- 10-26-2011, 08:19 PM #51
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- 10-27-2011, 12:28 AM #53
- 10-27-2011, 06:14 AM #54
This question can really only be answer by the user. Some thoughts though:
1) UI-Two total different approaches. Android lets you customize pretty much anything you want, while Apple continues to keep you in the box. Now, is the end result really that different? At the end of the day, I dont think so. You have to do more poking around in IOS to get to information or settings, but the functionality is pretty much the same. The biggest difference is connection to information. Android will update all day in the background, meaning that the widgets give you real time info. On IOS, you have to go into the app, and let it update before you presented with the information you are looking for. This plays a major part in..................
2) Battery life-IOS hands down has better battery life than Android. IOS, when not being used does pretty much nothing other than pulling emails and Text messages. No updating of stocks, weather, news or anything else is happening unless you go into the app and open it up. Android will automatically bring down info on a schedule that you determine. It can be once an hour, once every for hours and so on.
3) Camera's-For Android it is hit or miss. Motorola's camera's are not that great, while the Samsung Galaxy S2 has a camera equal to or better than the Iphone 4S.
4) Web Browsing-Android beats apple. Its not because of flash, which IMO is not that big of a deal. Its in text reflow when you double tap to zoom. The safari browser formats the pages for a one stage zoom. the Android browser will reflow the text when you double tap so that the text is much larger and easier to read. On some web sites, I have to turn my 4S into landscape to make the text big enough to read which is annoying. In terms of speed, both browsers are fast enough.
5) Apps-There are virtually no apps not availble in the App Store that are available in the Android Market. The Android market has almost all of the big name apps that the App store has with the exception of games. Tiny Wings and Infinity Blade are two that jump to my mind. Apps that are on both Android and IOS are very similar though. Both have good UI's and are stable.
6) Stability-I would say that both are pretty much on par. I have used the GS2 recently and it was flawless. Never had any issues with the phone not working. IOS is also rock solid. I dont see the stability issue being a major selling point anymore. The latest Gingerbread builds are great and ICS is another step up.
7) Fragmentation-Absolutely an issue on Android. Many apps that are released only work on certian devices. OS updates are painfully slow. I believe Samsung has about 7 differnt models running on 50 different carriers. Each carrier has a slightly "tweaked" version of the touchwiz interface. Thats alot of differnent devices that have to be updated which explains why it can take 6 months, or more, to get an update. IOS, is obviously the opposite. An update comes out and you get it right away. Buying apps is also becoming a more frustrating experience on Android. Android has the Market, the Amazon App store as well as several app producers who only sell on thier own web sites. This makes finding an app frustrating. The app store is your ones stop shop. No fuss, no muss.
8) Sycing-Itunes remains the gold standard for ease of syncing your music and movies. Each Android OEM has their own version of syncing software and quite frankly, they all suck.
At the end of the day it comes down to personal preference. For me, battery life is pretty much the most important factor. I have yet to find an Android phone that comes close to matching IOS. My GS2 would discharge at a rate of 6-7% an hour.(14-16 hours until dead). And that was with light usage. My Iphone, with the same usage patterns discharges around 4-5% an hour (20-25 hours until dead). Thats a huge difference.
My advice, as always it try them both out and see which ones works best for you. Its not longer a function of which is better, its which is better for that particular person.
Last edited by nyc_rock; 10-27-2011 at 06:20 AM.
- 10-27-2011, 06:18 AM #55
- 10-27-2011, 08:43 AM #56
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- 10-28-2011, 09:30 AM #58
I am transitioning from an original Motorola Droid to the iPhone 4S, but I currently have an iPod Touch.
I like the following in Android OS -
- Predictive text after a few letters
- SD card for music, apps, etc.
I like the following in iPhone OS -
- Cleaner OS
- OS transitions from apps is MUCH quicker
- Apps are FAR less buggy
- Combined mail box
- 10-29-2011, 05:04 AM #59
In my opinion as all of us know that the iPhone is against the jail breaking, and they are even taking stands against those going for jail breaking stuff!
And android industry on the other hand is a free and open source type of industry, where there is no one company rule, everyone can simply create or modify any type of software they want!
Thats why since I ve been with both the devices my personal views are that if one has to choose, he/she should go for the Android.
On the other hand if you have no interest in the development and too many application customization etc, the you should simply go for the iphone as that has better user experience and a nice style and an easy to use system.
- 10-29-2011, 06:26 AM #60
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- 10-30-2011, 12:21 AM #62
But how is this good for the majority of consumers? What percentage of Android users root their phones? What percentage of that small group (aside from developers) actually write software for their phones? Has this "open" platform resulted in apps of greater quantity and quality?
I think Android is great. It provides choice for consumers: different screen sizes, form factors, price points, etc. But there are drawbacks to an "open" platform that people should be aware of, especially non-techie types.
- 10-30-2011, 01:06 AM #63
My opinion is that iOS is definitely more popular, but not necessarily better. Apples and oranges. Hardware on the other hand is another story. Plenty of phones better than the iPhone overall in that area
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- 10-30-2011, 02:06 AM #64
Even with hardware specs there are many subjective judgments to be made. Consumers make those judgements individually with their money. My guess is the iPhone family has "scored" more money than all the Android devices put together. The iPhone 4S will continue that pattern despite claims of all these "better" Android phones. I don't know how else you would judge what hardware specs are "better" than another.
Last, but not least, let's remember that hardware is meaningless without software and vice versa. It's the integration of the two that matters most in determining the total user experience. The Motorola Xoom is arguably good hardware matched with not-yet-ready-for-primetime Honeycomb. WebOS was arguably good software embedded in sub-par TouchPad hardware.
Then you have something like the Droid Bionic: supposedly great hardware with great software. Yet people aren't lining up for this phone. Why? Will the Droid Razr be better with its single core processor? Or are people waiting for the Galaxy Nexus with Android 4.0 and its 5 MP camera? Maybe people will line up for one of those phones, right?
So are there really "Plenty of phones better than the iPhone"? Who is the judge of that? We, the consumer, are. We get as many votes as we can afford to pay for. No one can tell you how to vote. That's up to you. What is "better" for you may not be "better" for someone else. But if you count up the money votes, the iPhone 4S is going to win this current round by a landslide.
- 10-30-2011, 02:28 AM #66
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- 10-30-2011, 09:31 AM #68
Samsung doesn't publish sales figures, they publish shipments. Apple publishes sales figures, not shipments. We don't know if there are warehouses full of Samsung phones or not.... But we do know that iPhones are back ordered in nearly all models. You can decide which numbers are more meaningful.
- 10-30-2011, 10:39 AM #69
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- 10-30-2011, 11:14 AM #70
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- 10-30-2011, 11:52 AM #72
All these companies are in business to make a profit. Samsung reported ~$2.2 billion USD profits from their “telecommunications sector”, which includes many other products aside from smartphones. No doubt smartphones account for the largest chunk of that profit, so let's be very generous and say $1.5B is from smartphones.
Apple reported $6.6B of total profits last quarter. The iPhone represents ~60% of those profits, which comes out to ~$4B profit from iPhones. Compare that to Samsung's ~$1.5B. Do you really think Samsung believes they "beat" Apple in the smartphone biz?
So let's just drop all these claims of companies "beating" Apple's iPhone. Any of the smartphone manufacturers will gladly trade places with Apple in terms of unit market-share vs profit-share.
- 10-30-2011, 12:54 PM #74
- 10-30-2011, 01:43 PM #75