While the iPhone 5 is a lot better than previous versions when it comes down to innovation, Apple still cannot compete with the latest offerings of Android devices in every front. Fans of the iPhone will welcome a larger 4 inch display, 4G LTE and a processor that is a lot faster; however these are all things that Android fans already enjoy, plus more.
iPhone 5 vs Android: 5 reasons why Android still rocks
The 4 inch display of the iPhone 5 may look a lot better than the 3.5 inch of previous iPhones. However there is no getting away from the fact that at 4 inches, the display is still small compared to what’s offered on Android handsets. The Droid Razr Maxx, which is considered to be a compact handset, has a display of 4.3 inches. The Samsung Galaxy S3 comes with a 4.8 inch display and this is thought to be mainstream, while the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has a 5.5 inch screen. Owners of smartphones today want a large display for watching media, it makes text easier to read when browsing and the on screen keyboard is easier to use for those with large fingers.
The iPhone 5 may have 4G LTE now but it still hasn’t got NFC. Therefore users of the iPhone 5 can say goodbye to the latest form of mobile payments. The majority of top end handsets on Android have NFC as standard and users can simply touch their device to the reader and pay for something. NFC is not only useful for payments but for sharing such as videos, photos and contacts just by a tap of the device against another.
Customization is a world that iPhone 5 users won’t have in their vocabulary. Android handsets on the other hand allow users to have custom widgets on the home screen. All that the iPhone 5 has is another row of icons. Android offers users plenty of customization options other than widgets as well and this includes custom launchers, third-party replacement apps for native tasks and even custom ROMs.
Android devices have the standard USB port as opposed to a proprietary connector, which Apple have changed so people now have to pay out $30 for an adapter to use their old accessories on the new iPhone 5. If you upgrade Android handsets or change phones, all of your old cables will work and this applies across a multitude of devices (e.g. BlackBerry and many Symbian devices as well).
Users of Android are able to choose their own keyboard from a variety of third party ones. iPhone 5 users are stuck with the one that built in. Keyboards for Android include Swype, SlideIt and much more. Or of course you can choose a phone with a physical keyboard such as the Verizon Droid 4 from Motorola.