Linked by David Adams on Wed 30th Nov 2011 20:18 UTC, submitted by Oren
PDAs, Cellphones, Wireless With WebOS out of the picture and the Blackberry Playbook as good as gone as well, we really only have iOS and Android left until Windows 8 comes out. I’ve finally gotten around to getting an Android device myself and spent the last week trying to see if my theoretical knowledge of the system and what I remember from the last Android device I had (which ran 1.6, viewed as ancient in Android land) fits reality. Read on for a full tear down and comparison on the two OSes.
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Android fits my usage patterns
by darknexus on Thu 1st Dec 2011 01:06 UTC
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Having used both Android and iOS, I'll be the first to say that iOS is more polished in many respects. The trouble is, that polish has come at a price I'm not willing to pay: my ability to use the device I bought as I see fit. This is best illustrated with a concrete example, rather than going into ideological arguments. I use my phone as an all-in-one device (phone, PDA, music and video player, and book reader, among others). I like to listen to audio books all the time, whether I'm reading a new one or just having one on in the background to occupy my mind while doing things around the house. With iOS, if I want to listen to an audiobook, I have two options: purchase a digital copy from Audible or iTunes (forget it, I already bought the book once), or do a lossy-to-lossy conversion process to convert my ogg vorbis audio books (which I use because its size to quality ratio can't be beat if you know what you're doing) to AAC in an mp4 container. Oh yes, I know you can designate certain media in iTunes as an audio book, but that's erratic at best and the files still must be converted to something that iOS can play. So, once converted, I have to load up that bloated monster known as iTunes and sync it (iCloud won't help in this case). The end result is a long conversion process with an inferior sounding copy of the book and a frustrating wait time while iTunes loads all of its useless components into memory. With android, this is much easier. Connect the phone to the computer, copy the book in question over USB, load the book into Akimbo Audiobook Player (or whichever audio book app you prefer) and bingo, all done and ready to go.
In the end, what matters is what works best for your usage pattern. Android, no matter how inconsistent the UI may be at times, simply makes my particular use cases easier than iOS ever will as things stand. If I went back to iOS, I would miss so many things I've come to enjoy that the extra UI polish wouldn't overshadow that for me.

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