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Windows 7: iPhone vs Android - Unbiased Anaylsis

13 Apr 2012   #1

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iPhone vs Android - Unbiased Anaylsis

A friend is looking to purchase a smart phone soon and they cannot decide between an iPhone or an Android. OBBVIIOOUSSSLLYY the Android is a better pick but I want to be as fair as I can in describing them the Pros & Con of each phone. If you're bored, I would appreciate a read on the stuff below -- as well any comments/suggestions. Thank you.

Note: This is stock vs stock, no hacks. Changes using custom roms or hacked phones are not permitted for comparison.

iPhone, Android, and Windows Phone comparison
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Windows Phones are simply trash. Do not even consider buying them. Now to the real competition...

Battery Life: iPhones have superior battery life. Androids are not likely to last as long without an extended battery.

Look & Feel: This is entirely preference but I believe most feel the iPhone has a nicer, sleeker look. However, I favor Android phones due to the larger screens and the four buttons (Home, Menu, Last Screen, Search) opposed to the iPhones single(Home) button.

Syncronization Ease: The iPhone recently had an update which lets you syncronize through your wireless router, or 'the iCloud.' I'm unsure how this works, but I imagine it is mostly ideal for small files as larger files or bulk music files would take longer to syncronize. Without use of iCloud you would have to use iTunes or another application to syncronize your phone.
The Android uses the charger (USB to Micro SD adapter) to plug into your computer and drag+drop to manage files; this looks and feels as if you were moving files in Windows - no special application is needed.

Speed: The newer iPhones are fairly fast. I believe this is due to the simplicity of the platform(iOS, Apples phone software), as well the phone hardware. However, any competitive Android can match the fluidiness of iPhones with the proper hardware -- it mostly depends on which phone you buy and what hardware is inside.

Interfacing: The Android has a more flexible interface than the iPhone. The iPhone interface is very simple and basic. In order to have applications on your iPhone they must sit on your home screens, although you can place them in folders.
Androids on the other hand do not require your applications to sit on your home screen. Addtionally Androids are highly customizable. There are many applications that enhance how your Android looks and handles, as well most phones come with various preset themes.

Keyboard Use: iPhone definitely has a better stock keyboard. It does seem to flow better and is more accurate with key presses.
There are keyboard alternatives for the Android. You may not get the same feel as the iPhone but many are very close, and also offer Swype technology. There are also Androids available with sliding QWERTY keyboards.

Product Expansion & Gadgets: There are many companies which make utilities for phones. iPhones are likely to have more accessories and cases; additionally, a lot of stereos support iPod/iPhone docks which not only charge the device but produces a better sound quality than the auxiliary output.

Market Applications: iPhones offer more applications on their market, however there are many redundancies in application types -- and Android has a very competitive market as well. Over all, there is very little difference. Androids do have the ability to obtain applications outside of the market -- if you know what I mean *wink wink ... Arrrg Matey.*

Security and Stability: In the earlier stages, Androids were known to be less stable than iPhones. Androids have come a long way since, and are equally as stable as iPhones now.
Security is not an issue for either phone. There are anti-virus applications on the market, but are not even remotely needed unless you are hacking your phone and making mistakes on the way; in other words, don't waste your time with anti-virus applications.

Media Player and Media Market: Many like iTunes to easily purchase music. Android does not have a music purchase center. Additionally I find I like the navigation and feel of the music player on the iPhone as opposed to the stock Android player.
Modern Android phones do however support Flash, which is used mostly on entertainment websites. This may not be a necessity.

Voice Commands: The iPhone 4S has introduced Siri, a voice command interface capable of many things. Android does have a similar voice command feature, although not as advanced as Siri. Stock voice commands should be plenty to get you what you need on the Android though. This is more of a preference feature.

3G and 4G Networking: Andriod phones are superior in the sense of network speeds. Some Androids offer the use of 4G networks which can reach speeds of 14-18Mbps, while iPhones use 3G which can commonly only reach speeds of 1-3Mbps. Although, the iPhone 4S does use new 3G technology that can reach competetive speeds of 8-12Mbps. However -- ... both the boosted 3G speeds and 4G speeds are commonly only available in more populated areas such as large cities. These features may not apply to Maine.

Integrated Media: Android is far better for social media. The iPhone currently only supports most social media groups by third party applications while the Android has these built in. This means your notifications are more likely to come in quicker, as well flow much more smoothly with the interface and everything within the phone itself(contacts, photos, ect).

Camera Quality: The iPhone 4S has recently released an 8megapixel back camera, which is pretty decent. However, most Androids have just as good back cameras, and often better front cameras. Remember that Android hardware is dependent per phone, and the only way to be sure which is better is to test.

Phone Storage: iPhones come in the sizes of 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB. Each extra interval is an added 100$. Androids often have an internal storage of around 2-8GB, but offer SD Card storage. SD Card storage is generally 25% the price of what Apple is asking for the same storage. Additionally you can remove, replace, and expand your SD Card storage. I favor Android's storage options.

Reception and Call Quality: The iPhone 4 (not 4S) has a nasty issue with dropping calls and providing poor call quality. This is however not an issue to concern yourself with on the iPhone 4S. Android phones have no known reception or quality issues.

Carrier and Phone Options: iPhones are becoming available on more carriers on a regular basis, but at the time Android phones are more widely available. These also leads to cheaper Androids should yours become damaged outside of warranty and in need of being replaced. There are also a larger variety of Android phones.


Features
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Built in Screenshot: The iPhone has a built in screenshot option, the Android requires an application to do this. While the application works, it is more work and some times a hassel - even though an Android fan I am not impressed with them for exluding a stock screenshot feature.
Free GPS: Android is Google based, which means google features are included. Androids come equipped with a free GPS application called Navigation, which is not available on the iPhone. The iPhone does offer 'Maps' for free, which uses Google technology; this application however does not give you lane assist or detailed instructions, nor does it give you voice as Navigation does.
Wonderful Widgets: Android has widgets which are essentially small applications on your home screens. This allows you to quickly check the weather, word of the day, facebook, various other events.
Data/Storage Management: Due to Androids ability to plug and play they are much easier to manage data on, beyond the interface level. You can also clear data applications have stored on Androids, which is more difficult to perform on iPhones. This is more of a power user feature, and is likely not a concern for casual use.
Android has a cuter logo: There I said it.

Extra Thoughts
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Screen Resolution: iPhones tend to have better screen resolution, producing a sharper image. Although, I do not see this as a significant issue. If you are fine with how the picture is on the phones you preview, differentials in resolution shouldn't matter.
Software Updates: Receiving updates often means you are getting new features, and bug fixes. More consistent updates is generally better, and Apple tends to produce updates regularly. While an Android fan, I favor Apple for pushing more updates.
Which to choose: I believe, and in one quick sentence: Androids are for power users, and iPhones are for simplicity.
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13 Apr 2012   #2

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The way I look at it is this.

The apple iPhone is the standard phone that everybody uses. It's common, it's configured exactly the same and it's got great application support. There isn't much customizing available and it's more or less a one size fits all design.

The droid phone is made in different shapes and sizes. If you want a slide out keyboard you can get it. If you want a larger screen, you can get it. If you want a user replaceable battery, you can get it. With this flexibility comes a price through, in that it's not as stable, you have to pull the battery from time to time and not all apps work on all devices.

Only the user can decide which is the better fit for them. For me, it's a Droid without question. I need a physical keyboard as I hate typing on touchscreens.
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13 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post

Media Player and Media Market: Many like iTunes to easily purchase music. Android does not have a music purchase center. Additionally I find I like the navigation and feel of the music player on the iPhone as opposed to the stock Android player.
Not entirely true. Android has Google Play Music and the app for it, which you can purchase music through, and also manage your collection. Or just purchase music through the Android market (now just called "Google Play") under the Music section.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post
Reception and Call Quality: The iPhone 4 (not 4S) has a nasty issue with dropping calls and providing poor call quality. This is however not an issue to concern yourself with on the iPhone 4S. Android phones have no known reception or quality issues.
Really comes down to some specific phones and/or the current OS. Some do have known reception issues. Just for one example, there is a current issue with GSM Galaxy Nexus phones and Android 4.0.4, having data drops/signal loss while sleeping. But it is rare, yes.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post
Features
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Built in Screenshot: The iPhone has a built in screenshot option, the Android requires an application to do this. While the application works, it is more work and some times a hassel - even though an Android fan I am not impressed with them for exluding a stock screenshot feature.
Android ICS (Ice Cream Sandwich) 4.0 now has built-in native screenshot capability, without the use of any app. Most phones it's pressing the Volume Down + Power button at the same time.
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14 Apr 2012   #4

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I've used Android based devices since they came out, loved them! Key word in the sentence being LOVED lol. I recently swapped my HTC Inspire for the iPhone 4s. At first I was a bit angry with apple because I swear they sold out my email address due to the 15+ emails I received not an hour after activation from various retailers (Viagra, Fingerhut, amazingbestcheftips, etc.) first off I'm 25, pretty sure ED is not a problem with me. Anyway after filtering out the spam mail and fighting with the facebook app, I started liking the phone more and more. There is just so much stuff that cooperates with iPhone and other apple devices that the other hardware just can't stack up with. I've had the phone for about a month now and I may just turn into another apple hardware junkie like 75% of the world's population lol
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14 Apr 2012   #5

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by R4G3 Qw1t View Post
There is just so much stuff that cooperates with iPhone and other apple devices that the other hardware just can't stack up with.
Absolutely true. I purchased a Droid based device for Christmas, and my kids received a DVD which had a "digital copy" option. I tried to use it, and on my droid, it says the license key is invalid. It seems doing research that many droid users get this, while Apple users are just fine. Contacting the vendor resulted in an answer like, "yeah, it may or may not work on Droid, if you want to be sure it works, just use an Apple device". Yeah, no thanks. I'd rather go without it then be stuck with 1 vendor. And I easily worked around the issue by ripping the DVD and then using Handbrake to transfer it to my Droid tablet. < But I can understand others who wouldn't want to jump through the extra hoops that I did.
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14 Apr 2012   #6

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I'm running Android 2.3.4, HTC Sense 2.1, Debloated ROM Ginger BreadRock v3.1a and it has no screenshot option, neither did the stock ROM. Every other custom ROM I tried did have a screenshot option though. It is probably something included in newer ROMs.

I overlooked the music section in the store. In my rush at the time, I selected music under Apps, which only showed me applications and not actual music.

As far as bugs and crashes I wouldn't consider that much of a problem for Android. I've definitely crashed my phone a few times but it's always been from me messing with things I shouldn't of been touching. Even when Android does crash, it recovers quickly. My girlfriend has an iPhone 4 which experienced a good handful of bugs I had work out after their recent iCloud update. She's also had her phone crash hard on her a couple times forcing a restore, and she doesn't go outside the standard stuff.

There has been some good information here though, and I will update my text document. Thanks a bunch, and if you have any more to add please do.
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14 Apr 2012   #7

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post
I'm running Android 2.3.4, HTC Sense 2.1, Debloated ROM Ginger BreadRock v3.1a and it has no screenshot option, neither did the stock ROM. Every other custom ROM I tried did have a screenshot option though. It is probably something included in newer ROMs.

Like I stated in my post above, the screenshot option is built-in with Android OS ICS 4.0 and on, even in the stock non-rooted OS. Older 2.0 - Froyo/Gingerbread doesn't have it built-in.

If your friend was going to purchase an Android phone, ideally you would most likely want to get a new phone that was running ICS (4.0 -). Hence, you would have the native screenshot capability.
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15 Apr 2012   #8

Win 7 Ultimate 64-bit SP1 (desktop)
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by vpwin7 View Post
Which to choose: I believe, and in one quick sentence: Androids are for power users, and iPhones are for simplicity.
For the most part, I would agree with this ^^ summary.

There is something to be said for the software/hardware integration of iOS, but some of the higher-end Android phones are very impressive spec-wise.

Having had both iOS and now Android, I'd choose Android, due to the greater freedom to se things up the way you like. Also, the screen on the newest iPhone and Touch, as crystal clear as it is, is too darned small after having my 5" Android device to play around with.

But if I was buying one for my mother, for example, it would be the iPhone.....I wouldn't feel like I had to tutor her.
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15 Apr 2012   #9

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

I prefer the iPhone but there are some limitations that annoy me.
1 can't use the phone as temporary storage, sometimes you just want to copy a file to your phone to take with you.
2 can't copy images to it using the sd card reader unless you make a dcim folder and put images in there first.
3 iTunes sometimes runs sluggish on my fast computer

Other than that, I really like my iPhone 4s and iPad 2.
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15 Apr 2012   #10

windows 7 home premium 64bit.
 
 

weighing up the pros and cons

iphone pros

millions of apps
less likely to get a virus on a iphine as itunes check all apps loaded on to the app store
very stylish
good apple support
retina display
slim design

cons of iphone
no memory card slot
longer phone contract
more expensive
no outsider apps unless jailbroken
easy to smash
accsesories can be quite expensive

Android pros

lots of customizible options
more 3rd party apps
cheaper
shorter contracts
less easy to break
accsessories cheaper than iphone
cheaper warrantys

android cons

a touch screen not as responsive as the iphone
no retina display
larger in width
more likely to get a virus
battery life not that good
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