Leaving the iPhone

I’m three weeks into a new 30 day challenge: no iPhone. When I got a Nexus One in December, I spent a few weeks carrying both phones around in the pockets of my jeans. It took a little while to adapt to Android, but I’m very happy with my Nexus One and I don’t plan to go back to the iPhone. Both the iPhone and Android are great operating systems, but it’s important to me that I can write or run the applications I choose on my phone.

The best way I can describe the transition is to read this article by Jason Kincaid and this article by Danny Sullivan. Danny contends that the iPhone is better, mentioning that after “literally an hour or less of playing with my wifeโ€™s iPhone” he was an iPhone convert.

I think both Danny and Jason are right in some ways. Like Danny, it only took me a couple hours of playing with my wife’s iPhone before I knew that I had to have one. In a post that I wrote in 2007 but never published, I said “I think the iPhone is going to be a monster hit.” And it was. But here’s the thing: I was comparing the iPhone to my previous phone, which was an LG enV. That was like comparing a Ferrari to a old station wagon.

If you’re coming from a feature phone (or almost any type of phone other than an iPhone 3GS), you’ll probably love Android right away. But if you’re already an iPhone power user? Well, you’ve learned how things work on an iPhone. Maybe you have your music in iTunes, and you’ve already built up a list of favorite apps. That makes switching to a different make of phone much harder. Jason Kincaid describes it well: “Imagine if you took a longtime Windows user and sat them in front of a Mac for a couple days.” Things seem weird and different in arbitrary ways, like the power button is on the other side of the phone. But those things fade away after a few days of using Android, and you’re left with a powerful platform that feels like it’s under your control.

Do I still miss a few things on the iPhone? Absolutely. For example, the iPhone makes it easy to take a snapshot of the screen — just press the power and home button at the same time. The iPhone fits 20 apps on the home screen instead of 16 on the Nexus One. I use a password for my phone, and the iPhone has a setting that says “If you’ve used the phone in the last N hours, don’t lock the phone,” while the Nexus One needs me to unlock it each time I wake it up. I prefer the default ringtones on the iPhone. I preferred the iPhone’s finance app for the news sources it showed.

But the Nexus One outshines the iPhone in other ways. Voice recognition built into every text box. Google Voice. And judging from the jitter in Google Sky Map vs. the iPhone Yelp Monacle Monocle, I think the sensors in the Nexus One are a little more robust. Once you use the high-resolution screen on the Nexus One, it’s hard to go back to the iPhone (and the screen on the Droid is very nice too). And I love kicking off a podcast in Listen and then multitasking in a web browser.

The iPhone is praised (rightly so) for its fit-and-finish. But glitches happen on the iPhone too. I went back to check on something a few weeks ago and the iPhone browser kept dying and kicking me back out to the home screen. Overall, I would still rate the iPhone higher on fit and finish, and the iPhone is simpler for a non-tech-savvy person to understand. But polish and simplicity aren’t the most important things to me as a phone user. I want maximum functionality, and the velocity of Android in that area has been staggering. Going from the G1 to the Nexus One in about a year is amazing. I can’t wait to see what new things show up in Android.

Ultimately though, what matters the most to me is control. I have a simple rule of thumb, which is that I don’t put data somewhere that I can’t get it back. That’s the reason that I didn’t buy songs in iTunes, purchase ebooks for the Amazon Kindle, or really log into Facebook at all. It’s also the reason that I recently switched my computer from Microsoft Windows to Ubuntu Linux. With Android, I feel like I have more control. It’s pretty easy to write your own programs for free. My contacts and calendar and email are sync’ed with Google, which lets me easily export that data. I can put widgets or folders or whatever I want on my phone’s home screen. And yes, I could install an app to wobble pictures if I wanted to. Why? Because phones are increasingly mini-computers with a phone attached, and I should be allowed to run the programs I want on my own computer.

I could ramble on about the iPhone compared the Nexus One (both really are great phones in different ways), but I’ll wrap up this post. But my 30 days with no iPhone is going so well that last week I started a new 30 day challenge. My new 30 day challenge is reducing my sugar consumption. I won’t be able to get to 0% sugar (even A1 steak sauce has sugar as an ingredient?!?), but I’m trying to stop eating sugar, candy, Splenda, and anything with sugar as a primary ingredient, even (sob) yogurt. You have to understand, I love yogurt. Wish me luck: only 27 more days to go. Sigh.

143 Responses to Leaving the iPhone (Leave a comment)

  1. LOL. Good luck Matt!

  2. It’s good to here Matt!!! Hearing you’re leaving the iPhone for the android through Google buzz! Good to see Google products getting a mention within google products???

    Have you tried the WordPress publishing app for the android yet! Mullenweg has had a good first attempt!!

  3. There’s no sugar in yogurt as such; try mixing fresh fruit with full-fat natural yogurt (low-fat yogurt has a much sourer taste, which needs sugar to mask it).

  4. I am so use to the iPhone, after changing from the Palm. If it wasn’t for the cost of all the software I might turn into a Mac user as well. I will have to play with the Nexus at some point. It is kind of like Google Buzz for me- one more thing to learn or do and I am already out of time! ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. Well said, but I don’t mind learning a new language just to write apps for my iPhone, it’s not as Open but the Big App Store still has the power of “There’s an App for that”.
    Being a Java developer by profession, I might actually make a switch to Android all I’m waiting for is iPhone 4g, if it’s no big step, I’m off to Android.

  6. Great to hear of your adventures on the Nexus One and good luck with reducing your sugar consumption.

    I am doing a 7 day challenge with zero sugar since I have reduced my sugar consumption drastically since November.

    Start looking at your drinks they are by far the biggest area of sugar consumption for most. Even diet soda, Gatorade and Vitamin Water are loaded with sugar.

    A book you may consider to help with your sugar challenge is Super Cleanse by Adina Niemerow

    Best of luck on your 30 day challenge and please do report back.

  7. Don’t stop eating Yogurt. Stop eating (& drinking) Sugar is good, but don’t stop eating healthy things! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  8. Ditto. Depending on what you sub for sugar, you will lose some serious weight. You might even get a little dizzy.

  9. Awesome write-up. Although I have never had an iPhone, I am not a fan of how closed the phone is. I currently have a Crackberry (literally, as I have a cracked screen) Curve and I’m patiently awaiting the Nexus One’s arrival to Verizon. I was almost sold on the Motorola Droid, but I was not eligible for an upgrade. Luckily for me, the Nexus One started hitting the news just before I became eligible for an upgrade.

    But now, the HTC Desire seems to be pretty desirable. Point of the whole story, I am extremely excited to see all the different Android phones coming out now.

  10. And, good luck on your next 30 day challenge.

  11. Matt, it makes sense for your move as you are a power user and I can totally understand the need for you to have a machine under your control, but there are a few troubling issues that made me return my Nexus 1.

    1. Battery life – I don’t know if I received a defective piece, my battery lasted about 6 to 7 hours on standby! No one at Google, HTC or T-Mobile was able to help me fix the issue.

    2. Data speed – T-Mobile 3G speeds (when available) are a lot slower than AT&T’s

    3. Touch Screen calibration issues – It’s just not the same typing on the N1 as it is on the iPhone.

    But issues aside, the N1 is a great improvement from the G1, I will wait for the next model from Google.

  12. First things first: good luck with the sugar thing. I will ditto Mike Scott’s suggestion re: yogurt. Fresh fruit in full-fat yogurt is delicious! (Of course, fruit has sugar in it, so I’m not sure if that meets your needs.)

    Also, check out Greek style yogurt. It’s not for everyone – it’s a thicker yogurt verging on cottage cheese. It’s super creamy and delicious.

    re: iPhone. I own one, and I really like it. But it is a pain. The phone won’t work at all overseas without a jailbreak. And frankly it’s a bit wonky with a jailbreak, at least in New Zealand. 3G won’t ever work overseas. Heck, 3G won’t work in the USA with anyone other than AT&T because of the frequencies they picked. Even for voice, the *only* other carrier that works with the iPhone in the US is T-Mobile, and you have to jailbreak to use them, too.

    Apple made a great product, and maximized profit on the back of a broken mobile industry. That was wrong. But oddly, I can’t really fault them for the app store – on the first order, the app store is precisely what people need. It’s safe, reliable, and vetted. It’s easy to use. People with second-order needs can install Cydia. ๐Ÿ™‚

  13. Matt’s boss: You’ve been saying some really nice things about the iPhone on your website.
    Matt: I know, I think it’s a great phone.
    Matt’s boss: You know, Google has a new platform for phones called Android.
    Matt: I know, but I still like the iPhone.
    Matt’s boss: Did you know that voice recognition is built into every text box on the Nexus One?
    Matt: Yes, but I’m afraid of change. I’m not ready to learn something new yet.
    Matt’s boss: Tell you what, if we put donuts in your team’s lounge for the next month, will you plug Android on your blog?
    Matt: Actually, I’m really trying to reduce my sugar consumption, so I’m not certain that’s a good idea for me right now.
    Matt’s boss: Well, we could sweeten the donuts with Splenda instead of real sugar.
    Matt: OK, I’ll plug Android on my website.

  14. Take a look for a high quality organic plain yoghurt. After a week sugar free your palate will change and really rich natural yoghurt tastes wonderful. Most of the sugary yogurt is intentionally dead yoghurt for a longer shelf life. Real live yoghurt tastes so different and your body knows the difference.

  15. Nice insightful post Matt. It amazes me, the amount of time and energy put into proving one phone over another. I think you take a great position in that the top smart phones are all pretty slick! I’ve deduced the same that the iphone is a great phone and has an easier UI but I want a little deeper capacity, hence going for the Droid as i’m on VW. :O)

  16. Matt, How much for the iPhone? Seriously. ๐Ÿ™‚

  17. Best of luck with the sugar Matt. I hope you have a cook/nutritionist helping out… you’re gonna find that there is so much salt and sugar in foods and ingredients that you have to make pretty significant changes to avoid it.

    If you succeed for a few weeks, I know you’ll appreciate the increased awareness of bitters and sours. The same thing with salt.. avoid it and you come to appreciate it in very small quantities.

  18. Thank you for the post Matt.

    I am too considering of changing my iPhone for a Nexus One. I was initially considering of getting an unlocked one and using it with AT&T since my whole family is on AT&T. The fact that you cannot get 3G on AT&T with the Nexus One will lead me to T-Mobile.

    Now I have heard horror stories on both sides. AT&T is notoriously bad where I live with huge dead zones and dropped calls. T-Mobile seems to be better at that. I am currently checking the applications that I have on the iPhone and their counterparts for the Nexus One. Once I have made my list I am changing over ๐Ÿ™‚

  19. I was at last screen and ready to purchase a Nexus One on Friday morning. My wife stopped me and said my iPhone works well enough and then went out and bought herself a new Blackberry. I’m still using the iPhone 3G and I’m 14 months into my 24 month contract but I’m ready to switch. The lack of Flash, the sluggish interface when I get to more than 5 pages of apps, and my reliance on Google tools (especially Google Voice), make the switch a no-brainer for me. I just need a little more time to convince the wife.

  20. Dropping the iPhone is one thing, but to drop sugar! Are you out of your mind! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  21. I tried switching from the iphone to the droid a while back. I really liked the android apps and the open os, but the droid hardward having moving parts was like stepping back in time compared to the iphone. Also, for me the call quality was really bad with the droid on verizon compared to the iphone on AT&T.

    Hope AT&T gets the nexus one on their network since it’s gsm enabled. Looks like this is the phone you want to try android on if you’re coming from the iphone.

  22. I can accept that you prefer the Nexus to the iPhone, but I object to your misinformation. I am writing this comment on my iPhone while listening to a podcast in the background. The iPhone has always had multitasking, but for performance reasons Apple chose to limit the apps that can run in the background. And if you really want to do advanced stuff on the iPhone (and circumvent Apple’s bkgrd limitations), you can jailbreak the phone and customize to your heart’s delight. So I don’t think that your criticisms are accurate or fair.

  23. Cutts’ Rule:
    Don’t put data somewhere you can’t get it back.

    (Incidentally, this is why I hate most comment systems, but not Google SideWiki.)

    Good move with the sugar too. Don’t forget that white flour is virtually identical to sugar to your body.

  24. Hi Matt
    I think most people who are drawn to Linux will be drawn to the Nexus – the greater flexibility and access to the OS is great for anybody happy to get down and dirty with their phone.
    IMO the Nexus is going to be a good journey for Google – learning about customer service and hardware support is going to make Google a better company.

  25. Ok Matt!! I think most of your resolutions nowadays are drifting slowly towards indirect marketing of google’s products – “no twitter” to “facebook once a year” to “no microsoft products” to now “no iphone”. Though it was amusing earlier now it looks very blatant and over cooked. My 2 cents.

  26. NO sugar for 30 days might be your hardest challange yet!
    can’t wait for Verizon to get the Nexus One

  27. Matt,

    I’m glad you took up my suggestion of giving up the iPhone for your next 30 day lent.

    Just in time too as Google Earth is released today for Android 2.1 on your Nexus One ๐Ÿ™‚

  28. Also are you sure you aren’t ditching the iPhone over the App Store refusal to show skin?


  29. Matt, some low carb and low glycemic-index sugars to look at 1. Stevia. 2. Xylitol. If you need the sugar fix but don’t want the carbs or sugar-rush, they can work well.

  30. Mike Scott, I have been eating some sugar-free yogurt that’s been sweetened with fruit.

    “Start looking at your drinks they are by far the biggest area of sugar consumption for most. Even diet soda, Gatorade and Vitamin Water are loaded with sugar.” Mark, I pretty much just drink water now. I’ve lost 35-40 pounds in the last few years, and dropping sweetened/carbonated drinks was one of the first wins I discovered.

    Nithin, I completely agree that the N1 isn’t perfect, but it’s been working well for me.

    Abel Mohler, that’s pretty funny. But I’m writing about the N1/Android because I want to. Nobody asked me to write this post, and I didn’t run it by anyone in advance. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Keith DeLong, right now the iPhones have followed a trickle-down path to family members. ๐Ÿ™‚

  31. reading this post and checking up on my G.A. accounts simultaneously on my droid right now. I use GV for 1,000 + minutes each month that are off the network and the phone is just blazing fast. Gtalk, Gmail and Gcal are all seamless and its a dream. I won’t ever go back.

  32. Nikolaos Dimopoulos, it took me a while to build a list of comparable Android apps for various iPhone apps. Here’s a great Android apps equivalency table that Alex Payne put together. In fact, you might want to check out Alex’s iPhone/Android post for a different viewpoint.

    Barry Schwartz, you’re welcome to join me in switching away from the iPhone or dropping sugar. ๐Ÿ˜‰

    Carter Cole, I’ve never noticed any display issues, so I guess it hasn’t been that noticeable for me.

    Scott Rosenthal, the only reason I didn’t jump at the Droid is I realized that I didn’t want a physical keyboard. Which is funny, because I always thought that I did. But after using the G1 a bit, I realized that I prefer the slimmer keyboardless form factor.

  33. Matt S, I have to respectfully disagree. As soon as you jailbreak an iPhone, you step into a cat-and-mouse struggle against Apple. I don’t want to do that — because it’s *my* phone and I should be allowed to run the programs that I want on it. If Apple added a process where apps could apply for multitasking permissions, I think that would solve the most pressing multitasking issues on the iPhone. But when you buy an iPhone off the shelf and use it in the prescribed way, third-party apps can’t really multitask. I used a GPS app on the iPhone that had to build in its own music player just so that you could track your position and listen to music at the same time. I’m sorry, but it’s just silly that an app has to do that. Allowing multitasking has its own set of issues (lower battery life, ill-behaved programs), but I still prefer the Android approach overall.

    “Donโ€™t put data somewhere you canโ€™t get it back.” Nick, I really should do a blog post about this sometime, but it’s something I feel pretty strongly about. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Sean, I totally agree that selling the N1 will make Google a better, more responsive company. And that the pull of the N1 will be strong for people that like things like Linux. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Santa, fair points, but I think one of the reasons that I still like Google after ten years of working for them is their commitment to not trap users’ data.

    Michael Martin, I’ve really enjoyed the N1 and the fact that there’s not an approval gateway between me and my phone. That comes with a cost (inconsistency in some apps’ UI, less polish in some places), but I’m more than happy to make that trade-off.

  34. Hello Matt,

    Thank you for the pointers and the reply. I was aware of Alex Payne’s work and have referenced it for my research and ultimately decision to perform the switch in the next couple of months.

    As far as the sugar is concerned – Greek yogurt is the way to go. It has more protein than carbs which is unusual for a yogurt. (I should know :))

    Oh and by the way, “you know, the root of the word Cutts… is come from the Greek word…..

  35. Perfect.

    iPhone vs. Android is no more meaningful than Mac vs. PC . . . unless it is. And for most people it’s only a matter of what you’re used to.

    I’m a Droid guy. I tried iPhone a couple of times and hated it for the reason you point out; no control. I prefer iPod to iPod Touch, by the way. And yes, you guessed it; I favor Windows over Mac for the same reason.

    OTOH: If you can live with “doing it their way”, the iPhone, like the Mac, is just plain . . . spiffier.

    Welcome to a world that fits you better, Matt . . .

    Jeff Yablon
    [removed signature per comment policy. –Matt]

  36. sugar is not so bad.. I adhere to a diet called the specific carbohydrate diet (http://www.breakingtheviciouscycle.info/) .. it portends that we should eat what we ate 10,000 years ago and we’ll feel a heck of a lot better.. well, she’s right…

  37. Does it have a good GPU?

    Will it run 3D games?

    Can you port your Android apps to Google Chrome OS?

  38. re: no sugar – Unsweetened Iced Tea is your best friend. When I was a child I could not eat anything unless it had cups of sugar in it, but now I drink either just water or unsweetened iced tea and can’t stand over sweetened drinks.

  39. Re: “Donโ€™t put data somewhere you canโ€™t get it back.”

    How do you store all the audio recordings of everything you say? ๐Ÿ™‚

  40. I will have to wait a few years for the N1, as I’m not techie enough to write my own stuff or worry about what is running on it. ๐Ÿ™‚ I fell in love with the iPhone when it first came out and I’m hooked on it. The iPhone got me hooked on iTunes and I love that too. I’ll worry about my music later if it ever comes to it. I’m also a Kindle convert (I probably read a book every day) and I do worry about the book rights issue but I’ve used Amazon for so long, I’m not going to worry about that either. Plus, I have a list of my ‘must-read’ authors and I actually buy them for my bookshelf at home.

    I feel you on the sugar thing. I am technically doing the same thing because I have huge issues with my health and certain things I eat. I’ve found that the artificial sugar items hurt me worse than eating the full sugar stuff though. For instance, I will eat a full sugar Jello cup even though they have the fat free ones. I *have* to have something sweet at night. There is no getting around it!

    Think about reading Skinny Bitch or The China Study (if you haven’t already) they are so fascinating about food issues and vegetarian stuff. I still eat meat but I learned quite a bit. I moved my kids to soy milk and my husband to organic milk after reading it. Also trying to buy the organic/free range chicken.

    For sugar, you might want to browse through The Yeast Connection. Even though I had to be dragged kicking and screaming into not eating sugar and other items, I feel so much better every day. More energy on less sleep, etc.

    I have big plans for binging on Coldstone ice cream and girl scout cookies one day a month though. ๐Ÿ™‚ I can’t be all good!

  41. These moves from your “competitor” platform to the platform of the company that pays your rent seem a bit tacky to me.

    Has anyone ever posted a real “I’m moving…” story and it not be to the company that they now work for? Matt, move to Bing, and write about how that’s an improved experience over your current search engine. That would be impressive.

  42. “I donโ€™t put data somewhere that I canโ€™t get it back.”

    (No offense, I am not evil) If we follow this advice, we should block/stop using :
    – many Google products.
    – most of the online tools.

    The real debate for online services: Who is the owner of the system generated data from the users’ content/activity? Can the user see it? Can the user get it back/deleted?

  43. There’s no sugar in Splenda…

  44. If you’re feeling slightly adventurous, try making your own yogurt. It’s actually fairly simple, and the results are quite a bit better than store-bought yogurt. Alton Brown has a Good Eats episode about it.

  45. My advice to you as an ex-sugar addict is that any time you find yourself eating sugar, you neutralize it eating lots of Dietary fiber, like eating an apple(lots of sugar too), orange, mango, or broccoli…

    The main problem with fructose is that we concentrate it so much and remove the things that help us to metabolize it better.

    I’d never imagined one day I would be eating raw broccoli each day, but I am, and I feel stronger and more energetic than ever. And no chocolate!! witch I loved, the only sugar I eat is brown ecologic sugar for my lemonades witch tastes much better.

  46. Matt, you are right on about iphone/ipod/itunes and the data retrieval problem. I have bought a handful of itunes over the years–things that weren’t available on other formats–and I hated the idea that they were useless on other platforms. And it is insane that you cannot use a 180GB ipod as a true, two-way data storage device (without hacking into it). But I’m a crazed music lover, and ipod is STILL–ten years into the mp3 revolution–the best portable way to carry tons of music. Conflicted brain!

    I’m glad that you are reducing your sugar, but I hope you *come back* after the challenge. It’s good to moderate, but you shouldn’t permanently remove these kinds of pleasures from your life. Pinkberry is really awesome! It’s okay to have some from time to time. I’m glad that you have dropped the sugary drinks, though. But I have a bad feeling that you’re still drinking Red Bull, and probably more often than you will admit (even to yourself)!!

  47. I can’t resist responding to a couple of quite significant misleading inaccuracies here:

    First, the iPhone does allow you to play music and podcasts in the background of any app that doesn’t explicitly prevent that. You’re right that the iPhone doesn’t allow general multitasking of arbitrary apps, and this is a real limitation – for example you can’t use skype while surfing the web.

    However, your example is very misleading because playing music or podcasts while surfing is by far the most common use case, and that is very well supported on the iPhone.

    Apps do not have to build their own music players in order to allow music to play in the background. Developers can choose to build their own interfaces to the music library on the iPhone using pretty straightforward APIs if they think that will give the user a good experience – allowing games to automatically start a certain song for each level, etc. The developer of the GPS app you mention has chosen to make their own interface to the player for their own reasons – some do this to make a display that’s safer when driving. This is nothing to do with overcoming a multitasking limitation nor playing music while doing other things.

    Second, music purchased from the iTunes store has not had DRM for more than a year, and if you sync your phone with iTunes, the music you purchased is automatically copied back to your computer. I’m guessing that your statement that “you don’t put data somewhere that you can’t get it back”, is based on the idea that iTunes music has DRM. That isn’t true anymore.

    There are plenty of reasons why the Nexus is better for some people than the iPhone – but I think you’ve been pretty misleading about the media playing experience on the iPhone, which does multitask with other apps, and does not lock in your data.

  48. Matt,
    I agree it is pretty easy to switch, and I think I’m right behind you. I started to fall out of with the Iphone after living a year in Europe. I had to have two, I couldn’t just open a new account with Vodaphone, which was short lived, but I transitioned over to a new number and a new phone, and just checked the other for a while. Then I moved back tot he states, and ATT wouldn’t support my Vodaphone iphone, and my old one was out of date. AT&T suggested I buy yet another Iphone, including my wifes that would now be 6. So I said FU and bought a tmobile MyTouch with Android, which was stolen weeks later in Budapest on a train. A good friend in Germany showed me how to jailbreak my phone and poof a new tmobile sim and I was off to the races.

    But let’s be honest, Jailbroke Iphones suck.

    So now I just moved to Montreal, and am in the market for a new phone (the office gave me a BlackBerry I hate). Unlocked N1, is sounding like the stand out winner, and this blog post may have just helped me pull the trigger. Best non-seo tip from your blog yet.


  49. When you see the quality of life of the diabetics, dropping added (refined) sugar is not luxury!!! There is already enough natural sugar in our food (Even no added sugar yogurt has some naturale sugar).

    I have one principle (Ok, it is a copy of Occam’s razor principle ๐Ÿ˜‰ ) that I try to respect: “Of two equivalent products, all other things being equal, the less sugared one is to be preferred.”

    When starting to drop too much sugared products, I discovered 2 main categories to avoid:
    1.- products that are not supposed to have (dried meat with glucose syrup, most of the industrial bad quality condiments)
    2.- products already sugared but with added sugar to hide the poor quality of the ingredients or to create a “dependency” (Orange juice with added sugar (!!!), yogurt with fruit and added sugar, etc).

    What I love for my breakfast:
    In a bowl, I put:
    – some crispy (little honey) organic bircher muesli (I am too Swiss…) without added sugar.
    – organic natural yogurt without added sugar.
    – some fresh fruit on top of the yogurt.


    PS: Next 30 day challenge: no palm oil in our food…

  50. @Carter Cole — you might notice in that article they mention that Google/HTC seems to have chosen to go with a better qualitative experience with the screen tech they chose rather than a quantitative one. Ie, it feels better for actual use, even if it does worse on color benchmarks.

    Pretty much every review I’ve read praises the screen as the best on the market.

  51. Matt

    I want to leave the iPhone, I really do. But, the lack of real email management built into the Nexus One is ridiculous. No exchange calendar support? No ability to move emails into folders? These are basic features. We’ve had a few Nexus One’s at the office and we all agree it’s a great piece of hardware, but like the first iPhone is lacks the native application/software for the common business person. My full review is here: http://www.thekmiecs.com/shopping/the-google-nexus-one-swings-and-misses/


  52. > Nexus One needs me to unlock it each time I wake it up
    There is an app for that. There you go with Android. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Going without sugar isn’t hard if you eat lots of fresh fruits. Your body will suffer less from sugar deprivation that way. You can also put them into a plain yogurt without sugar, tastes great. Make it a permanent habit and you’ll live much healthier, more energy during the day, etc.


    I thought a lot about gettinhg a NOKIA N900, but the google habilities in the nexus one are TOO INTERESTING! I’m already planning for my NEXUS ONE!

  54. Good stuff dude, gonna pick a NexusOne up soon too… It has flash and multitasking ;D

  55. I never got the iphone, and that was hell for me. (I am an applehead, just made my 9th mac’purchase since ’92). I hated AT&T service too much to go there and I wouldn’t spend big bucks for a iphone that worked with my carrier if it meant loosing the warranty. So I got a G1, and I love it still. My hub felt bad for my iphonelessness, so he bought me an ipod touch last week for my bday. Best of both worlds, I say.

    Good luck with the no sugar trip. No yogurt? Yikes. Just shoot me.

  56. Yelp Monacle -> Yelp Monocle

  57. No, Android apps probably will not work on Chrome OS. Probably no real apps for Chrome OS. N1 has a GPU, and Android has OpenGL graphics. There are a few good 3d games already that run smoothly on phones like the Hero (what I have). Even on a Hero, Android blows iPhone out of the water. Easy to use is for feature phones. Feature rich is for smartphones. iPhone is just a really expensive feature phone with smartphone specs.

  58. Apple, and iPhone in general is probably the most innovative company & device on God’s green earth at this moment. Really a shame to see someone like you not using one, when u have the chance to. Stop acting prudish and get back to your iPhone. Apple rules, Microsoft sucks.

  59. The one thing I really need my iPhone to do is make calls and not drop them. I know AT&T is “the worst” provider out there, but I have to believe the iPhone is also to blame. AT&T Blackberry users never complain about AT&T’s service. It’s a too bad. I love rollover minutes. ๐Ÿ™‚

  60. “These moves from your โ€œcompetitorโ€ platform to the platform of the company that pays your rent seem a bit tacky to me.” Ken Jackson, I stayed with the iPhone for almost a year and a half after Android came out. It wasn’t until now that I really felt recent Android phones were in the same league as the iPhone.

    idont, Google specifically works hard not to trap user data. As I mentioned in the article, email/calendar/contacts are trivial to export. Docs now has simple downloading. If you know of a Google product/service that traps user data, let me know and our mention it to the Google Data Liberation Front. That’s a funny name, but it’s an actual Google group that makes sure you can take your data and leave Google when you want.

    Blake N, I’ll definitely be back on sugar (maybe not quite as heavily) after 30 days. I love PinkBerry and Red Mango yogurt. The good news is that I’ve been off caffeine for 2-3 months, so I’m not drinking any Red Bull right now. ๐Ÿ™‚

    Jan, I wasn’t trying to be misleading — thanks for your comments. I know that Apple has removed their DRM now, but it still bothers me than Apple wants me to use iTunes to load music on an iPhone. It’s worse because I use Linux, and iTunes isn’t really supported on Linux at all. When I first plugged a G1 into my computer, it just showed up as a hard drive that I could drag/drop music to. I much prefer that approach over requiring specific software to load music on a phone. Overall I wouldn’t put multitasking at the top of my list, but I’ve used multitasking more than I expected (e.g. fire up an app to measure signal strength, then use my phone for other things).

    bob rains, glad it was a helpful post! It sounds like e.g. a Verizon version of the N1 is on the way.

    Adam Kmiec, I tend to use Gmail in a non-folder way. My inbox is my todo list, and when something is done I archive it. For that way of doing things, the N1’s Gmail app works very well. I use Google Calendar instead of Exchange, so that isn’t an issue for me either.

    Ken Aston, fruit has been essential. Even things like dried cherries or raisins can be a nice treat.

    Subhasish Ghosh, I agree that Apple is innovative in spades. The iPhone was nothing short of revolutionary and it ushered in an entirely new era for mobile phones. Apple also provides a seamless, excellent user experience. I’d still recommend an iPhone over the Nexus One for (say) my Mom or an uncle. But for me (a power user who cares about control over my own phone), the balance has tipped to favor the Nexus One.

  61. Sounds like you are an observer of Lent. Blessings to you during your sugar fast Matt! Great blog post.

  62. How about the 512mb installed App Limit on the Nexus one?

    Major flaw, overlooked by almost everyone that reviews the N1

  63. I am a software engineer, I think android’s Java based development platform is more convenient than iPhone’s C based approach.

  64. My Nexus One arrives today. Need to spend a few hours charging via USB as it’s coming to Sweden and I don’t have a mains charger – so while I’m waiting for that to happen – anyone have any recommendations for the phone – specifically with apps.

    I’m also not coming from the iPhone abnd can’t wait.

  65. Matt, you must be missing your phone to write a book about it ๐Ÿ™‚

    How on Earth did Humans get-by pre mobile phones?

  66. It really gives envy to put my Iphone 3GS and to test this new toy, but I have difficulty in being totally convinced, especially that you work for the creator, that you are a communicator for Google.

  67. Matt – I think you’re right that the iphone does well with people who are non-tech savvy. For your average guy in the street they can pick one up and be comfortable with it in a couple of hours.

    As a power user your needs are different and that is reflected in your switch to the Nexus.

    One day a phone will come along which offers the perfect balance. I wait with interest to see who makes it.

  68. Matt, would you of switched phones even if you didn’t work for Google or does loyalty play a big part?

    By the way, I love yogurt too….especially Fage Greek Yogurt. I get the the 0% or 2% Fage 6 oz cups and then take a tablespoon of Sugar Free Jello Pudding powder and mix it in. White Chocolate is my favorite….high protein, less sugar, and it tastes good. Also, Greek Yogurt is good for your digestion. Just a little tip I wanted to add to your iphone post :).

  69. Good luck with that Matt! Actually I dont even have an iphone – I am a little bit scared of getting one!

  70. krikey,mattcutts.com has just morphed into majornelson.com

  71. Its all down to personal choice and what you want from a device, personally I do not like the iPhone at all. I find it looks tacky and most apps are just a waste of time like the app “to split your dinner bill”, isnt that what we call a calculator? But no doubt other OS’s will also start getting just as useless apps though. I also do like like iTunes or being forced to use it, again personal preferance.

    I havent tried android yet and would love to have a play around with it, but so far in the UK there just arent at present any really stand out android devices. At present I have the HTC HD 2 which to me is one of the best handsets on the UK market and miles better than the iPhone in terms of what it does and as a phone in general, yes the iPhone does have a larger memory but for me personally it does what I need it to do without forcing me to use software that I may not want to use.

    The N1’s specs are very similiar to the HTC HD 2 and I would love to run them side by side to see which I prefer and whether it would make an android convert out of me.

  72. “I donโ€™t put data somewhere that I canโ€™t get it back.”

    You should read Google terms of privacy. They’re not better than Facebook or Apple on that point.

  73. Matt – It’s rather funny when someone with an iPhone can’t open two apps at the same time. To me, that is beyond comprehension. Even the Blackberry Curve allows for multitasking. Although running multiple programs at the same time runs the battery down, at least with the N1 you can actually replace the battery yourself. Maybe the real reason why Apple hasn’t allowed multitasking is because they know its a b*tch to replace the battery.

  74. Did you cut out high fructose corn syrup also?

  75. > I use a password for my phone, and the iPhone has a setting that says โ€œIf youโ€™ve used the phone in the last N hours, donโ€™t lock the phone,โ€ while the Nexus One needs me to unlock it each time I wake it up.

    I’ve been using a program called AutoLock that does this, you can customize it to not lock within __ minutes, very useful! I’m not sure whether you can still find it in the market, but if you need it I’m sure you can find it online or you can let me know.

  76. Bonnie Parrish-Kell

    Matt, try Greek yogurt like “Greek Goddess” traditional yogurt. I find it quite palatable given it has no sugar AND no sourness like many Greek yogurts have.

    Like BradleyT mentioned, STAY AWAY from HFCS, another sweet poison. You go, guy!

  77. Being overweight, carrying around a “backpack” all day is going to kill you way before Splenda (aka Sucralose, aka 0 calorie sugar substitute).

    There is also Steveia, a *natural* sugar substitute. And it’s cousin Stveioside (super concentrated). They have recent FDA approval and have been used in China for 30 years with no adverse effects.

  78. I have a Nexus one and I had an iphone and I must agree with Matt functionality wise Nexus one matches iphone and in many cases beats iphone (I love the map on android more than Iphone) but I think Iphone is still more user friendly.

  79. I think I should also move to Nexus One from Blackberry. ๐Ÿ˜€ yay!

  80. I am not accustomed to using Nexus One

  81. Ok, I’m an iphone power user (i manage stuff with an Omni product – mac only). BUT, 2 guys at work just had their New Google phones delivered this week. I am left wondering how to sell my iphone 3gs on ebay and then figure out how to convince my wife i need the new phone for work! I bet i could write apps for what i will miss on my iphone ๐Ÿ™‚

  82. Matt’s post (“And I love kicking off a podcast in Listen and then multitasking in a web browser.”) and Halvorsen’s comment seem to mean that you cannot do multitasking in the iPhone.

    This is partially wrong.

    I can listen to music, podcasts AND send sms or check email or go to internet or play some games, etc and this without doing jailbreak.

    I do it everyday.

    This said, beside the ipod functions, alarm, and some minor ones, it is true that you cannot run several APPS in the same time. It is made to save battery life and the iphone is so fast to close and open apps that it does not bug me at all.

  83. I have an iPhone and fully intend on getting a Droid. (I’d get a Nexus One, but I’m the type of person who really wants a physical keyboard. Also, I prefer Verizon over T-Mobile.) Unfortunately, I’m stuck in a 2-year contract that still has a little over a year left. And now I play the waiting game.

  84. I have an iPhone and fully intend on getting a Droid. (Iโ€™d get a Nexus One, but Iโ€™m the type of person who really wants a physical keyboard. Also, I prefer Verizon over T-Mobile.) Unfortunately, Iโ€™m stuck in a 2-year contract that still has a little over a year left. And now I play the waiting game.

    (Please remove my previous post in favor of this one. I guess the giant font still wasn’t enough for me to follow the rules. I’m posting this to be more inline with the rules.)

  85. Wow, that had to be a seriously difficult task on both ends of the spectrum. One to have an iPhone being who you are and 2, leaving it. I’m torn. I have an Android but absolutely love the iPhone as well and thinking about making the switch. Both have a really nice operating system but the iPhone’s is just so sexy it’s hard to walk away from.

  86. I recommend giving up on fizzy drinks completely – you feel so much healthier and less bloated after a while. They’re also full of sugar, and apparently a leading cause of throat cancer. After a while, they just taste horrible! ๐Ÿ™‚

    Thanks for that app equivalency table by the way, very helpful!

  87. Someday I’ll try it but I’m sticking with Blackberry for now. I’m old fashioned that way.

  88. Matt,

    That sounds interesting. But i agree to the points Danny has mentioned in the post you’ve shared. I think people who are used to iPhone 3GS or even blackberries will take time to switch to Nexus One.
    Well staying apart from consuming sugar is a nice 30 day challenge, hats off on that ๐Ÿ˜€

  89. Hi matt

    I was just passing and couldnt help but respond, I cannot even live without my Iphone lol, its probably the best gadget ive ever owned which is saying something !

    The apps the maps, the built in ipod, but really i suppose its horses for courses as ive never read the finanical news and use it for music and apps mainly.

    I also hate yogurt, it doesnt taste of anything !


  90. Matt,

    Let me know I got the facts straight in the article of you ditching the iPhone after previous attempts w the G1 ๐Ÿ˜‰


  91. Hi Matt,

    Great to hear you’re switching to Android. I’m very curious whether you’ll stay and what your experiences are.
    Great argument of choosing for more open systems! If you’re concerned about not having your favorite apps, you should give http://www.appbrain.com/ a try. It’s the easiest way to browse the android market, and allows you to save your favorite apps in lists.
    When Google recently was so kind to give me a Nexus One at the Android Developer lab, appbrain really easily allowed me to install the same apps I already had on the G1 because they were all stored in the cloud.

    Best of luck with your transition!

  92. iTunes has been DRM free for awhile now, making it a poor example of “putting data somewhere that I canโ€™t get it back.”

  93. WOW! Great post. I waited 1 1/2 years with a Blackberry Curve before I got the iPhone (3GS) and the difference was exactly how you described it… going from a station wagon to a Ferrari!
    I am very pleased to read your very honest review on the Nexus One!!! I can’t wait to see where it is in a year, when I’m ready to upgrade again!

  94. Hi Matt

    I’ve just completed 30 days as a vegetarian! Well, up to 34 now. It’s amazing what you can do when you tell yourself “It’s only for 30 days”

    As for phones – i’ve never owned one but will be buying a Nexus 1 this year when they are available in the UK. I was going to get an iPhone around Christmas but put that plan on hold when the Nexus news came out.

    Just hoping it’s as good as you (and everyone else) say it is! Although, having never owned a phone, a small brick with display would probably impress me ๐Ÿ˜‰


  95. I know this will invoke the flames of hell – but I am avoiding the premium of Apple and the ‘lock’ of iTunes – I hate iTunes on a windows based machine … in fact I hate anything that runs things in the background on startup (including “Google Updater”) and I am looking at a new phone soon to replace my old iPhone (3g no s) and my preferred “top of the list” device today looks like it is a HD2, the GadgetShow in the UK rated it above the Nexus, as long as your not exposed to the Windows Operating system. Plus a free upgrade to Windows 7 in the UK is making it look very attractive! – that said it does look a bit big – http://www.htc.com/europe/product/hd2/overview.html

  96. Am I the only one left on the planet who uses his cell phone as nothing more than a phone?

  97. I know this will invoke the flames of hell โ€“ but I am avoiding the premium of Apple and the โ€˜lockโ€™ of iTunes โ€“ I hate iTunes on a windows based machine

    You’re not the only one, dude. My MP3 player is *GASP* not an Apple MP3 player. It’s a Sanza Fuse from Sandisk (yeah, it’s not “high end” but it does the job…that’s all I care about.)
    It doesn’t require any software to run it other than what’s already included with a standard Windows 2000 or higher install.
    Even with the accessories I got with mine (mini RCA jack for my car deck, silicone case with armband for the gym, car charger, wall charger, extra USB cable, and a partridge in a pear tree), I still spent 1/3 less than I would have to get the iPod nano without accessories.
    I have the ability to add expansion microSD cards, slotMusic cards, and/or slotRadio cards (although I haven’t as of yet). No new MP3 player needed.
    And most importantly…I don’t have to take my product to a store that requires an appointment just to be able to talk to a sales or service rep. I don’t know why Apple insists on doing this in some of their stores, but I’m not playing that game with them.

    Never mind the iTunes application and the other crap that Apple insists that you install. There are a whole bunch of other good reasons to avoid Apple products.

    Oh yeah, and the premium associated with them doesn’t help, either. Go Gerry. Much respect for having the stones to say what at least some of us are thinking.

  98. I think it’s gonna take some time for android based phones to take over iphone’s crown as android doesn’t currently has all the great apps that iPhone have. But I do think that android based phones will very soon replace the iPhone for good as it’s attracted a lot of developers partly because of google’s strategy of having android as open source. Htc hero has won the best gadget of the year award already even tho android is in it’s infancy. If android gets even half the apps as that of the iPhone I think iPhone will be toast & the nexus 1 will be the next iPhone.

  99. I sometimes wish that I waited for the google phone, because sometimes the iphone does really annoy me (mainly the battery life, but I suppose using it allot and playing games you cannot ask much more battery life from a mobile phone).

    But, when I come to change the iphone, and not really liking being hocked into using iTunes (I am also a Linux user, kubuntu thou just prefer KDE over GNOME) and happy that ifuse is out but still would prefer the iphone to just allow access without having to jump through hoops…

    So yeah.. will definitely go to a google phone in the future, but I suppose there will always be parts of a previous phone that I have used that I will miss as you say, there are parts of the iphone that you still like and also parts of the nexus phone that you like as well.. free’er to use..

  100. Android looks promising, but the iPhone is more for the newbies that want more entertainment.

  101. Good luck!

    By the way, I know you didn’t ask this time, but I thought of another 30 day challenge for you: 15g or less of fat consumption everyday ๐Ÿ™‚

  102. Brandon Malicoat

    The test you describe to determine the robustness of the sensors is very flawed. The jittery-ness could come from not smoothing out data in software. So maybe the Android app does, but the Yelp iPhone app doesn’t. A more conclusive test would be use Yelp Monocle on both (if available) but you still run into issues like how fast the video can be rendered, which isn’t dependent on the sensor obviously.

  103. Hello Matt,

    Thank you for the pointers and the reply. I was aware of Alex Payneโ€™s work and have referenced it for my research and ultimately decision to perform the switch in the next couple of months.

    As far as the sugar is concerned โ€“ Greek yogurt is the way to go. It has more protein than carbs which is unusual for a yogurt. (I should know )

    Oh and by the way, โ€œyou know, the root of the word Cuttsโ€ฆ is come from the Greek wordโ€ฆ..โ€œ

  104. Matt, it appears that I have been converted too ๐Ÿ™‚ I love my new Nexus One and I have documented my experience here http://www.niden.net/2010/02/from-iphone-to-nexus-one-review/

    Thank you again for your post. It was the icing on the cake for me.

  105. Matt,

    I think the phone challenge will be easier than the sugar. Best wishes.


  106. If you need to get rid off your iPhone, let me know… it would go to good hands here in germany ;o)

  107. Hi Matt,
    Thanks for your honesty… i have a blackberry curve and I’ve been thinking about getting an iphone…..i love google and thats why I wanted the android!!!

  108. Matt, glad to see you’re enjoying your Android as much as I am.

    I’m a huge Android fan, and it happened more because I hate AT&T and iTunes, had them both before, will never do that again. Not to mention the PalmPre sucks, no apps. When HTC Hero hit Sprint it was a no-brainer to grab one right away. Then of course the Droid hit Verizon a month later and I was furious, but I like the style of my phone better than the Droid so who cares.

    Not sure if the N1 fixed my favorite bugs yet such as no voice and data simultaneously.

    Ever try keeping your navigation system updating while you’re driving and on a long phone call?

    Other pet peeves is the half-assed bluetooth implementation. I want a virtual laser keyboard and the ability to use those mini-projectors for a nice big screen but so far no dice on either appliance. It’s damned annoying to watch my buddy turn on his laser keyboard and start typing on any counter top at half-speed while I’m pecking away on the Android.

    BTW, we need a docking station, one for the house and one for the car, so you just snap in the phone and get a big touch screen and optional keyboard. I really don’t need a secondary nav system in the car, or music or whatever, it’s already all in the Android. I just need a docking station.

    Likewise, why should I switch from this computer to a desktop just to get a bigger screen any keyboard?

    My perfect “netbook” would be a netbook shell where you slide the phone in the side, it connects to the netbook screen and keyboard and the phone simply becomes the netbook.

    No reason why it can’t be done, the Android is a decent enough computer, more than most hand on their desktop as little as 4-5 years ago.

    Guess the main thing for me is why do I need a bunch of devices when one, the Android, does almost everything I need except give me more display space and a faster way to type!

    BTW, have you tried any of the SSH shells? Not great, but you can connect to your server remotely in a pinch if something goes wrong.

    Pretty cool for a handheld.

  109. BTW, let me clarify in the previous post I’m not saying I still don’t need my desktop for development work.

    However, once away from the desktop reading ebooks, browsing, navigating, etc. it just doesn’t make sense to have a netbook, car nav/stereo, so on and so forth when the Android does all these quite nicely but lacks access to a bigger screen and keyboard.

    That’s my only real gripe with the Android, give me access to those portable devices that expand the range of vision and input and I’ll be a happy camper.

  110. Good choice Matt,

    I used the iphone for a month, I liked the TREO way better. However the Google phone totally rocks!!!!


  111. I just brought a Nokia n900, without even seeing one in real life, it’s a little scary being so used to the iPhone. But I don’t like the controlled nature of the iphone, I want to be able to drag and drop files, and not use iTunes to sync, Itunes sux, it always crashes on me..

  112. Funny ๐Ÿ™‚ is Nexus sugar free ?
    Good luck for your challenge ๐Ÿ™‚

  113. I concur to most of the points in this post Matt. N1 and the iPhone has their ups and downs. But at the end, i personally like the N1 better ๐Ÿ˜‰

  114. Try honey or marple syrup in plain yogurt. Good for health and taste is great! Best of luck ๐Ÿ˜‰

  115. in my opinion because i have Sony Ericson C 900 compare with iPhone is so close.
    Mouch better and a big + for Sony Erisccson for quality photos 8 Mb.

    But lets see near future the celebre Iphone.

  116. I am writing this response from my Droid while listening to my favorite station on Pandora. I have used the iPhone extensively and would never go back now that I am using android. I am going to have to agree with your comparison. There are pros and cons to each device, however, there are two things so far that will keep me on android.
    1) gmail contacts. No more transferring my contacts from phone to phone
    2) Multitasking. Enough said.

  117. Matt,

    Sounds like you still love your iPhone, my Droid crashes and if Verizon serviced the iPhone I would have one. The Nexus sounds cool, but no keyboard (unless it is hiding). If only Blackberry had a great web browser – we would need no other phone =).


  118. I went through a huge amount of research before moving from the Razor to the iPhone in August 2009. I came to the conclusion that the androids, as good as they are, were still in catch up mode, especially when it came down to the apps.
    I now have a complete apple environment, so I doubt I’ll ever be moving away form the iPhone.

    Remember to give us an update after the 30 days!

  119. Matt,
    Good review. This past month I wanted to experience the android system. I bought the new Fender from T-mobile. Took it back after a week as I could not deal with the poor battery life. Also did not care for the two button push to activate every time it went idle.

    Went with Blackberry Bold 9700 and will give android another look perhaps in a year.

    Good luck with the Sugar thing. Wait till you find out how much Sodium is in your favorite products. You will be shocked!

  120. Thanks for your comments on the Nexus One and iPhone. I am looking forward to Verizon’s CDMA version of the Nexus One.

    For your next challenge, don’t forget to cut out ketchup. It has a surprising amount of sugar in one form or another.

  121. Hi Matt

    I just chanced on an SEO video of yours and came to look at your blog. Specially like your views on not locking into a system – I’m going to write about this. But I really want to talk about Yoghurt. I’m a British photgrapher but I live in Bulgaria where yoghurt comes from. It’s called Kissello milyako (translitaeration) which means sour milk. There’s no sugar. Some years I visited a frozen yoghurt emporium in Westchester NY. I was astonished to find people think it was health food when it was stuffed with sugar and ees. This isn’t yoghurt. As others say buy – or even make your own yoghurt which is easy and put fruit, nuts, muesli or what you like in it. I have it every day. Thanks for your tips. All the best

  122. Well iPhone is great only at touch…Their screen is capacitive and only very responsive one…Nexus one is an awesome phone..It is powered with Android 2.1 ..Well its good..But as compared to Nokia n900 it is just not so good..The nokia n900 is more powerful device with a greater screen resolution, it is just the tablet phone that would work..All it isn’t good about is its battery life..,.It last only a day, with full internet usage…!

  123. That’s too funny Matt. I read the whole post and I was like, “What, cutting back on sugar?” You sure are brave! Good luck on both.

  124. I’m a little ate to this party. Been really busy and my Google Reader is jammed up!

    I’ve been considering the move from the Curve to the iPhone myself mainly for the better web browsing. But I feel I would be giving up the legendary perfect email push and good real keyboard.


  125. Matt,

    Do yourself a favor, and get a Nokia N900. It’s OS (Maemo) is based on Linux and it’s the best Multitasking phone there is. (IPhone doesn’t do multitasking as you probably know.)

    or perhaps youยดre not allowed to use Nokia as they are the “Google of Mobile” ๐Ÿ™‚

  126. Dear Matt,

    I have enjoyed your musings and many great videos. I loved your new haircut.

    But this blog post bothered me because of your attempted objectivism in comparing competitor products to Google products. I certainly understand that the Nexus One is awesome. But please leave the attempt of objective reviews at the door. I know you are trying to be a nice guy and play fair, but this is the last place I would expect an objective comparison of Nexus One to iPhone.

    BTW, I love google and apple products. And in the mobile department, may the best company win!.

    All the best,

  127. For my part, I don’t like iphones because they do not read flash content. I sold my mobile to buy an other one. My HTC HD 2 is the first mobile to offer management of content in Flash. I cracked up!
    good luck for the free diet no-sugar / no phone

  128. I am not sure if someone has mentioned this or not, but stevia is a GREAT natural alternative to sugar that has been used in Europe, Asia and South America for 100’s of years. I recently had a physical and have made some changes as a result. No more splenda and have move to liquid stevia with almost NO taste difference. Look it up and give it a try! I am totally happy and don’t miss the fake or real sugar!

  129. Matt drop using iphone but don’t drop eating sugar as i was reading a research report saying that if u use sugar as part of ur balance diet u won’t put up weight also u are more likely to stick to a diet if u like it.

  130. You can get some really good sugar replacements by silverspoon it taste like the real thing!

  131. Hope you didn’t cheat with an Ipad.

  132. Matt,

    Both phones might be great but the iphone has a certain charm that makes you come back to him, I’ve had a HTC HD2 which is a great phone but it’s on windows mobile which is bad and also my girlfriend has an HTC Hero great iphone again but the iphone is unique and has taken mobiles phones into a new era ๐Ÿ™‚

  133. In terms of functionality and options I’d probably go Android, but in terms of look you’ve got to love the Iphone!
    I used to have a nice looking girl who used to do everything … Now I have a great looking girl who does nothing, but hey, looking that good she’s welcome to do nothing! ;o)

  134. The iphone is really good for music and games. If you’re into those then its the ideal device.

  135. I have an IPhone and bought the wife a Smasung Galaxy S for business use. The Galaxy is a much better phone, especially if you have a decent coder. Due to the nature of the OS it really is a computer with a phone attached so you can access files and make changes really easily. I don’t like the thought of Apple having a monopoly on their apps, everything should be open source in this day and age!

  136. I was wondering what your thoughts are on the new iphone release and what plans are there for the Droid to make it better?

  137. Just read this news release that answers your question Michael.
    We created a new font thatโ€™s optimized for HD displays and eliminated all hardware buttons in favor of adaptable software buttons. We also dramatically improved the keyboard, made notifications more interactive and created resizable widgets,” senior vice president for mobile Andy Rubin

    Hope the 30 day no sugar challenge went well for you.

  138. Hi Matt, I am currently having problems signing into my Google Account using my Galaxy Tab, it was going great for nearly a year. It keeps saying theres a problem with my password,it happens since I asked my network provider to remove restrictions on my browser. Any ideas what this could be? I enjoyed all the little features like receiving notification of my Adsense payments etc ๐Ÿ™

  139. I through down the iphone and picked up an android and would never go back. I love the android! ๐Ÿ˜‰

  140. It’s supposed to be “threw” in the above post. Dummy I am! Sorry Matt!

  141. Hi Matt, I received an Unnatural Links message to a site I am Designing and working on for a client, I checked and found the previous SEO had created lots of link exchanges..I’m doing everything I can to remove them.
    I notice I left a comment on this page, I don’t know if including a link to my site in my name was bad, I didn’t use anchor text..Im trying to remove anything that might have upset you guys now.. should we have the link on this page comment removed?
    Thanks..I’ll keep learnign from your videos on Youtube


  142. I am one of the many who have done the exactly the opposite and joined the Iphone revolution. I like the extent to which I can run so much of my business from the use and presence of a handset! So many of my daily processes can now be done in a remote fashion too.