I have an Android, my wife has an iPhone. Both work great as phones and for checking email. So far, the biggest advantage I've seen for the android is that they typically use standard USB connectors while the folks at Apple insist on using their own damn proprietary cord. That means that thanks to the other gizmos I've bought there are about 10 cords floating around our house that can be used to charge my phone, but only one that can charge my wife's.
Since neither my wife nor I need the latest and greatest phone, we bought used phones that are off contract and we get our data/voice service through Ting.* By not being on tried into a contract you can shop service providers and usually get a pretty good deal. For example, the total bill (including taxes) for our two smartphone's last month was $28.04.
**Sign up through this link and you and I both get a $25 credit.
It's been a long, long time since i had an iphone, but I recently went from a windows phone to an android-based galaxy s4, and i have to say it's a step up from the iphone and windows both. I could go on about the technological marvels etc, but there are lots of tech blogs out there that can compare them at that level. For me, it came down to the fact that with the galaxy, if the battery craps out I can replace it. If the expandable memory I put in craps out, I can replace it. Without having to replace the whole phone. The black-box nature of the iPhone, where if one little bit breaks the whole device is toast, is a huge turn off for me personally as it smells a lot like sheer profiteering.
The new Galaxy S6 is not this way - they've opted to go the iphone black-box route with it - but the S5 my husband has is repairable as the S4.
I've been with Republic Wireless for over 2 years now. I like the service and price. Some people dislike the limited choices of phones, but the Motorola phones have always been good to me. Similar service and price to the Ting that John referenced above. (and yes I can get us both a discount if you sign up with them. )
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posted 4 years ago
I use both. Work issued cell is an iPhone. Personal phone is an android. Androids will do everything and more that an iPhone will do. They are less expensive up front. Last longer in service. Have better battery life. And if desired can be upgraded both in software and hardware.
I have been an Apple advocate for over a decade. Now, I will never again own one of their products. I am done. If the IT guys at work could support any other platform for phone I would pay for it myself.
Here is the problem you will find with Apple. Now everything you on the phone REQUIRES an Apple Store account. This requires a credit card, an email account, and way too much personal information. Apple has already proven to be very deeply involved in all the evil of data collection, linking you (via your financial records) to everything you do and now, say on your phone. Yes, there are other tech companies that are doing this with any digital device. However, Apple takes it a step further by not allowing you to even operate your phone without being a registered user on their data collection system.
Other issues are the non replaceable battery. Apple phones are charge gobblers. They have lousy battery life to start (when purchased.) Your performance will drop off quickly and steadily throughout the life of the phone. When you get to the point of frustration that your phone only last 4 hours of your day before running out of gas, your only option is to replace the entire unit. That is money well spent for Apple. Not so much for the customer. These and other bad practices have turned many dedicated Mac/Apple users away from the company and its products. Way to kill your core business, folks.
There is my 2 cents. Take it for what it is worth.
I have an iPhone 4 on Page Plus and am extremely satisfied with both the phone and the service. I have had none of the issues with apple that the previous posters have expressed. My brother used this phone for several years, and I have had it for a year. The battery life is still just fine - at least one day with heavy use, two or the days if its only used for 30-60 minutes each day.
My wife has a refurbished Motorola with android, also on Page Plus. That phone has been continual problems. My recommendation is to get an older smartphone directly from a provider. That way is you have problems, you can complain to someone. If you buy a phone on eBay, as we did for my wife, there's no recourse if it is terrible. Pay more for the phone and less for the service, and you will get the best value.
We pay less than $10 per month per phone on Page Plus.
You might also check out Freedom Pop for cheap smart phone plans.