My first smartphone was an Apple iPhone. I’m rather proud of being a technology laggard – it’s nice to have others at the bleeding edge. Anyway, just before doing the Govt 2.0 Taskforce I thought I’d better get a bit hip and get a smart-phone and only one appealed – the iPhone – by then the latest version was a “2S” I think. Anyway I managed to leave it in a public place briefly and that was the end of it – for me anyway. Someone had a second hand Android phone for sale so I bought it and have been very happy with it. It was an HTC Desire. I was happy with it until recently when it occasionally takes it upon itself to reboot – including when you’re in the middle of doing something. At its worst it cycles through boot ups and downs until you take the battery out. Not good. And HTC have been the soul of uselessness claiming that my phone has a British IMEI or whatever the number is called, so I have to take it up with an international HTC centre. Which is more than I can be bothered with. So I need a new one.
Should it be an Android or an iPhone? The Android is not quite as well integrated or designed, but it’s cheaper, more open and the most important features work better. The most basic thing for me is that the default browser in the Android is really excellent with by far the best feature that it reformats carriage returns as you zoom in. Someone told me that the iPhone’s browser is built on the same open source platform as the Android’s one, but it doesn’t do that. Neither does the iPad’s browser (nor the third party browser I’ve so far downloaded – Atomic). Completely beats me why they don’t do it, but there you go – Steve Jobs is the billionaire not me, so I’m sure it’s an entirely frivolous feature that I’m after – enabling me to read different lines by just moving my eyes, rather than scrolling left and right twice for each line.
The other thing which is really useful on the Android is the four button ‘global menu’ built into the hardware. I’m not sure why Apple sticks to its one button solutions long after more buttons are so clearly demonstrated to be superior – but there you go. The Android also synchs all things in the cloud, which is just much better than having to synch through the iTunes which is bad enough as music synching software and a joke as a synching program for a smart phone.
Anyway, I’m thinking of getting the Samsung Gallaxy II S which has had rave reviews.
Your mission, gentle reader, should you decide to accept it, is to answer the following questions.
- Should I buy the phone I’m thinking of, or another one and if so why?
- Where is the best place to buy it – presuming as I think I should that buying it outright is the best way to buy it.
- Is there anything else I should know?