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Smartphone face-off: iPhone vs Android

We put the smartphone platforms head to head

Ever since Google Android's popularity began to surge last year, arguments are blazing over which smartphone operating system reigns supreme.

Tom Spring and Robert Strohmeyer both have strong views on the subject, and they're ready to present their arguments. First up, senior editor Tom Spring explains why he's had it with Android.

Hasta la vista, Android; Hello (again), iPhone

In the beginning, turning on my Droid X for the first time felt triumphant, exciting, nearly revolutionary in the face of the omnipresent iPhone minions. My new Motorola Android phone croaked a baritone 'Droid' as its freakish red eye blinked and looked into my eyes for the first time. It was love at first sight. Now, seven months later, the honeymoon is over.

These days, pulling the hulking smartphone from its charging perch makes me wince - will it freeze on me today? Should I switch to the iPhone? No question about it!

Here are five reasons I'm ditching my Droid X for the Apple iPhone.

Core apps are too buggy
Too often, trying to view images I've imported and taken with the Droid X camera produces the message 'unsupported file type'. I reboot my Droid X, and bingo: Images and videos are suddenly viewable. I have the same problem with audio files; as I gear up to listen to music, the dreaded 'unsupported audio type' message appears. Pressing Restart solves the problem.

Then there are the Android OS lockups in which the only solution is either a reboot or pulling the battery from the back of the phone to force a reset. I also would love to use the Voice Commands app bundled with the phone, but the application takes 10 seconds (an eternity in smartphone time) to load and prompt me to 'Say a command'.

If such occurrences cropped up only on a monthly basis, I could live with it. But I'm running into these types of errors weekly. It's got so bad, I'm thinking one of these days a Blue Screen of Death will appear and I'll have to press Ctrl-Alt-Delete to reset my phone.

Think I'm alone? Multimedia bugs are some of the most frequently complained about topics on DroidXForum.com and Motorola's troubleshooting support forum.

My Droid-centric colleague Robert will try to counter this argument, but he is conveniently sidestepping the fact that my criticism concerns preinstalled and core apps that are frozen onto my Android phone. It's one thing to gripe about apps I download from third parties, but this is another matter entirely. My current iOS devices and my past iPhone had core apps that were far more reliable. I'm not imagining things, either: On Motorola's support forums, the petition to remove the Droid X's preinstalled apps has garnered 108,000 views so far.

NEXT PAGE: Lack of accessories

  1. The smartphone platforms go head to head
  2. Lack of accessories
  3. Security
  4. The case for Android
  5. Optional accessories
  6. iPhone security


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