A few weeks ago I was contemplating swapping my iPhone 3G for a dumb phone. My iPhone had, over the course of several iOS 4 upgrades, become so slow that most apps didn’t work anyway. With some patience it was possible to check twitter and check-in on foursquare. Email was ok, but surfing was painful. Instead I used my iPod Touch to run apps, so all I really needed was an actual phone.

But then I got an email. An email offering an Android phone at bargain price. There are some things I don’t really like about Android, and if this was to be my only smart device I don’t think I’d have done it, but since I still have my iPod it was hard to resist. And now I have the opportunity to properly compare Android and iOS by using two devices side by side, day by day.

So now I’m the owner of an Acer Stream. It is last year’s model, with a spec similar to the iPhone 4 (1GHz single core CPU, 512MB RAM, 800×480 screen). It runs Android 2.2 (Froyo). I’ve had it now for a couple of weeks and I’m collecting a list of likes and dislikes which I’ll write up soon. For now, though, it is very interesting using both an Android phone and an iOS iPod Touch on a daily basis, using them both for all of my mobile tasks (apart from making calls, obviously). To be honest, in day to day use there isn’t really much to choose between them…


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