First of all many thanks to the people who appriciated this little effort (Review writing is my kinda hobby) and I wish people would participate and comment on my other reviews as well written in the same forum.
Though I kinda disagree with a lot of what you've written (yes, the games are better on iOS for now :| and the iOS review process weeds out some of the crap people sometimes put up on android market which is much stricter) and i'm itching to go grammar nazi on your post (it's a goldmine ) and comment on some of your spelling and grammar (don't mind me bro lol) , I must say I have found a kindred spirit in the sense that you've looked up so much info about something and written a detailed comparison (with videos)
I'll have my android phone (the Nexus S) within, hopefully, the next few weeks, so I can find out first hand about the OS. From all my endless hours of reading and looking up stuff about iOS and android over the years (seriously, must be the first non-developer, non-tech-reviewer to have done this much android and iOS reading ), with my needs in mind, Android fits the bill better than iOS except for some games I'll be missing.
But while you're talking hardware specific to the Android phones, the SLCD thing you've talked about here needs to take into account the new SAMOLED screens and not just pure AMOLED. Your battery is probably new (if you've bought the device just now) and needs time to calibrate itself. That Sense UI is sometimes what delays the updates coming to your phone and prevents you from enjoying the latest version of android out cos the manufacturer needs to put in their own crapware before shipping it to your phone.
basically it comes down to what you want from your phone, you might need what the Desire has, another the features of the iPhone 4, yet another a galaxy S. Besides if you're ready to put a bit more effort into android you do reap the rewards. If you'd rather have a stable experience out of the box with a bit less control then iOS more than meets your needs.
First coming to that Grammar and spelling thing, well though I might agree on the spelling part I don’t think you would be able to pick out any Grammar error as such, except may be a couple which I might have missed during the reassess of my review ...
, But I am all ears and always welcome constructive criticism; makes me improve myself with each review I write.....
Coming to the display part, I think I did take in to account the SAMOLED screen part, if you look at the tabular comparison I did, under the display segment I clearly mention that SGS's SAMOLED screen is by far the best screen out there, both in terms of quality and power saving. And my battery is not "THAT" new now. I have calibrated it couple of times (I think I even mentioned this in my review) and I still say the battery life of Desire is just pathetic.
Now coming to your last point which was "basically it comes down to what you want from your phone
" .........Again if you read my review under "The Desission" part, I start off with just the same point which you are reiterating here............My decision might not be appreciated by many simply for the fact that they woudl not see their worth in a 25+K Desire as they might in 30+K iphone or SGS for that matter, because of their own personal preference..................Infact at the end of the review I myself agreed that I could have gone for SGS but I didnt coz of my very own personal reasons........
^Gaurav, regarding the apps, I think both Aman and me speak out of experience with both platforms in hand side by side on a daily basis. So I can reaffirm the difference in quality. I mean, look at the market app itself, it looks so weirdly designed. The text is misaligned with some of the border edges in some places and looks completely haywire to me. Do u think its a pleasing and informative experience to read about apps on the market? I dont think so.
Regarding the situation of apps, I get that android is all "open source" and all that, but Google has to step up and take responsibility. Look at Apple, they make it so much easier for devs to earn good money. Paid apps in 100+ countries while Android has paid apps in 30-32 i think plus no proper filtering of devices or configurations (See the comments on app reviews in the market: It succks does not work on motorola DroidX this that)
I personally feel Android can be really powerful, if Google takes more responsibility and does not let carriers and manufacturers control the devices completely. Look at the Korean networks. They have refused to carry the Nexus S i believe coz they want to load bloatware on it and Google isn't allowing them. So basically other than nexus 1/S, all other devices will always be a step behind and under carrier control. Atleast Apple takes full responsibility and releases constant firmware updates and software upgrades regularly, carriers nonwithstanding. IMO, i put the blame on Google and Samsung and not Android in itself for my less than stellar experience.
And no offence, but stop throwing around the early headstart thing. U atleast are well read in this. I see that on every android forum. The iOS appstore came into being in June 2008 and android market in August or September 2008. So they're like 3 months apart which is not a lot like fandroids make it out to be
yes I agree that Apple store is all sorted out and has better games and apps as well, also agree that Google app store is all cluttered and poorly organized, but as an end use with a smart phone, most of the applications I wanted more of less I got; even from Android, yes I had to search hard, yes I was a bit lost in the market and so, yes there were more installs and uninstalls happened on my Desire, but in the end after all the effort I ended up with a much much smarter phone all in terms of applicability, ease, user interphase, and customization, and after that it has been a smooth sail, except for the battery life and the struggle with the internal storage ..... (few of the points which I already mentioned in the "negative' aspects of the phone.....)
Edited by sam9s, 02 January 2011 - 10:12 PM.