Originally Posted by mbarriault
This. Ask a Google lover why Android is better and they'll spit out a bunch of things about iPhone (very little about Android itself) that for the vast vast vast majority of users will never be an issue. Ask an iPhone user why they think their platform is better and there will be nothing specific, as it's the entire experience, the OS as a whole. Why a platform is good is almost entirely subjective, though certainly where a platform falters is objective. The cited "faults" with iPhone are always subjective, based on principles, or are specific to a single user's case (in which case it's fine that they don't use it). I find it shines a bright light on the "war", that those that are neutral or on the iOS side tend to be reasonable, while the "Phandroids" can only spew dribble.
I love both Android and iOS. Heck I'm most likely going to buy iP5 come October, but I'm gonna list some advantages that Android has over iOS, and a lot of these issues are from a personal standpoint. Note that most of the issues are software related. Please don't flame me. I'm just trying to play devil's advocate. One has to note that iP4 is over a year old, which is old as heck in the fast paced mobile industry.
- Android supports LED notification integration (rumors that iOS5 will support this, with possibly the iP5 to have its own LED light as well? crosses fingers and hopes)
- As of now, Android without a doubt has a superior notification system fully baked into the OS. This is by far Android's greatest strength. Curious as to how iOS5 will be received once the general public gets their hands on iOS5's notification implementation.
- *Some* Android phones support replaceable batteries, as well replacing it with an extended battery. This is a bonus.
- Replaceable SD card (for most Android phones)
- Scrollable widget support (awesome feature. I love the fact that I can see my twitter feeds on my homescreen without having to manually open an application for it)
- Google's native Navigation/Map application (I really hope Apple blows everyone out of the water when they come out with their own native nav application, but in my eyes, those 3rd party navigation apps on iOS are rahter mediocre, although I do want to try out CoPilot, which was just released on the AppStore)
- Ability to undervolt/underclock or overclock on Android phones (for most Android phones. A great feature that can be utilized by power users)
- Fully integrated voice search/actions throughout the OS
. This is my favorite feature, and I use it on a daily basis, and its accurate. I always say 'call so and so' or, 'set alarm for 8 am' or 'map of gas stations.' Voice dictation is extremely accurate as well.
- Two app stores coexisting on Android, Android Marketplace and Amazon App Store. I love the fact that Amazon App Store gives out premium apps for free everyday, such as Angry Birds, Cut the Rope, etc.
- Of course, theres tons of issues with Android as well. Face it Android enthusiasts, the iPhone series works a lot better out of the box than an Android phone. If one has to tinker with the phone day in and day out, thats a complete fail.
- Some apps are just much more mature on iOS than Android, without a doubt
- Potential for getting malware on an open source platform like Android is much higher than iOS.
- Fragmentation on Android platform. Its pretty bad. Fortunately Google is working on this issue, with a lot of handset manufacturers and carriers on board.
Theres plenty more pros and cons, but I'll stop here. I'm really looking forward to iPhone 5. The promise of a bigger screen, LED notification light, CMOS sensor from Sony, and notification integration on iOS5 is making the iPhone 5 much more appealing. Add to that the A5 chip sips power, the iPhone5 might be a winner for me. I don't see much coming from Android side, other than the existing SGS II. Maybe the HTC Vigor? But thats replacing the HTC Thunderbolt and HTC is just plain terrible when it comes to battery management on their phones. I dont know if its the SoC, or the radio kernel they're using, but its just terrible.
Originally Posted by anantksundaram
We also like people to back up their assertions here.
I am not suggesting you are wrong, but would you care to post links for HTC's and Samsung's segment data that speak to their profit from phones? And, while you're at it, hard data (not some consulting firm nonsense) on actual quantities of smartphones sold
Based on my earlier post, the Reuters article notes that Samsung's Telecom division revenue was 11.2 billion dollars
this Quarter compared to last year's revenue of 9.95 billion dollars. How much exactly the phones implicitly made, I do not know, as I do not have the figures. I do recall that Samsung would not release the number of smartphones sold this quarter due to a) ongoing lawsuit with Apple b) their numbers are lower than what investors expected.
As for HTC, I just did quick google search and found this graphic. Revenue was up Q2 to $4.3 billion. Not bad, HTC.
Without a doubt though, in terms of single products, iPhone is still king of handsets, especially with the large profit margins Apple gets with each phone.