Apple vs. Android : Which One Is Best?

Aside from politics and religion, Apple versus Android may be one of the most prolific debates on the internet today. Both sides are absolutely passionate about their choice and are not afraid to sometimes be a little or (more often than not) overly disparaging to those who dare choose a phone different from theirs. What most people don’t get, however, is that they are usually preaching to the choir. The only ones agreeing with them are those with the same phone; the other guys just dig in their heels and keep saying “My phone is still better.” Luckily, I don’t let myself get dragged into these kind of debates. I like to think it’s because I’m enlightened, but it’s really because I find it pointless to argue with strangers over the internet.

I have been a loyal Apple iPhone user for a lot of years. I’ve been an iPhone user so long that the last phone I had beforehand was a Nokia–back when they were still somewhat popular. Yeah, I know. A long time ago. I currently have an iPhone 4 that is a little over 3 years old–practically ancient in smartphone years. Besides talking and texting of course, I mostly use my phone for listening to music, playing a few games and watching Netflix on occasion. There’s also a great Yoga app I recently found that I love. Since my phone is a little older and regular wear and tear is starting to take hold, I have decided it is time for an upgrade. Normally I wouldn’t have to think twice about automatically upgrading to the next iPhone (the 5s, specifically), but it just so happens my husband and I got our daughter a pre-owned Samsung Galaxy S 3 for Christmas. The phone is not set up for actual phone usage, but she can play games and watch Netflix and YouTube on there with no problem. But, even without phone service, this phone suddenly has me questioning my longtime iPhone loyalty.

The thing I noticed first about it was the screen size. What a huge difference! 4.8 inches compared to 3.5 inches for the iPhone 4. It takes up almost the entire length of the phone, whereas the iPhone leaves about a half inch gap at both the top and bottom of the phone. The newer Galaxy S 4 has a slightly larger screen (5.0 inches) even though it is ever-so-slightly slimmer and lighter than its predecessor. Even up against the iPhone 5s the Galaxy S 4 looks like the clear winner. Honestly, when the specs are compared there’s really well, no comparison. Well, there’s always room for comparison, especially when it’s your phone on the line. I mean, come on now.

I consider myself a fairly logical person, so when the numbers are staring me right in the face, I have to take a closer look.

Obviously, the first thing is price. They’re both pretty even on that point, running about $650 each, or $200 with a two-year contract (AT&T). Next thing to consider is size. Is it better for a phone to be bigger or smaller? Heavy or light? Like I said before, I currently own an iPhone 4, so either one of these will feel significantly lighter to me. Plus, I have an Otterbox case on mine which adds another ounce, at least. That being said, the Galaxy S 4 is heavier and larger than the iPhone 5s but not by much. The most notable difference is that the width of the Galaxy 4 S is almost 1/2 inch larger than the iPhone 5s. This would be something that I (as a long time iPhone user) could possibly consider a con since it would almost feel like I’m talking on a small tablet instead of a phone. Not a big deal, but it would definitely be something to get used to. After the more basic considerations like price and size, come the more technical issues. The camera on the iPhone 5s has only (only?!) 8 megapixels compared to 13 MP for the Galaxy S 4. The video (in my totally non-techie view) seems to be almost equal. The biggest disparity, however, seems to come in the resolution. The iPhone 5s has a resolution of 1136×640/336 ppi (pixels per inch) and the Galaxy S 4’s resolution is 1920×1080/441 ppi. While there is a difference, it may not be a realistic one. At least from an average eyeball point of view.

An article from NBC Newstalks about how more pixels may not mean a better viewing experience. It shows that even though the 1920×1080 image is sharper and more brilliant, the 1136×640 image is probably a more realistic view of the world. Keeping that in mind, it would almost make the real world seem a little dull if I was used to viewing things in a sharper-than-necessary way on my phone.

So I have all the points laid out and still wonder what to do. Am I overthinking this whole situation? Possibly. But I’m not a person with endless disposable income. I work hard at a part-time job at a nursery. I am full-time mother of two kids at home. We’re in the world that we’re in. And that world includes having a phone with you at all times. Whether you consider it a burden or a not. So be it. Here we are.

And so we come to the last point. The intangible factor. Which one do I really, really deep down want? Which one will make me the happiest?

Well, we all know the answer–whether it’s my question or yours. One choice always gives us that butterfly in the stomach feeling more than the other. You know the one. Even if it’s just a bit, you always can tell what your gut is trying to tell you. Trust it. Your gut knows you best. Go with it. I am pretty sure I know what mine is, I just hope it’s the right choice.

Wait. I felt a flutter. Yep.

I know I made the right choice.

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