07-19-2011, 06:34 AM
I doubt I could make a more persuasive argument than cwa on this point, but while I know for a fact that there are some very nice Android phones out there (particularly if you're not going to get into apps beyond what came with the phone), there's just nothing like the iPhone 4.
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Android, in addition to having some security and malware issues, also has some legal problems. People in the industry are paying a LOT of attention to Apple's recent win over HTC in ITC court, as the implications are fairly serious for Android.
But nevermind that, it's about the apps and the integrated OS, man. I used my iPhone as a personal hotspot today, what a lifesaver -- and so simple!! I was dumbstruck, even as a long time Apple fan, at how elegantly that whole experience went. I get that feeling a lot using the iPhone, it's just a remarkable piece of technology.
My main "argument" against Android is also my main argument against Windows: the OS is made by one party (who takes very little responsibility for any issues), the overlay of the OS is made by another party; the phone itself is made by yet another party; and the software available for it isn't really controlled by anyone, so low-quality and problematic apps prevail.
As I say -- I have a couple of friends that got an Android phone for various reasons (most of them budget-related), use them primarily as "phones with benefits" or "feature phones with Facebook" as I like to call them, and are perfectly satisfied with them. Android has a place in the market, an important place I'd actually say. Other friends of mine who've tried Android mostly gave up on it and went with what they really wanted: an iPhone.
But when you're in the "serious" leagues, there's really only one brand in the smartphone space. Apple.