iPhone vs. Android

Our discussion on Wednesday about open-source, community friendly software development like that of the app store for the Android vs. the much stricter app store for the iPhone reminded me of this recent article on cnet.  They originally posted an article comparing the Android to the iPhone (10 Ways the Android Beats the iPhone), and just recently posted a response to that article with 10 Ways the iPhone Beats the Android.  The reviews are much more design and user-friendliness oriented, but a couple of points made me take notice.  First of all, the integration of Google services in the Android (obviously) beats that of the iPhone–you can get pretty much any Google service on the phone that you want.  We talked about Google taking over everything, and the amount of Google services available for the phone itself made me step back; Google seems to have a finger in everything.  That said, the 4th bullet on the list was what we talked about in class: strictness in regards to applications.  Obviously, this review is in favor of the freedom allowed for developers, but the dangers we discussed in class aren’t touched on at all.

I’m sure we’ve all accidentally downloaded something that we shouldn’t have–something that might have harmed our computers, corrupted a file, or carried a virus.  I’m sure we’ve all accidentally done something to mess up an electronic device, somehow.  I would be afraid of that on an Android.  Personally, my use on an iPhone isn’t particularly app driven.  I use a handful of apps on a daily basis (one of them I’ll plug here–the Sleep Cycle app that uses the phone’s accelerometer to track my tossing and turning in bed to measure my sleep cycles and wakes me up in my lightest period of sleep closest to the time I dictate.  I went to bed at about 1:30 and set the alarm for 9:30 this morning.  While the app woke me up at about 9:23, I was wide awake and rested.  Definitely worth the .99!)  I suppose if I did my research on a certain app or its developer before I bought it on the Android, I would be perfectly fine.  But knowing all of the apps are approved and “safe” on the iPhone is a comfort, as well.  What do you guys think?  Is Apple’s strictness detrimental to the app store and all of the developers who are turned away?  Is the Android’s approach better, or more of a problem in terms of “dangerous” apps?  Should a potential buyer take this into consideration when deciding between the two phones?

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