Instead, here's a rundown of how I see the two phones shaping up against each other in some of the areas in which I'm a heavy user.General use
There's no denying it, some people will struggle with a touch screen, and if that's a sticking point it's likely typing will be considered a pain, even though Apple's provided some great aids to make touch screen typing easier. Navigation is far more intuitive with touch and gestures than a key based system ever could be, and that works in the iPhone's favor. While in the past I have found switching to a new brand of phone usually takes some getting used to, figuring out how certain things are a achieved and where things are hidden in the menus, the iPhone's flat menu system and general approach means most users will be up and running at full speed in no time.
Being born of the iPod, the iPhone naturally has a great music app, which also integrates well throughout the system. All the expected artist, genre and manual playlist support is in there, with Genius being a great addition which builds dynamic playlists based on a selected song. Podcasts are explicitly supported, with a separate podcast section in the library. One of the best aspects of this player is how light it is on battery, so much so that I now no longer carry music on an external drive to listen to on my PC at work-I just use my iPhone, and still have plenty of juice after two hours of commute podcasts and 8 hours of music. One thing I felt was missing was the ability to find and download podcasts directly, rather than having to subscribe through iTunes on a PC or Mac and sync episodes over. Nokia's podcasting app is really great in this area, allowing podcasts to be easily downloaded over a wifi connection without ever being anywhere near a PC. It's a sacrifice I can live with though, considering the amount of time I spend on a PC anyway.
While the iPhone's photo library, with it's gesture support and fancy pinch zooming is a huge improvement on Nokia's media browser, the same just can't be said for the camera. This is one area where less definitely isn't more, and the lack of manual zoom or any kind of flash, not to mention a relatively low resolution camera is a massive letdown. Nokia's zeiss lense based cameras with their monster resolutions and integrated flash are far superior.
In all my years of Nokia use I never managed to get quite the level or integration I wanted with my contacts, email and calender systems. I lost count of the number of times I had to clean up duplicates due to a bad sync with an online provider or deal with other oddities. The iPhone is a whole other story. If you use Gmail, or any system that supports the exchange protocol, everything really does just work. The mail, contacts and calendar apps on the iPhone natively sync with these systems over the web, keeping you organized wherever you are. The applications themselves are a pleasure to use, and do everything you'd expect them to. The only criticism I have of the iPhone's organizational 'ecosystem' is that it would be great to see better use of the standby screen, such as populating it with upcoming appointments.
- Maps can be preloaded, no wasting bandwidth
- Turn by turn voice navigation (free as of last year)
- A comprehensive list of points of interest
- Up to date maps, seemingly even in remote backwaters
- An excellent routing system
- Traffic data