In the end I use my phone to text, call, listen to pandora, and use social media. That's what most people use their phones for and both platforms do all of those things just fine. So in the end it doesn't matter. Pick which one feels better in your hand.
However, There's a few of reasons why I think Android is superior.
Way more customization out of the box. It's really no contest. Sure "I can jailbreak" but people don't want to HAVE to do that to simply get a widget. A desktop full of icons is ugly, so is a homescreen. iOS simply needs to allow users more control. Now I enjoy rooting and romming my phone. I enjoy the fact that I can flash different things independently and I quite literally cannot brick my phone in the process and do it very easily. And don't even get me started on how awesome launchers are.
Android to me feels more intuitive. There's been a lot of talk about the back button. Yes iOS has them, but they're all over the place. The back button is different from app to app. On android it's always in the same place and I know exactly what it will do when I press it. Notifications on Android blew iOS out of the water until apple copied the notification bar. It might be because I'm so used to android, but everything feels exactly where it shoudl be (excluding the music app. What an unintuitive mess)
Apple forces you to use itunes. Yuck.... Yuck yuck yuck yuck yuck. I don't even want to go into it. I hate iTunes as do many people
Variation. Simply put - 1 iPhone to pick from, 45234654435 android phones to pick from.
Apple is falling behind. They release a phone once a year. That's an absolutely horrible strategy to compete with android. The past couple releases Apple introduced features Android has had for months. I mean, Apple JUST introduced LTE and screen bigger than 3.5 inches. Is that a joke? The processor in the 4s was dual core 800mhz. That was under powered when it released, and the only reason why the phone ran so smoothly on first glance was because they sacrificed productivity for user experience.
The only areas I think the iPhone is superior in are the camera, and build quality. iPhone pictures always look better. I haven't tried some one the newer android big dogs (one x, s3 and whatever razr moto put out this week) but I have a galaxy nexus and it's 5mp camera sucks outside of how insanely fast it is. So does the 8mp on my thunderbolt. Iphone pics always look fantastic.
Android is hit or miss with the build quality. I dislike how plasticky my Gnexus feels. I'd like something that felt more sturdy. Moto does a good job usually as their phones are usually metal and solid, But I really dislike plastic phones. Iphones feel well built and high quality. The also look nice.
I would have put fluidity into the category of where Apple wins, but anyone who has used JellyBean knows that android is now just as smooth as iOS
So that's a short list on how I feel. But my biggest issue with the iPhone isn't the actual phone nor is it iOS. It's Apple. I think they're a sleazy company, and I think Jobs was a sleazy businessman. They blatantly steal ideas and concepts from other companies, and then have the balls to sue everyone over their "innovations" even though those innovations have already been around for months/years. And I'm not basing that over the most recent cases with samsung, they've been pulling this crap for years. I don't want to support a company like that at all.
I have a Galaxy Nexus right now and I'm about 6 months into my 2 year. I'm starting to fall out of the romming game, i now just rom for better battery life and a feature here and there. I now use my phone primarily for very simple functions like I said in the beginning. I've been with android since the OG and I'd like something new. I would very seriously consider an iPhone is it wasn't made by Apple. It's very comfortable for those basic tasks, which is why people cling to the phrase "it just works". But s said I can't willingly support apple to I've been looking more into Windows Phones. The OS seems like it's very underrated and I enjoy the simplicity of it. Might be a breath of fresh air.
This post has been edited by `kook: 17 September 2012 - 12:22 AM
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