Concerns about switching from iOS to Android?
May 13, 2011 10:55 AM Subscribe
Thinking of switching to Android (HTC Desire Z) from iPhone 3GS. Lots of questions inside...
posted by dobbs to Computers & Internet (12 answers total) 7 users marked this as a favorite
So, I played a bit with an HTC Desire Z when I was in LA and I liked it. I preferred the keyboard, liked the screen, and the heft of the machine. While I was there, I also had some problems with my iPhone (mostly, the GPS was a block or so off constantly).
Since I'm a Mac person and that was my first experience with a non-iOS smartphone, I have tons of concerns/questions:
I mostly use these features of my iPhone and wondering what the equiv is on Android / this HTC:
- the phone, using the headphone/mic while iPhone is in my bag. I use voice control a lot.
- the iPod... one concern is how easy is it to move my audio files to/from the HTC. I read something on a site that said I can't send files to the machine from my desktop--I can only get audio on it by downloading or streaming. That seems ridiculous. True?
- if the phone can be used as a music player, can I control functions with the headphones/mic? And what if you're listening to music and the phone rings? Work similar to iPhone?
- apps made specifically for Toronto (say, that tell me when the streetcar is coming or highlight places in the city worth checking out). Where are the Android apps acquired and how are they acquired so that I can check out what's available?
- the person showing me the HTC did some neat things with voice control: "Send text to Sue: Hi, I'll be there soon" and the machine composed and sent the text. Is this native or do I have to buy an app?
- I didn't really understand the storage system on the HTC. It uses sd cards or something? Is there a limit to the size card I can use? Further, where do my address book and such stay? On the phone or an SD card?
- What about synching with a Mac in general? Contacts, calendars, etc? (I had a horrible experience with a Blackberry that deleted my contacts from my Mac--don't want to go through that again).
- there seems to be some confusion as to whether it's 3G or Edge. Or does that depend on the carrier?
Also, in general what are some issues that might pop up for someone switching from the iPhone to an Android device or this HTC in particular?