Saturday, March 3, 2012

Battle: Android vs iPhone

To really start this post off I need a Michael Buffer announcement "in this corner, weighing in at 140 grams, the iPhone 4s...". In reality though the real competition is iOS vs Android as I really want to compare platforms but I wanted to keep it as straight forward as possible. I'm really only hoping to scratch the surface of this topic as their are a lot of pros and cons of both and depending on who you talk to, it can go either way.

Let's start with Google's powerhouse, Android. Android has been picked up by a wide variety of phone and tablet manufactures as their operating system of choice. Android is very popular right now and has a ton of fantastic features. I won't lie when I say that I'm an Android fan. I love the customizability of Android and how if I want different colours, different icons, a different sms application, a new feature, I can simply download an application to make it happen. I've found that time and time again, their are several applications for Android that do the same thing as their Apple counterpart, but at a cheaper price or maybe even free of charge. The fact of the matter is that out of the box, Android allows you to customize a lot more of it's features and appearances. Android gives the user excellent tools for battery, processing and storage space monitoring. I'd also like to note that, being that Android is a Google OS, it works much better with Google functions, like email syncing and calender manipulation. If your not a Google services user then that need not apply. Android has a near endless number of widgets as well. Widgets let you customize the phones home page with applications or almost any content you want, providing you with exactly what you want within just a click or two.

Apple's iPhone has been around for many years now and has had a lot of time to perfect it's iOS masterpiece into what we have today with the iPhone 4s. iOS is a very stable, user friendly system that provides a smooth experience for phone calls, games, Facebooking and just about everything else. iOS has always had excellent social media integration that has attracted people of all ages. Two of iOS' almost exclusive features is the iMessage function that allows one iPhone to message the the other for free and it's legendary overall security. You can really feel confident that if your using an iPhone, you don't need to worry about searching for the best anti-virus, anti-spyware, firewall app to prevent the haxzors from infecting your phone. I think one of the biggest aspects of the iPhone is that people truly feel that the user interface is smoother than that of the competition. I've had lots of friends tell me that when scrolling through menus, text message logs or webpages, that it just "feels" smoother. Don't get me wrong, iOS is super smooth, but I think it really comes down to user preference at this level.

I have to make sure that I mention the big money point, the hardware. iOS runs on it's own hardware, the iPhone (and other non-phone hardware). Android runs on just about every phone, from every manufacturer that will sign the dotted line. You can get Android on a cheap, no camera, no touch screen 7-11 phone for $60 with no contract, or you can go spend $600 on the latest and greatest super-duper phone. Android can be found on a phone that suits your 95 year old grandma or one that can keep up with your 15 year old daughter text messaging 12 friends at the same time. The great thing is that iPhone is (almost) always provided as solid, up to date hardware in a clean package that anyone (seriously!) could use. That being said, your poor Uncle Bob might not be able to afford the $500 iPhone, even with a 6 year contract. It's important to keep in mind that Android is not only successful because they have a great system, but because it is installed on a wide variety of phones, although some drastically better than others.

I hate to drag this topic through the mud even further but something I didn't bring up that needs to be mentioned is non-stock software. More advanced users (or those who wish to become more advanced) might be interested to dig deeper into their phones to get the absolute most out of their hardware. iPhones can be "jailbroken" while a good number of Android phones can be "flashed" or "rooted" to allow supreme customization. It's like installing a patch that allows you total access to all of the software files. I dare you to look into this further but beware that with great power, comes great responsibility, and this level of power can kill your brand new phone in an instant. Ohhh but the features and benefits can be worth the risks!

As a closing thought, you probably didn't learn a whole lot from this. What's important to determine is what kind of phone user you are, how much you have to spend and exactly how much time you have to tinker with buttons and settings. I can tell you one thing, I went Android and I'll never go back!


1 comment :

  1. Thumbs up to android, i am currently using samsung galaxy y and the android apps are damn cool in comparison to iphone....
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