Apple iPhone or Android Smartphone?

Many people are just now catching onto the many uses for mobile technology devices known as "Smartphones." Smartphones are cellphones that also operate like computers, having a large capacity for storage, and run on an operating system (aka "OS") that is visually similar to the operating system of a desktop or laptop computer. Smartphones can browse the web, download applications, or "apps" as they are commonly referred to, and they can even download documents for you to read or even edit with the correct software.

When looking for a Smartphone there are many choices on the market, however, the most popular choices are the Apple iPhone which runs on a mobile version of Apple's iOS, and the various other devices that run on the Android OS. While the two operating systems are very different in nature, they way they present the user experience is quite similar. For example, navigation through both the phone and on websites is done by swiping the screen, enlarging and shrinking images and webpages is done by "pinching" the screen, and navigating through the phone itself reveals buttons that are of similar shapes and sizes, located in the same places, and organized in similar ways.

So, which OS is better? iOS or Android?

For the iOS there is only on choice: Apple's iPhone. The Android OS, however, comes installed on a variety of devices by different manufacturers. In other words, not every Android phone is the same. While the Samsung Galaxy series of phones are similar to the iPhone with most of the buttons on the screen rather than the physical device, the Motorolla Droid still has most of its buttons on the physical device which must be physically depressed.

Your experience with a Smartphone will vary depending on not only the operating system, but also the phone you choose as well.

For the most part, there are very few differences in the user experience for both iOS and Android phones. Although, Apple's iPhone has one drawback that many people may not be aware of:

As more apps are developed for the iPhone, they are being created in a way that are only usable over the AT&T and Verizon networks since those carriers are the iPhone's native carriers. This means that while unlocking and "jailbreaking" an iPhone to use on another network may be possible, much of the functionality of iPhone apps is lost when this is done. This is something worth thinking about before purchasing an iPhone if you don't have one of the two carriers mentioned above.

The difference in availability and price

Android phones are available from a multitude of carriers and cost much less than the iPhone. Although T-Mobile partnered with AT&T, they don't have any plans to sell the iPhone, leaving iPhone customers only two choices: AT&T or Verizon, two relatively pricey mobile phone carriers.

The best way to determine which OS is right for you is to get some hands on experience by going to your local stores and testing out the various Android phones along with the Apple iPhone. By doing this, you'll immediately get a sense for what phone and OS is most intuitive for you to use, and you'll find your perfect match!

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