- 10-09-2011, 07:14 PM #26
It depends on your needs and what you like. Both have great qualities. I always say its like diets. What works for you and your lifestyle is "best".
I'm not one to talk bad about either one. They both have a ton of great features/options. Weigh the pros and cons and see how they fit to your needs. Go from there.
- 10-09-2011, 10:15 PM #27
I may get tar and feathered with you...
I feel there is no better device. They are just different and both have their pros, and their cons.
Just try both, read up as much about them, and then choose the one that is best suited for "your" needs.
For ourselves, we are pretty platform agnostic. We dabble here and there, and over there too.
- 10-09-2011, 11:18 PM #28
I have used tons of Android phones. I've owned a G1, Moto Cliq, Droid, Droid 2, Droid Pro, G2, G2X, MyTouch 4G, myTouch 3G, Samsung Vibrant, MyTouch Slide, HTC Hero, Evo 4g, Epic 4G, and the Droid X. I think that's it, and yes, I know I have a problem, lol. And no I'm not rich, I just resell the phone and then apply it towards the next one I want. I've also owned an iPhone. I consider myself a power user, and I always seem to switch back and fourth. Here's my opinion on this: Android is about choice, flexibility, and raw power. iOS is about a smooth user experience, nice hardware, and abundance of support from both devs and third party manufacturers.
I love both platforms for different reasons. I still have yet to find an Android phone that is as smooth as an iPhone, and I've used the duel core superphones. That doesn't mean they're bad phones,. They offer great choice in user experience. You can load custom roms and have a device that looks almost however you want it to. Apps can integrate with one another and that offers a much more seamless experience in certain circumstances. There is a ton of choice in hardware. You want a very affordable phone and don't need much power? Cool, there's a phone for that. You want a mid range device that's cute and has a spot for a cell phone charm? There's a phone for that. Need a physical keyboard? Boom. Phone for that. Want the highest end device on the block (for the week at least?) Phone for that. Want a small screen. Yep. Phone for that. Want a big @$$ screen? Phone for that! I think you probably get my drift here. No matter who you are, you can probably find something that appeals to you. I have found that the Android versions of apps for some reason just never look as good as the iOS versions. This is of course a generalization as there are a ton of fantastic apps out there for Android.
As far as the iPhone goes, it's all about simplicity. One new phone a year (except typically the previous gen is released at a cheaper price point with 8GB of storage). You know the UI is gonna be smooth, and there's not a whole lot you can screw up. Even if you do, typically a restore is just a plug into iTunes away. There are tons of apps available, and usually the big name apps are available on iOS first. I'm sure some of this has to do with the fact that there are a lot less variables on an iPhone. As I stated above, it seems to me that iOS versions of apps tend to look better. Things are more out in the open as there isn't a hardware menu key. Less submenus can be less confusing for a lot of users. I tend to like the hardware better on iPhones too. I love the new Galaxy S II phones, but I just can't stand that cheap plastic feel they have. Give me the steel and glass iPhone 4 design any day.
In the end I think both are great choices. It all comes down to you. Contrary to what many may tell you not all iPhone users are Apple Logo worshiping sheep that would buy a block of wood if the it was on it. Don't feel bad if it's what you like. If you ever want to try out the Android fold, go for it. I think you'll be surprised at how nice things can be. It may take a little work to get it how you want it, but in the end it can be worth it.
- 10-09-2011, 11:38 PM #29
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- 10-10-2011, 12:19 AM #31
I have a droid 2 global! and hands down i want a phone that can bomb pics and no ads and easy to use with battery life that can last. iphone 4s is # one on my list but the holiday season is tricky. wait it out and see what you need and like! don't get a device because of popularity, get a device that suits yourself
- 10-10-2011, 03:52 AM #32iMore Expert
- 775 Posts
One point to make on Iphone vs Android to help make a decision without throwing a bunch of stuff out there. Is even 3 years old, the Iphone will be 100% software up to date. Nothing outdated about the phones years later and they still perform. The Iphone 3GS that was released in July 2009 will be getting the same software update as the Iphone4S. So whats that tell you. Andriod sucks, they have a cool factory themes though, lol.
- 10-10-2011, 04:10 AM #33iPhone Newbie
- 46 Posts
I switched from Iphone to Android a year ago. And Im switching back to Iphone 4S this week, I cant wait.
It boils down to individuals needs. My needs are something that works (provides and shares all functionality I need), has a friendly and easy to use interface, gets regular updates and fixes, and has a good selection of great apps. With that in mind, Android is not suited for me.
- 10-10-2011, 04:16 AM #34
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- 10-10-2011, 05:37 AM #36
As for regular updates, you are right. However, if you were to have a "Google" phone you would get all sw updates as well. When ICS comes out I will have it on my NS4G.
- 10-10-2011, 05:42 AM #37iPhone Intermediate
- 250 Posts
I would have to say I'm a bit biased when it comes to iOS and Android. Maybe because my first smartphone was the 3GS, and I have used an iPhone ever since. I will say that I was not sympathetic to the iPhone until after I had one in my hands and realized how amazing it was.
I remember thinking it was so awesome to be able to see traffic from my phone and avoid areas of clutter. I think when it comes to Android, they try to cram so many features into so many different phones, none of them really holding the foundation that the iPhone has. Yes, a lot of iOS 5 features already existed on Android, but I see Apple as perfectionists. I'm willing to bet that Apple has put more functionality into the new features, and of course remain appealing to long-time iPhone customers.
There's nothing that could make me want to switch to another OS at this point. I'm stoked about iOS 5 being the hit it already is. Features are solid and not half-done. I'm proud of that. Don't you all agree?
- 10-10-2011, 05:58 AM #38
Thank you all for your replies! I really appreciate it!
I wrote my husband an email last night telling him I want an iphone4S!! hahaha I probably won't purchase it until next month so if something else comes out that blows my mind I can check it out.
You guys rock!
- 10-10-2011, 11:44 AM #40