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What phone should I get? iPhone, Blackberry, or Android phone?

Asked by brettvdb (1190 points ) October 18th, 2010

My 3 year contract will be up soon (Bell, in Canada). I am dying to get a smart phone but I’m not sure which is best.

I am definitely a heavy user, and will be using the internet and downloading lots of different applications. This makes me lean toward an iPhone 4.

What are your thoughts? Does anyone have an opinion about which of these is best? If so, why? What are the pros and cons or each?

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Winters's avatar

Personally I like the Android, but that just may be because I loathe Apple and its products.

Haven’t handled the Blackberry all that much so I wouldn’t be able to help you there.

buckyboy28's avatar

I have an Android phone (the HTC EVO). I have been nothing but thrilled with it. I have used my friend’s iPhone, but I really like the customizablity on my EVO. The internet is extremely fast, and the fact that I can download applications that aren’t in the marketplace is a HUGE turn-on. Apple’s over regulation of the iTunes store leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

Also, if you have any experience with programming, Google actually encourages tweaking the OS and UI of Android, something that Apple would never have.

robmandu's avatar

Not Blackberry, that’s for sure.

The rest is just debate between Android and iPhone.

bob_'s avatar

You are a heavy user of what? E-mail? Other apps?

BarnacleBill's avatar

Whether or not you choose an iPhone or and Android depends on how much you enjoy messing around with technology. It seems like people who like to tweak technology like Androids better, whereas people who are okay with adapting their behavior to apps like the iPhone better. I like to have an app for a specific purpose, and will learn to use it fully. My brother is constantly wanting to customize his apps. I like my iPhone, he finds it limiting. He’s constantly doing stuff to his Android apps, I think that sounds like a royal pain in the ass.

brettvdb's avatar

Sorry I should have clarified. I’m a heavy internet and application user. I surf the web constantly and will be downloading/using a lot of applications. On my current (non-smart) phone, I have around 45 applications, which is a lot.

Multitasking is pretty important for me too, but its my understanding that all 3 operating systems allow multitasking.

What is the free app situation like for the iphone and android phones?

buckyboy28's avatar

@brettvdb I haven’t paid for an app yet, but I have a ton of games, productivity apps, a free media player/radio, navigation, a barcode reader, 2 way video chat, voice translation, etc.

You can also run apps in the background, for example, you can be listening to internet radio while surfing the web.

brettvdb's avatar

Very cool – thanks for the info! I have pretty much decided not to go with a blackberry, so its really now between android and apple. Unfortunately I know almost nothing about android phones but everything I hear about them is very positive. I think I need to find someone who has one and play around with it for a bit.

buckyboy28's avatar

@brettvdb It’s important to realize that there are a ton of choice for Android phones, unlike the iPhone. If you can, I would recommend visiting a store such as Wal-Mart or Best Buy (I’m assuming they are in Canada) to test them out. There are a bunch of options such as slide out keyboards if all touch screen isn’t your thing, front facing cameras, 4G, etc, etc.

J0E's avatar

You’re on Bell, so your best Android option is the Samsung Vibrant. I think a heavy user is going to appreciate Android more, but if you like pretty things get an iPhone.

bob_'s avatar

@brettvdb In that case, I would not recommend the BlackBerry. I have it, and I love it, but it is not the best for apps, IMO.

ducky_dnl's avatar

I have the iPhone 4 and I love it. I get good computer time and I rarely have to connect to my computer unless I’m syncing things. I do basically everything from my phone. iPhone 4 all the way.

J0E's avatar

Just a side note for buying any sort of electronic device. There are a lot of people who only use Apple products, and they will tell you they are the best thing in the world, but that’s only true in their world. This can also be said for Android, and even Blackberry users. Find people who have used all three, because they are the ones who can truly make a fair assessment.

xxii's avatar

I agree that the Blackberry isn’t for you. The app market is terrible compared to iPhone and Android, and so is the browsing experience. It’s great for email, though.

Everyone I know who has an iPhone 4 really enjoys the apps and browsing the internet, but all of them have reported problems with the basic phone functions like texting and calling. On the other hand, I’ve heard great reviews of the Samsung Galaxy S, the Nexus One, the Droid X and the Droid 2, which are all Android phones.

Parrappa's avatar

Just got the iPhone 4 about two weeks ago. I’m in love with it.

Speaking from someone whose only Apple product is an iPhone, buy it. I’m not a fan boy so hopefully that helps.

rawrgrr's avatar

Since you’re in Canada I think that Bell offers an iPhone plan for 6GBs for 30$ (or maybe that’s Rogers.. hmm). If you’re a big web browser, the iPhone’s web browsers is one of the best (possibly the best) browsers out there. The iPhone OS is extremely slick and smooth, you’ll definitely appreciate the speed. I still see some Android phones today (the ones offered by Canadian carriers) that still lack the responsiveness in the touchscreen to the first gen iPhone.

If you have special wants and needs Android’s flexibility might be better for you, but the iPhone covers most people who don’t really need to tinker with their phones. Believe me, you’ll be happy with iOS.

It all depends on you, based on the information given, I’d recommend an iPhone 4. It does the internet and apps very well. You won’t be disappointed (believe me) and you also live in a country with a great network so you wont have to worry about that whole reception issue AT&T users have been complaining about.

Hope I helped!

J0E's avatar

Just saw today that the HTC Desire Z (Android) is coming to Bell. That is definitely your best option.

brettvdb's avatar

I have heard of the HTC Desire but know very little about it. What makes it so great?

J0E's avatar

@brettvdb This is the Desire Z. Recently HTC came out with two sequels to the original Desire. They are creatively named the Desire HD, and the Desire Z. The Z, which is coming to Bell, has a full keyboard. Not everyone needs a keyboard, but if you do then the Z is a good choice because it has an awesome keyboard.

Sidenote: This phone was also released in the U.S. under the name “G2” for T-Mobile.

latina's avatar

I have The HTC desire and is a Great phone, i recomended a Android with 1ghz processor any high end Android not The cheap ones, is big diferences in terms of internet browsing. With Android gps is free by default with iPhone u have to paid tom tom and is expensive, there much applications free in Android. So will find a lot of free applications in Android. Also Internet browsing with Android u have more screen space that u have with iPhone without that lower bar on The screen.

spittingamethyst's avatar

I always that of a blackberry as more of a business type smartphone. Apple and their products are overrated mostly, and it seems like their often overpriced. I have HTC EVO. Oh fact I’m on it right now. Love it. Many free apps. Only con is battery. But that’s to be expected with smartphones and heavy usage.

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