+Michael Fullerton Can't we all just get along?
No, probably not. When have you ever
known religious zealots to get along with anyone
? +Glenn Dobson One of the things that gets to me in the Apple vs Android comments, is when people say Android is more complex to use than iOS.... I just don't see it.
That's because it isn't. My girlfriend is likewise not a technical person, but adapted to a nice Android handset in a matter of minutes. She was making calls, taking pictures, updating her address book, downloading a few games ... all with surprisingly few questions thrown in my direction. Granted, she's a pretty sharp cookie, but still.
The precise same effect can be seen in the Mac vs. Windows wars. For a long, long time (decades, in fact) the Macintosh was really the only choice for a computer user wanting a truly sophisticated, easy-to-use GUI. Be it noted that Mac users took high delight in pointing out that fact to anyone who would listen (and many who wouldn't and just wanted them to go away.)
Well, Windows has come a long way since then, and now the differences, for the bulk of users anyway ... are essentially non-existent. At least, they aren't significant enough for those people to drop their Windows 7 machines in favor of a Mac. Yes, the Mac is sleeker and more elegant in many ways, but that doesn't mean as much as it used to mean.
LIkewise, Android started out as the weak sister: no argument there, and I know this because I was an early adopter with the original G1. It worked, most of the time, but it wasn't exactly painless and it required some babysitting. But like Windows, Android has come a long way: unlike Windows, it has done so in a comparatively short time. It's also being continuously improved, by both Google and
numerous active communities of Android modders (such as my personal favorite, Cyanogenmod.)
Generally, I find Android to be the more interesting of the two environments. Yes, that's just my perspective as an engineer, but you know what? The vaunted iPhone does "just work", it's true. But so does any halfway decent Android device.
I have noticed a tendency for Apple fans to compare low-end Android units to iPhones (which are, by definition, high-end.) That tells me that they're having to work to maintain their sense of innate superiority.