Is Android really better than iOS?

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Is Android Better Than iOS?
Paul Stamatiou has switched from iOS to Android, and he has a compelling list of reasons why he thinks Android is better than iOS.

It was just meant to be a quick experiment. I started using a Nexus 4. I was going to go right back to my iPhone after a week. I was designing more and more Android interfaces at Twitter and realized I needed to more intimately grok Android UI paradigms.

A week in it started feeling normal; the larger form factor was no longer a nuisance. A month in I didn't miss anything about my iPhone. Two months in I sold my iPhone 5 and iPad Mini. It has now been three months since I made the switch. I'm loving Android.

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I generally hesitate to wade into the "this product is better than that" kind of discussion, for the simple reason that everybody's needs are different. If you read Paul's commentary (and it's worth a read), it's clear that Android is meeting his needs much more than iOS ever did.

Angry iOS and Android Fans
I'm sure Paul is going to catch some heat for his commentary from some of the Apple devotees out there. What he is saying amounts to heresy to some of those folks, but I give him credit for honestly stating his preference in mobile devices.

I think he'd be catching heat if he'd written it the other way around, and had switched from Android to iOS. Some Android fans are as equally passionate as their iOS counterparts for sure.

Beauty is in the Eye of the Beholder
But beauty is in the eye of the beholder when it comes to mobile devices and ecosystems. My friend Kevin used to use an Android phone, but switched to IOS and he's never been happier. I've asked him why and his answer amounted to "it just works" and he's happy with that.

I have yet another friend though who switched from iOS to Android because he has large hands and needed a larger size screen on his phone. Patrick is able to shift easily between operating systems, and may yet move back to iOS if Apple ever releases an iPhone with a larger screen.

Choice is a Beautiful Thing: Android, iOS or Something Else
If the product you choose isn't meeting your needs, then it makes sense to switch as Kevin, Patrick and Paul did. That is why competition and market alternatives are so important. No two users are exactly alike, and no product is going to make everybody happy.

Choice is a beautiful thing, whether you choose iOS or Android or something else entirely.

Have you switched between iOS and Android? Or did you choose something else? Tell me why in the comments.

How to Run Linux on a Windows PC
SJVN had a great article yesterday here on ITworld about how to run Linux on a Windows PC. It's a guide that will help get you started with Linux.

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