Wow, After seeing Android am I ever happy with my iPhone!

Discussion in 'iPhone' started by snverhallen, Sep 23, 2008.

  1. snverhallen macrumors 6502a

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    I was just watching the Android walkthroughs, and boy is it pretty ugly. The icons look super old, the UI looks clunky; and it just doesn't seem to have the iPhone UI smoothness. And the actual phone is quite an eye-sore as well.

    What about you?

    Walkthrough link

    snverhallen
     
  2. cellocello macrumors 68000

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    Links?

    I've seen some walk-throughs, but I want to see what you've seen.
     
  3. Opie macrumors 6502a

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  4. DavidLeblond macrumors 68020

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    After pinching and stretching to zoom in and out, I can never go back to tapping on a magnifying glass icon. No way.
     
  5. bubbagumpshrimp macrumors 6502

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    wow! the iphones UI must really be ahead of its time. the UI on the Android is bad. it reminds me of a windows mobile phone.
     
  6. NT1440 macrumors G4

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    wow.

    It may not be 100% menu navigation but damn it looked confusing to me.

    And why does the photo viewer go immediatly to a cropping feature when you select a photo? Id imagine most ppl looking at their photos want to SEE them by default, not edit them.
     
  7. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    The thing I notice most is the 3D-style icons. That's sure looks more advanced than a square icon, but I don't think it's better here.

    With a small screen size, I think that the square icons of the iPhone are much better at conveying more information in a small space than Android's little "acutal item" icons. The problem is, the "actual items" need space between them so you can figure out what you're looking at. And you need more space to make a good border than a plain box needs to make a good border.

    I feel like 3D icons work better on larger screens, but for a small screen I think the "square box" thing Apple has going on is much easier to use.
     
  8. neesh0 macrumors 6502a

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    Were gonna see a lot more phones like this for the next couple of years, but apple is gonna be ahead of the curve
     
  9. Small White Car macrumors G4

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    Which is why I actually love Android.

    Just look at things like Cut-n-Paste or video recording on the iPhone. Apple just really isn't worried about adding features like these because they're still selling the phones as fast as they can make them. Why SHOULD they work on stuff like that?

    So I really hope Android does well. Apple did an amazing job over the last 2 years. Just making the iPhone work at all was a huge task. But if no one else challenges them I know they'll slow down and stop innovating at the same pace they have been.

    Google will make sure Apple keeps working hard. I'm looking forward to it.
     
  10. snverhallen thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Agreed. Good competition can only make the iPhone better.

    snverhallen
     
  11. Nykwil macrumors 65816

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    i do like the dropdown home menu though...looks like a great idea to steal....i mean implement (thank you open source) into an iphone firmware. Great way to hide some icons.
     
  12. Cask Guest

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    Agreed Android looks fugly in comparison to the iPhone, but I guess that the better Android gets, the better the iPhone will get so it is all good.
     
  13. sotaroca macrumors newbie

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    I have to say, automatic syncing to gmail would actually be pretty awesome. It took me easily 4 hours to load all of my contacts into my iphone contacts list
     
  14. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    I was hoping that Android would be more promising than it's turned out to be. It is a bit sub-standard when compared to the iPhone's interface (or any Apple interface, for that matter). I expect better from Google.
     
  15. spamdumpster macrumors 6502a

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    Have you tried nuevasync.com? Syncs gmail calendar and contacts with iPhone for free. I'm a big fan.
     
  16. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    I agree it looks more like WinMo than iPhone, but I'd buy this if I wasn't already on AT&T with my iPhone. I especially like the MobileMe-like functionality without (I'm assuming) the $99/year price. Street view in Maps looks handy, too. Not a T-Mobile fan. Also, I think Microsoft should be more scared of this than Apple.

    Hopefully, Apple will feel enough of a challenge from this platform to continue innovating.
     
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  18. mcdj macrumors 604

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    Google, from a UI standpoint, has never been about sleek. Look at the corny drawings they do on their logo for holidays, etc. Simplistic and cutesy is more their m.o. Google's forte is the results they offer. Gmail may not be sleek, but it's a heck of a lot faster and more reliable than MobileMe's web interface.

    I would assume that Android follows this premise...cutesy simplistic interface, married with overall speed and reliability. I would also assume that people will be modding the crap out of the interface.
     
  19. Clete2 macrumors 65816

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    Yes, Google certainly does go for simplicity. I like the GMail interface. At the time it was implemented, it was certainly innovative. I like Google's designs in general, but that video of Android is certainly lacking.
     
  20. slicecom macrumors 68020

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    I hate to break it to you, but plaxo could have done that for free, in a matter of seconds. My contacts are synced between my work PC, home PC, home Mac and Gmail instantly with plaxo.
     
  21. bluenoise macrumors 6502a

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    I also use Plaxo. I used to use the Premium so that my WinMo phone was live-synced over the air, too. However, a glitch a couple of weeks ago wiped all my calendar events and all my contacts have internal duplications. For example, any given contact will have four "home" phone numbers (all the same, of course), so I've been working on getting those cleaned up.

    Overall, though, Plaxo is great for keeping stuff in sync. Just watch out for the bugs.
     
  22. slicecom macrumors 68020

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    True, it's always a good idea to keep a local backup of your contacts and calendar events just in case. Personally I just copy my contacts from Address Book into a backup folder once a month or so.
     
  23. barkomatic macrumors 68040

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    Their isn't even a 3.5mm headphone jack on the G1 but rather some proprietary jack. Supposedly, an adapter will be coming out later. Yes, this phone is definitely a rough draft beta phone.
     
  24. darkwing macrumors 65816

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    I agree the new android phone is ugly. However, it isn't really fair to call its OS clunky when the iPhone is just as bad. I sometimes wait 3 seconds for my iPhone to respond to screen taps.
     
  25. KidStallyn macrumors 6502

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    They put on a direct connect to the Amazon MP3 service, but they didn't add a headphone jack to the phone.....OOOPS!
     

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