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iPhone vs. Android

iPhone Android (esp. Nexus One)
It's from Apple. It's NOT from Apple. (or: It's from Google.)
can change keyboard layout on the fly keyboard language related to GUI language (not independently configurable!), but different input methods (not only keyboards) downloadable/switchable on the fly
~150.000 Apps (most are gimmicks though) ~30.000 Apps and growing, some well-known web-based services still missing as a native App
Apple decides which apps get onto the phone/in the AppStore very loose controlled Market store
can install apps via USB or web download, even from Linux
only syncs with one single iTunes, i.e. no Linux support at all, no sync at multiple places supports USB HDD mode where you can use the microSD-card like a flash disk
can sync with local software (e.g. Outlook) via iTunes syncs mostly with Google services or Exchange, but custom apps available for ActiveSync, SyncML, Outlook, etc.
supports Push Notifications via Apple servers Push Notifications are a bit complicated and not native (e.g. IBM MQTT) but can use Jabber/XMPP messages via Google Talk for notifications
Tethering depends on network carrier / paid Tethering via different methods from free to $30
cheap iPhone OS upgrades in the future (OS2 → OS3 for iPod Touch was $9.95), new versions still support (almost) all old devices Android updates depend on cell phone maker
Apple forbids downgrades of software, even from 3.1.3 to 3.1.2 is not possible --- even when they have broken a feature You even get the instructions from them...
you are limited to those service providers Apple cooperates with ("exclusive contracts") open for all network service providers
can't replace/change battery spare batteries are available
Apple's sense of security is not the best:
iPhone's Headset has only 1 button (push once to Play/Pause; push twice to Skip Track) Android Headset has 3 buttons (Last Track; Play/Pause; Next Track)
only one App can be used at a time Multitasking!
Apps are limited to their own files (+Pictures/Camera), i.e. you can't access file stored with a different App Apps have access to all files in your Home directory, i.e. Images, Music, etc.
somewhat sloppy (3G) blazing fast
can only have App icons on the Home screen, nothing else is configurable
up to 11 pages with 110 Apps (more can be run by searching)
Home screen can have Widgets, Icons, Subfolders (for more Icons) and you can change the wallpaper (even to an animated "Live Wallpaper")
5 pages, but folders allow for more Apps; also "All Apps at once" view integrated; searching is also available
syncs fine with Exchange doesn't sync Exchange calendars
have to check Inboxes of each mail acct Unified inbox available

iOS and Crashing Applications

If you have to problem that some apps crash directly after running them, i.e. you see the app "popup" but it immediately disappears leaving you back at the home screen, it might be a problem with Apple's DRM. This can occur if a Sync with iTunes is aborted or the connection was lost.

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Navigation for iOS


(You need a jailbroken iPhone for this.)

xGPS is a navigation system which uses Google Maps for routing and display of the map. It can download map tiles for offline use and can use the "normal" map as well as the terrain map of Google Maps. Your current position is shown centered together with your route and you'll get turn-by-turn directions from a synthetic voice. It can recalculate the route if you get off it.

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Apple iPhone SSH Access

You need a jailbroken iPhone for this.

  1. use Cydia to install the OpenSSH package
  2. enable WLAN access and find your iPhone's IP (see Settings → Wi-Fi → \ → IP Address)
  3. under Linux type: ssh <IP address> -l root; for Windows use PuTTY
  4. (the first connection will need about 20-30 seconds1 before you'll be asked to accept the host key)
  5. use the following password: alpine (older iPhones used dotty)

  1. most probably the iPhone will generate some encryption keys here ↩︎