Episode 5 – Notifications

This is a series of blog posts documenting my switch from iPhone to Android. To read the whole exciting saga, click here.

It took iOS several iterations to get notifications right. When I first moved from a Blackberry to iPhone, there were several instances where my iPhone alarm didn’t go off because I’d received a text message that was waiting acknowledgement.

iOS has configurable notifications for each application, and can include a popup, a message in the notification area or some combination of the two. Either are available when the phone is locked.

Android 2.3 has a notification bar that is available when unlocked, but you have to pull it down from the menu.

I’ve gotten spoiled being able to sit my iPhone up near my desk and use the locked screen meeting/calendar reminders to keep me on schedule. This is something I’ll look forward to testing with of the operating system, as I’ve seen screen shots that look like what I’m looking for.


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