[FredLug] Droid vice iPhone
Paul W. Frields
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Mon Feb 28 10:21:23 EST 2011
I had an iPhone until late last year, when I switched to Android.
I've been very happy with the OS, and the availability of apps for
everything I need to do (which includes all the stuff Mark listed
below, but also all those social-networking type things too).
I think the iPhone has the edge in terms of the elegance of the
interface, but the Android's ability to play nice with lots of
different styles of working, since it doesn't require an iTunes like
app to do things like copy music or pictures, is what made me switch.
And frankly once you place things where you want on its screens, the
interface difference barely registers anymore. Plus it has built in
GPS and voice navigation + search (at least on my Droid X, presumably
other models too).
On Sun, Feb 27, 2011 at 10:34:55PM -0500, Peter Larsen wrote:
> Besides what I already said, I'm not sure what to add. Start with
> finding out why she's prefering an iPhone. Go from there. Explain that
> iPhone is not unique in any way. Maybe take her to a store and try out
> both an iPhone and Android and let her see it personally.
> Once you're at the point that RIGHT NOW she can do what she wants to do
> with both, you can expand and talk about what/where she'll be doing with
> it in the future. That's where the lock-in problems really come in.
> Let's say she doesn't like her current wireless provider, with Android
> she can move to another without loosing her data, functionality etc.
> Try that with iPhone (cloud idea versus everything stored on a phone not
> being portable).
> So if the high-ground isn't good enough I'm not sure what else you're
> looking for? Lock-in is bad not because of what you can do NOW but
> because what you won't be able to do in the future. At least not without
> paying more money. If that's not personal value add I don't know what is
> and what it would take to convince someone.
> Peter Larsen
> On Sun, 2011-02-27 at 21:57 -0500, Mark Walker wrote:
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> > Thanks, Peter. Besides what she calls the moral high ground (and it is!)
> > I need to emphasize to her also that there is the practical side that
> > you pointed out; that point is freedom from vendor lock-in. If I can be
> > successful here, she could be a very effective "evangelist" for open
> > source. It's an opportunity I hoping not to lose. All persuasion
> > points welcome.
> > "Red pill" or "blue pill;" it *does* matter, in spades! Maybe not the
> > best analogy? Or right on target?
> > Mark
> > On 2/27/11 9:16 PM, Peter Larsen wrote:
> > > On Sun, 2011-02-27 at 21:08 -0500, Mark Walker wrote:
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> > >> Help! My wife is looking at getting an iPhone, and I'm trying to
> > >> convince her to get an Android instead. She wouldn't be using things
> > >> like the FaceBook app, but instead would use the phone for taking
> > >> pictures and email, besides phone calls and texting.
> > >
> > > I'm using Android and it does all of the above and lots more. The
> > > argument I would use is that of economics. Remind her, that the cost is
> > > not only that of the phone, but keeping a proprietary Windows around.
> > > Also, remind her that all applications are under Apple's control. We
> > > have seen situations now where they are denying people to develop
> > > applications that does NOT use the apple-store, like retrieving books -
> > > Nook's application to buy e-books were taken off the iStore for this
> > > very reason. And it's just the beginning. So if apple decides that her
> > > favorite application is no longer profitable or in line with their
> > > strategy she stands to loose it.
> > >
> > > I wouldn't use the functionality strategy. There isn't much of a
> > > difference. There's upgrade paths, provider selection and non-vendor
> > > lock-ins. Since I don't own an iPhone (and never will) I cannot speak to
> > > battery life, screen brightness etc.
> > >
> > > Maybe the question to ask is "Why not Android?" and start with the
> > > answer. My guess is, you'll find the answer in line with "It's what
> > > friends use" or "it's what I know". Help her see the other side of the
> > > coin so to speak. The choice is really easy once you realize how locked
> > > in you are with iPhone.
> > >
> > >
> > - --
> > Mark Caldwell Walker
> > Contact info at marwalk.tel
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