Paul Wherly

iOS vs Android: Two teams, one debate

Today’s Guest Blog is brought to you courtesy of Mark Williams of Pensar IT – one of our partners – an IT support company based in Central London.

We’ve been having an on-going debate here at Pensar Headquarters about Android and iOS operating systems and devices. While everyone is talking about screens sizes, internal storage and plugs, three apps are keeping the Apple fan boy in-house very excited about the new iPhone 5: Mailbox, One Day and Podcast app.

He talks about Mailbox as the brilliantly hyped and later acquired by Dropbox mail app which syncs perfectly with your email – at first you just could do it with Google mail- and allows you to power through you inbox with the swipe of a thumb. Built on GTD by David Allen.

Next, One Day is another app that keeps Apple fans loyal, especially in the Marketing and Communications industry. It is a journal / writing / diary app that allows you to write to yourself, add photos and location. Great for blogging, thought collecting, thinking out loud. Syncs between all Apple devices, including iPad, iPhone and Mac.

He also loves the podcast app; in fact, he thinks it is better than iTunes full stop. Originally, Instagram was the App that kept Apple fan boy on the iOS, but now these tried and tested apps have pushed his loyalty. Apple fan boy is ready to admit it is the app rather than the handset that is determining his loyalty.

But what about Android? Less fanatics over here; however the fan girl gives us some reasons why she is still in love with it and has decided to go for the new Samsung Galaxy s4.

First of all, she thinks Android offers a highly customised experience thanks to widgets, which you can place on your phone’s home screen to give updated information from your apps. As an example, she mentions a calendar widget that will show upcoming appointments without having to open the calendar app (very useful for ultra-busy folks!)

Android fan girl also thinks Android is more compatible with most of devices out there, especially if you’re not an Apple fan, and it is also more flexible when it comes to integration. And, of course, money counts here; there are much more free apps on Android than on iOS, as this one counts on an exclusive team dedicated to work for Apple. She finds amazing the new eye tracking feature for the Samsung Galaxy; this means videos will pause automatically when you look away, and you can even scroll up and down web pages by tilting your head.

So as the debate continues, we’d love to hear more opinions about this trend. Are you an iOS or Android fan? And most importantly, what keeps up your loyalty?

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