Android vs iPhone

Aug 01, 11 Android vs iPhone

The great phone debate pits Android devices against the ever-popular iPhone. According to the latest research from ComScore (found by this search), smartphones running the Android OS developed by Google now hold the largest market share of subscribers. Apple’s iPhone is in 3rd place behind Blackberry devices. And the number of Android devices being used are growing.

As for the big debate, there are limitations to both operating systems, and those limitations can be all but removed by jailbreaking your iPhone or rooting your Android device. There’s a great pair of articles from my favorite tech website – Lifehacker. These articles only mention things that you absolutely can’t do on the other operating system. If you can root it, jailbreak it, or otherwise make modifications to do it, they leave it off the list. This makes for interesting reading.

My Debate

I’ve been an exclusive iPhone owner and user since 2008. Prior to that, I had a Windows Phone made by HTC. I’m extremely comfortable with my iPhone 4 and have found ways around its limitations. I’ve jailbroken it so that it does pretty much what I want, although not always the most elegant way. For more information on my setup, see the My Jailbreak Setup Article. I’ve done everything I want with it and haven’t made any changes in quite a while.

Recently, a coworker started an Android programming group at work. I wanted to join, but didn’t really have a device. (My NookColor wouldn’t work well for connecting to the Google API.) My options were to buy a tablet, buy an Android phone with no contract, or buy and Android phone with a contract. After thinking about this I decided to get a really nice Android phone and really run it through its paces. I wanted to become an Android USER so that I could really do the programming right.

My Devices

My Android Phone: Samsung Infuse 4G

My iPhone: iPhone 4

My Plan

I have my iPhone on my main phone service plan with unlimited (haha) data. During my testing phase, I’ll be tethering my Android phone to my iPhone so it doesn’t use my small 200Mb data plan. If I decide I like the Android phone better, I’ll switch the Android phone to my main line and put the iPhone on our 3rd family plan line.

My Comparison

FeatureAndroidrootiPhonejbNotes:
Screen Size4.5 in3.5 inAfter using the Android screen, the iPhone seems so small
Screen Resolution207 ppi330 ppiEven smaller, the iPhone just LOOKS NICER
Camera8 MP5 MPMaybe I'm a bad photographer, but all my pics suck
HDMI outputyesnoThis is kind of nice
FM radio tuneryesnoI'm not sure how useful I'll find this feature on Android
720p videoyesyes
Network4G3GSince I'm only on wifi now, I'm not seeing the difference
StoragedynamicsetAndroid has a removeable MicroSD card that allows for memory extension
Battery Talk Time8hr 50min7hrThis is why I bought the Samsung Infuse!
Battery Standby400hr300hr
Flash playeryesnoI only occasionally run into a situation where I really want to use flash on my iPhone. Not a dealbreaker
Google Integration*******Apple is frustrating and doesn't work well
UI*******Apple is intuitive, but limited. Android is confusing
Music*****iPhone can stream or use iTunes offline
Wireless Syncing********
Keyboard*******iPhone is standard, but Android Swype is really nice
Callers at night******My old Nokia phone would allow me to set it up so certain callers could reach me when my phone was on silent. Can do with Tasker on Android. Not possible on iPhone
Automatic settings********yesAndroid Tasker allows automation, like going silent at 10pm. iPhone jailbreak app does it but not well.
Screenshots*SDK*****Screenshots are really easy on an iPhone, but not possible on a native Android
Xmarks/LastPass*******I use these heavily on my PC and it's difficult on iPhone, but it just works with the Dolphin browser on Android
Journal App*****My iPhone journal app is not available on Android. This is a problem
Maps********Turn by turn directions on Android!
Google Voice********yesI had to jailbreak to use Google Voice properly on my iPhone. Android works
Netflix***yes***I rarely use Netflix on iPhone, but it's not available on my Android
Hulu+***yes***I sometimes use Hulu+ on iPhone, and it's not available on my Android
Wifi Hotspotyes*****yesThis is a deal breaker and I'd like to do this on Android without rooting - doesn't seem possible
Solitaire******I'm completely addicted to my iPhone Solitaire game. Android game graphics are HORRIBLE and poorly designed
Games*******I've already spent a good amount of money on games on the iPhone and would have to do that again on Android, if the games exist.