What makes Android better than iOS?

At the risk of starting a fight...... :p
Why do so many people prefer Android to iOS? Is it simply a case of variety and customisation? Personally I find iOS far more intuitive and Android very convoluted (seems like there are often several ways to accomplish the same thing), but I can understand both sides of the argument. Honest ;)

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JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:15

but I can understand both sides of the argument. Honest There you go...

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:18

...Oh, and you can get a decent Android allrounder for a third of the price of an iPhone. That helps, too..

And lets face it: the majority of consumers do NOT know what phone model they own. Fact! Lets not read too much into any of this. Most office drones do NOT know that there are other desktop OSs than Windows... Relevant? Irrelevant?

mrew42  Mar. 22, 2013 at 15:44

Better Schmetter
It's horses for courses
I went Android because:-
1. It was far cheaper - handset and apps wise
2. There was more choice
3. it does everything I could want from a phone and more
4. ISN'T a status symbol (no that the iPhone is anymore)
5. Is cheaper (did I mention that?)
6. leaves me feeling not ripped off, like a work colleague does now she realises that an iPhone 5 on AYCE calls/texts/data for £45 a month isn't that good when she's too scared to get it out on the train, we have wifi at work, she has wifi at home and just uses it to text and phone when she's got to work and when she's about to leave :/
"Why - did you pay so much?" - I said.
"Well it's an iPhone, that's what they cost" - She said
"Why did you want an iPhone based on what you just said" - I said
"Because it's an iPhone"
(slaps forehead)
I don't hear anyone making the same argument for using Android, but I hear the iPhone one again and again.

That being said I have an iPad which i think is brilliant -but then again i won it in a prize draw and it doesn't get used as much as my Archos 70b IT2 tablet........

JanSt / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 16:15

I have to agree (apart from the "cheaper apps"... How so?)

On paper Android's right up my alley. But I hate it. I find it messy, garish... Like the settings menus of a PSone game. Sorry. 'S how it is.

mrew42  Mar. 22, 2013 at 20:34

Yeah I overdid the cheaper apps bit. maybe it used to be that way and I still carp on about it.
As far as android menus go, I come IBM Mainframe land and anything like Android is BLISS compared to ZOS, TSO and SLIB/PLIB/CLIST/Rexx screen control. Stuff like that is designed by people who simply shouldn't be designing user interfaces, when they can barely speak anything other than Machine code and assembler.
iOS is like spectrum basic by comparison. just no room for any flair :)

matt101101 / MOD  Mar. 22, 2013 at 21:05

Lets face it, the main reason is the wider (read: covering the lower end) range of phones and the far, far lower prices for equivalent specifications. At the high end, £500 mark, you get a lot more phone for your cash with an Android device than you do with an iPhone. Note 2/Galaxy S4 (and some change) or an iPhone 5? Removing brands from the equation, that should be one hell of an easy choice (unless you have the hands of a small child).


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