iPhone or Android? 6 questions to ask yourself before deciding (updated)
1. Do smartphones scare you?
When you fiddle with the latest and greatest phones at your local carrier store, do you feel like a deer in the headlights?
2. Do you want a physical QWERTY keypad?
Tapping out lengthy messages on a virtual keypad can be royal pain if you have clumsy fingers, and even those with nimble fingertips may prefer the feel of actual keys to a slippery glass touchscreen.
3. Do you depend on Gmail and Google Calendar?
One of the beauties of Android is that the initial setup process is a piece of cake—for Google users, anyway.
4. Do you use a Mac?
Just as Gmail and Google Calendar users will have an easy transition to an Android phone, so will Mac users glide right into an iPhone—particularly if you’re storing your contacts in the Mac OS X Address Book and using iCal for your calendars.
5. Want to play Flash videos?
Ever visit a website on a smartphone, only to see a blank panel on the page that reads “Adobe Flash plug-in required”?
6. Are you an app addict?
While Android boasts one of the liveliest communities of app makers around, Apple’s App Store is the undisputed king of mobile applications. Its shelves are stocked with 500,000 apps and counting (compared to a still quite healthy 350,000 or so for Google’s Android Market), and the most interesting and exciting applications and tend to be built for the iPhone first.