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    I am absolutely in love with my Droid.

    At first I thought that the keyboard was horrible and that I would always use the on-screen keyboard since that was what I was used to... I have since changed my mind and love love love the thing. After a month of using the keyboard I can't imagine not having it.

    Every app that I can dream of is available and free. Ya, I am sure that the iTunes app store has some extra stuff that the android market doesn't, but heck, if I'm not missing it then I guess I didn't need it junking up my phone in the first place.

    I wouldn't change a thing and am a darn happy camper.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK?]Etaoin View Post
    Every app that I can dream of is available and free. Ya, I am sure that the iTunes app store has some extra stuff that the android market doesn't, but heck, if I'm not missing it then I guess I didn't need it junking up my phone in the first place.

    I wouldn't change a thing and am a darn happy camper.
    Solid review, seriously. Enjoy!
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    I'm of the same thought mode - I'd like to know what the iPhone app store has that is so much better and more abundant than the Android app store. Anything I can possibly think of, and MUCH more - is all there for free. I can't keep up with all the new applications being released on there. I haven't paid for a single app yet - although I may pay for premium Remember the milk so I have access to their app. I haven't decided on that yet.

    Another app I haven't bought but tried a free usage of is "locate". Very cool app where you can set your profiles on the phone to switch depending on where you are at. IE - When you arrive at work, it can automatically switch you to 'silent' mode. If you arrive home, it can switch wallpaper, appearance, ringtones, etc. You can set a profile for anyplace you want and when the GPS detects you arrive there - it loads up that profile. Pretty darn cool.

    Although I have no problem with the hardware keyboard, and I do still use it occasionally - I'm finding myself now using the touch keypad more and more as I've gotten comfortable with the suggest / spelling feature of words using the touch pad.

    The best aspect for me, by far, is all the integration that is very well done with Google applicaitons. Gmail is about perfect, GPS-Maps/street view is superb, Voice is extremely cool, Reader works very well, and I'm finding listen is really cool for podcasting purposes - although I'm not a 'huge' podcast listener.

    We had this discussion over at iRacing about our favorite phone apps just the last day or two.

    Apps I use alot are:

    Dolphin web browser (Has multi touch enabled)
    Facebook
    Swift (Twitter)
    Newsrob (Google Reader)
    Remember the Milk (Although I need to go premium, trial up)

    Other apps I find very cool include:

    eBuddy (IM client)
    Handcent for chat
    Evernote
    Layar Browser
    Listen (Google app for podcasts and such)
    Tip Calc
    USA Today
    The Weather Channel
    Barcode Scanner
    Goggles (Google image searcher)
    Flixter
    NFL Super fan DirecTV app (not now of course)
    Shazam
    Last.fm
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    Certainly all the best app developers are flooding to the Android store to give their apps away for free. (Sarcasm)

    Download iTunes and hop on there some time. For a big racing fan you have dozens of excellent choices.

    Whatever the Droid store has, the iTunes store has more of. You have 5 weather apps, the iPhone has 50. It's not an exaggeration. Plus movies, music, television, and seamless podcast syncing, without comment spam.

    I'm carrying over 4 Gigs of apps on my phone at the moment, with many, many more that I swap in and out as the mood strikes me. I have no doubt that the Droid store is getting better, but you can hardly expect it to match the store that's been around longer and has a larger developer support base.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Squidly View Post
    You have 5 weather apps, the iPhone has 50.
    Actually, after checking I see that there are 31 pages of weather apps, 20 apps per page.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Squidly View Post
    Actually, after checking I see that there are 31 pages of weather apps, 20 apps per page.
    Am I doing it wrong? I have 30 page me-too App overload with my iPhone. I want a weather app, I don't want to pay for it, because there's 31 pages of them. But I can't sort through them all. I want a decent free weather app that doesn't spam me or just suck. I'm using an obsolete WeatherBug app from 4 OS upgrades ago to check my weather - because the default iPhone version doesn't give enough detail, and all the updated free "lite" versions spam me with annoying banner ads.

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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Clay View Post
    Am I doing it wrong? I have 30 page me-too App overload with my iPhone. I want a weather app, I don't want to pay for it, because there's 31 pages of them. But I can't sort through them all. I want a decent free weather app that doesn't spam me or just suck. I'm using an obsolete WeatherBug app from 4 OS upgrades ago to check my weather - because the default iPhone version doesn't give enough detail, and all the updated free "lite" versions spam me with annoying banner ads.
    I have 5 weather apps on my iPhone. The default one from Apple, Weatherbug Elite, Accuweather, The Weather Channel, and "Hot Weather" (a pinup app, lol.)

    If you don't want to pay and/or are irritated with ads, there are other choices for you. There are 30+ pages of choices. I'm afraid I can't help you if you are too cheap, too easily irritated, AND too lazy to look. It's like you want me to load your iPhone for you. sheesh!
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    How many apps do you need to do the same damn thing?

    I have the Weather Channel app - it does what I need it to do. The same thing as every other app, it gives me the incorrect weather just like the guy on The Weather Channel.

    If I don't like it, I can download weather bug, or better yet - just hit 'weather' inside my USA Today app. Just for the record, as of this morning there are 254 weather applications in the Android app store.

    If iPhone fanboys need 3,000 versions of solitaire and 30+ pages of weather apps to maintain their sense of superiority, more power to you.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Hylander View Post
    How many apps do you need to do the same damn thing?

    I have the Weather Channel app - it does what I need it to do. The same thing as every other app, it gives me the incorrect weather just like the guy on The Weather Channel.

    If I don't like it, I can download weather bug, or better yet - just hit 'weather' inside my USA Today app. Just for the record, as of this morning there are 254 weather applications in the Android app store.

    If iPhone fanboys need 3,000 versions of solitaire and 30+ pages of weather apps to maintain their sense of superiority, more power to you.
    That's a pretty weak argument. More choices are always good. It's like saying that my Ferarri is slower than your Volvo because you don't want any gears above 2nd.

    And weather applications was just an off-hand example. I don't think you really want to get into an app-for-app comparison (quality or quantity) between the two stores.

    Kat had the best answer.

    "I am sure that the iTunes app store has some extra stuff that the android market doesn't, but heck, if I'm not missing it then I guess I didn't need it junking up my phone in the first place."

    Perfect.
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    This video is only tangentially related to the discussion but I thought it was pretty funny.

    http://www.boingboing.net/2010/01/25...is-way-to.html

    I know two people with the Droid AND the iPhone who prefer the Droid. They admit that you can't really compare the app stores as Apple just blows the Droid out of the water in that regard. However, they prefer the Droid because of the hardware superiority. They are satisfied with the apps that are presently available for the Droid (and encouraged that the Droid marketplace is getting larger every day).

    I guess the final answer is use what you like.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Bribo View Post
    I guess the final answer is use what you like.
    Use what you own is the final answer.
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Squidly View Post
    That's a pretty weak argument. More choices are always good. It's like saying that my Ferarri is slower than your Volvo because you don't want any gears above 2nd.
    Not really - it's more like having 600 versions of the Volvo with each one just having different option packages. Trying to find which one has the options you want becomes annoying after a certain point and you just end up using one that you like that meets your needs.

    As I've said repeatedly, I like the iPhone. The ONLY reason I didn't own one was AT&T, the ONLY reason. That said, now that I've had my Droid for some time and I have experience with the iPhone - I'm not so sure I can say that if Verizon had the iPhone and Droid at the same time, knowing what I know now, that I would have still picked the iPhone. Particularly so for ME, due to my use of Google applications.

    This does not apply to what might be coming with the next gen iPhone (or Android phone for that matter).
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    Quote Originally Posted by [AK]Hylander View Post
    Not really - it's more like having 600 versions of the Volvo with each one just having different option packages.
    It's pretty rare to hear a geek complain about having too many software options. I think most people are going to be inclined to love what they own. And as you get more and more invested in it (emotionally as well as fiscally - apps add up) it becomes less likely that you'll sway.

    Also, I'm not convinced that Apple is moving away from AT&T until the 5 year deal they had is up.
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