iPhone! No….Android! Hmm, but I am an Apple fan. But…I really like Google too!

My contract was due to renew in December and I had to choose which smartphone I was going to get. It was a tough decision and I’m not going to lie, I lost some sleep over it. I’m sure many of you have had to make that decision as well. Make the wrong choice and it will haunt you FOREVER!! Or at least….until your contract expires.

Android and Apple have been battling out for a while now, each trying to win our hearts. They have both been successful in gathering a strong fan base and it shows economically. The question is, who will come out on top in the end?

Phone Data
Data Sourced from: http://www.canalys.com/pr/2011/r2011013.html

After looking at data dating back to June 2010, it can be seen that Android has come from being the underdog to leading the phone market. Apple has pretty much remained the same. Some of that is due to the exclusivity agreement it had with AT&T. It will be interesting how this data will change once the new numbers come in since Apple now has Verizon customers getting their hands on the iPhone 4.

There is much debate over which phone operating system is better. In order to help evaluate each one, I’d like to approach it by pointing out not only the pros of each operating system, but their flaws as well.

Let us begin with Apple:

Pros Cons
  • The user interface has been consistant through all updates
  • When upgrades come out for the operating system it is easy to update(via iTunes)
  • Apple is a gatekeeper for apps available on phone so there is a lower chance of getting a harmful app on your phone
  • Apps are upward compatible with iOS
  • Fewer hardware choices, only one high-end iPhone available
  • Apple is very strict on their app developing policies which greatly limits developers
  • Until recently, iOS has been very inflexible about phone customization
  • Productivity is limited by lack of keyboard
  • App market does not allow for refunds
And now, on to Android:
Pros Cons
  • Many model choices allow users to choose specific options (i.e. keyboard vs. no keyboard)
  • Open source operating system
  • Marketplace allows app refunds within 15 minutes of installation
  • Available in almost any carrier
  • Different versions of Android OS makes it hard to update OS on all phones
  • Carriers allowed to preinstall apps on phones that cannot be uninstalled
  • App developers have had issues with apps not working on all Android phones due to tweaks on OS
  • No real gatekeeper of apps created

So there you have it folks! I’m sure this battle is far from over and it could go either way. What do you think? Is Android better or should they watch their backs for Apple this year? Feel free to leave a comment, I’d love to hear what others think….and if you’re still wondering, I decided to go with an Android…this time.