Choosing a new phone is one matter, but selecting the right mobile device that has the features you want while also being versatile, robust and cost effective is quite another. For many people, these choices have narrowed down to selecting between the highly regarded iPhone and Android/Droid phone. Both phones come with a plethora of features and many advantages that make either one worthy of selection, but which one is better overall for your needs. This is truly the iPhone vs. Android contest with the winner being the one that best displays all the features you desire while combining reliability with robust design and polish. For much of this discussion, I’ll be comparing the iPhone 5 to the Samsung Galaxy III (Droid phone).
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In this comparison between the iPhone and Droid or Android phone, we examine the types of phones you can get featuring either one of these platforms. Since Apple creates the iPhone (which runs on iOS – Apple Operating System), and it runs through their Apple Store, they have to approve all software that is made for the iPhone. At first this took a very long time, now it’s a much faster approval process. Conversely, the Android OS which is created by Google offers software choices from a number of manufacturers including Samsung, HTC and Motorola just to name a few. This means that the Droid phone you purchase may come in different sizes, use a number of different features and even varies in quality. This versatility makes phone running the Droid OS more prevalent worldwide than iPhones. As of September 2012, Droids are #1 smart phone at 52.4% , iPhones at 33.4% of the market.
However, a number of choices do not necessarily mean having an advantage. Some Android phones have built a reputation for freezing up or even overheating. The variance in quality does not affect the iPhone as it is of high quality albeit with fewer overall choices. The winner here is the iPhone.
Here is an area that is simply too close to call, while Apple does have far more app, the quality of many of the Droid apps can be a bit more spotty than then iPhone Apss. Although, now, you can get every popular app (Facebook, Yelp, Twitter, Words with Friends, Angry Birds, Song Pop) on each OS and they work identically. A good comparison of which Operating System does better per app is well document here.
While the iPhone 5, the screen size variability is less of an issue than it was in September of 2012, when you only had one choice. Now you have the iPhone 4s at 3.5″ and the iPhone 5 at 4″. Droid phones run the gamut of screen sizes. The Samsung Galaxy S3 has a 4.8″ screen – better for watching movies, reading books, playing games.
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Here, Android has been using the 4G LTE for at least a year and while not all areas of the US are 4G LTE yet, they will be soon. The iPhone just entered the 4G LTE market with the iPhone 5. You get the true 4G LTE speeds, currently, on Verizon and AT&T markets. I’m sure T-Mobile and Sprint will be live within next 12 months.
Author’s Note: Have been using the iPhone 4S for about a year. Enjoy everything except the keyboard, which is the worst keyboard I’ve ever tried. The voice recognition gets about a 70% grade. The Droid phones I’ve tested and installed for clients have a far superior keyboard (you can event get different versions of keyboards) and voice recognition, while texting, is an 90% grade.