Ok. An Evo for a day coming from webOS: here is my $.02 verdict
The phone is great. The hardware is amazing, my favorite part.
I love the level of customization that Android has right out of the box, i really enjoy that. Also, I love HTC Sense, and I strongly believe I would hate this phone without it.
Me and my girlfriend just got Evo's, and we have different opinions. I love almost everything about it, while she on the other hand..... is almost rethinking her purchase and thinking of returning to her Palm Pre.
Now, I am very tech savvy, so I get used to operating systems very quickly. She, on the other hand, is not and does not; so a lot of the things listed below will be her complaints mixed along with mine.
1. Clunky system. It takes so many steps just to do one thing. Sometimes, the step you are trying to take is inside a very illogical menu. Like there are things under "privacy" that I would have thought to be somewhere else.
2. I don't like the fact that I cannot easily close an application. I have to go through menus or apps in order to close anything. I truly dislike that. Note that I am coming from a system that all you had to do to close it was flick up on the screen.
3. Apps crash too much. I have owned an Android phone for one day, and have had 2 apps crash on me. I don't think that ever happened to me on webOS.
4. Having to download apps to a class 2 SD card is too slow. I have a 16GB and I think that was expensive enough, don't wanna pay $100 for a class 6. This is not THAT big of a deal for me, but hey, these are my $.02 :-)
5. I hate the launcher (emphasis on HATE). Look, I love the widgets, and that means limited space for my apps on the 7 pages I have. So for the rest, I have to use the dumb launcher. First of all, why only one loooong scrolling down page? Second of all, it doesn't make sense that I can customize almost EVERYTHING on Android, yet I cannot do such a simple thing as put the apps where I want on the launcher, only alphabetical! Thirdly, give me more launcher pages, or at least folders to put groups of apps in! I cannot say how much I dislike the launcher.
Also, I can't say how AWESOME all of the features of Android are. I love all the little apps like Goggles, Shopper, YouTube HQ (Evo only), and more. I never realized how much I missed being able to do all these cool things until I had them again. The selection of apps is also great!
- 06-06-2010, 04:32 AM #2
- 06-06-2010, 04:39 AM #3
You know you don't HAVE to use the launcher, right? You can just universal search (like webOS) and pop up the application you are looking for. That might be an easy solution for your girlfriend. Just have her hit her mag button at the bottom and type the first letters of what she wants and poof there is it
- 06-06-2010, 05:32 AM #5
Being new to Android and coming from a Pre myself I can understand that you are not yet familiar with all the ins and outs. With that said it is clear from your post that a lot of your issues are because of that. It really does help to read the manual when you are new to an OS. For example:
1) you can make folders that you can place on your home screens that each will hold a "page" worth of apps.
2) Search is at worse one step more than on webOS and imo its the same length seeing as I have to slide the keyboard out on the Pre which i count as a step. Just press the dedicated search button right next to the back button and start typing!
I have already started getting used to the idiosyncrasies of Android, but I understand that not everyone can.
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That said, I do believe the settings layout in WebOS (separate app for each group of settings) was better laid out. Even consulting the manual for EVO it's still difficult to find some settings in the cavernous menus.
- 06-06-2010, 08:30 AM #10
By the way, If you enjoyed webOS then try out taskOS. It works really well. Hold search to pull it up (like flicking up from gesture area) then flick up an app to kill or click on it to switch to. You can also add it to the ignore list, like HTC launcher or universal search.
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- 06-06-2010, 08:46 AM #11
I too came from a Pre and it sounds like the OP just needs to get a little more versed with android navigation and customize their layout. You can get everything you need without having to use the launcher once you setup all your homepages for how you use the phone.
Also, here is a tip if you haven't tried it yet... hold down the home key. That'll help with multitasking and switching apps.
- 06-06-2010, 09:00 AM #12
Being a recent Pre owner I really understand where OP is coming from. WebOS is one of those super easily used OSes. Good thing the interface and user experience VP from Palm is at Google now.
Overall, I love this phone -- it just takes some getting used to with the little quirks here and there.
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Funny thing about the pre's launcher is that you have the exact same functionality on android right off the main homepage - you have seven pages you can totally customize and put whatever apps you desire. Make one page nothing but
folders for your apps and already have more than the pre ever had.
- 06-06-2010, 09:55 AM #21
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- 06-06-2010, 10:17 AM #22
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I'm still used to looking at the bottom for notifications. I still haven't went in and customized the ringer sounds and notifications...Speaking of which, anyone find an Android alternative to the Pre's Free Music Ringtones app?? I use Zedge right now, because I used the website for some ringtones for my Pre.
I've been downloading from the Android Market and I think I've already surpassed the number of apps downloaded on my Pre and all except for one was free!
Manuals are overrated. I don't think people should have to be forced to read them. With webOS, all i had to know was how to work the gesture area, and the rest of the system was dead simple. I never pulled out the manual and I could tell you how to do everything. Very easy.
Android is not even close to that. And yeah, the search button works well. Sorry, I come from a phone that has no buttons other than a power button. It is odd to work a phone with even this back button (what???? no gesture)
I constantly find myself wanting to swipe up on the screen to pull the launcher :-P
You know, someone told me that you could not put apps inside folders from these forums a while ago. I took their word and didn't try it. I will now. That will help TONS TONS TONS in order to organize my phone.
Note that with webOs, I had as many pages as I want, not just 7. And I was able to organize those pages based on the type of app (e.g. sprint apps, palm apps, 3D games, etc)
I really liked that, but it seems I wil be able to do the same thing through these "folders."
- 06-06-2010, 01:42 PM #25