Android is a mobile operating system that has become a major player in the smartphone market. Acquired by Google in 2005, Android has emerged as the main competitor to the Apple iPhone iOS. I have never experienced Android before so I wanted to take a look at how it stacks up against the iPhone iOS.
Recently, Verizon announced that they will a carrier for the iPhone. Now, along with AT&T, the iPhone is available on two U.S. carriers. With Android, however, you can choose from any carrier you wish. This includes carriers with low cost plans like Sprint or T-Mobile. If a low cost plan is what you’re looking for than Android is the better pick.
The next thing I wanted to know is how many apps are available on each system. Android Market has over 100,000 apps to choose from but the Apple App Store has over 200,000! Of course, it really comes down to which one has the apps that you will personally use so that number doesn’t really mean that much. If you’re a gamer, you will be interested to know that most of the feedback I’ve read indicates that the iPhone has much better games.
A major difference I have found between the two systems is with the issue of refunds. Apple pre-screens apps before they are sold in the Apple App store, whereas Android does not. For this reason, Android Market allows a buyer to uninstall an app within 24 hours of purchase for any reason and get a full refund. The Apple App Store does not allow any refunds on apps so you need to be extra careful that what you buy is something you need.
I have also looked at the variety of phones available between the two systems. Android has a huge advantage here with over 100 phones to choose from, in a variety of screen sizes. The iPhone, however, only puts out one new phone per year.
Android also allows you to watch videos and play online games that require Adobe Flash. The iPhone does not support Flash so you are pretty much limited to watching videos on YouTube.
At the end of the day, it all comes down to personal preference. The only real way to tell which one is the right choice for you is to use both phones for a period of time and see which one best fits your needs.
This is what I will be doing but I’d like your help. If you have used either an Android phone or the iPhone iOS please let me know what you like or dislike about it. If you have used both, which one do you think is better?