Time flies when your having fun. I’m using now the Samsung Galaxy SIII with Android 4.0 for a week. I promoted the iPhone4 (and iPad) a lot and even created an app for it, a BMI calculator.
S Voice is Samsungs answer to Siri of Apple. The iPhone4 has no official support to run Siri but I was able to run it due it was jailbroken. Siri was working great while S Voice was running not that well…. a lot of tests resulted in faulty results while Siri gave a good percentage of success, almost perfect. The reaction of S Voice was really slow. I also noticed Samsung added their Google Adsense Publisher code in the SERPs…
1 – 0 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
The screen is really sharp on the SGS3. Nothing to complain you would suggest. I have a minor thing to nag about. Both phones, the SGS3 and the iPhone4, are now depending of swiping. I found the SGS3 swipping a little bit more harder to do than on the iPhone4. On the SGS3 it feels like you are scrubbing your fingers on bad paper/rubber while the iPhone4 feels smooth and fast. Don’t get me wrong. Both work well but the SGS3 feels a bit less than the iPhone4.
2 -0 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
iCloud vs Dropbox
Last week Dropbox released a new app for iOS (Apple) which also supported now CameraUploads. The integration of Dropbox in Android offers more features than in iOS. The bonus on the SGS3 is that Samsung offers you a dropbox upgrade for free of 50GB (free for 2 years). I have to admit that synchronising between multiple devices worked like a charm.
2 – 1 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
Lately almost all apps are released for iOS (Apple App Store) and Android (Google’s Play). A lot of Dutch Apps are on both platforms available. This is were both platforms are different than Nokia and Blackberry. There is a difference between both platforms. Android offers networktools which Apple doesn’t allow in their app store. A lot of apps of Android can share information between eachother while Apple doesn’t allow this kind of integration in iOS. The feature I really liked was the posibility to install apps via Google Play with your browser and sending the app to download and install on your Android device. This kind of pushing an app to your phone was really a nice option to use and test multiple apps.
2 – 2 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
Just when I had the SGS3 I was amazed by Chrome on Android. The ability to synchronise and the speed was a good surprise. This works really good on the SGS3. Since some days Chrome is also available for the iPhone/iPad. I played with both. Nice is the option to synchronise. Sadly due to Apples restrictions the Webkit extensions of iOS not really fast. Some sites were loading slower than Safari. The user conveniency is really a plus for the iPhone/iPad compared to Safari. Android is running Chrome faster and more flexible because of it’s Google’s heritage.
2 – 3 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
In the Netherlands we use still teletext services. This one is the Dutch public broadcast service of teletext on your smartphone. A simple and easy to use app but very popular. The funny thing is that the iOS version is really nice to use and to choose pages with touchscreen while the Android is really bad app. I suppose they will solve this in future releases. The user experience is really bad on the Android version. Pity.
3 – 3 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
I’ve worked for a week with the SGS3 and I have to say that the iPhone4 (and iPad) with iOS 5.1.1. much better scores on being user-friendly. Everything works always with the same speed. I saw on the SGS3 slowdown on moments I couldn’t explain it, like going to the mainmenu. Strange for a smartphone with 1 GB of RAM and 4 CPU cores. In that perspective isn’t the iPhone4 with 1 CPU core not bad at all or do I have to say really good..
4 – 3 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
Battery life can be explained in 1 word : disappointing. Was I able with the iPhone4 to do a lot of things per day on 1 battery charge cycle. Most of the times I managed to look for my charger on the very end of the day. 1 time it happened I went out on 06.00am and didn’t make it in time for the charger. The SGS3 is really a battery eating machine. Even on energy saving mode I don’t get it to the evening. Perhaps I can tweak this but the iPhone shows that in essention it’s better balanced for normal users their battery expectations that the SGS3 does.
5 – 3 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
With the release of iOS 5 Apple had suddenly a nice feature. Directly from the lockscreen users were able to call the camera app without entered a code. 1 simple swipe and you opened your camera app. Really handy. I miss this feature on Android. Because of security policies on the Exchange-server I’m mandatory to use a good password. In Android this is annoying if you want to make a photo. I tried it several times and the fasted I had my camera app on the SGS3 opened was in 5.6 seconds and slowest in 7.4 seconds. On the iPhone4 this is in… 1 swipe… ready… Is a major difference in time and actions. Also a nice feature on the iPhone is that you can control your musicplayer via the lockscreen without the need of entering your codes, which is not possible with SGS3 with android out of the box.
6 – 3 iPhone 4 vs SGS3
Which phone do I finally choose? I will go for the Samsung Galaxy SIII. This phone is new. Technical specifications are really good. The apps are coming but also the tweaks. Apple fooled me too long (front/back camera specs). Never an iPhone for me? No, that’s not what I said.
Soon the app will not be available any more in the app store. This was a proof of concept, to show an app can be approved in the app store within 2 weeks. Download here the zip with original IPA : BMICalculator
Friday 2 december I had an idea for creating an app for the iPhone because a customer asked me a question which triggered this idea. I wanted to know how fast I was able to create an app for the iPhone. How long would it take from idea till the app was available in the Apple iTunes App Store. Today I got the answer : it took me 9 days. Today, 13 december, Apple approved the app.
I created the app in English, Spanish, German and Dutch. It’s a free app. Income has to come from the advertisements.
More information about this app : BMI Fast Calc
Immediately download the app via iTunes Store : BMI Fast Calc download
Lot’s of fun with it!
I’m using the iPhone4 since a while and since a short time I installed an app for checking my app usage stats. I was thinking that it weren’t that much apps. At first I was thinking about making a top 10 iphone apps but I was surprised to see I had 35 apps in my list :
- Mail – the most used app according the stats was mail, of course due to the usage of push and automatic retrieval
- WhatsApp – The well-known app for sending text, pictures and video to your mobile phone contacts
- Facebook – Most popular social network app, surprisingly in my top 3. I think this is caused because Facebook combined chat and messages into one and so they managed to come on place 3
- Phone – Who statement is that iPhones are not being used as telephone are not talking about me. I didn’t know it either but the phone app is on number 4
- MobileRSS – a handy app that uses google reader, I use this to read and manage my enormous pile of information
- Music – Since iOS5 Apple renamed this app to Music, before it was known as the iPod app. I listen a lot of music via my iPhone
- Settings – I’m tweaking and checking a lot in the settings, which explains why this app is on 7
- BMI Calc – Tsja… Own made, currently the name is BMI Fast Calc – a free app to calculate your Body Mass Index (BMI) . I did a lot of testing that’s the reason why it’s on this spot
- App Stat – it’s the app I used for checking the usage of my apps
- Skype – the popular VoIP app
- Twitter – social media app of Twitter which I use to check news of topics I’m interested in
- myNZB – with this app you can manage downloads on your SABnzbd installation
- Safari – the included browser of Apple
- Opera Mini – another famous browser, I had expected this one to be used more often but I think Safari is 1 spot higher because it’s the internal browser
- Calendar – Internal calendar feature
- Messages – SMS text message app
- Flipboard – since a few days this iPad app also available as iPhone app. Superb application. I use it for reading my Google Reader, Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Flickr updates.
- Camera – sometimes I make a photo or video…
- Facebook Messenger – chat application from facebook, using this makes it possible to chat realtime
- Miso – share which TV Series and movies I’m watching, I share it on facebook, sometimes on twitter and my website
- Hyves – biggest Dutch social network
- Photos – photo gallery to checkout your own photos and videos
- Pixelpipe – app where you can publish your photo or video to several services at the same time (I can’t find it anymore in the iTunes Store?)
- Reminders – internal app which makes it now possible to create a reminder based on location, reminder on arrival or leave and also the reminders of Outlook/Exchange
- Speedtest.net – check out your current speed of your connection
- Windows Live Messenger – MSN Live Messenger
- JaNet – network utility
- My Xbox Live – little app to do some social networking with your XBOX Live account
- Firefox home – with app app you can store and retrieve browser history, passwords and favorites on your iPhone, it’s not a browser but you can access everything from your firefox browser of your computer.
- MobileRSS Pro – same creator as 5. MobileRSS but more features. I prefer 5 because of the loading speed of the articles.
- Google+ – tsja… I don’t know why I use this.. had something to do with being SEO minded but I don’t see other friends and family using Google+
- ABN bankieren – App of ABN to use mobile banking on your iPhone
- HT recorder – App for recording memos on your iphone
- Contacts – internal app for all your contacts
- LinkedIn – social network app, LinkedIn is considered a professional social network
You can also read my “Top 10 most used iPad apps“.