Originally Posted by Spacekungfuman
So my wife and I just got the Verizon Iphone 4 yesterday, and I am very excited with the phone, in large part because it actually let me get rid of my blackberry (i used to carry a pre, blackberry, and ipod touch at all times) but I am also just a huge fan of idevices (I love my touch 2g, and have probably never stayed this happy with any piece of tech for so long, and the ipad 2 is one of the best toys I've ever bought).
But when I tell people I got the phone, I get two very different reactions. Most people have said they are jealous and want one or are getting one, but a decent number of people have asked my why I got the iphone instead of an android phone. So far my answer has been that I wanted the work email integration, but truth be told, I'm not even sure that I understand the question. I had a coworker ask me if I felt bad that my phone was already "obsolete" because of better android hardware, but to me, better android hardware may make old android phones obsolete, if the older phones can't run new apps, but I don't see how it impacts the iphone at all.
From what I have seen of android phones, although the hardware is often fantastic, the operating system seems to be focused on things like widgets (which I don't understand the purpose of) instead of getting you into apps easily, and to me, that seems like the main (perhaps only) thing that your phone os should be doing. As far as the app store goes, to the best of my knowledge, android is catching up, but do people actually think it has outpaced the iphone app store in some way? Also, I don't really understand the appeal of these larger and larger screens, since they make the phones seem pretty large for pocketability.
I am NOT making this post to criticize android, I am just genuinely curious about why some people seem to feel it is inherently better (or even much better) than the iphone. So what is it that you love about android?
Loyalty comes for the same reason why people love friends and family.
The reason why iPhone users are loyal to iPhone is because apps, and apps allow a greater level of engagement to the device than featurephones.
And the better the apps, the higher the level of engagement.
But what makes Android even more loyal is because it allows for even deeper and higher levels of engagement to the device besides just apps.
Deeper integration of the apps to the platform.
Superior choices of hardware.
I also own an iOS device. But despite claims that some IOS apps look better than Android apps, I find myself engaging the Android apps more often. For example, Facebook. Why? Because there is a widget staring on my face when I grab my device. On iOS. There is none. All I see of my Facebook app is a blue icon with a red button on it for notification.
But when I see my Android device, there in the homescreen, is my Facebook widget and right there, says my cousin is going out on a date.
So which of the two is more inviting, more responding to engagement? When I see my iOS device, I see a grid of colorful icons. But I don't get an emotional
response. But when I see the Facebook widget on my Android device, I see my friends and relatives talking about their lives and I get an emotional response.
Same thing with other apps and widgets. iOS CNN --- a big red icon with CNN on it. Android CNN widget, yeah it says right there Bin Laden is dead. Which of the two gets an immediate emotional response?
What i am describing is one facet of Android engagement --- widgets. There are many others. Homescreen customization. ROMing. Apps with a deeper level of platform integration such as sharing. The many choices of hardware and the fact you're not owning a phone 30 million others in the world have.