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Apple vs. Android, iPad vs. Android Tablets

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!


Brent Kastner

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Comment by Brent Kastner on December 8, 2010 at 5:03pm
Just checked, tethering with at&t is an additional $45 per month for 2GB
Comment by Brent Kastner on December 8, 2010 at 12:40pm
Tethering is a great option. I was thinking of trying it out on the iPhone 4, but AT&T wants another $20 or so for that. Tether for free, now that would be awesome!

Comment by Brent Kastner on December 8, 2010 at 10:24am
I've bumped into a few folks that have had the freezing issue, but from what I can tell that is typically a handset issue not something systemic to Android, or even the Droid 2/X product line. I suggest if you end up with one of those, exchange it!

@Amy, I'd highly recommend you find a store to play around with the Droid's before diving in with the purchase. They operate pretty differently from an iPhone :)

Comment by GovLoop on December 8, 2010 at 10:23am
Tethering is huge and looking for that in my next phone. If it can serve as wireless for my computer, thats awesome
Comment by Jim Mack on December 8, 2010 at 10:20am
@Kyle - My Droid Incredible has been flawless since I bought it. I would think it likely to see phones that need service at the place that services phones.
Comment by Kyle Scott Richardson on December 8, 2010 at 10:13am
We were looking to get the Driod 2 Global phone. When we went to the Verizon store, the phone kept freezing up. Yeah it was the floor model but still. Another guy that works with us has the Droid X, and his keeps freeaing up to where he has to take the battery out and restart. Android still working on some kinks?
Comment by Jim Mack on December 8, 2010 at 9:57am
@Amy - Android version 2.2 added WiFi hotspot capability into the OS. Carriers saw an opportunity for a revenue stream, even though the capability is native to the operating system. I think Verizon charges an extra $10 a month to enable the capability, which is pretty reasonable if your present iPad is restricted to WiFi only.

There are a couple of Android apps that support USB tethering as well (PDANet is one I'm familiar with.) I think that the USB port on the iPad has been crippled by Apple to only perform specific Apple-approved functions, so USB tethering probably won't work for you, but the Wifi hotspot should!
Comment by Amy Ngo on December 8, 2010 at 8:36am
My husband and I have liked our iPhones and our iPad but we've been watching the Android because we are due for new phones this year. Thanks for the information. I'll have to share it with the hubby. I think he was sold on the Android... something about it connecting with the iPad for the wireless internet connection???...
Comment by Jim Mack on December 7, 2010 at 6:54pm
@Denise- Yes, I too am suffering from a bad case of TAS (Tablet Acquisition Syndrome.) I will hold out, I will hold out, I will...
Comment by Denise Hill on December 7, 2010 at 6:50pm
@Jim Mack. NotionLnk, Nice! Thanks for sharing. It's hard to resist purchase of an alternate tablet, holding out for the ultimate tablet (for me).

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