Android vs iPhone: My thoughts
Here are of my opinions about iPhone and Android . . .
Android is risky. Anyone can create an app that will do anything with your phone and be able to put it on Google Play. No one will vet it for viruses or to make sure it does not steal all your data.
iTunes will only let some some apps into their market. If they see an app as risky, they will reject it. But, also, if they see an app doesn’t fit with their world view (or appears to violate their rules), they will reject that too.
Android is flexible. You can change your battery when you need to. You can expand the memory when you need it.
iPhone is polished. It is a finished product. You could give one to a child or your grandmother and they can use it.
Android is cheap. It’s about the software, not the hardware. It is the operating system for the masses.
iPhone is sturdy. If it works on one iPhone, it will work on others. Developers can say they have tested 100% that their app will work.
Android is abundant. You will have more users on Google play than on iTunes. Your app will have the largest reach globally. The third world is coming on line with Android and this is very exciting.
iPhone users buy more. They have money. For purchases, an iPhone user is more likely to buy extras and full versions of an app or make in-app purchases.
Why am I talking about Android vs iPhone and not including Windows Phone? In my opinion, Windows Phone is following the iPhone path very closely. They have no expandable memory, no developer fees to start programming, etc.
Everyone has their own opinions in the Android vs iPhone debate. I am a former iPhone user. I have a few iPhones I use for app testing, but use a Galaxy S3 in day to day life. Personally, I don’t like another company making decisions about what I can install or do with my phone.
A lot of people, including myself, talk about the parallels between a Mac and Windows when talking about Android vs iPhone. But I also think it is a lot like comparing AOL to Netscape. AOL was very polished and easy to understand. It was also expensive and inflexible. In the end, people took on more complex systems (“You use this for email and this other program for web”) so they had more flexibility. There will come a time when we, use users, feel that we don’t need all the hand-holding.