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Old 01-13-2012, 10:33 AM   #21 (permalink)
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I think this should be simple in your case because you already have a mac. Just ask yourself in terms of hardware, which is better, pc or mac?

Here is a benchmark, you can google for more

iPhone 4S Crushes Android Phones in Web Browsing Benchmark Results | News & Opinion | PCMag.com

Regarding updates, you can google it and you will find not all android phones get update. 4S can update over the air.

Also, some background not really related. Android was original developed to be like a blackberry so it still has some short coming because of that. The person in charge of Android at Google used to work for Apple. Some senior engineering staff also used to work at Apple. Apple has been working on small device for a long time. How long? Apple is one of the earliest customers/investors of the ARM chip that is used by all Android phone.

I don't know if anyone remember Apple II. Apple used to ship it with the OS(monitor) source code in the back of the printed menu. It ends up being cloned by everyone. Apple probably lost billions. It is understandable the way it manages things now.

I will take the 2-3 second web browser difference, to have complete control over my phone, and be able to customize it the way I want.

If you want a phone that is just simple to use out of the box and don't care to do much more than make calls, text, and web browse I would get the iphone. If you plan on using your phone as a smart phone and have time to customize it and enjoy all of its features I would get a top tier android phone.
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i have a bunch of friends who had iphones and then switched to droids. almost allll of them came back to the iphone.

i like the iphones reliability. i'm waiting for the 5 to come out before i replace my 3GS. i've had this phone for 2.5 years and i still love it. i've never had another phone last much more than a year.

also iphone battery >>> droid battery

i dont care if you cant remove it. ive never had to in my 2.5 years with this one and it STILL lasts me all day. and i'm constantly on it at work.
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Pre iPhone4 the battery and performance was crap but now I would easily say iOS.

Not as much stock functionality as Android devices but I play games on my Phone\Tablets(no time for PS3\XB360 anymore) and as far as gaming and quality apps Android cannot even come close to iOS combine that with the functionality\convienence you get when combined with Apple TV(with an HDTV+5.1 stereo) and it's unbeatable.

I still think iTunes is the biggest piece of shit inflexible software package known to man
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I still think iTunes is the biggest piece of shit inflexible software package known to man
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I have an Android tablet and prefer it over anything else I've tried. I don't need maths or surveys to tell me why.
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iTunes is the single biggest reason I will never own an iDevice. While it is somewhat accetpable on a Mac.... like all Apple software, it blows goats on a PC.

As for iOS vs Android, you have to draw a distinction between the operating systems themselves, or the iPhone vs <insert android phone>.

Apple has been playing catch-up lately in terms of features, but they are doing a decent job of including features and usability that most people will find acceptable. The downside to the iPhone is that you only get one form factor and one way of doing most things. Jailbreaking (if available) helps, but at the end of the day it is still Apple and your service carrier calling the shots.

Android requires a more informed user/customer, and you may well have to educate yourself about how computer/tech works in order to figure out how to do something (or do it more easily). Android is having growing pains between being a straight-up operating system vs an entire cloud/computing/media/communication platform (and all degrees in between).

I consider it the platform of choice if you don't want to get nickel&dimed for every last bit of media or programs that you consume on your device. There's a reason that Apple is one of the most profitable companies in the world. All that $$ comes from their users.

Short story is:Choose whichever is the least infuriating to work with day in and day out.
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See if you can get the Galaxy S2. It's a great phone.
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The downside to the iPhone is that you only get one form factor

Ahh but you see this is why the gaming\apps scene on iOS completely eclipses Android, for example when the iPhone4 came out within 2 weeks every single app\game was upgraded to match the "retina" display so you had a 1 to 1 pixel output which is why for example Angry Bird(and every other game\app) on on iPhone4\s looks so much "sharper" than on anything Android.

Also if your an iOS game\app developer you only have to worry about 3-4 hardware profiles(from a memory\CPU\display perspective) instead of the endless amount of Android devices out in the wild. Also since 99% of iOS users are unwilling to jailbreak their iOS devices there's literally 50x the money in the iOS APP market giving development allot more motivation to write apps for iOS and then if Android users are very lucky they'll get a 1\2 ass port which 1\2 of them will download and install from a pirate site anyways.

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See if you can get the Galaxy S2. It's a great phone.
Almost any Android phone is a better "phone" than any iphone
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Ahh but you see this is why the gaming\apps scene on iOS completely eclipses Android, for example when the iPhone4 came out within 2 weeks every single app\game was upgraded to match the "retina" display so you had a 1 to 1 pixel output which is why for example Angry Bird(and every other game\app) on on iPhone4\s looks so much "sharper" than on anything Android.

Also if your an iOS game\app developer you only have to worry about 3-4 hardware profiles(from a memory\CPU\display perspective) instead of the endless amount of Android devices out in the wild. Also since 99% of iOS users are unwilling to jailbreak their iOS devices there's literally 50x the money in the iOS APP market giving development allot more motivation to write apps for iOS and then if Android users are very lucky they'll get a 1\2 ass port which 1\2 of them will download and install from a pirate site anyways.



Almost any Android phone is a better "phone" than any iphone

It doesn't seem like you have been on the android market in a while. 6 months to a year ago I would have agreed with you, but the amount of quality apps for both phones and tablets have dramatically increased on the android market.
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It doesn't seem like you have been on the android market in a while. 6 months to a year ago I would have agreed with you, but the amount of quality apps for both phones and tablets have dramatically increased on the android market.

Go ahead and compare annual sales and revenue numbers between iOS and the Android software\APP marketplace, not even in the same decimal point range.

Then go ahead and look at the quality and quantity of games coming out for both platforms, why do you think everyone has given up on even trying to compete with iPad and are now shooting for the KindleFire\Google tablet type low\mid end Market?

Head over to neaogaf.com the largest gaming forum on the planet, the contrast is staggering
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