iPhone vs Andriod

iPhone vs Andriod

Feb 12, 2012

We recently renewed our contract for the business mobile phones. The majority of our business mobiles are Apple iPhones. With the popularity of the iPhone, we equip the staff so that they can provide assistance to our customers. In this particular order we also purchased the Samsung Galaxy SII for my wife as she has never been a fan of the iPhone.

Out of the box the two phones are packaged in a very similar fashion. The iPhone comes with a Power Adaptor / USB charger, Manual and Headphones while the Samsung comes with the Battery, Power Adaptor, Separate USB Cable, Manual and Headphones.

Setting up the Samsung entailed removing the back casing, fitting the battery and the SIM card. The iPhone was a little simpler, only requiring a SIM card to get things under-way. It was quite refreshing to see that the iPhone didn’t need iTunes or a connection to a PC or Mac to activate the phone.

Both phones were up and running with minimal fuss. Our first impressions were that the Samsung was really impressive with the iPhone simply being an updated version of the same interface and features.

We sat the two phones beside each other and started working through the typical day-to-day.

Advantages of Android (namely the Samsung Galaxy SII)

  • Extremely Light-weight
  • Ability to take SD Cards
  • Bigger clearer screen (more contrast)
  • Quicker and Easier Text input
  • Camera appears to be present clearer pictures with more definition and natural colours
  • Better desktop management
  • Task manager – easy ability to free up memory and resources
  • The Back key
  • Smarter user interface
  • Voice recognition is faster
  • Far more functionality in popular applications such as Maps, Calculator, Clock/Timer, Notes, Contacts
  • Better notifications and Status
  • Price $$
  • Renders websites far quicker than the iPhone
  • Videos play from websites
  • Better functionality when browsing
  • Plays Flash content (iPhone will not play flash content)
  • Ability to Print
  • The Biggest advantage is NO NEED FOR iTUNES!!! – simply drag and drop Music, Videos and Photos

Advantages of iPhone 4S

  • Stronger case and chassis
  • The quality of the downloadable Apps appears to be better
  • Larger out of the box memory (32gb and 64gb)
  • Better signal in poor reception areas
  • Easier transition for existing iPhone users
  • Siri (voice recognition) is quite an extraordinary piece of software and gives a reasonably intelligent response to almost anything you throw at it

Having come from an iPhone 3 the iPhone 4S is a massive improvement in terms of speed, screen quality and overall responsiveness.

iTunes – the bane of my existence..

I don’t think I am alone when I say I hate iTunes. Moving from the iPhone 3 to the 4s didn’t improve my opinion of this agonising, inferior piece of software. The whole experience was excruciating. My wife’s experience with the Android on the Samsung was a much more pleasant one. Moving music and photos to the Samsung was simply a matter of plugging in the phone to the USB port of the PC and dragging and dropping the photos and music folders – its was simple! Three hours later I am still trying to get my music collection and photos onto the new phone. iTunes reported that the music was on the phone but its no-where to be found. After a lot of mucking around trying to move the music track by track, iTunes threw up an error indicating that the file can’t be played on the iPhone…. wait.. but these tracks came from my iPhone 3 ??? [Shakes head – Facepalm]

So which is the better phone?

The Samsung Galaxy S II wins hands down over the iPhone 4S and unfortunately I am now stuck with the iPhone for another 24 months (luckily I get to play with my Wife’s Samsung Galaxy to ease my sanity).


  1. Does Samsung still use that “kies” software? I found that much, much worse than iTunes. iTunes still freezes often on my PC, but it runs reliably on my macbook—so I’m using that for syncing. Always room for improvement though 🙂

    • Glenn Challen /

      Hi there and thanks for your comment. I haven’t required the kies software and Apps are simply purchased via a Google account.

  2. Kies is entirely optional, leave the phone in debugging mode and it interfaces to the computer as a mass storage device, turn debugging mode off and it goes into an MTP interface.

    Kies Air is a much better version, it runs as a web server on the device and copies big files very quickly.

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