Are you unhappy with your Android? If so, you aren’t alone.
While Android smart phones still boast impressive sales, many people have spoken out about their problems with Android and have stated they prefer the iPhone.
Have you experienced any of these Android-related issues?
No Unified Front
When you say “Android,” what exactly do you mean? Are you referring to the Google mobile operating system? To the ‘Droid you picked up at the nearest Verizon store?
Android phones are offered by all of the major mobile carriers. As a result, there’s no unified “look” to an Android, and many of the Androids on the market today are running outdated programs.
On the other hand, there is only one iPhone currently available on the market, and that is the iPhone 4S. Apple is diligent about making updated software available to users, so iPhone users never have to worry about not having the most recent version.
Fewer Reliable Applications
The Android apps store — officially known as the Android Market — has an “open door” policy when it comes to applications. It accepts practically everything under the sun.
This may result in a wider variety of applications being offered, but because there is little or no screening process, it also results in more users falling prey to malware.
In fact, the Android and malware problem has become such a matter of concern, some Android users are afraid to download any applications at all.
Meanwhile, iPhone has strict, almost draconian rules about the applications it lists in the App Store. Some users have protested that the guidelines are arbitrary, but the App Store still remains more popular, and safer, than its Google counterpart.
It also offers a greater number of applications, although this gap is closing quickly.
If you’re getting a smart phone to use for gaming, you don’t want to mess around with Android. The iPhone offers a gaming platform as well as thousands of the most popular games on the market. Android falls short for two reasons.
First, it was not developed to be used as a gaming platform. Second, Android has the reputation for offering free apps. Thus game developers looking to make a profit are likely to bypass Android entirely in favor of creating gaming iPhone gaming apps that users expect to pay for.
Less Reliable Battery Life
As mentioned above, there are many different versions of Androids, and some of those versions are infamous for needing to be recharged on a daily or near-daily basis.
Many of the phones will only hold a charge for about the length of an 8-hour workday. The smart phones developed by iPhone, which can go days without users needing to recharge the batteries, have a clear advantage.
More Hardware Problems
A 2011 study reported in PCMag.com found that 14 percent of all support calls for Android devices were related to hardware problems. In comparison, only eight percent of iPhone support calls were due to a hardware malfunction.
This may be partially due to the fact that Apple builds all of its own phones and thus is able to retain strict quality control; whereas Androids are built by 35 different original equipment manufacturers (OEMs).
Whether you’re buying tickets to a really cool concert or looking up the weather for the weekend, you want a phone that you can rely on. Unfortunately, Android is not that phone.
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