The debate between Android and iPhone is becoming as worn and tiresome as the eternal debate between Windows and OSX. However, as ardent Android supporters we thought we’d put together a comprehensive list on 11 things that an Android phone can do that an iPhone can’t.
- Openness: The Android operating system is open source and supported by Google. This gives application developers and even smartphone makers complete freedom to modify and customize the source as they want and build exciting, ground breaking new apps. There is no limit to what a developer or smartphone manufacturer can achieve with Android.
- Tight Integration With Google Apps: While we can’t deny that Google’s scatter gun approach to building web apps and services leaves us scratching our heads, there are some invaluable tools at our disposal like Transliteration, Google Books, Google Scribe, Walky Talky and the ever geeky Sky Map. One app that will probably never make it to the iPhone is the Google Maps Navigation. All these apps are free and work flawlessly on any Android phone.
- Customized To You: With the iPhone you can have any screen arrangement you want as long as it’s arranged in a 4 column grid. Doesn’t sound very customer friendly, does it? Android allows you to personalize your experience with widgets and arrange the dashboard as you want.
- Power Saving: Android has some of the best power saving features in the smartphone market built right in to the operating system. There is no need to download new apps, the system optimizes the battery life in the background.
- Connectivity: Unlike the iPhone you are not tethered to your iTunes account and can plug and play on any type of computer. This openness and portability makes an Android phone the ultimate in convenience.
- Kill Switch: At a click of a button, Google can send out a signal to all Android phones to kill and remove any rogue apps. This keeps your phone secure at all times and you can sleep easy knowing that Google has your back.
- Flash: Steve Jobs is anti-Flash, we know that. But what about the tens of millions of people that have to be inconvenienced because of Steve’s whims? Android doesn’t place any restrictions on the type of media you can and can’t view.
- Security: Android is an open source platform which means there are thousands of developers reviewing the code all the time. When you leverage the power of the crowd like this, security bugs are identified and patched rapidly. What’s more, Android can patch itself automatically without needing to be connected to infernal iTunes.
These are just 8 things that we think an Android phone can do that an iPhone can’t. How many other ways do you know of that makes the Android phone superior?