Among the age old debates, one stands supreme… Democrat or Republican? Psh no, they’re pretty much the same thing nowadays! Israel or Palestine? Come on, that’s never been a major historical issue!  Coke or Pepsi? Who gives a hoot?

Sarcasm aside, I’m talking about Apple vs. Android. More specifically the iPhone and iOS6 vs. Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. In this blog, I will defend Apple while Waspit CMO and avid Android fanboy, Kasey Kaplan will defend Android.

Why Apple?
First I will dive in on why Apple’s mobile phone is far superior. As a physical specimen, the iPhone’s premium metal and glass build reign supreme over the competition. The home page and general interface on the iPhone, although lacking serious personalization options, use vibrant colors and demonstrate Apple’s devotion to minimalism and a simple user experience.

Sure, the iPhone doesn’t allow you to change your theme or add widgets, but you’ll also never end up with a home screen like this.

Admittedly, there is a ton more under the home screen of an Android than the iPhone and there is no doubt users have a plethora of more options to personalize their phone, but too many? Perhaps. Most people get overwhelmed by the amount of freedom (or, lack of order) you have and it leads to frustration. Well at least for the 22% of people that are done with Androids and plan to switch to iPhone for their next phone.

This simple approach to user experience creates and perpetuates consistency among Apple products and between Apple users. When I borrow someone’s iPhone, I have an exact idea of what I’m looking for and where to find it. The same cannot be said on Android phones, where 15 different manufacturers distribute somewhere around 70 different models.

That consistency translates directly to Apple’s ecosystem. Since both the products and the software are created by Apple for Apple, there are fewer variables equating to better synergy between products. Furthermore, if I have guests over to my apartment, anyone can play music on my Airplay (by my, I mean my roommate’s) once they are connected to the wifi.

When comparing the best of the best of Androids to the newest iPhone, the Android definitely wins some categories and I’m not going to sit here and say an iPhone’s the best option for everyone. Most Androids have expandable storage, bigger screens, universal charging ports and give more freedom and options to the user. However, for some reason, a majority of Apple users and Android users alike have sided in the past and are currently trending towards the iPhone. In a survey that was conducted in September, current Android users were 2.4 times more likely to switch to an iPhone than vice versa. Whether it be because of the immensely bigger app and media catalog, the outstanding customer service or simply excellent marketing, Apple probably isn’t getting too hung up on why.

Kasey: Why Android?
Do you know what company has NOT been innovative when it comes to mobile OSs in the past couple of years? Thats right, (cr)Apple. In fact all the great features people are now talking about on iOS 6 such as navigation, panoramic pictures, and “a bigger screen” have been incorporated into Android for years. In 2009 my girlfriend bought an HTC Hero that has better navigation functionality than crApple Maps, which just debuted in iOS 6 and the iPhone 5. In fact crApple’s CEO, Tim Cook made a public announcement apologizing for how bad the quality of iMaps is. I feel all that crApple has done over the last year or so is sue companies, most notably Samsung, for infringing on concepts that they somehow managed to patent, like a rounded rectangular shapes. I can’t wait for crApple to get into the TV game and see if the major players sue them… just saying.

Before I get into all the amazing features of Android, I have to admit, not all versions of the Android OS and phones are good. In fact some of the earlier OSs such as everything pre-FroYo and even Gingerbread had missing features. For those of you reading, if you had/have an earlier version of an Android phone, I would highly recommend thinking about trying out one of the new Android phones on the market. Many have a better screen resolution than iPhones, better hardware, and in my opinion, more user customizability.

So why should you get an Android phone? The ecosystem is amazing. Everything you actually use like Gmail, Google Docs/Drive, and your calendar seamlessly sync to the cloud. What I love most about Android is the customizability. In every app I can alter the setting how I like them. If I want to change a phone setting, I can access the master settings. It makes sense for anyone who wants control. Not to mention just about every Android phone has a built in back button and menu button so it is easy navigate. Also the multi-tasking abilities are amazing. It is so easy to jump in and out of apps and “kill” them when no longer in use.

Another fantastic feature is how, without any software, users can drag and drop songs, ringtones, pictures, and movies to and from any computer by plugging it in via a micro USB port. And have you heard of NFC? (cr)Apple hasn’t  This allows for numerous functionalities like transferring pictures and videos by touching phones together (most notably seen in the Galaxy S3 commercials) to making payments via digital wallets. And just in case you are saying “iOS has Siri!”, Google has Google Now and it outperforms Siri. What’s that? iOS has iChat? Android has at least 5 video messaging clients that are supported such as Google+ Hangouts and Skype.

I can go on and on about why Android is the right choice for consumers. In fact, I think most of the haters out there are users who have used iOS and then tried Android. News flash, people hate change and there is a learning curve for almost everything in life. So for those of you who are saying iOS is so easy to use, what you really mean is it is extremely limiting.

Make the right choice, be an informed consumer instead of a sheep, and choose Android.

The Wrap Up
Ultimately, whichever phone you choose, there is really no going wrong in getting a top of the line Android phone or iPhone 5. You will be able to do most of the same functions, use similar apps and the phone bills will be identical between the two. The most important thing is that Waspit will be available in both the App Store and Google Play and the Waspit mobile tag will work on any phone, regardless of whether you have an Android phone, iPhone, Blackberry, an old LG flip-phone, etc.

What phone will you be getting these holidays?

Do you agree with the points made in this post?

What are the specific strengths and weaknesses of each?

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13 Responses to The Ultimate Debate: iPhone vs. Android

  1. Kasey says:

    Nik,

    Those heavy stats your using were based on 600 people, from a survey which is not disclosed, and was conducted about a week before the iPhone 5 came out…. hmmmmmm. I think you also forgot to mention to the readers how, according to this survey, 9% of current crApple users will be switching to Android for their next smartphone and Android still has the largest market segment.

    Also, crApple is not making their own parts, Samsung is.

    • Nik says:

      Take any survey results with a grain of salt. Here are the results anyway: http://aytm.com/surveys/179630/stat/46c6157b6864f021a6d0a38b8c4560a9#charts/c6,c1

      Why, if iPhone5 had no innovation and nothing new, do almost a quarter of Android users want to switch? Do you think the surveyors actively pursued unhappy Android users for their results? Maybe, but probably not.

      Android has the largest market segment because there are 70 models available – some for extremely low costs.

      • Kasey says:

        Nik, if you did your research you would see that Android is a OS and not hardware, how else would you measure it?

        “Almost a quarter of Android users” don’t want to switch. Less than 150 people do.

        What is an innovative feature Apple has introduced that Android doesn’t have?

        • Dave says:

          That innovative feature is called branding, logos, advertising, trademarking, and patent lawyers willing to take on the world (except Google itself).

  2. Keith Kaplan says:

    Nik, it would be interesting to take a look at the model and OS version those 22% of people were running. Like Kasey said there has been great improvements from Gingerbread (2.3) to JellyBean (4.2). My guess is that many of those people were running something of 2.3 and below.

  3. Dave says:

    Infographic brought to you by a guy standing in front an Apple store with a clipboard for six hours…

  4. Nik says:

    That would be good information for them to include. With all the models out there, there’s probably a ton of disarray with what OS everyone is running.

    Do you think that disarray among the various Android OS lead to less feeling of community among Android users? It would account for the lack of brand loyalty that Apple comparatively enjoys from its customers. This is not a stab at the Android community but more of a theory about why Apple users so devoutly choose iPhone.

  5. RChav says:

    Kasey, you’re saying that Android’s device ecosystem is one of its flagship features, but when you really look at Apple’s iOS environment, it pales in comparison. Can Android devices wirelessly share videos it is playing with everyone in the room, like in Nik’s example of Apple TV’s mirroring feature? Does it have an organized and malware-free App Store with over 700,000 apps to choose from? Can you reasonably expect everything to “just work” with a new Android product, given the massive device fragmentation and software update delays the OS has seen in the past? No to all of the above. You say “killing” applications is simple, but how about not having to remember to something like that at all? iOS was designed to handle all resource allocation automatically, maximizing battery life and eliminating the need for “kill process” apps that have become a staple on all Android homescreens. Your claims about music on Android are laughable because the iPod/iTunes apps on iOS are vastly superior to Google’s failed experiment in the music industry. However, I will admit with apps like Pandora, Spotify, and Rdio, this is becoming less and less of problem for Android, so I digress.

    Regarding your claim of Apple being sue-happy, sure some of the patents can be dumbed down to “rounded rectangles,” but in reality, they’re asking the courts to protect the billions of dollars that they have invested into research & development. Samsung, HTC, and many other Android device makers have tried to jump on the cash train that Apple not only built, but laid the track and set up the signals for. Google even realized that they had copied some features too closely, so after they bought Motorola, they quickly moved to settle their outstanding lawsuit with the folks in Cupertino. Apple has stated multiple times that they believe competition is great for the tech industry, but when companies stop innovating and start mimicking, forward progress is halted. To continue the exponential increase in technology that our society has seen in the last decade, companies should be looking to invent new products with unique features and targeted markets, as I believe Microsoft has done with its incredible Surface Pro, due to be released in January.

    There are already over 200 million iOS 6 devices in the wild and while I agree that Apple Maps wasn’t ready for release, it is the world’s most advanced mobile operating system, bar none. Android is and will always be compared to iOS, and in some minor tasks it may be superior, but on a day-to-day basis, it falls well short of the excellence of using an iPhone. The fluidity and ease-of-use do not make iOS crippled, but rather intuitive and efficient. Settings and features are all laid out in a natural and organized system, whereas Android phones have long suffered from confusing customization packages (Samsung’s Galaxy, Motorola’s MOTOBLUR, etc.) and delayed software updates due to carrier’s inability to keep up with so many different devices.

  6. KC says:

    Enough of this! Apple wins, Nik wins.

  7. Dave says:

    I would also like to add; comparing Apple to Android is like comparing the Honda Accord to the entirety of the German auto industry. Yes there are androids that are better and there are androids that are worse. But that IS android; options in hardware, software, and operating system. Not in cases.

    If you like your beige Accord because it has 6,000 different seat covers then by all means.

    Since when did the winner of a popularity contest accurately depict the better option?

    @RChav,

    Yes, when it comes to the OS apple’s is simple and android’s is complex. But how do you define a great operating system? One that most quickly gets you the information that you want? The one that has the ability to conform to the users needs? This is an apples and oranges debate.

    If we are actually going to compare iPhone to Android we need to remove some of these variables. Compare an Android that has the same screen size, ram, CPU speed, ext. Both out of the box will work similarly, both will be able to perform the same tasks in the same amount of time. So when we boil everything what is the REAL difference between the two? Their markets. Open source vs close source. If I search for “Stopwatch” on an iPhone I am going to get a few apps, most of them cost a couple of dollars, but all of them will work. If I do the same search on an Android I am going to have the option of 200 different apps that can count time, 90% of them are free, and they vary in quality and features. I know that with a 5 second search through those 200 apps I will find one that has a high rating, will work really well, and won’t cost a thing.

    So if you like spending additional money for the cumulative 5 seconds every time you are looking for a new app then Apple is for you. However, if you have a little patience and know how to read a simple star rating system then you should go Android.

    As a programmer myself I really like testing out many new apps. I would download the top 5-10 stopwatch apps and give them all a try. With a similar mindset is how I chose Android to be the better device.

    Now with that all being said, let us pull back in ALL of the device options for android. I can get that advantage of the open source market AND I can get a phone with a 5.3″ screen, a quad-core processor, and external storage options. Along with the ability to use most USB accessories like a mouse and keyboard.

    For me the decision is simple, but some people really like those leopard print seat covers in their Accord…

    • RChav says:

      Great analogy, Dave. I think this is an important point that I failed to make. I unrightfully assumed that we were comparing the top device for each OS, the iPhone 5 and the Nexus 4 (sorry GSIII users, it’s just too big to be a MOBILE phone), so all my previous comments were assuming a top-tier Android device was being used. I’m scared to think about running some of the advanced applications available today on those cheap/free Android devices carriers are always pushing on uninformed customers. I am a firm believer in Google and all the great things it has done. Without Android, iOS would be much, much worse (I’ve had the iPhone since it debuted in 2K7 with version 1.0 and no App Store/MMS/etc). Android gave users a choice between models of varying price points, something Apple only recently began to do with old versions of the iPhone. That said, I do not agree with your points made on the App Store. The iPhone store is, somewhat controversially, regulated by the demigods at Apple, which allows apps that do not meet certain quality standards to be filtered out and fixed before users are subjected to them in their search results. With an app catalog of 700K+, it is quite a necessary evil. This quality control is one thing that Google should try to copy from Apple, because like you said, there are an unmanageable number of worthless applications in the Google Play store. Additionally, if a Fortune 500 company has an app, it’s almost guaranteed to be available for iPhone. While Android support has improved, iOS compatibility is expected by consumers when they hear or see an ad for a new app. Apple’s App Store has become our default assumption when referencing mobile apps while Google’s store is still a wasteland of malware-ridden and poorly performing applications. Sure, Apple’s store has a few lemons of its own, but finding a good Android-exclusive app is akin to finding a needle in a haystack.

  8. Apple is an enemy of your freedom.

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