iPhone or Android? We Help You Decide

A recent news article predicts that the popularity of the iPhone may soon start to wane as the unit becomes so ubiquitous that it loses its "cool" factor. It's probably not wise to write off Apple's ability to innovate so quickly, but still, if you are considering the purchase of a new smartphone, you should look at the Android systems as well.

Which one is right for you? The obvious answer is, "it depends," and the simple answer is, "they will both work just fine for the average user." But, that won't be good enough for most buyers; smartphones have become intertwined with our personal identities and buyers will obsess over every detail.

For the rest of us who just want to make the best decision and don't have our ego wrapped up in a phone, here are the questions you should answer in order to choose the best phone for your needs.

  1. Are you already living a Google-centric life?

    It's possible to use Google products for almost every online function in your life. Google's Gmail, Google Apps, Google search engine, and a wealth of third-party apps that are supported and authenticated through Google can provide everything you need. So why wouldn't you just choose their smartphone OS as well? If you've bought into Google, you will probably find the Android experience seamless. Not that Apple's iOS would be a major disruption, but if you must choose, go with a single vendor.

  2. Do you prefer Windows or Mac?

    Apple users are notoriously loyal. If you've been a Mac user, you will probably find the micro-managed iOS experience acceptable. Windows users have historically been more adventurous and so if that's your background, you will probably prefer the open Android environment that lets you drill into the depths of your device to tinker around as you please.

  3. Which phone does your close circle of friends use?

    Most apps don't care which device or operating system you use. Uploading to Dropbox and Evernote, or playing Words w/Friends will be the same on iOS or Android. However, each OS has its little differences and you may find that it's just easier to use the same OS that your friends use.

  4. Will you want to access a corporate network or email account?

    If so, you may have no choice. The company may have already standardised on an OS. Be sure to check with your IT department or Help Desk to confirm which phones are supported.

  5. Do you find viruses and spam to be a constant problem?

    Some people still do wage a constant war against spam and malware. Don't ask why, they don't even know the answer. If that sounds like you, then there is a high probability that you will incur the same problems with your smartphone. If so, you are probably best to buy an Apple iOS phone. While Apple is more restrictive and controlling of your user experience, one result is markedly less issues with spam, viruses, and malware.

On the other hand, if you already eradicated any urge to click on a "must-see" video or send money to small African countries, your cautious nature will work just fine in the Android world.

The general topic running through these questions is that issue of control. Apple wants it; Google Android lets you have it. If you are an average user, control won't matter. If you are a power user who wants to push the limits of their phone's capabilities, iOS is not going to be too exciting for you with its restrictions and limitations, but on the other hand, it will keep you from getting into too much trouble.

About the Author

Geoff Stewart is a highly experienced and skilled Technology Director at Surety IT. His knowledge is based on years of industry experience having created customised, stable, well performing systems both for multi-national companies in the UK and Australia and Surety IT customers.

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