Factors to consider in Android or iOS (long)

Discussion in 'Alternatives to iOS and iOS Devices' started by Wrathwitch, Aug 15, 2013.

  1. Wrathwitch macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009
    I have been doing a lot of thinking about the differences and considerations as a user for each type of platform and hardware and I have narrowed the decision making process down to 4 main points. The order of importance may vary for each individual.

    Factors to consider:

    1) COST, Quality and Customer Service.

    This is relatively self explanatory.

    2) Size:

    What is your primary need? Do you watch lots of media? Do you surf the web a lot on your phone? Is your eyesight bad? Is it easy for YOU to carry around?

    ie: I currently have the SSGS3 while I am in language school (adult). The internet is garbage here so I use it for an e-reader, web surfing, research, Audio file transfer and transcription, gaming, texting and making calls. The iPhone is just not large enough for MY needs currently. However, that will change in the future, more to follow.

    3) Features:

    How often do you use your phone? (as a phone, requiring good call quality and even better hands free noise cancellation in the car? Currently my GS3 has lousy noise cancellation in my vehicle, ergo, next phone will have those qualities).

    Is it convenient to use? Does it meet your needs? Does it have the apps you want or need? Does it have enough onboard storage to meet those needs? Do you get enough battery life for you? Or is an external source necessary?

    Do you have ease of access to upload/download files from anywhere as a stand alone device?

    Again, for my current use, I need drag and drop access to files, but when I go to my place of work, I will not be permitted to have a cell phone in the building, ergo my needs will change quite a lot. I will go to merely using the device to play games on occasion, the infrequent web search for references, and text, email, camera features, which in my opinion, iPhone wins for that.

    4) User Experience:

    Do you LIKE using your device, is it easy? Convenient? Does it fit your social media needs, whatever those may be? Do you hunger for robust customization? Camera access and quality? Are they good photos? Is it easy and fast to access the camera?

    Initially I never thought I would consider iPhone again after the robust experience with Android, however, with my new needs, it seems pointless to ME to carry around a large awkward device (remember, talking about MY needs here, yours may differ) which has a slow camera and takes lackluster pictures (there may be something wrong with my camera as a friends S3 on same settings takes better pics). I cannot use the BT hands free in the car because of the road noise from my car, it sounds like I am in a wind tunnel and often assumes I am talking so cuts out any sound from the other person on the line. This never happened with my iP4.

    So while I Love the customization of Android, if I am not going to be using my phone as often, it really doesn't matter that much to me. As long as the device is solid and can do what I need with my lesser requirements, (some of which a majority of non power users have). It really cancels a lot of arguments towards an Android phone for me. The problem really seems that Android manufacturers are going BIGGER BIGGER AND BIGGER. I have come to the conclusion that I won't NEED a bigger phone, but Alas, Companies like Moto, SS, etc don't make smaller phones with flagship specs. I am all about flagship specs btw. I may be a light user, but I want the longevity of a device when I spend that much money on it.

    Just some food for thought.
  2. jimbo1mcm macrumors 68000

    Mar 21, 2010

    I don't think. I am an impulse buyer.
  3. Ffosse macrumors 68000

    Nov 5, 2012
    I'm impulse, too. I change my phones up around twice a year and never think too deeply about them.
  4. jamojamo macrumors 6502

    Feb 12, 2010
    You get the award for most honest post of the day :) :D
  5. srkmish macrumors regular


    Feb 10, 2013
    Android phone+Ipad is the best combo for me as i can enjoy the best of both worlds. Now thinking of getting a windows phone too for the experience.
  6. chagla, Aug 15, 2013
    Last edited: Aug 15, 2013

    chagla macrumors 6502a


    Mar 21, 2008
    my main reason for android - user access to file system. i can plug in to any computer and simply drag and drop any file i want. then on my fone i can open up file browser and manipulate any file. its more like a mini computer on hand. at the moment no other mobile os provide this. then i can expand my storage capacity to 64gb for cheap. there is NO user file access/file management in ios. thats one major reason why i avoid it.

    flexible operating system - as you already know Android offers too much customization but then again its a choice. i prefer the flexibility it offers. for example using an app like AirDroid or mysms, i can have my phone in my pocket but i can send/receive sms just fine without touching it. Using "unified remote" i can convert my android phone like a remote controller for pc. i can do nearly 90% tasks (file transfer, backup, etc) using Airdroid through wifi without touching the device.

    as you can see these show how flexible OS android is. IF the user chooses, he can make android look like ios or windows phone but will still offer android flexibility.

    i prefer a large screen - easier to read books, browse and watch videos and photos.
  7. nabwong macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    I buy the phone that enhances my life's happiness and not buy one thinking it is the reason I will be happy. Therefore I bought an iPhone because all my family members (all generation) have one and I can communicate via iMessage, FaceTime and photo stream worldwide. There is no cross platform confusion and we are all happy.

    Would I like a Samsung note? Yes! Absolutely. But not at the expense of family integration. That said, I use an android tablet.
  8. vikingjunior macrumors 65816


    Aug 17, 2011
    Android is like having a 8 cylinder engine you may never need all that horsepower but it's nice to know you have it in case you ever need it.
  9. iMerik macrumors 6502a

    May 3, 2011
    Upper Midwest
    That's actually where I'm at with Apple/Android. I'd like to try out an Android phone for my next go-round, but the family and friends I interact most with are using iPhones and iPads with FaceTime and iMessage. It's just nice and convenient I guess.
  10. nabwong macrumors regular

    Apr 4, 2008
    I feel there's a lot of judging going on. It really doesn't matter what you buy, as long as you realize that it's a tool that helps improve your life. Wants and Needs are not the same thing. Society now cannot distinguish between wants and needs.

    I'm also anxious to try out Android but it can wait.
  11. mattopotamus macrumors G5


    Jun 12, 2012
    this is so true. Hangouts is nowhere near this in its present state. I can tell people to download an app, but people would much rather use their default text app built into the iphone.
  12. Savor Suspended


    Jun 18, 2010
    I think alot of new features like quad core, 1080p screens, and 13MP cameras are just overkill at least for right now. Most people use their phone to call, text, browse web, social networking, music, videos, and play games. But is quad core needed when the OS isnt optimized for it? Do u really need like a 1 second faster difference just to check your Facebook? Is 1080p needed on a 5-inch screen when most people cant differentiate 720p vs 1080p on a 30-inch TV? Wasting more power. And are 20MP to 40MP really needed too? Most computer monitors dont even reach 1080p yet so why bother with anything more than 2-3MP settings that can still be enough for their 1080p TV's?

    I think my HTC One which replaced my Nexus One as my daily driver checks on all boxes above. And I prefer Google over Apple and Android over iOS right now. More versatile and flexible. More variety.

    The only wish I ask is much much better battery life from smartphones. That is where we are behind at.
  13. Jessica Lares macrumors G3

    Jessica Lares

    Oct 31, 2009
    Near Dallas, Texas, USA
    Those are good factors!

    1) Cost, Quality and Customer Service

    Well, my S2 was $25 on-contract, and then my Huawei $80 off-contract. AT&T would never sell you something that is junk, so I stuck with them. When I got home, I just went into the online chat and had them change me from 4G to 3G and a smaller plan.

    They cost more, but the customer service is the reason I stay. That and T-Mobile reception is horrible. I didn't like the customer service either. I know that no customer service is good customer service, but I like to switch between data plans to save some money in the summer when I don't use it much so I have to call/chat constantly.

    2) Size

    I tried the 4.5" screen, and while I liked it, I found that I pretty much dropped the phone constantly because it's too big for my hands. So having a 3.5" phone is such a nice thing to have again. I'm half blind and would not benefit from a HD screen in general.

    3) Features

    I just need a phone that is also smart. Couldn't care less about games, I want productivity over entertainment values.

    4) User Experience

    My current phone is great. It's on the lowend of Android, but I've honestly haven't had any issues with it yet. My S2 would just suddenly die on me for whatever reason and would only work after plugging it into a wall. Nice phone, but there was definitely some power issues down the road.

    For me, I just want a phone that I can keep forever and serves the purpose I need to use it for. The iPhone 2G lasted me a long time, and the iPhone 4 would have too if it didn't fall out of its bumper. :rolleyes:
  14. Wrathwitch thread starter macrumors 65816

    Dec 4, 2009

    Blah :) When I put forth this article, I think I was more trying to convey factors that drive people to either pick iOS or Android.

    For me it's primarily based on feel of the device (does it make me happy to use it, is it easy to use, do what I want hassle free etc?) and what your primary needs are.

    I think a lot of people jump on the Android VS iOS bandwagon and trying to shove their viewpoints down everyone's throats without really looking at their motivations for their choice or looking at other people's motivations and needs.

    They get so caught up in trying to "sell" their own reasons to other people that they are blind to what the other people actually want for themselves!

    I think if more people actually took the time to do the research on the expensive items they buy there would be much less posts like "I tried YYY OS for a day and it sucks" or " Why I tried YYY for a few hours and couldn't stand it, so I returned the device wasting lots of time and money" Or even less posts as to why Android or iOS sucks etc. Look at these boards, tonnes of posts wasting time on those topics. Just to troll I guess.
  15. bnnentertainmen macrumors regular

    Aug 8, 2013
    hmmm... great. but you forgot the most important thing apps. everyone should consider what type of apps they're looking for, considering this might affect their decision

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