Google Android Market VS Apple iTunes App Store

October 6, 2011

    What makes a smart phone truly “smart”? Cellphone manufacturers can dazzle us with shiny new toys packed with the latest gadgetry, but without solid apps to back them up, these are merely empty shells that are only good for making calls.

    Nokia and some of the previously popular phone makers of the past have simply gone the way of the dinosaurs. Unable to adapt to market changes, these have been relegated to playing catch up with two of the most widely used mobile phone platforms today – Android, and Apple’s devices, respectively.

    The Numbers Game

    With more mobile phones sporting the Android OS then ever before, it isn’t surprising to know that more developers are flocking to the Android Market. It’s all about numbers and the OS with the most users represent a bigger market. Apple still enjoys a considerable share of all paid apps being sold but this could be offset by the huge number of people downloading free apps from the Android Market.

    It is no secret that the iTunes App store was launched much earlier, and Google’s Android Market has been hot on its heels ever since. Things have certainly changed and the Android Market has not only caught up with the iTunes App store but has even surpassed it. Simply put, there are more apps now available at the Android Market. And with a majority of these being free apps the Android Market is a better place to search for apps.

    Free versus Paid apps

    The first thing that I noticed is the number of free apps available for both platforms. The Android Market showed that 70 – 65 percent of all apps were free as compared to the iTunes App Store which only had 30 percent. When I got my first Android phone I was also genuinely surprised to find many great free apps. If there is one thing going for the iTunes App store it would be the high number of quality apps. But if I could get some the same apps for free at Android then I wouldn’t mind spending the extra time searching for the app.

    Developers

    Mike Sax, founder of Sax.Net, discusses the various development platforms available for mobile app developers. He analyzes the value and pitfalls for all of the major players in the mobile industry. 

    Many have said that the quality of apps at the iTunes App Store is far better compared to the Android Market. These is perhaps due to the fact the iTunes App store is geared more towards selling, and hence, the need for developing high quality apps. Quality has a price and this is holds true for both markets.

    If you’re planning to develop apps for either market you should also consider the price of being a developer. Developers that choose to create apps for Apple’s ecosystem are charged $99 annually, while Android developers are charged nothing at all. That being said, according to GigaOm, developing on Android is a bit more challenging than developing for Apple’s devices, but it is designed to be open. As such, developers can develop on any major platform they choose, including Windows, Linux and even on a Mac.

    Open versus Closed

    A common complaint among iPhone App developers is that the system is completely controlled by Apple. Once an App is submitted there is no guarantee that it would ever see the light of day. Apple has been known to reject Apps for whimsical reasons, and is often known to put their own commercial interests first.

    Apple has always kept a tight grip on what Apps are marketed in its App Store. However, the guys at Google have encouraged creativity among their developer base. There certainly is a greater chance for developers getting their apps to see the light of day on the Android Market compared to people who always have to get Big Brother’s (Apple) approval.

    Android Market versus iTunes App Store

    The quality and number of Apps will always be a major consideration when buying a smartphone. A huge part of Apple’s success has been built of the amount of apps available. The usefulness of an app can only be determined by the people who use it. There has been much hype about the quality of apps in the Apple’s App Store, but this is something that mobile phone users should be able to determine for themselves.

    The number of apps available on the other hand is something that is measurable. It is here where the Android Market truly shines and with the option of having more apps to choose from, Android users will surely have a better chance of getting the apps they want.

    How about you? Which App Market/App Store reigns supreme for you?

    Which App store is better?

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    Comments

    • Anonymous

      This is a very informative and level-headed piece. Thanks. It’s kind of nice having this kind of ‘state of the markets’ information.

      • http://www.AndroidAuthority.com Darcy Alexander LaCouvee

        Wooties, glad you liked it. Thanks for checking out Android Authority!

    • Jon Garrett

      As much as I love Android, I still have an iPhone 4 and the Apple App Store beats the hell out of the Android Market.

      And here’s why

      1. try finding what you want in the App Store, then try to find the same app in the Market place!! you cant !!! even when you know the app is available for Android. 9 times outta 10 I have to Google the app I want because if I type it in the market place, Its not listed.

      2. the App store lists new apps ALL the time, not some of the time like the Market Place….take Great Little War Game for example., just released for Android Devices but why the FK is it NOT listed !!!!! I mean seriously, WTF is that!!

      but here’s what I really really really hate about the Apple app store. when you’re looking for an app, they always show you music and books !!!! even when the app store tab is checked !!! WTF is that !! If Im looking for apps, why show me books and music !!

      • Heronxh

        ignorance=bliss

        • Algorithmo

          can you stop posting that after every pro-apple comment you don’t feel you have the intellectual capacity to respond to?

        • Rohandsome

          users can find apps easily on the App Store. The Genius facility gives them a fast and easy way to search apps by category, new apps, popular apps and so on. The Android Market offers no such feature and hence, users may find it difficult to access the app of their choice.

          Google does not offer screenshots of apps either and the description of apps, too, are very short. This may put off potential customers, discouraging them from purchasing the apps.

          • Phlopped

            umm… I use an android phone, and you do get screenshots, and the description is usually expandable. Not much different to apple imo (I have the iphone for a couple of years)

          • Mike Marsh

            Have you even been to the android market? No screen shots of apps?!?! Dude, come on!!!

          • kholman

            you are THE BIGGEST LIAR. They do have screenshots of the applications

          • Neo782

            This guy’s never touched an android. The market has categories and pics just like the ones he says arent there.

      • Muchensmile

        it might be that your android phone only supports some apps…it depends on the version of android u get and your size of the screen

        • Rohandsome

          see i use an evo 3d n iphone i find th app store offering a lot mor SENSIBLE apps than android..i feel “without solid apps to back HTC EVO 3D up, it is jus merely an empty shell only good for making calls.” i regret havn bot evo 3d

      • burgerboy

        1. Bagging the android market because you can’t find what you want is not particularly strong.

        2. You use the same argument again.

        I’ve used both, and my Samsung Galaxy S 2 is superior to any iPhone I’ve ever used. Reliable, a fantastic and consistent phone signal (Telstra Austarlia) and great call quality, and once you’ve worked out some simple strategies, I get 24 hours plus from a battery charge.

        … and I don’t know anyone going over to iPhone from an Android. The traffic is one-way.

        It’s a Tools v Toys argument.

        • Skidude28

          I switched from Droid Incredible to iPhone 4S, soo nice try on that one. I love my iPhone more than any phone I’ve owned before.

          However, I do agree that the Android market is superior to the App store (but ONLY if you aren’t willing to spend much money. If you have money to spend, the App store > Market in every way.)

        • Lizzlove42

          Jon wasn’t talking about hardware, he was talking about markets, which makes his point valid. The question “which store is better?” has just as much to do with usability as it does with the number or quality of apps

    • safah shirzad

      Im deciding what phone i should get and apps play a big part like should i get the iphone4 iphone 4s or just hte samsung infuse??? and i dont want to spend more 100 bucks but im getting a 2yr contract which makes it SUPEr cheap. so 18gb Samsung infuse with ANDRIOD apps or 8 gb iphone 4 wit APPLE ITUNES apps??OTHER PHONE SUGGESTIONS OPEN

      • Mld420

        LOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOLOL

        • Change or be forced

          WTF are u guys talking about, the world has advanced to democracy which means Open source. Times has passed when people dictate to me how or how not to use my device, the time is over when am stuck with one device that I dont like all its features where I can get variety of devices on thesame great platform. Well its just a last fight, keep it up If**ls, because it is your last fight.
          Android market is built for serious minded people, here are the facts you should know
          Apps has hardware support and if you have a crappy device, many apps will not show up in your market.
          If you have an awkward device as well (like 3D), far more apps won’t show up because its not built for 3D (like trying to watch a 3D bluray in a 2D television or wanting a 2D disc to display in 3D).
          Market is about know what you want and go for it, if I want navigation, I will not just go and type Navigation cos if I do, I ll get a million results (like going into an electronics store to buy a TV, you will see a hundred brands), go to reviews and find out which app is the best for the platform and type it in market and bam there it is.
          People should at-least come out of the box and try these devices out in order to make an informed judgment not assumptions, I bet some of you does not even know what the green robot is or what it looks like.
          Correction, market has screen shots and even an option to try paid app and get a refund if you don’t like it (thats what am talking about; FREEDOM).
          I used to be an Iphone user when there was no alternative to what they offer but since Gingerbread, men I don’t see any reason to go back, when I get better hardware on high end devices, OS with lots of user options that can be configured to meet your needs and life style. With Android my phone reflects me but with apple I am just living the life they want me to leave.
          With the Android revolution that is going on, I ll see you guys begging to get into the platform.
          Just one last thing, check out SGN, amazing piece of machine, call it phone, call it Tablet, call it Game console, call it an HDTV, call it a Home theater its just amazing. My battery lasts for 48hours on heavy usage, it will get better with ICS. For the numbs here SGN means Samsung Galaxy Note and ICS means Ice Cream Sandwich which is a code name for Android 4.0 just like the crappy IOS 5……lol,lmao,ltid,lmfao

          • Loving it

            Android offer many amazing capabilities. Just got my first android phone. Do you know that I don’t need to sync in order to install apps, I just login into Google got to Market from any browser, select the app I want and click install, bam it installs to my phone. That is freaking awesome. The truth is that I miss Siri on Iphone but I heard Android 4.0 has its killer called Iris

            • Dnshendnjf

              Macs are the same as any computer it is just that they have a bit more special effects. iPads suck they heat up so fast and battery is drained fast too. Tabs are way better even though the android store is okay at least we get cheap games! Everyone in my school says Samsung is better
              I’m getting a galaxy tab!!!!!!!

        • Cas O

          WTF are u guys talking about, the world has advanced to democracy which means Open source. Times has passed when people dictate to me how or how not to use my device, the time is over when am stuck with one device that I dont like all its features where I can get variety of devices on thesame great platform. Well its just a last fight, keep it up If**ls, because it is your last fight.
          Android market is built for serious minded people, here are the facts you should know
          Apps has hardware support and if you have a crappy device, many apps will not show up in your market.
          If you have an awkward device as well (like 3D), far more apps won’t show up because its not built for 3D (like trying to watch a 3D bluray in a 2D television or wanting a 2D disc to display in 3D).
          Market is about know what you want and go for it, if I want navigation, I will not just go and type Navigation cos if I do, I ll get a million results (like going into an electronics store to buy a TV, you will see a hundred brands), go to reviews and find out which app is the best for the platform and type it in market and bam there it is.
          People should at-least come out of the box and try these devices out in order to make an informed judgment not assumptions, I bet some of you does not even know what the green robot is or what it looks like.
          Correction, market has screen shots and even an option to try paid app and get a refund if you don’t like it (thats what am talking about; FREEDOM).
          I used to be an Iphone user when there was no alternative to what they offer but since Gingerbread, men I don’t see any reason to go back, when I get better hardware on high end devices, OS with lots of user options that can be configured to meet your needs and life style. With Android my phone reflects me but with apple I am just living the life they want me to leave.
          With the Android revolution that is going on, I ll see you guys begging to get into the platform.
          Just one last thing, check out SGN, amazing piece of machine, call it phone, call it Tablet, call it Game console, call it an HDTV, call it a Home theater its just amazing. My battery lasts for 48hours on heavy usage, it will get better with ICS. For the numbs here SGN means Samsung Galaxy Note and ICS means Ice Cream Sandwich which is a code name for Android 4.0 just like the crappy IOS 5……lol,lmao,ltid,lmfao

        • Cas O

          WTF are u guys talking about, the world has advanced to democracy which means Open source. Times has passed when people dictate to me how or how not to use my device, the time is over when am stuck with one device that I dont like all its features where I can get variety of devices on thesame great platform. Well its just a last fight, keep it up If**ls, because it is your last fight.
          Android market is built for serious minded people, here are the facts you should know
          Apps has hardware support and if you have a crappy device, many apps will not show up in your market.
          If you have an awkward device as well (like 3D), far more apps won’t show up because its not built for 3D (like trying to watch a 3D bluray in a 2D television or wanting a 2D disc to display in 3D).
          Market is about know what you want and go for it, if I want navigation, I will not just go and type Navigation cos if I do, I ll get a million results (like going into an electronics store to buy a TV, you will see a hundred brands), go to reviews and find out which app is the best for the platform and type it in market and bam there it is.
          People should at-least come out of the box and try these devices out in order to make an informed judgment not assumptions, I bet some of you does not even know what the green robot is or what it looks like.
          Correction, market has screen shots and even an option to try paid app and get a refund if you don’t like it (thats what am talking about; FREEDOM).
          I used to be an Iphone user when there was no alternative to what they offer but since Gingerbread, men I don’t see any reason to go back, when I get better hardware on high end devices, OS with lots of user options that can be configured to meet your needs and life style. With Android my phone reflects me but with apple I am just living the life they want me to leave.
          With the Android revolution that is going on, I ll see you guys begging to get into the platform.
          Just one last thing, check out SGN, amazing piece of machine, call it phone, call it Tablet, call it Game console, call it an HDTV, call it a Home theater its just amazing. My battery lasts for 48hours on heavy usage, it will get better with ICS. For the numbs here SGN means Samsung Galaxy Note and ICS means Ice Cream Sandwich which is a code name for Android 4.0 just like the crappy IOS 5……lol,lmao,ltid,lmfao

      • Algorithmo

        Get the iPhone 4. With entry level cost of $99 plus the 2 yr contract, and a solid iPhone with ios 5 that probably won’t be outdated for the next 3 yrs, its a good choice. Of course, if your looking for iPhones, you could always get the $0 3gs with a two yr contract from at&t.

        • Doug Flatimus

          You need to keep your advice to yourself. If you do offer advice, attempt to provide an element of balance, for example from personal experience offer a comparison of why the iPhone is superior rather than cutting and pasting an advert.

          The technology and pricing of both android phones and apple phones is quite competitive, so as a result you just come across as a free adman for Apple, and that is a little pathetic.

          They are a corproation that make money from their fanboys. Blind evangelical support is a serious turn-off.

          • Trey

            I like the iPhone because it’s very responsive. What I think I do. I’m not saying that Android is bad. It does offer good stuff too. I’ve tried Android phones. Yes I don’t own one but in terms of the experience and responsiveness off hand Android just doesn’t cut it for me

    • aldo

      I’ve had an android phone. 2 to be exact. The original droid and the Samsung Fascinate. I currently have the iPhone. My experience with the android phones was OK. I really like the integration of google maps with the gps feature. Turn by turn directions for free was a nice bonus. The problem I have with android is the bugginess of the software. It took forever for my fascinate gps feature to activate when I tried to use it. Lots of other apps were just very buggy. The user experience was frustrating a lot of times. I have not had any issues with my iPhone. All the apps and iOS features have worked smoothly. I attribute this to Apple controlling the product manufacturing process of both the hardware and the software.

    • Anonymous

      I hope you got Samsung Galaxy S2

      • Anonymous

        Removing apps is very much a function of which Android Launcher you are using. Stock Android requires you to go into menus or visit the Market to remove an app.
        However, Android is ahead of apple in the OS game because you have the choice of running any number of launchers that allow you to press and hold to delete apps and customize your device and it’s functionality in any way you want.

    • Gast

      99,99% percent of Android market apps are crap.

      • ANDROID

        ignorance=bliss

      • http://twitter.com/POQbum Paul Weibel

        fail. Go and list any app (that is not related to iPhone functions/mods) that Apple has and Android will have it as well. You can not do the same vise versa.

        • Rohandsome

          ok has android got the “hardest game ever .02 s”?? naw!!! thn wt crap r u talkn dude

          • DrummerJwatts33

            Thats funny because you just named one app and think you are making a good argument.

        • THE-DIESEL

          i just got the razr every game i try to play either freezes or dose not work with my touch screen.

          • Noah LaMarca

            That would be because Motorola sucks, not Google

        • Virtuaconker2006

          i can name heaps of apps that the app store have that the android market doesnt have, like GTA china town wars, Tower madness, the new max payne game, starfront….. i can name so manny more but i think i have made my point

      • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000712701227 Waseem Rkab

        ur right

      • Anonymous

        Same could be said for Apple. Individuals use only 100-200 apps, if that. Do the math! 400,000+ apps in either Apple or Android market means most people believe that most of the apps in either market are 99.99% CRAP!

      • Anonymous

        Same could be said for Apple. Individuals use only 100-200 apps, if that. Do the math! 400,000+ apps in either Apple or Android market means most people believe that most of the apps in either market are 99.99% CRAP!

      • Applesucksthebigone

        100% of apple apps are crap.

        • ryno

          Are you retarded?

          • neutral

            Definitely, obviously, no doubt

    • Gjb

      I have no problem finding what I’m looking for in the Android market. Its very easy. If you get yourself a more budget based android device you WILL NOT find apps that your device can’t handle. Apple Carter’s to only 2 basic phone specs to develop for as far I know. Android caters to many. Anyone can own a piece of the pie with upgrade option s. With android. All PC’s can’t handlethe same programs. Take games for instance.

    • Muhammadali12

      I own an iphone 4 and for my son i bought samsung galaxy so i have the experience of using. Oth android and app world my honest opinion is android market is full of shyte for example magic piano lists when you search for it but you cant find it no decent games for kids charlie bear not there delivery truck toptruck carcity rocketbird sundaylawn madpad all fvt apps of my son nothing in the m market so for me its useless whole point of getting him sAmsung phone was so that i could use my pphone. But he dont wanna even touch samsung phone should have bought him a 3g or 3gs

      • Blackstar

        Smartphones are not for kids… they’ll got brain cancer by the age of 20′s

        • Taxilouanon

          Wow! Smartphones haven’t been around long enough to even test that, but nice try!!

        • Anonymous

          Kids aren’t talking on their phones they are playing games and texting. They’ll have less issues than adults most likely!

      • Doug Flatimus

        iphones for kids (lots of games) android phones for grown ups (lots of productivity apps).

        swap phones!

        • Spiderman

          Who said grown up don’t play games? Maybe older generations (70-80 year old)

      • Anonymous

        I have run into the opposite. Android phones allow you to run game emulators without rooting (Jailbreak). My kids have all their Nintendo, Playstation and Sega games ready to go and they couldn’t do that on their iPod touch without jailbreaking (don’t get me started on the problems that we’ve run into when jailbreaking iPod touches). They don’t even use their 3DS’ anymore! Plus they really dig having a 4.5″ screen instead of the tiny iPod screen.

        The problem finding iOS apps on Android market is getting less and less each month but the advantages of the better hardware options with Android far outweighs that.

    • Wackojacko894

      There may be more apps in the android market but I’m not being funny most of them are a pile of rubbish!!!! Apple I the best!

      • Johnno1965

        Average age of iPhone users = 17 years old. Yeah, you. Show a bit of respect and at 17 years old assume that most people have more life experience than you.

        • Lizzlove42

          Logical fallacy – Ad hominem. Look it up.

      • Anonymous

        Actually most apps in both Markets are rubbish! How many apps do you have loaded?
        100? 200? What does that say about the other 499,800 apps that you won’t ever use?

        Both app stores are good and both have crap. However, Android will most likely get most if not all of the good apps from the app store, but Apple will never get many of the apps that Android users get access to. Apple would never allow it!

    • http://www.facebook.com/ahmedco.yn Ahmed Younis Al-Obaidy

      ” there are more apps now available at the Android Market. ”
      says who ???

      • Gib

        the FT, read the article above.

    • Jeffiedillard

      I just became a iphone user. I’m not impressed

    • A_amerion

      i’ve tried different phones and finally i decided to buy apple which i very much was interested to know about.to cut a long story short … i love it
      app store is second to none .easily connected,easily downloaded,easily played and easily removed.i do agree with the this idea that so many apps in apple store are not free and it causes problem for the users ,but needless to mention that free ones are quite alot …. and u wouldn’t perhaps loss any ;)

    • Chazisbest

      android more chose apple more apps

    • Algorithmo

      The only reason the android market has more free apps is because Google lets any app in. That means that there is no screening, no controlling, and a low quality for the apps on the android market.

      • Doug Flatimus

        You call yourself Algorythmo? How does your argument work again? The obverse of your comment is:

        “Apple Apps are best because the company controls everything that comes in before they approve it. This means that everything works perfectly”.

        See how much your comment sucks now?

    • Jared Hench

      google may have more free apps but Apple’s apps are WORTH THE MONEY AND 10000000000 TIMES BETTER

      • Ruzgar Ates67

        On what point do you base your weak argument? Are you also part of these people who just say it is better because it is Apple? Want to be like others and saying that Apple is bad is taboo.

      • Swsjohnson

        ha ha ha. such a sad litle fanboy, masturbating over your toy.

      • Jesse Sho

        All of their products, including their apps, are much, much more. For example, I could go to the App Store on my iPhone and get an app for 2.99, or I could go to the android market and get it for free. Angry birds, for example, is free on Chrome, where you have to pay money to buy it on the App Store. The only thing that Apple makes that is actually priced for the average consumer ( or student ) to even think about buying factory made is the iPhone and the iPad.

        Microsoft: Non-innovative, but works, reasonably priced.
        Apple: Innovative, but they think you should pay double or triple for their innovation.
        Google: Innovative, FREE or REASONABLY PRICED, Innovative, and OPEN. And they are based on the Internet, probably the smartest move for a tech company to make.

        • rynoburgy

          “Google: Innovative, FREE or REASONABLY PRICED, Innovative, and OPEN.” AND ILLEGAL. AND AN EXACT COPY OF APPLES WORK

          • Noah LaMarca

            If you want to talk about coping let’s talk about iOS 7

      • Sunny

        think whether u really mind in typing zer0s or this is just some type of airy airy material

    • Anthonyrichard1

      The apple apps store have a certified aplicacttion and pas for a strong review before yu can purchase on the store, the andorid market still young and many free apps have virus. And the apple app store have educational and professional apps.

      • Doug Flatimus

        100+ apps downloaded and no virus. How’s that for a good run?

    • http://twitter.com/danchez_cz danchez

      developing for appstore is nigtmare, and the approval system is pure joke, so much ripoffs by weird china developers is approved and so many quality software is dropped, apple sort your shit out

    • Elerma

      android sells software to cheap companies!! like samsung! and motorola!! they make phones just to make phones! yeah the android market grew pretty fast.. thats because everyone that wanted a iPhone but didn’t have a contract with at&t that is 4 out 5 companies here in san diego california…. and of course is going to grow faster than apple ..they are learning by example from apple… android is a good software for someone that likes to have ugly looking phones and not neatly organized.

      people complaint about apple controlling everything on the phone.. like iTunes… android owners brag about ” oh well we can download free music” thats illegal idiots!! but yet they feel proud about their super plastic tupperware made of phone!!

      • Walt Hawtin

        The USA is only 30% of the global market, you donkey. God sake, grow a frigging brain and and a little perspective, everyone.

        And why are Apple Fanboys so defensive? It isn’t a competition that affects YOU. it isn’t about YOU. Its a problem for the companies that compete in the market.

        Drongoes.

      • Anonymous

        Simple fact. The reason Apple makes their phones out of Aluminum and Glass was to satisfy the San Francisco environmental whack nuts that demanded Apple reduce their chemical usage in their manufacturing. Plastic and composite is still the absolute best material to use in a mobile device for reception and durability. Every other manufacturer knows this and every other manufacturer’s products don’t instantly break when you drop them!

        While I will agree that aluminum and glass are nice feeling materials I would much rather have a device that is light and durable. It seems the rest of the mobile world agrees with this stance!

    • Gabe

      id rather pay for an app that is STABLE and WORKS than get a free one (android) and it be unstable, glitchy and laggy.

      • Wombat21

        No evidence. Dumbarse motherhood statements (androids .. are glitchy and unstable) like yours are simply not credible. Your comments are reactionery and lack an element of truth.

        My experience, over 4 years now, is that android apps are stable and reliable. I don’t like them all by any means, but stability has never been an issue.

    • joe mommie

      what i wanna know is why are the same apps (made by same designer) will be free on itunes but not on android (during a promo period)…

      • Anonymous

        ……..and vice versa!

    • Wesrwesr

      what i noticed is apple lovers are really rude and low iq people:)

      • DJ Buzz – Mac user

        You know what, we aren’t, we do defend our right to use apple and if someone threatens us because of our choice of Phone, MP3 Player, Tablet, or Computer, then we have a right to defend ourselfs, the reason we come across as rude is because we are threatened all the time, and low IQ is the total opposite, yes, macs are easy to use, don’t base your argument about the USERS on the SOFTWARE they use, I use apple because it’s fun to play around on the iPad, iPhone, and Mac computer because I don’t have to wait 4hours before I can use it, and my brother is using Final cut pro and logic pro, MAC ONLY, to edit and score a movie, not a home movie, we’re talking a funded 2.5 hour movie! So no, we’re not rude, and we are actually smart, you say “other computers are cheaper”-PC users well I say “macs last way longer, an average PC will last, based on experience, up to 4 years, a Mac, based on experience and information, will last up to 20, your computer would be out of date before it died! PC=cheap at first, but needs replacing regularly. Mac=expensive at first, but doesn’t need replacing.

        • Lord Vandimire

          This cracked me up, 20 years? Do you have any idea what’s inside a computer? Apple isn’t using any special components, you’re bickering about an OS. In 20 years your mac will be just as out of date as my PC, the difference is I can rebuild my PC at a fraction of the cost.

          • Noah LaMarca

            Lol, so true.

        • Sam

          Your knowlage is so limited please I know macs and the price for low specs.
          Same price with pc is 100 times better
          Have a look at the market before you utter things that make people laugh at you.

        • Jesse Sho

          Dude, you realize that you need to pay hundreds or even a thousand dollars more to buy an iMac that is just as powerful or graphics intensive as a Windows based Machine ( I call it that because unlike what most people think, APPLE computers technically are Personal Computers ) that you can get for hundreds of dollars less. If technology catches up, then you can just buy another computer with the new upgrades for hundreds of dollars cheaper with a Windows machine. Out of date? Have you seen the Acer Ultrabook? It is thinner then the current Air, has a massive battery life, i5 processor, and the best part? The base model is 900 dollars, 100 dollars cheaper then the air, with better specs.

          Better quality parts on a Mac? Dude, have you seen a Macbook that has an HDMI port? The standard in HD video? Yes, you can buy a converter, but doesn’t that say something about their absence of mind when designing their hardware?

          Heavy duty case? Apple claims their computer case is very durable aluminium, but have you seen the Samsung Series 9 laptops? They are made out of jet fighter material. How can you beat that?

          I admit, Apple is getting better, and they probably will eventually be 50% 50% with Windows. But its taking them time. You can ignore all of my previous statements if you can go onto the Apple website and buy a Macbook Pro with 4 GBs of RAM and an i7 2nd Gen processor for a reasonable $800 dollars. But for now, thats not going to happen.

        • Sunny

          comment by common uneducated man, technically pc is far more better than mac, technically pc is upgradeable means customization according to your pcket and innovation but mac is crap it is nt upgradeable like pc so stuck with mac over 20 years, forget the + point of iphone it is apps apps are more for pc, directx is microsoft’s innvoation, and when we get ultimate product at low cost then why we go for mac. i have money but dont give you $1 for ur mac. but i am happy to but p3 @ $50. the power of microsoft. idiot

          • Allester696969

            I would just like to say one thing about the comparison of how long the pc’s last first of all it depends on what your using it for. If your just using it for facebook and email and surfing from time to time a few things then you can use a 20 year old mother board that doesn’t need to handle much but the graphical power required of the newest games and a lot of the latest software neither one could handle. But the hardware is made by the same people for both companies mainly intel and amd no diferent for either os so the so your just paying for the apple name and the same hardware with a different os that has very limited compatibility. I understand they have one or 2 proprietary programs that come native to the system but I can always get programs to do the same things and more and even if I paid for it would still end up paying less

        • User X

          “PC=cheap at first, but needs replacing regularly. Mac=expensive at first, but doesn’t need replacing.”

          I don’t think I’ve heard a bigger pile of dog dirt in my life. PC=cheap at first and then you can upgrade your hardware, exchange CPU’s, motherboards, graphics cards and general customising. Whereas the architecture in a Mac means you can pretty much say good bye to Moding and hello to the trash-can for Mac’s and then Start again. Paying a grand plus for the bear minimum.

          Buy a PC you’ll have it for life.

          Buy a Mac, in a few years it’ll be outdated and there is nothing you can do. Not to mention if something goes wrong with hardware, it costs almost as much as what you bought the unit originally for to fix it (if your not under warranty).

          Also, you contradict yourself, by saying “your computer would be out of date before it died” and that would be after 4 years to out dated its-self, so how outdated would a Mac become after 20… think before write. Mac’s will outdate themselves just as quick as a PC’s. Just because they have better internal designs and components does not mean there immune from technological advancements, any machine is outdated after a year or two, FACT!

          :)

          • Noah LaMarca

            You completely missed the point.

        • Noah LaMarca

          Both sides have idiots, I see why people like apple but I am more Google than anything.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000712701227 Waseem Rkab

      App Store is better !

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100000712701227 Waseem Rkab

      Thumps up if Appstore is better

      • burgerboy

        so sad. No Likes.

      • Shreesan

        of course it is!!

    • DjablaySaritem

      I hav htc sensation n ipad 2. Android just for customizing n flash web-browsing experience, ipad for helping my duties,having fun with its apps such as; gaming,becoming amateur musicians. So for the quality of apps will choose apple store than android market

    • Charith

      app store is better..

    • Stathis Askaridis

      it’s not about quantity; it’s about quality….
      Android market is crap, but I believe that eventually android will rule….

    • OfficialEleanor

      There’s no doubt about it, iTunes is definitely the best place to shop for apps. Oh sure, some apps on iTunes you can also get on the android market, but when it comes to who has the coolest apps, iTunes has the majority! I’ll bet Apple devices can download way more apps than the Android Market phones. Did you know I can get over half a million apps on my iPhone??? How cool is that??!! Also, iTunes has a more unique and easy to read display than Android Market. Apple is awesome!!! =3

    • Sxydrkhair

      Apple is way better! Google is trying to copy them.

    • Allangrouse013

      its ok everyone can diss android market we may not have the best apps but our tablets blow apples outta the water… what does apple have to look forward besides apps??? nathan!! i got a samsung tab and i barely use the apps cuz i get lost in the OTHER FEATURES!! unlike apple basic swipe swipe point (yawn) oh and talk shit about android when apple has a flash player for there tabs ppl

    • Jazib98

      Android Market is Much Better. Most of the apps apple have is free on android

    • http://twitter.com/foxsick Tolyan =)

      I moved from iPhone 4 to Galaxy Nexus… And, guys, it’s really s*cks!!!
      I hate it. There are no any (really worthy) alternatives for apps which I liked on my iPhone. For example I liked 2Do app but it’s only for iOS. I wasted much time while trying to find suitable app and I’m really disappointed. There is no any app with the same functionality on Anroid Maket. What was with me when I knew that android strongly needs !!Antivirus!! I was really “happy” that I linked my credit card with this great ICS os. Very nice. So I bought antivirus.
      Then I went to buy Slovoed (dictionary) application on my Nexus (!for the same price as for iOS!). But it has no any similarity to Slovoed which I used on my iPhone. Its design is ugly and useless. Many good features lost and it lags as ****… I had 15 minutes to test it and on the tenth I made refund for this peace of….
      The only one thing that I really liked on my new phone is that I can easy read any web pages with Opera Mobile browser text scaling feature which doesn’t work on iPhone.
      If Apple will produce iPhones with bigger screen I’ll sell my ICS “gadget” and I’ll buy one.
      P.S. My thoughts that 1 of 100 apps on android has the same quality as most iOS apps have.

    • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003059956517 Appster Jb

      I believe the best android apps in the market can be found in the following location:
      http://www.tomarketandroid.com/
      I have downloaded the apps and they are amazing.

    • John Paluska

      ok, I’m gonna say this, a non-biased review:

      I had an ipod touch, then i got an android phone, here is the breakdown:

      apps quality: same period!

      usability: apple is easier, but less versatile, although simple, you cannot navigate through the system nearly as well as with android. As for siri, there are like 10 android equivalents.
      oh yeah, android has flash, and java; apple, just html.

      finally; customization: CLEAR ANDROID! widgets on home screen, folders for better apps organization, but not pockets, like in i-devices :(, but a folder in the upper left corner in the apps menu, same thing, just in a different location.

      verdict: android crushes apple

    • Sunny

      Just spend equal money on android instead of apple google gives you 2x customization, 2x easyness, 2x connectivity total 8 times more enjouful experience than apple, dont trust on people who dont know how many zer0s they write in favour of apple.

    • Suryansh

      Google’s android market is far better than apple’s app store. You can see that you can get much more creative app on Google than Apple because apple is just on making money and money while Google tries to encourage creativity of developers

    • Shreesan

      iTunes is obviously better in quality….but android is growing up.But its sure that when android reaches the place as itunes, then think its going to be more commercial than the itunes. For example, even now, there is not even a free medical dictionary in the android market, and the costs are as high as $19.

      • Fluidic Ice

        But why shouldn’t the 10 people who would actually want a medical dictionary pay for it, developers put in hard work to to create these apps for people to download.

    • Anonymous

      This thread:
      - Happy Android users providing intelligent responses to this unbiased article.
      - Apple fan boys who feel the need to pay out on Google’s open-source operation system because they are bored of their feature-less locked-down device.

      Majority of iFags are the like Jared “ZOMG APPLE IS AMAZING LOLZ”. How about providing something useful?

      Android market is not for Apple users. Android market is open and, for non-savvy users, can lead to downloading a virus. Majority of Android users are smart and will read reviews and take a bit of time before downloading their apps. Apple users want Apple to do all the investigation and hold their hand. Like a child (Apple user) at a store, Apple is the mum filtering out all the poor quality toys. An adult (Android user), however, is smart enough that they don’t need a mum to hold their hand and therefore has the freedom to do almost anything.

    • Sagoo

      This article is makes good points but is clearly biased in it’s outlook.

    • Siggy1234

      First thing as android is destroying apple in the vote by a 32%! Also today most apps available on the app store are usually released the same time or before app store, oh wait there aslo free!

    • Yulia Levak

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    • Rainbow Unicorn

      Gonna sit here and laugh at all of you debating about this when really, it doesnt matter which you choose cuz its your own preference. I’d really be interested to see how winning an internet war over which system is better benefits your life though. Call me, maybe.

    • steve

      The future is clear, it seems, and it’s Android. Apple goes back to being a solid but overpriced, distant second niche producer with fervent acolyte followers.

    • Noah LaMarca

      Look, apple doesn’t have self driving cars, glass, or robots. In sorry but Google wins.

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