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Monday, June 2, 2014

The Great Great Smartphone Debate

A long heated debate that never seems to die down is which type of smartphone is better, Android or Apple? I worked in the smartphone business for a good period of time, so I am going to give you my opinion on the matter. Let me start off with some of the major differences between the two. Just to clarify Apple uses iOS as the operating system for their phones and Android is the OS developed by Google. The operating system is the software that manages your phones resources and applications.

One of the first differences is that a large amount of phone manufacturers use the Android software, whereas Apple is the only one using iOS. Some of the popular brands that use Android are Samsung, HTC, LG, Motorola, and Huawei. The nice thing about this is that you have more styles of
phones to choose from (big screens, little screens, etc). On the other hand, iOS is currently only being used on Apple phones and it may stay that way forever! Secondly, Android offers a lot of customization on the screen of their phones by using widgets. Widgets are customizable applications that you can place on your screen which display readily available information (i.e. a weather app widget that shows your city, temperature, and chance of rain). These widgets display information without you actually having to open the app. Apple iOS doesn't currently offer these types of widgets on their phones. Third, with Android you download your music, apps, movies, books, etc. through the Google Play Store. In order to download these items, Google makes you sign up for a Gmail account (whether you decide to actually use it for email is up to you). With Apple iOS, you use several different apps to download content such as the App Store, iTunes, and Newstand. Contrary to Android, Apple lets you use your existing email account as your Apple ID in order to download content from their stores. Fourth, Android is less strict on the type of applications made available in their marketplace. Apple on the other hand has a very rigid hold on what is released in their App Store, which for security sake is good, but variety not so much.

With that being said, I have owned both types of phones and my favorite one is currently..............Apple. I must say though that my favor is only slight because there are some awesome Android phones available. One thing that gives Apple the edge in my mind is the sleek, slender, and smooth design of their phones. You can tell they really put tremendous work into their design and they don't make their phones feel "cheap."Additionally, the user experience with the different apps and the iOS software is exceptional. Let the debate continue!!