Why I Chose Android Over iPhone
Unless you've been living under a rock, you've seen Android and iPhone rise to prominence in the smart phone game. When the iPhone came out in 2007, it was a game changer. It was every bit what Apple would have you believe it was. Steve Jobs and Apple really did forever alter the course of mobile phones. Since Apple launched the first iPhone, many contenders have come and gone. But it looks like Google has positioned Android to be a credible threat to Apple's market share.
There are very few other products that engender the kind of passion and allegiance that Apple vs Google does. We've literally had shouting matches over thanksgiving dinner because my brother whipped out his iPhone in my house. But neither of these products would command the loyalty they do unless they were superior devices. And with the recent announcement by Engadget that iPhone surpassed 1 million preorders in it's first 24 hours, fuel has been added to the competitive fire. With that many people jumping on the new iPhone, apparently no one needs any more articles about why iPhone rules the roost. But for those out there that aren't on the preorder list, here are some great reasons to go with an Android.
First up is selection. Have you ever heard the phrase "A rising tide lifts all ships?" In my eyes, this is the truth with Android. While people will wait patiently for a yearly release of an iPhone, Android phones are seemingly released monthly. And since there is no one company that makes Android, there is never a chance of complacency. Look at Blackberry. They were the only game for smart phones for the longest time, and when a competitor came along, they were unable to adapt fast enough. It seems like ages ago that HTC released the EVO 4G, and within 6 months of it's release, it was no longer a top tier device. I got my T-Mobile G2 when it was all the rage. Within 3 months, there were dual core phones, 3D phones and all around better phones. If Apple released an underwhelming device, like the iPhone 4S in my opinion, you have to wait another year to see if they knock your socks off.
Second on my list is the OS itself. I am a die hard Linux fan. I've been fooling with Linux for about as long as I can remember. Linux, in all of it's open source, fully customizable glory, is a great base for an OS. I greatly value the amount of control I have over my phone's OS. Apple exerts full control it's devices, and that leads to a pretty regimented user experience. This is great because they can ensure a uniform, pleasant experience. But I didn't become a programmer to play it safe and "use" a computer. I want to get in there and do some damage. I love that I can give myself super user access to my phone. I love that should I so choose, I can overclock my processor until it fries. I love having an open app market. I've read a lot of stories about Apple removing certain apps without citing reasons. I actually like it that the Android market is a free for all.Continued on the next page