Android Atrix vs Iphone 4

So i'm up for my AT&T contract and by blackjack2 just lost it's speaker in the ear so i can't hear anyone, i need to decide between the Motorola Atrix and the Iphone 4.

Atrix:
Droid +
Google +
New OS to learn -
new and very shiny +

Iphone:
Consolidate ipod and phone +
Apple -
known OS -
Chargers everywhere +

What would you guys do?

What do you want to do with the phone?

The usual stuff i suppose? Make phone calls, texts, camera would be handy for pic messages, apps, music?, gaming?

If i had the iphone i'd use it for music/gaming, if not i'd keep my ipod touch and use that and let the android be for everything else.

But that's a weird question to answer i'm not sure what one does with a phone besides use it like a phone.

In my limited experience with smart phones, I would say that you can consolidate your iPod with the Android as well. I have WinAmp on my Motorola Backflip, and it works a treat. I never open iTunes on my computer anymore, even to update my 5th Gen iPod Video. Plus, I can expand the memory of my phone simply by buying a new SD card, rather than getting a whole new phone for hundreds of dollars.

I'm not exactly an Android fanboy, but I dislike the iPhone 4 because of bad product design and Steve Jobs' "You're holding it wrong" argument. Unless Apple solved that whole "your finger shorts the antenna" issue when you place your finger over a gap in the frame of the phone-- aside from handing out protective phone covers-- then I call foul and won't support what I consider a crappy product. It's too bad, too-- I really like the power of the iPhone 4 and its gaming capabilities.

Hrmm a good point, i just dislike Motorola's software that it uses by default to sync libraries... maybe there is a better way to do it.

Well, since you already have a Touch, and you're going to be gaming with it anyway, buying an iPhone would let you carry one less device with you.

That was part of my original calculation of why i would want the iphone.

But the Atrix is more powerful in pretty much every regard and I agree with Wipeout. So i'm torn between the two devices and why i come to the sages of GWJ for answers.

Well, even if it's more powerful, you probably don't want to buy based on that.... power only matters for what you want to do with the phone, and all your mentioned uses are pretty basic. It'll just wait for you faster.

If shiny newness outweighs carrying two devices, then grab an Atrix. But either phone should work fine.

Tested did a review of the Atrix. Their opinion was that it's incredibly fast but the screen is lacking and the battery life is pretty poor. This always seems to be the case with new high-end Android phones. Usually in the next release of the OS, the battery life improves. I know they've also said in their podcast that a myriad of "battery management apps" are available for Android and many of them actually make a notable improvement.

How's your reception been on the BlackJack2? I mean, I can't see you not picking the iPhone 4 (merging 2 devices is a huge selling point), but if the reception is going to be worse and you plan to use it to make phone calls a lot, I would just tell you to consider more options.

You could even go for a Windows Phone 7 device (!).

Shop online and you can get one from wireless.amazon.com for very little moneys.

Blackjack2 has been just fine, as has the Atrix (i picked it up anyways i've got 30 days to decide) the one thing that's really bugging me is the immanent release of the iphone 5. I'd hate to get to the 4 right before 5 releases. Is there a solution?

Buy a used phone and wait it out until July.

your logic it impresses me.

Now to go to AT&T to see if i can still do that...

How are new OS (Atrix) and known OS (iPhone) both cons?

Cayne wrote:

But that's a weird question to answer i'm not sure what one does with a phone besides use it like a phone.

Since I got an iPhone, I can't imagine owning a phone that doesn't do a million other things. I mean, a phone that only phones people—what the hell are you supposed to do with that?

retain some semblance of humanity?

WipEout wrote:

retain some semblance of humanity?

You will be assimilated.

trueheart78 wrote:

How's your reception been on the BlackJack2? I mean, I can't see you not picking the iPhone 4 (merging 2 devices is a huge selling point), but if the reception is going to be worse and you plan to use it to make phone calls a lot, I would just tell you to consider more options.

WipEout wrote:

I'm not exactly an Android fanboy, but I dislike the iPhone 4 because of bad product design and Steve Jobs' "You're holding it wrong" argument. Unless Apple solved that whole "your finger shorts the antenna" issue when you place your finger over a gap in the frame of the phone-- aside from handing out protective phone covers-- then I call foul and won't support what I consider a crappy product. It's too bad, too-- I really like the power of the iPhone 4 and its gaming capabilities.

Wow... people are still talking about the "antenna-gate" debacle? I thought the internet was over this?

As an iPhone 4 owner, I understand WipEout's semantic argument, but my real world experience with the device means more than a theoretical outrage over something that MIGHT have been said or done. Should the antenna thing be dealt with? Sure, and it will be for iPhone 5 I'd bet. Does this issue affect me in the least? Not at all.

I agree that you "shouldn't have to use a case," but chances are you're going to do it anyway. I got a free Apple Bumper, but have used a $3 case from Meritline since September and haven't even thought about this issue in my day-to-day life. Since then, I've gotten about 5.5 months of quality use out of the device. It was worth it for me.

Right now, though? I'd never buy an iPhone 4 in April. The new model will be out in September, so the best bet (as was suggested) is to just get a cheapy phone and wait it out if you want the iPhone. Android seems to come out with a new, more powerful device on a weekly basis, so if you're not dead set on getting the Atrix you'd just as soon wait on that, too.

SommerMatt wrote:

Wow... people are still talking about the "antenna-gate" debacle? I thought the internet was over this?

Actually, I was talking about the experience with iPhones I've had where reception has been outright terrible, not the "every phone has issues, but we'll still give you a bumper" fiasco. Sure, version 4 seems better than what I had with the first and second ones, but it's not the gold standard for reception and if phone calls are hugely important, awaiting the next revision can't hurt.

No idea why i put the iOS as a - it should have been a +. Going to find out tonight if i can go the route of return and use a cheapy till 5 comes out.