Work gave me a HTC Thunderbolt last week. Now that I’ve messed with it enough to be comfortable using it, I feel like I can offer a comparison to the iPhone besides, “Different, bad!”
My iPhone 3Gs is almost two years old now and the Thunderbolt is the newest and bestest. Clearly the hardware is “better” for some definitions of better. In a move sure to make Steve jealous the Thunderbolt, like a lot of new Android phones, has one less physical button than the iPhone. Any other hardware comparisons are pointless because there is no new iPhone available, the iPhone 4 is almost a year old now.
In software, the iPhone still wins with some caveats. IOS is like using a Mac. There’s a consistant look and feel, everything (for the most part) works the same way. Android is more like Windows where every developer does whatever they want. It’s great if you’re a developer but as an Android user I have to spend a few minutes learning the particular foibles of each new app.
Where Android beats Apple is widgets and notification. Notifications are just better on the Android, no question. Apple is falling way behind on notification handling. And then there are the widgets. Apple has widgets in OS X so I don’t understand why they can’t seem to manage them in IOS. The Apple IOS is starting to seem a little stale next to Android.
The integration with Gmail and Google Voice is better on the android. (duh)
Apple still kicks Android’s ass on apps though, and for all its problems (and there are many) the Apple app store is still better than anything available for Android.
If the iPhone didn’t exist I guess I’d be ok with a Thunderbolt running Android. But I wouldn’t be happy with it like I am with the iPhone.