Re: I was going to come back to iPhone, but after today I'm re- thinking that !!!
Nothing is perfect.
These are my views on Android:
- Evolves faster, try out different approaches, not afraid to put something out that is different, new- i.e. more OS updates, more new phones released, bigger screens, google voice. BUT... not everything works all the time. My friend had a 3D camera on one of his HTCs. Didn't catch on. NFC? Fun to play with the tags, but not the massive Google wallet game changer. Look at the G1- that was a turd. Even my Droid was a bit off. But not anymore- my S3 rocks.
- More freedom? Yes- you can change your homescreens, you've got live wallpapers, widgets, there is less restrictions in Google Play in terms of apps, there are more phones to chose from. BUT... not everybody wants to micromanage the look of their homescreens, there is more malware on Google Play- it's not all bad, but more of an issue I'd say, and not every Android phone is a gem.
- Stability? My experience is that they have made HUGE leaps in this area.
- OS has more features. More fun in the beginning and lots of features, but after awhile it gets a bit dull. Google apps are amazing. Google now is pretty cool. 3rd party app selection is improving, but still needs to catch up to iTunes.
- Fragmentation- Kit-kat is is going to send iPhone users cowering! Android is crushing Apple in terms of OS updates! BUT... now the waiting begins to see if your hardware company will port it over to your phone. Don't like that? Then go buy a Nexus- what about freedom to choose? Yeah, well you can choose to buy a Nexus, another phone with the new OS, root, or wait. That's your choice. This is the biggest thing that really upsets me about Android.
- More conservative in their approach in terms of updates- they will not simple release a 4", 5", and 6" phone and try out a 3D camera, throw NFC, wireless charging, etc and see what sticks. My impression is that they really think things through before releasing something. Touch ID- from the reports, they really thought it out and it's a very good implementation. The risk is that they can look outdated and if they move too slow or get something wrong, it will hurt them big time since there is 1 update/yr. Most egregious example of moving slowly and conservatively? S models- they are controversial- yes, they have some fantastic updates and features, but at the same time, people can't feel like it's a bit of a cop out
- Yes, Apple is the overlord of your smartphone. But it works- iTunes, syncing to your phone, less worry about malware apps, Kindle is available, all the google apps are available (for how long?) and because Apple has got its fingers in everything, there is less work for you to do. Which can be convienent. Don't need to pick out between 5 phones, 4 different skins, or get gadget envy every 3 months. But it can be restrictive too- pulling apps over content does bother me. And why not implement widgets? They're cool.
- 3rd party apps are more numerous and more interesting. iOS has less features to play with, but there are so many cool apps to pick. But Android does have the emulators and stuff like that.
- Everything just works? Yeah it does. Even support- just go to the Apple store.
A few years ago, yeah iPhone was superior to Android in every single way except for the AT&T exclusive deal. Things are different now. I've used both and they work pretty well. You can't really go wrong with either. Just depends on what you want.