iPhone 5 VS: What Android and Windows Need to Fix

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iphone 5 vsiPhone 5 vs this phone, iPhone 5 vs that phone. Since its release the iPhone 5 has been compared to other phones on the market, both Android and Windows. And while there are a lot of things that each respective phone does better than the others, there are fundamental issues that each need to resolve in order to gain more of an edge over the iPhone 5.

Windows

Windows phones haven’t had the greatest reputation the past couple of years but the Nokia Lumia 920 may be looking to change that. In the ‘iPhone 5 vs Lumia 920’ debate, the Lumia has a clear advantage when it comes to things like camera quality and even screen size and resolution. But there is something that is definitely holding back the Lumia 920 and Windows phones in general. The Windows platform has yet to create a formidable apps market comparable to that of Android or iOS. Maybe Windows 8 will help attract more developers, but Microsoft’s pricing plan for apps may become an issue for consumers as they would be more expensive than current iOS and Android apps.

Android

It’s hard to generalize about Android phones and how they compare to the iPhone because there are so many of them and each has varying screen size, processing power, camera quality and other features. But there is something that the iPhone undoubtedly has over Android and it has to do with the operating systems. Most people turn to preference when looking at iOS or Android but there is something that I think even Android users are annoyed about. When iOS 6 came out, owners of iOS devices everywhere had the option to update. Android fans on the other hand aren’t as lucky. Android updates tend to roll out in a more fragmented sequence with some phones receiving updates sooner than others. Some phones are still running Android 2.3 because updates have not been made available. What Android gains in having an open source approach it loses in being able to easily manage and distribute.

Neither of these problems is permanent and each can definitely be improved upon. And when the Windows platform has strong apps and Android updates have a more streamlined updating process, phones like the Lumia 920 and Galaxy SIII will have a stronger edge in future ‘iPhone 5 vs’ debates.


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  • tdog

    Obviously software updates don’t come to all ios devices anymore….or full update anyways……your theory is flawed…iPhone 3…..3gs….iPhone 4……your old phone will not always be able to handle the newest software…

  • Uh hears a thought if u care about updates buy a nexus device. if your oblivious sheep like most people are get an iPhone. You should know what your getting into with a non stock android device by now.

  • Gav456

    Or just root. I decide daily between jelly bean (cm10) or ics 4.0.4 with the latest version of sense 4.5 designed for the One X, and this is on a sensation! Android haters would have you believe that the sensation is stuck with 4.0.3 and sense 3.6 I don’t rely on Google, T-Mobile or HTC for updates, just fellow geeks& devs

  • You are mentioning 3-4yr old phones. New flagship Android phones are being shipped with ICS and will continue to be.

  • Isn’t just as sheep-like to be an Android fanboy? You are locked into the Google ecosystem where your data is being sold daily. And the average user isn’t going to root a phone. Why would a consumer know what they are getting into with Android? Why should they have to get into anything other than a great phone with great software that is current?

  • Gav456

    Anyone unwilling to do a little research before signing a2 year contract sometimes costing £500+ kinda deserve to get ripped off. And as for Google selling data, it is always opt-in, they sell harmless data to companies to do a little targeted-audience-advertising (still costing the end user nothing). If that is what it takes to keep Google free, I’m fine with that. Anyone who’s not: read the small print all you have to do is relinquish access to Google play

  • ColeS

    The logic about Android in this is ridiculous. OF course it takes longer for Android updates to roll out. Like it said there are many different android phones on many different providers. There is only one maker of iPhone and the newer one is so close to the last one it really isn’t a stretch to put the new version on an old device. A new version of android is optimized and customized for each phone and provider. There is a lot more work that goes into making each version of Android work with a persons specific phone. It would be much easier to barely upgrade a phone that is miles behind the rest every year with new software that is barely different than the original.

  • Nathan Borup

    Agree with tdog. Not to mention devices that do upgrade iOS 6 are going to run a heck of a lot slower than they used to with iOS 5. That happened when the 3GS upgraded to iOS 5, it just became so buggy that my coworkers decided that they needed to upgrade. At least android knows when phones are to obsolete to run their new operating system

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