Apple vs. Android: How Does One Choose?

It comes as no surprise that today’s cell phone choices boil down to two different brands; iPhone and Android. If you aren’t familiar with the two mobile juggernauts, there are a lot of things that can help you come to a decision. There are Pros and Cons to each product, and in the end only you can size up what you need out of a cell phone.

iPhone

When you hear people talk about the Apps and features they love on the iPhone, you really don’t have to ask which phone they have. While there are a few older models of the phone, there is just one iPhone. Apple uses a software called iOS across all of their product platforms. Whether you own the iPhone, iPad, or a Mac you will almost always have the same system to use, which makes owning Apple products very comfortable and convenient. In my humble opinion this is what I believe makes Apple products stand out against the rest…uniformity and regularity. The only real question you need to ask yourself is do you want your iPhone in black or white, and what size hard drive do you want. It’s really that simple.

Android

The name “Android” refers to Google’s operating system as well as any device that is running Android. The choices are abundant and tend to be very confusing when you try to differentiate the phones from one another. Some of the Androids on the Verizon network are labeled “Droids” but that is a term almost any user of that operating system uses. All four major mobile carriers have all shapes and sizes of Android phones, and almost all of them except for a couple of the newest models will never compare to the polished look and simplicity of using an iPhone. To find an Android that fits your usage desires you will need to sort through at least a dozen phones, all with different features and styles.

The App Store and the Android Market

While both stores are somewhat comparable, I feel the true winner will always be iTunes. It is a beautiful thing to have ALL of your Apple devices sync together and draw music from one source with the touch of a button, or better yet wirelessly when you plug them in to charge. Apples App Store is a buffet of downloadable games and tools, and is widely known as the biggest, best app marketplace that exists. They are very particular about what apps and companies make it into the store, which gives you better piece of mind about the quality and safety of the program you are buying. While this at times annoys people who want more customization for their phone, it calms the fears of viruses and spam for the rest of us. Apples tighter control over their apps also gives the user a better experience by reducing the possibilities of crashing apps.

Androids “openness” of its operating system means that it doesn’t have a strict approval process for its developers. This leaves huge gaping holes in its service allowing for Malware and Viruses just like your home PC. Android users believe that eventually things work themselves out, while iOS users demand the highest quality and performance from apps at the time they buy them.

Android Advantages

To some people, Androids use of Gmail and Google services could be an advantage, while I see it as a hinderance. Google is now known as one of the largest companies and infiltrators of your personal information. Just recently I found that I needed to delete everything Google related from my life. Within my Google account, every webpage, every video, every article, every little thing I did was recorded and made public. I have some serious issues with that kind of tracking. Everything you do on an Android is through a Google account, if you don’t mind your information being that public, then Android is for you.

 

Android Drawbacks

An issue called “fragmentation” is what most people don’t like about Android. This is the multiple versions of Android that exist on many, many different phones. The current version of Android is named Ice Cream Sandwich, but many of the phones out today are still using one called Gingerbread. On top of the different types of Android across the phone market, each device manufacturer offer their own interpretation, calling it a skin. How do you know which is for you? When you pick out for phone, which there are dozens, you must also pick out the internal features that make up the phone. Some are good, some are bad. Plan on taking a while to compare and contrast dozens of phones.

iPhone Advantages

Apple stands firm in its ability to give people what they want, a highly polished product and an easy to use, highly efficient operating system. Apple products are seamless across the board. If you are familiar with the iPhone, then you can pick up any other product and know how to use it almost instantly. The iPhone is almost a piece of art, being very sleek and using only one home button on the front to help with navigation. The newest generation of the iPhone, the 4S, introduced Retina display technology. This gave the iPhone the most richest display on a phone yet. Crisp displays and a fast operating system help this phone stand apart from the crowd. Another exclusive is the FaceTime app, allowing users to seamlessly video chat with other people between Apple devices. Last but not least, the 4S also has the new personal assistant Siri that uses voice control to do just about anything you need her to. Siri changes songs on the built-in iPod, she dials numbers from your contact list, gets directions, navigates, and searches the internet for information. Need Siri to set an alarm or remind you to do something? Just tell her to do it. The overall thing I like most about the iPhone is that it “just works”. No more crashes, no lagging, no malware virus. Buy it, set it up, and use it.

It’s as simple as that.

 

iPhone Drawbacks

Apple’s general attitude toward its products can prove to be a turn-off for some. The iPhone is less customizable because Apple purports to know exactly what will make your mobile experience the best it can be — and it’s usually right. Naturally, this view can rub some would-be iPhone owners the wrong way, particularly when Google has the opposite attitude toward Android. That’s it though folks. That is the only drawback you will hear about the iPhone. Again though, most iOS users will tell you that it is worth it to pick up your phone and know it is going to work fast and seamless, without the glitches, lagging, and crashes that Android is known for.

 

Which Brand Is Right For You?

Ultimately, making the choice between Android and the iPhone comes down to personal taste. For those who value a high level of customization, an Android device will give you a very flexible experience. If you’re seeking a polished smartphone experience that works flawlessly, at the cost of some color and app choices, the iPhone will never disappoint.

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