When it comes to smartphones, you really only have two major players in the market – Apple or Android (yes, you have Windows, but how much do you see them anymore?). These two titans have been slugging it out for some time now, and although each one has their own perks, it all comes down to one thing – personal taste.
Some people prefer Apple products because………they’re used to them. They’re consumer-friendly, and by in large, pretty easy to operate. They lump all of their content through their powerhouse app – iTunes. This program organizes ALL of your media files into easy-to-find, compartmentalized storehouses where you can locate them. The only caveat to Apple devices is that in order to load anything onto an Apple device, unless you go through jailbreak or other hacks, you have to use iTunes to move the stuff from your computer onto your device (or directly download it from the iTunes store/App store).
For some time, I was used to the whole Apple idea, since I was given an iPod to me as a gift some years ago. Don’t get me wrong – it works very well for what it does. The only downside to it is that you really can’t do much to customize the interface or control where your stuff comes from. I still have my first-gen iPad – a weighty 64GB monster that has lost some of the luster off of the silver backplate, but still works for reading my books and running the apps that still work for it. I don’t think I’ll get any of the newer versions, since they all pretty much do the same thing, only newer.
I jumped into the whole Android thing in more recent years, having switched from Apple to Blackberry, but then yearning for a touchscreen to do everything again. We got a sweetheart deal to get a Galaxy S5, which was my very first Android phone, and after some messing around, quickly fell in love with it. It has a very customizable interface, you can download from more sources than just iTunes. You can also use widgets to display information right in front of you, which have their own options as well, which suited my needs just fine. Also, you can transfer files back and forth to your computer right through Windows/Mac without the need for another program to hold your hand.
Now granted, the latest versions of the Android devices (most notably Samsung devices) now have sealed, non-expandable memory like the iPhone, but they seem to just work better for me – that, and the new Galaxy Note has a nifty S Pen that’s pressure sensitive and a joy to draw or write with! I like the idea of being able to organize my own stuff on my computer so I can move it to my phone how I like. The way Apple imports everything is that it all gets stuffed into little folders that becomes a bit of a chore to slog through when you can just have your music in one, nice, neat place.
So while there is no clear-cut winner one way or the other, it all comes down to choice. My choice just happens to have the mascot of a robot, and not a piece of used fruit.