Top 5 Reasons to Choose Android Over iPhone
Tech Talker plays devil’s advocate and outlines the top 5 reasons to buy an Android device over an iPhone. Check out the previous episode (#124) for 5 reasons to choose an iPhone over an Android.
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Last week we outlined the Top 5 Reasons to Choose iPhone Over Android. Today, I'm going to turn the tables and give you the top 5 reasons for choosing an Android phone over an iPhone.
In case you missed last week’s episode, be sure to check out why for someone people, the iPhone is the better choice.
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Before I start, I want to throw out my disclaimer one more time: I’m not partial to any one operating system or phone. I think each one has its pros and cons and some features are better for some people than others. Basically I’m trying to avoid hate mail.
But just to play devil's advocate, in this episode I’ll discuss the ways in which an Android device is better than an iPhone. Keep in mind that there are quite a few Android devices on the market (and only one iPhone), so it’s not always fair to make a 1 to 1 comparison.
Reason #1: Price
One of the most noticeable things about Android devices is that they are much cheaper than their iPhone counterparts. For example, a new 32GB iPhone 5s with no contract will cost you $650, whereas a new 32GB Nexus 5 will cost you $400. That’s a huge difference for phones with very comparable specifications.
Under most circumstances, you’ll always be able to find cheaper Android phones than you will iPhones. This includes buying used phones, or buying phones on contract.
Reason #2: Removable Parts
My next favorite feature about Android devices is all of the awesome removable parts that they have. For example, it’s super easy to swap out batteries. This means you can buy multiple Android batteries and swap them in and out with no problem.
With the iPhone, you’re stuck with the stock battery and if you notice that your device isn’t holding the charge like it used to, it's very expensive and difficult to replace. With an Android device you can easily buy a new battery and swap it out without any special expertise or tools.
The same goes for memory cards. You can insert a typical micro SD card into your device and expand its digital capacity immensely. Or say you’re running out of space on your SD card, well you can easily swap out another one on the go with no problems. This isn't possible on an iPhone.
There’s also a pretty nifty functionality that allows Android devices to mount USB flash drives onto the device. This requires a special cable, but it's really affordable and allows you to send and share information on the go if need be.
Reason #3: Features
Android phones come with a pretty awesome set of features not yet seen in the iPhone. One that I recently tried out on the Samsung Galaxy S5 is that it was water resistant. This means that you can take it to the beach, drop it in a toilet, or even take it swimming and it is able to withstand moderately wet conditions with no problems at all.
This seems like a no brainer when it comes to phones. After all, how many of us have experienced the disappointment of watching our expensive smartphones take a dip in some unforeseen body of water? I've even done an episode on How to Save Your Wet Electronics with tips on rescuing soggy devices. So having a phone that can withstand some moisture is a lifesaver.
Also, most Android devices have NFC (Near Field Communication), which allows Android devices to send and share information if they are close to one another. This was built into many devices hoping to take advantage of Google Wallet.
What I love about NFC is that you can program your phone to perform actions when it comes into contact with another NFC chip. For example, a cheap $1 NFC tag you can buy online can be used to make your phone send a text message or start a timer automatically.