What it is: PC Magazine surveyed Android and iPhone users to see why they might switch to a rival operating system.
PC Magazine recently took a survey to find out why people switched mobile operating systems (Android and iOS). Not surprisingly, the results reflected the general consensus about both operating systems.
Android users often switched to iOS for a better user experience (47%). On the other hand, iPhone users often switched to Android to get better prices on a smartphone (29%). As a general rule, iOS and the iPhone is less of a hassle to use while Android devices offer greater variety and lower prices.
Basically, if you value money and don’t mind putting up with inconvenience, pick a rival product. If you can afford it and don’t want to deal with annoying nuisances, then pick an Apple product.
This general finding works for smartphones and computers. Most people choose Windows PCs because they’re cheaper and upgradeable. Most people choose a Macintosh even though they cost more and have fewer expandability features because they prefer the simplicity and reliability of the Macintosh over Windows.
Most people choose Android because of cost and variety. Yet that same cost and variety means Android users need to be more knowledgeable about hardware to get the best deals. For people who don’t want to hassle with researching different devices and simply want a smartphone, it’s easier just to choose an iPhone since most Android devices mimic the iPhone anyway.
Apple continues targeting the high-profit end of the market while rival products (Android and Windows) are more attractive to bargain hunters. Generally, computers and smartphones work mostly alike so it’s largely a matter of personal preference which one you like best.