Perhaps the most common present-day dilemma: Android vs. Windows Phone? Some would say it’s not really a dilemma since Android holds a much bigger share of market, but for those who know a thing or two about smartphones and operating systems, it’s not about popularity but about getting what they want.
It’s hard to dismiss one in favor of the other since both are exceptional in their own right, but it would be surprising if they weren’t since they have two of largest companies behind them: Google and Microsoft.
Google, of course, is behind Android and has used all of its resources, power and influence to propel this OS into the stratosphere. Giving you a straight answer about which one you should go with is a rather impossible task, so we’ve instead decided to take a closer look at Android first, and analyze its pros and cons. More on it below.
Why You Should Choose Android:
Being the most popular doesn’t always necessarily mean being the best, but it does indicate a lot of things. Because Android is so popular, smartphone manufacturers will race to offer as many different models as they can that run it, at every price range.
If we take iOS out of competition, Android has the best support on the market with a virtually endless number of different apps in Google Play store.
But software developers aren’t the only ones which have been quick to hop aboard the Android train. Media conglomerates have also joined, which means you can gain access to your favorite music, movies and TV shows instantaneously.
One of the best aspects of Android is the high level of flexibility and customization, which is something that hasn’t gone unnoticed by both users and hardware manufacturers alike. This is mirrored by all the different third-party devices for Android that are present on the market, along with numerous other accessories.
As is the case with every new OS, Android wasn’t perfect from the get-go, but today, it offers everything that a great OS should: simple, intuitive user interface, great looks and optimal performance. We’ve already mentioned that there are simply too many apps for us to count.
Why You Shouldn’t Choose Android:
While, on one hand, variety is a good thing, because there are so many different Android phones to choose from it’s also a double-edged sword. It’s great if you want to get an Android device for very little money, but if you are willing to spend a bit more, it does not necessarily mean you will be getting your money’s worth.
Security can be a worry to many users. Android is a lot more open than some better protected operating systems such as Apple iOS. One major problem is that Android devices are much easier to monitor or Spy on – just a thought! Major spy software products such as FlexiSpy and mSpy work very easily on Android devices.
The biggest problem, however, stems from the fact that, with so many diverse models, some compatibility issues are bound to happen as a consequence of it. While some accessories and third-party devices might be compatible with Android, it doesn’t mean that they will be compatible with that particular Android device.
To make matters worse, compatibility issues aren’t just limited to hardware. There is also the fact that hardware manufacturers aren’t forced in any way to keep their phones up to date with the latest versions of Android. But, even if they do, it can create a whole other set of problems, because some of them, like Samsung or HTC, make their own version of Android in order to get a more custom feel and a unique experience.
The Android user experience is therefore far from uniform. The app quality is also uneven, due to relatively unrestricted access for all developers, which also means increased security risk.