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What’s so good about Android?

Why are so many people using Android phones instead of iPhones or BlackBerrys/ Blackberries?

Most Useful Answer TJ Skywasher  Apr. 8, 2011 at 21:12

Coz Android is the new Windows, it's appearing on practically every handset going at the moment. Google are essentially licensing it to everyone to get it out into the market place. Whereas iOS and Blackberry's OS are only available on iPhone's and Blackberry devices.

I'm an iPhone user so am probably biased, but I think Android is becoming too fragmented. There are that many versions of it in use out there on many different handsets and tablets all using different hardware and screen sizes. Must be a nightmare for developers to build software for never knowing if it's gonna run 100%.

My brother has an Android phone and it's nowhere near as good as iOS, it lags and jumps a lot and just reminds you of that Windows experience you get on PC's. He's had a few problems with it I believe and is planning to get an iPhone soon. It would be better for Google to reign in Android a bit and get a decent set of standards going before it becomes too fragmented.

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TJ Skywasher  Apr. 8, 2011 at 21:12

Coz Android is the new Windows, it's appearing on practically every handset going at the moment. Google are essentially licensing it to everyone to get it out into the market place. Whereas iOS and Blackberry's OS are only available on iPhone's and Blackberry devices.

I'm an iPhone user so am probably biased, but I think Android is becoming too fragmented. There are that many versions of it in use out there on many different handsets and tablets all using different hardware and screen sizes. Must be a nightmare for developers to build software for never knowing if it's gonna run 100%.

My brother has an Android phone and it's nowhere near as good as iOS, it lags and jumps a lot and just reminds you of that Windows experience you get on PC's. He's had a few problems with it I believe and is planning to get an iPhone soon. It would be better for Google to reign in Android a bit and get a decent set of standards going before it becomes too fragmented.

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2011 at 21:37

I cannot answer that. I have enjoyed a number of Android phones because I like big screens and fast browsers.
Seriously: Android offers a handful of advantages over iPhones.
1) you do not need iTunes or any other biiiiiiiig program to get files onto and off your phone. Like most phones before the iPhone, Android devices can be connected to any computer in 'mass storage' mode, and you can just drag and drop files as you would to and from a USB-stick. ANY files! You may not be aware of this, but a lot of people dislike iTunes - it is a large resource hungry program (and there's more...)
2) people like choice. Yes, no appstore has more apps than iTunes, but with Android you get small phones, big phones, cheap and expensive; you get themes, alternative 'launchers'/homescreen replacements etc; if the camera isn't important to you, you can buy an Android phone without a good camera (why pay for something you don't use? choice ;) ) etc etc
So, you get dozens and dozens of phones....different colours, price classes... versus ONE iPhone. (which is why it is so silly to compare the success of the 2 operating systems - one runs on 1 phone, the other on dozens by dozens of handsetmakers. And, in fact: NOT ALL Android phones are automatically successful. WHICH IS something the Android 'fans' often forget to mention...)
3) Initially, the iPhone lacked many features that were perceived as 'standard' (I already mentioned mass-storage mode) - copy/paste, multi-tasking etc etc... For many people that created the impression the iPhone was just an overpriced 'feature phone'. Many standard accessories wouldn't work - you had to buy Apple. You cannot swap batteries. NOW you need a different sim... Bluetooth pairing was limited to certain functions and certain devices etc etc
4) Many people don't like Apple (and many people don't like Google... "The devil you know..." etc)...
5) A lot of folks who initially dismissed the iPhone for any of the reasons above (or other reasons) stuck to their Nokias or Samsungs or whatever...
And though they wouldn't be swayed to join the Apple camp, over time they realised (secretely :p ) that not all things iPhone are bad - great build, fast UI, smooth apps and apps and apps; great screens with multi-touch etc. And the traditional phone brands were a bit slow catching up: almost all first time attempts by Apple's competition to make a good touchscreen phone stank. BIG TIME. It took ages (in tech years) for competitors to match Apple's quality, and to come up with some new stuff. Android beat, in some regards, the Oldies to the goal. Google, being primarily an advertising company ( :p ), understood the AppStore appeal; and unlike Apple, they ensured that customers would be able to pick from a range of phones bigger than, ahem, one model.

Geee... I could go on.
Android has its own disadvantages - I BUY A PHONE, so why can I only properly use it if I have a gmail account? (Apple has iTunes, Google has, well, Google)
Why don't all those great Android apps work on all those Android phones?
Etc...

I'm not a fan of either side. I'm not a fan of any brand.Some posts here suggest I'm a Nokian ( :p ). Nonsense! A lot about Nokia I don't like, but a lot of the anti-Nokia arguments currently tossed about are wrong. And I'm not a fan of 'Wrong', either :D
Last year I owned Androids, iPhones, Symbians and a Samsung... I suspect I had at least as much fun with them as the brand-loyalists. So: bite me LOL

JanSt / MOD  Apr. 8, 2011 at 21:50

PS, yes,
TJ has a point with the 'New Windows' label!
Android started out as the geeks revenge against big bad restrictive Apple (ironic, considering Google's position), but it has now become almost synonymous with 'smartphone', in the same way that computer for most people means a PC with Windows. Big surprise, given that we all say 'to google' when we mean 'to search' the web ;)

And now I shut up :p

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