Originally Posted by LTMP
Installing apps is only one of the things you need to do. I also load up a boatload of video, music, documents and such. I spend a large part of my life in front of a computer. I'd be plugging in my phone to charge it anyway... might as well sync at the same time.
Like I said, I'd love to have better cloud syncing on iDevices, but I'd still want the computer for easier management.
Android gives you both. I mean this in a couple of ways; if you want an iTunes-like functionality, there's DoubleTwist which takes care of that for you and has both wired and wireless syncing, but if you're like me, I do all my app updates and the like OTA, but when I want to put music or video or really anything that will take a lot of space on my phone, I just plug it in with a USB cable and use it as a mass storage device and literally drag and drop what I want onto my phone. The flexibility is killer.
And to the comments relating to out-of date hardware, I don't know where to start...
I'm doing my best not to sound like a troll here, so I'll keep it concise and break it down into two points and a conclusion:
1. As mentioned elsewhere, apple consistently releases out of date hardware extremely marked up but with some kind of improvement elsewhere to make it worthwhile. I know: I have a MBP that cost far more than a PC of the same specs would, but man do I love that trackpad...
Phone-Example of the above: The Nexus 1 and iPhone 4 have comparative specs, both have a 1Ghz processor (although to be fair, the iPhone's is underclocked to 800Mhz), and 512MB RAM. But the N1 came out 5 months before the iPhone 4 did. The iPhone has that nice display, and a front facing camera, but so does the Evo which came out the same month as the iPhone 4 with again, similar specs. It's really tit-for-tat here, it depends on what's important to you. Want wireless tethering? -N1 Want a huge screen? -Evo Want great batter life? -iPhone 4, you could go on all day, the point is, they're all great, it depends on what's important to you in a smartphone.
2. Apple releases roughly one model a year, it's impossible to say that they are always top of the line for that entire year. HOWEVER, I think we can agree that the point most commenters are trying to make is that it's top or close to top of the line at the time of release, and all android phones are not. This is definitely true, but it comes back to what I just said; Apple releases one phone at a time, there is no cheap model, just the good one, if Android was structured the same way it would be much more similar, but it isn't, and that's where the confusion sets in.
In Conclusion: When comparing Tesla Motors to Mercedes, you end up comparing one car (the only one Tesla currently makes) to an entire line of cars. While a Mercedes sports car might compare to the Tesla Roadster, the Mercedes minivan certainly won't.
Android is compared to iPhone in every aspect, because Apple had the first successful smartphone to be adopted by many non-business users. That's good, it should be compared in some respects, but that doesn't mean they are the same and should be compared in ALL respects, and hardware (in the respect that it's been argued here at least) is one of those caveats.