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Right now, in the realm of smartphones, there is a titanic battle going on between the Android and Apple operating systems. They are clear market leaders, leaving the likes BlackBerry, Windows and HP (the new home for the old Palm WebOS) in their wake. But which is better and why?
Round 1: Apps
Here there can only be one winner – Apple. And with somewhere in the region of 500,000 apps on its Apple App Store, compared to below 200,000 on the Android Market, it’s going to stay that way for a while. That said just how much choice do you need? When does the number become meaningless? Both should cater for all your app needs, so while Apple takes the point it may be an irrelevant statistic to many.
Round 2: Hardware
A complete turnaround here, with an easy win for Android. You have the choice of the iPhone or another iPhone with Apple, while the likes of Samsung, HTC, Sony Ericsson and Motorola are all building smartphones running Android. And with the Samsung Galaxy SII, Android clearly has the most advanced handset on the market. But again, how great do you need your smartphone to be? If you have an Apple Mac, MacBook or iPod, you may still find the iPhone is the way to go.
Round 3: User interface
In what should be the deciding round, it’s simply too close to call. Both have very similar user interfaces that are very simple to use and get to grips with. Setting up your connections, syncing your email and transferring files are all very easy, as is setting up Wi-Fi and generally navigating around your various apps. Android has the benefit of all those Google goodies being designed especially for it, but if you’re an Apple user already you get all the goodness of a simple new addition to your network.
When it comes down to it, it’s currently a dead heat that comes down to your own personal preferences. And the good news is, whichever you choose, you’re likely going to have a fantastic smartphone experience.