As another friend gets talked into Android by his many friends talking about how much better Android is and how “lame” the iPhone is, I thought I’d beat a dead horse again. I decided to Google “benefits of Android” and came across this little gem.
So, let’s have fun ripping apart Alastair Stevenson’s goofy, not-well-thought-out reasons…
- A more open ecosystem – While I admit that this has some benefits, it ***ONLY*** benefits high-end computer users. Not necessarily only power users, but people who understand the risks of downloading software from “anywhere.” Regular people STILL don’t understand this on computers. What makes you think this is better for “mom and dad” who were lured to a website for “Candy Crush?” So, for the average user, this is not a benefit. Oh, ok…. I guess some of you want mobile MalwareBytes. Enjoy that.
- Apps are cheaper on Android than iOS – So… free is cheaper than free? Really? Because, last time I checked, I haven’t paid for an app very often. Sure, the regularly-paid-for items in iOS may be free on Android, but that’s because most Android users I know have hippie-like beliefs (“Software should be free, man!”). I’m not sure developers agree with that so, IF they decide to make an Android version, they just slap some ads on it and get a fraction of payment.
- Customisable UI offers productivity benefits – Subjective, at best. Seems like many people are quite productive on iOS (especially on iPads where, in 2014, the Android tablet market STILL sucks in comparison).
- Cross-platform nature makes it more flexible – In what way has Android become more flexible? Oh, is that why IBM decided to use Android for their enterprise apps? Wait… they didn’t? They used the “fairly hostile” iOS platform, it seems. Ah, Stevenson just loves making things up, it seems.
- NFC-enabled for a cashless future – What’s cool is, with NFC, Google changed the mobile payment industry. Everyone was using…. Oh, they weren’t? Only a couple geeks were? Right. Yeah. It wasn’t until Apple came out with Apple Pay (NFC) on the iPhones did people register credit cards and start using it. In fact, people used it so much, a competing mobile payment service forced stores to turn off NFC, (lack of actual NFC using) Android users be damned
- Open use lets manufacturers create bespoke devices – Subjective, once again! I mean, it’s true that people and companies can customize Android, but I’ve yet to see that in the mainstream or be a driving force.
- Multiple prices for devices – I LOVE this one. While it’s true that iPhones have relatively small price points, let’s beat this one to death again. And then beat the dead “body” to death…
- iPhones range from $0 – hundreds of dollars. What do you get? The latest OS.
- Android phones range from $0 – hundreds of dollars. What do you get? Randroid™.
- Innovations reach the market quicker – Define innovation. NFC wasn’t innovation. It was feature added to Android that nobody was using. A bigger screen isn’t innovation either. My TV is 46″. Even some of Android’s features that were around before iOS officially had them could be found in the iOS jailbreak community and even WebOS. Oh, but you know, you can wave your finger in front of Samsung device cameras to scroll the screen. It works like shit, but there’s your “innovation,” I suppose.
- Raft of wearables arriving – Yeah, amazing stuff. So amazing, I see Google/Samsung everywhere. By everywhere, of course, I mean nowhere. I only see Pebble watches. With the Apple Watch around the corner, I suspect we’ll see more of that. I don’t even think the Apple Watch is what I want, as it suffers from the same thing as Samsung – shitty battery life. Again, coming to market first with things people don’t necessarily want isn’t a benefit.
- Better choice of devices – Better choice? If you mean you can get a range of devices, many with shitty hardware and build quality, then you’re right. More choices == More chances…. to get some complete shit. Even the latest Android tablet isn’t quite up to par. Hey, don’t forget, Randroid™!!!