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Why is Android 'better' than iOS/the iPhone?

It's coming up to upgrade time and lots of people are telling me to go Android though no one's really saying why other than saying it's 'better'. Better how?!

Most Useful Answer JanSt  Nov. 19, 2013 at 21:48

Better how?!

I shall answer this provocatively: It's "better" for the bored. "Better" for the people with nothing much to do. :p
Endless possibilities when it comes to tweaking, changing the UI's appearance, fiddling with settings, and the settings for the settings, and new launchers, and themes for launchers...

Moreover: you can buy a new "big next thing" every month. Heck, at times every week.
That is great, when mother doesn't allow visitors in your basement, and the only place to show off your coolest possession is the pub or that place outside the local Tesco where the Emos dare not tread.... You need something portable. A phone! Yay. Look, widgets.

:p Bite me.

Now, seriously:
Android offers a level of 'freedom' that iOS and WP do not: Easily sideload apps and content such as photos, videos and music etc... No reliance on iTunes and such PC management suites.

You have a wide range of form factors, sizes, shapes, colours and price ranges to pick from.
You don't need a proprietary cable. In many cases you can change the battery, add SD card expansion.

You can root. Okay, you can also jailbreak an iPhone, but a rooted Android phones allows you to uninstall system apps, to install custom ROMs etc etc....

You can, as sarcastically alluded to above, change the complete appearance of the Android UI.

Apps can share files and contents... you see a photo on twitter? You can open it in any app that can handle a jpeg or png or gif... go straight to editing it or saving it or emailing it...

You can download any file type with your phone's browser. Even if your phone cannot handle the file type. Say you surf the web on your iPhone. There you read about a cool little Windows
.exe for your PC. Sure, you can make a mental note to download the .exe later from your PC,
but why not download it right there on your phone and later you just transfer it from your phone to your PC?! Why does Apple (or MS...) restrict me in what I can download? (GRANTED, 3rd party apps can download anything and everything on an iPhone, too...).

Etc etc.... THERE is a lot to be said in favour of Android over iOS or WP.

On the other hand: what does "better" mean? If you like iOS, if you are well used to how it works, if you 'own' loads of iOS apps, and other content; if you are too busy to familiarise yourself with a new OS, if you don't normally use Google's services because they are evil (oops) etc etc etc.... WHY then would Android "be better"? Just for "a change"? So we're back to boredom. To the illusion of choice and the necessity thereof. No problem. I'm not judging that. I don't eat the same every day. But it all turns to smelly sh*t in the end.

I too like to try out new stuff. That is normal. Healthy even in some contexts. But where money and time are issues of importance, staying with "what works" for you, can be the "better" choice.
That cuts both ways, of course. If you started your smartphone career with a Galaxy Spica, than changing to an iPhone 5S will probably do in your head.


To decide what is "better" for you, ask yourself what you would like your iPhone to do that it currently can't do. Then research what Android phones don't do that you value in your iPhone.

Ask yourself if you have the time to get used to something different. Are YOU actually interested in tweaking? Is a different wallpaper enough for you? Do you like a messy desktop with 5 widgets?
Does iTunes bother you?
Is privacy an issue? I'm not saying Apple's products are better in that regard (they are. oops), but do you need/want to spread your data to yet another company? Apple already 'own' your
credit card number, your phone number etc... Do you want to start that process all over? (not even getting into malware etc - a bigger problem on Android by far).


So: There are great WP devices - I'm using one at the moment. iPhones are great, too. And one cannot argue with the sheer phorce of a Note 3 or the sheer beauty of the HTC One.

It's all good. But not all for you.

Enjoy :)

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JanSt / MOD  Nov. 19, 2013 at 21:48

Better how?!

I shall answer this provocatively: It's "better" for the bored. "Better" for the people with nothing much to do. :p
Endless possibilities when it comes to tweaking, changing the UI's appearance, fiddling with settings, and the settings for the settings, and new launchers, and themes for launchers...

Moreover: you can buy a new "big next thing" every month. Heck, at times every week.
That is great, when mother doesn't allow visitors in your basement, and the only place to show off your coolest possession is the pub or that place outside the local Tesco where the Emos dare not tread.... You need something portable. A phone! Yay. Look, widgets.

:p Bite me.

Now, seriously:
Android offers a level of 'freedom' that iOS and WP do not: Easily sideload apps and content such as photos, videos and music etc... No reliance on iTunes and such PC management suites.

You have a wide range of form factors, sizes, shapes, colours and price ranges to pick from.
You don't need a proprietary cable. In many cases you can change the battery, add SD card expansion.

You can root. Okay, you can also jailbreak an iPhone, but a rooted Android phones allows you to uninstall system apps, to install custom ROMs etc etc....

You can, as sarcastically alluded to above, change the complete appearance of the Android UI.

Apps can share files and contents... you see a photo on twitter? You can open it in any app that can handle a jpeg or png or gif... go straight to editing it or saving it or emailing it...

You can download any file type with your phone's browser. Even if your phone cannot handle the file type. Say you surf the web on your iPhone. There you read about a cool little Windows
.exe for your PC. Sure, you can make a mental note to download the .exe later from your PC,
but why not download it right there on your phone and later you just transfer it from your phone to your PC?! Why does Apple (or MS...) restrict me in what I can download? (GRANTED, 3rd party apps can download anything and everything on an iPhone, too...).

Etc etc.... THERE is a lot to be said in favour of Android over iOS or WP.

On the other hand: what does "better" mean? If you like iOS, if you are well used to how it works, if you 'own' loads of iOS apps, and other content; if you are too busy to familiarise yourself with a new OS, if you don't normally use Google's services because they are evil (oops) etc etc etc.... WHY then would Android "be better"? Just for "a change"? So we're back to boredom. To the illusion of choice and the necessity thereof. No problem. I'm not judging that. I don't eat the same every day. But it all turns to smelly sh*t in the end.

I too like to try out new stuff. That is normal. Healthy even in some contexts. But where money and time are issues of importance, staying with "what works" for you, can be the "better" choice.
That cuts both ways, of course. If you started your smartphone career with a Galaxy Spica, than changing to an iPhone 5S will probably do in your head.


To decide what is "better" for you, ask yourself what you would like your iPhone to do that it currently can't do. Then research what Android phones don't do that you value in your iPhone.

Ask yourself if you have the time to get used to something different. Are YOU actually interested in tweaking? Is a different wallpaper enough for you? Do you like a messy desktop with 5 widgets?
Does iTunes bother you?
Is privacy an issue? I'm not saying Apple's products are better in that regard (they are. oops), but do you need/want to spread your data to yet another company? Apple already 'own' your
credit card number, your phone number etc... Do you want to start that process all over? (not even getting into malware etc - a bigger problem on Android by far).


So: There are great WP devices - I'm using one at the moment. iPhones are great, too. And one cannot argue with the sheer phorce of a Note 3 or the sheer beauty of the HTC One.

It's all good. But not all for you.

Enjoy :)

spruceyb  Nov. 20, 2013 at 00:53

The best choice is the one that works for you.
I know people who have switched to Android and wondered what they ever saw in iPhones and know people who switched only to switch back months later because they prefer iOS.

For me though, these are the main reasons I prefer Android over iOS.

1. Sharing - As long as apps you have installed support the Intent you can share between them. This is useful for so many things for me. A foreign friend on Twitter who usually posts in English posts in their native language, I choose 'Share' and then list of apps appear and I select 'Google Translate' and there it is translated.
Or somebody tweets something interesting I can save it to my Google Keep, Blog about it with Wordpress and dozens of other options depending on what Apps I have.
Same thing with photos I take, send them to any editor I have installed, then share from that editor to a social network or send it to my TV etc.

2. Better Keyboards - I'm using SwiftKey which learns from your SMS, Email & Social Networks to predict which words you'll use in a sentance.

3. Setting Default Apps - Chrome handles my Internet, Hangouts does my SMS, MX Player for my video, PowerAMP for my music etc. I don't have to use the built in apps, I get to use the ones that work for me with minimum effort.

4. File System - I can browse all my files, download anything I want. So if I have a link to ZIP file of a new mixtape a friend sends me I can save it, unzip it and just listen to it.

5. Notifications - Some @ mentions me on Twitter, I read it in notifications and have an option to reply straight from there, same things for alarms, reminders etc.
I have an event in my calender to meet up with a few people in the evening and to be reminded in the morning, the notification gives me the option of snoozing or email people in the event.

6. Customisation - I have 1 homescreen, 4 folders across the bottom (2 either side of app draw) and each folder has a swipe gesture, so my Social folder goes straight in to my twitter app and refreshes the feed as that's my most common action.
Swiping on my App drawer icon opens Google Now voice search.
Pressing home on home screen opens Google Now main app.
You can make your phone super efficient.

7. Screen Size & Battery Life - I'm currently using a LG G2 and the 1080p 5.2" screen is just wonderful. And the battery is 3000mAh meaning it lasts an age, my friend with a similar commute to me loses 30% Battery on his iPhone 5, me using the G2, loses around 12% (maybe 20% if I decide to play games).

8. Price - I picked up the LG G2 on an o2 contract for £22pm (£9.99 upfront) which is a heck of a lot cheaper than an iPhone.

There's also this article to read for the POV of someone who switched from iOS
http://paulstamatiou.com/android-is-better

socialjeebus  Nov. 20, 2013 at 01:40

One factor to add to what these guys have already said is choice.

With iOS, you're always going to have to buy an Apple phone.

With WinMo, there's a little more choice.

But with Android, there's a shed-load of device manufacturers, price-points, configurations, etc.

Sure you'll lose on any apps when you switch.

But once you're in the Android eco-system, you won't be tied to a single manufacturer any longer.

format  Nov. 20, 2013 at 04:00

choice ? hard to argue any version of android is even close to as smooth or streamlined as IOS but as i see it android is 'bout the hardware not the software package - you can get better spec hardware for far cheaper plus buy for phone features (hundreds of screen sizes, camera qualities,storage/connection options/manufacturers/aesthetics to choose from), add apps from multiple sources that tend to cost less and customize your experience more.

socialjeebus  Nov. 20, 2013 at 05:30

choice ? hard to argue any version of android is even close to as smooth or streamlined as IOS but as i see it android is 'bout the hardware not the software package - you can get better spec hardware for far cheaper plus buy for phone features (hundreds of screen sizes, camera qualities,storage/connection options/manufacturers/aesthetics to choose from), add apps from multiple sources that tend to cost less and customize your experience more.

Choice?

As in there's a plethora of manufacturers and handsets.

Don't like Samsung - LG, Sony, Google, Motorola, Xiaomi, Huawei, etc.

With iOS there's a handful of handsets.

With WinMo, there's less.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2013 at 06:35

socialjeebus,
winno? :p
Just saw that expansys still sell the HTC HD2 - for €449!!!! Talk about holding value!!!

socialjeebus  Nov. 20, 2013 at 07:10

socialjeebus,
winno? :p
Just saw that expansys still sell the HTC HD2 - for €449!!!! Talk about holding value!!!



That's madness.

Maybe they forgot they still had them and haven't updated the page since release.

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2013 at 09:23

Not sure... many geeks are still into it. Not for winmo, but to flash Android etc
I was offered €250 for my old, mint HD2!

JanSt / MOD  Nov. 20, 2013 at 09:24

OP, sorry for going slightly off-topic.

Dougal1709  Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:02

If there's on overriding reason to move into the world of Android, it is an application called Tasker.

Imagine that you want to remove the phone lock when you're at home, you can use tasker to switch off the phone pin when you're connected to your home wifi. Perhaps you would like the phone to change to vibrate when there's a call between midnight and 7am, tasker can do that as well. I set mine up so that when the phone is in the car, I can get Google Now to start up just by waving my had over the proximity sensor so I can use the voice commands to send texts or initiate calls. It's an amazing application that allows you to really set your phone up to work exactly how you want in different scenarios.

spruceyb  Nov. 20, 2013 at 11:17

If there's on overriding reason to move into the world of Android, it is an application called Tasker.

Imagine that you want to remove the phone lock when you're at home, you can use tasker to switch off the phone pin when you're connected to your home wifi. Perhaps you would like the phone to change to vibrate when there's a call between midnight and 7am, tasker can do that as well. I set mine up so that when the phone is in the car, I can get Google Now to start up just by waving my had over the proximity sensor so I can use the voice commands to send texts or initiate calls. It's an amazing application that allows you to really set your phone up to work exactly how you want in different scenarios.



There's also a free alternative to Tasker called MacroDroid that works pretty well
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.arlosoft.macrodroid&hl=en
Plenty of presets ready to go and simple to set up new Macros.

But yeah, that's another reason I prefer Android.

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