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Android or Iphone - Which one is better?

Updated on August 3, 2013

Android compared to Iphone

As there are more and more types of smartphones and tablets in the market, there are too many choices that we need to make to get the best value out of our hard earn money when we want to purchase a smartphone or a tablet. Many comparisons have been made by the iPhone fans or the Android fans that mostly biased to the side they liked. Some obviously telling the iPhone advantages over the Android or vice versa. And if I were to make a choice by my own is not fare. So, I came out with this list of comparison and you will need to step in to tell us why or what you like about iPhone or Android on their features.

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Which one is more user-friendly? - Android or iPhone?

Android vs iPhone - User-friendly
Android vs iPhone - User-friendly

When we buy a smartphone, what we want most is it must be user-friendly. Mean it is easy to understand and easy to use. If you have ever use an iPhone before, you will find out that you can simply pick up any iPhone and quickly and easily understand how to use it without needed to figure out what to do. All you need to do is to tap on the app icons desired. That is why when you purchase an iPhone, you will not find any user manual inside the box.

Most of the Android devices come with several button for different functions. After you have unlock the screen (This may vary on different types of Android device), you will need to face with many possible different type of front screen that may need you to scratch your head what to do next.

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Now is your turn to tell

Which one do you think is more user-friendly?

Android

Android

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    • Jae 2 years ago

      iPhones are superior. They just are. Had my iPhone for 4 years. No android lasts that long lol

      Yes it's great at first but studies say 90% of android users eventually go apple or windows and stay there. It's simple, you want to get things done correctly, go iPhone, you want to be 10 again and change the color of your text, go android lol

    • Jae 2 years ago

      iPhones are superior. They just are. Had my iPhone for 4 years. No android lasts that long lol

      Yes it's great at first but studies say 90% of android users eventually go apple or windows and stay there. It's simple, you want to get things done correctly, go iPhone, you want to be 10 again and change the color of your text, go android lol

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I tried a iphone for just a week I was acustom to a android and I did not like the change. Once android has been rooted and the bloatware removed I love mine

    • anonymous 3 years ago

      I dont like apple logic. Im used to pc computer and android seems to replicate it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      androidddddddddddddddddddddddddd

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like it because it allows the maximum customization.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android :@

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android, more options more Customizable user friendly. And just better looking.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like Android because you have so many more choices and free apps, and you can go into your system files. But I've never had an iPhone, but as far as I know, Apple confuses me. I've never used an Apple aside from my iPod Nano. But I know I wanna try it out. For now though, I prefer my Droid Razr M. When my contract is up, I will get an iPhone.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I was a huge apple fan boy. Loved everything about iPhone and thought it was the greatest. Until I bought a droid RAZR just to try it out. Android is by far a more superior operating system than iOS. I can honestly say I will never go back to iPhone.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Androids are a LOT better than iPhones for some reasons.

      Gadgets

      Androids can have third party apps without voiding the warranty, because iPhones need jailbreaking to do the stuff that androids can do, and that voids the warranty

      DOSBox and Windows

      SD card support

      Large screens

      Visible file system on computers

      More choices

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I have phones from these 2 systems.I find out Android is more straight forward in software party and has more flexibility in hardware part.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Usually the phones with Android have more flexibility.Such as you can easily to expand your memory and upload all the songs you want from your PC for free and easy straight forward procedures. But for IPHONE, I need to do some search before I know how to use certain function of it.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I think I phone is going to get even more and more off subject of music and on i tunes you have to pay alot for music when on android you can get a app for free music

    • normal lm 4 years ago

      I like the android..yes it has loads of free and very interesting application which i haven't found yet.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is userfriendly

    • Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

      Android is the best for me because it has lots of free apps around

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is far superior, and the maps do work!

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is d best.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android, Is the best, unless you're a simpleton and can't figure out how to use it. Android makes everyday tasks easier, not just tasks that Apple allows you to do.

    • cjbmeb14 lm 4 years ago

      Android is easier and cheaper.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      android is better

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      This whole discussion reminds me of this:

      YouTube: watch?v=b7CviZEdID0

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Ppl only use iphone bc there not smart enough to use a real smart phone such as any android

    • ssuthep 4 years ago

      I love the Android and the Samsung Galaxy III I currently use. I think it is much better than the iPhone 5

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      After using the Android system for over a year I will never use anything else. My phone has replaced my ipod touch, I like some of apples apps that Android doesn't have, but that works both ways. Also, my tablets are also Android OS I'm very pleased with them, the speed, the internet, the games, very impressive. I also love the fact I'm not handcuffed to itunes.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Never owned a smart phone but used plenty of my friends iPhone. When I decided to buy one I wasn't sure what to get but the Samsung S3 looked interesting. My first reaction when I received it was, holy crap it's big, but actually after using it a while it feels just right. For those of you that say it's not user friendly, took me all of about a couple of hrs and was up to speed. Easy to use, very customizable, very bright clear screen, and fast. Most of my friends with an iPhone had only one thing to say...WOW!

    • intermarks 4 years ago

      @anonymous: I believe both of them will suitable for both kind of peoples that you mentioned here, One is for people who like things to be really simple, and they probably will choose iPhone and for people who like to do things at their own way, and these people will choose Android phone.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android let's you express yourself. Who said customizing is bad. Many people actually want more options and iPhone's simple approach kills creative expression.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android... iPhone is too simple and less customizeable. Simple is not better when you want to express yourself and stop being a sheep. iPhone tells you what's cool, Android let's you be cool.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      OK, I have just had experience with the Android mobile operating system. But I know that ANY Apple item and service is manufacture specific. With that in mind, Android is an "open ended platform". As opposed to Apple's O/S which is a closed proprietary system. (Meaning, you can't find how to program anything for the system unless you first get their FULL system. Hardware and Software) Android, it seams is like The O/S DOS. (Disk Operating System) Which is the beginning of Windows O/S. Windows was a cover over DOS to make it a GUI. (Graphic User Interface) Which was an open O/S as well. So, I know that more heads in the mix make for a bigger Maser Mind which is better and will have better ideas that will travel faster.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      I like the Androd because of its music, its size, its camera, and its color

    • AdityaAgarwal 4 years ago

      I like android

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is only intended for smart user

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is more customizable.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Android is very very easy to use and capable.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      Unless you are absolutely stupid it doesnt take long to understand how your new android works no head scratching just a few minutes of exploring. I've gone through like 8 iPhone's they break and don't run near as smoothly as my galaxy s3. Android all the way no question

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      You are correct, you do have to set up those home screens and it takes a fair bit of tweaking to get it just right. But once you get it just the way you want It it makes for a quick and efficient user experience.

    • intermarks 4 years ago

      @anonymous: Yes, that is quite true, but what I mean here is it is easier for the user to understand iPhone easily than Android phone from the first time you start using it. As you said so, you need to set up the home screen so that you know where is something, so you will still need some time to figure out what to do and how to use your new Android phone, isn't it?

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      You yourself set those home screens up so you know where everything u use frequently is. There is no head scratching.

    • anonymous 4 years ago

      iPhone is obviously more easy to understand.i would not call it user friendly.

      android phones let you explore a lot.

    • maryLuu 4 years ago

      For me Android... Samsung and Motorola

    • Andrej977 LM 4 years ago

      Android for me, Samsung galaxy S III

    • ranntg 5 years ago

      I prefer Android

    • malena10 5 years ago

      Android for me, Samsung! ;)

    iPhone

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      • anonymous 3 years ago

        iPhone reigns in user friendliness

      • anonymous 3 years ago

        I phone is the user friendly.....

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Since when does more customization equate to user friendliness? Customization is great if you are trying to be different or have different needs than most people... But with more customization comes more changes to make your user experience more complicated and worse.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        iPhone!! I love mine, it's so easy to use and simple.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Iphone

      • applejacking 4 years ago

        iPhone, because it's my cellphone today. but I hate the contract.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        iPhone is far superior

      • ChristmasIdeaShop 4 years ago

        Just got my iPhone and still learning, so I cannot say about Android.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        Don't know enough about Android, but am feeling like i am doing time(as in jail time) withApple. I might make the switch, but need to be educated.

      • SkylerV 4 years ago

        no doubt about it iPhone

      • rooshoo 4 years ago

        I've had both, and iPhone all the way.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        After using both iPhone and Android for many years I can with confidence say that iPhone is good if you want to be tied down with chain around your neck and Android is good if you want the versatility and speed only freedom can provide

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I have had both an iPhone 4 and Samsung Galaxy s3, sorry but Apple had definitely structured their home screen to be easier and user friendly to the person operating it. Whilst Android is just as easy once you've had it for a while, the iPhone I believe is more of a universal device, thus meaning no matter where you are, its as simple as slide and swipe to the desired screen.

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        iphone totali

      • anonymous 4 years ago

        I've had many, many Android operated phones, but they just can't beat Apple. Up until 3 months ago, I'd only had Android, however after getting the iPhone 3GS <--Yes;even this old thing kicks arse. I have had not nearly as many problems and I'm an Android expert. It's simply not appealing to many of today's market

      • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

        I think for anyone who is new to smartphone technology, the iPhone would be easier to use compared to Android phones. This is only with regards to "user-friendliness" though, IMHO.

      • AJ 5 years ago from Australia

        iPhone!

      Android or iPhone - battery
      Android or iPhone - battery

      The Battery

      This is an obvious comparison between the Android smartphone and iPhone.

      Battery for Android devices is removable and replaceable. The battery replacements can be easily found in the market. You can always have another standby fully charged battery for your emergency use.

      iPhone do not have a replaceable battery, and you cannot even see or know where is the battery located. If anything happen to your iPhone battery, all you can do is to send it back to Apple and hopefully you will get back a good one. And you will have to suffer a period of phone-less days.

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      Which battery is better?

      Android

      Android

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        • anonymous 4 years ago

          For some phones you can get an extended battery. On my old Captivate I had one it it lasted about 3-4 days without recharging.

          Also after a while the battery doesn't hold the charge and you can't change it on an iPhone.

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          android

        • anonymous 4 years ago

          Nuff' said...

        • maryLuu 4 years ago

          My Motorola bettery works perfect for 5 days!

        • Andrej977 LM 4 years ago

          The bigger screen more power...

        • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

          I always prefer a mobile phone which has the flexibility of removing the batter.

        • intermarks 5 years ago

          @malena10: 2 days is a big different.

        • malena10 5 years ago

          My Samsung- battery 4 days, iPhone 2 days.

        iPhone

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          • anonymous 3 years ago

            i phone battery is the best......

          • applejacking 4 years ago

            my iPhone battery is good. only once charging in the morning.

          • normal lm 4 years ago

            Coming to battery, Iphone has the great battery life..

          • Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

            Android battery is worst if you start using wi-fi. No idea about iphone

          • AJ 5 years ago from Australia

            I don't know, but I do charge my iPhone every day.

          • anonymous 5 years ago

            Had an Samsung and battery was terrible! Just got an iPhone. Will see if it's better but so far I love it!

          Android or iPhone - Apps
          Android or iPhone - Apps

          Apps

          Application play an important rules for smartphones. Without apps, any smartphone will be no different with other phone.

          Android has about 480,000 apps available at the current moment. Among these apps, there are 350000 apps are free to use.

          iPhone has over 500,000 apps and is still growing.

          When compare the apps for the two of them, they are now very close to each other and it is hard to tell which one is better,

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          About apps, what do you think?

          Which apps are better?

          iPhone

          iPhone

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            • applejacking 4 years ago

              Android apps only follows what new apps on iPhone

            • intermarks 4 years ago

              @anonymous: This is a very good information. Thanks!

            • anonymous 4 years ago

              You simply cannot beat the Appstore, with iOS6 you now don't have to enter passwords for free items and updates.

              The quality of the apps look better, feel better and work better.

              Although Android is catching up in terms of number of apps, they lack the quality to iOS apps. Also alot of businesses also have iPhone apps as opposed to having Android apps.

              Regarding free apps, on Android it is ad-based full versions (e.g. AngryBirds). There are premium versions without ads for a similar price. The Appstore also have deals where certain apps will be free for a limited time (usually for a day or week)

            • rooshoo 4 years ago

              I like iPhone apps better.

            • anonymous 4 years ago

              Although Android is catching up, apple at the moment still has a larger variety and selection of applications on the app store.

            • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

              Apple had a much better selection and variety of apps, however, now the Android market has caught on. Though, in terms of security, Apple apps have the advantage.

            Android

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              • normal lm 4 years ago

                In Android i have found the new apps.. where as in the iphone i haven't saw such facility..

              • Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

                Android because of some useful apps like weather, angry birds and so many free apps around

              • anonymous 4 years ago

                Unlike the iPhone, the app update doesn't have to go through a authorizations and stuff so it's released earlier on the Android.

                Some apps that you have to pay on the iPhone is free on Android.

                Lastly, since Android don't have as much policies as Apple, developers can experiment a bit more.

              • maryLuu 4 years ago

                For me Android.

              android or iphone - memory
              android or iphone - memory

              The Memory

              The memory of smartphones can be differentiate into two categories.

              1) Internal memory

              This will be a big drawback for android smartphone as it has a limited internal memory, why do I say so? Because by default when you buy your android smartphone, the internal memory is already limiter due to the default apps in it. What to say if you have a lot more of photos and media content that you put into it later. And the more apps you have in your phone, you probably make it slow and become less "smart".

              Whereas iPhone has a good internal memory sizes that you can choose and is range from 8Gb, 16Gb and up to 32Gb.

              2. External memory

              Android smartphone has an advantage that you can use the external memory like SD card to add an extra memory to your smartphone. But since SD card is removable, many reports shows that it is easy to get corrupted and that will causes you lose your valuable data, photos or your favorite song or movie clip.

              iPhone has no external expandable memory. But there are no complaints so far as the internal memory by itself is huge and good enough. Moreover, the size of the memory is what you have chosen. And I have not heard anyone have lost their photos or data due to corruption of data.

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              Which type of memory do you prefer?

              What type of smartphone that you prefer?

              Android - with extenable memory slot.

              Android - with extenable memory slot.

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                • applejacking 4 years ago

                  for this part, Android is better than iPhone. oh so sad

                • anonymous 4 years ago

                  The androids ability to use an extendable memory card is a feature i really like because you can download and store more files

                • maryLuu 4 years ago

                  Android

                • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

                  I prefer having the flexibility to expand memory via an SD or microSD slot.

                iPhone - no external momey available.

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                  • anonymous 4 years ago

                    External memory isn't really necessary, depending on what you use your phone for.

                    If you were to get an iPhone get at least 16GB. For Android alot of apps cannot run from the SD card, so it's only used to store photos and music.

                    For people who keep tons of music and photos go for Android, if you don't have enough memory just put the photos on your computer and delete off your phone. Also if you have heaps of apps, are you really going to use them all?

                  Android or iPhone - OS
                  Android or iPhone - OS

                  The OS

                  The OS for Android smartphone and iPhone are both upgradeable. There are even cross installation of Android OS on iPhone or vice versa by someone. This has pro and cons depend on what you prefer.

                  (updated on November 2012)

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                  Android running on iPhone

                  It is possible that an iPhone running the Android OS, take a look at the below video.

                  The Operating System

                  Do you want an smartphone that are upgradable OS?

                  Yes, that is why I choose iPhone

                  Yes, that is why I choose iPhone

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                    • anonymous 4 years ago

                      I don't see any mention of all the crashes and re-boots on androids. Extremely annoying

                    • anonymous 4 years ago

                      I don't see any mention of all the crashes and re-boots on androids. Extremely annoying

                    • applejacking 4 years ago

                      I'm not geek and just owner of iPhone 4.

                    • anonymous 4 years ago

                      I love being able to get timely updates, at the same time as everyone in the world. Unlike Android, updates go through the manufacturer, country, carrier etc. making the OS updates inconsistent. A GS3 will probably be on JellyBean in Germany while in Australia it is awaiting testing. Even then it depends on the carrier branding of your phone.

                    No, that is why I choose Android smartphone

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                      • anonymous 4 years ago

                        Where did this information came from?

                        You can upgrade an Android OS as well >

                      • intermarks 4 years ago

                        @anonymous: Really? Then my information must have gotten a bit out outdated. Thank you so much for the correction.

                      • anonymous 4 years ago

                        That's ridiculous. Android devices receive OTA (over the air) updates all the time. My DROID RAZR maxx my DROID 1 and my DROID x all received several os upgrades.

                      • maryLuu 4 years ago

                        Nope. Android it's just fine for me.

                      • Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

                        I prefer the Android OS which is much more robust and has much more flexibility for customization. By the way, Android OS is upgradable and I've received several upgrades since I purchased my Samsung Android phone.

                      It is time to make the conclusion

                      Android or iPhone
                      Android or iPhone

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                      Which is your favorite smartphone?

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                      Tell me what do you prefer? - Android smartphone or iPhone?

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                          Erin Mellor 3 years ago from Europe

                          Android all the way. I don't think like an Apple drone so I find them frustrating, like Paladins.

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                          Paladins 4 years ago

                          I like the Android platform because it allows me to work the way *I* want to work. Everyone likes to say that Apple products "just work" but from what I have seen, they do not work the way *I* want them to work.

                          Also, they seem to be counter-intuitive, at least for me, but then I am a programmer.

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                          applejacking 4 years ago

                          iPhone. wanna to upgrade from my 4 to 5. need more hard work to get the money.

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                          kimark421 4 years ago

                          I phone. hands down.

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                          Sriram Raj 4 years ago from New Delhi

                          I prefer Android phones because they are the phones for future and have free apps all around the web

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                          anonymous 4 years ago

                          android is the winner for me, and i've had both. truthfully, they both have their pros and cons. my biggest rub with iphone are the terrible keyboard, and itunes...i can't stand it as an interface getting things on and off my phone. android is simple drag & drop for everything, music, photos, whatever.

                          my last straw with apple was when i recently upgraded itunes, it deleted my mail account settings. after unsuccessfully researching the issue, i called apple tech support to ask how to just get the settings back to the way they were, and i was told i had to buy a $69 service plan in order for them to tell me. are you kidding me?!? that made the decision easy, so i switched to android and never looked back. now that i've had android for a while, i see the many advantages it has over iphone. i don't mind when my phone freezes up occasionally, because that's the price of the extreme flexibility which i LOVE. the winner for me is ANDROID.

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                          SkylerV 4 years ago

                          I have an iPhone and wouldn't have anything else.

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                          christopher-sage-102 4 years ago

                          I want to get the latest iPhone 5 but i think I need to read more about the comparison between the Android and iPhone smartphones for me to have the best decision..Actually, I came across other resources that have the detailed comparison between Android and iPhone like the smartphoneresources.com which gave me the reason to think twice about jumping to iPhone 5..btw, thanks intermarks for this post..;)

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                          anonymous 4 years ago

                          android smartphone

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                          ohcaroline 4 years ago

                          I'm in the looking stage now...so this is good information for comparison. Thanks.

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                          Anthony Godinho 5 years ago from Ontario, Canada

                          Overall, I prefer Android phones because there is such a huge selection and I prefer their OS as well. Not to say that the iPhone is not good. I think there is a place for both, but Android is doing much better overall. In fact, Apple has fallen behind, but we'll have to wait and see if the iPhone 5 can make a difference.

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                          AJ 5 years ago from Australia

                          I love iPhone and have had one for years, so I really can't comment or compare it with Android.

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                          intermarks 5 years ago

                          @flycatcherrr: Thank you! I didn't know that Flickr have such a requirement for the link. I will make changes to that.

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                          flycatcherrr 5 years ago

                          Good job, laying out the parameters for this debate, and good use of polls and debates! Just one quick RocketSquid tip for you - Flickr requires a link to the photo page, not just to the user account, so you might want to double-check that all attributions are made correctly.

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                          intermarks 5 years ago

                          @kerbev: That will be unimaginable. Probably we would be using a hologram type of phone now..just like what we saw in some sci-fi movie. I think my imagination must have gone too far.

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                          kab 5 years ago from Upstate, NY

                          @intermarks: If they could have gotten together 30 years ago, can you imagine how much further advanced we would be now?

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                          intermarks 5 years ago

                          @JoshK47: Android have more choices, but if both of them can combine together, they will be perfect.

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                          JoshK47 5 years ago

                          I prefer Androids, though I honestly don't feel that they're as different as people claim.