Watch out for the Android….

Watch out for the Android….

by handy giff-staffer gaffer on ‎10-09-2010 14:18 - last edited on ‎20-06-2014 16:35 by handy giff-staffer victoriatagg

I saw an article on ZDNet yesterday which forecast that Google’s Android operating system would take half of the smartphone market – I believe it – actually I think it could take more and lead to a dramatic reduction in prices for smartphones – including the iPhone.

 

I reached the conclusion whilst catching up on handset news down at our local Carphone Warehouse.

 

The manager reckoned that the average pre-pay handset price was around £100 so I looked at the wall and saw the little green android logo peering out from behind an LG GT540 on sale for £99.95 (see pic below).

 

Back in the office, in went my giffgaff SIM and I immediately received the giffgaff settings via SMS that hooked me up to the web – plus no need to unlock the phone as Carphone Warehouse sell their prepay handsets unlocked if they possibly can.

 

For the price, this handset is a revelation – here are a few of the highlights…

 

  • Integrated  gmail with contacts and calendar synchronisation.
  • 3G data, Wi-fi, stereo Bluetooth, FM radio plus built-in GPS with turn by turn, voice guided navigation – again from Google.
  • Digital compass, level and position sensors built in.
  • Pre-loaded apps including integrated social media aggregator and Android Market so you can get more.
  • A 3 meg camera with lots of features inc. auto focus, face recognition & video capture.
  • Wi-fi, Music player, video player with Xvid and Divx playback.

So everything the original iPhone had and some things that even the iPhone 4 doesn’t have yet.

 

The handset has been criticised for having a poor screen and running a version of Android that’s a version or two behind the very latest that’s out there. But honestly, for the average user, these drawbacks aren’t serious and, in my view, for a handset that is five times cheaper than an iPhone it’s a miraculous device (Apple would probably describe it as “Magical”).

 

So if I was sitting in Cupertino I’d be worried - value differences like this will get noticed by customers eventually. I’d be working on getting a cheaper iPhone Nano to market and adjusting my business plan to cut £150 off the price of a standard iPhone before a raft of better and probably cheaper handsets like the GT540 come along.

 

Perhaps it’s also why Apple relented yesterday in allowing software translators to again be used for its Apps – Apple may not like Adobe originated code on its phones but that’s not nearly as bad as being over taken in the apps stakes by Android.

 

 

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Comments
by jack17938 on ‎10-09-2010 16:43

I think my next phone will be Android...

by skycatcher on ‎11-09-2010 15:43

I have just got the t-mobile pulse. There is great support on the modaco website with lots of guides and tips for upgrading the rom to customised ones. I have upgraded mine to the FLP 1.5 which is running 2.1 android. It is a pretty impressive phone for £99 (plus £10 topup :-( ). There are apps for everything and mostly free. It also comes with google maps navigation etc...

 

I am waiting for my smartsim to come from dealextreme to "unlock" the phone so I can use my giffgaff sim in it!

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