If you've been paying attention to the news in the techsphere, you definitely know just about everything there is to know about Android. Perhaps you've been reading along with the launch of all of the Android phones, including the hot Sprint EVO 4G, one of the fastest phones on the Android platform, if not across smartphones to begin with. The Android phone line has something for everyone, but if you have an iPhone, you might wonder if you should even make the transition.
Naturally, no one can force you to switch to another phone. But if you've found that the iPhone isn't working for your personal situation, you might want to think about getting a nice Android phone and just transitioning from iPhone to Android outright.
One of the biggest things that may be different as you go from iPhone to Android is using Gmail by default. If you want to keep using a webmail service like Hotmail, you certainly can. However, Gmail is seriously integrated into Android, which isn't going to go away anytime soon. You have to sign in with a Google account or create one when you initialize your Android for the first time, so you might as well get an account anyway.
From there, you will need to think about your contacts in your iPhone. The last thing that you want to do is lose your contacts, but you don't have to go without them. You just need to make sure that you sync the contacts to your computer first through the iTunes app (which you should have if you have an iPhone!). There are instructions on Google's website that go into more detail on this, but you basically go into your iPhone settings menu and sync contacts with your Google account.
Making the transition from iPhone to Android is a bit more complicated than just settings. It does require getting used to having things in different places, and also having the ability for more buttons to be used instead of being all touchscreen all the time. You will still have plenty of applications to choose from, so it's not like you're going to lose all the goodness from iPhone that you were used to.
Overall, the transition isn't as painful as some super iPhone fans would make you believe. If you really take a few steps at the beginning to save your contacts and get started with email, you will have no trouble getting the most out of your Android phone!