Transitioning to Android: Comparing iPhone to Android (Part 2)
This is Part 2 of my article posted on April 21 titled “Comparing my Android Phone to my iPhone/iPod Touch”. Here are some more little things that I find useful on my Android phone.
1) More on Maps
Tap on any place in the Maps application and it immediately pops up a small dialog with the address of that point on the map. You can get directions and more by tapping on the dialog.
Another easy way of getting directions right from the home screen, just hit the search button! This is something you may be used to on the desktop, Google recognizes an address in the search box and gives you maps / directions.
I’m very comfortable typing on my iPod touch, it has a good feel to it. I have an HTC Hero with Sense UI, on this phone every single character (letters, numbers, punctuation) you could need is located on one screen. Long press on “e”, for eg, will give you “3″. (On the iPhone you need to switch screens if you want a number or punctuation.) You have the option of switching screens too if you have a lot of numbers to type.
3) Auto Correct
When typing with the iPod, a typo can be automatically replaced by what it may think is correct. With my Android phone it gives you a list of words, including the actual word that you typed, so that you can choose the one you want. I prefer the latter, because very often I use abbreviations, which the iPod changes to something completely different.
Long press on any webpage in the browser and a very helpful menu of options pops up. Among these I find ‘find text’ and ‘copy text’ really useful. The ‘find text’ comes in handy when I’m looking for something specific in a long article, especially since it is on a phone. Now I know that the iPod has copy – paste, but I’m unable to get the select – paste window to show up on a webpage.
There is no denying the UI on the iPod is very sleek, which makes for a great user experience. Some of my iPhone toting friends seem to think the UI on the Android phone is pretty cool too.
6) Multiple home screens and Folders
All of your apps are not found on the home screen. They are brought up by pressing a small arrow on your home screen. You can place frequently used apps on your home screen. In fact, you have multiple home screens that you can use to organize them. You can use folders to organize your apps and data too!
7) Cloud Sync and Google services
You will need to have a Google account to use an Android phone. Your Google account will automatically sync with your phone’s built-in contacts, calendar and email.
I use Picasa web albums to share pictures and videos, it is easy to upload pictures and videos taken with the phone camera.
Information about apps you have purchased is also remembered. So if you lose your phone, no need to panic, it is all in the cloud!