As it is with all things, there are two main rivals battling it out in the smart phone industry, the apple and the Android. Who’s the next big thing? There is plenty of cut-throat competition between the two and both are rapidly adding to their ever expanding customer base, and it seems that it will come down to the different applications being offered by the two and both have their pros and cons.
Open vs Closed
When it comes to wanting more than what is being offered by a system, Android is the way to go, as even if an application is not available on Google’s official Android Market, you can still run it on your phone, whereas in Apple’s case, there are only a restricted number of applications you can tinker with, available on the iPhone Market. There are of course a few ‘backdoor’ methods to run the applications you want but most people aren’t happy to have to use them.
Here’s where Android falls short of its competition. Having an open Android system leads to a few security issues. As many as one in five Android applications have major security loopholes, rendering the whole ‘user-friendly system’ concept moot. People can create applications for private use by the customers, without Android having any restrictive control over them.
Apple on the other hand, offers a much greater control over its applications which are closely monitored against such security loopholes making mobile computing much safer.
Apple is clean, professional… sharp. Straight lines, flawless outlook, that’s what apple is good at. Their creative design engineers are renowned for making top-quality applications, and making sure that the interface on the iPhone complies with all the design specifications for the application, ensuring stable and optimal usage. While Apple offers top notch design, it does not offer much flexibility to its devices. Customization is not a common feature in Apple products.
Android on the other hand, is all around much more user friendly, like for example adding the additional option of sizing your application widgets as you please before placing them where you want. It also has fairly decent designs for its various other applications.
While selecting a smartphone largely depends on personal choice and usage, the future looks bright for the little green robot. One ‘the next big thing’, apple has now become conventional, safe and fairly boring. If android continues to work on its weak points, it will soon take a huge bite out of apple’s customer base.
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