You probably own a smart phone, or a tablet or know someone who uses Android or Apple IOS.
It seems that in the past 10 years mobile devices have become more popular, more user friendly and a lot more robust. You can put music, video, and all kinds of information on them and take it with you.
Apple has really made a statement will of their signature devices who have shattered if not created segments of the market.
The android platform took a little longer to develop, but has really established itself as a stable, fast and ever-evolving platform. It has allowed "open source" capabilities where app designers are encouraged to create up at their liking.
Smart phones have adopted the Android platform as well as many tablets. Their apps stores have continued to expand at record pace.
So what makes one better than the other? Mostly it is preference and how you use them.
Apple is good for:
- ITunes and Icloud users. Back when the first Ipods came out people got hooked on ITunes and how easy it was to get music, sort, make play lists and carry hundreds with you in a stylish product. The OS has evolved, but looks very similar to the original.
- Simplicity is king. People are constantly on the go. Apple knew that if you made it pretty, very versatile and simple to use it will catch on. They brought out the one button device and a great looking touchscreen and of they went. No need to change out batteries or worry about the guts of the product.
- Stability and speed. The IOS platform is virtually virus free and moves quickly between programs. You can really see this in the tablet and computer devices. Apple products just plain work and keep on working.
- Staying trendy. Commercials will convince you that having an Apple product is the "in" thing. Actors, businesses, sports figures and people with savings all want in. Apple makes a complete package whether its for music, a phone or a pc. Apple products never go on sale until they get discontinued or replaced. They are luxury products for every day people.
- Connectivity. You can share accounts with all your devices and have your information anywhere you want it. Sign in and you have what you need.
- SIRI, FACETIME. You'd be surprised, but these two items are APPLE only. If you want to enjoy SIRI or FACETIME Apple products are the only way to go.
Android is good for:
-Variety. If you are looking for the newest and greatest, biggest or smallest, a different color or button outlay Android is the way to go. Several manufacturers have signed up to use this platform. This means constant competition and constant growth. Also means that instead of having to wait til next fall for a new model you only need to wait a few weeks for another option. This translates into better screens, battery life, applications, capacities, cameras, and power.
- APPS. Android apps continue to come out every day. The great thing is you can find multiple apps that do the same thing. So if you're worried about having to pay for apps like the competition it is very likely there is a free version to be found. Larger companies are getting better are creating apps for both IOS and Android at the same time. So although APPLE was king with apps a while ago they have now bridged the gap.
- Online storage. Much like Apple has the Icloud which acts as a backup online service for all your information Android uses their own version. Android uses the Cloud. This Cloud is more of a storage place. You put all your files there and can access them anytime you have internet service. What does that mean? You don't use up space on your device, but still have access to all your information. Great way to not bog down your device. And, this is all linked to your gmail account.
- Sharing information. No need to use different software everything is share-friendly. Most files are even capable of being sent via Bluetooth. And some things can even be sent via NFC. If you've seen those friendly Samsung commercials where you can bump phones together.
- SWYPE. Swype is such a fantastic app for typing. You just drag your finger to the letters and it truly makes typing on your android device a breeze. To take it a step further, if you don't like the keyboard that comes with your Android device you are not stuck with it. Go download another one! There are tons of great keyboards out there they come in all styles, sizes and even languages.
So, I've only touched upon a few things here. You can probably tell which I prefer, but everyone has their favorite that will suit their needs.
If you have anything to add that I may have missed or would like to share your opinion please comment.