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iphone vs android for M1

Discussion in 'Medical Students - MD' started by ir0nsoul, May 1, 2012.

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  1. ir0nsoul

    ir0nsoul 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    My contract with verizon is up for renewal, so i've been looking at either the iphone 4s or the droid razr. Do y'all have any opinions as to which would be better for an M1/M2? (never had a smartphone before) Would the bigger screen of the droid be nicer for any useful apps or are there more useful apps on the iphone? Would the shorter battery life due to the bigger screen and the 4g make a difference or not so much? All opinions welcome! Thanks
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  3. badasshairday

    badasshairday Vascular and Interventional Radiology 10+ Year Member

    Apr 6, 2007
    We had a nice thread in the clinical rotations forum about this.


    Just a comment, you can turn off the 4g data whenever you want with any simple baterry apps or through your phone settings if you want. Also when you are connected to wifi, the 4g is off. Everyone has an opinion as to which is better. My opinion is that the bigger screen makes it more useful and easy to use. I have been able to get up to 36 hours of use on a galaxy s2 with typical use. YMMV.
  4. ir0nsoul

    ir0nsoul 2+ Year Member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Yes, i read through that thread. I was wondering if there wouldn't be differences for the ideal phone through the first two years, rather than on rotations. Looking up anatomy might be easier on a phone with a larger screen for example, unless the iphone has a better app for that. Thanks for the response tho!
  5. kautionwirez

    kautionwirez Hadoken! 7+ Year Member

    Jul 27, 2007
    wait for iPhone 5?
  6. dr zaius

    dr zaius 7+ Year Member

    Oct 27, 2008
    You're pretty much going to be sitting behind your computer at a table or study cubicle throughout MS1/MS2. The type of phone won't matter too much as you will almost always be able to open your computer's browser and google whatever you need to google. Go with whatever one is more comfortable.
  7. The Imprisoned

    The Imprisoned Don't Break the Seal 5+ Year Member

    Jan 6, 2012
    United States
    Went from android to apple. Go apple.
  8. valkener

    valkener 5+ Year Member

    May 17, 2010
    Once you go Apple you never go back..
  9. Abby_Normal

    Abby_Normal 5+ Year Member

    Jan 11, 2009
    Unless your school requires you to get a smart phone, there's no reason you need one for M1.

    My solution has been to continue using my "dumb" phone and use an Ipod touch as a PDA. Seeing as the school has WiFi, I've rarely been somewhere where I absolutely had to get online and didn't have access. (Almost) all the advantages of a smartphone without the ridiculously expensive contract.
  10. CatFactorial

    CatFactorial 5+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Seconded. Rarely did I use 3g for intarwebz.
  11. SpecterGT260

    SpecterGT260 Catdoucheus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    it only matters based on which one's games you like better. You will not be using it for any real gain in medical school
  12. CatFactorial

    CatFactorial 5+ Year Member

    Apr 21, 2011
    Nah, I got a fair bit of work out of the uworld app and Gunner Training on mobile Safari (very handy during mandatory and inevitably pointless lectures).
  13. SpecterGT260

    SpecterGT260 Catdoucheus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    eh I suppose.... I just dont go to those lectures ;)
  14. addo

    addo 5+ Year Member

    Mar 4, 2010
    went from iPhone to android....not going back. I got the galaxy s2 and now the s3 looks even better.
  15. SpecterGT260

    SpecterGT260 Catdoucheus 2+ Year Member

    Feb 1, 2012
    I just picked up a RAZR maxx and am in love w it. With Android you just have to be careful how much crap you install from the market as too many programs will bog it down. IPhone would be the same way if it had anything other than games and coffee shop finder apps ;)
  16. plauto

    plauto 7+ Year Member

    Sep 16, 2007
    X2...however, I'd save my money for the first 2 yrs...as others have said it won't make a difference to your education
  17. Freakfarm0

    Freakfarm0 2+ Year Member

    Nov 2, 2009
    Go outside and pick up a rock. Use said rock for your phone. It will be just as useful for your first two years.

    If you want a smartphone for yourself, go to the stores and test both of them out. Then pick which one you like more.
  18. coldleg

    coldleg 5+ Year Member

    Sep 19, 2011
    Truth. M1=glorified biology major. Phone does not matter.
  19. ygree001

    ygree001 7+ Year Member

    Nov 18, 2008
    I did..
    I went from android to the iPhone 4s. It was ok, but when my phone was stolen I gladly went back to Android with the SII
  20. Geekchick921

    Geekchick921 Achievement Unlocked: MD Moderator Emeritus 7+ Year Member

    Nov 6, 2007
    It doesn't matter. You can use either one to play Drawsomething with your friends in a boring lecture.

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