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!.