i Phone 5 or Android?

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    Oct 01, 2012 5:18 PM GMT
    Was talking with Verizon dealer, he prefers Android. Price is same. Which of the two do you guys think is better?
  • shoelessj

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    Oct 01, 2012 6:49 PM GMT
    I imagine this could turn into a thread of android/apple bashing rather quickly, so honestly, i believe there is no 'better.' It depends on what you need, what you like, what's gonna work best for you.

    I have an iPhone on Verizon and my other half has a Samsung Galaxy on T-Mobile, and we both like our phones. I had an android before the iPhone and I could not wait to move to the iPhone because I like how apple products work. I like that it integrates with my macbook and iPad - for instance, a photo i take on the iphone almost instantly appears on the photo stream on my mac and iPad, and when i buy a song or songs from the itunes store from my mac, it automatically appears on my iPhone. I'm also doing a graduate project that's writing intensive, so i like that i can manage it on my mac, take notes at the library on the ipad and if i get an idea i can write it on Pages on my iPhone and it'll be accesible on the mac, as well.

    Some people might say you can do all that on android, and maybe that's true, but i don't want to have to find a third-party app to work with another second-party app, etc., etc. I don't mind that it all has to be apple-approved. People might say that the iphone is smaller than the androids or that you can't customize the iphone like you can an android. Well, i want a phone, not a tablet and i don't want to have to do any work configuring my phone - i just want it to work.

    My other half though, likes the android. He was cursing the name of Steve Jobs last week when he tried transferring some photos from his older android onto his mac, and the mac didn't want to play with any non-apple devices. But he found a way around it.

    I'd say try both out at the store, play around with them. If you know people who have either phone, see if you can play around with their phones as well. And the good thing about both phones being available at the same store is if you buy one and start to feel that its not for you, i'm pretty sure you can bring it back and go with the other.

    Good luck! Keep us updated on what you go with and how you like it - i'd be interested to hear about your experience.
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:26 PM GMT
    All wireless carriers offer a 14 day grace period. I say try each one for a couple of weeks and see which you like better.
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:32 PM GMT
    Android = tech savvy/ geeks
    IPhone= Hipsters/bandwagon jumpers/ people who are tech phobes.

    Android everytime. Apple ring-fences too much.
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:33 PM GMT
    As a person who had both I'll say Android. Imo you should be asking people who actually tried out both operating systems if you want an unbiased opinion. My friends all have iphone 5s and I have a mid-range droid phone. The iphone 5 is obviously better because it's more than twice the price of my phone, but there isn't that big of a difference between the two.
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    Oct 01, 2012 7:50 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidAndroid = tech savvy/ geeks
    IPhone= Hipsters/bandwagon jumpers/ people who are tech phobes.

    Android everytime. Apple ring-fences too much.


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    Oct 01, 2012 8:01 PM GMT
    Google/Android is finally getting their stuff together, so you might just have to try out one and see how you like it. It's hard to say without having a little of your psychological profile. Do you like organizing and arranging things yourself, or do you place trust in higher powers?

    Android still is lacking in terms of quality of many apps, but I wouldn't let that discourage you if you think you'll like that system better.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:05 PM GMT
    har19 said
    whateveryo saidAndroid = tech savvy/ geeks
    IPhone= Hipsters/bandwagon jumpers/ people who are tech phobes.

    Android everytime. Apple ring-fences too much.


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  • NerdLifter

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    Oct 01, 2012 8:07 PM GMT
    I was going to say also try out a Windows Phone, but then remembered that Verizon Wireless only has the HTC Trophy, which I would definitely not recommend.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:09 PM GMT
    For me its not which one has the higher rez screen or the better camera, because if you wait 4 months something will be released that is better than what you own. My rule is buy the best when its time to upgrade and live with it until the next upgrade.

    Now, which one? You really are buying into an ecosystem when you choose Windows, Android, or Apple. Each ecosystem spans phones, music players, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and probably more as time goes by. Each has a collection of apps and accessories. If you stick with an ecosystem you will get more bang for the buck as the different parts work together. For the moment, Apple has the best developed ecosystem. That could change in the future. Microsoft might be getting its s#!t together and may have a lot to offer, along with enterprise compatibility, in the future.

    But for now, Apple is the way to go. We now own iMacs, iPhones, an iPod Touch and and iPad. Am about to purchase a MacBook and an AppleTV. The reason is that these droids are much more useful when all working together. The iMac streams movies to the iPad which pushes an HDMI signal to the TV. The iPhone will act like a wifi router next week when I am making numerous business presentations on the MacBook, sending the signal to the AppleTV, which in turn provides images to the conference room projector. The iMacs network together so unbelievably beautifully, it makes me cringe to remember what it used to be like to set up a home office network. If I download an app on one mobile device is shows up on others. I can custom design my music preferences for each device if I want, and everything else for that matter, yet I have a central repository of movies, photos, and songs on my main computer. I could keep blabbing, but you get the idea.

    Last, I read the tech press daily. Though satisfaction with Android is improving, it has a ways to go before it reaches iOS. Android apps are more likely to crash or be infected. There are fewer consumer protections and more awkward interface issues. The OS on Android devices is more likely not upgradeable until much later than Google's release date, whereas with Apple you get upgrades and critical patches the same day.

    The biggest advantage of Android on many phone models is price, customization, and screen size. If for example you use maps aLOT, then a big Android screen might be the way to go.

    Am very much looking forward to seeing what Microsoft can pull off. I think they are on the right track in trying to devise on OS for all hardware platforms, and could be poised to whittle away at the competition and eventually dominate like they once did. But they can't bumble a lot like they have in the past, or they're toast.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:15 PM GMT
    I have Android in the form of a Galaxy S3. I like bigger screen, trace to text feature, and more customization options that don't require jailbreaking.

    That said it is not as intuitive or as simple to use as an iPhone. Like posted above if you use other Apple devices or products then sharing between them an the Android requires a bit more effort. This doesn't apply to me since I have a PC or Apple TV. itunes was my big worry but Android has an app called iSyncer that lets you sync an Adroid to itunes just like an iPhone.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:29 PM GMT
    I have a Nexus S running Android. I like the phone and it suits my needs.

    From what I've seen iPhone contracts cost more. However if you have other Apple devices or are considering getting them, then iPhone would be the way to go. Keep in mind it will be $$$ more.
  • groundcombat

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    Oct 01, 2012 8:36 PM GMT
    Nivek said
    Now, which one? You really are buying into an ecosystem when you choose Windows, Android, or Apple. Each ecosystem spans phones, music players, tablets, notebooks, desktops, and probably more as time goes by. Each has a collection of apps and accessories. If you stick with an ecosystem you will get more bang for the buck as the different parts work together. For the moment, Apple has the best developed ecosystem.


    I'd disagree. The Apple "ecosystem" is well developed but it's narrow as it tends to only work with stuff developed by Apple. Android works pretty well across all sorts of devices with the exception of Apple devices, which are made to not work outside of the Apple "ecosystem." Take music for example. With Android I have the options of downloading music to my phone via Google Play Store, Amazon MP3, Samsung Media Hub, or even as an email attachment. From there I have several play back options: Google Music Player, Winamp, doubleTwist, Amazon Cloud Player, etc. I can even use Allshare to stream media to any compatible device, not just AppleTV like Airplay. In my opinion Android gives you the greater likelihood of finding exactly what you want provided you're willing to search for it (and yes tinker). Apple will give you what they think you want/need and that will be it.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:39 PM GMT
    Android always
  • shoelessj

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    Oct 01, 2012 8:40 PM GMT
    whateveryo saidAndroid = tech savvy/ geeks
    IPhone= Hipsters/bandwagon jumpers/ people who are tech phobes.

    Android everytime. Apple ring-fences too much.


    Wow, that didn't take long!
    You forgot to say "sheep" and/or "lemmings," as well!
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:41 PM GMT
    groundcombat said Android gives you the greater likelihood of finding exactly what you want provided you're willing to search for it (and yes tinker). Apple will give you what they think you want/need and that will be it.

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  • Montague

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    Oct 01, 2012 8:48 PM GMT
    Get an iPhone 5 or 4s and unlock it, jailbreak and run both iOS and the android OS Ice Cream Sandwhich (not sure if the Jelly Bean break is out yet).
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:51 PM GMT
    Apple.

    Droid freezes constantly, forces quits constantly, and all around is not nearly as effective as anything iOS.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:56 PM GMT
    running11 saidApple.

    Droid freezes constantly, forces quits constantly, and all around is not nearly as effective as anything iOS.

    That has to do with the phone not the OS. My G1 did that but my Samsung Blaze doesn't.
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    Oct 01, 2012 8:58 PM GMT
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    running11 saidApple.

    Droid freezes constantly, forces quits constantly, and all around is not nearly as effective as anything iOS.

    That has to do with the phone not the OS. My G1 did that but my Samsung Blaze doesn't.


    Oh ok. Yeah when I had a droid it was a shitty phone. It was the Galaxy, like the original version
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    Oct 01, 2012 9:07 PM GMT
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    running11 said
    JR122 said
    running11 saidApple.

    Droid freezes constantly, forces quits constantly, and all around is not nearly as effective as anything iOS.

    That has to do with the phone not the OS. My G1 did that but my Samsung Blaze doesn't.


    Oh ok. Yeah when I had a droid it was a shitty phone. It was the Galaxy, like the original version

    I've definitely not had any probs like that with my Nexus S. icon_smile.gif


    I've heard they've gotten better.... I haven't had a droid in awhile but when I did it was kinda when they were just starting out...

    Maybe I just have an iPhone addiction... iPhones Anonymous? lol
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    Oct 01, 2012 9:22 PM GMT
    running11 said
    Oh ok. Yeah when I had a droid it was a shitty phone. It was the Galaxy, like the original version


    In the scale of how fast technology advances that is like saying you will never buy a GM vehicle because your 1980 Olds diesel broke down.
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    Oct 01, 2012 9:31 PM GMT
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    running11 said
    Oh ok. Yeah when I had a droid it was a shitty phone. It was the Galaxy, like the original version


    In the scale of how fast technology advances that is like saying you will never buy a GM vehicle because your 1980 Olds diesel broke down.


    Umm... I just had a bad experience with droid... not feeling it. and I love my iPhone.

    And I'll stick with it.

    So maybe, maybe not. My choice.
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    Oct 01, 2012 9:41 PM GMT
    running11 said
    Umm... I just had a bad experience with droid... not feeling it. and I love my iPhone.

    And I'll stick with it.

    So maybe, maybe not. My choice.


    The choice is yours.

    But relating a bad experience with an older product isn't going to help anyone with with the purchase of the latest version.
  • Montague

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    Oct 01, 2012 9:48 PM GMT
    running11 said
    ATC84 said
    running11 said
    Oh ok. Yeah when I had a droid it was a shitty phone. It was the Galaxy, like the original version


    In the scale of how fast technology advances that is like saying you will never buy a GM vehicle because your 1980 Olds diesel broke down.


    Umm... I just had a bad experience with droid... not feeling it. and I love my iPhone.

    And I'll stick with it.

    So maybe, maybe not. My choice.


    I can fix that car being that my specialty is diesel engines and pirate software. icon_razz.gif