I am not trying to start any kind of "Flame war", nor am I a fanboy of either the iOS or Android. But I got thinking of all the money I spent in the AppStore, just using my iPod Touch, and I can imagine that somebody who has spent a lot of money on their iPhone would not want to have to start all over again.
asked Aug 18 '10 at 13:59
That would be one reason for me, though a very moot one. In total, I've invested over $1000 now in the iOS platform from apps to devices to the development program. I'm quite content with my choice. so far.
The reason I say this is moot, is because I've used the Android platform. I've used a Hero 2, I use the Android SDK and run the OS quite often for web development and curiosity.
In my mind, there is no competition. Android is so far behind iOS in so many facets. It does have some good points, but where it's strong, iOS is even better at the same task. Android needs some expert UI designers and a massive overhaul of the user experience to catch up to iOS.
In fact, the only major argument in choosing Android is because it's "open", though it's not as open as you might think.. Google does have closed proprietary components on the system and has control over a lot of aspects of it's development. It is about the best alternative to iOS, for now... but even if I had not invested in iOS yet I'd still choose it over Android.
Lastly, as a developer... looking between Google's SDK tools and Apple's Xcode.. Xcode wins, not by miles.. but light years. In fact I have never seen or used a better IDE than Xcode 4, and I've used Sun Micro's Solaris', GTk's, QT's, Microsoft's VS and VB, etc etc.
Well, if you want to move to the Android you could always keep your iPhone/iPod and use the applications you use on that and install some free ones that Android offer.
I see what you mean about you don't want to start out again buying new apps, but by changing phone all of your purchases aren't lost. You can redownload them again any time you like onto another iPhone/iPod.
answered Aug 18 '10 at 14:10