Jan 20, 2010

5 Reasons Nexus One is Better Than the iPhone

I know there is a lot of chatter about which smartphone is better, the Nexus One or the iPhone. So driving around today and using a few features on my Nexus One and realizing my iPhone didn't have them, I thought I would weigh in.

5 Reasons Nexus One is Better Than the iPhone:
5. A Real Camera: By real I mean 5 megapixals and a flash. The iPhone 3G has a 2 megapixal and the 3GS has 3, neither has a flash. The Nexus One has built in controls, that you have to get a 3rd party App to manipulate on the iPhone. An added bonus is that photos are stored on your memory card and can be accessed directly, which obviously you can't do on the iPhone.

4. Voice Input: The telltale signs a friend had a new iPhone were cute in the beginning, but it gets old. Over time I got used to the iPhone's guessing what I really want to type and now I'm getting used to the Nexus One's guess (the system is far superior BTW. It brings up a list of words that could match the letters you have entered and lets you choose). But the Nexus One takes it to a whole new level with Voice Input. Anywhere you can type, you can pretty much talk instead. Find a contact, send a text/tweet/email, use Navigation, update your grocery list, search the web and the list goes on. I have found it to be extremely accurate and a big time saver.

3. Navigation: A standard (and free) App that comes installed on your Nexus One is Navigation. It is real spoken turn by turn GPS, and it is very accurate. You might say, I already a GPS in my car so I don't need it in my phone. But when you combine the power of a smartphone and all the information it has (all your contacts, internet access, with a great GPS, you have a lot of power.

2. Multitasking: This is one thing the really bugged me about the iPhone, it could only do one thing at a time. That is so old school! I remember being on a run with my GPS exercise tracking App going and I wanted to stop and take a photo of the scenery. I had to exit the App and my run, turn off my music, take the photo and then start the music and App all over again. The Nexus One is a tiny computer in my hand that does pretty much does as many things at once as I want. I even tested multiple GPS exercise Apps on it at the same time AND took a photo while listening to music. Sounds simple enough, but the Nexus One can do it and the iPhone can't. And if you don't think multitasking is important, then your not really aware of just how useful your smartphone could be.

1. Options: With options come choices, and there are no choices in carriers with the iPhone. Personally, where I live AT&T service is awful. Just plain, call dropping, awful. With the Nexus One you have a choice of carriers (or you will very soon), thus a choice in service plans and options. The iPhone service plan is pretty expensive, which I didn't really mind for a few years. And then I moved, my service was awful and I realized I was paying $119 a month and I still couldn't make a call. I save nearly $60/month on my Tmobile plan over my AT&T plan, that is $720 a year which is a considerable savings.

So here is my advice: sell your iPhone and GPS on Ebay/Craigslist. While your there, sell your pocket digital camera and video camera, because you won't need them anymore either. Do it now, while you can still get a good price for them and buy a Nexus One! No really, that is what I did. I made enough to more than pay for my new phone and I haven't regretted it for a moment.


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