Which smartphone is best is the perennial question? No matter how you answer this question, fervent fans of the posh iPhone or the Android phones will always demonstrate to prove that their preferred smartphone is best. This is similar to the “Occupy Any Where – QAW© to make our point and get free stuff” movement. One smartphone is not truly better than the other but rather one of these choices is more suited to your needs and budget. Having used both helps me understand what you should consider when selecting a smartphone. Before picking your next smartphone, you should read this article to help you in the decision process.
The active iPhone family includes the iPhone 3G, iPhone 3GS, iPhone 4, and iPhone 4S. These phones are supported on the big cellular networks of AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint as well as others. The active Android family is larger because Android is a Linux-based software Operating System (OS) for mobile devices including smartphones and tablet computers. The Android OS is maintained by Google and the Open Handset Alliance. The current Android OS named Gingerbread runs on a wide variety of cell phones and other devices.
The first difference between the iPhone and the Android phones is that the iPhone is tightly controlled by Apple. In contrast the Android phones are in a “Wild West” open source market influenced by Google. Tight control results in exclusivity, higher costs, and dependency upon Apple. The result is that the iPhone is the posh phone that everyone wishing to be important desires. Please do not get me wrong, the iPhone is a darn good phone which I depended upon for three years. Android phones in contrast are more flexible, easily work with Gmail, and support new hardware features that on paper are better than the iPhone. The hardware feature differences are not enough to warrant picking an Android phone over an iPhone.
In the three years of time with the iPhone there was one failure issue. One day the iPhone 3GS just quit while I was driving using the GPS navigation feature. When I say just quit, I mean that is died so completely that I could not even make a 911 call. I have a very old Blackberry phone that is no longer in service upon which I can make a 911 call today if needed. There is likely a Federal law or FCC ruling that requires all cell phones to always dial 911 no matter what has happened to them. The only excuse for not dialing 911 is a dead battery and no available power. Apple replaced the phone without charge.
Two other iPhone observations are there was a death grip with the iPhone 4 that caused calls to drop and that the battery is not replaceable by the user. The first issue is solved by an iPhone cover that separates your hand ever so slightly from the phone.
The second issue impacts iPhone longevity. Not being able to change a battery means that at some point you must buy a new iPhone. The battery is good for two or more years depending upon usage. All batteries develop memory that limits the battery charge. This battery charge supports the iPhone operation in standby mode, in data mode, in text messaging mode, or when talking on the phone. To maintain the longest battery life, the battery be fully discharged before it is recharged. At first an iPhone may run for two days without recharging with moderate phone usage. After some time, the phone will need daily recharging. Older phones often cannot run a full day. This may be solved using expensive external batteries for an iPhone. No external batteries have worked to my satisfaction. Sticking with the iPhone battery is best. The short battery life issue is solved using car chargers and carrying an iPhone charger. iphone 11 pro
In contrast the Samsung and Motorola Android phones do not have a death grip. Both phones support battery replacement with a second battery running about $50. They are light on power consumption unless you connect to 4G service. When using 4G service these phones eat power like football players eat steak.