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ipad vs androidIf you’re looking at buying a smartphone, you’re probably going to buy an Android device or an iPhone (sorry, Microsoft). What’s the difference, and which should you choose? We recently gave the pro-iPhone side of the story 5 Reasons To Choose iPhone Over Android [Opinion] 5 Reasons To Choose iPhone Over Android [Opinion] If you’re considering buying your first smartphone, you’ve got a fairly big decision to make. As well as choosing a carrier, plan and minimum contract period you then have to trawl through the barrage of... Read More , and now in the interests of balance, it’s time for to put forward the case for Android.

Google’s Android and Apple’s iOS aren’t just competing operating systems with different software; they’re radically different platforms. Apple provides a locked-down, restricted environment, while Android provides freedom, flexibility and choice. I bet some of you are already itching to comment on this one – remember to share your perspective in the comments.

You Can Run Any App You Want

Apple exercises ironfisted control over what you can do with your own phone – iOS is a walled garden. Exercising control over the app store is one thing, but it’s more pernicious than that. Apple prevents your phone – or rather, their phone – from running anything that doesn’t appear in the app store.

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Here’s an example of why this is bad. Apple originally banned Google Voice from the app store. Apple didn’t allow Google Voice apps on the iPhone because they “duplicate features that come with the iPhone“. Gee, it’s a good thing Microsoft didn’t think of that – if they had, you wouldn’t be able to run iTunes on your Windows PC because it competes with Windows Media Player. The US government stepped in, and now you can run Google Voice on your iPhone Make Free Calls from iPhone With The Official Google Voice App Make Free Calls from iPhone With The Official Google Voice App Read More .

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You Can Customize Your Phone

Although Google Voice is on the iPhone, it can’t be as deeply integrated with your phone. On Android, Google Voice can hook into the built-in dialer, so all calls will go through Google Voice. Android allows apps to replace and modify parts of the OS that are untouchable on an iPhone.

Custom keyboards for Android can provide new input methods (and themes, if that’s your thing). Swype and other keyboards Type Effortlessly & Quickly In Multiple Languages With SlideIT [Android 1.5+] Type Effortlessly & Quickly In Multiple Languages With SlideIT [Android 1.5+] Tapping out a text message on a touchscreen is not my idea of a good time. Annoying typos happen, and even once you gain some skill, the process still feels irritating. I first heard about... Read More allow you to slide your finger over the letters you want to type instead of hunting and pecking. It sounds a bit odd at first, but it’s very intuitive (and fast!) once you try it.

why choose android or iphone

Android also allows custom home screens. People complain about the launchers that come with Android phones, but you can replace them if you don’t want them – just install one of the many third-party launchers Three Great 3D Launchers To Revamp Your Android Phone Homescreen Three Great 3D Launchers To Revamp Your Android Phone Homescreen While basic 3D has been easily accomplished on computers for over a decade, it’s still rather novel on smartphones. The hardware inside these devices is just starting to become sufficient for displaying truly impressive graphics.... Read More from the Market. Home screens, even the built-in ones, also support widgets 6 Handy Android Widgets for Your Homescreen 6 Handy Android Widgets for Your Homescreen The Android homescreen is a central hub for your most used apps and folders. It is also a great location for placing widgets that provide a quick overview of what is going on in the... Read More , so you can see rich information without opening an app.

why choose android or iphone

Or, how about Tasker Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim Tasker For Android: A Mobile App That Caters to Your Every Whim When it comes to device automation, there's just one 900-lb gorilla in the Android space, and that's Tasker. True, Llama is an awesome free automation app, but it doesn't aim for Tasker's full power. Tasker... Read More ? It digs deep into the innards of your phone in a way that no iPhone app could and lets you create all sorts of automatic tasks. Tasker can automatically turn off the Wi-Fi at night, mute your phone when you’re in a specific location, and more.

You Have More Hardware Choice

Henry Ford once said that a customer could have any color of car they wanted – as long as it was black. Apple takes the same approach to hardware choice.

Do you think the iPhone’s 3.5-inch screen is too small? Android’s screen size is negotiable – some phones have massive, 4.65-inch screens, while some have tiny, 2.8-inch screens.

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Looking for a cheap smartphone? You’ll find cheaper Android smartphones at the low end. Older iPhones may be available for $0 with a contract in some places, but you won’t find cheap iPhones that come without a contract.

Do you want 4G speeds? You’ll need an Android phone. There are also Android phones with physical keyboards, phones with 3D displays, phones designed for gaming and phones with a stylus.

You Can Escape Apple’s Censorship

When you buy an iPhone, you’re allowing Apple to censor content on your phone. Apple recently banned “Phone Story”, a satirical game that criticized labor practices at all smartphone manufacturing factories. They said it depicted “violence or abuse of children” which is kind of the point. A similar game would not have been banned from the Android Market. Even if it was, you could download and install it straight from the developer.

In the past, Apple has also banned a Pulitzer Prize-winning satirist’s app from the app store. Apple explained that they don’t allow “content that ridicules public figures” on your phone. Bad press forced them to back down in this case, but people who haven’t won Pulitzer Prizes would likely be out of luck.

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You Can Use Custom ROMs

I hear you iPhone fans out there – you’re saying that this doesn’t matter because you can jailbreak your iPhone Jailbreaking & iOS: The Pros and Cons of Voiding Your Warranty Jailbreaking & iOS: The Pros and Cons of Voiding Your Warranty Have you been feeling the need to jailbreak recently? With the latest tools, freeing your iPhone, iPod Touch or iPad (not iPad 2) is as easy and accessible as it’s likely to get. There are... Read More . But Apple works hard to ensure jailbreaks are reversed when you update your iPhone’s OS, and they fought to make jailbreaking illegal in the US. Not just against the terms of service, but illegal. As in an actual crime.

The Android equivalent of jailbreaking is called “rooting” 3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone 3 Cool Things You Can Do With A Rooted Android Phone By now you will know that there are a bunch of us here at MakeUseOf that love Android phones. Paul's article on writing an Android app is a good example of how thoroughly we dig... Read More and you can also install customized operating systems on your device (known as custom ROMs How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device How to Install a Custom ROM on Your Android Device Ready to revitalize your Android phone or tablet? Installing a custom ROM is the best way to do that -- powering it up with even better performance and features. Read More ). Android manufacturers don’t go out of their way to make this extra difficult – some even help you do it.

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Android is open-source, so the modding community has a lot more freedom and flexibility when it comes to tweaking it for your device. It’s your phone, and you can do whatever you want with it.

Conclusion

There are other advantages to Android. Google Navigation is amazing. iTunes isn’t necessary for Android. Google Wallet Google Introduces Wallet & Offers, Puts Your Credit Card In Your Smartphone [News] Google Introduces Wallet & Offers, Puts Your Credit Card In Your Smartphone [News] Google today announced two new services that seek to change the way consumers make purchases: Google Wallet and Google Offers. Wallet, which begins field tests today and should be available publicly this summer, gives Android... Read More promises to, one day, make the wallet obsolete.

There’s no denying that Android has problems and that Apple’s ironfisted control can make some things more convenient for iPhone users. But I’d rather have the choice, freedom and flexibility that comes with Android.

I’m sure many of you already have an iPhone or an Android phone – why did you choose your favorite device? Did I miss your favorite Android feature? Let me know in the comments!

Image Credit: Alan Levine, Mike Babcock, Johan Larsson

  1. Nick M.
    October 14, 2016 at 12:18 am

    I know this is an old topic. But I wanted to weigh in. Because of the problems plaguing the note 7 I have been looking at android and iphones more closely and came across this article and the why choose an iPhone article.
    My entire family has and loves iphones and jumps iPhone to iPhone whenever they have an upgrade available with Verizon. I made my first smart phone transition from a ENV Touch to a Droid Bionic and found it buggy but the right phone for me. I'm the most tech savvy in the family who cares about display and processing power and the parts under the hood more than the rest of them. I went from the Droid Bionic to the HTC 8X windows phone which was a poor choice I had so many issues and couldn't take it. When my next upgrade came around I switched to the Note 4 which is what got me really sold on Note phone's and android phones. I always hated the bloatware and wasn't the biggest fan of the skin overlays from Samsung but the rest of android phones I loved including the S pen. I went to the note edge and than just switched to the Note 7 upon release getting a free Gear Fit 2 in the process with the promotion.
    Its hard for me to want to give up my note 7 now for the second time. I became attached to the note series the way I'm attached to having a specific hair stylist. I will admit I never truly used android to it's fullest customization possibilities. And its harder to do that now being a Pokémon Go fan when they made Go not function on rooted phones anymore as a way to stop hackers and bots.
    Now with the note 7 issues I am a little torn between the IPhone 7 plus and the Pixel XL and am leaning towards the Pixel. The reasons are as you stated Chris about apple's way or the high way and more open freedom on the android. I have had concerns with Apple business practices for years and swore I'd never get an iPhone. Every iPhone feels like an iPhone looks like an iPhone I don't see much innovation from one to the next. And when the Pixel comes out a lot of the camera and display and other specs on the IPhone 7 will be outdated.
    I just feel a little shaken after losing my note 7 not once but now twice and am hesitant about preordering a Pixel until a wait and see how safe it is and has any tech issues and bugs. There still isn't a lot known about the Pixel. How will I like the texting keyboard compared to my Note 7? compared to my parents IPhone? I did not like the keyboard on the iPhone personally I have thick larger fingers. I can cover a full octave when playing the piano in one hand. So the keyboard fit me better on a Note phone. I don't love the look of the S7 after having a Note 7. The home screen looks dated now and the camera certainly is.
    If I go with the Pixel I will try and learn to maximize my use of android software with customization and other features.
    when it comes to play store versus ITunes I really don't have any purchases on google play store I'd miss if I switched to an iphone. And I have had a Ipad for years so I have a collection of movies, tv shows and tons of songs built up that I could benefit from using having an IPhone. But I don't really need to have them on an IPhone if I keep using an Ipad. Having an Android phone lets me use both systems. I do prefer the look and feel of the apple watch over the Gear S2 but I'm not sure it's enough to sway me over.
    I have serious concerns over freedom if you switch over to the so called "cult" people call Apple. It all seems convenient to have Apple store's and everything works together efficiently keeping it all simple for the user. The user knows what works with what and that it will function well together and you have any support you need. But does the support and ease of picking out devices and products that compliment each other come with a ball and chain? Does Apple make its customers wear blinders and sell them only the services they have approved for their devices as opposed to having an open market of let people create what they want and bring it to our phones? Is it really my IPhone or is it in complete control of Apple and it only feels like my IPhone?
    Google Pixel is coming out with easy customer service access and direct updates on android without the bloatware it seems to compete directly with Apple service. I find that interesting and a welcome challenge to hopefully push Apple to innovate a little harder next time.
    These are the questions and things I am researching to decide which phone is best for me at this point in my life all the while having a potentially dangerous phone that could go off at the odds of winning the lottery. Slim chance of explosion but still possible.
    I have to think about the future as I grow older and get through college more and into my next field. How are cell phone services over seas for both android and Apple? I'm looking at a study abroad next year. And am an art major pursuing a career in fashion so I plan to be international job wise down the road.
    So the question I'm trying to find an answer to. Is which phone is right for me? Do I stick with android or has Samsung completely shattered my faith in reliability and safety and do I jump ship to an IPhone where my entire family is happy?

  2. Shiva
    July 3, 2012 at 1:19 pm

    Thanks a lot Chris... I'm from India...I'm a vey low end phone user seeking an upgrade to Android or iOS... iPhone prices are very high here.. The iPhone 16Gb in US is just $199... in India it's 41,000 Rupees($760 @ 54rupees/dollar). So I had a fix between Sony Ericsson Xperia U and iPhone(thought of asking my US friend to FedEx it.. so that can jail break)... as both were of same price $299...

    But this review clearly stated of the problems with jailbreak... Thanks a lot Chris... So I've decided... Android or nothing...

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 3, 2012 at 11:50 pm

      Thanks, Shiva! To be fair, a lot of people do like iPhones. I personally don't like Apple's tactics, but the software itself is slick. People should make their own decisions -- I would never tell anyone they shouldn't buy an iPhone if they're making an informed decision and that's what they really want.

      • Shiva
        July 4, 2012 at 1:12 am

        What do u say abt Sony Xperia's performance in case of Android Chris??? I have Xperia U(after it get's ICS ugrade.. by the time it will be Diwali here) in mind....

      • Shiva
        July 4, 2012 at 1:20 am

        Chris... now i'm well informed... I just have a pc... so can't take it everywhere if i need o change songs from pc... Also I've started to learn Android programming... so ... I'll go with Xperia

        • Chris Hoffman
          July 6, 2012 at 12:45 am

          I'm not all that familiar with the Xperia -- like many fans, I love stock Android devices (the Nexus line) because they'll get updates fast and won't be cluttered with bloatware.

          Unfortunately, the Galaxy Nexus is a bit behind the times compared to the HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III, hardware-wise.

        • Martian
          July 12, 2012 at 9:14 am

          But Nexus, galaxy sIII and HTC one X are all way costly bro...

        • Chris Hoffman
          July 17, 2012 at 1:48 am

          Yeah, it depends on what you want -- the Galaxy Nexus is cheap these days though, $350 unlocked in the US. That's cheap for a smartphone.

          Of course, it depends what you're looking for. I myself am using a cheaper device at the moment and holding on to buy a new one -- possibly one of the new Nexus phones that will be out at some point this year.

  3. JohnS
    July 2, 2012 at 11:17 pm

    I think another big point of Apple's iPhones, as well as most Apple products is that they are rarely tech market cutting edge, though both Apple & Android often are cutting edge in innovation. For example when a brand new Apple product rolls out they rarely have the most cutting edge camera or processor specs or available hd space. Android's phones were typically boasting 8mp cameras while iPhone's were far substandard. Another important phone feature of iPhone's (that was only recently addressed in their optimum & most expensive phone) was that the iPhones have never worked immediately out of the box. What kind of phone doesn't work until you go home and plug it into a computer first? And the computer must have iTunes downloaded. Which is no small file, especially if you have a slow data connection. Apple didn't seem to care about places around the world & in the US who didn't have computers as commonplace or in every home or people who didn't have fast data connections. I think these are important about iPhones and Apple products on a whole, and says a lot about the company!

    • Chris Hoffman
      July 3, 2012 at 11:52 pm

      I believe I've heard that the latest iPhones don't have to be synced with iTunes (or was that just iPads?).

      Still, you're right -- the hardware is way behind. Compare an iPhone to the Samsung Galaxy S III, say -- it's the latest powerhouse. Significantly less RAM, no NFC, no 4G, significantly smaller screen size...

  4. shaurya boogie
    June 21, 2012 at 11:37 am

    How about windows mango vs android vs iOS? however, jailbreak is illegal which voids guarantee.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 21, 2012 at 11:07 pm

      Not actually illegal these days, although Apple says it voids the warranty.

      A post comparing all three smartphone platforms would be a great idea, though! Someone who's used all of them should handle it -- I've never touched a Windows Phone device.

  5. Fitzgerald R
    June 6, 2012 at 12:15 am

    I find posts like this funny. Number one you say you can install any app you want - if that app is good why can't it get listed in AppStore or GooglePlay? This apps can easily bring malware and viruses. Look at windows! If they had an AppStore we wouldn't be speaking of windows malware.
    Next, applications in AppStore create revenue for developers whether through ads or purchases. Allowing installation of apps outside AppStore creates piracy. That's why most developers take time to make iPhone apps because they are worthy it.
    Reason 2, u can customize ur iPhone too. U can change the small widgets and place them anywhere. As for the keyboard who needs a different keyboard? Have you used an iPhone 4S keyboard? Even someone with a large thumb like me can type really fast. I just typed all this using the iPhone.
    High end Andoids are NOT cheap as you would want to suggest. Some of us are okay with the 3.5".
    As for custom ROMs it's optional just like jailbreak!
    Lastly an iPhone is not locked as you claim tell me how it's locked! Android users say they love to customize phone. Which customization? Widgets or home screen or wallpapers?
    PS: write a post saying what an Android can do that iPhone can't then you can convince me otherwise.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 8, 2012 at 12:47 am

      Well, maybe the app does something the platform creator didn't approve of -- for example, Apple blocked Google Voice from the iPhone for a long time. Apple is currently blocking OnLive from the iPad. It also censors apps with content it doesn't approve of, like Phone Story, a game critical of Apple's iPhone development process. When Apple censors an app, you can't get the app without jailbreaking your device.

      After jailbreaking, you can also install pirated apps. I understand there's a thriving app piracy community for iOS with easy installation, but I haven't heard about anything like this for Android.

      And at least Google's lawyers didn't try to make custom ROMs and rooting illegal! Apple's lawyers did.

      At the end of the day, I prefer an open platform where I can do what I want. It's my device, and I'll run the software I want to run without Apple trying to make that illegal and control what I can and can't do.

    • Katestramenos
      March 6, 2016 at 2:08 pm

      "As for the keyboard who needs a different keyboard?"
      There! That's exactly the mindset of i-garbage users. "It's ok, I don't need freedom. I feel safe when I'm being told what I can/can't do. I -need- to be policed even when it comes to my phone. Freedom is for 'pirates' & 'terrorists' anyways..."
      & you wonder why i-garbage is a top seller in US... (Oops, did I say that loud?)

  6. Anonymous
    June 4, 2012 at 10:01 am

    A very good article.
    Apple is for people who like their phones as it is but android is for people who'd like to get the most out of their phones and apple is highly over priced.

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 5, 2012 at 10:23 am

      High-end Android phones can be pretty expensive, too. Apple does have really high profit margins, though -- no wonder they make so much money.

      It's funny to me that people cheer on Apple for making their piles of cash when it means that Apple products could be so much cheaper and Apple would still make a healthy profit.

  7. Ben
    June 4, 2012 at 9:54 am

    i dont like the iphones keyboard, i dont like the small screen
    in android u got OPTIONS!!

    • Chris Hoffman
      June 5, 2012 at 10:24 am

      Very true! I was surprised that the Galaxy Note did so well, but it shows that lots of people want something different -- you can get that with an open platform like Android, which is really cool.

  8. yocahu
    June 2, 2012 at 3:03 pm

    When you mention advantages people are quick to say that its not and advantage. When one says you can add memory or and extra battery, run non market apps, customize your home screen, try different ROMs, not use Itunes, people are quick to say who wants that. Well, I do but besides that I think it's good that we have the choice to decide if we do.
    And cheap smartphones are not a bad thing. It makes if affordable to people that can't spend over $300 for a phone that at the end of the day will do the same thing. After rooting them and putting a custom ROM you get a lot of bang for your buck.
    Also "Those Who Sacrifice Liberty For Security Deserve Neither: :-)

    • Yocahu
      June 2, 2012 at 3:12 pm

      I remember the original Iphone didn't have multitasking and this was mentioned as a good thing to prevent crashes. ;-)

  9. Eric Dube
    May 29, 2012 at 3:32 am

    I own both an atrix 4g and a iPhone 4s and I like my atrix a lot more it runs faster you can do a lot more on it since I was a lil boy I always wanted a iPhone but this new android os is really neet but I also own a Samsung focus 2 and I'm telling ya windows will eventually be the leader it's a faster os and it used less ram to operate so for all android lovers windows will be the best bye 2015 I love my atrix more than any phone but windows will go long ways bye. 2015

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 30, 2012 at 1:04 am

      Interesting to see Windows Phone getting so much love. Competition is definitely a good thing for everyone.

      • Jo
        May 30, 2012 at 6:29 pm

        I was once a faithful iPhone user until someone flashed their oh so pretty Galaxy Skyrocket S2 in my face. As a friend once said, "I loved my iPhone, but I will never go back". Ditto!

        • Chris Hoffman
          May 31, 2012 at 1:31 pm

          Whatever the case, it's great that there are multiple competing platforms. This isn't 10 years ago when everyone used Windows.

  10. activated
    May 15, 2012 at 8:33 pm

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  11. melvz
    May 14, 2012 at 3:28 am

    Chris, many thanks for this article!

    It gives me a better idea of which device to choose when I buy my next smartphone.

    You can also check out the latest in touch screens at http://www.touchscreenstoday.com

  12. Applet
    May 6, 2012 at 1:23 pm

    Haha! I was just like you, thinking android is better and blah blah blah! But when I got my first iPhone, which was a 4s, it was awesome! Sure I missed some android stuff but apple had more than enough to keep me going. And when I thought things couldn't be better, I jail broke it, and it was awesome!!

    • Chris Hoffman
      May 7, 2012 at 4:55 am

      Hey, use what works for you!

      Personally, I've drawn a line in the sand as far as iOS goes -- it's a closed platform and you can only use what Apple lets you. I don't want closed platforms. I want open platforms where people can do what they want with their own devices.

      So, yes -- line in the sand. It doesn't matter how good the iPhone or iOS is to me, if Android didn't exist I'd give up on mobile.

      I suppose I'd a bit crazy and idealistic.

      (Sure, you can jailbreak if you want to void your warranty, but Apple's lawyers wanted to make that illegal. Yuck.)

  13. Raulnayak
    March 26, 2012 at 6:11 am

    First off, Im very impressed with makeuseof and especially Chris. Good job man!! Never seen a writer who makes sure to reply to every comment on his post. Second,
    I do agree with every aspect of the post. I being an android user myself love the user interface and being a geek, I always want to find ways to mod(modify) my phoone in as many ways as I can! Well for those who think iphone is better coz of the user interface, I'd rather buy and android, Use free apps like Go Launcher and give my phone a make over with a totally identical Windows phone 7 interface or even iphone for that matter. Does ios allow that? I dont think so. In my country,India, iphone is just a way of showing off that you are rich and nothing else. But now, costlier android have made many indians, who want to show off, ditch their iphones and go for phones like Samsung Galaxy S2, Motorola Atrix 2 and Galaxy note. So, In india atleast, the only reason why people were buying iphone has been defeated by the android..

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

      Thanks for the compliments, Raulnayak!

      iPhones are definitely a status symbol to some degree, just like the original iPods were at the time. But then, any type of expensive smartphone can be a status symbol, so that all makes sense.

  14. Angelo
    March 23, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    Of course there is a lot of spam among comments, and these spammers are stupid, because they DID NOT notice that links are "no follow". Get a life idiots!

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 26, 2012 at 9:42 pm

      Hah, very true, Angelo! The most the spammers will get is a few accidental clicks. But it certainly won't help their Google search rankings.

      • Angelo
        March 26, 2012 at 9:45 pm

        And somebody pays them ahahahah

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    March 9, 2012 at 12:56 pm

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  16. Gavin Meeks
    March 5, 2012 at 9:56 am

    You made some good points on Android but there are many such points where iPhone seems to be better than Android.  Being an iPhone user since a long time this doesn't really matters much to me as everything has its pros and cons at some stages.

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 9, 2012 at 9:29 am

      Thanks. Everything is a trade-off. Android definitely has its problems, too.

  17. Maggi
    February 25, 2012 at 1:34 pm

    Actually I'm a fan of Apple and I use iPhone, but here you have written really good five reasons that Android is better. However, I prefer iPhone :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      March 2, 2012 at 2:45 am

      Thanks for the compliments, anyway!

  18. Suhel
    February 18, 2012 at 6:52 am

    I am planning to buy iphone soon. I'm already an android user but still I like to use other platforms. For long I was a symbian guy but when I got my first android I realized how the mobile platforms have evolved. I hear a lot about ios so I think I would try it. All the platforms have some limitations and its always good to read the pros and cons of things. I liked the post but now am gonna read the next post Iphone over Android so that my mind gets free from this "dontbuyiphone" dilemma lol :)

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 18, 2012 at 9:13 pm

      Android definitely has some real problems as a platform. You have to select which platform bothers you least!

  19. appointment setting
    February 17, 2012 at 11:56 pm

    That's why I hate the iPhone and prefer to use the Android which is truly open-source platform and offer you more things than any closed system.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 18, 2012 at 9:12 pm

      Thanks for commenting! Open platforms are awesome.

  20. Kenneth Scicluna
    February 8, 2012 at 10:08 am

    All the reasons you mentioned are the reasons why people should be very careful not to go Android. All the reasons mentioned above are the solo reasons why Android has 70% of the Malware mobile market. Having control of your device should be the best choice for consumer. People choose Android because it is the only OS that is sold cheap.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 8, 2012 at 5:56 pm

      Some people choose Android because it's sold cheap. And some people, like me, choose it for other reasons.

  21. Siggi Bjarnason
    February 4, 2012 at 11:46 pm

    I've been an Android user for couple of years when I switched from Windows Mobile 6.5. I choose Android for all the reasons you outlined. 

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 5, 2012 at 6:18 pm

      Thanks for chiming in!

      Microsoft really squandered their lead with Windows Mobile.

  22. Scott
    February 4, 2012 at 3:33 pm

    5 Reasons Not To Choose Disqus As A Means of Facilitating Comments:

    1) Disqus is lousy;

    2) Disqus is hpeless;

    3) Disqus is rubbish;

    4) Disqus is a massive time-waster; and:

    5) Disqus can't even begin to cope with this kind of comment load: I've just received a Disqus email notifying me of Juan Pollo's comment together with a link that has brought me NOT to that post but to some arbitrary point in this thread, as a result of which I've spent more than 5 minutes -- an eternity, in computer comment time -- waiting for Disqus to load more comments, load more comments, load more comments, until the darn thing finally locates the one comment it actually notified me about.

    Perhaps the next Makeuseof  think piece might usefully be on the topic of:

    Why makeuseof Disqus???? 

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 4, 2012 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Scott -- you're absolutely right about Disqus, in my opinion. It's really frustrating to me trying to keep track of this comment thread.

      We've had some other issues with Disqus and we may be looking at switching away from it -- but that's not really my department. I've forwarded your comment along.

    • Tina
      February 4, 2012 at 5:17 pm

      Hey Scott,

      as Chris mentioned, we have been considering to drop Disqus for a while and the actual move may be around the corner now.

      • Scott
        February 4, 2012 at 5:57 pm

         Thanks, Tina -- and also thanks to Chris, too -- for the update. I know it's easy for someone like me to be critical and there'll be many and varied reasons why something doesn't actually work out as well as intended, but this isn't the first time that I've grown old (am now 135) waiting for Disqus to facilitate rather than obstruct a comment thread.

  23. Juan R. Pollo
    February 4, 2012 at 2:41 pm

    I just want a phone that lets me hear the other person well. Is Android better in that respect?

    • Scott
      February 4, 2012 at 3:27 pm

       If you want a cellphone, then buy a cellphone: no point in throwing money on a computer-with-a-phone-attached, which is what the Apple and Android offerings happen to be. I have a HTC desire HD running Android and it's superb as a phone; I guess iPhone users wil likely have had similar good experiences with theirs, always assuming they've learnt how to hold the phone in accordance with Apple's instructions . . .

      No, but seriously, Juan. A phone that makes and receives calls doesn't need an operating system. It's a phone.

      • Chris Hoffman
        February 4, 2012 at 3:49 pm

        Scott is absolutely right. Smartphones are basically hand-held computers.

        I don't think you'll see much of a different in sound quality with Android vs. iPhone. Maybe if you got a super-cheap, low-quality Android you'd have worse quality (or maybe not!). It will also depend on your carrier's network.

    • Tina
      February 9, 2012 at 10:37 pm

      That probably depends more on your service provider and the mobile antennas in your area than on the operating system. So Android is no better nor worse than iOS. However, there may be differences in the hardware, so the question is, what Android phone do you compare to which model iPhone?

  24. Jaurequi25
    February 4, 2012 at 7:05 am

    You just said it:). I had an iphone and now i have an android phone because i dont like to be told what to do with something that belongs to me not theirs and thats freedom people.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 4, 2012 at 11:24 am

      Thanks for chiming in! I'm glad I could give voice to everyone that feels this way.

      • Emmsee
        February 4, 2012 at 12:34 pm

        I've had both an iphone and an Android.
        I'm currently running a HTC HD2 ( I know - 2 year old hardware), with ICS 4.03 OS on board. This is the fastest, smoothest OS I've ever used and up till 6 weeks ago I'd have fallen off the fence into the Apple camp but now...... Android.

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 4, 2012 at 12:40 pm

          I haven't had a change to use Ice Cream Sandwich yet, but I'm definitely drooling over it. Everything I've heard seems so positive!

  25. Stephen Robinson
    February 3, 2012 at 9:29 pm

    Phone vs operating system.

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 3, 2012 at 9:55 pm

      True enough. iPhone vs. Galaxy Nexus is a much more fair comparison -- "Android" encompasses a lot of things.

  26. billsyr
    February 3, 2012 at 6:17 pm

    chris......what's ur favorite hardware device / phone?

    • Chris Hoffman
      February 3, 2012 at 9:57 pm

      The Galaxy Nexus is probably the one to have at the moment. The Nexus line in general is great, you get the pure Android experience without it being polluted.

  27. Berryful
    January 27, 2012 at 3:11 pm

    I didn't choose my Droid. I traded an LG touch screen for it. lol.

  28. Chris Hoffman
    January 25, 2012 at 6:19 am

    Thanks!

    It's good to see that some former iPhone users do prefer Android.

  29. Tina
    January 24, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    Excellent article!

    And not only do you have the choice of hardware, the specs of Android devices are often much, much better. And this is a fact and not a matter of taste.

    Example: iPad 2 vs. Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1
    The Android tablet has twice the RAM, offers a slightly bigger screen, higher screen resolution, yet it's thinner and lighter, it has two speakers, i.e. stereo sound, the front and back camera offer considerably higher resolutions, it contains a GPS, and with an adapter you can read USB flash drives and SD cards.

    And Apple could think of nothing better than to attack the "design"...bad losers!
    Taken together, I really don't understand people who buy an iPad.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 25, 2012 at 6:18 am

      Thanks!

      People buy the iPad for the apps, of course.

      Android smartphones have lots of available apps, but tablet-optimized apps are still few and far between, sadly.

      • Hussain Ayman
        February 3, 2012 at 5:22 pm

        Apple is the best...............
        The best in ''copying'' everything they find...There is nothing made by Apple.....It is all ''copying'''.............

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 3, 2012 at 9:58 pm

          To be fair, everyone copies from everyone.

          What's really hypocritical is Apple throwing lawsuits around instead of competing in the market.

  30. ace
    January 24, 2012 at 3:28 pm

    basically iphone is for riches and its got performance , matched by only high end phones like s2 ..... so obviously ppl wud b jealous nd same is the reason for this post !!! 

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 25, 2012 at 6:16 am

      Sorry, I don't get what you're trying to say -- are you saying Android users are jealous because we're not rich?

  31. None
    January 24, 2012 at 10:11 am

    1. I use Google maps heavily for navigation and on iPhone, one can't see custom created maps :(

    2. I use my bandwidth to download something and hell, i can't use iPhone to share things across my own devices or with friends.

    3. Bluetooth? why was it created? iPhone wants to change definition - can't share via Bluetooth even the content which is created by me.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

      Thanks for sharing your experiences! Android definitely seems more flexible.

  32. Chris Hoffman
    January 24, 2012 at 5:45 am

    Definitely some interesting ideas.

    To be fair, our previous article about why iPhone was better really riled up the Android users. Individual writers might prefer one platform over another, but MakeUseOf itself doesn't prefer any platform.

  33. Nesshin
    January 24, 2012 at 5:41 am

    Great article.  I recently switched carriers to Sprint and decided to go with a Samsung Galaxy S ll Epic 4G Touch (what a mouthful).

    I really have no horse in this race, but I avoided the iPhones precisely because of the limitations the people at Apple are so keen on upholding.  That, and their incessant lawsuits over incredibly minute issues.  I'd rather not support that.

    I'm quite impressed by the Android OS (though maybe that's because I upgraded from an LG Incite and its Windows Mobile 6.1) and all of the customization and functionality -- and that's not including the things you can download for it!

    It will be interesting to see how this all unfolds over the next few years.  Hopefully with a strive for innovation and as little lawsuits as possible.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 5:47 am

      Anything's an improvement over Windows Mobile; that's for sure.

      • Xavier Burgess
        January 24, 2012 at 7:58 am

        I find it kinda sad that it's hard to consider Windows mobile as the go-to OS for a mobile Windows-like experience, if that makes any sense.

        • Chris Hoffman
          January 24, 2012 at 8:29 am

          But it is -- they jammed a tiny little start menu into it and everything.

          But yeah, I definitely get what you're saying.

  34. Varun Nagwekar
    January 24, 2012 at 5:02 am

    This article is a bitter pill for any iPhone fan to swallow. I think all the points stated above are valid. Nice article Chris. Cheers!

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 5:46 am

      Thanks for the feedback!

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

      Thanks! iPhone fans should take it as constructive criticism -- there are a lot of things Apple could do to improve iOS and make it attractive to people that are turned off by it.

  35. Aibek
    January 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

    thanks for the input and potential article idea. We'll try to do an article on it in the near future.

  36. Chris Hoffman
    January 24, 2012 at 3:49 am

    Nice interface. Almost Windows Phone-esque, with the text.

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2012 at 1:25 pm

      It was inspired by WP7. I love simplicity, and cleanness so I can appreciate my wallpaper.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 2:39 pm

        WP7 has definitely brought some new ideas, which is awesome. Android 4.0's new obsession with "magazine-style" layouts feels inspired by WP7, to me.

  37. Halim Ngah
    January 24, 2012 at 1:58 am

    Both have pros & cons, good & bad, positives & negatives. I use both...

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:14 am

      Probably the most reasonable reply yet. Thanks!

    • Xavier Burgess
      January 24, 2012 at 7:56 am

      Same. Like I said, I absolutely love my Android. And even though it's pretty much my all-in-one device now, I just can't find myself to part with my shiny iPod Touch either.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

        True enough. The Android ecosystem has really dragged its heels on getting a proper iPod Touch competitor out -- I think the Samsung Galaxy Player is the first product that even qualifies.

  38. Ryan Dube
    January 24, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Can't beat the freedom and flexibility of Android - I love it. All excellent points, and a well written article Chris. Well done.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:16 am

      Thanks, Ryan! For those who want that sort of thing, it can't be beat.

  39. fumduq
    January 23, 2012 at 11:16 pm

    I guess the post I spent an hour writing gets thrown away. Thanks MakeUseOf.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:15 am

      Hey fumduq, some posts (especially if they contain URLs) have to be manually approved. I wouldn't worry about it as long as it wasn't spam; it should be approved by someone (I'd do it, but I don't have the power).

  40. afroAnt
    January 23, 2012 at 11:09 pm

    We can all agree that they are both better than Blackberry ;)

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

      We certainly can!

  41. andyroo
    January 23, 2012 at 9:56 pm

    Insert "Title" append [Opinion], sigh...

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:18 am

      Hey Andy, I assume you don't like the opinion articles. We find readers really engage with them -- feel free to ignore them if you like, we're still publishing mostly non-opinion articles.

  42. Bobbiebarnett008
    January 23, 2012 at 8:50 pm

    I dropped my  Huawei android (In my pocket as I bent down)..it must of landed on its power end, and destroyed it, which means I no longer can use it..it must have pushed in the connector to the point that cannot be powered on or charged again. Supplier wont fix now as it was my fault (still under warranty)..my point is, that I know Iphones could probably be wrecked by dropping phone..  My daughter has one and her baby constantly drops it which still functions..BUT is it only this particular Huawei that seemed flimsy at best?? I'm normally careful with my stuff, and was p*** off when I wasted a couple of hundred bucks..so am thinking of an Iphone..because it maybe a better put together phone.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:20 am

      Well, if it was a couple hundred bucks, it was probably a cheaper phone. You do get what you pay for -- anyone can make an Android phone using terrible hardware, but Apple exercises a lot of control over their platform.

      I will give Apple props for their excellent support and warranty service. It's the same with computers -- other manufacturers really need to catch up.

  43. Bruce Bookman
    January 23, 2012 at 8:21 pm

    this article seems very google centric.  half of the points say "you can use Google Blah on android and not (well) on iphone.  Okay, great.  And??? also, the vast majority of phone users either don't want to mod the phone nor have the skill set to do so.  same is true with running alternative OS or rooting or jailbreaking.  my grandma doesn't want to do that.  neither does my wife, the wife of my friend, the tween across the street.. etc..

    hence most of these points relate to very few.  those very few may find the points highly worthwhile.  

    and, so far, i have found the android market full of half baked applications that don't work well.  And that is the vetted Amazon market (I have a kindle fire).  quality control and control of hardware has some plusses

    • Xavier Burgess
      January 23, 2012 at 8:39 pm

      Considering the fact that Android is GOOGLE's Operating System, you should've expected to hear of that.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 4:13 am

        It's true. When you read about Windows Phone, you read about how well it works with Microsoft Office, etc.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:11 am

      Still, it's a pro for Android that you can do these things.

      Articles on the iPhone are also very Apple-centric: Sure, you can use iTunes, Facetime, etc -- Okay, great. And??

      Android app quality isn't as across-the-board good as Apple's, but it's improving. There are a lot of high-quality apps in the Market.

  44. Nad
    January 23, 2012 at 8:07 pm

    Apple are for noobs who will follow whatever Apple guys told them to do on "apple's" phone, while Android are for smart phone users who have skill, knowledge and guts to do whatever they want to "their" phone. 

    The clear difference is you buy an Apple phone but you don't own it fully, buy an Android phone and it's totally yours.

    • fumduq
      January 23, 2012 at 8:16 pm

      More regurgitated nonsense. Enjoy your life under the bridge.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:09 am

      I don't know if I'd go this far! Apple users just have different values and preferences.

      I may prefer Android, but can't we all get along?

  45. Xavier Burgess
    January 23, 2012 at 8:06 pm

    I have to say you make some excellent points. I've had both an iPhone and Android, and all fanboyism aside, I absolutely love my Android. I've always considered Android to be the geek's answer for windows/linux for mobile devices (not counting the actual Win7 phones), in the sense that it allows you the same openness, flexibility and functionality that you would expect from your favorite flavor of linux, with that same all-around polished feel of the Windows 7. But being the Android fanboy that I am now doesn't mean that I would recommend an Android to everyone.

    For example, my mom can't use a computer to save her life. And it just so happens she wants a shiny new phone and is asking me what kind she should get. Taking into account the fact that iPhones are pretty much the most straightforward phones to use, and also the fact that they look pretty and polished and won't break if she unintentionally tries do to a firmware upgrade or something. I would immediately recommend one to her. But If I was having a chat with a more computer-literate relative who likes to tinker around with their devices (much more than just changing wallpapers, for example), I would recommend an Android with no hesitation.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 4:08 am

      "the geek's answer" -- very good point. I'm a tech geek and I've used Linux quite a bit. So I appreciate these sorts of things. 

      Not everyone will appreciate these sorts of things. By all means, if you've read through this article and think "I don't care," then go for the iPhone.

      My immediate family love their iPod Touches and iPhones; I don't try to push Android on them.

  46. Chrisp1992
    January 23, 2012 at 7:51 pm

    Google Music is also a great feature that I've started using. And for those that say that iOS is so much smoother, just wait until Android 4.0 (ICS). I have it with my Galaxy Nexus, and it is extremely smooth and crisp. 

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 3:55 am

      Yeah, I hear Google Music is awesome. US-only though, sadly!

      I believe you can get it from the Market if you don't have Android 4.0.

  47. Ben Lang
    January 23, 2012 at 7:16 pm

    Android all the way.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 3:54 am

      Thanks for your solidarity!

  48. Geoff
    January 23, 2012 at 6:39 pm

    Android apps rarely are of the same quality of iPhone apps. Jailbreaking isn't illegal, though it will void your warranty. Apple needs to loosen its grip on its devices. Both have negatives and positives. In the end, I prefer my iPhone over an Android phone. 

    Also, this article is the end of my reading makeuseof.com I'm tired of the slantest, incorrect postings that have become all too regular here. Ciao!

    • Anonymous
      January 24, 2012 at 2:43 am

      I'm an Android user, i do agree the app quality isn't the same.
      Partially due to a design standard as well, and Google only just released the design guidelines (not API)

      Another thing is that being able to install any App is both a good and bad thing.
      1. Unapproved apps/malware
      2. Developers doing extra to fight piracy.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 3:53 am

      Hey Geoff, I'm sorry you feel that way. We recently had a pro-iPhone post that slammed Android, and I'm sure a lot of Android users felt the same way when I read that.

      I'm just putting forward an argument for Android here. We have a lot of readers that like iPhone and a lot that like Android (honestly, I think most MakeUseOf writers prefer iPhone to Android.)

      Soon, we'll probably have an article about why Windows Phone is the best. It's all about a variety of perspectives.

      I don't think this was "incorrect" so much as a different perspective. I agreed that both platforms have positives and negatives -- honestly, if Apple threw in a "Allow Installation of Apps From Anywhere" check box like Android had, most of my problems with iOS would be solved.

    • Scott
      February 3, 2012 at 7:53 pm

       Oh, how I adore these sweeping generalisations: 'Android apps rarely are of the same quality of iPhone apps'. What utter and comnplete rubbish. And what an insult to the collective intelligence of Android users. I have numerous apps on my Android and THEY WORK. Why else would I give them house room? How the hell do you KNOW which app is "as good" or even better than an iPhone app? Have you bought an iPhone and an Android phone, loaded them with apps and tested each side by side?

      Nah. Thought not.

      Seriously, it's this kind of worshipful Apple fanboi nonsense that actually drives so many into the welcoming arms of Android.

      As for the article, it's a useful read for any prospective smartphone or tablet owner because setting aside any technological considerations, it actually speaks to the culture of the two systems: Apple, domineering, restrictive, and a corporate ethos that wants to make every Apple customer an Apple employee ("no-ooo you can't do this, you're not allowed to do that, you mustn't say the other") and Android, where just about anything goes.

      No wonder the world's largest online tech publication, The Register, has long called Apple "The Walled Garden". Because that's exactly what it is. Apple sets the boundaries and locks the exit gate. Once you're in, you're in. And tough luck if you ever want to get out. Or even change your view of what's in there.

      As to your personal decision not to read any more makeuseof articles, well, many thanks for that. It means the rest of us will be spared further pompous rubbish of the kind you've posted on here. After all, if we want an absurdly inaccurate and biased communication on behalf of Apple Inc, we can read its corporate News Releases.

      • Chris Hoffman
        February 4, 2012 at 7:57 am

        Thanks for the comment, Scott. I wanted to get more into the core differences instead of writing an article that goes "well, Android has widgets, but iPhone has Siri." There are lots of bullet-point feature comparisons out there.

        Of course, we obviously don't want to alienate any readers. No point in having this thread further devolve into more of a flame war.

  49. Howlbeck
    January 23, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Well, for me: I rather learn trial by error or loss than being forced into something. Thats why Apple was never something I could live with. Since being on Android I learned so much, met so many nice, great people (ok, in the beginning some not so nice, too) - had a stunt with the Iphone which was trial by error in perfection - never again ! I dont want to be told by anyone what I have to do or cant do. Thats why i never, ever used anything from Apple so far. If i look at all those lawsuits - thats some company desperately trying to do anything to avoid loss... If I look at Foxcon(n?) - well, its for you to decide. I didnt like steve jobs and will never like him - sad to see he passed recently, though. but - and thats only my thinking: i hope apple gets his ass bashed in international courts and concentrates on the only important thing: innovation. all these lawsuits will only hinder you at some point whilst being passed by someone else. For me me they can sue as much as they want, its Apples own death. 

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 3:54 am

      I agree completely, Howlbeck. I kind of regret that I didn't get into the lawsuits in the article.

      Apple's patent lawsuits are shocking -- please everyone, let's compete on the market with quality products instead of in the court rooms.

      If only all the money spent on lawyers was going to research and development.

  50. Dan Wroblewski
    January 23, 2012 at 5:37 pm

    In concept, Android has a lot of advantages over iPhone... in implementation, it's not even close. I've owned both, and iPhone's UI is so much more intuitive, smoother and easier to use than Android. Yes, you can customize Android endlessly, but as much as you try, you will not be able to customize it to work as well as the iOS interface.

    • Nad
      January 23, 2012 at 7:59 pm

      Intuitive, smoothness and easier to use...I think you haven't tried high-end android phones..Try Samsung Galaxy SII and you will regret you didn't get this awesome device earlier.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 3:48 am

        Agreed. Sure, if you compare the iPhone to an early-generation or sub-$100 Android device, the Android is going to get creamed. Compare the iPhone to one of the high-end Android phones -- honestly, I think "interface lag" is overblown these days.

    • None
      January 24, 2012 at 10:13 am

      Try Samsung Galaxy Note. You will forget iPhone.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 2:40 pm

        I've heard good things about it -- but it's quite big, at over 5 inches!

        Some people won't want that and some people will love it -- choice, the beauty of Android.

    • Kimbo
      January 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm

      Sounds like someone has never used Ice Cream Sandwich.  I would agree that the earlier incarnations of Android were not as user friendly, but that's simply not the case nowadays.  Having had Froyo on my old device (Motorola Cliq), I can say that ICS running on my Galaxy Nexus is almost an entirely different experience.  Also, have you noticed that Apple has "borrowed" some ideas from Android recently, like the notification bar?

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 27, 2012 at 2:54 am

        Very true -- ICS is a big step up. And every OS borrows from each other.

  51. Aawdawaw
    January 23, 2012 at 5:15 pm

    All can be achived by a simpel jailbreak on the Iphone, pointless post.

    • edmann
      January 23, 2012 at 5:28 pm

      Fan boy.

      • Dl Betty
        February 3, 2012 at 7:45 pm

        I'm not a boy ed mann? and we have android phones, Windows PC's and Macs so what would you like to call me now?

        • The Mute
          June 17, 2012 at 3:11 am

          Buy a phone that is locked down... jailbreak it and risk bricking it and instantly voiding warranty
          Fanboy logic

          just buy a phone that is unlocked as in android

        • Chris Hoffman
          June 17, 2012 at 7:31 pm

          Hah, very true! The loss of warranty is a huge issue.

    • michael
      January 23, 2012 at 5:29 pm

      yea and breaking the law too - that's why it's called jailbreak, otherwise you'd have to pay for it.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 3:44 am

        It's not actually illegal these days. But Apple doesn't like it.

      • Jaccobk
        February 3, 2012 at 6:48 pm

        You didnt read the entire article.... Re-read

    • Le Vinhcent
      January 23, 2012 at 5:34 pm

      Awesome let me jailbreak my iphone then I'll have a 4.5 inch screen and 4g!!

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 3:43 am

        I hear jailbreaking also gives you a physical keyboard.

        • ITEMS
          January 24, 2012 at 7:31 am

          I hear jailbreaking II also gives you a live Marilyn Monroe 3D android plus all the baloney sandwiches you can eat. (mustard extra on some models)

        • Dl Betty
          February 3, 2012 at 7:47 pm

          No it doesn't, the 4.5 inch phone I had started on fire in my pocket and I am on oxygen, the flames caught to my tube andI am lucky I am not dead so I am the one that got an Iphone as a trade in from AT&T and I LOVE IT,  we also have Android, Windows Motorola and Mac computers and PC's in the house, that is why I HATE these articles, knock someone for a DEVICE??? Oh come on now, Peace to all.

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 3, 2012 at 9:56 pm

          The point isn't to knock anyone personally! Choose whatever device you prefer. MUO is quite neutral -- we've had articles like this favoring iPhone and Windows Phone recently, too.

    • Anonymous
      January 23, 2012 at 5:55 pm

      Read the last point. Jailbreaking relies on security exploits, so if it is possible to jailbreak your iOS device, it is insecure. Rooting doesn't rely on security exploits (at least, I don't think so), so manufacturers don't try to make it difficult for you.

      P.S. I am an Apple fan(boy?), so this isn't a biased comment.

      • Anonymous
        January 23, 2012 at 8:17 pm

        Some Android OEMs don't like Rooting. LG is one of them. HTC was one offender until recently.

        • Anonymous
          January 23, 2012 at 9:38 pm

          "Some…" Stop right there! Now think!

        • Chris Hoffman
          January 24, 2012 at 3:46 am

          It's true. Android's openness and flexibility means that OEMs can lock it down. This sucks -- don't buy from those OEMs.

          Android is not perfect. But neither is iOS.

        • Anonymous
          January 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          That's why I bought a Galaxy S2. Samsung does a fairly good job of keeping things open. But ny next phone could be a Sony. Nowadays Sony is very open, first to upgrade and completely open sources their code.

        • Chris Hoffman
          January 24, 2012 at 1:14 pm

          Samsung's been decent. If you really want to be first to upgrade, though -- get one of Google's Nexus devices.

        • Anonymous
          January 24, 2012 at 1:30 pm

          Yes I know but getting a Nexus where I live is almost impossible. The Galaxy Nexus is not available here yet. But I got a GS2. Nothing gets close to this awesome device (except the Galaxy Nexus which is supposedly better).

          I use custom ROMs which are a better way of getting updates. Samsung totally sucks at updates.

        • Nick
          February 1, 2012 at 6:15 pm

          HTC actually will walk you through the steps of rooting your phone. Let me see Apple walk you through jailbreaking an iPhone. HAHAHA

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 2, 2012 at 5:10 am

          Very true. There are nasty OEMs that disable the ability to install third-party software -- but, on the flip side, there are OEMs that hold your hand and help you root.

    • Nad
      January 23, 2012 at 8:02 pm

      Hey Aawdawaw, did you read and know that jailbreaking was deemed illegal by Apple while for Android you are free to do whatever you want to your phone.

      • Chris Hoffman
        January 24, 2012 at 3:42 am

        Jailbreaking is NOT illegal. Apple tried to make it illegal, but it isn't.

    • Chris Hoffman
      January 24, 2012 at 3:45 am

      Most users won't jailbreak, though. And when you do, it's a pain because Apple's trying to reverse it on you.

      And not as many people are going to develop, say, alternate keyboards and apps that only work on jailbroken iPhones. It's a smaller market.

      • Karlos
        January 24, 2012 at 10:24 am

        There has been over a million A5 devices jailbroken since saturday, that's quite a lot for just the 4s and ipad2, I'd gues that more people jailbreak their idevices than root their android devices

        • Chris Hoffman
          January 24, 2012 at 10:48 am

          Perhaps. But you don't need to root an Android to take advantage of a lot of things you need to jailbreak an iPhone to do (the gap is shrinking, though!)

        • Karlos
          January 24, 2012 at 11:40 am

          and vice versa :P  although my point is that there is a huge market for jailbreak only apps on the iphone, whereas only technical minded android user will root their phones.

          Android is massively popular but, here in the uk at least, the majority of people that have android have it because the phone comes free with their upgrade on their contract, they have no idea what rooting or a custom rom is.

          The same goes for a lot of iphone users with jailbreaking too obviously, but from the fanboy wars online you'd think everybody who single person from child to grandma who owns an android or iphone knows every single line of code in the operating systems :P

        • Chris Hoffman
          January 24, 2012 at 12:28 pm

          Very true. Not everyone wants to root or use a custom ROM -- but I was trying to list Android's advantages and I definitely could not leave those off the list. Android fans would've been annoyed!

          As I said to another commenter here: if you shrug at all the points in the article, then sure, maybe Android isn't for you.

          In spite of Apple's lockdown, which I find really obnoxious, they're still both just operating systems. The holy wars are a bit much -- Android vs iPhone feels like the new Windows vs Mac or Windows vs. Linux. There isn't an OS that's right for everyone.

      • Dl Betty
        February 3, 2012 at 7:54 pm

        It's more the carriers, and the developers being ripped off, I think,  because you can tether your phone, put in any app Android or IOS on your phone so you have all possibilities here, it is not illegal, that was fought and decided in a court of law. You can't root the Kindle anymore my daughter told me, ( it's her's so that is her word) I've heard others say they can't do it anymore also, so I can't say anything about that as I am not the one with the android phone's in the house but I do use them for calling! Wiith Google developing it's own tablet, not the Nexus being talked, about I can't wait to see what they come up with and the Ipad 3, We have about any type of device you can think of in this house as far as phone's, tablets, computers, I should make that distinction lol

        • Chris Hoffman
          February 3, 2012 at 10:03 pm

          It will definitely be great to see Google's official Nexus tablet. I'm looking forward to that!

    • Varun Nagwekar
      January 24, 2012 at 5:03 am

      First get your spellings right. 
      Second, it's iPhone, not Iphone. 
      And third, you are totally wrong. 

    • Dl Betty
      February 3, 2012 at 7:44 pm

      Yes and without the Malware and viruses...... even without jailbreaking I did not find it restrictive as to what I wanted in apps, software or in useage plus Siri was an addes bonus 

    • AppleCrumble
      February 4, 2012 at 7:56 am

       fan boy.

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