iPhone Karen "Woodcider" S. says: iPhone. When iOS5 comes out you'll have text formatting, so you can bold and italicize to your heart's content
This statement alone should throw up red flags and alarms in your head. The iPhone is notorious for being a dumbed down version of an actual phone, with a clear bias towards form over functionality. Remember when they released the firmware that allowed "copy/paste" and touted it as a huge advancement? (when any smartphone worth anything had that same functionality years earlier)
The iPhone is a cool gadget, but not for anything business related. There are tons of phones that are better suited for that; I'd probably go for something with a tactile keyboard, as the touch screen on most phones is iffy sometimes.
The new iOS will also have RIM-style secure texting. So other than a Blackberry (which is spiraling down into obsolescence), what other phone is good for business? The Android market is too fragmented and their app security is questionable.
The new iOS will also have RIM-style secure texting. So other than a Blackberry (which is spiraling down into obsolescence), what other phone is good for business? The Android market is too fragmented and their app security is questionable. ================================================================== Oh Hell No A lot of security comes from the apps that each has. After all, an iPhone or Droid phone is little without it's downloadable apps. To control this process, Apple approves (or does not approve) each of the apps in the app store, allowing control over each. While sometimes there criteria for denying an app is unclear, Apple can protect it's (non-jailbroken) consumer from potentially harmful apps.
Android, however, takes a different approach. While the iPhone app will have automatic access to a predefined set of data (not including location based service, that you have to approve app by app), the Android informs the user what data will be available to each app and the user has to approve that specific criteria.
Potential threats discovered can warrant action by Google, who may asks developers to remove apps from the app store. The company can also remote wipe these apps from the phones of users who have downloaded them.
Apparently security experts have determined that neither platform is safer than the other. Looks like we'll all have to turn to other criteria to pick a phone.
I'm not hating on Android... that much. It's just they need to get a better grip on their app store. Apple may be a bit totalitarian, but their apps have always been safe. Then there's Android's fragmented os. It seems like every phone is running on a different version. The carriers aren't forced to provider customers with the latest operating system... therefore they don't. Android will more than likely get their act together, but not for a while yet.
There's a lot about Apple's policies that I don't like, but hell. They make a really user-friendly phone. And compared to some of the Androids, the battery life is much better. One guy I work with carries 3 spare batteries for his phone!
Anyway, are there any good Android phones with QWERTY keys? I think most of them are touch screens too.
I've loved my iPhone 4 ever since I upgraded (I had an iTouch for about a year before, so I knew I really liked the basic functions), but one thing that does annoy me is when you send a group text out and whenever someone responds, it responds to *everyone* and not just the original sender. So if you're on one of these and a conversation is started, you get all of those texts as well! Mr. Job, please fix this.
Back to the original post, I can type faster on an iPhone keyboard, but I find it very convenient to enter text using an Android keyboard using Voice Commands. For example, I can say "TEXT Tom, Dick and Jane" or "EMAIL Larry, Curly and Moe", followed by the message. It also works great for Google searches and maps.