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Android tinkerer just got an iPhone
Just got an iPhone after ditching my Nexus S 4G. I love Android, and the NS4G is definitely a sexy phone, but repeated hardware issues and Sprint's crappy network prevented me from staying with it.
So, I decided to pick up an iPhone 4 on Verizon. So, here's my really quick and to the point observations of adjusting to iOS. Feel free to add in, ask questions, etc:
-First bump I ran into was arranging pictures. With Android this is done by plugging your phone into a Mac/PC, create folders on the SD card and drag your pictures where you want them. With the iPhone you have to connect it to iTunes, export all your pictures, arrange them on your desktop into folders, then sync them back to the iPhone. Argh.
In Android this is even possible to do on the phone itself, through use of a file manager. With iOS, there is no file manager, so like it or love it, you are handcuffed to iTunes.
-Apple seems to not be fond of 'delete all' buttons. There isn't a way (that I'm aware of) to clear all text messages in one shot. Instead, you have to click 'edit', then hit the delete button next to each individual message. Considering that pretty much every other phone in creation has this functionality, I was quite surprised.
-Did I mention there was no file manager? And boy is it a royal PITA. For example, to load my keepass database on the phone I had to 1) Open the app (in this case MyKeePass). 2) Hit the '+' button. Then, 3) USE A FREAKING WEB BROWSER TO UPLOAD THE DB TO THE APP.
With Android it was just plug my phone into my Mac, and drop it on the sd card. Boom. Done.
-Notifications. Yea, umm, they pretty much blow compared to Android. Personally, I don't care for every app popping up in the middle of my screen (and interrupting what I was doing) just to inform me that it's my turn in Words with Friends (which I'm shamelessly addicted to). True, you can dig into the options and set it so apps don't do this, but you 1) can only set it on a per app basis and 2) some apps, like 'Messages' you can't disable the pop-ups unless you disable notifications across the board. Uh, ok.
No sane person can deny that this system is far inferior to Android's notification bar, and I'm willing to bet my last dollar Apple even knows this (hence iOS 5's new "notifications
-Permission/security. Call me crazy, but I actually like the fact that Android tells you what permissions an app needs prior to installation. I found this helpful from a security perspective. If I go to install a calculator app and see that it wants access to my phone book, then I know something is fishy.
With Apple, you don't know at all what apps are permitted to access, so you're basically blindly trusting that Apple tested this app and made sure it's not sending your personal info off to Russia.
Again, another thing the average user wouldn't likely care about, but I found it helpful.
I'm still not decided if I'm going to keep this puppy yet, but while I have it feel free to ask me any questions if you're considering an iPhone. Or, just drop a comment. Fire away!