Need Your Help! Droid or iPhone?


Yep, I need help figuring out what phone to get. Before I get to that? A link appetizer!

  • Surprise Gift from Warehouse 23 – If you like Munchkin or Zombie Dice from Steve Jackson Games, I strongly encourage you to consider placing an order from December 13th through the 17th. We’re randomly giving away five pre-release copies of four different games months ahead of schedule. If you’re one of the lucky ones, you’ll get the games even before distributors and retailers will.
  • The Ten Happiest Jobs – Apparently writers are happy but broke. Same with artists. So we get job satisfaction but we struggle to make a living. See: the reasons why we’re often miserable. Oy. (HT Greg Stolze)
  • Introductory E-Mail Doesn’t Have To LOL – In my latest installment of Adventure to Dice Castle, I talk about e-mails to game publishers. I had fun with this one!
  • Holiday Gift Guide: a Very Cthulhu Christmas – continues their annual Cthulhu Gift Guide series. I wonder how many people recognize octopi are short for “Cthulhu?”
  • Nerds and Male Privilege – Yes, it’s 2011 but we’re still dealing with issues of sexism. No, I’m not a whiner because this behavior is precisely why women are afraid to embrace their geek side. Yes, it’s frustrating, even for a professional in the industry, but it has gotten better over the past ten years. The internet has helped highlight that men are not the only geeks out there. (HT Charles Tan)

On With The Phone

So, if you’ve been following me on Twitter, you probably know I’ve been lamenting nay agonizing over which phone to get. I’ve since narrowed it down to a micro-tablet phone in the form of a Droid or an iPhone. I have an iPod Nano (LOVE!) but the rest of my equipment is all PC-based. I’ve tried out the Blackberry and I don’t like it. Prefer the touch screen and will probably get a stylus for it, too.

I’d say I’d have moderate-to-heavy usage. Here’s what I need a new phone for:

  • To work when I’m traveling
  • Texting
  • Internet and Google Docs
  • Photos
  • E-mail
  • App testing
  • Sync my iTunes account
  • eCommerce testing
  • GPS
  • Angry Birds
  • Twitter
  • Actual telephone calls

Thoughts? Comments? Suggestions?

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3 Responses to Need Your Help! Droid or iPhone?
  1. Darren Orange

    I would go android all the way. The most wide spread mobile operating system. Which is also the most capable. Sadly iPhone OS is highly tweaked not fully reworked software that is now fairly dated. It’s kind of like an old MMO they keep trying to update the graphics on but no mater what they do they can’t keep up. The new Ice Cream Sandwich or Android 4.0 leaves iOS firmly in the dust. If I where you I’d wait for ASUS padfone to come out which likely will feature the Tegra 3(quad core cpu) and also be able to integrate with a tablet to give you a full tablet interface. That will give you the maximum use while on the go and best bang for the buck likely. iPhone hardware tech is also getting very dated fast, they won’t be able to keep up and its starting to show now. They can’t make all the hardware themselves while other dedicated companies for OS like Android are doing each what they do best. If you don’t want to wait, I’d look at the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy Note…both feature best resolution screens and pretty much industry standard ones also(720P) That should allow you to read and write easier. The note has 5″ screen Nexus has 4.56″ screen. Makes the little iPhone screen which is now size wise 4 years old a joke. Okay now I am really done 😉 Hope this helps.

  2. Ravenpenny

    What Darren said, he’s pretty much got the ball in the right court for the 3-pt swish. Thats about everything that could be said for the Android OS and a bit more. I’d also like to add that the sheer amount of apps avaiable from the Market and third-party sites like Amazon Appstore and Getjar is staggering. It literally boggled my mind when I first got to browsing.


  3. manda(rific)

    I mentioned it on Twitter, but I’m a little biased to Google. The iPhones are COOL, don’t get me wrong, but one reason I prefer the Droid is just because I use a LOT of Google products and I like that they’re already integrated; gmail, talk, and so on. Google Music is also a really awesome feature, you can definitely sync it with your itunes and have your music anywhere.

    I also really don’t like that the iPhone doesn’t let you add microsd cards. I’m a space hog and like being able to carry extra information on the go, so that’s a huge con for me.

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