First of all, I just want to mention that everyone has a different opinion of the advantages and disadvantages of these two completely different kinds of smartphones. Everyone is different, and so please take my opinions as my own opinions, not something that I think other people should think too. No flaming in the comments, please.
To me, there is no “best” smartphone, either. It all comes down to what you like the most, that fits your needs the most. That’s why the title doesn’t say “iPhone vs Android”.
Hey all, I don’t want to sound like I’m some guy that only has ever used one kind of phone or the other. Honestly, I have owned a Samsung Galaxy when it first came out, then I bought a Samsung Galaxy S outright and used it for 2 years roughly, and finally I am now using an iPhone 5 that I just bought outright before Christmas and now my contract has ended.
Soon (or by the time you read this) I will have started using my iPhone on a prepaid contract (yes it is possible), which I could include data on my plan but I’m leaving it out, to only pay $27/month, and no longer $72/month. I’ll be using Wi-Fi for data, as everytime I go to my friend’s place there is Wi-Fi, at my house too of course, and my parents place. Maybe not at the gym, but that’s okay.
I’ll simply mention the advantages and disadvantages of the Android, then the iPhone below that.
I knew from the beginning that the Android was a more “open” smartphone OS. I noticed this when I found out how I could take an application off my computer after downloading it from a random website, and loading it onto the phone through USB, and installing it from the phone itself, no restrictions what so ever. That is what I call “open”, that is truely a huge advantage right there.
Advantages to the Android (which may included disadvantages I already mentioned above somewhere):
-The wide variety of devices with faster and faster specifications available for the Android flavour in smartphone OS’s.
-Micro USB being a universal battery charging and PC connection is a huge bonus, no unique connectors like the iPhone or much like the much older cell phones.
-An open smartphone OS that allows you to install any kind of app you want, no restrictions, though with the requirement of installing at least one Antivirus.
-More newer devices are released more frequently, so you don’t have to wait a year for a newer model of any Android smartphone (except you are limited to the current model you own being released for a full year or less at least before a new model comes out of that same phone).
-More free applications are available for the Android, from what I have noticed. I heard somewhere that it’s around 60% of apps that are free.
-Apps can modify settings of the phone that all iPhone apps cannot do to the iPhone, and this is both a advantage for the Android and disadvantage when those apps cause problems in the phone.
-It’s alot easier to unlock an Android phone in comparison to the iPhone. I unlocked a Galaxy S that I later found out, didn’t work with any Canadian carrier.
-With A2DP, streaming music to a stereo that supports this technology through Bluetooth is alot easier in some ways than using AUX or connecting your Android as a USB storage device.
Disadvantages to the Android (which may included disadvantages I already mentioned above somewhere):
-To sync music, you must “drag and drop” mp3 files into organized folders, or you can do this with everything just in one folder on your smartphone. When you disconnect your Android from your computer, the music then is discovered. It’s a much more annoying process.
-Sometimes apps cause problems with your Android. I had a few times that I had to uninstall a certain app I liked because it made my phone act weird.
-Firmware upgrades are released alot slower than usual, and we’re talking every 6-8 months or even longer. If you buy a cheap Android phone on a Prepaid contract, most likely you won’t see many firmware upgrades for awhile. This is where the iPhone is better because their firmware upgrades are more frequent, like every 2-3 months.
The iPhone was something I always wanted. Of course it is more expensive, and it has it’s own kind of connector. But for music, it’s basically featuring a seamless and extremely user friendly experience for synchronizing music which is basically what an Audiophile like me needed. I may not be crazy about “music reproduction”, but my meaning of the word Audiophile is “extremely enthusiastic about music” and alot of bloggers use the term for that meaning, from what I have noticed alot in the past few years.
The iPhone has it’s restrictions though, which is the App Store being the only way to put applications on your iPhone. But you can Jailbreak, and that’s the bare minimum thing you can do to your iPhone to put homebrew apps onto your dazzling and sparkling smartphone. What we all wanted was a phone and an iPod in one, and the iPhone certainly does fit that category perfectly. Last thing I’ll mention is that there are so many “Made for iPod” or “Made for iPhone” devices out there, and for Android there isn’t such a thing at all for seamless music synchronization.
Advantages to the iPhone (including advantages I’ve already mentioned above somewhere):
-Music is synchronized seamlessly with iTunes, and the iPhone is supported by many aftermarket accessories out there, and devices like Car Stereos, Home Stereos, and much more which usually call themselves “Made for iPod” or “Made for iPhone” devices. This means that you can control the iPod or iPhone from the unit itself.
-Siri comes with the iPhone out of the box, and as most users get the iPhone with a data plan they can use this personal assistant. You can ask her to check the stocks or even how the weather is going to be the current day or the next day. Schedule an appointment at any date so that you will be reminded of that appointment on the date that it happens. It doesn’t get any better than this with voice recognition, and all the competitors that have been released to compete with Siri have failed to keep up in accuracy, and most of them cannot even be asked dumb questions like, “will you marry me Siri?”, or “can you grab me a beer Siri?”.
-You can install applications without a data plan, as long as you have your iPhone connected to your computer while iTunes is running and as long as you download it from the iTunes Store and tell it to install the app onto your iPhone from there.
-The newest iPhone 5 seems to be the most durable smartphone out there, as compared to the latest Samsung Galaxy SIII. It’s even somewhat water resistant as well, though I don’t recommend doing this to test it out, just watch the videos on Youtube of other people doing it.
-Cases or other accessories are easy to find for a phone that is so specific that no other companies cannot make smartphones with iOS installed.
-Firmware upgrades are more frequently released in comparison to the Android, so you can expect many firmware releases for the iPhone every 2-3 months where for my Galaxy S it took 6-8 months or even longer for a firmware upgrade to show up. Obviously these upgrades make the phone work better, having less bugs incase you didn’t know what this meant.
Disadvantages to the iPhone (which may included disadvantages I already mentioned above somewhere):
-If you want to force your iPhone to be “open”, you must jailbreak it. I tried to jailbreak an iPhone 3GS once, and trust me, I gave up. It’s not as easy as it sounds. Maybe it just wasn’t possible with iOS 6. I just don’t want to even bother with that ever again.
-Every year, that’s just once per year, a new iPhone is released. This makes it easier for people who like to have the latest iPhone for a long period of time. For those who want a newer iPhone in just 6 months, will have to suffer, making this a disadvantage.
-The USB connectors are specific to your iPhone, so for every iPhone before the 5 you need a simple iPod connector (I do have a few) but for my iPhone 5 I needed to get a iPod connector to Lightning converter and no I did not pay the full $39 for an Apple one, I bought one off eBay for like $6 that works just as good.
The bottom line difference explained between the Android and iPhone:
The Android is for someone who wants something cheap, user friendly to a certain degree, comes in several different models and that just does the job.
In one sentence the iPhone goes along the lines of, if you want a music phone that is super user friendly with less bugs and is a little more expensive than other phones, the iPhone would be good for that.
I will be adding more advantages and disadvantages to this post in the near future, there are many more to come!.
It was a shame when Apple removed support for Safari for Windows on June 26th, 2012. But you can still use version 5.1.7, and I’ll give some simple instructions on how to get it.
1. Go here, click on Download on the far right that is a generic Blue button, you won’t miss it.
2. Go to your Downloads in which ever web browser your using and double click on the downloaded Safari installer. Now, just simply install it!. I didn’t make it my default browser, I just like having all browsers installed on my Desktop.
Unfortunately you cannot get Safari through Apple Software Update within Windows any more, that’s basically how I found out in the first place that Apple no longer supported Safari, which was last year of course.
Another thing I’d like to mention is that, as when Microsoft discontinued Internet Explorer for the Mac, the backwards compatibility with IE for Mac suffered because of Apple’s transition over to Intel processors. That made IE for Mac not work anymore, because the code was designed to make IE run on PowerPC processors.
Fortunately for Windows, any older program is usually fully functional in any version of Windows. As for Windows 8 and beyond, I am unsure on that. All I know is, I won’t be updating my OS to Windows 8 for quite a long time, if ever at all. I just don’t know if all of my hardware is supported or not. It’s way too new. So enjoy Safari for the next few years!, most pages still display properly still and there are barely any bugs that I can see so far.
I made a decision that would be the smartest for my craving of owning a phone that alot of Apple fans would drewl over if they owned one. Of course, there are alot of Apple fans that own one already, but I just didn’t have one in my own hands, and I liked how the bigger screen and Siri made the phone such a revolutionary device. The fact that it could come in a capacity of 64GB’s was a huge bonus too.
Of course, if you want the latest and greatest, you pay the price. But for me, I knew there was a way around this annoying contract thing that most of us are going through right now. I pay $70/month for a smartphone plan that does not need to be so expensive in the first place because I only call so many people, and test so many people, and use so many minutes. If I went to a cheaper plan, I could be paying more than what I pay now because I wouldn’t have unlimited texting and the other calling features that keep me from spending 25 cents per minute on extra minutes.
I miss being able to use minutes as I needed them, and would be warned every time I was about to run out. I miss paying only $15/month to $25/month on a simple plan that suited my needs.
So I did the math, owning an iPhone 5 on a contract would cost $380 for the phone, plus the monthly contract fees for 3 years which is $2420 for a total of $2800. That’s paying around $67/month, just so you don’t have to do any math. You don’t pay monthly for the phone, you just buy it at a cheaper price for the sake of being on a contract.
On a prepaid contract at $25/month with buying the iPhone 5 64GB outright like I did, it costs $900 for 3 years of monthly fees, at $25/month, and $1000 for the phone, which is $1900. So I save around $900-$1000. Past 3 years of owning the same phone, I am basically saving even more.
Also in prepaid contracts you can also get a Data plan, too.
So anyways, after activating my iPhone 5 yesterday after getting in the mail and rushing to the nearest Bell location after rushing to the Post Office to get the phone and sweating like a damn pig, waiting in line and wondering what the heck can make things take so long when it’s not even Christmas Eve yet, I got an email the next day from Apple in the subject line of, “Welcome to your new iPhone 5.”. When I got the Samsung Galaxy S and activated, I didn’t get an email from Samsung. I feel that I am being treated a lot better with buying from Apple, I can honestly admit. Not to sound like I am bragging, but anyways take a look at the images below and see what you would see if you got the iPhone 5, and while your at it check out Apple’s iPhone page showing off it’s features, and also reviews from iPhone 5 owners like you and me.
Next image in the email I got:
If you were wondering what was the most current, fastest smartphone in Canada was, it’s the LG Optimus G. Sure, it may have the 2GB’s of RAM, and the 1.5Ghz quad-core (yes quad) processor, but to my eyes it’s just another Android phone that will become beat in the hardware category in just about 1-3 months. A review on Youtube has been created to showcase the features of the phone versus the iPhone 5 to show off what phone wins in the comparison. Both are snappy, and both have their advantages and disadvantages. But it comes down to choice, and there really wasn’t a choice given to which phone was better in the comparison shown below.
It comes down to which platform you prefer, iOS or Android. It’s like comparing a Mac to a PC pretty much, since Mac’s only come in the flavor of Apple’s hardware with a big price tag and the Android is like a PC since you can get the Android OS in a bigger variety of hardware specifications, ranging from hardware vendors like LG, HTC, Samsung, Dell, and so on.
My experience with the Android on the Samsung Galaxy S was a pretty good one with the apps I used (Google Music and all the other essential applications). Though the speed was not sufficient, there was alot of lag in running the apps that I liked. So I tried an iPhone 3GS with iOS 6 and I found that this phone which has slower specifications than the Android phone I had, ran much smoother than the Android.
So it comes down to your choice, now you know which smartphone is the fastest in Canada, so if it’s all about speed and the latest and greatest, then that is probably the best choice for you. I can also tell that Canada’s mobile carriers always get the slower smartphones while in the U.S. has most of the higher end smartphones in a much bigger variety.
Microsoft just recently has updated their Skype application to version 6 for the mac, which adds Retina display support and also the option to sign into Skype with the use of your Facebook login. This gets rid of the need to sign up for a Skype account. And last year Skype had integrated the option to use Facebook’s chat system and to make video calls in it’s application.
Microsoft and Facebook Account Integration
Sign up and sign-in is easier than ever. You can now sign into Skype using your Microsoft or Facebook account – there’s no need to create a new Skype account. This makes it even easier to connect with friends on Skype without having to set up another account.
IM friends on Messenger
Now you can instant message your Windows Live Messenger, Hotmail and Outlook.com contacts via Skype all in one place. If you use a Microsoft account today, merging your accounts is easy – just sign in to Skype with your Microsoft account.
Calling with Messenger friends is coming soon
We’re working on polishing a feature which will enable audio and video calls to Windows Live Messenger customers using Skype desktop clients. The feature will be available in coming weeks.
Open Chats in Multiple Windows
We hear your feedback! With this release we’ve added support to open chats in multiple windows.
Retina Display Support
We also added another feature you’ve asked for – support Retina display. Now you can take full advantage of improved usability and of higher resolution screens.
Skype for the Mac is now available for a free download from Skype.com currently.
Via Mac Rumors
Apple began accepting pre-orders for the iPad mini and also the 4th generation iPad earlier this morning at around 3AM Eastern / 12AM Pacific. As it was said in the Mac Rumor forums, the initial stock of the iPad minis in white, already sould out in the U.S. And within the very first 17 minutes, the shipment dates for the white iPad mini slipped to around 2 weeks from the original “Delivers 11/2″. The black Wi-Fi iPad mini still remains to be available for delivery by the date of November 2nd.
And of course it is not easy to tell how much of their stock of the iPad minis are out and if it’s related to high demand versus the low supply. The stocks may have been very low as the others have said within countries outside of the United States that listed the “two week” times for delivery, from the very first moment the white iPad minis went on sale.
Something that remains very typical is, that Apple will be offering the iPad mini in the retail stores on the release day. Apple provides a sizable stock of devices to be available for purchase on the official release date of the products. The Wi-Fi iPad mini also will be available in retail stores as of November 2nd. And meanwhile, the cellular model will be delivered as promised as of mid-November.
Pre-orders are now being accepted by Apple for the iPad mini and also the iPad 4th gen. Customers in the U.S. can also order the mini and Cellular models for Verizon, AT&T and even Sprint. The prices for the iPad mini are $329 (16GB), $429 (32GB), and also $529 (64GB). The models with Cellular capabilities are costing around $130 more, though all models will be coming in black or white.
The pre-orders that are to be delivered for the Wi-Fi models are being expected as of November 2nd. And as another option, customers will be able to buy the tablets at retail locations on the same day. Apple’s store online is saying “Mid November” for the shipping time frame for the cellular models in the U.S., and some other countries are seeing a late November availability date for those models.
Via Mac Rumors
Apple has recently shown a new TV advertisement for the 13″ MacBook Pro with the Retina Display. This spot shows off a few different Apple applications just like Final Cut Pro, Mail, Aperture and also iTunes. The newest machine is being aimed at “the professional in everyone”.
Introducing the new 13″ MacBook Pro.
With the stunning Retina display.
For the pro in all of us.
Via Mac Rumors
Just in the beginning of this week, it was pointed out in a couple claims that suggested that Apple was going to release the “iPad Mini” on Friday, November 2nd of this year. This was also a case of the date being the most accurate and reasonable one with their past history being known for media events being on October 23rd.
Reports continue to pile up on the November 2nd date today, while TechCrunch has reported that they have received even more information from their sources that points to the exact same date.
November 2 is the ship date we’ve heard today from a source close to Apple’s supply chain, echoing an earlier report by Geeky Gadgets that that’s the day the iPad mini will go on sale. [...]
Our own source has also previously proven reliable with unreleased Apple info.
The German site called iFun.de is also saying in their own report, claiming that Apple has already informed a huge shipping logistics company that is their partner, in saying that they should be preparing for a huge boost that leads up to that specific date.
Via Mac Rumors