Oh dear, and I promised you a full review and in depth comparison between at least the iPhone and the Galaxy S over on Twitter this week.
Sadface. I am going to have to let you all down with a very short piece I am afraid. Sorry. Oh, why?
Well, as you all probably know, I am not paid to do this, nor do I have advertising to get you to click, or suchlike as some sites do. No, I do this for fun
And the fact is, iPhone 4 has me totally at this point, hook, line and sinker. Antenna Gate, Smantenna Gate, I just love the whole thing, and nothing else is coming close.
Sorry Android folks, I do keep trying, and will doubtless lose money again when the Galaxy S goes on eBay soon, but I just can not do it. I am going to try to tell you why, but I doubt you will get it, I am not sure I get it myself to be honest.
So, I bought the Galaxy S while away for a few days, I needed a bit of tech and it was cheapish, only £329 on O2 and that included an (unwanted..bah) SIM card with £10 on it. Bonus was it is unlocked as well.
Back to my motorhome, and fire it up, screen is bloody lovely, really nice. Sign into Google, no need to activate it like iPhone, and no need to have PC or Mac to do so. Good stuff. But setup is only a one time affair, so does it count for much, really.
First thing I need is Twitter, so off to get the official App from the Market Place, after all, the same dev on iPhone has the best Twitter client by miles, so this will be great right. Wrong. On Android its horrible, truly horrible, and I soon dump it and get the great Seesmic, the closest thing I can find on Android for now.
But it is still not great. I use Twitter a lot now, a real lot, and on iPhone its so slick, read a tweet, hit the link, it opens in Tweetie 2 (its just Twitter now on iPhone but I will ALWAYS see it as Tweetie 2 :-), and I hit the little arrow icon, hit Read Later, which rather confusingly sends the article to InstaPaper, which, I can read at my own pace, online, offline, on the web, on my iPhone, or on my iPad. On my Android, nope, no Instapaper for me. Or you.
Of course, you will already be hitting comments, or emailing me to say there is an Instapaper clone for Android. Yeah, I know, but I don’t want clone, I want original.
But hell, its only Twitter, lets move on to email. This has to be better than iPhone surely?
Its damned easy to setup, give them that, but oddly, reading it via the Gmail client is not as good as you may think, first of all, if you want pictures, you appear to have to click each time, and if you want to go back to inbox, you have to use either menu and click a link, or use the back key. And if you want to read newer mail, again, you have to use the menu each time. OK, in 2.2 there is a forward and back icon on screen, but this is 2.1, with no fixed date for 2.2.
Can you imagine the fuss if Apple said tomorrow, “we are pleased to announce the iPhone XYZ, and it comes with iOS 3.1.3″ Can you? But Android suppliers from HTC to Samsung, to seem to do this over and over again, and think there is nothing wrong with that?
On iPhone, email is so easy, pictures always load, and no side to side scrolling required, WTF is that all about Goggle? A little up and down arrow for newer or older, and an arrow for back to Inbox, so simple, so slick.
What about Keyboards. If I really have to tell you how many light years ahead the iOS keyboard if from any Android keyboard, well, honestly, you have never used an iPhone keyboard for any length of time. The Galaxy S one is especially poor, and yes of course I know I have endless choice of keyboard on Android, unlike that nasty locked down iOS thing, but here is the whole point, one keyboard is plenty when it is as good as iPhone’s keyboard.
OK, web browsing then, surely Galaxy S wins here? Nope. Look, its only Apple’s webkit that allows your Androiders to have a pretty good web experience anyway, and don’t you forget it! I will call this one a draw, well until you need a bloody keyboard in the web browser…….oh, and still no Instapaper, which is like having chips without vinegar.
But please, I hear you cry, there must be something about Galaxy S that is better than iPhone, surely, please, just one thing? Maybe it holds signal better? As you all know by now, iPhone 4 can not make ANY calls, nor does it hold ANY signal once you get within 10 feet of the steel band……..well OK, Gizmodo mode off……but no, sorry, in a weak signal area, the Galaxy S seems to fair a bit worse than iPhone 4 does on same network etc, and although I can not be arsed to join the world and his cat doing more death grip videos, I promise you the iPhone 4, does pretty damned well on my weak signal here.
So, that is it, sorry if I upset anyone, it is only MY opinion, and remember the old proverb, “opinions are like arseholes, everybody has got one”
EDIT 18/8: Decided to buy the Galaxy S again, and my latest thoughts can be found HERE