Android G1 to iPhone 3GS

I know there are going to be a couple laughs and a few fingers pointed, but I can take it, so here it goes… I’ve migrated to an iPhone 3Gs on AT&T from my G1 Android on T-Mobile. Yup – that just happened.

Watch the video for details.

I don’t want to explain exactly what the video covers but in general the Android and HTC G1 combo are growing too slowly and I think have some road blocks coming along the road. This isn’t to say the iPhone OS is perfect – far from it but it’s had much more time to grow up and I realized I can’t wait for Android to grow up. Regardless of my switch I’ll watch the maturing Android OS and see how it goes and you never know what will happen – but for now I’ve taken the contract break from T-Mobile and moved over to AT&T.

Comments are where you should ask your questions and I’ll reply to them here so everybody can contribute. This isn’t something that should turn into a flame war but if you must. There are good things about both platforms and there are a couple things I’m leaving behind to make the switch so neither is perfect. Talk to you soon, cheers!

Full Sized HD on YouTube.
Also on Vimeo & Viddler for further commenting.

UPDATE: I’ve added some more insight in a second post after using the iPhone for a couple days: Android to iPhone Part 2
Jan 2010 UPDATE: I waned to mention a great post on TechCrunch titled “An iPhone Lover’s Take On The Nexus One” that’s worth a read.

Comments

21 Responses to “Android G1 to iPhone 3GS”

  1. On 8th Jul 2009 at 09:33, Paul Sutton said:
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    Have been pondering this transition myself, my biggest concern is regarding closing out the contract with T-Mobile, as far as the price and ease, and also the cost of the iPhone 3GS with the 2 year required contract. Other than that, nice, detailed illustration of your BOLD move.

  2. On 8th Jul 2009 at 09:50, Terence Chang said:
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    Ha. Nice!

    I almost wanted to wait for the MyTouch phone for T-Mobile. I am so glad that I pick iPhone 3GS instead.

    I am extremely happy with what iPhone 3GS brought to me. I don’t use lost minutes, but I do a lot of 3G data stuff.

    Besides the short battery life, I have no complaints to the stuff I can do on iPhone 3GS.

  3. On 8th Jul 2009 at 09:59, Ohdoctah said:
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    Welcome to the club sir!

  4. On 8th Jul 2009 at 10:31, Ben Atkin said:
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    I’ve debated whether to switch from the G1 to the iPhone myself. On the one hand, there’s a lot of really neat and useful stuff for the iPhone. On the other hand, the iPhone would cost $15 more per month for my light use, and there’s my distaste for the closed nature and the shenanigans of the App Store. I’m sticking with the G1 for now, but your video got me thinking about the lack of commitment from Google and T-mobile, as exemplified by their slow rollout of Cupcake. I can see now why there’s been quite a bit of talk about the Palm Pre on twitter.

  5. On 8th Jul 2009 at 11:21, Paul Sutton said:
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    Kind of what I thought, still curious how much the iPhone was with AT&T contract, that is a huge selling point for me if I am going to spend the $200 to cancel with T-Mobile, if you don’t mind me asking?

  6. On 8th Jul 2009 at 11:32, Ben Atkin said:
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    Chuck, I’ve heard people complain about the Centro and that’s why I didn’t pay much attention to the Pre. I can see that people’s interest isn’t about the Pre so much as the flaws of the other two platforms.

    As for my iPhone App Store gripes, it’s not specific to the iPhone App Store. Over the years I’ve grown to love the freedom of being able to install a binary from any source, and being able to work directly with users and not some intermediary. There’s a lot of other expectations I have of computing that are being tossed aside. I need to think about how my personal qualms are going to effect my career going forward.

  7. On 9th Jul 2009 at 01:51, Ryan Gasparini said:
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    AT&T has really gotten their act together so I think waiting as long as you have is smart. GSM whether it is T-Mobile or AT&T is not going to be as good as a carrier technology as CDMA but there’s no one I know that says anything good about T-Mobile’s service.

  8. On 10th Jul 2009 at 14:04, Android to Iphone Part 2 | rYnoweb by Chuck Reynolds said:
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    [...] like to clarify things with the last post about my switch from Android to iPhone.  I didn't get too specific because one, I felt stressed to get the post out quick and 2 I felt [...]

  9. On 13th Jul 2009 at 21:28, Roger said:
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    Welcome to the club chuck, it was just a question of time my friend.

    Good video bud! You are gonna have to start doing more!

  10. On 29th Jul 2009 at 03:01, Jamie Martin said:
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    I think a lot of your problems stem from an old/maybe defective phone.

    With all the applications that I have on my G1, like Locale, Enkin, Compare Everywhere (all reasons in themselves to get an Android phone) – I couldn’t see myself changing phones.

    Most of these applications wouldn’t be possible on the iPhone due, not for technical reasons but because of the restrictions Apple places in their SDK.

    And that’s the biggest problem that I have with the iPhone. eBook readers have been banned because “questionable content could be read.” – They rejected the South Park application because it was objectionable, etc.

    There are plenty of applications and hacks to make your G1 look like whatever you want and to do whatever you want, and it’s backed by a company that supports you doing so.

  11. On 2nd Aug 2009 at 06:01, Seth said:
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    Another rejected apple app store application Google voice. Man is it nice.

    Also as a developer I much prefer Google’s (all though modified) implementation of java to objective C. Programming in Netbeans or Eclipse (Where I am already comfortable) is a major plus as well. Using java based IDEs means I can dev on windows/Linux/OSX/BSD/Solaris.. etc etc etc… The java stack is just so mature at this point, its really nice to be able to use junit for my unit tests and Hudson for my CI. An open source programming language on an open source OS backed by the company that defined web 2.0 apps. Nuff said as far as I’m concerned.

  12. On 29th Oct 2009 at 08:34, brad said:
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    ok, I got a magic(32A) with the stock standard ROm installed, i think you know what that means, anyhow, then along came the Hero with its sensUI. I of course got UI envy, and decided to flash the ROM am currently running a faster better looking UI(even than iPhone) on top of my true MULTITASKING(got rub it in :) Android device. Now that Android 2.0 is released that itchy feeling to upgrade is right back and as soon as theres a ROM for that available im gonna flash it. The point is this, As long as i'm running android, i've got options. And as long as you are running the iPhone, you dont.

    The droid may not be faster than the iPhone, but it beats the pants off it in terms of functionality. Steve, you probably pretty bothered right now, cause all you hanging onto is the app store right now, the Android market will grow, in fact all the big apps are already there :)

  13. On 22nd Nov 2009 at 03:29, SEO Manchester said:
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    Does anyone have the definitive list of apps for the iPhone for useful for web dev's, designers, seo?

  14. On 17th Dec 2009 at 17:36, Chucky said:
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    The G1 is the first generation Android phone that was introduced in 2008. Only this past October 2009 things started to take off for Android. Many much more powerful phones are coming out in January of 2010 (http://androidcompare.com/time-l.html). Noticed a good Android vs. iPhone comparison on the same site as well:
    http://androidcompare.com/iphone.html

  15. On 18th Dec 2009 at 02:07, Chucky said:
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    I wanted to get an iPhone at first but didn't like AT&T service. When I heard about Android I decided to wait. When you wrote the above 23 weeks ago, the Android platform was moving a snail pace. It was only in the last 2 months, mainly October and November of 2009 thing started to change at a phenomenal rate. I'm glad I waited. I don't want to be redundant (as I posted this before), but this site gives a pretty good time-line of what is happening with Android: http://androidcompare.com/time-l.html


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