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Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:47 am

the Samsung Galaxy S3. Mine showed up yesterday. Until then I would completely agree the old 1st generation Droid I had was blown away by the iPhone.

The Mrs. has a MacBook Pro, iPad 2 and 3 generations of the iPhone so I've seen what Apple can do. The S3 blows the iPhone 4S away. It's lighter, faster, has a bigger screen and Google's Play Store has nearly caught up with one of the best things about the iPhone...the iTunes store.

I didn't think these two phones would be that different but they are. Apple has a slight advantage with the screen brightness and user interface to the iTunes store, but anything I have bought on iTunes can easily be put on my new phone.

It's unbelievably better than the iPhone. Flame away.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:55 am

I don't own an iPhone because I believe it is better than a Droid. I own an iPhone because I like it better. I don't believe any phone is better than the other. People have preferences and should find what suits them.

This is going to turn into a childish flame war in 3...2...1...
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:59 am

I had one Android, which was the Samsung CHARGE. I bought it after I dropped and broke my iPhone 4. The issue I had with it wasn't the software, per se, but the quality of the experience.

The battery would give me three hours of 4G and die. It was so power-hungry that it wouldn't charge in the car (just held its charge). It took forever to charge. It crashed left and right. Various apps didn't work well with my specific phone. I found I was force-restarting it three or four times per day (yanking out the battery). The case was flimsy. The only available navigation/GPS/anti-traffic routing programs sucked (no TomTom, no Garmin). I couldn't understand anyone talking to me on the phone, either. I did, however, like "Swype."

I went back to the Apple Store and explained that I'd dropped my phone and how much would it cost to fix it? I was getting ready to play golf with my Android. The Genius said that since I admitted to having dropped it, and I didn't have a history of being obnoxious or trying to rip them off ever, he was going to make a one-time goodwill gesture and replace my iPhone 4 for free.

And that's my Android story.

If you are happy with your Android, good on ya. I'm sure it's better than the iPhone in many ways. We shall see, however, what the iPhone 5 looks like and does. I, for one, will be buying one.  
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:02 am

Quoting Silver1SWA (Reply 1):
I don't own an iPhone because I believe it is better than a Droid. I own an iPhone because I like it better. I don't believe any phone is better than the other. People have preferences and should find what suits them.

This is going to turn into a childish flame war in 3...2...1...

That's entirely possible. But, until mine showed up yesterday, I didn't believe the tech community that this really might be an iPhone killer. It's noticeably better.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:07 am

So, Doc what if I told you that I had a Droid that I admit sucked just as bad as yours did? But, until this phone my wife stopped laughing at me and said if she had a chance she would have waited and bought the Galaxy instead of the 4S.

I get that Apple has good customer service, but I've never had bad customer service through Verizon. They replaced 2 phones I wrecked over one ski season without charge.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:11 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 4):
So, Doc what if I told you that I had a Droid that I admit sucked just as bad as yours did?

1) It's still too damned BIG. Big screens are nice, but not in your pocket.

2) I have all my music in iTunes and transitioning it all flawlessly is not easy.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:13 am

Why flame you for being satisfied?

Practically all products are based on tradeoffs. And ideally we find the product with the tradeoffs made most closely to our own needs and preferences. That's pretty much what it's all about.

Other people have other priorities, matched more closely by other products.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:23 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):

1) It's still too damned BIG. Big screens are nice, but not in your pocket.

2) I have all my music in iTunes and transitioning it all flawlessly is not easy.

Weighs noticably less in your pocket than the iPhone and it's reasonable to watch a movie on it. Moving my music library over to it from iTunes took less than 5 min.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
Why flame you for being satisfied?

Thanks Klaus. With tablets I can see an argument that mac products are better, but I was completely amazed at how much better this phone was than any of the 3 generations of the iPhone the Mrs. has owned.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:27 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
Why flame you for being satisfied?

  
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:28 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 7):
With tablets I can see an argument that mac products are better, but I was completely amazed at how much better this phone was than any of the 3 generations of the iPhone the Mrs. has owned.

It depends on your criteria for what "better" constitutes. Great if it ticks all the boxes which are important to you. Even better if that stays the case through years to come.

You've been explicitly flame-baiting with a presumably absolute judgment, but yours is just as subjective as anyone else's, including mine, so any flaming would be completely beside the point.

If you and I were the actual developers of products A and B, respectively, this might have a different weight, but as mere users it just doesn't. Your preferences are as valid for you as mine are for myself.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:09 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 6):
Other people have other priorities, matched more closely by other products.

   Different types of devices exist because there are different types of users.

I personally have no desire to own an iPhone or a Galaxy, simply because:

1) I despise phones that are all-touchscreen
2) They're tailored to the consumer market, whereas I require a phone for both personal AND business purposes
3) I'm employed by one of their competitors 

But if you twisted my arm, I'd go with the S3. Less so because the product is superior, but more because I don't like the direction iOS is going.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:28 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 3):
That's entirely possible. But, until mine showed up yesterday, I didn't believe the tech community that this really might be an iPhone killer. It's noticeably better.

Again, it's all a matter of personal preference and opinion.

Me personally, I know within 2 seconds of picking up a phone whether or not I would consider it over my iPhone. So far I have not found one that has the same first impression and touch responsiveness and fluidity that has left me thinking, man I'd ditch my iPhone for this. I prefer the Apple device so for my needs, the iPhone is "noticeably better".
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:10 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):

It's unbelievably better than the iPhone. Flame away.

Congratulations, you've found a phone you like. Guess what? I've got a phone I like too--the iPhone 4S. Each to his own...
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:51 am

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):
It's unbelievably better than the iPhone. Flame away.

How is the battery??

I have the Galaxy Ace and I like it generally (I know its an older model) I think that Android is far more versatile than the I phone OS in terms of how it can be customized, there is the tradeoff that it is buggier Apple has never allowed to user to have that much control but you get potentially a more stable system. I also like that the unit can be opened and that you can put in another memory card to expand the space available. What annoys me is the battery (gives me a day or two depending what I do) and I'm looking at ways to get more out of it.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
It's still too damned BIG. Big screens are nice, but not in your pocket.

I agree, I don't like the size and that is where I think the Iphone is better.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 3:57 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):
It depends on your criteria for what "better" constitutes. Great if it ticks all the boxes which are important to you. Even better if that stays the case through years to come.

I guess my point is that it does almost all that the iPhone does, so it "ticks all the boxes" except for the nearly seamless integration you see with all Apple products and the iTunes store.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 9):

You've been explicitly flame-baiting with a presumably absolute judgment, but yours is just as subjective as anyone else's, including mine, so any flaming would be completely beside the point.

I apologize for flame baiting, not really what I intended. The hazards of late night posting.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 10):

1) I despise phones that are all-touchscreen

So, what do you have now? A Blackberry? Just curious. I'm happy to be rid of the Qwerty keyboard. The larger screen on the S3 makes the touchscreen much easier to use.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 10):
But if you twisted my arm, I'd go with the S3. Less so because the product is superior, but more because I don't like the direction iOS is going.

I see Ice Cream Sandwich as a huge improvement over the older iOS. But, as others have said, to each his own. I'm interested to see what upgrade Jelly Bean will be.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 13):
How is the battery??

Battery life is good. Like most other phones it has a function that conserves battery life. As long as you're not running wi fi or GPS it seems to last well over a day. I'd estimate the battery life at least 50% better than my previous 1G Droid.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 13):
I also like that the unit can be opened and that you can put in another memory card to expand the space available. What annoys me is the battery (gives me a day or two depending what I do) and I'm looking at ways to get more out of it.

To me that is a huge difference. It was nice to just save everything on my phone to the memory card that I bough 2 years ago, take it out and put it in the new phone. I also like that the battery is replaceable. You might be hard pressed to find a phone that gives you more than 2 days of storage with reasonable use though.

Quoting StarAC17 (Reply 13):
I agree, I don't like the size and that is where I think the Iphone is better.

I thought that at first as well, but all the reviews I read about the S3 said you pretty much don't notice it once you get the phone. I find that true. It weighs less than an iPhone (and my old Droid) and it's thinner than both. It easily fits in your pocket and you almost forget about it. That wasn't the case with my old phone.

Personally, I find the 4'' screen a huge upgrade when web browsing or checking email. It's much easier to post on internet forums and send emails.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:40 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
I apologize for flame baiting, not really what I intended. The hazards of late night posting.

I took it as tongue-in-cheek anyway, so no harm done.   

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
As long as you're not running wi fi or GPS it seems to last well over a day.

Is that really still an issue under Android? Have you actually tried and compared with and without?

I've never switched off WiFi on the iPhone and battery life has always been quite good. The older 3G chipset in the 3GS had sucked more power on UMTS than the newer one in the 4S does, so I had the 3GS on EDGE much of the time, but that's not necessary any more either.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
To me that is a huge difference. It was nice to just save everything on my phone to the memory card that I bough 2 years ago, take it out and put it in the new phone.

This is one of the things where you can see the different tradeoffs:

Swappable memory card (Android):
+ quick and easy to swap
+ you can swap between multiple cards
– no proper encryption and thus no effective protection of your private data
– no complete backup/restore solution across devices, so this is pretty much all you've got
– you've got to fiddle with separate internal and external partitions
– "on which card did I have that file or app again...?"


Fixed, encrypted Flash (iPhone):
+ switching between devices is done via backup restore including all apps, settings and data (fully automatic)
+ fully automatic sync and backup is standard (USB/WiFi/iCloud)
+ the entire memory is hardware-encrypted and impervious to even advanced cracking attempts on a stolen device
+ just one large partition for everything; no need to manage free space manually
– no expansion after the fact (you need to buy the big one right away if you will need the space down the road)
– no quick swap (not for thieves or snoops either, though)
– migration restore can take a while with large data sets

This is a classic example of different engineering approaches based on different priorities. Neither is inherently "better" than the other; It's all about which is closer to what you want.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
I also like that the battery is replaceable.

It's replaceable in the iPhone as well. My 3GS has never needed it, even with its new owner so far. Do you actually own a second battery, or how exactly is it a concrete, practical advantage for you?

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
You might be hard pressed to find a phone that gives you more than 2 days of storage with reasonable use though.

Not really. My iPhone 4S does that regularly.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
It weighs less than an iPhone (and my old Droid) and it's thinner than both. It easily fits in your pocket and you almost forget about it.

I'll have to try it out; But the iPhone is already near maximum size of what I'd want to have in my pocket, and it's exactly the width and length, not its thickness.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
Personally, I find the 4'' screen a huge upgrade when web browsing or checking email. It's much easier to post on internet forums and send emails.

I rarely need two hands for operating the iPhone (typing longer texts can be a bit faster with two thumbs, however). Even though I've got pretty large hands, the 3.5" display is near the upper limit of allowing that kind of effortless one-handed use for me without having to balance it precariously.

With the Retina display space isn't a major issue either – I can simply hold it a bit closer and I've got the same visible size as with a bigger device a few centimeters farther away, still without any noticeable degradation in quality and in a smaller, nicer package.

Again, all of the above is my experience in relation to my device with no absolute judgment about other people's needs and their devices. Flaming or inappropriate absolutism is ultimately boring, but chatting about each others' criteria for prefering this or that product can be interesting.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 4:55 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
Is that really still an issue under Android? Have you actually tried and compared with and without?

Not sure. I've only had the phone a day, so I'll test it for this discussion. It was for my 1G Droid, but I'll leave everything on and see how long it goes.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):

Swappable memory card (Android):

That is just one of the ways to transfer data from one phone to another. But, Apple's cloud system worked really well for the Mrs. when she buys something through the iTunes store or takes a picture on her iPhone it does go right to her iPad or MacBook Pro.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
It's replaceable in the iPhone as well. My 3GS has never needed it, even with its new owner so far. Do you actually own a second battery, or how exactly is it a concrete, practical advantage for you?

Well..it really doesn't take up any extra weight to add an access panel on your iPhone so why shouldn't it be an option. We covered the battery replacement thing in the thread about how green Apple is, I get that it can be replaced on an iPhone, but that requires you to take it to a store or send it to the company, for most people. I'm sure someone has had to do it with either phone in the past. It may not be you or me, but someone has.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):
Again, all of the above is my experience in relation to my device with no absolute judgment about other people's needs and their devices. Flaming or inappropriate absolutism is ultimately boring

Don't take this wrong because it's not meant at you. I find that a lot of people that own the iPhone think it's the best phone because it just "is" and aren't willing to try other devises. That's boring too. As you and others have said, it may not fit your needs. I get that.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 5:49 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 16):
Well..it really doesn't take up any extra weight to add an access panel on your iPhone so why shouldn't it be an option.

You'll have to make various engineering compromises to include a battery door, mostly with regard to stability due to the hole in the back, which in turn enforces either reduced stability or more bulk and weight relative to a unified design (or a compromise between the two). It forces you to make additional compromises. You rarely get anything for free when you're designing stuff.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 16):
Don't take this wrong because it's not meant at you. I find that a lot of people that own the iPhone think it's the best phone because it just "is"

You mean, such as this one?

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):
It's unbelievably better than the iPhone.

  

My whole point all through this thread and through pretty much every related thread before this one was and is that there is no absolute "better" in most cases. Particularly complex and highly advanced devices like modern smartphones are chock-full of compromises all around.

You don't have the option to get one without any compromises; You can only choose one whose compromises align best with your own preferences. That's it.

And that is inherently an individual consideration, never an absolute one. People talking about "the best" (including yourself) routinely ignore that fact, which is the main cause for at least half the flame wars about such topics.

What everybody's criteria are, what the strengths and weaknesses of the products are and how both fit together is exactly the interesting thing about this.

And for me as a developer myself the fine-tuning of all the compromises and the conceptual decisions and the reasoning behind all of it is one of the most interesting issues of all. Which is why I couldn't care less about judging other people for their preferences – why it makes sense (or may have looked to some developer as if it did) to design certain aspects of a product the way they are. That is where it really gets interesting for me.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:08 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 15):

I've never switched off WiFi on the iPhone and battery life has always been quite good.

I leave all transmitters/receivers on. Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS, and there isn't a way to shut off 3G AFAIK. I can go a good 48 hours without needing to charge unless I'm heavily using the phone (i.e. running the TomTom app, in which case I'd have it plugged in in the car, too). The other nice thing is that my iPhone will charge very quickly on the car charger, which my Android would not do.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:23 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
and there isn't a way to shut off 3G AFAIK.

In the beginning there wasn't, but they have actually re-enabled that feature for the 4S as well in one of the later updates. Apparently people with just the worst marginal 3G reception had trouble with battery life when the device constantly switched back and forth. Now they can force it to stay on EDGE and save all the energy for dis- and re-connections to 3G.

Your other experiences look pretty much in line with mine.

To your car charger: USB2 can normally supply only 500mA; The iPhone and its dedicated chargers negotiate an extension of that for double the charging current.

It seems your car charger uses the right protocol for the iPhone, but the Android device either can't charge at that kind of current at all or it may just not understand the iPhone-compatible signaling from your charger, so it remains at half charging speed.
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 6:28 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 14):
So, what do you have now? A Blackberry? Just curious. I'm happy to be rid of the Qwerty keyboard. The larger screen on the S3 makes the touchscreen much easier to use.

I have a BlackBerry Curve 9300 and a Bold 9900. The Curve is my personal device and the Bold is my work device. The Curve will be history as soon as BB10 comes out though.

One of the biggest draws for me is the qwerty keyboard, I love it! To rephrase my earlier post: I don't hate touchscreen phones, I just hate touchscreen keyboards. My Bold 9900 has a touchscreen AND a qwerty keyboard, which is the best of both worls in my opinion.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:04 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 18):
I can go a good 48 hours without needing to charge unless I'm heavily using the phone (i.e. running the TomTom app, in which case I'd have it plugged in in the car, too). The other nice thing is that my iPhone will charge very quickly on the car charger, which my Android would not do.

I should clarify, if I was to leave my phone mostly alone and not make calls, even my old phone would last for days. I think any phone would draw down if not plugged in if you were running navigation though. After looking up the specs, my phone should work for up to 790 hrs (on standby) or 11+ hours of talk time. Some reviewers say it has 49% more battery power than the iPhone 2,100mAh vs 1,418mAh.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):
To your car charger: USB2 can normally supply only 500mA; The iPhone and its dedicated chargers negotiate an extension of that for double the charging current.



I didn't know that. Although charging from a USB port in a car has never taken very long for me.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 17):
You mean, such as this one?

yes, yes...

Ok comparison here:
http://versusio.com/en/samsung-galaxy-s3-vs-apple-iphone-4s-64gb
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 7:23 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 21):
Ok comparison here:
http://versusio.com/en/samsung-galax...-64gb


Not a good source. Apart from the very selective presentation it contains factual errors (yet again – as with all previous comparisons they've done before).

Example: The iPhone does have HDMI output. It also has AirPlay (easier to use than DLNA).
 
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:26 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 19):
It seems your car charger uses the right protocol for the iPhone, but the Android device either can't charge at that kind of current at all or it may just not understand the iPhone-compatible signaling from your charger, so it remains at half charging speed.

It was an Android charger, anyway. But it was a *LOT* worse than half-charging speed. If the phone was at 55% at the beginning of my drive to work (one hour, give or take) it *might* have made it to 56% by the time I got to work. Once, my phone actually continued to discharge (albeit more slowly than usual) while I was driving with it plugged in.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 22):
Example: The iPhone does have HDMI output.

Yes and no. It doesn't have an HDMI port, which raises an issue with industry standardization.

But the other thing is that the iPhone 4S is obsolete. In fact, it was obsolete from the get-go. Hopefully, the iPhone 5 will be more state-of-the-art. I think that the main reason Apple chose to eschew LTE with the iPhone 4S is because the LTE chipsets available at the time were power hogs. Newer chipsets will be less energy thirsty.

Does the Galaxy 3 have a "Siri"-like function?
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:39 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):
which raises an issue with industry standardization.

I find it ridiculous that all mobile phones don't have the same power cord or USB adapter.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 23):

Does the Galaxy 3 have a "Siri"-like function?

The S3 has "S Voice" I don't find "Siri" or "S Voice" particularly helpful really unless your question is really simple. For example, we asked Siri this weekend "when is the next ferry from Seattle to Bainbridge Island?". I got some response about Jamaica. To be fair, that's the same response S-Voice gave me when I tested it yesterday.

Ask either how tall Mt. Rainier is or how to get to I-10 in Phoenix you'd be ok.
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Fri Jul 13, 2012 8:42 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 22):
The iPhone does have HDMI output. It also has AirPlay (easier to use than DLNA).

So you just need a different cord? Really the S3 shines when it comes to the camera and video. We took both video and photos with the S3 and iPhone 4S of our kid yesterday and in both cases the S3 performed better.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 12:40 pm

I won't participate in a 'this is better than that' discussion here. I currently own a droid and I'm mostly satisfied with it. (I wish they would not collect so much personal data, but then they all do)

One point though:
I REALLY don't understand why not one company is trying to put out a "mediocre" phone (lets face it, what the 2.2 droids or IPhone 3GS could do is more than enough for the average user) but with a GOOD BATTERY (consumption).
The technology (according to some of the nerdy magazines) is said to be there, so why not go for it? I AM willing to pay the premium price of a Galaxy3 or IPhone 5 if only I got a decent enough smartphone with a battery that will last 4+ days! There sure must be a huge market for such a phone.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 8:48 pm

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 10):
1) I despise phones that are all-touchscreen

...cos you work for Blackberry! If RiM had been a bit more cutting edge, and still had a future cos they'd gone to all-touchscreen when the market demanded it, believe me, you would love all-touchscreen.

Or I'm being mean and there's a rational reason to prefer a tiny screen and a mechanical (aka "easily broken") keyboard?
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:35 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 21):
Some reviewers say it has 49% more battery power than the iPhone 2,100mAh vs 1,418mAh.

Battery POWER is not necessarily equivalent to battery LIFE. iPhone has excellent power management. My one and only Android had terrible power management.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 24):
I find it ridiculous that all mobile phones don't have the same power cord or USB adapter.

They mostly do... except the iPhone.  
Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 24):
The S3 has "S Voice" I don't find "Siri" or "S Voice" particularly helpful really unless your question is really simple.

The big weakness of a smartphone is the difficulty in entering instructions and information. Even the GS3 has a small screen when you consider the size of a fingerprint. Until now, the solution has been various algorithms to try to help the device "guess" what the user "means" by a given finger movement. While these have improved the experience, the fact remains that it's annoying to have to enter information, particularly text, into a smartphone. Siri is excellent for that. She can send text messages, take notes, etc. It means that I can ask the question: "where is the nearest PetSmart?" in about two seconds, rather than 30. That's pretty helpful.

I think that voice recognition and limited AI of this sort will be the near-future of computer interfaces. Apple and Google are both working on developing glasses that will comprise the first mass-produced "wearable computer." I think that voice control will be an essential component of human-computer interaction.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 9:41 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):
It's unbelievably better than the iPhone. Flame away.

OK, fine, then. Don't mind if I do:  

You know, people like you really piss me off. Always trying to one-up the iPhone. Well there's the tacit admission that the iPhone is better, because it's the one to beat, isn't it? Everyone is just catching up to the iPhone or just beating it and then they glooooaaaat over it –no matter that the current generation of the iPhone is a good year old at that time– until another phone comes out and cleans all the other phones' clocks. Do you know what that phone always is? The iPhone.

And then all you ignorant schmucks then come back and say: "Well, Apple isn't environmentally friendly and they have some shady business practices!" as if Google and your various hardware OEM's are all shining angels and examples of ethical behavior.

Apple INVENTED the modern smartphone. They really came up with the first versatile interface with apps that actually could be mass-adopted and become the standard phone device. Blackberry never managed this because their interface sucked. Android is just a me-too follow-on without anything really original about it.

Just accept the fact that Android will never clearly outshine Apple. Enjoy your piece of junk that you just bought. See you back with an iPhone when your contract is up.



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Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:13 pm

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 26):
(I wish they would not collect so much personal data, but then they all do)

No, not really. Google is an advertising company which makes its money selling ads to other companies which are targeted to specific groups of users. Of course they are sucking up personal data of their non-paying users wherever they can to satisfy their paying ad customers.

Apple is a company which makes its money selling devices to their actual users. They have no incentive to collect personal data beyond their direct relationship to these same users, and I'm not aware that they do collect additional data.

Different motivations, different outcomes.

Quoting Stratofish (Reply 26):
I REALLY don't understand why not one company is trying to put out a "mediocre" phone (lets face it, what the 2.2 droids or IPhone 3GS could do is more than enough for the average user) but with a GOOD BATTERY (consumption).

If that is your preference, simply get an iPhone with an additonal battery pack (or several) and you have what you want. Or one of the Android phones with swappable battery packs and get multiple ones of those.

The tradeoff of extended operating time against weight and bulk would have to be made with a bigger internal battery as well, so it's no significant difference, really.

By far most people don't need much more than one day of active use before recharging, but my iPhone still survives for quite a few days if I'm using it relatively lightly and the reception conditions are decent (meaning it can reduce its own transmission power).
 
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:27 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 30):
No, not really. Google is an advertising company which makes its money selling ads to other companies which are targeted to specific groups of users.

You need to realize something about Google also, which is that in many ways, Google is very much about the idealism of two young Stanford graduates. Larry and Sergey are still very much involved and still very much at the helm. Yes, they need to make money (and they're very good at it), but a lot of what they provide (like storing your contacts and calendar) is just because they feel that the internet should provide these things. There is some idealism, not just cold, calculating business sense, running Google. Love them or hate them, agree or disagree, that's the truth.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 10:42 pm

I had an Android phone and to tell you the truth, I like iOS better. So far, I haven't experienced a crash, phone holds charge for some time, no antenna issues. I don't think I'll jump ship to the iPhone 5 when it comes out (why? The iPhone 4 works good). But for now, I don't think I'll jump to Android either.
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Sat Jul 14, 2012 11:05 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 31):
You need to realize something about Google also, which is that in many ways, Google is very much about the idealism of two young Stanford graduates. Larry and Sergey are still very much involved and still very much at the helm. Yes, they need to make money (and they're very good at it), but a lot of what they provide (like storing your contacts and calendar) is just because they feel that the internet should provide these things. There is some idealism, not just cold, calculating business sense, running Google. Love them or hate them, agree or disagree, that's the truth.

That's the veneer on the face of the machine, which is of course necessary to keep the non-paying users on board without too many suspicions.

The machine itself is a different beast – in reality, it's a cold, hard deal with you selling parts of your privacy for nominally "free" services.

The Google tracking scandal with Google actively breaking through the no-tracking settings in browsers speaks a lot louder to the truth than their PR.

No doubt Sergej and Larry love to present themselves as benefactors of humanity first and foremost, but in reality Google is a business first and an altruistic hobby second (if at all), and it shows. The trouble is that their business is not something that wants to be visible, so some camouflage is required. Nobody really likes just being fodder for the actual customers. And when you're looking for whose satisfaction they're working harder, it's not the users – it's the ad customers. No surprise there, really.

Apple is a business as well. But they're working with an open visor – you're paying decent prices, but they also treat you like the paying customer you are. It's a fair and open deal with no underhanded component. They definitely and explicitly want your money, but they're also determined to provide an actually satisfying product in return. No third party behind the curtains. It's you they're dealing with, and who they're working for.

So when I have the choice between a company pretending to work for me but actually selling parts of my privacy to the highest bidder (literally!) on the one hand and one which openly offers a clear and open deal product for money on the other, I'll take the latter.

I don't like privacy invasion and I don't like underhanded deals. And I want a supplier to have a stake in actually satisfying me.

I don't say that anybody needed to see things the same way, but that's my preference.
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 6:11 am

Quoting Klaus (Reply 33):
That's the veneer on the face of the machine, which is of course necessary to keep the non-paying users on board without too many suspicions.

You know, I have a ton of friends who work at Google, many of them high up in the company. I've had dinner with Sergey Brin. I'm not saying we "know each-other," but I'm personally familiar with a lot of the people at Google just by virtue of my local social network (my circle of friends, not something online). I'm a Stanford grad (2000) who lives in San Francisco. A bunch of my classmates basically started Google.

It's not the evil giant everyone wants to think it is. I can't prove this to someone who is convinced that it is, but it's really not that evil of a corporation.

I can't say I agree with everything they've done or every decision they make. I just know that they actually think carefully about the ethics. They do have to make money and they do have to do what is needed to make that happen. It's also completely possible to avoid them. So make of them what you will.
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I just lost all my music because I stupidly clicked "update" when I plugged my iPhone into my laptop, which was re-formatted a few months ago. I'm irate. I spent close to $700 for those 650 songs and now they're all gone and I have absolutely no recourse. Fuck Apple.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:50 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 29):
You know, people like you really piss me off. Always trying to one-up the iPhone. Well there's the tacit admission that the iPhone is better, because it's the one to beat, isn't it? Everyone is just catching up to the iPhone or just beating it and then they glooooaaaat over it –no matter that the current generation of the iPhone is a good year old at that time– until another phone comes out and cleans all the other phones' clocks. Do you know what that phone always is? The iPhone.

   It's telling that the standard of smartphones is iPhone. Everyone plays catch-up, and by the time they're done, there is a new iPhone out that they need to play catch-up to again.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:52 am

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 35):
I just lost all my music because I stupidly clicked "update" when I plugged my iPhone into my laptop, which was re-formatted a few months ago. I'm irate. I spent close to $700 for those 650 songs and now they're all gone and I have absolutely no recourse. Fuck Apple.

Did you buy them on iTunes? Then you can get them back easily...
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 10:11 am

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 34):
It's not the evil giant everyone wants to think it is.

I have no delusions about them being cartoonishly "evil" either. I just see that their actual actions align much more closely with their actual interests than with their public claims. This discrepancy is what lets me keep my distance, together with what their actual interests indeed are.

That they can be nice people in private is another matter, but that has little bearing on what the company does (it can go the other way around, too – Apple during Jobs' time would be an example of that).

Quoting jcs17 (Reply 35):
I just lost all my music because I stupidly clicked "update" when I plugged my iPhone into my laptop, which was re-formatted a few months ago. I'm irate. I spent close to $700 for those 650 songs and now they're all gone and I have absolutely no recourse. Fuck Apple.

What did you think would happen when you deliberately deleted all your music yourself without having made any backups?

Apple has explicitly told you that you need to make backups of your music and substantially facilitates that with Time Machine on the Mac. Why didn't you ever make one? Deciding to not make any backups effectively declares: "This data is worthless to me!" Sorry, but it's not Apple who has screwed that up.

The devices (iPods, iPhones, iPads) always only have a copy of the media iTunes holds. Apart from specific exceptions (which also only apply when iTunes was already synched with the device) music is only copied to the devices, not from them.

In your case there would also have been hacking tools which could probably have extracted the music back from the device, but only before you again told iTunes to sync its empty library to it.

And finally as said above, all the music you've bought through iTunes can be re-downloaded at no cost (after logging in to your account again, in the iTunes Store click on Purchased Items at the top level, then on all tracks and download all).

If you had booked iTunes Match, they would even have backed up the music you had bought elsewhere for re-download.

So they do actually provide all the recourse they possibly can.

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 36):
It's telling that the standard of smartphones is iPhone. Everyone plays catch-up, and by the time they're done, there is a new iPhone out that they need to play catch-up to again.

Given that the next iPhone model is pretty much around the corner already, it would be quite sad if the competition wasn't able to reach the current model at least in some of its features by now.
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 2:30 pm

I'd say a mix of Apple products and other manufacturers is healthy for anyone not to become too much of a fanboy when both products have their advantages and disadvantages.. I have an iPad 3 and I have found a way to use it both for work related items and for leisure and it almost replaces my laptop now..

But now that I have an iPad 3, it would be cool also to have an SGS3 to have the best from both worlds  
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 3:48 pm

Wow, this thread is coming up at the perfect time for me!

I am getting more and more frustrated with my android (HTC Thunderbolt from VZW if that matters) so I'd like to ask some questions...

Warning: I have not followed the Apple world much lately, so my questions/commnets may be naive...

So, I'll start with the infamous "multitasking" question.

I quite frequently have the 'droid sitting in the car cradle running google maps for gps/traffic and playing internet radio, then switching to phone via bluetooth when a call comes in.

Does iOS/iPhone handle this scenario well?

Does iPhone have an explicit 'car mode' when docked in a car cradle?

Quoting canoecarrier (Thread starter):
It's lighter, faster, has a bigger screen

I must say I like the tbolt's form factor more than the iPhones I've seen.

The tbolt seems thinner and has more screen area.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
The issue I had with it wasn't the software, per se, but the quality of the experience.

That is the source of a lot of my frustration.

Also the HTC kinda sucks mechanically. The USB connection doesn't mate half the time, and on/off button also doesn't seem to activate half the time.

Also the sound quality out its headphone jack stinks, and my car stereo doesn't take input via bluetooth.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
It crashed left and right.

  

Just got stuck in a traffic jam because google maps crashed and I had to restart it, and by the time it restarted I was out of options.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
The only available navigation/GPS/anti-traffic routing programs sucked (no TomTom, no Garmin).

I'm OK with google maps, except for its crashing.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 2):
The Genius said that since I admitted to having dropped it, and I didn't have a history of being obnoxious or trying to rip them off ever, he was going to make a one-time goodwill gesture and replace my iPhone 4 for free.

That's quite outstanding service.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 4):
I get that Apple has good customer service, but I've never had bad customer service through Verizon. They replaced 2 phones I wrecked over one ski season without charge.

I haven't gotten anything for free from VZW even after being a customer for 10+ years.

Almost every offer they make has some element of "bait and switch" in it.

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 5):
I have all my music in iTunes and transitioning it all flawlessly is not easy.

I have no music in iTunes nor do I plan to ever put mine there.

I presume there are non-iTunes players out there that can just read ordinary files from the flash?

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 10):
I despise phones that are all-touchscreen

Me too, but the main problem is that every other kind of solution sucks worse than the touchscreen.

If I was a heavy texter, I'd consider getting a slide-out keyboard model, but I am not a heavy texter.

So, I try to find ways to cope with the touchscreen.

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 24):
I find it ridiculous that all mobile phones don't have the same power cord or USB adapter.

It wasn't that long ago that each device had its own proprietary power connector.

USB was actually a step in the right direction.

However, giving the ever-shrinking form factor of devices, there are now at least 3 different USB connector standards in wide use.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:21 pm

Quoting Braniff747SP (Reply 36):
  It's telling that the standard of smartphones is iPhone. Everyone plays catch-up, and by the time they're done, there is a new iPhone out that they need to play catch-up to again.

You know, that entire post of mine was a joke. You got that, right?

The OP *specifically* asked to get flamed, and I obliged.  
Quoting Revelation (Reply 40):
I quite frequently have the 'droid sitting in the car cradle running google maps for gps/traffic and playing internet radio, then switching to phone via bluetooth when a call comes in.

Does iOS/iPhone handle this scenario well?

Actually, I found that it handles it far better than my Android did. In fact, if I left a given app for too long, I sometimes had to wait as long as 60 seconds for it to switch back to that app.

I also found that my Android would sometimes turn on the MP3 player very loudly when a call came in, which is really embarrassing when you're a physician on call.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 4:34 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 40):
Does iPhone have an explicit 'car mode' when docked in a car cradle?

No, but it is designed to be used the way you would in a car. Siri is also explicitly designed to be used without looking or touching (when activated via Bluetooth).

Quoting Revelation (Reply 40):
I have no music in iTunes nor do I plan to ever put mine there.

I presume there are non-iTunes players out there that can just read ordinary files from the flash?

You can, but it does not work as well. It is much easier to simply drag your files into iTunes and sync them to the iPhone, not least since iTunes is a practical management tool for the device anyway.

Automatic and complete backups to your computer whenever you plug it in to charge are one of the strongest reasons to use iTunes. (You don't even need to plug it actually into your computer for that – it will sync and backup over WiFi even if it's plugged into its charger somewhere else.)
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:03 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 42):
You can, but it does not work as well. It is much easier to simply drag your files into iTunes and sync them to the iPhone, not least since iTunes is a practical management tool for the device anyway.

Fair enough.

For historical reasons, the ultimate source of my music is a PC hard disk. I have an iPod that mostly lives in my car, and I have programs that are happy to copy my MP3 files to the iPod when I chose to do so. I also have other devices in my house that prefer the PC folder layout. My music collection doesn't grow that often, most of the music I listen to comes from Superfly's favorite era!  

One question I have is I have changed the names of all of my albums to include a alphanumeric tag that helps me keep things organized on my BMW (E90 series has my iPod emulate a CD changer, so it doesn't really expect a CD changer with >100 CDs in it, so I prepend an alphanumeric tag to the album name and sort on that). Does iTunes/iCloud preserve these changes I've made to the tags in the MP3 files?
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 5:18 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 43):
For historical reasons, the ultimate source of my music is a PC hard disk.

Well… all my music is on a (Mac) harddisk as well; How else could it be?
Quoting Revelation (Reply 43):
I also have other devices in my house that prefer the PC folder layout.

iTunes by default creates and maintains a regular artist / album / track file and folder layout as well; You can also tell it to just look at but not modify an already existing layout (uncheck the Keep iTunes Media folder organized option in the Advanced iTunes Preferences before dragging any files into it, if that is what you want!).

Quoting Revelation (Reply 43):
My music collection doesn't grow that often, most of the music I listen to comes from Superfly's favorite era!

Much of mine is even older, and my collection still grows, throughout all eras of composition or recording dates!   

Quoting Revelation (Reply 43):
One question I have is I have changed the names of all of my albums to include a alphanumeric tag that helps me keep things organized on my BMW (E90 series has my iPod emulate a CD changer, so it doesn't really expect a CD changer with >100 CDs in it, so I prepend an alphanumeric tag to the album name and sort on that). Does iTunes/iCloud preserve these changes I've made to the tags in the MP3 files?

From your question I gather that you have never taken the step to tag your files properly, so the folder and file names are the only organizational information about them; Is that so?

Dragging some of your files into iTunes, if the names appear, the tags already exist. if not, you may need to clean them up. In that case and regardless which devices you'd be using now or in future, I would strongly recommend you to:

• Make one – or even better several independent – backups of all your music if you hadn't done that already anayway.

• Use one of the many existing "auto-taggers" to put all the external filesystem names into all the music files as ID3 tags. Any special markers you may have set in folder or file names will be copied over as well.

• Make another, now current, backup to yet another medium to be safe.

After that, all modern music management tools will be able to properly handle your music, including iTunes and all devices, if your files hadn't been properly tagged before already.
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:21 pm

Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 24):
I find it ridiculous that all mobile phones don't have the same power cord or USB adapter.

A reasonable gripe, but like anything, it all comes down to money. It's really no different than all phones/laptops having different batteries: it's a way for the manufacturer to make additional revenue through replacements.

Quoting cedarjet (Reply 27):
Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 10):
1) I despise phones that are all-touchscreen

...cos you work for Blackberry!

Not at all! I've held this sentiment long before I may or may not have started working for the company you mention. But since you brought it up, I may as well mention I have an all-touchscreen BlackBerry sitting on my desk at this very moment, so you can't say it really has anything to do with my employer.  

Also, the company is Research In Motion. BlackBerry is just the product. Very common mistake most people make though.  
Quoting cedarjet (Reply 27):
Or I'm being mean and there's a rational reason to prefer a tiny screen and a mechanical (aka "easily broken") keyboard?

They do break, but not easily. I've been using BBs for years (using various models as well) without so much as a single button malfunctioning. With any phone (touchscreens included), it really comes down to how you use it. Not dropping it daily goes a long way!

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 29):
Blackberry never managed this because their interface sucked.

BlackBerry never managed this because their phones were never envisioned for the consumer market. The enterprise customers have always been, and still are, the cash cow for RIM.
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 8:26 pm

Quoting DocLightning (Reply 41):
You know, that entire post of mine was a joke. You got that, right?

Of course I did. I just happened to actually agree with your sarcasm.  
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 9:03 pm

The difference? an iPhone just works. It has the support (as Doc said) and even if people flame/complain about them a lot, chances are they've never properly used one or expect too much from one. Just wait until the next iPhone... I'll get one then (I got rid of my 3G in favour of a Windows Phone and have regretted it since!)

I'm just waiting for the day when some virus or something just ruins Android (it is Open Source after all). Add to that the number of bugs/errors in it and I'd rather have something less dodgy. Plus it's been proven Android is the most battery-intensive mobile OS out there. Windows Phone is the least, but that's often down to it's interface working well with SuperAMOLED screens.
 
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Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:27 pm

Quoting Klaus (Reply 44):
You can also tell it to just look at but not modify an already existing layout (uncheck the Keep iTunes Media folder organized option in the Advanced iTunes Preferences before dragging any files into it, if that is what you want!).

Thanks!

Quoting Klaus (Reply 44):
Much of mine is even older, and my collection still grows, throughout all eras of composition or recording dates!

Sadly, there aren't very many artists active in my genre of choice.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 44):
From your question I gather that you have never taken the step to tag your files properly, so the folder and file names are the only organizational information about them; Is that so?

I didn't communicate this very well. All the files are tagged with album/artist/track, but I "overload" the album tag by prepending an alphanumeric string so that the BMW's quite overloaded interface can sort things the way I want them sorted. iTunes on the PC reads and preserves these tags correctly. I was just wondering if I'd get the same preservation if I move to iCloud based sync.

Come to think of it, most of my other home entertainment devices are now also relying more on ID3 tags than they are on the folder and file names. I've retired off the ones that didn't use ID3 tags.

Quoting Klaus (Reply 44):

Dragging some of your files into iTunes, if the names appear, the tags already exist. if not, you may need to clean them up. In that case and regardless which devices you'd be using now or in future, I would strongly recommend you to:

• Make one – or even better several independent – backups of all your music if you hadn't done that already anayway.

• Use one of the many existing "auto-taggers" to put all the external filesystem names into all the music files as ID3 tags. Any special markers you may have set in folder or file names will be copied over as well.

• Make another, now current, backup to yet another medium to be safe.

After that, all modern music management tools will be able to properly handle your music, including iTunes and all devices, if your files hadn't been properly tagged before already.

Excellent advise. I do have several different backups of my music stashed away on various other hard disks, USB sticks, etc.

Quoting WestJet747 (Reply 45):
Quoting canoecarrier (Reply 24):
I find it ridiculous that all mobile phones don't have the same power cord or USB adapter.

A reasonable gripe, but like anything, it all comes down to money. It's really no different than all phones/laptops having different batteries: it's a way for the manufacturer to make additional revenue through replacements.

As an engineer, I must chime in. Your scenario is true, but there are other scenarios that lead to the same behavior. We have the same problem of using different media, power cords, interface cables, etc for the same purpose within my company, and it isn't about money, it's about time to market. Getting every one of our products to use a given standard usually means certain products can't go to market when they want to. It's a bit like the 787 fastener problem: you can't just jump to the new standard when you want to, you have to wait for the new standard to have enough availability and maturity to meet your needs. Quite often we use an in-house or off-brand solution just to get to market when we need to get to market, and unfortunately we end up being stuck with decision for the lifetime of the product. Some of those decisions end up costing us money, because we quite often have to use financial incentives to get the manufacturers to provide more of these one-off parts, or we have to do a large "one time buy" when they say they won't make any more ever again, and a lot of that stuff ends up driving product end of life decisions that force us to an entirely new product when the old one is still satisfactory to most customers.

Quoting planejamie (Reply 47):
I'm just waiting for the day when some virus or something just ruins Android (it is Open Source after all).

Now, let's not correlate Open Source to poor security. There are reasons why Open Source enables better security than closed source.

Both Android and iOS are using coding environments that take away the most common problem, the buffer overflow, for their app environments.

They also remove a lot of other coding practices that lead to poor security.

Note that malware is far less common on iOS or Android compared to MS Windows, the undisputed malware champion.
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RE: Convince Me The IPhone Is Better Than...

Sun Jul 15, 2012 11:38 pm

Quoting Revelation (Reply 48):
All the files are tagged with album/artist/track, but I "overload" the album tag by prepending an alphanumeric string so that the BMW's quite overloaded interface can sort things the way I want them sorted. iTunes on the PC reads and preserves these tags correctly. I was just wondering if I'd get the same preservation if I move to iCloud based sync.

I'm not entirely positive about what iTunes Match will do, exactly.

I think it will preserve your special names, but it may not recognize the tracks by these names, so it will probably have to upload all of them, counting against your contingent and taking time on the initial match instead of quickly matching them to the same tracks in the Store. But maybe your tracks would not be in the Store anyway, and if their number is not too large that should not be a problem either.

I'm not using this particular function myself (I sync all my music locally), so maybe someone else can contribtue some confirmation here.

Quoting Revelation (Reply 48):
Note that malware is far less common on iOS or Android compared to MS Windows, the undisputed malware champion.

There is still a very large difference between Android (mostly unrestricted access for criminals to the market) and iOS (every version of every app is vetted automatically and manually before going into the App Store). As a result, Android has frequent malware outbreaks while iOS has almost none (apart from occasional scams slipping through, but generally no actual malware).

[Edited 2012-07-15 16:48:02]

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