A couple of days ago, I dropped my Nexus S into a gap in my seat on an American Airlines flight from JFK to LHR. I could see it at first, tried to squeeze my hand into the tiny gap, but eventually (and inadvertently) pushed it into the nether realm under the seat. I called over the stewardess, she got a flashlight, started spelunking under the seat but couldn't find the phone. She said that after we landed, the mechanics can take the seat apart and we could keep looking for it.
#1 - American Airlines has terrible seats. I've flown most major airlines and never encountered something that could so easily swallow a cellphone, keys, passport, etc. Please watch out on AA flights (at least in business class)
#2 - when I dropped my phone the sim card was out, so I was able to walk away without spending hours for mechanics to take apart the seat. Android backs everything up (if you set it up to do so), and puts it back on any Android phone you log in to. This is seriously world-changing and highlights the main weakness of the iPhone (which I really like in many ways). Since day 1, Android has synch'd emails, calendar and contacts with Google servers (i should know, I was on the team that launched android contact sync ;). Now, with Google+, all the photos I take are backed up to picasaweb almost instantly. Since the initial Android launch, apps are backed up, so when logging in to a new phone, poof, everything is there like magic.
Had my iPhone fallen under the seat, I would have lost all photos since my last sync, all recent contact edits (unless you've jumped through hoops to get a fragile contact sync working, trust me, I've tried them *all*).
Big win for Android and Google+. I hope iOS 5 handles these scenarios well. Competition is great for everyone. :).+Matt Steiner
re: photo uploads, nice job. Great feature.