Originally Posted by ghostface147
Wow... I thought I would have to write a long drawn out explanation of why I choose iPhone over Android and it looks like many of you have said it perfectly! And not only you on these forums have put it succinctly, the author of the aforementioned article said it best himself...
Originally Posted by nyc_rock
"The power to do all that customization is great, but most users won't ever want to think about any of it. Which is too bad, because Android phones just aren't set up that well by default. That varies a lot based on your phone manufacturer and your carrier, since both tend to make some tweaks, and in many cases install custom UIs (Blur, Sense, etc.)
But many people find the default layout on their phone to be excessively cluttered. Managing your files isn't so nice until you download Astro. And -- again, depending on the phone -- battery life can be a complete disaster if you don't load some widgets that let you quickly turn off wifi and GPS when you aren't using them."
Most consumers want the phone to just "work" out of the box. Despite popular opinion, "customization" is NOT what the core consumer is looking for. They don't want to fuss with figuring out ways to arrange and rearrange their phones user interface.
"Let's face it, Apple still designs the best hardware"
You got that right! This is an area where I believe the iPhone will always reign supreme. Call me pessimistic but I doubt any other mobile manufacturer will be able to produce a device that works as smoothly and as intuitively as the iPhone.
"As huge an upgrade as Verizon is over AT&T, it's still the worst thing about my mobile experience. The latest version of Android lets you use your phone as a mobile hotspot, letting you wirelessly access the Internet from your computer using the phone's data. Except that in most cases, carriers deactivate that feature unless you pay extra for it.
Carriers also load useless bloatware and prevent users from un-installing it. Android has native turn-by-turn navigation, yet the universally panned VZ Navigator is right there on my phone (with a disturbingly broad set of permissions) and can't be removed."
Verizon = Bloatware and horrid logos emblazoned on every device they sell!
Unfortunately, for most app developers, Android is still a distant second best. BlackBerry is still number one in install base, and Android is growing faster than anyone, but the App Store is where developers make money.
So generally, people develop for the iPhone, then expand to Android when they can. That's very irritating, especially if you need to write about the latest features coming out of software startups.
On the iPhone, everything just works. You don't have to know anything about technology to use one. Even if you do, the experience will just feel cleaner and simpler. Android still has some rough edges, and if you don't want to deal with them, the iPhone is a good choice.
Need I say more?