I’m in the market for a phone. There are a lot of opinions about Android and iPhone, but what are the important differences between them?
Actually iOS is based on Unix... Same as Mac OS. But that won't really affect your experience. Just know that it's a reliable core.
Android users expect to pay nothing for Apps.
IPhone users expect to overpay for Apps.
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iPhone is a proprietary Apple device, it is a decent device that uses a linux based OS created by apple called iOS. It is more intuitive than Android in alot of ways, Siri for one.
Android is a is also a linux based OS, generally more open, with a huge range of devices. Generally these are fair to decent devices, depending on brand and specs. These phones take a little more work to use, as Apple has streamlined, as Apple does or tries to, a lot of the basic usage.
Basically it boils down to your interests. Apple is geared towards more towards the regular user, Where Android is geared towards a tech person. Of course that is changing rapidly, and Android is getting better and better. Android 2.3 has a good feel to it and the next updates will, probably, be far better
Something that has hurt Android is updates, Generally the manufacturer of the phone pushes updates. Well Android makers will only release updates for a phone for so long then forget about it all together. Apple usually will support a phone for roughly two to three with update. Currently iOS 5 supports the iPhone 3gs, which was relaesed mid-2009. Where as the original Samsung Galaxy (released around the same time as the iPhone 3gs, i think) is stuck at 1.6, and is not getting a update any time soon.
I personally recommend Android 2.3 on a decent phone. I have had two phones in the Samsung Galaxy line, and have had great luck with them so far.