I decided to see what all the fuss was about Android. Most of my friends have some form of an Android phone and try and convince me to switch over. I decided to do a HUP temporarily to an Acer Liquid E (Rogers/Android 2.1) to get a feel for Android and shelve my iPhone 4 for a few days. This was while I wait for the Samsung Galaxy S Captivate to be released. Of course I had the new toy syndrome, playing with the phone all day long downloading this, adding a widget here, moving shortcuts around and downloading LauncherPro. I had to download the free SlideIT keyboard because the Swype beta is closed, but nonetheless I still got an idea of what "swyping" would be like. I looked into Rooting, but it just reminded me of Jailbreaking on the iPhone 4, mostly pointless. I don't need a ton of features with any phone I have, as long as I can get access to Social Networks, make calls, text, play some games the odd time and/or play with apps then I'm perfectly fine. I don't need "themes" or tethering like a lot of people want with iPhone 4's. I was quite content for awhile with Android, it seemed smooth albeit the iPhone was obviously much faster, smoother and fluid (though that might just be the handset I chose, I didn't want a high end Android phone if I wasn't going to like it!) I loved texting with SlideIT and the facebook/twitter app reminded me of home on my iPhone 4. Everything was fantastic but I could NEVER make this a permanent phone. Also, the camera SUCKED on this phone both UI and pictures. There were a few glitches, one I only have a temporary solution for (and this seems to be a widespread Rogers/Android problem) text message time stamps had to be corrected by an outside fix (a patch in the marketplace) because the threading times were off, making all received messages -4 hours the actual time they were sent. Using a task killer on Android ****ed that up for me and I'd have to let the patch run in the background permanently. I also don't see what the fuss is about the notification's system in Android. Sure a magic little pull down was convenient but it was nothing revolutionary. In fact at times it was very messy and bothersome to check through. But it wasn't terrible, just not something that was anything like most people mentioned on Android. Android's Marketplace was garbage. There's not much more you can say about it. All the apps reminded me of how bad the Apple's app store is as well, almost nothing useful and the rest garbage. You feed through the absolute CRAP to get to any useful applications on both devices. Last but not least, rooting/jailbreaking. Both are still quite useless to me and most people unless there's something diehard you need from it. Most themes for the iPhone 4 are horrible and everything in both is just made by some amateur hacker and mostly unstable. You have to jump through hoops to get the "open" feeling of both devices and honestly neither actually feels like you're "breaking the mold" of both devices. Flashing ROM's that are mostly unstable and have lack of updates it quite pointless to me. Stock OS's + applications is all I need unless both sets of rooting/jbing actually brings something groundbreaking to the table. In the end, all it came down to was being bored of the iPhone's home screen concept of a grid of icons for navigation and lack of some small features like Swype (it's a great way to text and no one can deny it) and maybe Widgets. My iPhone 4 will still get use, about 60% of the time but I think I'm just going to go with the Liquid E when I get fully bored of my iPhone. If you're thinking of moving to Android, I suggest not giving up your iPhone/iPhone 4 for one. Get a cheaper model that's still useful and running at least 2.1 before you even consider switching. You need to actually have it in your hands for a good week or two before you know what Android is really like. Don't just play with one in store, it doesn't do the job. Also would like to mention that the battery life on the Liquid E surprisingly blew away my iPhone 4, without live wallpaper's being used. With live wallpapers, the iPhone 4 ate my Liquid E for breakfast.