iPhone vs Android: Who Aged Better?

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Some things never change. Other things never stay the same. Take the iPhone and Android. The iPhone is an iPhone is an iPhone. Android? It went from being the ugly stepsister to the belle of the ball.

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No, seriously. Once upon a time, Android was the young scrappy upstart that stayed invisible for nearly a year. It was trailing Blackberry (ew) and Windows Mobile (double ew)! Hah! But looking back on those early days, it's easy to see why. Android was fugly. It's completely different now because every 'Nexus' phone and every OS update have brought dramatic changes: Android 1.x was awkwardly well-intentioned, Android 2.0/2.1 was something worth using, Android 2.3 found its polish, Android 3.0 launched tablets and the new Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is the futuristic realization of it all (no buttons, honeycomb-esque lines etc.). Change, of course, is even apparent outside the Nexus line; there are a million and one different form factors that fill in every nook and cranny of the smartphone space. Android is change.

In comparison, the iPhone is the same app-launching slate of a phone it was back in 2007. For better or worse, Apple has resisted overhauling the system, only choosing to add features at a steady pace. That first iPhone was barely a smartphone but the big-picture growth of the iPhone always sort of seemed to make sense: introduce it with 1.0, App Store with 2.0, fill out features with 3.0, multitasking with 4.0 and notifications with 5.0. Like it was all following a plan. Like Apple knew what was coming tomorrow, four years ago. Each iPhone is different, but the same.

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The thing is, I don't know which method is better. Is it Apple? Steely focused and steadfast about their plan, consistently cool yet coolly boring. Or is it Google? Always willing to try anything new, unafraid to overhaul their very core but and fortunate in its lack of direction. Cutely clueless. I don't want to oversimplify Android and the iPhone (though I sorta am); I'm just glad both exist. Apple might've nailed what everyone wanted in the beginning, but Android is figuring out what everyone else wanted along the way.


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I'm a unique individual. I've owned a Pre, Evo, Epic, and now an iPhone 4S. In my opinion the WebOS is the best OS I've used hands down. The hardware crapped out though. The Evo and Epic has one major flaw that annoys the HELL out of me to this day and that is they always needed to be rebooted at least once a day. And I mean popping the battery out and counting to 10 before restarting. I am on Sprint so I was forced to accept this realization and just see it as a minor annoyance to progress. I bought an iPad 2 and I noticed I didn't need to restart the damn thing and I wondered would the iPhone be the same way and when Sprint finally added it I found why yes the iPhone DOES NOT need to be rebooted, especially the Android way cause I can't get to the battery. I'm guessing it's a mix of hardware and software, but the stability of the iPHone and iOS is amazing when coming from Android hell. I love Android for what it did for me keeping me connected to my Facebook, Twitter, Texts, Emails and everything else internet, but now I want a device I don't have to always mess around with to make it happy. I have my 4S and I love it. Not only that it came with a personal assistant that integrated my Google Calendar like a champ and still reminds me like my android phone did when I set my reminders up. When I need to add another reminder it's easy as holding the phone up and saying "Siri please add this and this time to my reminder" and she says "ok I did".

Every Android user will tell me Android has voice tools as well, but I will say back but at least I don't have to RESTART THE DAMN PHONE EVERYDAY. I've been saying this to other users here, but it sucks when you're driving somewhere and need to put an address in using the physical keyboard while driving 80 because Swype doesn't understand the swype rd. LOL. And then my favorite part after entering the address and listening to the directions the phone locks up and needs to be rebooted. Yea i'm thankful Sprint got the iPhone.