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From iPhone to Android Phone - Week One

From iPhone to Android Phone - Week One

We've had our Android phones for a week now...Bob has the Samsung (Galaxy S) Epic 4G and I have the satin pink Samsung Intercept. The transition from the iPhone 3G to the Android phones has actually been very smooth and learning how to navigate the Android has been very intuitive and EASY. Here's a basic overview of our iPhone-to-Android experience so far:

  • Phone: For me, the smaller size of the Intercept is a WINNER! Bob's Epic 4G is similar in size to the iPhone. It's very cool of the Android to display the photo of the person you're talking to while you're on the phone with them, instead of only when the phone is ringing on the iPhone. Hey, it's the details that count! :)
  • Display: The Epic 4G is SUPERIOR to the iPhone in every way; the Intercept is noticeably smaller and also not quite as sharp as the iPhone. I'm okay with it because the pink Intercept is just so much PRETTIER than the iPhone. ;)
  • Keyboard: I am SO loving my slide-out keyboard; Bob likes using the horizontal virtual keyboard.
  • Reception: Lincoln and Loomis seem to have better reception with Sprint than AT&T, but Bob did drop a call on Cortina Circle in Roseville. Other than that, they seem about equal.
  • Real Estate Apps: Android doesn't have Foreclosure Radar, Redfin or Trulia, but they have Zillow. Not a deal-breaker, but I would like Foreclosure Radar and I already told them. :)
  • Other Apps: Craigslist Notification is great! Don't know if it's available on the iPhone, but I found it for the Android. Facebook on the Android is better; Solitaire on the iPhone is better.
  • Browser: I just started using the Dolphin Browser and I like that all Google-stuff (Gmail, Picasa, Blogger, etc.) is readily available from the "Google" menu...I find it very convenient and like it better than the standard browser!
  • Contacts: Android has an AWESOME contacts list!!! Not only is everyone's avatar displayed when you scroll through the contacts, but Android LINKS their Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and Google accounts...and each contact has a History, Activities and Media tab!
  • Camera: Our Androids have camera (Epic has 5MP and Intercept has 3.2MP) and video capabilities...the iPhone 3G only has a camera. Here are a couple of photos I took:

iPhone 3G - Photo taken with the Samsung Intercept Android Phone

iPhone 3G - Photo taken with Samsung Intercept Android Phone

Samsung Intercept Android Phone - Photo taken with an iPhone 3G

Samsung Intercept Android Phone - Photo taken with an iPhone 3G

We're still on a 30-day trial period with Sprint, but so far, the Androids are keepers...especially when we're saving $80 per month AND getting 1600 minutes with free mobile-to-mobile (any carrier) and nights starting at 7pm vs. AT&T's 1400 minutes with free calls to AT&T mobile phones ONLY and nights starting at 9pm.

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Comments

New toys are cool, but take a bit of a learning curve.

Posted by Catherine Ulrey, Equestrian and Acreage Property Specialist (Keller Williams Capital City) about 7 years ago

Interesting post...  I have an Apple, and enjoy it, so I found this post interesting!  Thanks!

Posted by Chris Alston, Silicon Valley, California (Chris Alston (Keller Williams Realty, Cupertino California)) about 7 years ago

Hi Catherine...I agree with you generally speaking, although I think when you go from the iPhone to Android (and probably vice versa), it's a very easy transition. Thanks for commenting on my blog! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

I like my Android; never did have the iPhone though.

Posted by Teral McDowell (Referral Patners LLC) about 7 years ago

No complaints about the iPhone from me, Chris...but the monthly savings alone were enough to make me switch over to the Android. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

If you have not already look up Handcent in the app store.  It is for text messaging and you can customize EVERYTHING for the text. Just remember that if you use it you have to turn off notifications for the text program that came installed. 

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group) about 7 years ago

Teral, thanks for stopping by with your comment! I haven't really heard any complaints about either the iPhone or Android and I think they're both good phones in slightly different ways. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Hi Leilani! What a well-timed post! I just stopped in our Verizon store yesterday to check out the Droid phones....Droid X and Droid Incredible.  I was going to get one but lost my nerve. I think I'll hang onto my Crackberry until my next round of commission checks.....tempting though! Thanks so much for sharing your experience!

Posted by Coleen DeGroff, Haile Plantation Real Estate - Gainesville FL (eXp Realty) about 7 years ago

Melissa, I will take a look at that app...I'm just at the very beginning stages of app discovery on the Android, so I have a lot of looking to do! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Coleen, I think the Droid 2 is the equivalent to the Epic 4G (both are Galaxy S phones?) and the Droid X is the same as the HTC Evo. I did have a Blackberry 7100 years ago and I'm not sure what model you have, but phones have come a long way since my Blackberry days! Good luck with your next phone, whichever and whenever you decide that may be! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Leilani~ P.S. I thought you might like to read my post on this, hope it helps...

http://activerain.com/blogsview/1801117/-should-you-droid-or-not-

 

Posted by Melissa McKinney, Realtor, www.LivingFayetteville.com (McKinney Realty Group) about 7 years ago

I wish I had seen this before I dropped my iPhone and went out and bought another. I considered the droid instead, but didn't want to set myself up for another learning curve. And when I said that to my geek son-in-law, the look on his face was like, "Oh you poor old thing!"

Posted by Joetta Fort, Independent Broker, Homes Denver to Boulder (The DiGiorgio Group) about 7 years ago

Leilani - I'm looking into replacing my now ancient Blackberry.  I am still on the fence regarding iPhone, Android and Blackberry.

Posted by FN LN about 7 years ago

I've been pretty happy with my HTC Incredible. But with the latest system update, Verizon or HTC pushed a lot of extra apps that I don't want and can't remove. Only a matter of time before a big public backlash will generate a solution.

Posted by John Novak, Henderson, Las Vegas and Summerlin Real Estate (Keller Williams Realty The Marketplace) about 7 years ago

Melissa, thanks for the link to your blog post...I will go check it out! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Oh, Joetta...sorry to hear that you dropped your iPhone...that's always the worst time to shop for a phone, when you need to make a quick decision for a replacement. In retrospect, I'm pretty sure you wouldn't have had any problems with a learning curve...the iPhone and the Android are very, very similar to use. Maybe next time! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Marc, you have quite a decision to make between the three...I guess you would also be looking at the provider and plans they offer, so if it's not AT&T, that would eliminate the iPhone. Good luck in your research and have fun testing them out! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

John, do you mean Android's new 2.2 platform? The one where we'd be able to view flash on the browsers? I have not heard about that app problem, but it's good to know for those who have the HTC or Verizon. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Leilani, I am still on the fence on which new phone I want....no hurry, thanks for the overviews.

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
Awesome review, food for thought, if you want to change this in your blog so readers can enjoy it more it will be awesome:

"the Samsung Epic 4g that Bob bought has a 4.0 inch screen and super amoled screen with 16 Million colors,   compared to the Iphone the screen size is 3.5 Inch, I know that you can't see a lot of difference because apple add like a frame around the iphone and makes it look bigger than any other phone screen.  Iphone 4g changed a little bit this, but still its framed."

In my honest opnion I know that Apple has done their products to make them better for multimedia for videos 720p and pictures and the movements in the operating system it's a little bit smoother, but who cares about that?  you want your phone to work, right? if you really want quality pictures you take your Olympus, Nikon or Canon Camera, am I right? for my blogs I would not use the android, when it comes the time to switch our big cameras to a phone because the phone are similar or better then ok, but right now it's not the time.

Also on the video as well, the Iphone video on the Iphone 4g it's not bad, but if you compare that to some HD pocket video cameras, the Iphone 4 is a loser, so why have an Iphone for video? Is still not time to switch your gadgets to replace your pictures and your videos with a smart phone, not yet :)

For me android phones are better for organization things and everything is linked or a way to go with google apps, etc  thing that I haven't seen on the Iphone yet.   Android was the first to get the multi tasking and it will be better on that as well.

Posted by Ray Saenz (Pending) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
BTW, can you add some pictures with Bob's phone?  you can add it in other blog, if I was in Sprint I would choose an Epic or EVO for now ! I like big screens, not like an Ipad or laptop, but something bigger on a phone and I know that girls like more the small gadgets :) hehe

 

Posted by Ray Saenz (Pending) about 7 years ago

Rebecca, by the time you're ready to replace your phone, you will have read about them all and that will make your decision easier! Thanks for stopping by to read my week one overview about our Androids! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Ray, I really appreciate your input...you're the Android Guru, for sure! :)

I agree, the photos and video feature are not what I would use for real estate marketing, but they are good and convenient for casual use...like to capture precious moments of my dogs! ;)

Leilani

P.S. Bob has been dropping more calls today, so we're considering giving Verizon a try. We hear they have the BEST reception. But no pink phone for me, I guess. :(

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
For sure pictures and videos on phones are easy and convenient to do when you really don't require quality and you are in a hurry on a restaurant or any other place and you want to show for instance to Bob about a product or any kind of food that you ate or you are going to eat and then he can check it out on this phone as well. :)

Now on regards the dropping calls it's when he is moving from one cell to another? I meant, when he is driving and then he dropped a call or when he is in a place and then sudenly the phone gets disconnected? I'm very interested to know that, Here t-mobile in Colorado is good and yes sometimes I have had dropped calls but that's when I'm driving and you pass from a place where there are not enough cells,

So the sprint was a drive test? What are the next steps that you can do?  Please expalin


Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
BTW I have heard that verizon is the best on quality of the calls, but the problem is their prices, they are not the best for the prices so you pay what you get and if for you some drop calls are not very important that's ok, I believe that it's normal to have some drop calls, it happens even on the best carriers :)

I'm happy with T-mobile customer service, price and everything, the only thing that I'm not happy T-mobile is not the best to get the lastest technology on the android phones even when they got the first android phone that was the G1.

Also, because Google Nexus One was the first to be introduced on as Open and for T-mobile then I believe that T-mobile has some kind of arrangement with Google to wait for the next tech cell  phones bahhhhhh :)   G2 is coming and maybe I will get one :)

 

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Ray, I guess Bob has been dropping calls that I wasn't aware of...today was the last straw for him, so we ported our numbers back to our iPhones for now. We're still thinking of switching to Verizon (which is the same price as AT&T) but we will spend more time researching the Android phones Verizon has to offer (Droid 2, Droid X, Samsung Fascinate, Droid Incredible, plus whatever new phones they might come out with soon) before we make the switch.

For the record, I didn't have as bad reception like Bob did...but he is on the phone a lot more than I am, too. For some reason, he dropped calls more in the daytime and NOT while driving. Also, the Sprint phones were like a test drive...we had 30 days to try them before we got locked into the 2-year contract. Now all we have to do is return the phones to Sprint...sigh...I'm really going to miss my pink Samsung Intercept! :(

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Leilani,
Well don't worry :) you will get a super great phone on Verizon, I recommend for you the Droid 2 it's a very powerful and has physcal keyboard, now if you want a super sharp image then Samsung and well the Droid X is the most powerful on performance, but you need and test drive all of them at store and write what you found about them :) I believe that Bob shall like between the Samsung and the Droid X :)

I'm writing a list and let me know if I'm missing something that you wrote, I still need to add some links from the apps, but it's a lot of work to share :) all of them.

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Ray, based on my research so far...I'm stuck between the Droid 2 and the Samsung Fascinate! Now if only one of those would come out in pink soon, that would seal the deal for me! ;)

I will do a bit more research online and write a follow-up review tonight. :)

Leilani

P.S. Thanks for your input, it's MUCH appreciated!!!

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Leilani -

I was so stoked to see this post.  Now I'm really disappointed to see your changing back to IPhones after only a week or so - because of dropped calls?  And you are heading to Verizon.

I've had Sprint here for almost three years and have never experienced dropped calls.  My wife has long had Verizon and always has such problems.

I was hoping to learn the Sprint Samsung Epic along with you.

Bummer.

 

Posted by Jim Hale, Eugene Oregon's Best Home Search Website (ACTIONAGENTS.NET) about 7 years ago

Jim,
To clarify, the change was for dropped calls and was not the device "android phone", there are some carriers that does not work well on different states for many reasons and one of them are the Cells (antennas) that they have, so if you were concerned about the performance or any other thing on Android I can tell you for sure that is not the reason, I'm not a seller, marketer nor I work for T-mobile or Google or Android, btw I shall get paid :) to do reviews and get their products to alert people LOL.


Leilani,
NO problem, please read my comments and the blog that I just wrote, so you can see what do you want to do, I will let you know about some other information later on today about the two phones, ok? so you can decide wich one you get, What bob told you about the Droid X or this samsung?

take care

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

Jim, I really wish Sprint had good reception here in the Sacramento/Placer area because both Bob and I REALLY liked our phones, the Epic 4G and Intercept. Here (and also in the SF Bay Area and from what I hear, SoCal as well) it is Verizon that has the best reception, that's the main reason we're looking at switching.

After a week of use, I can at least tell you that the Epic 4G is AWESOME in every way...and if you get 4G coverage in your area, that is DEFINITELY the phone I would recommend for you, period. Lucky you! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Ray, check out my comments on your blog...and check your e-mail! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Can you sink with Netflix with a Droid?

Posted by Marcia Kramarz, CDPE,LMC,CBR (Re/Max Executive Realty) about 7 years ago

Marcia, my guess is that Netflix probably does have a Droid app in Marketplace...but you could check with Netflix just to be sure. I don't use Netflix and I no longer have the Android, so I don't know...sorry. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

Marcia,
I don't know exactly what you are looking because your question was a little bit open, but this is my guess what you need.

1) QueueMan for netflix     
- Search and Add instant or disc titles to your queues. Quickly rate at home discs.
Features Add to bottom, Add to instant , home discs, Browser recommendations, rate any title.

2) NetQFree
-Browse movies based on genre, format, & many other options
-Add movies currently in theaters to your queue
-Search YouTube for movie trailer
-Set/change format (DVD/Blu-ray)
-drag-&-drop queues (using box art or drag icon)
-barcode search
-search imdb
-search from QSB
-at home widget

3) Romote

RoMote controls your Roku Digital Video Player. It works just like your factory Roku remote, except you can see the buttons in the dark! Stream movies from your Netflix and Amazon accounts using RoMote as your guide. Help support future updates and development by purchasing "RoMote (Donate)" from the Market

Posted by Ray Saenz, Homes for Sale in Laredo, TX - Texas, Realtor (Exit Realty Laredo) about 7 years ago

I'm really wanting the T-Mobile G2...  OK, I really want my wife's Google Nexus 1, but she isn't giving it up yet. 

Posted by Lane Bailey, Realtor & Car Guy (Century 21 Results Realty) about 7 years ago

Lane, you may just have to wait for your "upgrade" time in that case! :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) about 7 years ago

I cant say how good the iphone 4 is you must get it. It has the absolute best graphics bar none and the apps wow so many.

Posted by Paul Gapski, 619-504-8999,#1 Resource SD Relo (Berkshire Hathaway / Prudential Ca Realty) over 6 years ago

Hmmm...thanks for the info, Paul! I still have the iPhone 3G although I'm out of contract. :)

Leilani

Posted by Bob Souza (925) 513-3400 & Leilani Souza (916) 408-5500 Souza Realty - Real Estate Broker in Placer County, California, Homes & Land, Real Estate Investments and Rentals (Souza Realty - Roseville, Rocklin, Granite Bay, Loomis, Penryn, Newcastle, Lincoln, Auburn, Meadow Vista (Placer County, CA)) over 6 years ago

Probably the most obvious characteristic of Android phones is their variety. iPhones are such wonderful devices. But with Androids, there is such crazy diversity in your choices that anything your iPhone is lacking (which isn't much) you have your choice of 100s of Android-powered phones. 

Believe it or not, the wireless service is the easy part. The virtues of a GSM phone, which have SIM cards inside and can be unlocked, gives you freedom in which phones you can keep or part with. 

I think the best thing about Android phones is not that they're better or worse than iPhones, but they're different and unique.

   

Posted by Brandon Turner, Wireless Real Estate (EmployeeCellPhone.com) over 4 years ago

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