20 years ago, it was, "Ford, Chevy or Dodge". Now, it's "Android, iPhone or Windows"
First, let's hit some basics.
iPhone and Windows are proprietary while Android is open source. So why does this matter? Easy. Google apps can be installed on all three platforms. Google apps like Gmail are for all platforms while apps for calendar and the like are either coming or there are plenty of third party apps to fill the void. That isn't the case so much with the other two.
This is a strong suit for Google when it comes to other platforms also, like your computer. Apple and Microsoft want you to have the whole experience for all your devices but Google just wants to play nice with everyone so they mainly stick with the browser. Now that isn't to say they don't have something called the chromebook, but let's face it, no hard core computing is going on there.
So now that we've established that, let's move on. There are some basic principles that you need to know once you are involved in an "ecosystem." Once you are there, they want to keep you. Windows does it by a rounded experience. You like Windows 8? Fine, have it on your Xbox, computer, phone, tablet, you name it. Apple does it by money. They charge you for everything so you finally have so much money invested in your device you have to stick with them just to save money. Google does it by being everywhere and being free.
Hardware: Apple make their own phones with their own software. If you like the same thing everyday and don't like change, Apple is for you. (Kind of funny for a company that has the motto, "Think Differently.") Windows bought Nokia, this allows them to bring their software platform to you with different phones, giving things a little for diversity. Google is free and anyone can use it, so it can go on practically any device, not just phones either.
All that being said which phone is right for you? You have to ask yourself some questions.
- Which phone do I use now?
- Do I have too much money wrapped up in apps to move to another ecosystem?
- Can I get all my other apps on another platform?
- Am I happy with the phone but not the software? This matters if you have an iPhone.
- Am I happy with the software but not the phone? This matter if you have Android or Windows. You might just have to get a phone from another manufacturer.
- What phones do my carrier offer?
Keeping all that in mind should help you come to the right decision when you ask, "Android, iPhone or Windows."?
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