Android is losing marketshare and the iPhone is totally killing it, right? Whereas the fandroids and iPhonies can certainly spin the iPhone vs Android data to their advantage, the fundamental fact remains that everyone wins when there’s plenty of competition, especially in wireless services.

Android’s market share seemed to be heading, inexorably, toward 100 percent and utter world domination. According to fresh ComScore data put out by BusinessInsider, that run of luck appears to have come to an end, at least in the US.

For the three months ended in February, Apple had 38.9 percent of the US smartphone market, up from 35 percent for the same period ending in November. Android fell to 51.7 percent over the same period, down from 53.7 percent.

These numbers underscore a few fundamental truths about Android and iPhone.

iPhone vs Android: The Plain Facts

First of all, for a large majority of Android smartphone users, their choice of device comes down to the cheapest option to replace their feature phone just like Phil Schiller said. Although the Galaxy S III and other high-end Android devices on the whole deliver a quality experience, most people aren’t willing to pay that premium.

Second, Apple’s iPhone does offer an overall better experience vis-a-vis build quality, service and integration. Because Cupertino makes both the hardware and software, the result is a more polished device.

Third, the two platforms’ relative strengths can also be viewed as weaknesses. For example, Android is more open, which has lead to a proliferation of features and services not available to iPhone users. In the same breath, however, that openness leaves Android wide open to a huge and growing number of security issues.

For its part, Apple’s walled garden approach — measurably more stable, secure and consistent — means iPhone users don’t get advanced features, like NFC, and can’t as easily customize their devices a la Android.

And, have you seen Windows Phone 8 and Blackberry lately? Neither of these competitors have cracked 10 percent market share, but both offer unique and often compelling features (i.e. Microsoft’s flat UI and Blackberry’s topflight security) the market leaders simply can’t match.

Lastly, when it comes to the iPhone vs Android vs Windows Phone vs Blackberry battle for dominance, where do the real issues lay? With the handset makers or the effing wireless carriers?

Yeah, I love my iPhone and you may greatly prefer the Galaxy S III, or vice versa, but we’d both be better off with faster, cheaper and more responsive service…

What’s your take?

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  1. Android all the way for me.

    Over the past 2 years I’ve kept seeing great articles on what we’d like to see in IOS 6, IOS 7 etc and there are some great jailbreak mods out there adding new ways of doing things but very little of what people want actually seems to ever make it into IOS and most of what people comment on is already on Android.

    I’ve recently moved across from IOS to Android, having had an iPhone 4, 4S and 5.

    For me the two deciding factors were having a large screen (sorry Apple but 4 inches was a mistake, I feel like I’m reading a shopping receipt) and the fact that with Jelly bean and Project butter, the user experience on Android now not only matches the IOS experience but adds a lot of extra functionality (Swipe to type, widgets, full customization, control over app collaboration, gestures, app launchers to name but the tip of the iceberg). You simply can do so much more now with Android – its now matured into a capable, fast, good mobile OS.

    That’s just my take on Android, For a lot of people Apple is a great option, personally, I just wanted a lot more freedom and the ability to choose how I want the OS to behave. If you are happy with Apple’s locked down environment and buy into IOS knowing it’s limitations then it’s pretty good – it’s just not for me anymore.

  2. This was actually one of the best articles concerning the two phones. I hate reading articles and comments saying “everyone wants”, “people want…”, etc. You cannot generalize want everyone wants in a smartphone because WE ALL have different taste when it comes to a smartphone. When it comes down to it, I love my iPhone, granted there are some aspects that I would want changed but overall they are not something that I would want to switch phones. My biggest problem with the Samsung/Android line ups are that the screen sizes are too big, if i wanted a device that big I would simply get a tablet (which I do have). I am starting to see a pattern where a majority of people want bigger smartphones and smaller tablets and that just does not make sense whatsoever, and thats another trend I read in so many articles. My dislike for Android is not because I simply love Apple, Samsung’s phones do have some compelling and great features, customization, gestures, I just would not see myself using them, thats the thing. Being a straight-edge guy, iOS in its simplicity is perfect for someone like me, I am not looking for full customization of my phone or different camera functions, I do not like the feeling of too many things happening on my phone, its overwhelming (Windows phones). Both Apple and Samsung make top of the line elite phones, it all comes down to a persons personally preference and what there intentions of the phone are, not everyone wants the same thing in a smartphone.
    The part about the faster service was the key part of the entire article.

    Great article.

  3. There’s a general consensus that Android will eventually have 90% market share just like Windows desktops do and generally Apple will be put out of business because everyone wants large-display, cheap smartphones. Most Wall Street investors believe it to be true and that’s why Apple’s share value is falling to zero.


  4. Thankfully, the universe is big enough for both of us. Besides who do you think is scarier? Verizon and Disney or Google and Apple…

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