The battle for smart phone supremacy rages on and there are pros and cons with all of the combatants. The two titans in the fight – Android and iPhone – are no different. Depending on how and where one’s device will be used can be the deciding factor in choosing the right platform. Let’s look at 10 reasons why you might rather choose Android over iPhone:
- Social Networking Widgets – If you’re a heavy user of Facebook and Twitter, the Droid apps that put your favorite social websites right there on your home screen make it a heavy favorite over iPhone.
- Choice – As an open source platform, Android buyers have a lot of options versus the cookie-cutter approach that Apple takes with iPhone. Apple tends to dictate which apps may be used for a given function, and has even banned the use of Adobe Flash on its devices.
- Call Quality / Coverage – It’s no secret that, for all its fancy apps, capabilities and slick looks, the iPhone simply isn’t much of a phone. Android phones typically have superior antennae and, hence, better signal strength and call quality overall.
- No Proprietary Restrictions – The beauty of an open source platform is that you can use those apps that you want to use rather than the ones that have been pre-selected for you,whether you like it or not.
- Drag and Drop Music Files – Unencumbered by the restrictive and temperamental iTunes program, Android music lovers can simply plug their phones into their PC’s and transfer music files with a simple drag and drop.
- Carriers – At least for the time being, even with Apple’s announcement to offer their iPhone to Verizon customers, there’s more choice in carriers – and therefore coverage – when opting for Android.
- Multitasking – Because of its use of widgets, Android makes it easy to perform multiple tasks; iPhone typically requires closing one app before opening another.
- Customization – From wallpaper to widgets, Android gives its users autonomy over how their device both looks and performs. Coupled with a wide selection of phones that operate on Android’s OS, users have a vastly superior array of custom features.
- Keyboard – Touchscreens are great and serve a worthy purpose, but sometimes you just want to have a physical keyboard. Particularly when you are typing more than just a quick memo, it’s much more convenient to have an optional keyboard available. iPhone doesn’t have one.
- Memory – Android offers the flexibility, via SD expansion, to increase memory capacity beyond the maximum 32GB that iPhone provides.
Again, there are strengths and weaknesses inherent in both the platforms themselves as well as the marketing and engineering philosophies of both Apple and Google. Your mileage may vary, but we’re still convinced that these are 10 good reasons to choose Android over iPhone.