Making the Call Between iPhone or Android Smartphones – Part Two
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The new Apple Watch has been announced, so it is time to buy.
This model will work with the new upgraded operating system.
Apple Sports Watch 3 Includes:
- Brand New Apple Watch (Please Choose Color Desired When Making Purchase)
- Many different colors
- Magnetic Charging Cable
- Sport Band
Posted: September 25, 2017 6:00 AM PDT
Pixel 2 is coming, so this falls in price! Daily Steals has an Google Pixel Verizon & GSM Unlocked Refurbished Sale Priced in 32GB Black only for $359.99 after Coupon Code: FWALLETPIXEL, Free Shipping. Tax only in FL. Review - $525 new at Google.
Pixel launched at $649 (32 GB) and $749 (128 GB), while the XL variant retailed for $769 (32 GB) and $869 (128 GB).
One of the few phones with an Android Oreo free upgrade!
- Pixel 128GB $389.99 Free Shipping.
Pixel XL 32GB $409.99 after code: ANDROIDPOLICE40
Google Pixel Review:
The Google Pixel includes a new stylish look designed 100% by Google, both the hardware and software. Highly rated 12.3Megapixel F2 camera with auto HDR, 4K Ultra HD video recording.
Google Pixel Specifications
- 5-inch Full HD AMOLED touchscreen display (1920 x 1080 pixels)
- Back mounted Fingerprint sensor
- 4 Cores: Quad-core Snapdragon 821 CPU
- Up to 19 days standby, 22hr usage
- 4 GB RAM
- 32GB built in storage
- 12MPixel F2 camera w/ 4K video capture - 8Mpixel rear camera
- Bluetooth 4.0
- MicroSD Card Slot for upto 200GB more storage
- Android 7.1 Nougat
- Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, dual-band, Wi-Fi Direct, hotspot (Depends on carrier support)
- Near Field Communication (NFC) for transactions, data exchanges and other short-range wireless interaction.
- Built in IR Blaster
- USB-C port fast charging.
- Upto 7 hours of life in 15 minutes
- 5.36 ounces
- Netowork coverage GSM: Quad-band GSM; UMTS/WCDMA : B 1/2/4/5/8; FDD LTE: B 1/2/3/4/5/7/8/12/13/17/20/25/26/28/29/30; TDD LTE: B 41
Sales tax in: NY
Posted: September 24, 2017 4:20 AM PDT
Now shipping. Time to switch. Up to $300 off iPhone 8, 8 Plus - AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon when you activate service and trade in select phones. iPhone 8 and 8 Plus shipped on September 22, 2017.
- Verizon: Up to $300 Trade-in and Unlimited Plan Sign-up
- T-Mobile: Up to $300 credit with eligible phone trade-in
- AT&T: Up to $300 in credits with select phone trade-in
- Sprint: 50% off Monthly Lease with eligible Trade-in
Trade in any of these to get $300 at AT&T, T-Mobile,
- iPhone 7, 7 Plus
- iPhone 6s, 6s Plus
- Samsung Galaxy S7, S8, S8+
- Motorola Z2 Force
- Pixel XL
- LG G6
Some Older phones are available with less trade in.
AT&T Unlimited Choice Plan
- 1 Line $60 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Max 3Mbps data speed, HBO, No Hotspot
- 4 lines for $155
T-Mobile Unlimited Plan
- 1 Line $70 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps) - Free Netflix
- 4 lines for $160
Get the Apple Watch and get 3 months Free of line access fees. Must have iPhone 6 or newer.
Verizon Unlimited Plan
- 1 Line $75 for Unlimited Talk, Text, Web, DVD Quality Streaming, Unlimited Hotspot (600kbps)
- 4 lines for $160
Get the Apple Watch and Verizon will waive the activation fee & 3 months of line access fees. Must have iPhone 6 or newer.
Posted: September 24, 2017 12:00 AM PDT
Hardware, durability and cost are not the only considerations that go into deciding between an Android or iPhone.
The software or operating systems that power our devices do as much to shape the character of a particular phone as the look and feel of the machine itself. It’s also in this internal software that the most stark differences exist between Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS.
Know Your OS – Pros and Cons
When it comes to operating systems, neither iOS or Android can please everyone (especially tech geeks and programmers). Fortunately, a bit of healthy competition means that consumers are constantly seeing improvements and updates to perfect their platforms.
Apple’s latest OS is iOS 6 as of this article’s publication date, while Android is on version 4.
• Android’s open system is designed with the developer in mind. Built using the Linux kernel system, Android’s infrastructure is versatile and easily customizable.
• For those who like complete control of their machine, Android is easy to hack and its wide-open marketplace means there are a seemingly unlimited array of apps and extensions to choose from.
• Android is integrated into Google, so users who take advantage of Google services like Calendar, Gmail and Drive will appreciate the synchronicity.
• Because Android operates like a ‘wild West’ for developers, it can be difficult to get support. Compatibility suffers.
• Older Android devices may be unable to update to the newest Android version, making some apps obsolete or unusable. Wireless carriers are slow to put out security patches and have no incentive to update handsets to new major version of the operating system. They would prefer you buy a new smartphone.
• Some Android smartphones have very little storage for additional apps. We have a T-Mobile LG and it is full of built in apps you cannot remove, leaving little space for new apps. While it has a MicroSD slot for memory expansion, you cannot move apps to it, you can store movies, music, documents, or pictures on it. (You can root the phone and run a SD card shadow memory program if you are an expert)
• Android’s open system makes it more vulnerable to apps that have security problems and privacy issues.
• Google tailors ads based on your personal message content, so users sacrifice privacy in their email conversations.
• iPhone is renowned for out-of-the-box usability, and iOS versions are consistent across several years of iPhone releases. You will almost always be able to upgrade to the newest operating system. (If Apple allows it)
• Apple devices are easy to learn and easy to use, and support is readily available. Apple Retail Stores are all over the country.
• The user interface is consistent across devices. If you have an iPad, then you know how to use an iPhone, and vice versa.
• Significantly more apps are available for iOS, especially tablet optimized apps. All iOS apps must be approved for the Apple Store, helping to ensure higher quality and security.
• Apple’s closed system is not as friendly to developers and programmers. Although ‘jailbreaking’ is common and allows for apps that exist away from the App Store, it voids the warranty on the device and makes it difficult to update to a newer version of software.
• iPhone is not as customizable as Android. All users’ interfaces resemble each other.
Microsoft's Windows Phone platform has come a long way in four years and, with innovative features coming in v8.1 such as the updated Modern interface, Cortana, and Microsoft Office pre-installed, has emerged in the mobile wars as a viable alternative for users looking for Office compatibility and a fresh new interface.
Windows Phone PROS
• Windows Phone comes with complete and out-of-the-box compatibility for Microsoft Office with a mobile version of Office pre-installed
• The unique Metro UI, with real-time "Live Tiles" and pre-installed widgets, provides a fresh approach on mobile interfaces
• Metro UI is used across all of Microsoft's OS's, so Windows 8 and Surface users will feel right at home
• Window's app "Marketplace" requires developers to send in their apps for approval, which means that the apps on the Windows Marketplace are secure and have been screened for quality
Windows Phone CONS
• Windows Phone OS lives in a closed ecosystem, where programmers and developers are kept out of modifying the OS or installing apps without submitting them to the Windows Marketplace first
• The selection of apps from the Windows Marketplace is sparse in all areas (especially in non-utility apps such as games or entertainment apps), and users who are switching from an iOS or Android device might miss many of their favorite apps
• Many users complain that the OS doesn't feel fully finished or that the OS feels intuitive at times.
• Microsoft's mobile browser Internet Explorer Mobile feels half baked while forcing you to use Bing for all of your searches.
The Bottom Line
Android — Although Android offers far more options for quality phones from various manufacturers, there are also many budget options that may ultimately disappoint. Read reviews of the latest devices online, rather than just trusting the salesperson at the carrier’s retail location, who will obviously push the phone they are currently hyping with new service contracts.
Because user interfaces can differ between devices (and between Android phones and tablets from makers like HTC and Samsung), less tech-savvy users may be disoriented by a new Android device. Finally, because of the wide array of manufacturers, tech support can be problematic when the phone maker blames an issue on the carrier, and vice versa.
For users on a budget, who heavily rely on Google services, or who desire the maximum possible customization, Android may be the best choice.
Apple — Consistency, elegant design, simplicity, quality and customer service are the hallmarks that make Apple the industry leader in smartphones. Pricing can be expensive, but because new phones are set at a hard price, there is little need to ‘shop around.’ Apple’s tech support is easy to reach and very helpful, making Apple the all-around best for user experience.
If you want sleek and simple usability and can afford it, the iPhone may be the best choice.
Windows Phone — Excellent design with a unique approach to the homescreen and 100% compatibility with Windows, but tied to Microsoft's ecosystem with a small selection of apps. While some built in features are rough around the edges, Microsoft's new mobile OS has shown quite a bit of potential
The Windows Phone may be the best choice for users who want easy Windows Office integration, a safe, small, and closed ecosystem, and the opportunity to try something new
iPhone or Android is the question for today. Are you a former iPhone or Android user that has made the switch? Are you happy with your decision? Leave a comment with your opinion.