I’ve been thinking about getting a new phone for a while, and have been waiting to see what the new iPhone is like. The iPhone was always going to be the favourite, but I have heard a lot of good things about Android, especially the latest version 2.2 (Froyo). I wasn’t really convinced by the hardware until the Nexus One came out – a handset with , seemingly, enough horsepower to run the system properly. I want to get to know Android as it is getting a real foothold on the market now, selling about 3 million units a month. I also appreciate the more “open” aspect of the operating system (no Apple Store restrictions on what can be installed), but I would be happy enough in Apple’s “walled garden.” HTML5 web apps will work fine on both platforms – when they come – so there is no issue there. Both platforms will benefit greatly.
On the Android handset front I’ve also held off because there are better handsets on the market in the US now than the Nexus One (eg the HTC Incredible) which are not available in the UK yet. The Nexus One hasn’t been a massive seller either. Why settle for what you know is second best even before you buy it? Also, when you get the latest and greatest version of Android is a decision made by the handset makers, dependent in part on whether they have added extras to the operating system.
After a little thinking, I now have the answer – I have installed the Android SDK, which includes Froyo in emulation, and which was pretty straightforward with the right instructions. I’ve not got any apps on it yet, but that will happen soon. That leaves the path open for a new iPhone at some point soon…
(PS – this discussion will no doubt reopen soon enough when it comes to an Android-powered Google TV set top box and an iOS-running Apple TV. Watch this space.)