Can we just agree to disagree? I’m the odd man out in the fact that I haven’t taken a side in the argument of “Android or iOS, which is better?”. I like them both. They are both well made operating systems and generally well made phones. I believe that each has it’s own use case and does well at solving them. I have been an iPhone user, and I recently switched to Android over a year ago. It took me forever, though, to hand down my iPhone 5 to my son and even when I did, I went and bought an iPod to supplement my need to have both operating systems.
iOS is great in the fact that is simple to use. Apple puts a lot of thought into making the stock apps work very nicely on the phone right out of the box. There isn’t a great deal of setup, and they make syncing from an old phone to a new phone pretty seamless. This is great for someone who doesn’t have a lot of time or interest in customizing their phone. They just need something that works well right out of the box and won’t take a lot to set up. It’s also great for someone less experienced with new technology. iOS does a very nice job of making things pretty simple.
Android on the other hand is great for someone who wants the ability to customize everything. The stock apps aren’t usually very good and thus a user must go out and find better apps to replace them. This can be time consuming, but gives the user the ability to get apps tailored to fit their personal needs. And since android allows apps to touch pretty well anything in the OS, the customizing is pretty limitless. And to illustrate customizing even more, android allows for something called widgets. Mini apps if you will, right on your home screens to feed you the very information you desire without even having to look for it.
In the end, I like both phones/operating systems, and I may just be one of those people who will forever switch back and forth between them. What can I say, I have a love for technology and respect for what both represent, each solving their own use cases.