Of course, we love both our Android phones and the iPhone. Both have legions of dedicated fans, who wait with bated breath for news of new features, products and OS updates. Now with the wraps being taken off the iPhone 4S with its dual-core processor, Siri and enhanced Twitter-compliant features, it looks as though the iPhone just might be winning the race. But is it? Android fans say NO, and this is why.
1. Dual-Core Function
iPhone’s 4S is the first dual-core offering from Apple. However, LG brought out the dual-core Optimus 2X much better and dual-core Android devices are available everywhere now. Add to this Nvidia’s quad core Kal-El chip and Android phones will be far ahead of the so called ‘advanced’ features that iPhone 4S brought into the market.
2. Direct Photo Tweeting
Somebody’s got to be kidding about this one. So iPhone 4S allows you to tweet photos directly from the photo gallery, so what? Since 2009, Android phones have allowed us to share photos on several social networking apps including Twitter and even with Tweetdeck, a third party app.
3. The World Phone
So the iPhone allows global roaming through a GSM/CDMA dual-mode device. What about Android? True fans know that Motorola’s Droid 2 Global was released way before iPhone touted its world phoning ability.
4. Choose Your Carriers
Users have been able to use Android phones with the four major carriers and some minor ones such as US Cellular and MetroPCS for long now. As for the iPhone, well, Sprint has recently signed a good-sized deal with Apple, which means now you get to use the iPhone with three of the four top carriers.
5. 4G Speeds
In summer 2010, the HTC EVO 4G launched on Sprint’s WiMAX network. That was the beginning; now you’ll find all major carriers selling 4G Android phones. If you buy an LTE set from Verizon, you can download at 10 to 20 Mbps speeds. The 3G iPhone 4S won’t go beyond 1.5 to 2 Mbps.
6. No Limits On Apps
If you want an app for your iPhone, you have to visit Apple’s App Market. As for Android, you can pick an app from dozens of app stores, apart from Google’s Android Market.
7. Keyboard Choices
Don’t like Android’s stock keyboard? Pick up any number of third-party keyboards, such as Better Keyboard or Swype. Don’t like the iPhone keyboard? Do the illegal thing, jailbreak it and then install the one you want. How many of you are willing to do that?
8. Mobile Wallet Options
Android phones such as the HTC Amaze 4G and Samsung Nexus S have inbuilt Near Field Communications (NFC) support. You can load cash on these phones and use them to pay for purchases at a number of retail outlets. Apple’s still nowhere near this market.
9. Automation Apps
Think of Tasker, the automation program that helps you dig through your phone’s deepest settings and manipulates everything at your command. Think of JuiceDefender which saves your battery life. Does iPhone have any such automation feature?
10. Battery And Storage Options
The Android OS is flexible and allows you to make hardware changes as well, such as swapping or upgrading your SD card or battery. With the iPhone, better watch that storage; if you max out, nothing doing.
11. Custom ROMs
Android is open source, which means people can tweak it and create custom ROMs. There’s the CyanogenMod, full of features, and the MIUI ROM which has had a complete interface overhaul. Of course, there’s no touching iOS – you use it as you get it.
12. The 8-MP Camera
You can buy an Android device with a 3D camera in the market. Apple’s considering 3D for its new iPad, and iPhone certainly doesn’t have it. As for the 8-megapixel cameras, the HTC Droid Incredible brought that to market in April 2010!
13. Widget Options
Widgets occupy space, but they’re extremely convenient. You can have a number of widgets for your Android phone. However, unless you’ve jailbroken your iPhone, widgets are out. Even then, you can only put them up on your lock screen, and not on your home screen!
14. Flash Support
It’s simple – Android provides Flash support and iOS doesn’t. Why is this such a big deal breaker? Because without Flash, many web pages cannot be viewed adequately. Is Flash fully out? No. Then how come iPhones don’t have built-in Flash? Ask Apple.
15. Voice Support
Everyone’s talking about Siri, but what about Google’s Voice Actionshave that came out much before? You can use this voice-activated function to search the web by voice and do two way message transmissions, pretty much what Siri allows you to do. Siri does have the text-to-speech feedback as well, but it’s old hat functionality since Android did it first.
This article is written by Dean from Invesp – a conversion rate optimization company helping businesses in optimizing and designing landing pages and increasing ROI of their online campaigns.