About a month ago I decided to renew my contract with AT&T and upgrade to the iPhone 4 after much loud and vocal discontent with both AT&T and the speed of my iPhone 3g after one of the OS updates. I have two key reasons why I decided to continue with Apple at this point even though I am absolutely sold on the idea of Android; I’ll get to those reasons in a moment but first let me talk about the reasons that I am enamored with Android.
1.) Android is open source and is designed to be an open platform. I think history is pretty clear, with Apple no less learning this hard lesson, that open systems mature faster have larger uptake and become more widely adopted because of that. True, apple is “what all the cool kids are using” but I don’t expect that to last as Android stabilizes and we find it embedded in many product outside of Internet enabled ones.
2.) You can get the Droid 2 in an R2D2 form factor. I don’t need to say more here.
3.) Android phones are available on nearly every cell provider in the US (AT&T) included. This may over time become the largest chink in Apple’s armor around iPhone. Will their deal with Verizon ever come to fruition?
4.) Android has native QR code support. Look for those cool barcodes at Best Buy and TV ads.
Despite all of the “cool” facts above I still chose Apple’s iPhone for my Internet enabled smartphone platform. Why?
1.) Facetime. I travel a lot. It’s really nice to hit a button and be visually connected with my wife and kids back home, truly this application is a marvel. They dreamed of this on Star Trek and ladies and gentlemen it has arrived!
2.) Android versions are completely fragmented. Carriers, phones, tablets, etc all run different versions of the OS. Significant lag can sometimes harm the update process as carriers build specialty applications on top of Android, and sometimes for special phones. This needs to get ironed out and situated before I trust my phone, my right arm, to Android.
So here is what I’ve decided. I will stay an Apple customer (at least until my new contract expires) and invest in an Android tablet (Samsung Galaxy maybe) until Android matures, de-fragments, and continues it’s insane rise to the top of the mountain.
What are your thoughts? I’d like to hear them!