Do Platforms Really Matter Anymore When It Comes To Mobile?
Being a techy guy and very into mobile phones I get asked all the time what phone to get. In the last few years it’s pretty much narrowed down to “Jeb, should I get an iPhone or an Android?”. The question previously included BlackBerry, Nokia and sometimes even Windows Mobile but that was years ago.
I don’t think it really matters anymore when it comes to Android versus iPhone. I usually use an iPhone 5 as my day to day phone but for 7 days in a row I used a Samsung Galaxy S 3. Both are top of the line phones loaded with almost all the cool features. So I can say with 1 weeks worth of authority that they are basically the same. Once I got through downloading all my necessary apps there was 1 single app for the Galaxy S 3 that put it on par with the iPhone 5. It’s just a keyboard app called SwiftKey that made it much more useable.
The point is, I don’t think it’s the hardware that defines phones anymore and in some cases it may not even be the software. Both Android and iPhones have Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and if business apps are important to you they both have Facebook Pages Manager, DropBox, Google Drive and most importantly of course Phone.com. It’s so easy these days to set up these phones there’s really nearly no difference between them. Connecting an Exchange email account is a piece of cake on both platforms. Gmail is even easier.
There is 1 important glaring problem with Android and it’s what made me eventually switch back to my iPhone 5. I’ll probably end up swapping back and forth on a regular basis but the one thing I didn’t want to use was one single app. I balked and didn’t install my banks app on the Galaxy S 3 because I was worried about security. It’s commonly known that the Android App Store doesn’t have the same strict policy on apps accessing your personal data and I’m not willing to take the chance when I have a perfectly good option with the iPhone.
So does it really matter? If you’re buying a new work phone for yourself or maybe you’re buying them for employees in my opinion, now that I’ve used both for more than just a few hours or few days I must say… It depends, I know that’s not what you really wanted to read. There are too many variables to really get into but to name just 2, I find the voice recognition for composing the content of a text message or email is better on an Android then on an iPhone but if you’re trying to do the entire process without looking at the phone (just pressing a button to activate Siri) then the iPhone works better. On the other hand when it comes to accessories the iPhone wins hands down.
My answer is, do your homework, don’t let a salesperson bully you into buying one phone over another because when it comes to the top tier phones, they’re basically all the same. They all serve the same purpose and in my opinion one is basically interchangeable with the next. Remember that most US States have a 14 or 30 day buyers remorse policy and that might be the perfect way for you to try both platforms and see what you prefer.