Apple vs Android, Vendor control or User control?

01 Nov

When it comes to smart phone OS, I would say that it all depends on a user’s preference. Saying that one operates better than another would depend on the user as well. I use an Android smart phone OS, and when I try using an Iphone, I do not like it one bit, but this does not mean that Android has an upper hand.

Here, I am going to discuss a little of the compatibilities from what I see on both Apple and Android’s. First about I will go about with Apple. Apple has total control over the iOS, app market, and its developers. As I see it, Apple products kind of restricted. Why?

“Flash is a cross platform development tool. It is not Adobe’s goal to help developers write the best iPhone, iPodn and iPad apps. It is their goal to help developers write cross platform apps.”

by Steve Jobs on why Flash in not allowed in the Apple ecosystem

When you use an iPhone, the files you have in that very phone can only be shared with other Apple products. Even the bluetooth from iPhone does not allow other bluetooth from a different device of another OS to be scanned or visible. Apple is a brand where vendor control is practiced. Content in Apple products are shared and only compatible among Apple product.

As for Android devices, it works as an open source that allows developers’ independent app markets. Android, I believe, is much more flexible because Android apps are made differently depending on the devices’ manufacturer. User control is practiced whereby content can be shared to various brands that uses Android. Content form any Android phone can be shared to a wider range of manufacturers.

The up side of Apple is that, because Apple has total control of its products, iOS functions much smoother compared to the open sourced Android. Experiencing Android first hand, it gives much more freedom, but, my smart phone over heats and experience lags more often than an iOS. But is you were to compare the price between the two, it would be obvious which will have a better quality.

I stand by what I mentioned, it all depends on a user’s preference. Some would prefer a smart phone that has a better security, and some would prefer a smart phone that is much flexible.


Nafiz, F 2012, Apple vs Google, lecture, DIGC202, Global Networks, University of Wollongong, delivered 29/10/2012


Posted by on November 1, 2012 in Uncategorized


2 responses to “Apple vs Android, Vendor control or User control?

  1. lucasleehn

    November 16, 2012 at 11:58 am

    I agree with what you have mentioned. There’s no better product with these two mobile platforms. Both of these mobile platforms were design with different visions, objectives and purpose. However, Apple is more aware and careful with their product because of the vendor control. As a result, Apple’s apps are more stabilize compared to Androids. Again, I agree with you about the freedom when comes to Android but at the end of the day is really up to the user’s preference.

  2. aryssafahmy

    November 16, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    I can very much relate to this post of yours. I as an Android user know the exact feeling for my phones tends to heat up and of course lag. I guess this one of the cons on having an Android phone. But then even iPhone has it’s advantages. No product is perfect without having some disadvantages no? I really like the way you state the advantages and disadvantages and of course on the part where Android has more freedom compared to iPhone for iPhone is a closed device.


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