Is Android better than iOS?

I've had an iPhone for years but tempted by Android. Is Android better than iOS? And if so, why??

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mrew42  Aug. 22, 2011 at 16:27

(shouts) INCOMING!!!!
Seriously though, there will be eternal arguments over which is 'best' and everyone will have their own viewpoint. I have a 'preference' for Android because I can customise the UI to suit my taste, overall it's more 'configureable' and has many, many uber geeks producing ROMs which can make your phone go faster, last longer (batter wise) or do things you wouldn't normally expect an out of the box phone to do. Plus it's available on phones costing £50 to those which are dual core monsters.
On the other hand iOS is very very slick and well made and to use Apple's own idiom 'just works' as Apple have complete control over the handset and OS specification. For me though (and yes I do know you can 'jailbreak' them) it's all too controlled contrived and clinical (lovely screen though).
Besides which, most times it's not just 'Android'. Motorola, Samsung & HTC all have their own take on the OS which changes how the phone UI behaves (#1 spot to HTC in those stakes IMO).
Don't forget you get 14 days to 'try' on contract before you can return so that could be a useful way to try one out. Or pick up a cheapy from ebay (or other used sales point of your choice).
Also what 'tempted' you for Android?

blizzard7  Aug. 22, 2011 at 16:47

Yup, both have their upsides and downsides. However, you're going to need a bit of a push to get away from Apple because I assume you've spent a fair bit on iOS apps and chances are you'll need to rebuy some more apps for Android. Of course, you'll have some money to spare because equivalently specced Android phones are about £5 - £15 per month cheaper than an iPhone, but it's something to think about.

Like mrew42, I love Android as it's so customisable out of the box, you can really make your device yours. I would eat my own hand if I saw someone with the same layout of widgets and icons as me! :p

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 22:07

I actually don't like widgets all that much. Especially higher specced Androids open apps so fast, why waste resources on a widget. I admit I like themes. Especially the ability to change the appearance of icons - gee, dumbphones could do it yeeeeears ago...

Other than that - I find both Android and iOS still have a few tricks to learn from the ugly old dudes, Nokia and Blackberry...
But both Android and iOS have their strengths... without anyone stating his/her needs and wants, saying one is better is like saying apples are better than oranges ( incidentally, for us non-tropical folks apples ARE better, but that is for a different forum :p )

JanSt / MOD  Aug. 22, 2011 at 22:18

oh, why IS Android "better"? Number one, for me: no itunes. You can connect Android phones to any computer (win/mac/linux) in mass storage mode and transfer files. You're at a friend's house, hear a good song/watch a good vid, but your friend doesn't have iTunes and doesn't want it....now, getting that vid/track onto your phone requires a workaround or two. An Android phone just needs to connect to the PC. Done. I also hate phones that tell me what I can download just because the phone cannot make sense of the filetype. When I browse on my phone and I so happen to find a nice windows .exe or linux .deb file, why can't I download it to my iPhone right there? When I'm home I just transfer the file to my PC. Done. With iOS, you can't. So, you gotta mentally bookmark the download site and then do it at home from scratch. Stooopid. It's 2011. What's with integratedness? Connectivity? Mobility?

On the other hand - my lady had an iPhone for a while, and "force close" is not in her vocabulary. Apps that download from the appstore but then magically disappear? Never happened. And antennagate or not: the iPhone 4's radio performs better than that of the acclaimed ueberphone, the Samsung Galaxy SII...as does its battery.

CTPAHHIK  Aug. 23, 2011 at 09:40

I would wait for iOS 5 before making any decisions right now. It could be a big game changer.


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