Coke or Pepsi; Nokia or Cannon; Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts; Jolie or Aniston; Nike or Adidas; Madonna or Gaga, ANROID or iPhone? Yes, it seems that the latest and most heated debate is between iPhone and Android users. As a Blackberry user I feel that I can discuss this matter in a non-objective way and stay completely neutral. Knowing that people feel very passionate about this topic, I will be sensitive in addressing the question: which one is better?!
The iPhone first stole our hearts in the summer of 2007 with its chic touch screen design and life-changing apps. That was until the Linux-based operating system better known as the Android popped up on the market in the fall of 2008. Since then, there has been a non-stop competition of “mine’s better than yours.”
So what is the difference? The iPhone runs on Apple’s IOS operating system and it’s available on only three carriers: AT&T, Verizon and Sprint. The iPhone is compatible with iTunes and Apple products; its key features being an 8-mexapixel camera and the Siri voice assistant. Androids run on Google’s mobile operating system and are available on all carriers. However, unlike the iPhone, not all Androids are created equal… capabilities range from budget to super premium. Androids are most compatible with Google services and offer features such as free voice navigations and very customizable voice actions. Most apps are available on both iPhones and Androids, which is convenient because one thing Android and IPhone users can agree on is that it’s all about the apps when they are deciding which smart phone to purchase.
Who’s in first place? According to the most recent study done by Nielson, Apple and Android accounted for 80% of all smart phone purchases in the 2nd quarter of 2011. It seems Android is currently winning the competition, as it accounted for more than half of that 80%. When we break it down by gender, Android has won over the ladies with 51% preferring Android; while 51% of men prefer the iPhone. Just this month at CES 2012, the largest consumer technology tradeshow, Android seem to dominate with their newest version, Android 4.0, which is going to be available on phones, TVs and even cameras. However, the competition stays strong as Apple is expected to release the iPhone 5 this summer, so stay tuned.
Maybe someday Android and iPhone will be able to live together in harmony, but until then, it’s every phone for itself.
- Katherine Cohen, Creative Services Coordinator
Photo courtesy of Flickr user Helico