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October 21, 2010

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Android VS. Iphone

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Apple Computers latest financial reports indicate a 61% increase in IPhones sold over the same 3rd quarter as last year. Yet in spite of the record sales for IPhone fueled by IPhone 4 it seems that the Android army has exceeded those figures.

While Steve and Cupertino Whiz Kidz have managed to grab a huge chunk of the Smartphone biz, Android still beats them.

Apples “Closed” Operating system IoS4 may be beneficial in it’s tight connection with Apple ONLY manufactured handsets, however the limitations imposed by Apples obvious inability to meet both demand and it’s restrictive conditions on Cellular carriers give Android an advantage.

The fundamental advantage of allowing Android to develop due to it’s Open Source status clearly gives it yet another advantage over Apple. Several major Smartphone manufacturers, each equally as large and far more experienced than Apple give Android yet another serious leg up. One can certainly argue that the Motorola, Samsungs, Sony Ericsson, HTC, and LG’s are rolling out record varieties of handsets. Compare that with Apple refreshing it’s ONE annual offering….well….annually.

I have seen more than one frustrated Potential IPhone 4 customer jump the fence and leave the store with a Pocket friendly Android. You couple that with a much larger choice of carriers than ONE!!!

While Apples operating system modifications clearly relate to garnering new users and keeping old ones happy, Android has a WORLDWIDE base of FREE developers that are constantly adding and improving Android. Imagine having a limitless army of free programmers that are as good or better than those paid by Apple.

The HUGE R&D budgets spent collectively by Android handset makers surely exceeds that of Apple. Add to the fact that there is a much greater selection of handsets than one. The handset competition amongst the larger players adds features regularly with each new incarnation of model. This basic principal of competitive behavior will far outweigh any effort by Apple once a year. The other major consideration is the amount of frustrated Apple fans that have been frustrated and angered by their inability to buy the latest fruit from Apples orchard…..the IPhone 4.

This writer, an avid IPhone user of the 2G, 3G, 3GS could only tolerate a two month wait before abandoning the Apple orchard for the first shuttle to DroidLand. One feature that Apple has yet to consider is a slideout keyboard. This feature, first seen on the hugely popular HTC-T-Mobile G-1 has been successfully followed by Motorolas Droid/Milestone and the very recent launch if HTC-TMobile’s G2 and HTC Desire Z. These keyboard based models demonstrate how popular the hybrid large screen physical keyboard models can be.

Apples unwillingness to embrace this in their designs will serve to insure that the IPhone will not be seriously considered as a business tool. Androids true multitasking, removable memory, customizable Roms, and removable battery will keep an IPhone out of the hands of individuals wanting and needing these features.

Hardware upgradeability is becoming more and more of a serious consideration in a rapidly changing world if technology. While there are those that find certain merits in the IPhone, the advantages offered by Android and it’s vast selection of handsets (Wikipedia lists 85 handsets as of today) will guarantee an rapidly growing advantage for Android.

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  • Joeblank

    Don't you mean Android vs. iOS not Apple since you are comparing OS's

  • http://twitter.com/mrl14 Michael Levine

    You fail to realize the value in what Apple is doing and you are falling right into the trap that Google and others spread regarding open vs closed. The Android experience is different on every device you use. It's a horrible experience for users and the hardware it runs on sucks (see nexus one). Slide out keyboards or keyboards in general are for users who are stuck in the 90's afraid of change. So hardware manufacturers think that by selling a mixed touch/keyboard you can have the best of both worlds. Well this is clearly not working (see why the torch sucks).

    Apple doesn't care that there are 500 android phones out there or that Android sales are beating iOS (in fact, if you look at the recent #s, Apple is activating more phones per day then Google is with Android). You need to look beyond the Phone and look to the OS. Apple is training a new generation on iOS. Kids are growing up using an iPod touch, who instantly know how to use an iPhone, who instantly know how to use an iPad, who (come 10.7+) will instantly know how to use a Mac. It's the halo effect that will in the end trump everyone, because when you buy an Apple product, the user experience is the same, no matter what product you use and it just works.

    You can give all the excuses you want for now using an iPhone 4, but the fact that Apple was able to pummel RIM with a phone that has 2 known issues, shows you that people want iOS devices and as soon as a CDMA phone is release…well there will be no reason to choose Android.