Droid or iPhone, What do you think?

this summer i was not sure what phone to buy. I either have the choice of the iPhone 5 coming out for version, or the Droid X (unless they make a new droid soon). I've done a lot of research and im stilling crossed between which one is actually "better" or if its just all preference. care to speculate?


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    I prefer droid period. It is faster and just reacts better. I have the iphone 3 i jailbroke it and have dual booting of droid also. You buy the iphone for the apple brand Droid there are multiple companies that make them with that OS so they are all competing to have the best phone out. Apple thinks they dont have to because well they're apple. If you are gonna get an iphone wait and see what new features they add this year. which probably wont be much and will have been on other phones for years. Side note they specifically leave features out on purpose because they can and it will make you wont the next one when it comes out kinda brilliant if you think about it.

    yeah ive realized they do that a lot. especially with the ipad and the ipod. plus they make everything thinner year by year so that you have to buy a new case and everything
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 11:47 am
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    Up to you. I have an iPhone and love it. I have used androids before but if you do get an android...

    SPEND A DECENT AMOUNT OF MONEY ON IT. My brother bought a Sony Ericsson X8 for about £100 ($150ish), and it is a load of crap. It runs slow, has needed a repair, doesn't charge well etc.

    However, looking at the more expensive HTC's and Motorola's etc, they seem much faster and more reliable.

    Also, if you like to customise, use android. The limits of iOS mean there is little customisation you can do without jailbreaking, but you soon get used to this. Apple put tons of money into aesthetic design for a reason. Although it seems boring, it is simple and doesn't wear out.

    All in all, I think the iPhone is better for everyday. It has the quality touch screen, which is very reactive but not overreactive. The simple design and operation makes it great to use all the time. The consistent design through all apps is great (the navigation at the top/bottom etc). Safari is pretty good too. For example, android supports pinch-zoom but its not always that smooth or precise. Also, its an iPhone. I don't wanna sound like the adverts, but there is the App Store, which is unique in its own way.

    Also, even though the sync can be tedious, it works great. Theres no drag'n'drop file transfer, so files cant go in the wrong place etc. You pick what you want in iTunes and press sync. Job done. That is plainly awesome :) and with iOS 5 coming soon, there will be things like WiFi sync, which syncs automatically when it goes on charge over wifi, so it doesn't even need plugging in.

    As for the battery life, it will go a good few days if you hardly touch it. If you use it a lot, it will last about a day (playing games all the time, Facebook, 3G internet etc).


    I cant say much more for android, but theres my view on the iPhone.

    Also, you get GREAT after-sale support with the iPhone. Yes, a broken screen repair is NOT cheap, but the service I got was great. I took it to an Apple store (you can also send it off if you like), and they REPLACED THE PHONE rather than repair it and have to collect it later. Of course, with the iPhone syncing, when I plugged the new one in, all files, settings etc were transferred, and you would never know it was a new phone (except the screen wasn't broken anymore :)

    When my brother's X8 stopped receiving texts and calls, he had to send it to O2 (Telofonica UK) for repair. They gave him a courtesy phone which he had to pay a £25 refundable deposit on. It then took about 4 days for the phone to come back, to find it now doesn't always charge properly.

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    Get a Droid. I have the Droid X but right now I'd say the best bet you have for a phone is the HTC Thunderbolt. It's an Android phone but HTC is a much nicer company in regards to people hacking their phones whereas Motorola is pretty bitchy about it. Also, the Thunderbolt has 4G so if you live in a highly populated area (like a major city) you would benefit from that. If you live in a less popultaed area though, you might not get 4G speeds so if that's the case stick to the X. The X is one of the fastest phones out there and can be hacked to a decent extent. I wrote a guide on droidforums.com about flashing new ROMs to the X, I can give you the link if you decide to go with that phone. If you don't plan on hacking it though there's still so much more you can do with the Droid. I can go into more detail later if you want, I'm in a rush right now though so just comment if you want more info.
    Honestly the only thing I think the iPhone has going for it is its awesome music player.

    thats ttrue, i have heard the music system isnt that good on the droid compared to apples. is their music really that good? but regardless i have an ipod so i can just use that haha. if you have the time id love to hear details, but thats up to you
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 11:49 am
    -----It's not that the music system is terrible on the Droids its just that Apple has really gotten the time to perfect it with their iPods and it carried over into the iPhone. I still keep a ton of music on my Droid X but I mainly use the Pandora app.
    -----The Droid X camera is marked as 8 megapixels but that does not mean all of your photos will come out beautiful; Motorola'stock camera app isn't great for photos (but video is fine). There's an app called Camera 360 which takes much clearer pictures, especially when zoomed in. It also has a ton of filters, effects, etc. for any kind of picture you want to take.
    -----Another pic related app is called PicSay. There's the free and paid version but in my opinion, the paid version is worth it. It's basically a toned down photoshop for your phone.
    -----Some of the main things I like about the Droid that the iPhone can't do are removable battery, removable SD card, and Wifi tethering (if I remember correctly, the iPhone doesn't have this one but I could be wrong). The removable battery is nice because smartphone battery life is notoriously short (Droid X usually lasts 12-15 hours on moderate/heavy usage) so you can keep an extra battery charged and in your wallet in case you need it. They're only $8 on Amazon and its awesome to basically never worry about battery life. Removable storage is a plus because you can always upgrade to more space if you are ever running low, not to mention most apps can be backed up to the SD card in case you want to save phone storage space. Wifi tethering is also awesome - if you are ever on the go or are in a place where there's no accessible wifi, just create a hotspot using your phone and you can access it from your laptop, home computer, etc. I actually used it while in the car visiting colleges last summer so I could write papers for school and look stuff up on the Internet.
    -----One last thing, Adobe Flash is supported on the Droid X. If you go with the X I can give you the names of other apps to download that I use a lot.
    - xlivewire7x April 22, 2011, 3:09 pm
    i would very much appreciate the app names! and i think the iphone can wifi tether too. they have a hotspot app. but thanks for the info! i have a mac laptop and i feel conforming to everything mac is what i "should" do, because i like consistency. but as i comapre the two more im starting to like the droid more. i also really like the bigger screen, because im a big kid and i hate apples tiny little screens
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 4:39 pm
    I'll put the app names up later cus its a little late here, but yea I forgot to talk about the screen size haha. It's awesome having a huge screen, its more comfortable for typing, playing games, watching movies, etc. I don't think I'll get a phone with a screen smaller than 4" now.
    - xlivewire7x April 22, 2011, 6:33 pm
    yeah my thumbs are too big for the ipod anymore lol. and its all good, just post um whenever =)
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 6:37 pm
    --Launcher Pro or ADW - both of these apps are homescreen replacers and are much better than the stock homescreens. Each has a paid and free version and both are worth trying out. Personally I use the paid version of Launcher Pro (Launcher Pro Plus) because it's smoother and more reliable.
    --AndroidVNC - this is an awesome app if you download the program to your home computer, it's basically a remote desktop to get on your home computer from anywhere.
    --Astro File Manager - almost a must have app, it's one of the best apps out there that lets you browse your phone's files. Extremely useful for installing apps that you download from the computer and transfer to your phone, or if somebody emails you an app.
    --Backgrounds - has a ton of awesome high quality pictures that you can set as your phone's background. I change mine every couple of days :D
    --Beautiful Widgets - this is a paid app but it gives you an awesome amount of clock and weather widgets you can put on your homescreens. They have tons of skins you can download straight from the app as well.
    --Camera 360 Ultimate - this is the paid version of Camera 360. It takes great pictures and is way better than the stock camera app.
    --DroidLight - flashlight app for the Droid that uses the camera flash instead of most apps which just use the screen. This app always finds a way to come in handy when you least expect it, especially since the Droid X has one of the brightest flashes of any phone out there.
    --DropBox - If you don't have a DropBox account I would suggest you get one. Free accounts are given a 2GB storage box so you can upload files online and access them anywhere. This app gives you easy access to your DropBox folder.
    --Facebook - don't need to explain much about this one, but I put it up because I use it every day.
    --gStringsFree - only useful if you play guitar (or any other instrument) but this app allows you to use your phone as a tuner. It's extremely accurate and really useful if you ever need to tun an instrument.
    --N64oid - the developer of this app temporarily took it off the market so he could improve it but this app is allows you to play N64 games on your phone. I downloaded it from ThePirateBay and it's a pretty beta version right now because it's not too fast, but it can still play games like Ocarina of Time and MarioKart at a reasonable frame rate. Waiting for it to be improved though.
    --Pandora - free version of the Pandora app, I use it every time I'm in the car. Just make sure to go to preferences and increase the music quality, makes it sound much better.
    --PicSay Pro - paid app, basically a toned down version of Photoshop.
    --PTDLock - Pokemon Tower Defense for your phone! The developer of the app was able to sneak it back onto the market, it was previously removed by Google. The password is PTD or PTDLock if I remember correctly, you can Google that though.
    --SwitchPro Widget - I think this is a paid app but I can't remember, its a useful app that lets you add widgets to your homescreens to toggles things such as WiFi, Bluetooth, 3G, Backlight, etc.
    --tTorrent - not an app that I use often but a lot of people do, it's a torrent client for your phone.
    --TV Shows Stream - there is a free and paid version but this app allows you to stream a variety of shows to your phone. It's really worth it to at least check out the free version because it's amazing how many episodes of each show they have, I'm considering buying the full version.
    --Google Voice - cool voicemail replacement app, it can convert some of your voicemails to text so you can read it if the person spoke clearly enough.
    --GameBoid - paid app for Game Boy Advanced emulator. You can get a free one but they usually don't allow you to save unless you pay.

    Rooted Only Apps
    These apps will only work if you root your phone.
    --Absolute System - allows you to change the font on your phone, the bootscreen, block apps, edit the build.prop file, etc.
    --Cache Cleaner - clears the phones cache on a daily basis and/or with the press of a button on the homescreen. Some settings should be changed for best usage but with regular use it prevents your phone from slowing down.
    --drocap2 - screen shot application.
    --Droid X Bootstrapper - allows you to bootstrap the phone's recovery in order to reboot into Clockwork recovery to flash themes or ROMs, back up your files, etc.
    --Root Explorer - better version of Astro, allows more control over files. I still keep both applications on my phone though
    --Wireless Tether - better version of stock 3G Mobile Hotspot
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 8:00 am
    thanks! and i have a few of these apps already on my ipod like teamviewer is a remote desktop connection app. and from reading all of these, i do realize a thing i like about apple, their software is very structured. like you never have an issue with doing things properly. like the coding on android seems a lot more loose which is nice because it allows customization. but also i feel like its easier to mess things up and things like that
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 8:09 am
    -----I wouldn't say it has to do with structuring so much as it has to do with security. Apple doesn't want you to do anything with your device outside of what they tell you to do with it. Most Android phone companies are exactly the opposite and will release the source code for their phones, HTC and Sony are big examples of this. Motorola is more strict than either of the these companies, but much less so than Apple.
    -----You're right about it being able to customize a Droid much more than an Apple device, but you're not gonna fuck up a Droid doing day to day things. If you end up rooting your phone, there's tons of guides on how to do it and nowadays its extremely easy, you won't ruin your phone if you mess up rooting it. Sign up for an account on some kind of Android forum or just look around at one (my favorite is droidforums.com). The people at these sites will always be there to help you if you have any questions.
    -----I think this analogy sums it up - Android devices are like free roam RPG's, you can do almost anything you want and you're not constrained to a single path unless you want to be. iPhones are like first person shooters, they're fun but there's generally only one path you can take.
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 8:27 am
    thats true. i see what your saying with them wanting you to be able to customize your devices. thats why droid software hit so many phone companies, because of the open source code.

    and a curious question, what is "rooting" is that the same thing as jailbreaking an ipod?
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 9:15 am
    Yea rooting is basically the same thing as jailbreaking, it gives you and certain applications access to system files. Then there are ROM's, think of these like the phone's operating system. The two kinds of ROM's are those that use the phone's stock bootloader and those that use custom bootloaders. Because Motorola hasn't released the code to the Droid X's bootloader, we are stuck to using ROM's with the stock bootloader. These ROM's can do anything from getting rid of the crap that comes stock on the phone such as MotoBlur to overclocking the phone.
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 9:23 am
    1. ive heard about that, all the extra stuff motorolla puts in there. i do like the idea of being able to alter things to your liking, and i know what ROMs are in the sense of emulators but i didnt know they were the name of the actual programs on phones.

    2. also, why would you want a separate bootloader? to upload programs that weren't ment to be uploaded using the original bootloader? is my guess.

    3. overclocking?

    4. and do you know of another droid coming out soon? i like the Droid X because its the biggest droid ive seen, but i feel like thats an older model and i dont want to buy it if a new one is suppose to come out soon.
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 9:27 am
    1. Yea, if it helps you can also think of your phone as an emulator and the ROM is like the game it's playing, I think that's a bit more accurate.

    2. I'm not an expert on bootloaders but from what I know, a separate bootloader allows developers to have more control over the ROM's that they make. I'll have to look into that one a little bit.

    3. Overclocking is making the CPU run faster. For example, the Droid X processor runs at 1GHz stock, but if you overclock it you can make it run at maybe 1.3GHz. Sometimes this requires an increase voltage that reduces battery life, but some people will actually keep the phone at 1Ghz and undervolt it to increase battery life.

    4. The HTC Thunderbolt was released last month, the screen is the same size as the Droid X, runs on 4G, and HTC is an awesome company. I'd recommend that phone.
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 9:37 am
    1. awesome
    2. let me know if you find out anything interesting
    3. oh i see, thats pretty interesting. i might look into that
    4. i love how the Droid X looks, but if it comes down to getting an overall better phone i agree going with the thunderbolt would be good. i just wish theyd make like a Droid 2X lol
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 9:46 am
    They do have a Droid X2 and the Droid Bionic set to release in Q2 of this year, but those dates get pushed back constantly on cell phones. The Droid X2 doesn't have much info released about it, but you should look around at what you can find about the Bionic. I believe it will be the next flagship Android phone
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 11:07 am
    im guessing by context flagship means "next big phone" and the bionic set? what exactly is that suppose to be, a new series of phones?
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 12:18 pm
    i've come across a problem: These are not the droids im looking for.... xD

    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 12:19 pm
    You are right about the flagship part, but the Bionic is going to be the newest Droid phone (i.e. Droid Bionic). Sorry for the confusion
    - xlivewire7x April 23, 2011, 7:16 pm
    its all good. thank you for the info! hopefully ill be able to test out the bionic before i have to renew my plan
    - bufus101 April 25, 2011, 4:04 am
    I got the HTC thunderbolt. do most of the apps you listed still apply as good apps for me to get? or does HTC come with better stuff
    - bufus101 June 8, 2011, 9:15 am
    They all still apply except for PTDLock, you have to go to samdangames.blogspot.com to get their app now. If I find any more cool apps I'll post them here.
    - xlivewire7x June 8, 2011, 9:24 am
    alright cool. thanks
    - bufus101 June 8, 2011, 9:52 am
    any more useful apps you can think of?
    - bufus101 June 27, 2011, 8:10 am
    Yea I have a few, most of them are music oriented.

    Cover Art Downloader - Scans your music collection and downloads any cover art that you may be missing. Not perfect but does a pretty good job.

    doubleTwist - Great alternative to the default music player. Feels cleaner and much more intuitive in my opinion. There is also a program for the computer by the same name for easy music syncining and organizing.

    Hoccer - Easily allows you to send and receive files to other Android users. Good alternative to emailing as it allows you to more quickly send files such as apps (so if your friend has a paid app that you really want for free, have him send it over to your phone).

    Lyrics App - One of my favorite apps now. Whenever you play a song from you're phone, this app will automatically get the lyrics to the song and show it in the notification bar so you can switch back and forth to the lyrics quickly.

    onTour Free - This app scans you're music collection for artists and lets you know about any gigs they're playing. You can scan by area or artist, awesome for getting quick information on shows. Also let's you buy tickets.

    SMS Backup - One of those apps that comes in handy every now and then. Lets you backup your text inbox in case you plan on resetting your phone for any reason (like installing a new ROM).
    - xlivewire7x June 27, 2011, 1:12 pm
    awesome thanks! i got the beautiful widgets app. its pretty cool. i likke the customizability. but i couldnt find any good emulators for gameboy, etc. also the camera 360 ultimate doesnt show up
    - bufus101 June 27, 2011, 4:27 pm
    Sorry, there's no space between camera and 360, and apparently that makes the difference haha. Apparently Google has decided to get more controlling so they took out all the emulators from the market. However, these emulators can all be found on the internet, especially from torrent sites. If you haven't tried out the TV Shows Stream app you should definitely do that. That may also be removed from the market but its still available for download from torrent sites. I think out of every app listed, that would be my favorite. Tons of TV shows with every episode available streaming right to your phone
    - xlivewire7x June 27, 2011, 5:47 pm
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    Neither XD Hope i helped

    ill just use the pony express =D
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 11:49 am
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    I like my Droid. :)

    Curiousness, how much does the Droid cost? I've been thinking of getting one. My last phone broke when I accidently on purpose threw it against the wall..
    - DarkHunter April 22, 2011, 11:52 am
    Its not too expensive, somewhere between 100 and 200 dollars. (i accidently on purpose responded to this post)
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 2:03 pm
    Cheers man, and that isn't too bad. And don't copy my "Accidently on purpose" ):
    - DarkHunter April 22, 2011, 2:16 pm
    It's cuz ya'll want to talk to me... Don't lie. :p jk!
    - ClassicDarlingXO April 22, 2011, 3:58 pm
    Haha, that's totally not the reason *Darts eyes back and forth*
    - DarkHunter April 22, 2011, 3:59 pm
    pssh im actually just here to talk to my friend darkhunter whose my friend.
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 4:01 pm
    Yay friends, highfive!
    - DarkHunter April 22, 2011, 4:03 pm
    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 4:42 pm
    I would but I have a brand new screen and I don't want to smudge it.
    - DarkHunter April 22, 2011, 4:44 pm
    its okay, ill just pretend you high-fived it =D....

    - bufus101 April 22, 2011, 4:45 pm
    Hugs.
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    samsung galaxy s 640


    Galaxy S - It's both

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    You should get the Droid simply for the fact that it goes "Droooooid"

    haha yes! thats the decision maker
    - bufus101 April 23, 2011, 9:42 am
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    well I have a droid and rachel has an Iphone, so we've been fighting this battle for a while.

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    If you already own a bunch of apple products , you already know your answer, and it just works , I can say that much for Apple products - For a phone it just needs to work sometimes and its clean, and it has a huge fanbase and.. and its THE IFONE!

    I'm actually a huge Android fan , had the Droid 1 - now the HTC Thunderbolt - I love the phone however I wished 4g + Tegra 2 would have been a choice.

    HTC Thunderbolt and Samsung Charge have some of the worst battery lives I've ever seen , considering though a huge screen and battery hungry 4G , they are amazing phones. Currently HTC Thunderbolt rooted on Das Bamf 1.6.3 overclocked to 1.5Ghz - suggested a backup battery (usb battery backup) or get the 2200mah battery option for HTC.I love the customizations ... period ... however Apple has a lot of neat cloud based features that will be replicated soon enough.



    Guess it depends on the person really, if your technically minded I would say Android, if your someone that likes the features without the hassle Apple (still suggested rooting it)

    yeah i want to root my htc but its hard to root it with a mac. so all my comp to phone transfers are manual. and yeah the battery life dies like no other. i might have to do something about that because carrying around a portable recharger is a little annoying. i sort of wish i got the iphone because it is a lot simpler. but i do like being able to customize settings though it is a hassle. plus its giving me something to do. if i got an iphone id be really bored on it because i know of all its inner workings from the ipod touch. the compatability of iphone to mac is nice though too
    - bufus101 June 8, 2011, 2:04 pm
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    I bought a jail broke Iphone in Malaysia it works freaking anywhere and everywhere I go, I'm Military so thats a lot of stops. It even works out here in Afghanistan. Does Droid work better? Maybe, Maybe Not but they weren't selling 32gb Droids for 50 bucks they were selling Iphone 4s and now I just roam, maybe buy new SIM chips where I need, maybe a phone card hear or there. Hell my provider doesn't even carry Iphones

    Haha that's awesome. But Idk. iPhone's never really mess up. Since Apple only makes literally one phone they can put all their efforts into making it perfect. Apple's products are perfect. their software is the least faulty of anyone's. But their software is also very locked down and boring. Plus the 3 inch screen is too small for me. the ease of syncing data on it is nice though. But I got the HTC thunderbolt and I'm happy. I enjoy being able to have more then just a page of apps. the main thing I like about droids are the size, customization (mainly in the form of widgets), and just overall use. HTC and Motorola put out some good phones too
    - bufus101 June 28, 2011, 1:47 am
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