So I’m finally doing it – I’m going on a date with an Android phone, courtesy of Verizon wireless. I was invited out to one of their free workshops to get the basics on all things Android. Check out the video:
Ok, so the workshop itself was absolutely awesome, but here’s my initial opinion on Android. For clarity, I was using a Motorola Droid Bionic throughout the class. Most of my problems with Android phones stem from the user interface. In my opinion, there’s just something clunky and inelegant about the UI. Nothing seems as intuitive as it does on the iPhone. We were on a 4G network, so downloads and web browsing were pretty fast. I did like the fact that you can add widgets to the phone – that’s something that requires a jailbreak of the iPhone to do. The camera was also a little better than my iPhone4 (8 megapixels vs. 5 megapixels, although the iPhone4S has 8 mp) and there was a zoom feature that was cool and was more robust than the iPhone. The workshop even covered IRIS, which is the Android version of Siri.
I didn’t hate the Android completely, but it is highly unlikely that I’d make the switch from Apple. However, I would definitely attend another Verizon workshop! They have classes for different devices and different levels of expertise. If you’re interested, you can get more information here.