The iPhone: The Solitary and Only
When users talk about features of the iPhone, they are citing to the iOS mobile platform. The rate of the software is great across the board and there has always been one iPhone even though we have several versions every year. One can just choose the storage that it boasts whether 16 GB, 32GB or 64 GB.
The Various Looks of Android
Android is Google's mobile operating system and countless smartphones run on this platform. Android users refer to their smartphones as a "Droid" even though the carriers vary from one another. Android phones are available in all shapes and sizes.
The App Store vs. the Android Market
At the moment this is the most important part that constitutes both platforms: apps. Apps are considered as the principal reason why people opt for smartphones these days. Apple's App Store include a huge register of downloadable games, tools and is the biggest market of apps in the world closely followed by Android. Apple is relatively firm in its choice of apps in the market and takes significant judgment of the apps that pass through its scanner. The App Store though is the sovereign here.
On the other hand, Android highlights on "openness" and does not have a stringent app approval process for its own app market. This is the key reason why malware cannot be fixed, but Android followers are happy about the advance.
The iPhone OS has been in the market for long time now and for this reason boasts of good quality apps and more apps compared to Android market. However there are new apps being developed in mutually platforms and hence both iOS and Android have their own share of hits and misses.
iPhone vs. Android
An exclusive advantage with Android is its seamless integration with Google and its services. Everyone can profit from Android's superior native Gmail app. Google Maps feature in Android include GPS Navigation, GPS navigation app for the car. On the whole, Android is a flexible OS which helps you to nip some phone features if it bugs you. All plain settings can be controlled too. There are slick design and theme apps which can easily modify the look and feel of the smartphone.
But there is a vast issue of "fragmentation" with Android since there are multiple versions of Android available. The most recent version of Android is 4.0 or Ice cream Sandwich but there are many new devices which are still running an old version of the OS. Additionally, phone manufacturers come up with their individual "skins" which rests on top of the Android platform. These "skins" have their exclusive look and own apps that cannot run on any other phone of any other manufacturer. Only the Galaxy Nexus offers a vanilla Android experience and are always primary updated before any other smartphone.
Now talking about the iPhone advantage, Apple has always been competent to offer the best possible experience for its customers and hence flawless experience is guaranteed on all levels. With its latest Retina display technology, iPhone has the finest pixel-rich display in a phone and presents a superb UI for web browsing and multimedia. Apple's FaceTime app makes video chatting seamless between Apple devices. The iPhone is a smaller amount customizable which might be a huge turn-off for some users. Also there are problems with its support for 4G capability. This is a huge minus in terms of speed when Android 4G phones are around.