Android vs iPhone: it’s all about the user experience

I had tried out the G1 at T-Mobile stores, but really wasn’t impressed. It has a lot of similar features as the iPhone, but it was a lot less polished and not quite as logically lain out.

Android hardware has gotten a lot better since then. The OS has improved quite a bit as well. A friend of mine has a DROID that was just updated to Android 2.1 and I notice that a lot of the list scrolling (such as in the app management screen) and the zooming in and out in the maps app is definitely not as smooth as the iPhone. The whole Android experience is more complex. It feels more like Linux, which I suppose is not surprising. Prior to buying my iPhone 3GS, I spent a lot of time at the Apple store and at the T-Mobile store trying out both phones.

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Thoughts on Smartphone Landscape

Here are my thoughts about the smartphone market intertwined with my own device history.

For many years, I was a loyal Palm user, having started with the Palm Pro (1997) and going from that to the Palm III (1999) -> IIIxe (2001) -> Kyocera 6035 (smart phone) (2002) -> Treo 600 (2003) -> Treo 650 (2005) and then finally the Treo 700 (2007). I kept the Treo 700, even though it was dying and I was out of contract on Sprint because I was waiting for Sprint to release an Android phone and to see what the next iPhone would be like. I had also heard about the upcoming Palm Pre on Sprint and was interested in it. Continue reading