Witt's Twaddle

To Droid or Not to Droid, That is the Question

Posted in Tech by Witt on February 15, 2010

The past few weeks was virtually a fashion show of smartphones before me eyes. Reading all available reviews, forums, the pros and the cons. Hands-on testing except for the Android which I haven’t physically experienced yet.

Courtesy of gsmarena.com

Top of my list, iPhone 3GS. Having an iPod Touch for quite sometime is like experiencing the iPhone at 80%. Abbie has an iPhone 3G which she won in a blog contest and I get to hold it from time to time.

Pros:
~ best touchscreen out there
~ billions of apps
~ sleek & stylish candybar design
~ topnotch Social Media device

Cons:
~ sucky battery life
~ despite the added touch focus feature still mediocre camera
~ no flash, both camera & animation
~ zero multi-tasking

Courtesy of gsmarena.com

Second on my list, Google Nexus One. Design base by HTC. Powered by Android 2.1 OS.

Pros:

~ ultra-fast processor
~ multitasking, finally
~ 5 megapixel camera with flash
~ expandable memory via microSD
~ Android OS, unlimited possibility
~ Flash animation seen in the future

Cons:
~ alleged 3G network issues
~ touchscreen not as seamless as the iPhone’s
~ pilot release usually has bugs & glitches

Courtesy of gsmarena.com

Third choice, Motorola Droid (Milestone). Motorola’s first jump into the Android bandwagon.

Pros:
~ huge touchscreen
~ 5 megapixel autofocus camera with dual-LED flash
~ expandable memory via microSD
~ Android OS, unlimited possibility
~ Android = multitasking
~ Flash annimation seen in the future

Cons:
~ bulky built & design
~ not a fan of sliders

Courtesy of gsmarena.com

Fourth and final choice, Nokia E72. A nice update of the excellent E71.

Pros:
~ 2nd Gen E71
~ 5 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash
~ expandable memory via microSD
~ great battery life
~ cheapest smartphone

Cons:
~ no touchscreen
~ aging Symbian OS
~ expensive & limited apps
~ firmware upgrade?

I’m leaning towards the iPhone 3GS just because it’s a third generation device. The Android look stunning but it may have issues as a pilot unit. As for Nokia, they die young. For now, iPhone 3GS is my clear choice.

10:40pm, 15 February 2010.

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