Thoughts: Android vs. iPhone

Posted in electronics, thoughts by krisyee on December 20, 2011

Me being the Mac/Apple lover I am, I’m surprised I don’t have an iPhone. And to be honest, when the iPhone 4S came out, I wasn’t too impressed. I’ve had an 8mp camera on my phone for over a year and a half. I’m able to tell my phone to navigate to a certain location or tell my phone to Google search something. And dual core processors are pretty much standard on a lot of the Android phones out there now. People constantly ask me which operating system I like better. My answer to them is that I’m an Apple fan and while I do think the iPhone is a good phone, there are certain things about Android that I like better. BTW, these are in no particular order.

1. Widgets- Believe it or not I like the fact I can add widgets on my phone. Whether they’re picture widgets, MLBAtBat or ESPN score widgets, or even the standard Google widget it makes it that much easier to customize my phone.

2. External Battery- Although the iPhone battery life is usually pretty good, it’d be nice to change only the battery if needed instead of replacing the whole phone.

3. Upgradable Memory- What happens if you’re iPhone is low on memory because you filled it up all the way? I have a 16gb Nano that I thought would be enough for my music. It’s currently full. Androids give you the option to change  your memory cards.

4. Free Navigation- I  know what you’re thinking. There’s an app for that. Well on Androids the turn by turn navigation comes built in and I don’t have to worry about trying to find what app works best.

5. Adobe Flash- There’s been talk that Android phones will no longer support Flash, but until then the browser experience on Android’s is more like on a computer than the iPhone is. Try getting tickets for Cirque Du Soleil on an iPhone and the seating chart won’t show. Also try playing a video that’s embedded on a website on an iPhone.

6. Google Software Names- Cupcake, Donut, Eclair, Froyo, Gingerbread, Honeycomb, and the newest…Ice Cream Sandwich. Okay, this isn’t really a reason, but it’s pretty fun hearing all the newest software names. Whoever is responsible for naming all the software versions after food desserts and pastries…thumbs up to you.

Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m still an Apple fan and majority of my electronics are Apple. In fact, I recently had to give up my work phone which was an iPhone. For the past 4 months I got to rock both an iPhone and Android. Call me selfish or crazy but I liked having both. I knew that if my Android died, my iPhone would still be working. But if I needed directions, my Android worked best. To be honest, I think I really liked the iPhone because of Instagram. Damn you Instagram! But now that I have a 4G Android for work (which I love using the internet for because it’s so fast), a part of me wants to get the iPhone for my personal phone. Decisions decisions!

I know plenty of people that have a hard time deciding between Androids and the iPhone. If you’re stuck and can’t decide, ask yourself what it is that you want to be able to do on your phone and what you’re going to use your phone for. Figure out what things are most important and then find out which phones could do what you want them to.