iPhone vs Android X

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by Huntn, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. Huntn, Apr 3, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011

    Huntn macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    I made an error in the title of this thread, it should have been Droid X, the Motorola phone by Verizon...

    I'm getting close to purchasing a smart phone. I've always leaned Apple and iPhone, but I work with someone who is normally an Apple Guy but he is ga-ga over the Motorola Droid X. One thing that really caught my eye was Easy Tether a free app that allows you to tether your computer (Mac/PC) to the interent. This one item is hard to ignore although I realize that it could disappear tomorrow as a functioning app. The android also has built in gps with voice commands and uses Cozy Calendar which allows to phones to synchronize things like shopping lists. I'm a pilot and he uses an Android app called "CrewMax" I think to import his work schedule into his Google Calendar. If he clicks on a phone number in his schedule, it will automatically dial it. And he can voice command just about everything. I assume the iPhone can also do this stuff although I don't know about comparable apps.

    Is there a consensus in this forum on which phone is better or no? I have read several iphone vs android x articles online. However local input would be appreciated. If you think one is better than the other, I'd love to hear about it. Or if you know of an existing thread, please point me at it. And no this is not trying to start a brew-haha... :p
  2. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    When you say Motorola Android X I assume you means the Motorola Droid X by Verizon?

    (As for comparing those two devices, I prefer iPhone, but I also wouldn't look for a smartphone on Verizon....they are both good devices,but remember this is an iPhone forum, so I'd expect more people to suggest the iPhone)
  3. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Thanks, I corrected my post. Are you saying you would not buy any phone including an iphone on Verizon- why not? I thought Verizon has a better network and ATT has been critiqued quite a bit since the iPhone has come out. In fact that is another issue I'm looking at iphone on Verizon or ATT... Right now I use an Incognito Phone on Sprint. When I got it, I wanted a real keyboard for texting and did not really want a data plan (at that time).
  4. Synthion macrumors regular

    Jan 4, 2011
    The Droid X is a decent phone.

    Personally, Android is at it's best when done by HTC.

    Which is why if you have to get android, my line-up is

    Budget: Droid Incredible (note: budget is a relative term)
    High-End: Thunderbolt 4G (real 4g, not 3.5g by Sprint or T-Mo)

    I am a bit of an android fan:D
    But they have yet to release a decent tablet:mad:
    So for now I jailbreak!
  5. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    What do you jailbreak? My understanding if that if you jailbreak a phone, especially an iPhone, you better be sure you don't apply an Apple update or it might turn into a brick? This is something I read a while back. Maybe Apple as eased up on people who jailbreak the iphone?

    If you had to choose one phone would it be Droid or iPhone?
  6. Pink∆Floyd macrumors 68020


    Nov 21, 2009
    Up There
    Get whatever suits your needs, you obviously have different needs as compared to the rest of us, you are a pilot, so get whatever makes your life easier :D
  7. wordoflife, Apr 3, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011

    wordoflife macrumors 604


    Jul 6, 2009
    I'm going to opt for iPhone, but not because I'm part "MacRumors".

    While Android always looks like a nice thing to taste, I believe iOS is better off.
    I admit, I occasionally want to go the Android route too, but then I'd be loosing my 102 apps that I have on my phone :eek: . Android has apps, but I don't think they have as many as iOS. Also, I wouldn't get an Android from Motorola. From what I read, you get late and slow updates. If you want an Android, go for it ... go for the Thunderbolt. I think thats *way* better than the Droid X. Oh, and all of those online tech reviews show how "smooth" pinch to zoom is on the Androids they are reviewing, but it still looks laggy to me :confused: when compared to an iPhone.

    But in the end, I think iPhone is a better route. At least for me. It's great with multimedia and games.

    We just need maflynn to post since he switched from a DX to iPhone recently. :p

    You obviously didn't read the thread :rolleyes:
  8. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    It's probably not so much what I do, but a case where a specific app can import a work schedule created by the PBS scheduling system into a Google Calendar. Of course I'm looking for a way to accomplish this task using a iPhone. :)
  9. johnnyturbouk macrumors 68000


    Feb 9, 2011
    on the yellow [oled] brick road to tech nirvana.
    3 years as a loyal iphone user - i can honestly vouch for the iphone

    love the ip4 the most
    retina display, the sepped and functionality is fantastic
    the app store for iphone/ipad>>>>>>>>>>>>>>android

    i've never owned an android but have played around with them - they look ok and seem workable but, imho just do not feel right for my needs

    i could not live or work without my iphone
  10. iApples macrumors 65816


    Mar 24, 2011
    If you update a jailbroken iPhone, nothing happens to the phone. You just lose the jailbreak and your phone is running the newest firmware. You can't possibly brick an iPhone through jailbreaking. That's total garbage.
  11. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I'm a former droidx owner and consider a couple of points to ponder.

    First the droidx bootloader is encrypted making it difficult to load custom roms.
    Second motorola is incredibly slow in updating the droidx, don't expect timely bug fixes or updates to new versions of android.
    Third and probably most importantly, verizon/moto will be releasing the droid x2 in a couple of months. Don't lock into a 2 year contract with a phone that's near end of life.
  12. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    Maybe I said it incorrectly. If you were using a jailborken iPhone outside of the ATT network and applied an Apple update, you might not be able to use that phone on the alternative network after the update. This would suck if you had a contract on the other network. At one point, this was an issue, but as I said, maybe this situation no longer exists.

    Excellent sounding suggestions. Thanks!

    Bottom line, if I can get the iPhone to do what I need it to do, it will get my vote. :)
  13. kre62 macrumors 68020

    Jul 12, 2010
    Why would you have a contract on another network? The point of a contract is to get the carrier to pay for most of the phone for you. Otherwise, you just sign up for service on a month to month basis.
  14. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I just like the ability to switch phones without my providers permission....with AT&T(and T Mobile) I can buy a phone right the hardware company and move the SIM card from device to device. Plus Nokia moves some good device for AT&T(and they have some nice keyboards)

    As for who has the best next work, that depends on what you're looking at for "best" I like the ability to call/surf and AT&T has the fastest 3G, so I ended up with them(also the iPhone was their there which is why I didn't look to T Mobile)
  15. Huntn thread starter macrumors P6


    May 5, 2008
    The Misty Mountains
    You may be right about this and I may be guilty of assumptions. I think this issue came up in England when the iPhone first came out. A network there was offering to jailbreak the phone and then later it's compatibility was broken by an update. I thought contracts were involved, but I could be mistaken.

    I remember seeing an article about iphone on ATT vs Verizon. I need to see if I can locate that online. Something about one of the services allowing surfing while talking, and the other did not? Is that what you are referring to? Thanks!

    I have also found out that the iCrewMax app I mentioned in the first post is a firefox addon that should work on the iphone to import my schedule into a google calendar.

    What do you all think about hacking a phone to allow it to tether? This sounds risky to me, but apparently some have done it on the iPhone. Yes it probably is against agreements, but it sounds so tempting... ;) Would the purists here say that is cheating? My understanding is that you are all ready have to be paying for a data plan to do this.
  16. lilcosco08 macrumors 65816


    May 27, 2010
  17. AndroidfoLife, Apr 3, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011

    AndroidfoLife macrumors regular

    Mar 27, 2011
    Android is not iOS and iOS is not Android.

    They are two completely different OSs with some similarities and many differences. They both do some things better then the other. My way to base your decision would be to base it on what you want to be able to do and how good is your tech knowledge.

    1. If you are a person who is frequently away from your primary computer then an Android would be better for you. Androids allow you to sync it with your google services over the air. It allows you to get on any computer and wirelessly sync your computer through the web browsers.

    2. If you are a person who doesn't know how to manage your music. Then you should get an Iphone Itunes makes it much easier to manage the various Media things on your Iphone.

    3. If you may want to use your phone as a flash drive, then you should get an Android. To allow you to have the flash drive option.

    4. If you have a difficult time getting use to new things, Then I iPhone is better. The Iphone is really easy to learn compared to android. Don't get me wrong android is easy to learn just not up to the level as an Iphone.

    5. Do you want to install third party apps not on the App-store/marketplace. Go android it allows you to install what ever you want on to your phone.

    6. If you want multiple Accessories then go for the Iphone. The 30pin Connection is quite amazing and nearly universal in allowing people buy millions of different accessories.

    7. Want to customize your phone you should get an android. Androids have much more personalization options then Iphones.

    *If you want to play games with your phone then well this one they both win.
    The iOS has more gaming APPS(keyword being apps.) While android has access to far more games via emulators. So for casual games the iOS wins for more sit down and longer games then the Android wins
  18. mpossoff macrumors 68020

    Mar 21, 2010
    Everything about the iphone is great except I'd like to see a 4inch screen maximum.
  19. briand05 macrumors 6502

    Jan 23, 2005
    I've gone Android before, it has some nice features but I still personally find iOS a better 'experience' for me. I'm not a "fanboy" and I don't always agree with Apple...but I just love my iPhone 4 more than any Android phone I've tried. My iPhone 4 has been great and I really can't say enough good things about it. I'm the kind of guy that just wants my tech to work smoothly and doesn't care that much about customization.
  20. penfan82 macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2011
    Being the owner of both my son has iPhone I have x I think it depends on ur preference android is more open sourced and u can do just about anything u like to it being that a lot of folks are already used to iPod touch iPhone transformation may be easier try them both at the store before making ur decision I can tell u my household love them both
  21. appleofmy"i" macrumors regular


    Feb 2, 2010
    Droid X owner

    Point for a Droid X

    1. The Android OS is amazing and well designed
    2. As you said it has Google Navigation (with voice and street view) which you can't get on iPhone yet
    3. Google voice commands are amazing, I can double tap the Home key and say call Whole Foods and it looks up the closest one and dials the number without me having to do anything
    4. When my phone receives a call it pops up a notification on my Mac and mutes iTunes while on my call.
    5. Android is so customizable, it really helps that new toy itch in the fact I can change it so much.
    6. Flash, yes it really is that big of a deal and one of the things that bothered me to no end when I had iOS

    That all being said (and there are many more points) both phones are incredible and you'll honestly be happy either way. So get out and play with both and make your decision.

    If you have any questions about the Droid X feel free to message me, Id love to help you decide.
  22. InsanelyApple macrumors 6502


    Oct 26, 2010
    Personally I think that HTC makes the best phones and UI's. But if you have apps and music downloaded through iTunes for an iPod or something, then an iPhone would be best since you wouldn't have to repurchase your apps for Android.
  23. hildey macrumors newbie

    Apr 1, 2011
    This is true, although current rumors point towards mobileme being made free soon so this may soon no longer be a problem.
  24. X2468 macrumors regular

    Mar 21, 2011
    I have them both and like them equally.

    They are simply different, very different from each other.

    Android is a true handheld computer (with a phone) with a file system that is readily accessible and quite useful.

    The iPhone is an iPod (with a phone).

    To proclaim one as far superior to the other is nonsense. We have choices to celebrate. They each have their pros and cons and it's up to the individual user as to his or her preferences.
  25. tekker macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2011
    Get the HTC Thunderbolt. You won't regret it.

    Thunderbolt > Droid X

    Thunderbolt > iPhone 4

    Anyone who tells you anything different is delusional/isn't smart enough for a smartphone.

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