphin and Opera Mini. Perhaps those should be to Dolphin HD and Opera Mobile (for at least year-old smartphones).
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    Quote Originally Posted by milominderbinder View Post
    Apple has no widgets, ... visual voicemail, turn-by-turn navigation, ... to learn about.
    You are quite wrong about the visual voicemail for it was the iPhone that pioneered the feature. Besides from that the article was pretty good.
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    one handy tip, hold down on the adress bar in your browser to share content via text email facebook and what ever other app it shows up, i had an iphone for a week and i so missed this option, very bad, and well have freedom on all your ringtones, zedge is the best app for that.
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    This seems like a great resource for new users looking to learn about what customizations or features are available for Android. It does seem obvious that it is also written by someone who has never really used an iPhone before. For example, folders for icons have been available on the iPhone since iOS 3.
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    Wow good post.Very useful.
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    Visual Voicemail was actually on the original iPhone, and is more than likely the reason it came to other handsets.
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    Default Re: Apple User's Guide to Android

    Quote Originally Posted by frmorrison View Post
    Good post; I noticed on the alternate browser links you linked to Dolphin and Opera Mini. Perhaps those should be to Dolphin HD and Opera Mobile (for at least year-old smartphones).
    Thanks. Fixed.

    Quote Originally Posted by invinciblegod View Post
    You are quite wrong about the visual voicemail for it was the iPhone that pioneered the feature. Besides from that the article was pretty good.
    Android shows you their photo when you look at voicemail. (Oh, that's who that is!) It is Visual Voicemail.

    I have taken out the missing visual reference.

    But to be clear...
    Apple shows you a list of names when you look at voicemail, there are no visual images.

    Samsung, Motorola, and HTC also show you the updated photo from their Facebook page and their Status Update.

    So when they call and the Visual Voicemail is a picture of a ring and says, "We're engaged!", you know.

    Apple does not update contact photos when Facebook photos change. You have to do it by hand. And their Visual Voicemail is great, it just lacks the visaul part. Here is .
    Last edited by milominderbinder; 12-01-2011 at 09:00 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ricbon View Post
    one handy tip, hold down on the adress bar in your browser to share content via text email facebook and what ever other app it shows up, i had an iphone for a week and i so missed this option, very bad, and well have freedom on all your ringtones, zedge is the best app for that.
    I forgot about that one. I will add it to the Browser Tips link:

    • Long-press on the address bar as a site loads to share the site link.


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    On my galaxy s, I can swipe a contact name one way to call and the other way to text. Clever! Also text input can be changed to 3x4 character screen which, with predictive, makes for super fast text entry. Turn phone to landscape and QWERTY returns. Also android supports avi, wma,mp4 as well as apple video formats. Try and play avi videos on iPhone or ipad. No, u can't. Similar with audio.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chriswarwick View Post
    On my galaxy s, I can swipe a contact name one way to call and the other way to text. Clever! Also text input can be changed to 3x4 character screen which, with predictive, makes for super fast text entry. Turn phone to landscape and QWERTY returns. Also android supports avi, wma,mp4 as well as apple video formats. Try and play avi videos on iPhone or ipad. No, u can't. Similar with audio.
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    I'll agree that the article misstates that iPhone does not have visual voicemail, but they definitely did not pioneer it. I had visual voicemail on my Cingular 8125 (Windows Mobile 5.0) a long, long time ago. I'll give you that Apple improved it a bit...

    Also, about the folders, the author isn't saying that it can't be done on the iPhone, he's just saying that on Android you can have as many apps per folder as you want, organize them in various ways, and change the folder icons.
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    I just took out the mention that the iPhone does not have visual voicemail with visual pictures.

    iPhone actually has iMaginary™ Voicemail. You imagine what the person looks like when you look at the place where their photo should go.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Android Man 2112 View Post
    ...For example, folders for icons have been available on the iPhone since iOS 3.
    I did not have a section on folders but you made me think that this is really important so I added it. Thanks!
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    Folders
    iPhone lets you put up to 12 apps in a folder. It is a great way to organize apps. The free Android app takes folders to a whole new level. You can have more than 12 apps in a folder and sort the apps as you like. You can change folder icons and customize shortcut icons and names. The screenshot at the top shows three folders: Settings, Newsstand, and Game Center. Folder Organizer Tutorial.
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    Useful info for someone new - I'm looking to move over from BlackBerry...
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    Quote Originally Posted by psiclne View Post
    Useful info for someone new - I'm looking to move over from BlackBerry...
    I have worked with iPhones quite a bit and so had enough knowledge to write specifically about how iPhone apps compare to Android. So few are left with BlackBerry that it does not come up very much and I don't know the BlackBerry programs.

    The regular Getting Started should walk you through everything. The link is in my signature below.
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    Perhaps Apple should make a guide on changing from Android? 1. install itunes and let it take over your PC,2. Remember your sign in details, u need it whenever u wanna buy or download free stuff. 3. Get your credit card - you'll need it sooner or later, 4.When going out, don't forget the charger.
    One 'downside' of android though is that some phones [e.g. HTC Wildfire] won't access certain apps. I have the Trainline app [gives details of train times in the UK] which works ok on Galaxy s, Tab and HTC desire. This app - and probably others - doesn't work on Wildfire. Annoying.
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    Quote Originally Posted by chriswarwick View Post
    Perhaps Apple should make a guide on changing from Android? 1. install itunes and let it take over your PC,2. Remember your sign in details, u need it whenever u wanna buy or download free stuff. 3. Get your credit card - you'll need it sooner or later, 4.When going out, don't forget the charger.

    ...Wildfire...
    Yes, there are other downsides to Apple. You have to use iTunes for Apps, etc. Plus Apple's music is not your music. It has DCIM. If you try to move it to a new phone, you may or may not be allowed to because it is not your music. Music you download grom Google Music or Amazon is your own and not encrypted. If you change phones just move the files over. They are your files to use.

    I will get that added to the opening post.

    I did not mention the iPhone battery issues because them may be able to fix them in software. For now, I will keep that out.

    As to the Wildfire, it is amazing the length developers have gone to to get their apps to run on it. Does it hold the record for the lowest def Android? Let alone the memory and CPU. In real life, if you see a wildfire, run.
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    Thanks for the guide! It's very nice for a macbook user like me to get familiar with syncing data and files from OSX to my phone.
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    Quote Originally Posted by milominderbinder View Post
    Plus Apple's music is not your music. It has DCIM. If you try to move it to a new phone, you may or may not be allowed to because it is not your music.
    I think that's "DRM" (Digital Rights Management). Also, iTunes has recently removed all DRM. That's why most of the songs went from $.99 to $1.29. I know this because I came from iPhone and had to "upgrade" all my older DRM music to iTunes Plus (their way of getting another 30 cents out of you for songs you already paid for) to be able to use it on my Inspire.

    Don't get me wrong, I'm not defending iTunes/Apple. Just want everyone to have the facts.
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    I need to be able to reach in my pocket and turn off the sound. There are times when you just can't take the phone out and futz with it. I loved that I could flip a switch on the iphone in my pocket and feel the confirmatory vibration. THERE HAS GOT to be an app that allows me to do that with one of the hard buttons on the galaxy...but I can't find it. They are all widgets or apps that I have to unlock the phone for. PLEASE someone develop this or tell me where there is one.

    One other pet peeve. The "home" button is not a real button and it isn't lit up... so I can't see it or feel it. I miss that!
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    Quote Originally Posted by radman202 View Post
    I need to be able to reach in my pocket and turn off the sound...
    Five options:
    1. Slide the lockscreen notification to open the app and unlock the phone
    2. Hold down the Volumn down button
    3. Put toggle on the lockscreen with Executive Assistant or
    4. Use to automatically turn off sounds during times you can't have sounds.
    5. Use to automatically turn off sounds at certain times or when you are at a location such as work or school.
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